Exquisitely Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash & Cumin Soup


The evenings are getting dark, the leaves are turning beautiful bronze , russet & golden shades & autumn has definitely made its presence known. I have a beautiful warming autumnal soup for you to try to warm up the colder days, gorgeous roasted butternut squash. Butternut Squash is notoriously difficult to peel & guess what, you don’t even have to peel it for this recipe – excellent news! This is simple & filling & fantastically low at 0 smartpoints for the whole recipe. This will make a good batch of 5 to 6 servings & can be frozen if you wish.  Continue reading

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Orange & Cumin Spiced Israeli Couscous with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Feta & Lemon & Herb Chicken 

  
It’s the Weekend Wahey! I fancied something a wee bit lighter tonight & thought Chicken would be a perfect accompaniment to this Fabulous Roast Vegetable Salad so here’s tonight’s offering.  Israeli Couscous also known as Pearl Couscous isn’t actually Couscous at all, it is in fact a small Israeli toasted pasta, it’s not even referred to as Israeli Couscous in Israel it is actually called Ptitim. Anyway this wonderful grain, whatever it is and whatever it’s called, is a fabulous base that absorbs flavours beautifully when cooked & can be eaten hot or cold. It reheats well without clumping & is very versatile & can be used in a variety of dishes including soups, casseroles, salads or served alone. I wanted something light for dinner. I only wanted half a Chicken Fillet & kept the other half for lunch so this cost me 8pp in total. If you serve it with a whole Chicken Fillet per person it would make it 10pp each. On Filling & Healthy it’s only 6pp no matter how much Chicken you have. I hope you have a fabulous Friday Night! Here’s the Skinny:

For the Mediterranean Vegetables:

1 Large Carrot 

3 Peppers Red, Orange & Yellow

¼ of an Aubergine

1 Small Red Onion

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

1 Tsp Dried Thyme

Salt & Pepper

Sprayoil  For The Orange & Cumin Spiced Israeli Couscous

100g Dried Israeli Couscous

800ml Chicken Stock

1 to 2 Oranges

½ Tsp Dried Cumin

Salt & Pepper

For the Chicken:

1 or 2 Medium Chicken Fillets

1 to 2 Tbsps of Lemon & Herb Seasoning Mix  To Serve:

40g Feta Cheese

Fresh Coriander Leaves

Orange quarters for squeezing over  Place the Chicken Fillet in an ovenproof dish & sprinkle with the Lemon & Herb Seasoning. Place in a preheated oven at 200c for approximately 25 minutes or until Chicken is fully cooked through. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes & slice. Meanwhile Peel the Carrot & Chop all the Vegetables into small bitesize pieces. Place in a baking tray sprayed with sprayoil. Sprinkle with the Parsley & Thyme & season with Salt & Pepper. Toss well & place in a preheated oven at 200c for approximately 20 minutes until nicely cooked through. Remove and set aside. To prepare the Israeli Couscous bring the Chicken Stock to the boil & add the Israeli Couscous, Juice of the Orange, Cumin & Season well with Salt & Pepper. Reduce to a simmer & cook for approximately 12 minutes or the time specified on the packet instructions. Remove & Drain the Couscous. Mix the Vegetables & Israeli Couscous together well & crumble in the Feta, tear in the fresh Coriander & adjust the seasoning if required. Squeeze over some more Orange Juice if required & serve with the Sliced Chicken Fillet & Enjoy!