Curried Roasted Vegetables and Curry Sauce

This is my latest craving !  I think I could have curried roasted vegetables forever without tiring from them.  This sauce OMW !!! This sauce is the star of the show ! It is probably the most versatile sauce I have made and it is great with Evverryything !!!. With literally six ingredients you have the ultimate sauce, and best of all….no major effort.

I do a lot of roasted vegetables, and one day decided to throw some curry powder on them instead of the usual herbs.  Result:  Perfect.  That night I was going to serve it on quinoa (obviously) but just thought that it needed a bit of oomph. I didn’t really know where I was going with this, but some sort of sauce was needed, maybe…but I didn’t want the thickness of a white sauce effect…. So, butter, chopped onion, minced garlic, curry powder, a little milk and cornflour came to play and the Curry Sauce was born. Now….this sauce is used for pretty much anything, on top of patties, burgers, tortillas, you name it, the sauce is used ! Seriously, if the hubby could drink this sauce from a straw, trust me he would !!! In fact I am waiting for him to pile it on a sandwich instead of his usual peanut butter !!!

The great thing about this Curried Roasted Vegetables and Curry Sauce is that you can mix and match whatever vegetables you like, or better still whatever vegetables you have on hand. This can be made as a main meal or a side…I mean, really….how great is this!!!

Curried Roasted Vegetables and Curry Sauce

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  40 minutes

Ingredients:

Butternut

Carrot

Peppers

Tomato

Marrows

Salt and Pepper

Sprinkling of curry powder

Optional:  Top with roasted curried chickpeas *

Kale

For the Sauce:  (Makes just over 1 cup /approximately 300 millilitres thickish sauce)

4 Tablespoons of butter

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 cup milk of your choice (plus an extra 50 millilitres to thin sauce later)

2 teaspoons maizena/cornflour (gluten-free)

1 dessertspoonful curry powder

Instructions:

Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are going to roast Kale, I like to do this on a separate baking tray from the other veggies.  Remove the kale leaves from the stalk. Massage the Kale leaves with a drizzling of olive oil and salt, for a few minutes. Place in the preheated oven, and watch carefully, as the Kale roasts up quickly.  Remove from oven.  The Kale will be nice and crispy. This is a great snack attack btw, but try to save some for your meal :-). 

Chop up all your vegetables, preferably the same size for roasting.

Place on baking trays, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and curry powder.

Give the veggies a toss so that the oil and seasoning covers the veggies well.

Place in the oven and roast.  Check about half way through and give them a stir around.

Remove from the oven once done.

Whilst the veggies are roasting, make the Curry Sauce.

In a small pot, on medium heat, add the butter and saute’ the diced onion and garlic. Add the curry powder and stir.

In a small cup add the maizena/cornflour and use a little of the milk you’ve measured out and add to the maizena/cornflour to help it combine.  Add this mixture to the small pot with the saute’d  onion and garlic. Stir gently.

Then add all of the remaining milk (except the extra measured out for thinning the sauce if needed) and allow to reach boiling stage.  Keep stirring. The sauce will thicken. If it is too thick, add a little milk.  If the sauce does stand awhile, it will naturally thicken and then just thin out with a little milk.

Taste.  If you want the sauce hotter, add more curry powder.

Serve the curry sauce on top of the roasted veggies and top with crunchy roasted curried chickpeas.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  To Roast Chickpeas:  Place cooked chickpeas on a baking tray, drizzle olive oil over and season with salt and pepper.  Add a sprinkling of curry powder.  Toss so all the chickpeas are generously covered with the  seasonings. Place in pre-heated oven and cook until a light golden  brown.

