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! 🤣

Stir-Fried Pork with Honey and Ginger

BBC Food Stir-fried Pork with Ginger and Honey is a recipe we come back to again and again. It’s quick and easy to make and the sauce is so flavoursome. Tip: I keep all the ingredients the same but double the sauce ingredients. It’s quite a thick sauce so I thin it out with a little hot water. Recipe link here.

Vege Pasta

We had this super quick vege pasta for tea last night. I always try and have a tin of ratatouille in the cupboard as it’s so useful for adding veggies to meals without all the prep.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

400g pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red pepper, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

Seasoning

1 400g tin ratatouille

1/2 jar sundried tomatoes, chopped

160g bag spinach

125g ball of mozzarella, chopped

Grated parmesan

METHOD

1. Start by getting 400g of pasta on the boil.

2. Fry the red pepper and onion in olive oil for 5 minutes.

3. Next add the garlic and fry gently for a further minute. Season.

4. Then add the ratatouille, sun dried tomatoes and spinach.

5. Finally stir in the cooked pasta and mozzarella.

6. Serve with grated Parmesan for extra cheesiness.

New potatoes with garlic and rosemary

1) Preheat oven to 220oC (fan).

2) Put new potatoes in cold water and bring to the boil.

3) Turn off heat and drain.

4) Put in ovenproof dish and toss in olive oil.

5) Add two sprigs of rosemary and 5 cloves of garlic (leave skins on and crush under a knife).

6) Sprinkle on some fine rock salt and toss again.

7) Put in the oven for 50 mins, turning halfway through.

8) Before serving, remove the rosemary and garlic.

Cajun Cod with Puy Lentils

This is such a quick, easy recipe. The smoked paprika in the sauce gives it a lovely flavour. @merchantgourmet cooked puy lentil pouches are really convenient and cut the cooking time considerably.

Cajun Cod with Puy Lentils

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 red onion, diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

150ml vegetable stock

Seasoning

5 sundried tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 pouch @merchantgourmet cooked puy lentils

2 400ml tins chopped tomatoes

4 fresh cod fillets

METHOD

1. Fry the onion in the oil until softened.

2. Season and add the garlic, fry gently for a further minute.

3. Pour over the stock and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Stir in both the tinned and sundried tomatoes, paprika and puy lentils.

5. Place the cod fillets on top and season.

6. Cover and cook on a low simmer for 15-20 minutes.

7. Check the cod is cooked through and serve.

Hidden veg sauce and meatballs

Last night we had turkey meatballs and hidden veg sauce. I haven’t made a hidden veg pasta sauce in years as my children are older and I don’t believe there’s any need to hide the vegetables now (although my 10 year old still pushes courgette round her plate!). However, it’s a great way of getting vegetables into younger children and also it suits people who don’t particularly like the texture of certain foods.

The @morrisons turkey meatballs are a healthy alternative to beef especially if you cook them in the oven rather than frying them. They’re also really convenient if you don’t want to make your own.

INGREDIENTS

Turkey meatballs

1 tbsp olive oil

1 red pepper, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1/2 courgette, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

Seasoning

1 and half 400g tins chopped tomatoes

Spaghetti

Fresh basil

Parmesan

METHOD

1) Bake the meatballs in an ovenproof dish (no oil) at 180oC for 20 minutes.

2) While they’re cooking, fry the vegetables in the olive oil.

3) After 10 minutes, add 1 crushed clove of garlic and cook for a further minute.

4) Season, then add the tomatoes and heat through.

5) Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Then blend in a nutribullet or use a hand blender.

6) Pour back into the pan, add the cooked meatballs and heat through.

7) Serve with spaghetti, fresh basil and grated Parmesan.

Paella

A friend at work asked me if I could post my recipe for paella so here it is 😊 I cooked the whole chicken thighs separately last night and added them at the end but usually I cook the meat in the pan at the start. It’s a very versatile meal- sometimes I omit the prawns and other times I add a seafood mix. I especially love serving it at the table in my large cast iron pan as it reminds me of seeing paella being cooked at Spanish markets.

Paella

Serves 4 (large portions!)

INGREDIENTS

8 chicken thighs

1 red pepper, roughly chopped

1 red onion, roughly chopped

1 chorizo ring, sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp dried thyme

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes

Seasoning

350g paella rice

1.75 pints of chicken stock

3 tbsp frozen peas

14 cherry tomatoes, halved

200g cooked king prawns

METHOD

1. Cook the chicken thighs in the oven at 190oC for 45 minutes. Once cooked remove from the oven and set aside.

2. While the chicken is cooking, fry the onions, pepper and chorizo in the olive oil for 5 minutes.

3. Add the garlic, spices and thyme and fry for a further minute.

4. Season and stir in the paella rice ensuring it gets coated in oil.

5. Pour in 1 pint of the chicken stock and the frozen peas and simmer for around 25 minutes.

6. Keep an eye on the paella rice, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

7. Top up with the chicken stock every so often when it starts getting a bit dry so the rice is submerged.

8. After 20 minutes add the cooked prawns and stir through.

9. Most of the stock should have been added (you may need to add more/less- taste the rice to see if it’s cooked). Finish by stirring through the tomatoes and giving them a couple of minutes to warm up.

10. Serve with the cooked chicken thighs on top.