In a hurry turkey curry – a quick and easy midweek dinner

I must admit turkey isn’t a meat I normally buy but after picking up some diced turkey breast I decided to try out a new recipe.  Turkey is a very healthy, low fat meat so great if you are watching those calories (which we are doing in our household).  This turkey curry recipe could also be cooked with chicken if turkey isn’t your thing or even a firm white fish.

As I am still without a kitchen while our extension is being finished I need quick, easy recipes for dinner.  Chopping up lots of different ingredients just isn’t possible without a proper worktop!

In a hurry turkey curry, quick and easy recipe, tasty turkey curry recipe

This turkey curry is easy to prepare with only a few ingredients and doesn’t take long to cook.  I made it to a medium spice but this can easily be adjusted to your liking.  Hubby added more spice to his but he is a Vindaloo Man!

In a hurry turkey curry, quick and easy recipe, tasty turkey curry recipe

In a hurry turkey curry, quick and easy recipe, tasty turkey curry recipe

Turkey Curry

You will need –
(serves 4)

1 tbsp. Olive oil or low calorie cooking spray
1 Onion
1 Red pepper
2 tbsp. Tomato puree
200 ml Chicken stock
400 g chopped tomatoes
1 tsp medium curry powder
500 g Turkey breast
200 g Baby spinach

What to do –

Dice the onion and slice the red pepper.  Heat the oil or cooking spray in a pan and once hot add the onion and red pepper.  Cook for about 10 minutes until soft.

Stir in the curry powder and tomato puree and cook for about 30 seconds.  Add the chicken stock and chopped tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Chop the turkey breast into cubed pieces and add it to the pan.  Cook for a further 10 minutes until the turkey is cooked through.

Just before it is ready to serve stir in the spinach and season with salt and pepper.

Serve the curry with rice, and poppadoms or nan bread for a extra treat.  If you want to be super healthy try replacing the rice with cauliflower rice.

Thanks for visiting my blog and hope you enjoy!

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Broccoli and Stilton Soup, easy but tasty soup, great recipe

Easy but very tasty Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Lets face it most of us buy far too much food at Christmas and then are desperately trying to use it up in January.  I am a sucker for cheese and biscuits over the Christmas holidays and the smellier the cheese the better.  I cant get enough of Stilton cheese on a Hovis biscuit!  However this does mean that I normally buy far too much cheese and have some left in the fridge in January.  I am always on a health kick at the start of the year to work off all the extra food I consumed over the holidays.  Eating the cheese in this broccoli and stilton soup feels a lot more guilt free than having it with biscuits and a glass of port 🙂 .

Broccoli & Stilton Soup, easy but tasty soup, great recipe

There are lots of health benefits to Broccoli and it is a great source of vitamin K and C.  Another great reason to cook and eat this yummy soup.  Make the most of the broccoli and be sure the cut up and use the stalks too.

Broccoli & Stilton Soup, easy but tasty soup, great recipe

This broccoli and stilton soup is really easy and straight forward to make but tastes really good!  It freezes well too so I made extra and it will make a quick lunch another day.

Broccoli & Stilton Soup, easy but tasty soup, great recipe

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

You will need –
Serves 4

2 tbsp Oil or low calorie cooking spray
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Stick of celery, sliced
1 Leek, sliced
1 Medium potato, diced
1 Litre of vegetable stock
1 Head of broccoli, chopped
140g Stilton cheese, crumbled

What to do –

Heat the oil or low calorie cooking spray in a large saucepan and add the chopped onion.  Cook until the onion is soft.

Add the sliced celery and leek and the diced potato.  Stir and cover with a lid and allow to sweat for 5 minutes.

Pour in the vegetable stock and add any chopped broccoli stalks.  Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until all the vegatbles are soft.

Add the rest of the chopped broccoli and cook for another 5 minutes.  Use a hand blender to blitz the soup until smooth.  Finally stir in the crumbled stilton and season with pepper.  Serve this delicious broccoli and stilton soup with a slice of wholemeal bread for a yummy filling lunch.

Enjoy!

You may also like to try my time saving tomato soup recipe.

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Need a quick and easy breakfast, try these Overnight Oats

Save time in the mornings with these Overnight Oats

Mornings can be such a rush, especially trying to get lunch boxes ready, children fed, dressed and shipped off to school on time!  I love to prepare these healthy, easy and supper tasty Overnight Oats the night before so they are ready when I need them the next morning.  They are so easy that a couple of minutes work the night before gets you a lovely tasty breakfast the next day.  They would also be great as a day time snack.

