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Roasted Butternut & Vegetable Bake

I love roasted vegetables. When you get that lovely caramelised sweetness, the only seasoning they need is some ground salt and pepper and a little sprig of fresh rosemary. On that note… I seem to be able to grow every known herb except rosemary. Is it not supposed to be hardy and unfussy? Every rosemary plant I have had has simply given up on me for no apparent reason. Other than basil, this is the herb I use most often and I dream of having an abundance of them outside my kitchen. Please leave me some any rosemary growing tips you may have in the comments below.

Guinea Pigs and Food Critics

Roasted Butternut Vegetable Bake - cut vegetables

Back to the matter at hand though, the kids aren’t always as keen on the roasted vegetables as I am. SuperDad eats everything, as he likes to proclaim, which is somewhat true. He also critiques everything quite thoroughly! Therefore I have a team of very honest food critics giving me their opinions on a daily basis and I have a great source of instant feedback, which is great. They have also gotten quite used to being my little guinea pigs.

I am lucky… scratch that… we have encouraged the boys to eat a wide variety of foods and they aren’t unreasonably fussy. We also don’t force them to eat things that they really and truly dislike. Wade, for example, doesn’t like boerewors or hamburgers. It could be the texture, because he doesn’t drink juice with particles or eat yoghurt with pieces of fruit. He will eat just about anything else.

Blake generally has an aversion to green vegetables. Obviously, these are the very healthy ones so I do ask him just to try and if he really doesn’t want to eat it I will allow him to move one thing aside, but eat everything else.

There is one thing that breaks my heart and that’s the fact that they absolutely, hands down refuse to eat mushrooms. Like trained sniffer dogs, they will locate the tiniest trace of a mushroom and alert the food police immediately that mom is trying to poison them! I love mushrooms. I miss them in my life…

Something Different

About the roast veggies then… I thought I would try something different to ramp up the roasted veg and it worked like a charm! Everyone knows that when you smother stuff with cheese, they’ll eat it… so… mix in some egg and bake it and then add some cheese and the result is just magic. This entire dish was polished before you could say Harry Potter. It’s a must try for your food critics! I baked some hake medallions to serve along with it, although it would really compliment any protein.

Roasted Butternut & Vegetable Bake

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Vegetarian

Roasted Butternut & Vegetable Bake

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Family Friendly, No Added Sugar

Ingredients

  • 750 g butternut, peeled, deseeded, cut into 3 cm pieces
  • 6 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 large red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 80 g baby spinach
  • 90 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • Line a large baking tray with foil.
  • Toss pumpkin, zucchini and onion in prepared baking dish with oil, season to taste and spread out. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are golden and tender. Remove from oven.
  • Spray a large oven dish with olive oil cooking spray. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at both long ends.
  • Place vegetables in oven dish and spread out. Toss in spinach.
  • Sprinkle evenly with feta.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk and season to taste.
  • Pour over the vegetable mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until set. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Notes

Serve with a side salad and crusty bread, or with baked fish, chicken or chops for protein options. You could also try leftover baked veggies - or broccoli, peppers and mushrooms.

https://mammachefjozi.com/roasted-butternut-vegetable-bake/

Recipe adapted from Food To Love

The 3 Ingredient Crowd Pleaser – Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Bacon

I have made this dish before and it absolutely has become a favourite. With only three ingredients to pop into the oven, you end up with a mouthwatering comfort meal that everyone will love. Not only that, it’s healthy with loads of super broccoli, as well as gluten free, low carb and you don’t need to add anything else. I served up with some seasoned butter beans on the side.

More of my gluten free cooking here.

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The only seasoning you need is some coarse salt, pepper and rosemary for the chicken. The natural flavours of the broccoli, bacon and chicken make a fantastic combination that really just gets highlighted with the minimal seasoning. Cheese doesn’t need any explanation other than, because cheese!

If your kids have an aversion to broccoli, you may have a problem. Mine generally love broccoli, even as a baby it was a top choice for Blake. Occasionally they might have an “anti green stuff” day which can always be sidestepped by covering it with bacon and cheese!

