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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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

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