Empanada Pastry

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Empanadas are a stuffed pastry either baked or fried and they are eaten in many Latin American and south European countries. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve featured Emapanadas a few times before with beef and chicken fillings. I thought I’d share the recipe for anyone looking for a soft textured, shortcrust style pastry recipe that works well every time. This recipe can be used for any meat or vegetable fillings and is a great way to use up any leftovers. For that golden crust, you can glaze over the top with egg.

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Recipe: Empanada Pastry (makes 1 using a 2.5 inch cutter)

Ingredients

350g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

175g butter, melted

1 egg

40ml warm water

Method

  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Pour in the butter and egg, use a spoon to start mixing and slowly add the water.
  • Use your hands to knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before using.
  • When using, roll out to roughly 1/3cm and your fillings and bake in the oven for 25 minutes on gas mark 6.

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Fried Plantain

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I thought today I would write a quick post about one of my favourite foods… PLANTAIN!!! It is from the fruit family and is often fried or boiled when eating, as opposed to eating it raw. I prefer when plantain is slightly ripe but not too soft, see the first image below, I prefer the middle one. My favourite way to cook plantain is sliced into circles and fried. I really like it when the edges get crispy and golden. Although sweet, plantain is actually quite nutritious once cooked, containing a high value of vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre. It is great as little snack to keep you going throughout the day as well as an accompaniment with most dishes. Plantain is eaten all over the world where ever it grows from parts of Africa, to south America and many Caribbean countries. It is also widely transported around the world to countries where fried snacks are popular.

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Red Cabbage and Kale Pizza

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Today’s post is a fairly healthy pizza recipe, including toppings like red cabbage, kale and sweetcorn. All very nutritious and beneficial for the body. I like using kale on a pizza because it gets nice and crispy in the oven similarly the red cabbage stays slightly hard and adds an extra crunch to the pizza. Although I have used mature cheese, mozzarella is a great alternative for a healthier low fat option.

I am aware that cabbage of pizza is a little unusual however, I often enjoy trying new things and I had a feeling it wouldn’t disappoint. Red cabbage is an amazing vegetable because it is fairly versatile and can be eaten as a side to a main meal, used in coleslaw or sliced into steaks and seasoned for a vegan burger alternative. The health benefits of red cabbage are numerous, the vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in the body and protects our cells, it is also a great source of folate which is imperative during pregnancy to help the body produce red blood cells, carrying oxygen from the lungs to other areas of the body.

Recipe: Red cabbage and kale pizza (makes 1 tray)

Ingredients

250g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp caster sugar

4g dried yeast

150ml warm water

1 tsp oil

3 tbsp tomato sauce

150g mature cheese, grated

80g sweetcorn

50g kale, roughly chopped

40g red cabbage, thinly sliced

Method

  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, sugar and yeast. Mix together and make a well in the middle.
  • Pour the warm water into the well along with the oil and use your fingers in circular motions to form a smooth dough.
  • Knead the dough for 5 – 10 minutes and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
  • After the hour is up, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly grease an oven tray with oil.
  • Knock the air out of the dough a little, then roll out onto a floured surface until it reaches the same shape of the oven tray.
  • Carefully place the dough onto the tray and add the tomato sauce, kale, sweetcorn and cheese.
  • Put in the oven for 25 minutes until the edges are golden and the cheese has melted.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before serving!

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*Nutritional information was found through Google*

Vegetable Medley with Rice

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So it’s not long been the new year, 2021 is finally here and many people are starting new diets, eating vegetarian or generally trying to be healthier and this recipe is perfect for any of the above. This meal is easy to make and the white rice can be substituted with a healthier variety such as quinoa or brown rice. I have tried to cut the vegetables quite small in order to reduce the cooking time and maintain the nutritional value. For flavour, I’ve used a bit of garlic powder but you could add any of your favourite seasonings.

The broccoli provides the body with high sources of protein and fibre which are beneficial to the body. The red cabbage contains potassium which helps to keep the heart healthy. This is a fairly nutritious meal and would be even healthier if eaten with brown rice or quinoa.

Recipe: Vegetable Medley (serves 1)

Ingredients

60g – 90g uncooked rice

1 small carrot, grated

Handful of broccoli, cut small

Handful of red cabbage, finely sliced

1 tbsp oil, for frying

Pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder and sugar

100ml water

Method

  • Firstly cook the rice on a gentle simmer until all of the water is absorbed and the rice grains are fluffy and cooked.
  • Heat the oil in a pot and in the meantime, wash and slice the vegetables.
  • Once the oil is hot add the vegetables and sprinkle over the salt, pepper, garlic and sugar. Leave to sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Check the rice and add the water to the vegetables, give it a final stir and cover with a lid.
  • Once both the vegetables and rice is cooked, serve and enjoy!

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Oven Pasta Bake

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With the winter season officially being in full effect for a while now, homemade pasta is definitely a winner for most people. Something filling and warming on those really cold and rainy days. I’ve included a range of vegetables to keep it healthy and nutritious. For a healthier version you could swap to wholewheat pasta, mozzarella instead of cheddar and reduced salt/sugar pasta sauce.

Recipe: Oven Pasta Bake (serves 2-3)

Ingredients

150g fusilli

100g sweetcorn

1 tin tuna

1/4 onion, finely diced

50g kale, roughly chopped

1 carrot, grated

440g pasta sauce

3 slices of cheese

Method

  • Cook the pasta a few minutes less according to the packet.
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • Prepare all of the ingredients and place into a large bowl, except the cheese slices.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the bowl and mix everything well.
  • Place the pasta mix into an oven dish and break the cheese pieces over the top.
  • Put in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Serve straightaway and enjoy.

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