The 3 Ingredient Crowd Pleaser – Chicken with Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Easy to Cook

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The 3 Ingredient Crowd Pleaser – Chicken with Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Family Friendly

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 packet diced bacon
  • 6-8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozarella/white cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Place chicken breasts flat on a cutting board, drizzle with a little olive oil & cover with cling wrap.
  • Bash with your fist to flatten them evenly (great stress reliever).
  • Remove cling wrap and season with ground salt & black pepper.
  • Spray an oven dish with olive oil cooking spray and place chicken breasts into the dish.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil, add broccoli and boil for 2 minutes to blanch.
  • At the same time, fry bacon bits in a small pan until golden.
  • Drain broccoli well.
  • Add broccoli and bacon bits to dish with chicken. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
https://mammachefjozi.com/3-ingredient-pleaser-chicken-broccoli-bacon-cheese/

 

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

I don’t generally make up my own recipes, but I do go hunting all over the internet for recipes according to whatever inspires me on the day or week. Then, I chop a little bit here and change a little bit there and make it according to my family’s tastes.

The benefit for you is I do all the hunting for you and you can be sure it’s going to be easy, quick, healthy and family friendly! Any day you’re wondering what to do for supper, just pop in here and you’ll be sure to find a recipe that appeals to your tastebuds. Must add though that my kids are quite unfussy and easy to feed (not sure what this actually says about my cooking).

For the longest time I couldn’t remember where I found this recipe… eventually I realised it was from one of my favourite apps, Kitchen Stories. There’s something for everyone and loads of how-to’s for the beginner cook.

I find it very hard to resist anything with Parmesan in it! Add chicken and homemade tomato sauce and it’s sure to be a winner. Served with a side salad, it’s low in carbs and a light, nutritious meal.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

35 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Italian

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 80g Parmesan
  • 160g breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Finely dice the onion.
  • Cut each chicken breast into 3 pieces, cover the chicken pieces in cling wrap and flatten with your fist.
  • In a large pan, saute the onion in oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add tomatoes and oregano to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, until sauce thickens slightly. Season with ground coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Mix together the Parmesan and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and season.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Then, using tongs, dip a piece of chicken into the egg and then into the Parmesan mixture, coating all over.
  • In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in some oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Set aside an repeat until all the chicken is done.
  • Blend the tomato sauce with a hand blender.
  • Spread the tomato sauce on a plate, place the chicken on top and serve garnished with freshly grated Parmesan.
https://mammachefjozi.com/parmesan-crusted-chicken-fillets-homemade-tomato-sauce/

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

I love a big stirfry with lots of colour and all the Asian flavours I can possibly fit in. The brightness of the vegetables always seems to cheer me up! Stirfry is also a great way to pack in a variety of veggies and possibly sneak some in that the boys wouldn’t usually eat.

Having been craving Chinese food for some time, I stumbled across this recipe from FitLikeMummy’s blog – an inspiring view into her journey to better health and fitness. Anything with Cashew Nuts instantly grabs my attention and it looked so absolutely delicious, I had to cook it!

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

I just added some red cabbage for colour (and forgot that I wanted to add carrots). Hoisin Sauce was not to be found anywhere in the regular shops so I did without. On contemplation, I realised afterwards that I am literally five minutes from an entire selection of Chinese supermarkets. Notes for the future!

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Asian

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Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Family Friendly

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2-3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 pak choi, roughly chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped, green and white parts separated
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced (optional)
  • 1 packet rice noodles

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the stock with the oyster and hoisin/soy sauces, and the garlic. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook until golden brown. When cooked, remove from the pan set aside.
  • Lower heat to med-high.
  • Add the pak choi, white part of the spring onions and vegetables to the same pan. Cook until the veggies are tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Return cooked chicken to skillet along with the sauce, the green onion tops, red chilli (if using) and the cashews.
  • Cook until sauce has reduced a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice noodles.
https://mammachefjozi.com/chicken-cashew-stir-fry-pak-choi-rice-noodles/

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Original recipe by FitLikeMummy

 

Pink Salmon & Corn Cakes with Mixed Vegetables

I have been trying to not only include more fish into our diet, but also to do so economically. For that purpose I have been experimenting more with tinned tuna recipes. I do know a few people who aren’t very fond of tuna though and decided to use tinned salmon as well.

