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Baked Fish with Sweet Potato Chips and Salad

Cooking from the freezer and throwing together a salad is all you need to do for this easy baked fish dinner.

I used half potato chips and half sweet potato chips for a healthier “mommy” plate.

 

fish with sweet potato chips and vegetables

Let’s be honest, we don’t really require a recipe for this one! All you need is your choice of frozen fish fillets, a bag of frozen potato chips, a bag of frozen sweet potato chips. Place the fish in the middle of a large oven tray, spread out the chips in a single layer around the fish.

Drizzle the chips lightly with olive oil and season well with ground coarse salt and black pepper. Place in the oven at 200 C for 20 – 25 minutes, turning the chips halfway through.

While that’s baking, chop up your favourite salad ingredients (remembering to wash everything well) and toss them together in a salad bowl. We usually do plain salads with olives and feta.

When cooking time is done, serve up and enjoy!

Optional: add boiled corn on the cob.

fish with sweet potato chips and vegetables

Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Category: Salads

Cuisine: Fish

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Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, no cooking, no mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1 tins shredded tuna in oil, drained
  • 1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a fork, mashing the avo and breaking up the tuna as you go, until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Taste for seasoning and add more oil or salt and pepper if needed, serve on your favorite sandwich bread or toast. I used sourdough bread.
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Baby Kingklip with Tuscan Style Vegetables

Something fishy

The Mediterranean Diet prescribes plenty of fish and less meat. This baby kingklip recipe is gluten free, sugar free, super low carb and super high in nutrition.

It also tastes divine, especially made with baby kingklip, takes only 30 minutes to make and it’s so very easy!

Baby Kingklip with Tuscan Style Vegetables

Browsing around my local Food Lover’s Market for fish, I wanted something other than Hake. I noticed that 500g Hake fillets were R70 and 500g Kingklip portions were R140. Then I spotted the Baby Kingklip at R89 for 800 grams and thought this was quite a good deal. Something different and for a great price relative to their fully grown kin.

Anyway, on to the recipe!

Baby Kingklip with Tuscan Style Vegetables

30 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Fish

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Baby Kingklip with Tuscan Style Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2-1 tsp chilli flakes (to taste)
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tins peeled & diced tomatoes
  • 2 tins cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 200 g fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
  • salt and pepper
  • 800 g baby kingklip or hake fillets, patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley and lemon to garnish
  • juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  • In a large, deep pan with a lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onion and 1 tsp garlic. Saute until onion has softened. Garlic mustn't brown.
  • Add chilli flakes and rosemary if using. Add diced tomatoes and cannelini beans. Stir well then cover the pan, and reduce heat to simmer while cooking the fish.
  • In a large non stick pan on med-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp garlic. When garlic is sizzling, add fish fillets and cook for a couple of minutes. Lift the edge of the fish when it is becoming opaque on top, and see if it is nicely browned on the bottom. Carefully turn the fish using a spatula. While fish cooks on the second side, add fresh spinach to the bean and tomato mixture. Stir well, and replace the lid. Turn off the heat. Allow the spinach to wilt. Check for seasoning. Stir.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the cooked fish fillets.
  • Divide the vegetable mixture among your plates or bowls.
  • Top each with a fish fillet, and garnish with parsley and a wedge of lemon if desired.
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Pauli’s Food Co. Wholegrain Calamari Wraps with Saffron Chutney Chilli

Wholegrain Calamari Wraps with Saffron Chutney Chilli

I have come to absolutely adore Pauli’s Food Company’s sauces and marinated veggies, not only because they’re the perfect companion to any dish ever but also because they have such a great attitude towards food and they’re pretty great people too! No preservatives, additives, colourants and just simply delicious, good food made with love and the freshest ingredients.

Pauli's Food Co. Wholegrain Calamari Wraps Saffron Chutney Chilli

Check out their website for stockists.

These calamari wraps are absolutely amazing with Pauli’s Saffron Chutney Chilli. Add some optional humus or plain cream cheese.

