Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Broccolini with Butter Beans, Pine Nuts and Pasta

This recipe is great as a side dish or to feed the hoards. Simple increase the ingredients to suit your purpose.Delicious, hearty and healthy all in the one dish.... Pasta can be substituted for the butter beans if preferred or half and half as I have done which is the healthier option and has a nice texture.
Broccolin with Butter Beans, Pasta & Pine Nuts

  • 1 large bunch of Broccolini on to steam while preparing the rest.
  • Boil a small amount (1/2 cup)of a small pasta ... I have used Piccolini. 
  • Meanwhile heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and softly fry some finely chopped fresh garlic then add a drained tin of butter beans and stir fry until they take on some colour.
  • Add a large handful of pine nuts to the pan and toss them to toast up.
  • Turn off the heat and stir through some cream to make a sauce.
  • Finally combine the cooked pasta, broccolini, heaps of parmesan cheese and black pepper with the butter bean and pine nut mix to serve.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup recipe...

... with a twist of freshness added...

Chicken Noodle Soup with some added freshness

I have used a salt reduced packet of chicken noodle soup for this recipe and freshened it up with the quick addition of a couple of items. You are limited only by your imagination and this simple idea I hope will be inspiration for you to become creative. The only limitations are that what ever you add in the way of fresh veggies or noodles etc needs to cook in a five minute simmer situation.

  • Make up the salt reduced chicken noodle soup following the directions on the packet ... bring a litre of water to the boil and add the soup mix.
  • While the water is reaching the boil finely dice the stems of a small bunch of coriander which you have picked the leaves from and retained along with a small handful of finely sliced cabbage.
  • Add both the coriander stems and the shredded cabbage at the same time as the soup mix and simmer all together as per the packet instructions.
  • Two minutes before the finish of the simmer time add about a cup of crushed vermicelli rice noodles.
  • Stir through the coriander leaves and serve immediately with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice and cracked black pepper.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cauliflower Rice with Goats Cheese

Cauliflower Rice with Goats Cheese

This dish can be served on its own, as a side dish, in place of rice or let it go cold and add to salads. Cauliflower is low in fat and contains numerous health benefiting nutrients that help in the prevention of prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers.

  • Soften a finely chopped onion in a little oil in a large frying pan for about 5 minutes until transparent.
  • Either grate or whizz a half cauliflower in a food processor until very fine and resembles couscous (which is another name for this recipe "Cauliflower Couscous")
  • When the onion is softened add the finely dice stems of a small bunch of coriander (pick and retain the leaves) a teaspoon of ground coriander and the fine cauliflower... continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the cauli is soft and starting to brown.
  • Stir in 3/4 of the coriander leaves and season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • To serve plate up topping it with some crumbled goats cheese and the remaining coriander leaves.

  • Feel free to replace the cauliflower with broccoli for a green alternative.
  • Serve with meat as a side dish if you like.
  • Cool the cooked cauliflower dish and add it to your favourite salad as a way of incorporating texture and nutrient into a delicious leafy salad.