Salmon is very high in Omega oils and having fresh salmon every week would be fantastic, but very expensive. I cook fresh salmon once in a while as a treat, otherwise I try to use different kinds of fish for our normal weekday meals.

These salmon and corn fish cakes were quite full of flavour and the kids definitely wouldn’t mind having them again – test passed with flying colours!

Pink Salmon & Corn Cakes with Mixed Vegetables

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Fish

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Pink Salmon & Corn Cakes with Mixed Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 475g mashed potato
  • 1/2 tin corn kernels
  • 210g can red salmon, medium, drained, flaked
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 90g purchased dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil
  • sweet chilli sauce, to serve (optional)
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • 300g cubed butternut
  • 2 cups frozen peas

Instructions

  • Line an oven tray with baking paper and place 300 g butternut on the tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper, then roast in the oven at 200C for about 20 minutes or until butternut is tender.
  • Boil cubed potato in a pot of salted water for 15 minutes or until soft, then drain and mash.
  • Place the mashed potato, corn, salmon, parsley, breadcrumbs and egg in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Shape 1/4 cup of the mixture into a patty. Put on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (if time permits).
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the salmon and corn cakes in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining patties.
  • Meanwhile, boil the frozen peas in a small saucepan with salted water for 5 minutes.
  • Serve
https://mammachefjozi.com/pink-salmon-corn-cakes-mixed-vegetables/

Recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

Boerewors and Vegetable Pot with Pearl Barley

I must say that I was very happy with this meal as it came together out of literally nothing.

It was one of those days where I hadn’t planned anything and walked into the house having no clue what I was going to do for dinner. I knew I had boerewors in the freezer, but what does one do with boerewors other than pap/maize meal? We need something healthy and I don’t feel like going to the shop… My brain having been given a challenge, I started raiding the fridge for random veggies to chop up.

When I saw the packet of barley I knew I was onto something yummy and so it became the most fantastic, full of veggies, boerewors stew pot. Not a bad carb in sight! The sausage does contain gluten, so if you were totally gluten free I would suggest finding a gluten free sausage or changing your meat. The veggies are just fresh, beautifully healthy and barely need any flavouring.

This is a must to try for your family! Let me know when you make it and remember to tag @mammachefjozi when you do 🙂

Boerewors and Vegetable Pot with Pearl Barley

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Meat Dishes

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Boerewors and Vegetable Pot with Pearl Barley

Ingredients

  • 700 g boerewors, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cabbage, finely sliced
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tin water
  • seasoning

Instructions

  • Cook the barley according to packet instructions.
  • Fry boerewors in a shallow pan until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, sauté the onion, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini and cabbage until slightly browned. Add the tin of tomato and half a tin of water and stir well.
  • Add back the boerewors.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender and the other vegetables still firm. Serve with the barley.
https://mammachefjozi.com/boerewors-and-vegetable-pot-with-pearl-barley/

boerewors and vegetable pot with barley and chickpeas

Bacon Roasted Butternut & Spinach with Gluten Free Pasta

This recipe truly is as delicious as it sounds! The butternut gives it such a lovely sweetness that makes it warm and comforting, the crispy bacon adds a little crunch. The kids got in on the action and the whole family just loved this meal. Definitely one that will be showing up in future!