Pauli’s Food Co. Wholegrain Calamari Wraps with Saffron Chutney Chilli

Category: Weekday Meals

Pauli’s Food Co. Wholegrain Calamari Wraps with Saffron Chutney Chilli

Ingredients

  • Wholegrain tortilla wraps
  • lettuce, sliced into ribbons
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • baby cucumber, quartered and sliced
  • yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 400g calamari rings
  • Pauli's Saffron Chutney Chilli

Instructions

  • Heat butter in a frying pan on the stove over med-high heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add a splash of olive oil (this will stop the butter from browning too much).
  • Add the calamari rings and lemon juice.
  • Saute until just opaque (2-3 minutes).
  • Heat tortilla wraps as per packet instructions, I prefer heating them in a non stick pan.
  • Place lettuce on wrap, with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and top with calamari rings.
  • Wrap up, serve and enjoy!

Notes

I would cook the calamari in the Pauli's sauce if not for the boys. It's slightly too hot for them so I add it to ours after as a condiment. Add humus, cream cheese or any veg you prefer to add. A super quick meal guaranteed to leave smiles on faces!

https://mammachefjozi.com/paulis-food-co-wholegrain-calamari-wraps-saffron-chutney-chilli/

Favourite Weekday Meal Feature – Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

The perfect weekday meal for hot summer evenings when you just can’t bring yourself to eating anything that has been near a stove.

These tuna lettuce wraps are healthy, refreshing and substantial enough to fill even the hungriest of tummies! Gluten free option with lettuce as a wrap only, or add some fibre with a wholegrain tortilla wrap. It’s juicy, crispy, tasty and ready in a flash!

Click on the image for the recipe card.

Favourite Meal Feauture Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Democratically Elected Meal Planner – The Boys’ Favourites

The Democratic Meal Planner – One kid, one vote!

 

In light of all the political goings on around us recently, I decided to give democracy a chance to rule the meal planner. I feel like I’m making myself sound very much like a food dictator… She who holds the wooden spoon, rules the plates! It’s for their own good though, trust me!

Meal Planner November 2017

The boys are very modern in their political views and combined their votes to effect community rule over the first two days. This worked out very well for them as they got to have both their favourites. SuperDad is always happy with pasta and basil pesto is also a favourite. Of course they go so well together as a combo! Somebody had to be the carb police and that happened to be me (can’t quite get rid of the dictatorship). My favourite treat as a meal must be salmon. It has become so expensive, even in frozen steaks, that we really only have it on the odd occasion.

Fish shopping tip!

I did discover something quite interesting though… Our local Food Lover’s Market has a fantastic fish section and if you can hold your breath long enough, you might just find a very good deal!

As an example, the prepared, fresh salmon portions on the day were R299.00 per kilogram. In comparison, Woolworths’ fresh Norwegian salmon portions are R500.00 per kilogram, but that’s not the point. If you select a whole salmon, they will fillet it for you, package the quantity that you want and the price on the day was R179.99 per kilogram. That is a major difference!

As usual, just going that little bit further to be aware of where our food comes from, I looked into the sourcing of the salmon and found this on Food Lover’s Market website:

Although Food Lovers market currently procures farmed Norwegian Salmon which is on the WWF-SASSI orange-list we are implementing a procurement strategy that aligns with SASSI procurement guideline for Salmon. This means that all Norwegian on Food Lover’s shelves will come from farms that are affiliated to the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI – http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/) by January 2019. These farms have committed to work towards meeting the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible aquaculture by 2020. Food Lover’s has full traceability back to all source farms and is annually tracking progress of these farms towards their 2020 ASC target.

Sustainable is good and I like the accountability and action plan.

This post really is becoming quite political! I have a soapbox and everything! I think it’s about time for the good stuff!

The Recipe Cards

Remember you can sign up to the newsletter to get your meal planner and recipe cards all together in advance, in your inbox! Alternatively you are two weeks behind… and have to come all the way here to MammaChef Jozi to download them… Then again, I love your visits and the more the better! So I tell you what, do both!

Boys’ Choice Monday – Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Caldo Verde

Boys’ Choice Tuesday – Spagheti Bolognese

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Simple Spaghetti Bolognese

Mamma’s Choice Wednesday – Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

SuperDad’s Choice Thursday – Chicken & Basil Pesto Pasta

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Chicken Basil Pesto Pasta

Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed this week’s dinners. Blake, who is four, has recently taken to proclaiming every meal as the best food he has ever eaten! The people have spoken!

