Fragrant Coconut Beef Curry

I was eavesdropping earlier in Aldi, you know the way you do, sometimes you can’t help overhear cos people are talking right beside you, anyways one says to the other “Oh you must make that coconut beef recipe” and in my head I went “Bing! That’s sounds (a.) freakin’ delicious and (b.) exactly what I want to eat tonight” A bit of quick thinking and a little google researching ensued around the aisles of Aldi and this is what was conceived from the aforementioned earwigging. A beautiful light fragrant coconut beef curry, delicious! Here’s how I made it:

800g Lean Steak Pieces

400ml Can Light Coconut Milk

1 Small Onion diced

2 Cloves Garlic Crushed

2cm piece of Fresh Ginger grated

2 Bay Leaves

Mix together in a bowl the following:

1 Tsp Tumeric

½ Tsp Chilli Powder

½ Tsp Ground Fenugreek

1 ½ Tsp Ground Coriander

1 Tsp Cumin

2 Tsps Paprika

2 Tbsps Medium Curry Powder

Pinch of salt

To Serve:

Basmati Rice

Fresh Chilli

Fresh Coriander

Fresh Lime

Serves 4 at 10SP for the Curry (Add points for the rice or whatever you serve it alongside)

Using some spray oil, fry the beef in batches until brown, remove and set aside. Fry the onion over a low heat until softened this will take about 5 minutes. Pop the grated ginger and crushed garlic in and fry for 30 seconds or so. Pour in your spice mix that you have in the bowl and continue to cook the dry spice mix with the onion over a medium heat while stirring, it will stick very slightly just keep moving it about. Pour in the Coconut Milk and add the bay leaves and re add the beef to the pan. Simmer over a medium heat for 40 minutes or so until the beef is tender. Sere with rice and top with fresh coriander, chillies and lime. How easy was that!

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Indian Spiced Savoury Mince

I’m always after new and different healthy ways to use mince and this works a treat. I was off unexpectedly today as my little Mimi is sick since last night so I’ve been on nursing duty all day, the poor little pet is feeling a good bit better and when Daddy got in from work I took a quick trip out to Aldi to pick up some ingredients to throw dinner together. This is beautifully aromatic while cooking filling your kitchen with beautiful exotic smells. Its gorgeous with rice but you could have it with wedges or jacket potato either. You know me, I like large portions and this serves 4 hungry people at 7 smartpoints a portion of mince, you could easily feed 6 to be honest

1000g lean beef mince
1 onion peeled & diced
2 stalks celery peeled & diced
2 medium carrots peeled & diced
100g Frozen Peas
Small piece of ginger peeled & grated
2 cloves of garlic peeled & crushed
2 tins plum tomatoes
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp tomato puree
Fresh coriander leaves

Spice Blend:
2 Tbsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 Tsp paprika
¼ Tsp chilli powder
Pinch of ground cloves
Salt & black pepper

In a non stick pan sprayed with some oil sautee the diced veg until softening (approx 8 mins). Add beef mince and cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add grated ginger, spice blend and crushed garlic and fry for another minute to release the flavours. Add in the tinned chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Bring to the boil, lower the heat to medium and cook covered with a lid for 30 minutes stirring occasionally (add a little water if it goes too dry). Remove the lid, add the frozen peas and garam masala stir through and cook for another 10 minutes or so. Serve with rice or poatato and garnish with fresh chopped coriander. Enjoy!

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

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Healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull and boring, this healthy recipe will satisfy your cravings for takeout and can be thrown together in less time than the take-out delivery man would even be at your door with your order. Crispy battered chicken smothered in a spicy sweet sesame sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds & sliced spring onion on a bed of fluffy wholegrain rice, why it’s utterly downright delightful. January has never looked so darn good. This lovely lot serves 4 generously and comes in at just 13 Smartpoints a serving. The Macros per Serving are 494 Calories | Protein 39 | Carbs 68 | Fat 7.

