All posts tagged: Lemon

Beetroot & Lentil Salad with Goat’s Cheese Dressing

This ‘go to’ salad is perfect for a super quick lunch and is substantial too, so will keep you full through the afternoon, but it doesn’t end there!! It makes a great vegetarian starter and could be served as one of a selection of salads for a larger meal.  Why not spoon some into a container when you want to take lunch on the go!  It’s so quick to make and for a great short-cut, I often use the little pouches of cooked organic beetroot you can buy, they’re such a good stand-by, just be sure not to pick up pickled beetroot by mistake! The goat’s cheese dressing is so delicious, you don’t need to keep it just for this recipe.  With the warmer weather and longer days our thoughts change to summer foods, lighter dishes and the anticipation of all the new seasons produce that spring and summer can bring. Try the dressing on barbecued or griddled vegetables, such as aubergine, peppers and courgettes. It would make a perfect accompaniment to steamed or barbecued asparagus, look out for fresh British asparagus coming into season …

Roasted Squash, Chickpea & Kale Salad

When I first heard of Kale salad, to be honest with you, I thought it sounded awful…. eating raw kale?!! Well, I’m now eating my words and I throw marinated kale into quite a few salads! Having experimented in various ways, to achieve the best results, I remove some of the thicker, tougher stalks and then really make sure I work the kale through the dressing with my hands.  If you take your time and allow the kale to soften in the oil and lemon, the resulting dish is beautifully tender and the salad nourishing and substantial. I like to make sure a salad has plenty of other interesting ingredients too, to provide variety and interest. Use the recipe as a guide to quantities and if you feel like you’d like more roasted butternut squash, pepper or chickpeas then pile them in and enjoy!! This recipe was developed as part of the Bones & Joints Module of the Culinary Medicine Diploma I’m currently studying. You can read on at the end to find out how these …

Smoked Mackerel Paté

This week I’m sharing one of my really quick, go to recipes when I’m looking for a speedy, healthy lunch to feed the family. Serve it with toasted wholemeal pitta, or oat cakes, served with a pile of sliced cucumber and watercress. If you keep a bowl in the fridge, you can also sneak a snack on a chunk of cucumber to satisfy the mid morning munchies!! It’s great for picnics too! Packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, mackerel is a great food to include regularly in the diet. Omega 3 fatty acids help the body produce its own anti-inflammatory response. Great for helping to keep heart and circulation system healthy as well as maintaining cell membrane function.   Serves about 4   230g packet smoked mackerel fillets 2-3tbsp live probiotic natural yogurt about 1tsp creamed horseradish juice of 1 lemon, about 2tbsp salt and black pepper Remove the skin from the mackerel and place in a food processor with the remaining ingredients and plenty of seasoning. If you love horseradish, I’d add an extra 1/2tsp! Using …

Seafood Bowl

  I’ve always been a big fan of seafood casseroles and if a bouillabaisse is on the menu, I find it hard to ignore! This is a beautifully simple version, enhanced by some fresh herbs and a hint of paprika. Deliciously light, its a perfect recipe for all year round. Plus, its all cooked in one pan, so couldn’t be easier!! This is another great recipe for boosting your immune system. To make a perfectly balanced meal, serve with a steamed green vegetable, broccoli is perfect. I’ve included the health benefits of each ingredient at the bottom of the recipe. Serves 4   1 red chilli 2tbsp olive oil 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 red pepper 350g sweet potato 400g tin tomato polpa (see tip below) 3tbsp chopped fresh oregano 1tsp paprika salt and pepper 350g salmon fillet 175g fresh squid 175g large raw peeled prawns juice of ½ lemon 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley steamed broccoli to accompany   Deseed and finely chop the chilli, heat the oil in a …

Roasted Chickpea, Shiitake & Spinach Salad

  This recipe really packs a nutritional punch! Its great for boosting your immune system. All the information you need is at the end of the recipe.  A great healthy lunch which, I think, is better served warm, however any leftovers would make a perfect packed lunch too. The sumac gives a tangy lemony flavour and is often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cookery. It’s now stocked in most supermarkets with the herbs and spices. Serves 4   400g tin chickpeas olive oil sea salt and black pepper 1tsp sumac grated rind and juice of 1 lemon 250g shiitake mushrooms 1 garlic clove, crushed ½ small red onion 100g bag fresh baby spinach, washed 100g feta cheese, crumbled   Drain the chickpeas and rinse well. Drain and dry on kitchen paper and remove any loose skins. Place the chickpeas in a frying pan and drizzle over a little olive oil and a light sprinkling of sea salt. Shake to coat the chickpeas in the oil and salt. Cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until …

Mackerel with Thyme Roasted Roots & Horseradish Dressing

Mackerel has a wonderful flavour, perfect with the punchy flavours of the roasted roots and horseradish. A fish in plentiful supply, that is so good for us, so tasty, but sadly under used. Ask your fishmonger to fillet and pin bone the mackerel for you, this is then such an easy recipe to cook and a big fat tick in the box for increasing fish intake in the diet! This is the third and final recipe developed for the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome module of my Diploma in Culinary Medicine. I’ve included the nutritional information at the bottom of the recipe if you’re interested to read why I selected and used certain ingredients.   Serves 2 1 large parsnip 1 sweet potato 2 large carrots olive oil 2tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper 1tbsp natural Greek yogurt 1tsp grated hot horseradish 1tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 mackerel fillets chopped fresh chives to garnish, optional steamed green vegetables to accompany   Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Scrub the …

Roasted Cod Tray Bake

I’ve decided, as a family, we just don’t eat enough fish and I think we’re probably not alone there! It was easy growing up by the sea, to be able to enjoy an abundance of really fresh seafood, but sadly, fish doesn’t make such a regular feature anymore, yet I love it. I often make smoked mackerel pate and we have salmon quite frequently, occasional fish barbecues in the summer, but I know I could include more. Its finding a good reliable supply that makes all the difference. My plan is to try and include a greater variety of fish and seafood in our regular meals and shop around to find the freshest I can. Fish can be quite expensive, but by stretching it out with lots of other ingredients you can get all the delicious flavours and a substantial meal too. This Sunday I put our normal Sunday Roast to one side and served cod instead. There was a surprised, and I have to admit, slightly disappointed look on at least one of the faces …