Bacon Roasted Butternut & Spinach with Gluten Free Pasta

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Pasta

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Bacon Roasted Butternut & Spinach with Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 1 packet bacon strips
  • 2 cups small butternut cubes
  • dried thyme
  • 300 g gluten free/wholewheat pasta
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Roast the bacon on a roasting pan in the oven at 200 C for a few minutes until crispy and the fats have rendered off, then remove the bacon, leaving the juices in the pan.
  • Add small butternut cubes to the pan, spacing them out, season with salt, pepper and thyme then toss to coat with the juices.
  • Roast at 220 C for 20 minutes.
  • Cook pasta and add spinach to pasta water for the last few minutes of cooking. Drain water.
  • Mix all together in a serving bowl and serve with the bacon roughly chopped and sprinkle with Parmesan.
https://mammachefjozi.com/bacon-roasted-butternut-spinach-with-gluten-free-pasta/

bacon roasted butternut and spinach with gluten free pasta

Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

This cheesy chicken, rice and green veggie bake is such a comforting dish that the children can’t get enough of. This recipe is a must have in your emergency cookbook for those rush-rush days.

I usually make this with only broccoli but I had some green beans and just couldn’t resist putting them in as well.

Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

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Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 500 g boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the rice according to packet instructions. Add one chicken stock cube or stock pot to the cooking water and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven on grill.
  • In a large pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat. Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken pieces and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  • Add the broccoli and green beans to the pan and stir often so that the vegetables stir fry, but don't burn, just a couple minutes needed. Once the vegetables are tender but still firm, add the cooked rice and the chicken and veg mixture to a large oven dish, add the grated cheese and mix through well. Sprinkle a little more cheese over the top.
  • Place the dish into the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.

Notes

Gluten free Sugar free

https://mammachefjozi.com/chicken-rice-bake-green-vegetables-green-good/

Aglio e Olio with Bacon & Spinach – A quick, classic weeknight meal

Simple pasta with olive oil and garlic. Bacon always wins the kids over! The quickest of meals to whip up when there just isn’t time.

Aglio e Olio with Bacon & Spinach – A quick, classic weeknight meal

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Pasta

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Aglio e Olio with Bacon & Spinach – A quick, classic weeknight meal

Ingredients

  • 300 g wholewheat spaghetti
  • 1 packet diced bacon
  • 1 cup frozen spinach/100 g fresh spinach
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Cook spaghetti according to packet instructions.
  • Meanwhile, heat some olive oil over med-high heat and saute the bacon and garlic for about 3 minutes or until the bacon is golden and crispy. Be careful to stir often so as not to burn the garlic.
  • If you are using frozen spinach, add it to the pasta about 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time then drain together. Add all to the bacon pan and mix to combine.
  • If you are using fresh spinach, add it to the bacon pan and let it wilt. Then add the drained spaghetti to the pan and mix to combine.
  • Stir through some Parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes

Use gluten free or vegetable pasta for a gluten free option. Sugar free.

https://mammachefjozi.com/aglio-e-olio-bacon-spinach-quick-classic-weeknight-meal/

Creamy Vegetarian Casserole in Less than 30 Minutes

Creamy and delicious, filling and nutritious, this vegetarian casserole is fast as flash to the table. Gluten free and perfect for a Meat Free Monday dinner when you just want to pop a dish in the oven and have it come out steaming and ready to please the whole family.

Creamy Vegetarian Casserole in Less than 30 Minutes

Category: Meat Free Mondays

Cuisine: Vegetarian

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Creamy Vegetarian Casserole in Less than 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 g butter, chopped
  • 1 leek, trimmed & sliced
  • 3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 800 g baby potatoes, quartered
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 400 g broccoli, trimmed & cut into small florets
  • 150 g sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated mature cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven grill to medium.
  • Heat oil and butter in a large frying pan over med-high heat. Cook leek and garlic for 2 minutes or until leek softens. Add potato. Stir well. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to med-low & simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until potato is almost tender. Stir in broccoli, sugar snaps, asparagus, cream and parsley. Bring back to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer vegetable mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle grated cheese over vegetable mixture. Grill for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve.
https://mammachefjozi.com/creamy-vegetarian-casserole-less-30-minutes/

Photo and original recipe from taste.com.au

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