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Better Than From A Box

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One more night shift to go and once again I really didn’t feel like cooking dinner. After last night’s dinner though, I wasn’t even tempted to get takeaways. I knew I would feel better for eating something fresh and nutritious and I was right. On tonight’s menu was Arabic Spiced Fish with Tahini Salad from An Edible Mosaic.

To prepare the fish, you mix the flour and spices and rub it over the fish then pan-fry the fish. Faith suggests finishing the fish off in the oven until it is cooked through but I omitted this step and just fried it until it was done through. The tahini and fresh flavours of the salad are a great accompaniment to the fish. The salad and dressing is simple enough to quickly assemble as the fish is cooking. I served this dish on top of Israeli cous cous which didn’t really go. Normal cous cous or brown rice would have worked better.

On another note, I have re-organised my “Mains” recipe page so it is easier to navigate instead of just a long list of recipes. It made me realise how much fish and seafood I have been eating lately! Please feel free to leave comments and feedback – I love hearing from you!

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Good Choice Range?

I am not a takeaway fan. Usually. But being on night shift changes everything. Although I know I could and should have prepared a healthy meal far faster than my pizza was delivered I decided to give the Domino’s Good Choice Range a try tonight. Their single-serve pizzas are all less than 400 calories and have pretty low levels of fat, sugar and salt compared to other takeout choices (see nutritional info)

Here’s the picture they have on their website, it looked pretty good:

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Once I got over the disappointment that the delivery man wouldn’t bring the pizza to my armchair I opened the box and here was what I found:

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In case you can’t tell, I chose the BBQ Chicken & Mushroom Ciabatta Pizza with chicken, mushroom, fresh tomato, onion and pineapple and barbecue sauce. It looked like someone had wolfed the pizza down and regurgitated it back into the box but fortunately it didn’t taste like it.

When I read that it had a ciabatta base I expected it to be soft and chewy, like ciabatta bread but the base was thin and crispy. There was a decent amount of toppings and it didn’t taste as greasy and heavy as pizza often does but I still wouldn’t describe it is very ‘nice’ and at $14.90 it certainly wasn’t cheap. Next time I’m tired and tempted to buy takeaway I think I’ll just look at the picture above and I won’t need any more motivation to get back in the kitchen! Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that your own food is actually pretty good.

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A Tasty Food Explosion

I enjoyed the Cannellini Feta Hummus I made at lunch so much, I had to incorporate it into my dinner last night too. It was another sunny Spring day and my legs were sore from hill intervals on the stationary bike this afternoon so I felt like something pretty light and fast to throw together. The picture looks like it was literally thrown together but it really did taste far more appetising than it looks, I swear!

15-Minute Greek Beef Salad Recipe

(serves 2)

Ingredients

Meat

  • 250g beef schnitzel
  • 1t ground coriander
  • 1/4t chilli powder
  • 1t ground cumin
  • 2t garlic, finely chopped

Salad

  • 4 large handfuls mixed greens
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2TBSP coriander, chopped finely
  • 1 spring onion, chopped finely
  • (I also used alfalfa sprouts I needed to use up)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber (I didn’t have any but it would’ve worked really well)

Dressing

  • 3TBSP Cannellini Feta Hummus
  • 1TBSP plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • water to dilute to a pourable consistency if needed
  • 2TBSP sweet chilli sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Slice beef into strips
2. Massage ground coriander, cumin, chilli & garlic into beef and set aside (I just put the meat back into the meat tray)
3. Place mixed greens on two plates and prepare tomatoes, coriander and chilli
4. Mix hummus dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth, set aside
5. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium-high heat in a fry pan
6. Fry meat until cooked then add remaining salad ingredients (tomato, coriander and spring onion), toss to combine
7. Place meat mixture on top of mixed greens and top with hummus dressing and sweet chilli sauce
8. Grind over black pepper

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Lentil Dahl

Don’t be put off by the long list of spices for this recipe.  Although there are lots are ingredients, it is still a quick and easy dinner to throw together on a weeknight. I use the half  hour the recipe takes to simmer to tidy the kitchen, make my lunch or prepare some dessert. I used canned lentils because that is what I had in my cupboard but you could most definitely use dried lentils and it wouldn’t take much, if any, longer to prepare. You would just need to increase the amount of stock so the lentils have enough moisture to absorb.

Lentil Dahl Recipe

adapted from Joe Rich’s Red Lentil Dahl recipe

(serves 2 as a main or 4 with rice and vegetables)

Ingredients

  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp fennel seeds
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp cardamom
  • 1/2tsp ground chili
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lug olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1TBSP minced garlic (3-4 garlic cloves)
  • 1TBSP minced ginger
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 3TBSP tomato paste
  • 1/2C vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 can lentils
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1TBSP lime juice
  • few handfuls of baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Gently heat spices in a saucepan with oil until fragrant
2. Add onion and saute until softened and translucent
3. Add garlic and ginger and cook for a further few minutes
4. Add salt, tomato paste, stock, lentils & tomatoes
5. Cook for 20-30 minutes until mixture is thickened
6. Add lime juice and spinach, stir until wilted

I just had this plain but plain yogurt and some coriander leaves on top would have just made it. The flavour is quite ‘tomato-ey’ and has a just a little heat. It’s definitely not authentic Indian by any stretch of the imagination but still yummy.

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