Alright, I think that is more than enough of my political commentary. I will leave you with this thought. Whatever your mood, whatever is going on in life, try to get yourself just one level up on the emotional scale! If you’re feeling dejected, try to find something that makes you feel content. Anxiety looks for something that brings peace and so on. The point is to raise your vibration! I’ll expand on this a little more later on. If you can (and it’s always possible)… Smile!

Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day

4 of the Easiest Meals for Even the Busiest Mom and About the Big D…

The easiest meals I could possibly come up with (challenge to self accepted!)

Still in the beginning phases of my business and looking at how this week would be going, my meal planning on Sunday last week was all about what I already had in the kitchen (saving some precious cents) and what would take the least amount of time or be so easy that I could just stick it in the oven and carry on with other things until the timer goes off. The very easiest meals for my life at that moment! Obviously they still had to uphold the MammaChef Jozi standards, being healthy and not boring!

I’m actually quite proud of achieving exactly what I set out to do… although I really must start printing out my recipe cards myself! That will save me a good few minutes of searching too!

The Big D

I have alluded to it in last week’s post but I will just come right out and say it… I’m officially on a Diet. Those of you who know me, know that I’m not the biggest of people and I’m normally quite comfortable in my own skin. I have never been prone to on and off diets (and I will add that I am highly allergic to gyms) but as the years and the wrinkles add up, it seems that the metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be.

With December and beach time glimmering on the horizon – it’s time to get back into a shape that I’m comfortable with. I do have a plan that works for me, is focused on healthy weight loss, fits into my days and lifestyle easily (therefore more easy meals), doesn’t cost buckets of money and doesn’t inconvenience my family! It’s pretty much perfect!

The main ingredients of my Big D Plan are:

  • Intermittent Fasting – read more information here. I eat for 8 hours and fast for 16 hours each day. I feel less hungry, less bloated and full of energy, in a nutshell.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – in a cup of water with a teaspoon of honey first thing every morning. Loads of health benefits, good for skin, supposed to break down fat. My gran firmly believed in it too and the smell always reminds me of her… which also makes it more pleasant to consume!
  • Water! 2-3 litres per day. The bladder does get used to it!
  • Smart Lunch – My lunch is at around 12pm and because it’s the easiest thing in the world, wherever I am at that point during the day, I have my bowl of FutureLife. I either have the Smart Fibre – it does contain gluten but packs a lot of fibre and comes with probiotics – or I have Zero Smart Food – gluten free, no added cane sugar, lots of goodness in a little box.
  • Healthy snacks – fruit and nuts, seeds, only raw and in their natural form. Helps for the occasional sugar craving.
  • Off limits – sugar, dairy limited to plain yoghurt and cheese, avoid gluten.
  • Dinner – whatever is on my meal plan! I do make a variety of vegetables and meats or fish, so it’s easy to cut out the carb portion for myself (eg. bread or potato) and when I do pasta I generally have gluten free. I still have my glass or two of red wine! Red only as it has less sugar than white and does have health benefits.

It’s very much based on the Mediterranean diet and also follows anti-inflammatory guidelines. Works for me, losing weight, feeling awesome and I only have another maybe 4 kgs to lose so I should be good to go in time for the Christmas Feast! Yippee!

Get to the Meal Plan already!

Let me not keep you in suspense any longer… Below is the downloadable Meal Planner for the easiest cooking week ever, as well as the recipe cards for each day’s easy meal.

Mamma’s 4 Easiest Meals Ever

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Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta

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Chicken Kebabs & Vegetable Couscous

4_easiest_meals_lamb_chops_broccoli_salad

Lamb Chops & Broccoli Salad

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Baked Fish & Chips with Salad

And there you have it! It’s just starting to rain outside and I am looking forward to a lovely, chilled evening at home. It is, as per usual, Pizza Friday and I have absolutely no idea what we’re having. Day off!

If you would be at all interested in my runaround on the hunt for Wade’s new Epipen this week and the service that won the “little guy” a new loyal customer, head on over to my LinkedIn article here.

