Today’s recipe is a great vegetarian recipe that tastes really delicious. I sometimes buy ingredients before I’ve decided what I actually want to make with it, and this was the case with this recipe. I really fancied something filling and nutritious, saw the lentils in the cupboard and started creating a recipe.
You could also add a fillet of fish or chicken pieces instead of the lentils if you don’t want a vegetarian recipe. I ended up adding a fillet of fish at the same time as the cauliflower and potato and it was cooked perfectly, really succulent with lots of flavour.
The ingredients within this curry provide the body with many nutritional benefits, cauliflower is great because it’s low in fat and has a high vitamin C content. Although the white cauliflower is most commonly eaten there is also green, purple and orange varieties each with their own flavours and nutrients. Lentils are fast becoming a favourite of mine, this time I used green lentils which are perfect for adding into curries for an extra boost of plant protein. Lentils are also a good source of B vitamins, which helps to prevent infections in the body and supports energy levels and cell health.
Recipe: Cauliflower, lentil and potato curry (serves 1-2)
1 tsp oil
1 shallot, finely diced
1 tbsp red thai curry paste
1/2 tsp turmeric
35g dried green lentils, soaked overnight
330ml vegetable stock
1/4 cauliflower, chopped
1 small potato, diced
1/2 tsp coconut cream
*serve with a small portion of rice*
Add oil to the pan and once hot add the diced shallots, cooking until soft, roughly 3-4 minutes.
After that time, mix in the red thai curry paste, turmeric and lentils.
Pour over the stock and leave to simmer on a gentle heat for 15 minutes.
Then add the cauliflower and potato, adding a little more water if necessary.
Simmer for another 15 minutes until the cauliflower and potato is cooked but still slightly tender.
This is a great recipe where everything gets cooked together and all the flavours can marinade into one. I used a frozen piece of fish which works so well with this recipe because the fish retains a lot of moisture keeping it succulent and juicy. An oven parcel is a really versatile dish because you can pretty much add whatever type of fish or vegetables you like and the end result will be delicious.
Recipe: Fish and potato oven parcel (serves 1)
2 small potatoes
1/2 tsp creamed coconut
1/2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
Sprinkle of salt and chilli
1 fillet of fish
Vegetables: corn, peas, kale
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and prepare equal sheets of baking paper and foil, roughly 20cm x 60cm.
Wash the potatoes well and slice 0.7cm thick. Place in a pan of water and bring to the boil for 5 minutes and drain.
In the meantime, melt the creamed coconut in the microwave for 30 seconds, mix with the oil, soy sauce, curry paste, salt and chilli in a bowl.
Tip the potatoes onto the baking paper and foil. Cover the curry paste mix over the fish and place on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle over the vegetables and bring the edges together to form a parcel.
Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until everything is fully cooked.
Leave to rest for a few minutes before opening and be careful of the steam.
Today’s recipe came about as I was trying to find something I could make using up one egg yolk that I had left over and I found these potato croquettes by the Hairy Bikers on the BBC food website. They are really simple to make and also a great recipe if you have lots of potatoes that need to be used up. The breadcrumbs give it a golden, crunchy outer layer whilst the inside is smooth potato. The taste is quite plain so you’ll definitely want a sauce for dipping or you could add some herbs for more flavour.
These croquettes would make a great side dish for most meals or could be served as part of a starter with a light salad. I really like the fact that these croquettes are baked rather than fried which automatically makes them healthier. Potatoes are a well known carbohydrate source, accessible to most and have a high water content.
Recipe: Potato croquettes (makes 8)
350g potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 egg yolk
25g cheddar cheese, grated
Sprinkle of salt and peper
1 egg, gently whisked
25g plain flour
Put the potatoes to boil on a low heat for 15 minutes, drain and mash. Then mix in the butter, egg yolk, cheese and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Leave the potato mixture to cool down before shaping into the croquette shapes.
In the meantime, put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs out into separate bowls.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and get a tray ready. Then put each croquette into the flour, egg and breadcrumbs one at a time before placing on the tray.
Spray the croquettes 3-4 times before putting in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.
Leave to cool for about 5 minutes before eating as they can be quite hot.
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)
100g red Leicester cheese – grated
Splash of milk
1 tsp butter
1 tsp oil
1 tsp diced onion
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.
I love that potatoes are such a versatile ingredient and you can use them for so many dishes. The hassleback was something I’d seen a while ago and I decided to make it today. I saw a tip online that said to cut the potatoes whilst it rests on a spoon so that you don’t cut it all the way through and that tip worked really well. I used potatoes that were quite small and they took just over an hour to cook. I ate the hasselback potatoes with cheese, baked beans and salad.
Recipe: Hasselback Potatoes (serves 1)
4 small potatoes
Drizzle of oil
Sprinkle of salt, chilli and oregano
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6
Wash the potatoes well, place onto a spoon and slice down the potato making sure not to cut all the way.
Place the potatoes onto a tray, rub a little butter over the top.
Add a drizzle of oil and sprinkle with salt, chilli and oregano.
Bake in the oven for about an hour until cooked right through.