Carrot Cake Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

Okay, so this is not the most exciting looking breakfast on this planet, but it is super tasty.  When I first took the pic’s I had added the milk, warmed the porridge up, and it was all good to go….for my belly, not for the pic’s, sadly. They really just did not look good, and with everything all mushed around, you could not see what was what! You see, everything kind of gets warm and cozy and slithers down into the warmth of the milk! Hence the boring looking porridge! but I kid you not, those flavours are to die for. …….Soooo the next obvious option was finish the porridge, I mean, why not.  It doesn’t matter that I had actually eaten breakfast earlier…Load up another bowl of porridge, add milk, add a bunch of delicious toppings…Do Not steal the toppings, and Do Not warm it up. Take pic’s. (Put in sealed container in the fridge for the next day…Oh btw.  this is perfect for the next day!) This is seriously like having Carrot Cake for breakfast….the difference is, that this is the healthy nutritious version.

Carrot Cake Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

Preparation time:  5 minutes *  this time can be less if carrot is grated.

Cooking time:   8 minutes

Total time:  13 minutes

Serves 1 – 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup uncooked buckwheat

1 cup water

1 cup grated carrot

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (you can add a little more if you want)

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

a pinch of ground cloves

1 Tablespoon desiccated coconut

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:  milk of your choice, coconut flakes, toasted chopped nuts of your choice and a drizzling of honey

Instructions:

On medium heat and in a medium-sized pot, bring all the above (except the topping ingredients) to the boil.  Then reduce to simmer until cooked.  I personally like a bit of texture so I do not over cook. Mine took about 5 minutes. Remove pot from the heat. Place the porridge mixture into a breakfast bowl and add milk and toppings.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  If you want your porridge warmer, give it a boost in the microwave.

Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti

I really seem to be into my carbs lately.  Clearly my body must be lacking something, or I am storing up for winter…but it can’t be the latter as it doesn’t really get THAT cold here (she says all curled up under her duvet nearing the end of May) Well, in all seriousness, a couple weeks ago we really did have a cold spell over the weekend. You should have seen me then….

Oh well, such is life….

This Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti is my go-to meal.  It is simple, and probably the easiest meal known to mankind to make.  It is incredibly tasty and ultra healthy.

Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking time:  12 minutes

Total time:  17 minutes

Serves  4

Ingredients:

Spaghetti (I used Gluten-Free Spaghetti)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

250 gram mushrooms, sliced

a little butter for the mushrooms

For the pesto sauce:

100 gram butter

60 gram flour (I used Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour)

3 cups milk of your choice (I used Lactose-Free Rice Milk)

280 – 300 gram basil pesto (home-made or bought, whatever your preference)

salt and pepper if needed

Instructions:

Cook spaghetti as per packet instructions.

In another pot, on medium heat, add butter and saute’ the sliced mushrooms and garlic. Set aside once done.  In the same pot you used for the mushrooms add the butter for the sauce, allow to bubble and boil slightly. Remove from the heat and add in the flour. Stir well.  Return to the heat and stir well adding the milk in gradually.  This could be a bit of an arm workout, but it is nothing serious.  Keep on stirring until the sauce thickens and the milk is finished. Add the pesto, most of the mushrooms and stir.  Take the pot off the stove.

On individual plates, serve the pesto sauce on top of the spaghetti and top with the balance of the mushrooms.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*

  1.  Any leftover sauce will freeze well in a sealed container.

 

 

Red/Purple Cabbage and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

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Okay, I did this…..I put cabbage in your smoothie.  I swear you probably think I have lost all my marbles even considering cabbage for a smoothie….Don’t stone me, trust me… And, I put in the nice cabbage, the pretty colourful red one….just for a change. Or is it purple?  Aubergine like colour? Burgundy? I don’t know, personally I don’t think it is red or purple, often it is called red….but whatever, just something in between, but who cares so long as it is super cool and super pretty. Sorry if the cabbage thing has put you off, but it is good for you.

So, the moral of the story is, if you have a bit of red/purple,burgundy or aubergine colour cabbage left or if you see those little baby ones in the store or at the market, bomb it into a smoothie, add an apple and a banana and some berries and you have this smoothie of note !!!!

