Sweet spud bake

This dish came to be because I’d made my Mexican spuds and had leftover roasted whole sweet potatoes. But it is so yummy that now I’ll roast the spuds just for the dish!

 

Ingredients

4 roast sweet spuds

¼ red cabbage

3 tbs rice malt syrup

3 different cheeses, about 100g dotted around

Parsley, chopped rough

 

Method

Wrap your sweet potatoes in baking paper and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour.

All wrapped up and ready for the oven!

Mash the potatoes into a lasagne tray. Drizzle the rice malt syrup onto the top, and then sprinkle with sliced red cabbage. Now add whatever cheese you like to the top.

Mashing the sweet spuds straight into the tray.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for half an hour. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving!

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Sweet spud bake

Roast vegetables

It seems crazy to have a roast vege recipe, but some people don’t know how to do a good roast veg. When I was 16 I had to do the family cooking, and there were no blogs, and no recipe book had roasting vegetables – it was a given you knew – so this is for anyone out there who is like me; I had no idea but wanted to make nice hearty meals. You’ll be fine with this! Just remember the smaller the veg the hotter the oven and less cooking time. The larger the veg the lower the oven temperature and the longer the cooking time.

Ingredients

Whatever veges you have!

For this particular roast I used;

4 button squash cut in half

3 carrots, cut into half centimetre widths

A handful of green beans

5 potatoes, cut into pieces about the size of a whole walnut

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Here’s another version without the squash!

Method

Toss your veges in a drizzle of olive oil so they are nicely coated. Place on a roasting tray (you can pre-warm it before putting them on or line with baking paper). Now sprinkle some salt and pepper over them. Bake at 190 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. If you like your vegetables bigger, chop them bigger! That will increase cooking time to 1 hour and degres the temperature to 150 degrees Celsius. If you like extra crispy spuds, I suggest boiling them first for a few minutes and then baking them under a high heat for 10 minutes – but that’s another recipe! I hope you like your roast veges, they truly are a great way to enjoy the flavours of the Earth!

Roast vegetables

Lazy pasta

Sunday lunches have to be quick to make and long to eat around here! But in being too lazy to do the groceries, I only had a few ingredients so this is what came of it. It is actually pretty nice and fresh!

 

Ingredients

200 g baby spinach leaves, fresh

1 punnet cherry or baby Roma tomatoes, sliced in half

Salt and pepper to your liking

Dash olive oil

200 g spaghetti

 

Method

Bring a pot of water to boil, add a pinch of salt and your pasta. Once pasta is ready, drain. Heat a splash of olive oil in a pan and add the pasta, tossing the oil through. Now add the spinach and tomatoes. Salt and pepper as you wish and you’re done. We smothered it in fine parmesan cheese – oh so yummy!!

Lazy pasta

Chicken soup

This is the bomb! The flu bomb! The sniffly nose bomb! The I feel like I need a hug bomb! It just happens to be my son’s favourite soup, and he was feeling a little off so I made this for his lunch. It freezes very well, so the rest is in the deep box for next time someone needs to feel better.

Ingredients

10 cloves garlic, crushed

1 red onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

3 celery sticks, diced

1 can creamed corn

2 tbs vegetable stock powder

1 roast chicken, torn apart

3 desiree potatoes, diced chunky

1L water

Handful of parsley

A couple of sprigs of thyme

Splash of olive oil

 

Method

Shake a splash of olive oil into a large pot and heat. Add the garlic, onion, celery and carrots, cooking together for five minutes. Now add your water, stock powder, creamed corn and shredded chook. Bring to the boil and then simmer for ten minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer for a further twenty minutes. Add your herbs and serve piping hot!!

Chicken soup

Mexican style sweet spuds

Looking for a way to dress up a spud? Looking for an exciting vegetarian dinner option? This dish is delicious! And the colours are so pretty! This is good for dinner parties too because everything is placed on the table and people can assemble their own meal – so their ingredients and portion size are under their own control. Give this a whirl – you may find yourself making it as a new staple dish – I did!