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For the Battered Chicken:
500g Chicken Fillet Diced
60g Dried Semolina
15g Cornflour
1/4 Tsp Chinese 5 Spice
1 Egg
Salt & Cracked Black Pepper

For the Honey Sesame Sauce:
200mls Chicken Stock
2 Tbsps Honey
2 Tbsps White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsps Soy Sauce
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
1 Clove Garlic Crushed
7.5g (a slightly heaped Tsp) Cornflour
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup

To Serve:
240g Dried Weight Wholegrain Rice (60g per person)
A Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds
A Couple of Sliced Spring Onions

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Place the semolina in a small bowl and add the 15g cornflour, Chinese 5 spice and season with salt & pepper. Mix together well. Set yourself up a little production line with your bowl of diced chicken pieces, your bowl of semolina mixture, another bowl with the egg beaten well and a plate to place the coated chicken onto. Meanwhile put the rice on to cook as per packet instructions. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat to preheat you can spray it with oil for extra non-stick factor if you wish, I always do. Dip the chicken pieces a few at a time into the beaten egg, shake off any excess and roll it around in the semolina mix. The idea is to lightly coat the chicken you are not looking for a thick or heavy coating, and place them on the plate until all the chicken has been coated. Alternatively, you could coat the chicken in the egg and place the semolina mixture in a large zip lock food bag and place the chicken into it shaking it around well until the chicken is fully coated, I have not tried this but have seen people coat meat with flour or spices like this before and its possibly quicker so go with whichever you are comfortable with. Place the chicken flat around the pan piece by piece in an even layer and cook over a medium high heat for 5 to 8 minutes a side or until browning and cooked through. Place the stock in a medium sized saucepan and add the rest of the sauce ingredients EXCEPT the 7.5g cornflour. Bring it to a light boil and place the cornflour in a small glass and add a tiny drop of cold water just enough so it fully dissolves the cornflour. Pour the cornflour mix into the sauce stirring continuously with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until the sauce thickens, it won’t be very thick it’s more like a slightly thick but runnyish coating. Once done pour the sauce over the chicken pieces in the pan and lightly stir ensuring all the chicken is well coated in the sauce. Plate your servings of rice and spoon over the coated chicken. Sprinkle over some Sesame seeds and sliced spring onion and enjoy! This is best served straight away.

Turkey Curry

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A Traditional take on the festive leftovers this year with an old school turkey curry. I made this kinda ad hoc so bear with me I’m going to write it verbatim as I made it. You can of course use roast chicken or roast up some chicken fillets and shred them either. I only used the skinless white leaner meat for this and Smartpoints and Macros are in accordance with that. This made 4 huge servings you could probably even get 6 smaller portions out of this especially if you added a bit more veg to bulk it out. The Smartpoints per serving when serving 4 people is just 4 you will need to point whatever you serve with it, I had both wholegrain rice and I’ve also had it with homemade oven chips. The Macros per serving are 292Cals | 42 Protein | 16 Carbs | 5 Fat for the curry and add in whatever you choose to serve it with. Continue reading

Healthy & Light Chicken Tikka Masala

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I heard a few weeks ago that Chicken Tikka Masala topped the poll this year for Irelands favourite take out dish overtaking the legendary Spice bag (There’s a healthy spice bag recipe already available on the blog) and it’s been on my mind ever since to give it my light and healthy twist whilst keeping all the richness and depth of flavour which I think I have achieved here. Continue reading

Sweet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Brown Rice

Last Night’s dinner was quite popular on my Instagram feed so I thought I’d pop it up here on the blog as well as in the comments for ease of future reference. This really is an extremely quick & easy, healthy throw together meal, it only took me 12 minutes to prepare! You don’t even have to prepare the rice or pre-boil the broccoli, I just used pre cooked rice & steamed the broccoli how easy is that! We all need those quick go to dishes that you can fire together at a minute’s notice on a busy evening & this is exactly that! Continue reading

Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Me & Risotto are bessie mates, so much so that I can knock it out midweek with my eyes practically closed. It has a real reputation for being a tricky & difficult dish to make but it’s really, really not. It’s a little time consuming with all the stirring but that’s the only taxing part & it’s ready in just 20 minutes so really not that taxing after all! I get asked every time I post a recipe for risotto if you can use different rice or ordinary basmati rice and the answer is unfortunately no you definitely can’t, you need to buy the special risotto rice as the dish only works with a short grain rice, it’s all about the creaminess with risotto and other rices just don’t have the same starch content to create that effect. Arborrio rice is the most common risotto rice & it is widely available in all main supermarkets and it’s really not that difficult to source so good news there! This serves 2 at 9 Smartpoints or Macros 395Cal Protein 35 Carbs 54 Fat 4  Continue reading