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Red/Purple Cabbage and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Total time:  8 minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 fresh or frozen banana

1 red apple, chopped

100 grams shredded red cabbage

100 grams  blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup milk of your choice

Instructions:

Place all the above ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  This takes approximately 3 minutes.

Pour into a glass.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Blueberry, Spinach and Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

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Yes, I am on a Quinoa thing at the moment…sorry, I know I posted a Quinoa salad last week, and it was for breakfast, and now I am posting a Quinoa Smoothie, probably also for breakfast too….but guys, I don’t know about you, but I definitely need my Quinoa fix, and this was just too good to pass up !

Porridge like ….. thick ….filling, and so so healthy.  What better than a quinoa smoothie bowl, loaded with fresh baby spinach and berries.  If you still have this ‘anti’ thing about spinach in your smoothies,  seriously, please try … even if you try firstly with a small quantity. Green equals Healthy.

You know, I shudder when I think of all those unhealthy, breakfast cereals out there, loaded with preservatives and such like.  It’s really scary.  And, this can be prepared in minimal time, just like those cereals.  Generally I like to have my grains cooked before hand, it really makes life so much easier or, if I am doing quinoa for dinner, just cook up a bit more, and that is the base for breakfast the next morning – boom, breakie is done !

Anyway, I feel I am rambling right now…. Lets get back to the real stuff…..and, look at the colour of this !!! Isn’t it A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!!

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Blueberry, Spinach and Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

Total time:  9 minutes

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

150 grams (approx 3/4 cup) fresh strawberries

100 grams (approx 1 cup) fresh blueberries or frozen

100 grams rice milk (approx 1/2 cup) or milk of your choice. If using frozen blueberries use some of the juice, or a combination of both

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

1 handful of baby spinach

100 grams (approx 1/2 cup) cooked quinoa

1 banana

Instructions:

In your blender, add all of the above ingredients and blend until smooth. Blend for about 3 minutes or so.  Transfer into a bowl.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  Don’t stress too much about getting ‘exact’ quantities.  What is great about smoothies is that you can blend together whatever quantities suit you, and you can really make them your own.  🙂

Kale Crumpets with Tzatziki Sauce

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Look at this!  It is well into Feb and this is my first post for the month!  My plan was not to ever skip a week of posting this year – and I have failed royally at that already.  I am soooooooo slack !!!

Anyway, when I was a kid, my mom frequently made crumpets. She was the best at making them, and would whip up a huge batch in no time! Crumpets usually were served with butter and syrup.  That butter literally melted on the hot crumpet and the syrup just trickled down. Oh, sweet sweet memories 🙂 .

So, just to change things up a bit, I decided to go with a bit of a savoury vibe. I mean, who says breakfast needs to be sweet?  ……Not….I am all for the savoury ones :-). And, even if I say so myself, these make a pretty good savoury breakfast. This is my basic crumpet recipe, with some kale thrown in, no biggie, but really awesome.  When I first made these, I just had them with plain yogurt and lemon, they were nice, but felt they needed something more, so tried adding fruit to the yoghurt, again nice, but I wasn’t 100% sold.  Then I had a light bulb moment, I had Tzatziti Sauce left over from the night before….This for me, did it. I loved the combo. I really felt it really kind of brought it all together.

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Kale Crumpets with Tzatziki Sauce

Preparation time:   5 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

Total time:  15 minutes

Makes 6 – 9 depending on size

Ingredients:

For the crumpets:

1 cup self-raising flour (I used Gluten-Free)

1 cup milk (I used a Lactose-Free Milk)

1 teaspoon castor sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs (I used jumbo sized)

1/2 cup chopped cooked kale (I chopped up 1 cup kale, and nuked it in the microwave for 30 secs, and it shrunk to 1/2 cup)

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

8 – 10 centimeter cucumber, grated

handful of chopped fresh mint

1 clove garlic, minced

160 millilitres plain yoghurt (I used Lactose-Free)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

These quantities can be doubled.  This makes about 175 millilitres of sauce.

