Turkey & Chick Pea Casserole

Hello there,

I’ve been playing about with the ingredients in the cupboards this week & I’ve found a winning & tasty combo.

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Here’s what you’ll need ……

◾  2 turkey steaks, diced into small pieces & any fat removed.

◾ 1 tin of peeled plum tomatoes.

◾ 1 tin of Mexican bean mix.

◾ 1 small tin of marrowfat peas.

◾ 1 small tin of chick peas.

◾  Chilli powder, garlic flakes, mixed herbs, salt & pepper to flavour.

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I also added a chicken stock cube & also a little squeeze of tomato puree to help thicken the sauce up.

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Put everything into your dish & cook for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.

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20 minutes in give it a stir & remove the lid for last 10 minutes.

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Serve it up with whatever takes your fancy, tonight we opted for brown rice.

Sit back and enjoy! 👌

~MaRiA~ xO

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Spanish Chicken Bake

Hello there,

Given the blustery wet night that’s in it tonights din dins needed to warm us to our cockles, so we broke out the herbs and spices and put together a delicious Spanish Chicken Bake.

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Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

~  8 chicken legs or thighs.
~  500g quartered baby potatoes.
~  2 medium quartered red onions.
~  1 punnet of cherry tomatoes.
~  8 whole garlic cloves.
~  75g of chorizo.
~  1 red or green pepper cut unto strips.
~  1/2 tsp smoked paprika.
~  1/2 tsp oregano.
~  100g Brie.
~  Sea salt to flavour.
~  Black pepper to flavour.

This will feed 4 people at a cost of £1.65 per person!

METHOD

~  Preheat oven to 200 degrees whilst you prep the ingredients.

~  Chop up your onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes then put into a roasting tin with some salt and pepper for flavour. Roast for 20 minutes.

~  While veg is roasting cut up the chorizo and score the chicken seasoning it with oregano and smoked paprika.

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~  Take the veg out of the oven and mix it about basting it all with the juices.

~  Add the chorizo and brie on top of the veg then the chicken on top of chorizo and put back into the oven for 20mins.

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~  Take out and baste again adding the peppers, turn up to 220 degrees and roast for a final 20minutes.

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I served mine with a mix of quinoa and rice on the side aswell which I cooked with a chicken stock cube for flavour.

Serve it up and sit back and enjoy.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*Maria*

Savoury Swirls

Hey there,

Here’s a super quick & easy recipe for my savoury swirls.  I made it last week & it fed five.
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My main ingredients were chorizo, chicken & applewood smoked cheese.  Then I used tomato purée with basil, oregano, salt & pepper as the base.

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Unroll the pastry, mix the herbs in with the purée, (I’d use half the tube or less, mixed with some water so it’s not so rich.)  Spoon it out so all the pastry is covered.

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I love chorizo so I used lots & layered it over the sauce.

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Next I cut the chicken up & scattered it on top of the chorizo.

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I love Applewood cheese, as of a month ago when I was introduced to it by my good pal Linda.  Sprinkle a decent amount of this grated goodness over the chicken to complete the mix.

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Now comes the fun bit so get ready to get a little bit messy.  Roll the pastry back up, it doesn’t matter if some of the ingredients fall out because we can sprinkle them over the top.

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Sharp knife at the ready & cut the roll into an inch or so wide slices.  Pop in the ovan at 190° for 25mins.  I think cooking it at a lower temp for a longer time is best to ensure the pastry is cooked through.

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Et voila! “Marias Savoury Swirls” 🙂
They really are so tasty & filling.  Good to eat hot or cold.  Plus there’s so many different recipes you can try to suit all palettes.  From veggie to meat eaters, not forgetting the desert option.

If you try it out I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

LasagnYAY!!!!

Well hello there,

I swear I’m not making these up . .
But today is Lasagne Day, so naturally that’s what I had for dinner.
I’m reeeally hoping “Hug a kitten Day”, Or “Adopt A Puppy Day” will be making an appearance soon but until then a tasty cheesy Lasagne will most definitely do.
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I’m lazying on the couch now in a post pasta haze. I’m really enjoying having my meals decided for me by the aul Kooky Kalender. It’s become my magic 8 ball. 🙂

AnyhOo I hope you enjoy whatever you have for dins tonight guys & girls!

As always, thanks a mill for stopping by.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

National Milk Chocolate Day

Hey there,

I think I’ve found my new favourite holiday.  Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!  Yup, you heard me, we are fully EXPECTED to be stuffing our faces full of milky chocolate treats today.
In fact I’d go as far as to say you’d be doing your country a disservice by not eating your part of the chocolate.

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I was food shopping earlier when I seen these Wispa hot chocolate drinks, I grabbed 4 to bring into work tomorrow to celebrate this great day with my 3 work pals.

What’ll you be having?
Chocolate cake? Rice krispie buns? Chocolate fruit fondu?

Remember guys & girls it’s expected of us to eat milk chocolate today so do your bit with a guilt free conscience!!

Comment below & let me know what went for!

~LoVe & Chocolaty HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

Portion Control & Budgeting

Hello there,

I wanted to talk about food shopping & food portions today.  I’ve taken a notion recently to watch what I eat, or moreso how much of what I eat. 
I bought a digital food scale in Lidl last week & began my mission to weigh my meals.  I was mortified at how much I’d been piling on my plate & scraping into the bin.  Basically I was piling on weight & throwing money away. 

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I went food shopping today & had blinkers on to sweeties, chocolate & crisps.  I was intent on buying essentials to cook proper meals with.   
Like the soup mix in the bottom corner of the above photo was £1 & I’ll get maybe 4 bowls from it.

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There’s 4 other options.  I’ll be a soup making queen in no time.

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When I used to buy a bag of frozen chips I’d shake a random amount of them onto a tray & into the oven they’d go, then into the bin the ones I didn’t eat went.  So this time round with my trusty scales I’m weighing out what I should be eating. 

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I bought sandwich bags & got busy weighing & filing up the freezer.  I won’t feel bad about having chips now seeing as I’ll be having a normal portion & not weighing them out with my eyes like I used to.

I’m going to make a massive effort not to buy things I really don’t need & check how I’ve done in a month.  Hopefully I’ll be richer, lighter & healthier. 

Thanks so much  reading.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO

Whens Your Dolmio Day?

Hey there,

I love Spaghetti, it’s probably my favourite food, I’m cooking it right now actually.  But what I don’t love is when the pasta sticks together, so here’s a handy tip for perfect pasta every time.

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Measure out how much spaghetti you’re using then put it in a frying pan.

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Next add a pinch of salt & then cover the pasta with cold water & turn on your hob. 
The cold water will stop it from sticking.  And there you have it.  Quick, easy plus your kettle gets a night off.

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your dinner tonight whatever you have.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO