Salmon With Bulgur Wheat, Peach And Avocado Salad

This salad recipe has been staring me in the face for the last two days. It is from a recipe leaflet recently picked up from my local Tesco supermarket. The salmon was cooked from the top of my head, it is very basic but tasty! I reduced the ingredients as I was only cooking for two.
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Here are the details:

Serves: 8
Prep + Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients & prep

Salmon Fillets
1 lemon
Coarse pepper
Salt

300g bulgur wheat
1 large red chilli pepper, seeded removed and slices
100g spinach leaves
4 spring onions, trimmed
31g fresh coriander
3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lime, juiced
2 red peppers, seeded removed and slices
2 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
A handful of radish, sliced
100g feta cheese crumbled

  • Wash salmon with water and lemon juice
  • Coat salmon with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Place in the refrigerator or set aside.
  • Preheat oven at 200 degrees and place the salmon in foil and on a baking tray. Cook for 15 mins and turn the salmon halfway through.

Cooking Method

1. Rinse the bulgur wheat with cold water and drain using a sieve. Place in a pot and cover with hot boiling water and place on a high heat. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes until it is tender. Drain the sieve, rinse with cold water and repeat.
2. Put the chilli, spinach, spring onions and coriander into a blender with half the olive oil and lime juice. Blitz it into a paste and stir into the cooked bulgur wheat.
3. Fry the peppers and peach slices in olive oil until brown and mix in with the bulgur wheat.
4. Add the avocado and radish along with some lime juice and the crumbled feta.
5. Drizzle on olive oil and garnish with coriander leaves (optional)
6. Serve

My review

My my my… this was quite possibly the BEST salad I have ever tasted! Bulgur wheat is my new replacement for rice. It tastes just like the white rice I adore. All the ingredients complimented each other well from the tangy lime, sharp spring onions and the sweet peaches. Radish added a little crunch to the dish, I just threw them in since they were sitting lonely in my fridge. The salmon was yummy too… 10/10!

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Simple Cooking: Aubergine Tomato and Feta Rounds

This is a recipe I found on Pinterest. It is a dish my family love and it is perfect for a balanced diet. It can be eaten as a snack or part of a main meal- its your choice!

Ingredients:

1 Whole medium sized aubergine
200g of Feta cheese
6 Salad tomatoes (Any tomatoes will do)
Dried oregano
Olive oil (Optional)

Cooking time: 15 minutes

The Preperation

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  • Wash the aubergine and tomatoes
  • Chop both the aubergine and tomatoes into rounds
  • Slice the feta into medium slices
  • Place the aubergine rounds on a baking tray
  • Brush with olive oil
  • Layer each aubergine round with a slice of tomato and a slice of feta cheese
  • Sprinkle with oregano

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*As you can see I used salad tomatoes, however they run out and I had to use baby tomatoes also.

Cooking Method

  • Place the baking tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes and serve

I served my rounds with a prawn stir fry without any sauce or noodles and spinach for the Popeye in me!
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*There are only 3 rounds on my plate, but I can guarantee I will sneak myself another!

For an alternative recipe check out Chelle’s Zucchini Pizza Boats here

Reality Has Kicked In!

It feels like it was only yesterday I had it all planned out. I said I would eat well and exercise just in time for my holiday and beyond. Today I asked my colleague the date and he said “It’s the 1st of July”. I let it sink in for a couple of seconds and I started freaking out on the inside. How is it July already? I opened my countdown app to find this …
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I have 89 days to trim down, so I’m short of 3 months. I’m ready to let go of my kangaroo pouch. All my friends and family tell me I look fine. If only they knew…I’ve spent years practicing holding in my stomach, I am a pro! I want to look good and most importantly feel fabolous!

I’m not going to pretend to become a health fanatic overnight. I’ve done my research, I have pictures to inspire me on the wall. I’ve attempted living healthily in the past, then slowly slipped back into my old ways. I have no specific goals as yet, I really don’t want to stress over every little pound. If I weigh the same and my fat turns into muscle, then I have no qualms! My tummy is my main focus, however my body overall needs to be toned.

I’ve started by requesting healthier foods in my household. I’ve curbed my eating and I’ve managed to say no to most junk food. I’ve walked into my local shop over the last few days and walked right past all the goodies that were trying to get my attention. My sweet tooth has been a major issue in the past.

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*I think I should stick these all over my fridge and kitchen cabinets

It’s hard to resist food that tastes good, but I know it will help me in more ways than one. I’m looking forward to seeing the results and feeling great.

Now where’s my Jilian Michael’s 30 day shred DVD….

Happy 1st of July, Lets make this month count!

The Wednesday Vegetarian

Writing 101, Day Ten: HappyTell us about your favorite childhood meal — the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory.

Every Wednesday my Primary School lunch was a ‘Traditional roast’; a slice of turkey, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy. It was my least favorite meal to be honest!

~A plate full of memories! 
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On Wednesdays I would always be prepared with my game face when approaching the lunch counter. I would walk up to the dinner lady and ask for macaroni and cheese, she would glance down at me and ask if I was a vegetarian. I responded with a convincing ‘Yes’, well today I am I would think to myself and it worked like a charm!