Instructions:

For the crumpets:

In a medium-sized bowl add the self-raising flour, castor sugar and baking powder. Whisk.

In a separate bowl add the eggs and whisk with a fork, then add the milk.

Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until nicely combined.

Stir in the cooked kale.

Heat up a pan on the stove with a little oil, and add a couple tablespoons of mixture into the pan.  When the outer edges of the mixture start to bubble, gently flip over.  You will notice the crumpet is a nice light golden brown. Cook the other side till light golden brown, remove from pan and allow to sit on a paper towel.  Continue this method until all the mixture is used up.

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Squeeze out the excess water from the grated cucumber.  Then, add all the ingredients together (except the salt and pepper). Mix together with a fork or spoon. Taste and then add salt or salt and pepper accordingly.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*

  1. The ingredients can be halved, doubled, tripled, whatever.
  2. Also, if you are not a kale fan, feel free to use baby spinach.  In this case though, the baby spinach would not need to be nuked, and also, you could double up on the baby spinach as it is not as bitter as the kale.
  3. This mixture can be made in advance and stored in the fridge in a sealed container for a couple of days
  4. All times may vary depending on size of pan, quantity, and how many crumpets you cook at one time

Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

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Okay, I have loaded up quinoa with loads of veggies and I am not apologizing. So, to veggie lovers out there, today is your day.  I have for you, a mound of deliciousness all in one bowl !!! This is awesome, and,yes, this is pretty much a one pot meal sort of.  It is easy and a matter of, throw together, bake and devour.  I need these kinds of meals in my life now and then.  I mean there is nothing better than this. Since I have been making this quinoa meal, it kind of changes each time, with what I would put into it. Then I decided to perhaps put some order into it, especially if I wanted to share it with all you guys, because it was always soooooo divine, and healthy and tasty and all those good things….so order it now has, and I actually have now stuck to this recipe on several occasions.  Don’t get me wrong, if you try it and want to spruce it up a bit, go for it, add whatever, I am sure it will be great.

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Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

Preparation:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  20 – 30 minutes

Total time:  30 – 40 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

a little oil to saute’ vegetables

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped rainbow peppers (I used a mixture of red, green and yellow peppers)

2 cups corn on the cob

2 cups chopped marrow (zucchini, courgette)

2 cups chopped tomatoes

2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach

Topping:  Grated matured cheese/feta or any cheese of your choice (I used matured and feta)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celscius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the quinoa with veggie stock, and cook for 8-10 minutes only. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, saute the onions and peppers in a pan.  After a minute or two add the marrows and corn. Cook for a few minutes.  Do not over cook! By this time the quinoa would have soaked up the stock.  Set aside.

Once vegetables are done add them to the cooked quinoa.

Add the chopped tomatoes, and roughly chopped baby spinach. Stir around well so all the veggies are mixed through.

Place in an oven proof dish approximately 9 x 13 inches. Top with cheese of your choice.  I used a combination of feta and matured cheddar (because I could not decide which one to use). I made slight indentations into the quinoa and vegetables so that some of the cheese could filter through and mix in with the veggies.  Top with extra cheese.

Allow to bake for about 20/30 minutes until the cheese is nicely golden and grilled.

Enjoy 🙂

Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

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Happy New Year 🙂  Yes, I know we are nearly half way into the month, I have been slack…there, I said it.

Well, whilst some of you have been all bundled up in scarves and boots, I have been sweltering in the sun.  It is not all bad though, I have a nice tan, and feel healthy!

And, on the plus side, I made these Chickpea and Spinach Cakes !!! I think these are my new fave cakes, super easy to make and literally a few ingredients.  Warning:  you may be seeing more chickpea experiments happening here on this blog….just saying!!!

