Aubergine with Yoghurt, Chilli and Honey

Aubergine with Yoghurt, Chilli and Honey from @sainsburysmagazine August issue by @genevieveeats

I always love to try new recipes and this was a little different. It is griddled aubergine topped with Greek yoghurt mixed with fresh garlic, sprinkled with chopped mint, walnuts and chillis, drizzled with sherry vinegar and honey. On my first attempt, whilst it tasted amazing, I was a little flustered by trying to get all the components ready. However, the second time I made it, I prepared everything in advance and it was a breeze to make 🙌 We ate it like canapés by picking up a piece of aubergine covered with all the amazing toppings and devouring it. Like I said, it is a little different and whilst our 10 year old tried it but wasn’t sure, our 13 year old wolfed down slice after slice! 🤣

Greek Salad with Halloumi

I love my monthly @sainsburysmag This month there were so many summery recipes to try. The Greek Halloumi Salad on page 12 was amazing! So fresh and zingy. The kids loved the honey and sesame marinade on the halloumi.

Halloumi and roasted veg

Roasted vegetables with halloumi seasoned with za’atar spice mix and couscous.

I got this dinner idea from @what_i_cooked_for_dinner this week. She made a ratatouille but I couldn’t as I didn’t have any tomatoes in #neverhavetherightingredients 🤦‍♀️🤣 However, the roasted vegetables were lovely. I chopped a courgette, aubergine, 2 red onions and 1 red pepper roughly and tossed in olive oil and seasoning. Roasted at 200oC for 30 minutes.

The za’atar spice mix is from @morrisons and tasted delicious, it made such a difference to the halloumi. I seasoned one side of the halloumi with it and fried the slices on a high heat for around 4 minutes each side.

The couscous was a bit random but worked- mix 2 tsp red pesto and a vegetable stock cube into 150g dried couscous and cover a thumb width high with boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes, season and drizzle with a little olive oil then lightly separate the grains with a fork.

Gnocchi al Tegamino

I found out about this dish while searching for gnocchi recipes. I ended up finding an Italian account where there was no recipe but just a photo and the name of this dish and I thought it looked delicious. I found out it is a simple recipe with tomato sauce, gnocchi, cheese and basil so ideal for a midweek meal. I love @morrisons Savers range, the mozzarella is amazing and fantastic value at 45p!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large clove of garlic, crushed

2 tins of plum tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

Seasoning

2 x 500g fresh gnocchi

Fresh basil leaves

125g mozzarella, cut into cubes

A good grating of Parmesan

METHOD

1) Fill the kettle and boil.

2) Preheat the oven to 180oC.

3) Heat the oil in an ovenproof dish and gently fry the garlic for 1 minute until soft.

4) Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spoon.

5) Sprinkle in the oregano and season. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.

6) Pour the boiled water from the kettle into a pan, add salt and the gnocchi and simmer for 2 minutes until the gnocchi starts to float.

7) Drain and gently stir into the tomato sauce.

8) Scatter torn basil leaves and the mozzarella over the top.

9) Finish with a good grating of parmesan and bake in the oven for approx 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

10) Serve with a salad.

Lentil, Bean and Beetroot Salad

My friend gave me this recipe and in her words ‘This delicious salad is such a cheat but also very easy.’ Her recipe uses pomegranate seeds instead of beetroot but both work equally well.

INGREDIENTS

Half a bag of curly kale

@merchantgourmet tomatoey french lentils

@waitroseandpartners wheat berries, lentils and green vegetables

Three whole cooked beetroot, chopped roughly

Feta

METHOD

1) Put the kale in the food processor and chop.

2) In a bowl mix the kale, @waitroseandpartners wheatberry mix, @merchantgourmet lentils and and the beetroot.

3) Heat it for a 1 minute in the microwave (or put in a pan and warm on the hob for a few minutes) and then serve with crumbled feta.

Sundried Tomato, Pepper and Chilli Pasta

Super quick and easy meal tonight. I made it for three of us so up the ingredients if you want to serve more.

Serves 3

INGREDIENTS

6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 red/yellow pepper, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1/2 tsp crushed chillis

200g mozzarella, drained and cubed

Fresh basil

Seasoning

1 tbsp olive oil

300g pasta (I used @morrisons trottole)

METHOD

1. Finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor with a little of the oil from the jar.

2. Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

3. Gently fry the onion and pepper in the oil until soft and golden. Turn off the heat. Add the chilli.

4. Add the tomatoes and stir.

5. Drain the pasta and put back in it’s pan.

6. Stir in the finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cubed mozzarella.

7. Season again if necessary and serve with torn basil on top.

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

Meatfree Monday dinner last night. This should have been a Tom Kerridge recipe from my new cookbook but I didn’t want to waste the creme fraiche I had opened for the sweet potato mash on Sunday so I ended up doing my own take on his recipe!

Morrison’s frozen butternut squash is brilliant just to grab out of the freezer and pop straight into the oven. No peeling and cutting required! I actually cooked it the day before and left it in the fridge which made cooking a bit quicker last night.

The panko breadcrumbs were so convenient and really crisp on top.

INGREDIENTS

Morrisons frozen butternut squash

300g pasta, I used casareccia

200ml creme fraiche

Seasoning

30g Parmesan finely grated

3 sage leaves finely chopped

50g panko breadcrumbs

METHOD

1. Heat the oven to 220oC/Fan 200oC/Gas 7.

2. Cook the butternut squash in the oven with a little olive oil.

3. Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

4. Blend 3/4 of the squash with the creme fraiche and Parmesan.

5. Drain the pasta (save a little of the water) and pop back in the pan.

6. Stir in the sauce and season. Add some of the pasta water to loosen.

7. Pour into an ovenproof dish.

8. Sprinkle over the remaining butternut squash, sage and breadcrumbs.

9. Bake for 15 minutes.