Ingredients

8 sweet potatoes (assuming each person has one sweet potato)

1 tub of sour cream

1 jar of tomato salsa (homemade or bought)

125g grated cheese

1 can black beans

1 can sweet corn kernels

4 tomatoes, chopped roughly or a punnet of baby Romas sliced in half

1 red onion, chopped finely

A handful of coriander, chopped roughly

1 cucumber, diced chunky

2 avocados, diced or sliced as you like

1 lime

Ready for the oven

 

 The colours are just fantastic!

Method

Individually wrap each sweet spud in baking paper and place on baking trays in the oven set at 160 degrees Celsius for about an hour. Drain the beans in a colander and rinse thoroughly under running water. Do the same with the corn. Place the corn and beans in a large salad bowl with the chopped onion, tomatoes, cucumber and coriander. Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice over your salad. Once the sweet spuds are done, cut your avocado and either add it to your salad or serve as a side option. Place your sour cream, salsa and cheese as side options too. My hubby loves a bit of crunch, so I even have a bag of white corn chips as a side option! But fancy – I shove them in a bowl first! Lol! Each person assembles their own spud – so its pretty much unwrap a spud, cut in half and share the other half with the person sitting next to you, then top away. Sometimes I grill some chicken as a side option too. Oh the options! However you decide to serve your spuds, enjoy them!

Mexican style sweet spuds

Lamb one pot wonder

Like many mothers, I too work outside of them home a bit. This calls for lots of planning so we don’t eat takeaway and get our immune systems down. So in light of that, I generally cook a roast each Monday night and then use the leftover meat in other dishes such as ragus, and things I concoct in a pot – my one pot wonders! This was very delicious and put together in about half an hour, so has become a little go to dish mid-week. The simple flavours and the beautiful herbs will give your body just the boost you need on hump day! I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

1 red onion, diced

5 cloves of garlic, diced

2 carrots, diced

Splash of olive oil

250ml passata

300ml can diced tomatoes

2 cups leftover roast lamb

Salt and pepper to your liking

½ handful of parsley

4 sprigs oregano

4 sprigs thyme

 

Method

Splash some olive oil in a pan. Once heated put the onion, garlic and carrots in and saute for 10 minutes. Add the passata and diced tomatoes. Salt and pepper as much as you like. Add your leftover lamb roast and your herbs (leaving some for garnish). Simmer together for about 20 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together. Serve with mash potatoes or whatever side dish you like!

Lamb one pot wonder

Crispy seared salmon

This was risky to serve my household. There aren’t many seafood recipes on here because my hubby is allergic to it, so we only have it in his absence and when I have pre-planned. It turns out that Miss 7 and Master 14 absolutely loved this and have asked for it since! Have a go, it is easy and brilliant!

Ingredients

As many salmon fillets with skin on as you need

Olive oil

Sea salt

Whatever vegetables you like

 

Method

Drizzle olive oil over the skin of the salmon and then sprinkle the salt on. Rub the salt into the skin. Heat a non-stick fry pan to medium heat. Place the salmon skin down on the hot pan. Cover with a lid for about 4 minutes, then remove the lid. Lift the salmon and place down, still with the skin on the bottom. Turn up the heat for a further minute. If you like your salmon medium to well done, this is you now, get off the train! That’s how I make it. If you like it 100% cooked, turn the salmon over for a further 1-2 minutes. This timing is based on salmon that is over an inch thick at the largest section. If yours is smaller, do not cook for as long. When I have 2cm high fillets I just cook skin side down for 3 minutes with the lid on, remove the lid for one more minute and then it is done. Serve with whatever veges you like. I made some steamed potatoes, smothered in butter and parsley, and blanched a few beans! Enjoy your beautiful fish dish!

Crispy seared salmon