Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie

Who ate all the pies? 

Jaime. It was Jaime that ate all the pies. 

Not that he looks like someone that eats all the pies (or the chocolate bars but that is a different story). I don’t know where his love of pies comes from, it could be an English thing. I always hated pies, I remember the ones you could get from a bakery. They would sit all day in the heated food cabinet alongside sausage rolls. They never smelled nice, they had lots of crust and usually had more gravy than meat in them. I should let you know as a general rule I don’t trust foods you can’t see the inside of. 

I only started to like pie when I began to make my own, I can see inside my pies and know what they are made of. 

Bacon makes everything better 

Chicken and mushroom pie has been a thing for a long time and seems to be a firm favourite with pie lovers. As many of you know by now I can’t leave traditional recipes alone, The need to tinker and try to make them better. In this case, that means adding bacon. I believe that bacon has a significant role in the betterment of the human race. It will one day bring about world peace and the pig will be a holy animal around the world. 

Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie with a parmesan crust
Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie with a parmesan crust

Comes back from the land of exaggeration 

The pairing of chicken and mushrooms with bacon seemed natural to me. The salty goodness with the rich earthy flavour of the mushrooms with the heart warming taste of chicken seemed like a no-brainer. 

Grain-free inside and out 

As with all thing I try to create making pies as ‘clean’ as possible was essential to me. The creation of a gravy that didn’t use wheat flour was not really a challenge, I made the easy swap to tapioca flour, bingo, grain-free gravy. Finding a way to make a pastry that was grain free but still like traditional pastry was far more of a challenge. I think I landed on a recipe that delivered a crisp on the outside, soft on the inside combination. It didn’t get soggy in the presence of gravy or fall apart on the plate.

Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie recipe

Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie ingredients
Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 rashers Bacon
  • 1 tsp. garlic oil
  • 125g Mushrooms sliced
  • 250g Chicken cubed
  • 25g tapioca flour 
  • 1/2 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. Masala
  • Pastry
Fry off the bacon.
Fry off the bacon.
Add the mushrooms to the bacon
Add the mushrooms to the bacon
Continue cooking
Continue cooking
Making the gravy
Nice chunks of chicken
Nice chunks of chicken

Chicken bacon and mushroom pie

  • Servings: 6
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Thick and rich gravy with chunks os chicken and tasty bacon, what more could you want from a pie



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 3 rashers Bacon
  • 1 tsp. garlic oil
  • 125g Mushrooms sliced
  • 250g Chicken cubed
  • 25g tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. Masala
  • Pastry

Directions

  1. Over a medium heat fry off the bacon until it starts to colour.
  2. Fry off the bacon.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan with the bacon and continue to cook until the mushrooms have softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the bacon
  5. Transfer the bacon and mushrooms to a bowl and set to one side.
  6. In a bowl mix together the flour; masala and thyme then coat the chicken in the flour.
  7. Melt butter over a medium heat.
  8. Fry off the chicken in the butter.
  9. When the chicken is browned off add in the chicken stock and simmer until the stock has thickened.
  10. Wait for the gravy to thicken
  11. Mix in the bacon and mushrooms.
  12. Put filling into a bowl and cover with pastry.
  13. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F.
  14. Serve hot with some green vegetables.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 160 calories; 9.4 g fat; 5.8 g carbohydrates; 11.8 g protein

Equipment 

  • Knife 
  • Chopping board 
  • Frying pan 
  • Wooden spoon 
  • Oven-safe bowl 
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales
  • Measuring jug

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Moroccan chicken bake

Simple meals don’t have to be boring 

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults. 

More ways to eat chicken

As the kids get older 1 And they are more open to trying new foods and different flavours. Not long ago, the kids would have answered even the suggestion of Moroccan flavours with “It’s too spicy” and ‘I don’t like things like that’. Now I get responses like ‘I’ll try that’ and ‘mmm, that smells nice! We don’t always end up with a new kid-friendly meal, but it makes me happy they are willing to try. I’ll be honest that this recipe was not very successful with the kids; it was a winner for the grown-ups.

The spice mix I use in this recipe is one of my own creations, and you can always use one you like or make your own.

Friday night favourite

As with almost every other night, Friday night is busy; by the time I’ve picked up the little (not so little now) guy, we have done our weekly food shop and navigated the joy that is Auckland traffic, it is hard to find the motivation to make dinner. That is why I love this recipe; I can have dinner in the oven within 10 minutes of dropping the shopping bags in the kitchen. While this tasty and filling dinner cooks, I can empty the dishwasher, put the shopping away and get a load of laundry going before it needs any attention. What more could you want?

