Parmesan Chicken

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

For this recipe I have opted for a skinless chicken breast which contains less fat and is a great source of protein. Parmesan is generally high in calories so it important to eat it within moderation. As the recipe is baked rather than fried it is automatically healthier because there are no additional calories from the oil. When I ate this Parmesan chicken, it was alongside some salad, rice and broccoli but it is most commonly eaten with spaghetti and a rich tomato sauce. Parmesan can be quite rich to the pallet if you are not used to it, therefore I think it makes a great side dish.

Recipe: Parmesan Chicken (serves 3-4)

Ingredients

50g parmesan, finely grated

25g fine cornmeal

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp crushed chilli

1 egg

400g skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and lightly oil an oven tray.
  • Whisk the egg in a bowl.
  • In another bowl mix the Parmesan, polenta, thyme, paprika and chilli. Even spread this mix onto a tray.
  • Place the chicken pieces into the egg until fully coated to allow the Parmesan crumb to stick.
  • Then one at a time add the chicken pieces to the tray and cover in the Parmesan crumb mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the crumb is slight crispy, golden and the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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*Nutritional Information found through Google*

Mature Cheddar, Kale and Sweetcorn Pizza

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been keeping well.

If you’ve been following me for a while you would know that I really like making pizza because it’s quick and simple. Not only that but most people really enjoy it and you can get really creative and add what ever toppings you like. Today I opted for sweetcorn and kale, two of my favourites!!

Sweetcorn is such a popular and tasty pizza topping, best known for it’s high fibre content. Dietary fibre aids digestion making it important for our health. I’ve featured kale often in my recipes because it is easy to prepare but also very healthy. Kale is a great source of vitamin K which is used by the body for blood clotting and healing wounds, this is useful for recovering quicker from injuries.

My quick tip for making anything dough related is to make sure you are using yeast that is in date. This is because in the past, I have tried to make dough related foods but it didn’t rise very well or have that desired fluffly, light texture.

Recipe: Mature cheddar, kale and sweetcorn 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

100g sweetcorn

50g kale, roughly chopped

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 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*

Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Cheesy Potato Pie

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I have another simple side dish to make for any occasion. It is nice and cheesy with crispy edges. This pie was very tasty and is best enjoyed hot. Also, if you are a gravy fan, it would be nice to drizzle some over the top.

Recipe: Cheesy Potato Pie (serves 4)

Ingredients

6 potatoes

100g red Leicester cheese – grated

Splash of milk

1 tsp butter

1 tsp oil

50g kale

1 tsp diced onion

Method

  • Peel and dice the potatoes, wash and place in a pan of water to boil until just cooked.
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a small pan and add the onion and kale cooking for 5 minutes, then leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, pour off the water and mash with milk and butter until smooth.
  • Add the kale and cheese to the mash and mix well, spoon the mixture into an oven dish, grating more cheese on top.
  • Cook the pie in the oven for 45 minutes until the cheese has melted and gone crispy.

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Red Leicester Cheese Pizza

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s post is one of my favourites…PIZZA!!

I always love making pizza and usually I would make a dough using yeast leaving it to rise, but occasionally I will use the recipe below for a quicker meal. Homemade pizza always tastes so good because you can add all your favourite toppings and make it just how you like. Today I added red Leicester cheese which is an English cheese similar to cheddar but has a distinctive orange colour.

Recipe: Red Leicester Cheese Pizza (makes 1 tray)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp oil

90ml water

Toppings: tomato sauce, spring onion, red Leicester cheese, kale, sweetcorn

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray,
  • To make the dough, weigh the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and gradually pour in the oil and water mixing with one hand until it forms a dough.
  • Knead for 5 minutes and roll out until 1cm thickness, then place onto the oven tray.
  • Spread the tomato sauce then add the onion, corn, kale and cheese.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the dough is cooked and serve.

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