My parents wouldn’t have condoned my slight twist of the truth, but what does a girl have to do to get a slice of her favourite pie? There was more than enough for the vegetarian’s along with fellow mac and cheese lovers like myself! I can’t recall what accompanied the mac and cheese, it could have been served with a pencil eraser for all I know! All I saw on my plate was a heap of creamy heaven…Mac and cheese over my school’s roast any day!

If I could eat mac and cheese every other day I would, but I know its no good for my health! My brother sure does make a mean mac and cheese these days.

~Christmas 2013
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Ready Steady Simply Cook!

Remember I mentioned the Simply Cook box I received in the post last week? Well I tried out one of the recipes for my birthday dinner yesterday. I’m going to run through my cooking experience and also review the box overall.

If you would like to refresh your memory or read about my first impressions of the Simply Cook then click here. For further details and to place your orders log onto Simplycook.com

Let’s get started!

The chef for the evening:
Yours truly!

What’s on the menu?
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The box for the recipe included:

  • Cajun seasoning
  • Red Pepper Paste
  • Garlic Oil

The additional ingredients were:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Sweet potato
  • Bacon rashers
  • Baby courgettes
  • Feta cheese

Additional information (the ingredients I added/replaced):

  • The chicken breasts were replaced with 3 chicken drumsticks
  • The bacon rashers were replaced with turkey slices. I was unable to find turkey rashers at my local supermarket.
  • Fresh coriander and fresh thyme were added to the marinade
  • Green beans and plantain accompanied the dish as sides
  • A gravy was made also using; tomatoes, spring onions, tomato ketchup and a dash of gravy granules

Here are some of the ingredients
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The preparation

The chicken was washed in lemon juice, then the hairs were burnt off the skin. I left the skin on; I feel as though chicken soaks up the marinade better with the skin on. I marinated the drumsticks with the Cajun seasoning and placed in a container with fresh coriander and thyme overnight. The next day I washed, peeled and sliced all the vegetables.

The Cooking Method

  1. I boiled the sweet potato for the recommended time
  2. In the meantime I fried the chicken in the Garlic oil in a Dutch pot. I fried the turkey rashers in a frying pan, followed by the courgettes and plantain using the remaining garlic oil
  3. I boiled the green beans and in a separate Dutch pot I fried the tomatoes and spring onions then added ketchup and a few gravy granules
  4. Once the chicken had finished frying I transferred it into the gravy pot to simmer for a little while
  5. The sweet potato was drained and mashed. I stirred in the Red pepper paste along with the Turkey slices and courgettes
  6. I garnished the potato mash with feta cheese

Bon Appetite!
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*I forgot to add the feta cheese before taking the photo! Excuse the overcooked plantain slice, it still tasted good!

Review

My simply cook box lived up to its name, it was all pretty simple! It did take a little longer to make due to all the ingredients I added/replaced. The turkey slices I bought worked surprisingly well. The mash was my favourite, it tasted like heaven! I woke up thinking about mashed potato! I underestimated how much each little pot could hold, I’m impressed!

Overall it was simply Devine! My brother sent his compliments to the chef, so it’s fair to say this one is a winner! Until next time Simply Cook!

Tell a friend to tell a friend about Simply Cook! Simplycook.com

Surprise Surprise! (Simply Cook)

To my surprise this box was waiting for me on my dining table when I arrived home. I am such an eager beaver when I receive packages, I feel like it’s my birthday whilst opening them as I try to contain my excitement. I know you’re probably thinking “What’s the big deal? You just ordered fast food!” Bare with me I will explain!

This isn’t just any box!

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I came across Simply Cook boxes on Twitter; I logged onto their website to read about the company, how it works and then I placed my order. Simply Cook boxes contain 4 recipe cards and 4 pots of ingredients for each recipe. All you need to do is follow the simple instructions, add the fresh foods and voilà dinner is ready!

Take a peak inside the mysterious Simply Cook box!

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The recipe cards include a detachable shopping list, so you can simply tear them off and shop for the remaining ingredients. The recipes are great for those who want a quick fix; the meals are ready in no more than 20 minutes and serve 1-3 people. Simply Cook boxes are £10 each plus P&P, however my first box was 99p once I used the promotional code provided.

In my household we pretty much have the same meals rotated every other week. I enjoy the food we eat, but we have all agreed that we need to try new dishes. I’m not a fan of pacing up and down supermarkets for hours looking for specific ingredients, so this is ideal!

Look how cute these little pots are!

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Overall the Simply Cook box concept is very inventive and I am looking forward to trying the dishes. There is a use by date printed on each pot, so I can take my time experimenting. I have my eye on the Cajun Chicken recipe and it may end up being my birthday meal!

Check out their website simplycook.com

Some Like It Hot!

Hot food isn’t to my liking. I don’t particularly enjoying biting into pieces of food and having a pungent taste creep up on me! When I can’t truly enjoy a meal because it is too hot, it is a problem! When certain ingredients are overpowering, they take away the pleasure of enjoying the other ingredients in the dish, or maybe its just me!?

I do however enjoy eating spicy food, food with lots of flavour and no repercussions! A combination of the right amount of ingredients to create a tasty spicy dish! I’d choose spicy food over hot food any day! Why not experiment and spice up your life, or dish!

This song brings back memories! It came to mind when I saw this Daily Prompt. Take me to the Caribbean pleaseee! Enjoy 🙂

Feeling hot hot hot!