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Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes

Makes about 9

Ingredients:

500 grams (approx 2 cups) cooked chickpeas

large handful of chopped spring onions

2 big handfuls of baby spinach, chopped

2 medium-sized carrots, grated

large handful of coriander, stems included, chopped

2 rounds feta cheese (approximately 200 grams)

2 eggs, jumbo-sized

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add all the above ingredients into a food processor and blitz.  I personally like a bit of a chunky texture.  Once done, make into fair-sized balls (I made mine into heaped tablespoon size) flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Beetroot and Berry Smoothie

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Do you know that feeling when, you just have to?  Well, I just had to do a beetroot smoothie. I added some fruits and if I did not tell you there was beetroot in this smoothie, you wouldn’t even know.  My best is making a smoothie, and sending it off with the hubby to work not telling him what is in my concoction, then during the day I usually get a call or message (we are big on whatsapp messaging here) saying what a great ‘xyz’ smoothie it was.  Great compliment, but he usually doesn’t know the key veggie ingredient I had tossed in. Actually, is that a compliment or an insult to my concoction? Hmmmm whatever, oh well, it is healthy and that is all that matters :-).

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Beetroot and Berry Smoothie

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Total time:  7-8 minutes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

100 grams raw beetroot

100 grams fresh strawberries

100 grams fresh blueberries

100 grams milk of your choice

Instructions:

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until smooth.  This will take approximately 2-3 minutes.

Once done, pour into a glass.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  Feel free to also roast your beetroot till it softens slightly if you are afraid your blender might struggle.  It works just as well, just don’t go and salt and pepper it 🙂

Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

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Salad anyone?  Well, today it is good ol’ Quinoa ! Man, I love this stuff. Okay, I don’t mean ‘stuff’ in a bad way, I just love quinoa.  The other day I brought out a fair-sized bowl (actually quite large), and loaded it up with a few cups of cooked quinoa, and then topped it up with mountains of raw vegetables and fresh herbs.  I then dug a tablespoon into this mountain of delicious vegetables and sunk the spoon down into the quinoa.  I then tossed and mixed this amazingly delicious concoction all together, and I am not going to lie, I was VERY tempted to take that spoon and dump a huge mouthful of all that deliciousness into my mouth….but I held myself back, took a deep breath, collected my thoughts, counted backwards from ten…. and dished some up on a plate for myself.

When the hubby came home, he opened the fridge and saw this massive bowl of quinoa salad, and by the look on his face I think he thought it would be his food for the week…but fear not, I am not that cruel…although the thought did enter my brain….The salad did not last 24 hours, thanks to my continual snacking on it every time I opened the fridge door !  And man…it was so good, it was like I just could not get enough.  🙂 Haha Quinoa obsession !!!

For me, this salad is just the best.  It is totally versatile.  Use whatever veggies float your boat, and if you decide to have corn, do yourself a favour, don’t cook it, have it raw, enjoy that crunch…..it is Cra-zy good !!!

The recipe below is enough for 2 people, but feel free to double up or quadruple the recipe as I did.

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Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Total time:  35 minutes

Makes for 2 people

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1 cup black-eyed peas, cooked and roasted with salt, pepper and origanum

1 corn on the cob, kernels cut off

20/30 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 – 1/2 cup thinly shredded purple baby chinese cabbage

3 sliced spring onions, green parts as well

1/2 large red pepper, sliced or diced

1/2 large yellow pepper, sliced or diced

2/3 jalapeno’s, sliced finely

60 grams sugar snap peas, uncooked and chopped finely

a handful of herbs, I used mint and basil leaves and chopped chives.

Instructions:

Quinoa – cook as per packet instructions.

Black Eyed Peas – cook as per packet instructions, then place on a baking tray, with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried origanum.  Allow to roast in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15/20 minutes or until crispy.

Once all the veggies are sliced and prepared.  Place in a dish and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  This can be a salad to have on the side or as a main meal.