This is a great family friendly meal. We had miniature pumpkins at our local supermarket, so I have used them in this recipe and they were amazing! Brussel sprouts cooked in a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and bacon would have been great with this dish as well! The quantities below fed 4 of us with leftovers, which we used for lunch the next day.
1 x 1.6kg whole free range chicken
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
2 stalks of rosemary, approx 10 cm long
1 miniature pumpkin, washed and cut into wedges
1 sweet potato (kumara), washed and cut into chunks
vegetables for serving
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 240 degrees celcius. Wash the chicken, pat dry with paper towel and brush with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the rosemary and lemon wedges inside the chicken, squeezing the lemon wedges to release some of the juice into the cavity before dropping them in. Place the chicken into a shallow dish or roasting dish and reduce the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes, covering with tinfoil and resting for 15 minutes prior to serving.
Toss the pumpkin wedges and kumara chunks in a little olive oil and place on an oven tray covered in tinfoil, adding to the oven when the chicken has been cooking for 45 minutes.
I’m including this recipe because the hardest part of making breakfast look good when poaching eggs, is the eggs, for those of us who are not trained chefs that is! So here is how I do it, to get them looking cafe fresh. The recipe below serves one, adjust quantities accordingly.
2 rashers bacon, sugar free/pastured
1/4 of an avocado
6 drops vinegar (optional)
Place the bacon under a preheated grill or dry fry in a non stick frying pan. In a medium saucepan, fill with 2/3 of water and bring to the boil; add a shake of salt and vinegar if using. Break one egg carefully into a saucer, stir the water around quickly and add the egg to the water, then gently add the next egg. Turn the heat down and cook slowly, 3-5 minutes until set, lifting carefully out with a slotted spoon or fish slice. If you have some avocado oil and lemon juice, a drizzle over the top of the eggs adds some nice flavour!
This is a great recipe for the whole family, I served it on salad greens, but the rest of the family ate it atop sweet potato/cauliflower mash which looked much nicer than mine. Unfortunately I was unable to take a photo before they started eating, so my meal while very tasty, looks a little messier!
6 boneless chicken thighs
6 rashers bacon
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 tbs black olives
2 tbs capers
2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbs fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
4 small wedges lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
Wrap the chicken thighs in bacon, trying to meet the ends of the bacon together. Bring a frying pan to a medium-high heat, add a little olive oil, garlic and brown the chicken. In the bottom of a casserole dish, put the olive oil, olives, capers, and tomatoes, place the chicken on top, add the lemon wedges and sprinkle the flat leaf parsley on top. Cook for 30 minutes at 180 degrees celcius, resting for 5-7 minutes prior to serving. Serve on mash or salad.
This is a great cafe style weekend breakfast, perfectly suited to espresso coffee from my Bialetti! Saturday is one of the few days I get to have a lazy start and with young children, we don’t often get organised in time to get off to a cafe for breakfast, so this is the next best thing. Actually I think it is often better, as we don’t have to get out of our pyjamas if we don’t want to!
For the Sweet Potato Fritter recipe, Click me, just be sure to leave out the parmesan if you aren’t eating dairy. The recipe is gluten free and lactose free if omitting the cheese. This recipe will serve 2 people, please adjust quantities accordingly.
I also used:
A handful of black olives
1/2 an avocado, sliced
8 rashers of sugar free, pastured bacon
2 eggs, poached
Once the fritters are cooking, grill the bacon and place some lettuce and avocado on a plate for serving. Stack the bacon and fritters on top of each other, top with a poached egg. Place some olives around the plate and serve with a couple of wedges of lemon.
I decided to try my hand at a cashew satay sauce for something different with our steak tonight and it turned out well, although not as traditional as the usual satay due to the lack of chilli and fish sauce, but still not bad! If making this at home and you have fresh chilli and a sugar free fish sauce, I would recommend using it as it would definitely improve this recipe.
Cashew Satay Sauce:
2-3 tbs cashew butter
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 small brown onion, finely diced
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 & 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cup of coconut milk or coconut cream
salt and pepper
olive oil for cooking
Heat a small saucepan to a medium heat, add olive oil, garlic and onion and cook 1-2 minutes or until onion becomes translucent. Add the cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt and pepper and mix in, if you have sugar free fish sauce and fresh chilli, add 1 tsp fish sauce and 2 finely chopped fresh red chillis here. Finally add the coconut milk and cashew butter, being sure to mix together well. Add some chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) if you have some. Keep warm until the steak is ready.
Scotch Fillet Steak, Pureed Sweet Potato and Cauliflower
Scotch fillet steak
1 sweet potato (kumara), peeled and chopped
5 florets cauliflower
steamed vegetables for serving (I used carrots and brussel sprouts)
salt and pepper
Heat a frying pan to a medium-high heat. When very hot, add a little olive oil searing for 1-2 minutes before turning the heat down a little to cook a further 5 minutes, do the same on the other side and rest for 5-7 minutes before serving. Add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time each side if you prefer it well done.
Meanwhile, place the sweet potato and cauliflower in a saucepan of water and bring to the boil. To cook the other vegetables, I usually place them on top of the sweet potato etc to steam approx 3 minutes before the sweet potato is cooked. When cooked, remove the steamed vege and put on serving plates. Drain the sweet potato and cauliflower, add a small drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Using a masher or barmix, mash or puree. Spread the mash onto the plate, place the cooked steak on top and then top with the cashew satay sauce or serve on the side.
Instead of having bacon and eggs, I thought I would try something different and this worked really well. This would also make a fabulous evening meal. Treat it like you would bircher muesli and put everything together the night before, so all you have to do is cook it in the morning, or in the microwave at work for lunch. The recipe below is for one person, increase quantities to serve more people. Add some grated apple for a nice layer of flavour.
50gms pork mince (ground pork)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 rashers bacon, finely sliced
1 floret cauliflower, chopped into very small pieces
a sprinkle of cinnamon
salt and pepper
Bring a small non-stick frying pan to a medium heat, add the ginger and bacon and stir around to season the pan. Next add the pork mince, cauliflower, cinnamon and a touch of salt and pepper, cook 3-4 minutes until pork is cooked all the way through.
This is one of my son’s favourite meals, and at his request I cooked salmon for dinner last night. The recipe below will serve 3 people, so increase quantities to serve more people.
3 pieces of fresh wild salmon (approx 20cm in length and 6cm in width)
1 whole kumara, skin on and cleaned, cut into chunks
vegetables to serve (I used broccoli, cauliflower and carrot)
Salt and pepper
Scrub the kumara and cut into thick chunks and toss through some olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking tray, covered with tin foil and cook at 200 degrees celcius for approximately 20 minutes. Chop your vegetables and put them into a small amount of water in a saucepan with the lid on, ready to cook while the salmon is resting.
Bring a non-stick frying pan to a medium heat, place 1/2 a tsp of olive oil in the pan and brush to coat the bottom or use a paper towel to spread it around, taking care not to burn your fingers! Rub a little salt into the skin of the salmon and place into the frying pan, skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes and gently turn over, cooking for a further 5 minutes. Rest the salmon skin side down for 5 minutes before serving.
Turn the vegetables onto a high heat and bring to the boil, cooking for 2-3 minutes, they should still be a little crunchy when you remove them from the water.