To get next week’s meal planner and recipe cards in your inbox on Monday, just enter your email address in the little purple box somewhere along the top of your screen… it’s for you, for free! Otherwise you will have to wait for the posted one all the way on next Friday, doesn’t sound like a good idea to me!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, be safe and be light!

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Supper Snapshot for the Women’s Day Week

Women’s Day Week

This week was a short one as we had a public holiday right in the middle – Women’s Day. In case you don’t really know why we commemorate Women’s Day, here’s some background from Wikipedia:

National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.[1] The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994.[2] In 2006, a reenactment of the march was staged for its 50th anniversary, with many of the 1956 march veterans.

More on this day and what it means in another post to come!

Supper Snapshot

Monday – Haloumi, Lentil & Vegetable Bake

Gluten and sugar free, packed with loads of healthy stuff and really, really delicious! Diced butternut, thickly chopped red onions, sliced leeks (we got the biggest leeks I have ever seen in my life!) baked at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Add a tin of organic brown lentils, a tin of peeled and diced tomatoes, season with salt, pepper, mixed herbs and paprika. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Place thickly sliced haloumi on top of the veg and grill for around 8 minutes or until melted and golden brown.

Tuesday – Baked Hake, Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Bacon & Cabbage

Wednesday – Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake

Chicken strips sautéed in butter and olive oil with chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Penne pasta boiled with broccoli.
Mix all together in a large, deep oven dish. Add 1 cup fresh cream, 1-2 cups of mozzarella. Mix well. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Thursday – Lamb Chops with Potato & Leek Gratin

The most succulent lamb chops with a creamy potato and leek gratin.
Sauté finely sliced leeks over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes. Should be soft but not brown. Slice unpeeled potatoes thinly and nuke them in the microwave on high for 5 minutes just to speed up the cooking time a bit. .
When leeks are cooked, season with salt and pepper, then pack alternating layers of the potato and leeks into an oven dish.
Pour in a cup of cream, sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Add a bit more salt and pepper to suit your tastebuds.
Bake at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lamb chops seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled on our George Foreman grill.

Friday – Toasted Cheese!

Good old toasted cheese on ciabatta bread.

 

Christel’s Creative Cooking 

Christel’s eagerly awaited feature for the week is finally here! The delay is all mine, I must confess. This week for some reason just seemed to fly by me and I didn’t get to everything I had planned… 

She has also included a white sauce recipe, which could be a base for just about any sauce and a must have for any kitchen! So without any further delay…

Quick and easy tuna sauce
Quick and easy Tuna Sauce

2 medium red onions
3 tomatoes

Chop everything up, put the onions in a saucepan and fry until tender. Add the tomatoes and stir occasionally until saucy. Add salt, pepper, garlic flakes and a bit of sugar/honey (to take the acidity out of the tomatoes)
Add 1 (or 2) cans of tuna. 
Stir for about a minute to combine everything. Add a packet of Woolies ready made cheese sauce. Stir for a minute until mixed. Sprinkle with oregano flakes or fresh herbs. Eat on oven toasted ciabatta or mix into pasta.
You can also add mushrooms and/or green, red & yellow peppers into the mix. Or leave the tuna out completely and eat it with only vegetables.
If you really want to impress your eating companions… here’s the recipe to make your own White sauce from scratch:
It makes 1 cup
30g butter
30g plain flour 

250 ml milk

Seasoning

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over a moderate heat and bring to the boil whisking continuously. Use a spiral or ballon whisk as this will get rid of lumps and give the sauce a more glossy appearance.
Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until thick and smooth and there is no taste of flour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For cheese sauce add 1 cup grated cheddar to the hot sauce and stir to melt the cheese. You can add 5 – 10ml curry powder to the flour to make curry sauce. For parsley sauce you can add chopped parsley to the mix. You can add mustard to the mix for a mustard sauce.
The possibilities of what this sauce can become, are endless.

Fish & Chips with a twist

As Wednesdays are usually soccer nights, I always try to plan for a dinner that is as quick and easy as possible. I had a little more time than planned though, so I did a bit of creative cutting and frying of the chips.

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The fish was Country Fry from Sea Harvest, baked in the oven. Baby carrots and mixed peas and corn. Potato sliced with the skin on, shallow fried in a little canola oil until just golden and crispy.

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