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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

20 Nov

A brilliant soup for a cold, wintery day (we’re not quite in Winter yet but it certainly feels like it!) This recipe was actually one I made before going GF/Paleo so please ignore the evil slice of wholegrain bread you see in the shot of the final product. I could crop it out but I can’t be bothered, just pretend it’s an almond flour cracker thing. By the way, if you don’t want this to be spicy, leave out the chillies.

Ingredients:

  • (Try to use organic veg where possible and support your local farmers by buying British!) 4 large Red Peppers
  • 8 Tomatos (deseeded) or 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion (or a white one will do but red is sweeter)
  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock (Home made is best but when pushed for time try to pick Organic reduced salt stock cubes)
  • Oregano or mixed herbs
  • 1 small bunch of sweet Basil
  • 1 large carrot (optional)
  • 2 red chillies (optional)
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Paprika (optional)

Method:
Cut the peppers and red chillies in half and deseed them (don’t deseed the chillies if you love the heat, I kept mine in) and place them on a roasting tray. Take the garlic bulb, chop off the top to expose the garlic cloves and place on the tray.

I don’t use oil on the peppers or chillies but you can if you want. Keep it healthy by spraying a little on.

Whack it all in the oven on Gas mark 6ish until the Red Pepper (and chillies’) skin is ‘blistered’ and slightly charred. You could do this under the grill or on a BBQ. The garlic should also be a golden brown by now. When the peppers and chillies are cool enough to handle, pop them in a zip lock bag so the steam releases the skin from the flesh. Throw out the skin and chop the flesh. Alternatively just peel the skins off by hand, it’s not difficult and I find it therapeutic lol.

Squeeze the garlic cloves out (this should happen easily now they’re cooked) into a cooking pot. (You could add oil to the pot but I never do). Chop the red onion and finely chop the carrot then add them to the pot. Add the dried oregano or mixed herbs if you don’t have an oregano and add a little bit of stock just to get the onions and garlic cooking nicely. Once the onions look a little soft, add the rest of the vegetable stock, tomatoes, chopped red peppers and chillies and some basil, boil for about 5 minutes then cover and lower the gas for a further 15-20 minutes so the liquid reduces and thickens a little.

Add a dash of cayenne pepper and paprika to taste and if you don’t like lumpy soup, grab the liquidiser and get blending. Dish it up and you’re good to go!

All the ingredients boiling away for 5 minutes before covering the pot and simmering for 15-20 minutes

The finished product – a lovely bowl of soup (serve without the bread!)

Courgetti Bolognese

10 Nov

This is genius! I’m only chuffed with it because I came up with this idea all by myself.
I made a massive amount of beef bolognese yesterday so I could freeze smaller batches for my Totally Paleo Pizza. I figured seeing as I made so much I may as well have it as bolognese but I don’t eat spaghetti, not even the GF kind (duh).
I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE courgettes and have been cooking Mediterranean veg quite a bit recently so I thought, ‘How about I make some courgetti?!’

For this courgetti I used courgettes and carrots. I would have used bean shoots too but we didn’t have any, plus this was a quick thing. 1 medium/small courgette and 2 medium/small carrots.
After peeling and washing the carrots I used this cool potato-kinda-peeler-gadget thing we have that shreds veg into spaghetti-like strips (or julienne slices) and I did the same to the courgettes (I didn’t peel them)

I added a light spray of EVOO and a tad bit of ghee. Tossed the carrotetti(?) in the pan first, then the courgetti, just for a couple of minutes with a bit of salt and pepper.
You could also have this raw! I would add the bean shoots raw next time, just so there’s more of a crunch.

My bolognese recipe will be posted separately.

Edit: Apparently making “spaghetti” with courgettes has already been done and it’s old news. I’m still holding onto my genius title because I never heard of it! Alhamdulillaah, it was good to discover something for myself instead of reading about it somewhere.

Totally Paleo Pizza

7 Nov

Allaahu Akbar! Alhamdulillaah for simple pleasures. It’s funny because I wasn’t a huge pizza eater before going GF/Paleo but since almost everything is off-limits, I want them even more. I have to say, this pizza is brilliant and it’s so quick and easy to make. Better than our regular home made pizza and certainly better than a take away! The best bit? It was a veg pizza (almost) and I’m not a fan of veg pizzas. And I didn’t add much cheese (I know, I shouldn’t have cheese but it was just a tiny bit and I decided that it wasn’t needed so next time I’m leaving it out inshaaAllaah).

Crust:
2 cups almond meal
2 eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp garlic powder (I used garlic granules because I didn’t have powder)
1 ½ tbsp fresh rosemary chopped (I’m not a fan of rosemary so I used dried basil, it was all we had plus I thought it’d be nicer)

After making this recipe I thought the base could done with a pinch of salt and crushed chillies (I really will put chilli in anything!) I would also like to point out that left over paleo pizza eaten the next day, cold, is just as good as, if not better, than having take away pizza for brekkie the next day. Hence why I’m lumping this in the Breakfast category

I didn’t take a picture of the sticky dough as I wasn’t sure it would work but next time I make it I’ll upload a piccie inshaaAllaah. It was weird and needed ‘splatting’ on the tray with the palm of my hand. Don’t use your fingers to pat it out, it’s too sticky and leads to wastage. This dough recipe is enough for a 12ish” round pizza tray. Make sure it’s not too thick.

I used left over bolognese as my tomato sauce because we happened to have a bit of left overs in the fridge. GENIUS idea! I wanted a veg pizza but the little bit of eat that was on here really enhanced the flavour of the veg. Next time I make a bolognese I’ll be freezing small batches for pizza, you need to try this!

For the veg I just pan fried Mediterranean vegetables. I know, not your usual method but I was cooking for one and wanted to do this meal quickly (it was ready from start to finish in less than an hour!). Besides, putting the oven on for a few veg is a little pointless, time-consuming and wasteful, but that’s just my opinion. Experiment with toppings and have fun.

Mediterranean veg recipe will be posted separately inshaaAllaah.

Roast Chicken

6 Nov

Who doesn’t love a roast?!

Ingredients
Chicken thighs/drumsticks with skin.
Paprika
Cayenne pepper
Crushed chilli flakes
Himalayan salt
Hot piri piri seasoning from Sainsbury’s (yummy!)
Small white onion
No added salt/reduced salt stock cube. If you only have the regular kind, OMIT the above Himalayan salt.

Method
Mix the spices together or spinkle on to the chicken legs. roll them about until evenly coated, place into a small roasting tin. Finely slice 1/2 – 3/4 of the onion, or the whole lot if you love onions. Chuck on top of chicken with about half a stock cube crushed on top. Cover roasting tin with foil and pop into the oven for 20 mins on Gas mark 6, after 10 mins, turn the chicken and add water to create sone sauce, not a lot, just about 1cm deep in the tin maximum. Roast for 10 minutes, turn and roast again just to crispen the skin. The onions should be soft and the sauce should be nice and brown. Not thick because it’s not a gravy.
You could mix the stock cube with a little water and then add it but I do it this way because sometimes, depending on how much chicken you use, you may find you have enough liquid from the chicken fat and stuff. Don’t add any oil or fat to the chicken, all the fat you need is in the skin. And this should be made too often because of the fat content.

Serve with salsa, roast veg, pan fried veg, steamed veg or whatever you fancy and enjoy!