The beauty of these Overnight Oats is that you can use any combination of yogurt and berries.  I like to use plain yogurt and raspberries but if you prefer flavoured yogurt that would work too.  You can mix it with any combination of fruit you have in the freezer.  I like to use Agave Nectar as a healthier option but honey works fine.  Be warned they are very tasty and can be addictive.  I like to top mine with a few nuts such as almonds and sometimes some fresh blueberries.  The world is your oyster as they say!

Overnight Oats

You will need –
(serves 1)

150 g (1/2 cup) plain Yogurt
40 g (1/4 cup) uncooked rolled oats
60 g (1/3 cup) frozen berries
drizzle of agave nectar or runny honey
nuts to serve

Try these quick and easy Overnight Oats for a healthy breakfast

Try these quick and easy Overnight Oats for a healthy breakfast

Try these quick and easy Overnight Oats for a healthy breakfast

What to do –

In a bowl mix together the yogurt, rolled oats, frozen berries and agave nectar.  Cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge overnight (at least 6 hours).  When ready to serve give it all a stir and top with the nuts and you are ready to enjoy!

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How to make cauliflower rice, a great healthy alternative, very easy to make

How to make cauliflower rice – a great healthy alternative to rice

I know nothing can fully replace the taste of rice but when I want to be healthy and cut out the carbs (normally when getting swimwear ready!) I use cauliflower rice as an alternative.  Its really easy to make and can be prepared ahead to time and stored in the fridge until needed.  Great way to top up your 5 a day too!  Follow these simply instructions on how to make cauliflower rice.

How to make Cauliflower Rice

You will need –

1 cauliflower
1 onion
1 tablespoon coconut oil (or whatever cooking oil takes your fancy)
salt and pepper

What to do –

Cut your onion into quarters and put into a food processor and chop it finely.
Roughly chop the cauliflower into florets and add them to the food processor.
Process it until its evenly chopped into fine pieces.
It can now be stored in a container and kept in the fridge until needed (will last a good few days)
When ready to eat heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and add the onion/cauliflower mixture.
Season with salt and pepper and stir fry in the pan until its warmed through and tender.

And that’s it, its done!

How to make cauliflower rice, a great healthy alternative, very easy to make

How to make cauliflower rice, a great healthy alternative, very easy to make

How to make cauliflower rice, a great healthy alternative, very easy to make

How to make cauliflower rice, a great healthy alternative, very easy to make

Its an easy healthy alternative to rice that can be served with many dishes.  Try it with my Super easy cheats chilli.  Yummy!

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Super easy cheats chilli – great mid week family dinner

Its a great feeling sitting watching the kids at their swimming lessons knowing that dinner is in the slow cooker and ready to eat when we get in.  Chilli is a family favourite so a great mid week meal.  My slow cooker is my friend and this easy chilli can be prepared in the morning and left to do its stuff until ready to eat that evening.

Chilli

You will need –
(serves 4/5)

500g beef mince
1 onion
1 garlic clove
1 green pepper (or whatever colour you have in the fridge)
1 large tablespoon of tomato puree
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 large tablespoon of dried mixed herbs
hot chilli powder to taste (depending on how hot you like it)
salt and pepper
1 tin of kidney beans

What to do –

Chop the onion into small pieces and crush the garlic.  Chop the pepper into 1 inch pieces.  Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker (apart from the kidney beans) and season with salt and pepper.  Break up the mince as you put it into the slow cooker and give it all a stir.  Put your feet up and leave to cook away on medium for about 7 hours.  About an hour before the end put in the kidney beans.

When ready to eat serve it up with rice or pitta bread or on top of a jacket potato!  Yummy!  If you want to cut out the carbs or would like more of your 5 a day how about serving it with cauliflower rice (check out my recipe).

This is a great meal to eat one day and freeze the rest for dinner another night.  Double whammy on saving time!

Tip: If it seems too runny cook with the lid off and on high for a while to let it thicken up.

Super easy cheats chilli, great midweek meal for the whole family

Super easy cheats chilli, great midweek meal for the whole family

Super easy cheats chilli, great midweek family meal

Super easy cheats chilli, great midweek family meal

This recipe is also really easy to do without a slow cooker if you don’t own one or forget to prepare it in the morning.  All you need to do is –

Chop all the ingredients (as mentioned above)
In a large saucepan fry the garlic and onion (until soft), add the pepper and tomato puree and fry for a few minutes
Add the mince, breaking it up as you put it in
Add the tinned tomatoes and mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper
Give it all a stir
Cook for at least 40 minutes with the lid on (remove the lid towards the end if it needs thickening up)
Add the kidney beans about 10 minutes before the end

And enjoy!

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Super easy cheats chilli, a great midweek family meal, can also be cooked in the slow cooker