Moroccan chicken bake recipe

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika 
  • 3/4 tsp. turmeric 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp.  
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp. butter 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 lemon 
  • 1 aubergine, cubed 
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges 
  • 1 chicken, quartered 
One dish meals are my favourite
One dish meals are my favourite

Moroccan chicken bake

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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats 

Ingredients

–3/4 tsp. salt  –1/4 tsp. ground cumin  –3/4 tsp. paprika  –3/4 tsp. turmeric  –1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper  –1/4 tsp.  –1 tbsp. olive oil  –1 tbsp. butter  –4 garlic cloves, minced  –1 lemon  –1 aubergine, cubed  –2 onions, cut into wedges  –1 chicken, quartered 


Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 250 degrees c/ 475 degrees f. 
  2. Mix together the salt, ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, and black pepper in a bowl. 
  3. Add the butter, garlic and oil to the spices and mix to create a thick paste. 
  4. Cut the lemon in half, put one half to one side for later, but the other half into thin slices. 
  5. Take a large baking dish, place the lemon slices in the bottom of the dish next, add the aubergine and onions. 
  6. Add the chicken quarters to the top of the onions. 
  7. Spread the spice paste over the skin of each part of the chicken. 
  8. Bake in the oven for 30 40 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through, and the juices run clear. 
  9. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

Nutrition

Per Serving: 436 calories; 24g fat; 12.5g carbohydrates; 40g protein

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Baking dish 
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork 
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


White chilli

Simple meals don’t have to be boring  

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So, this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal in a single pan. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults.  

Fun fact time

We eat a lot of chilli, that isn’t an exaggeration, we have chilli almost every day. It might sound repetitive, but it works for us. Red chilli is a great freezer option that we have spent more of the year eating chilli for lunch and easy weeknight meals. Every now and then it is nice to have something a little bit different.

Bean free zone

I know that chilli is supposed to have beans in it, but they really don’t agree with me, so our chilli never has them in. This white chilli is made with juicy chunks of chicken and a creamy broth. The blend of spice and creamy sauce is an excellent alternative to the traditional red chilli.

White chicken chilli recipe

White chicken chilli ingredients
White chicken chilli ingredients

Ingredients

  • 700g chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 250g jalapenos
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Take a large stock pot.
Take a large stock pot.
Season the chicken.
Season the chicken.
Sear the chicken.
Sear the chicken.
Sear both sides of the chicken.
Sear both sides of the chicken.
Add the chicken broth.
Add the chicken broth.
Bring the broth to a simmer.
Bring the broth to a simmer.
Cover the pot and let the chicken cook for 20 minutes.
Cover the pot and let the chicken cook for 20 minutes.
Melt the butter in a skillet.
Melt the butter in a skillet.
Add the peppers.
Add the peppers.
Add the chilli.
Add the chilli.
Add the onions.
Add the onions.
Cook the vegetables until they are softened.
Cook the vegetables until they are softened.
Add the garlic.
Add the garlic.
When the chicken is cooked shred it with a fork.
When the chicken is cooked shred it with a fork.
Add the vegetables to the stock pot.
Add the vegetables to the stock pot.
Mix in the cream.
Mix in the cream.
Mix in the softened cream cheese.
Mix in the softened cream cheese.
Stir quickly.
Stir quickly.
Simmer for another 15 minutes before serving.
Simmer for another 15 minutes before serving.

White chicken chilli

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 700g chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 250g jalapeños
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Season the chicken with ground cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large stockpot sear both sides the chicken over a medium heat.
  3. When both sides of the chicken are golden brown, add the chicken broth to the pot.
  4. Bring the broth up to simmer.
  5. Put a lid on the pot.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. While chicken is cooking, melt butter in a medium skillet.
  8. Add chillies, diced jalapeno, green pepper and onion to skillet and sauté until veggies soften.
  9. Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds and turn off the heat, set aside.
  10. Once the chicken is fully cooked, shred with a fork and add back into the broth.
  11. Add sautéed veggies to pot with the chicken and the broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. In a medium bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave until you can stir it in.
  13. Mix the cream cheese with heavy whipping cream.
  14. Stirring quickly, add the mixture into the pot with chicken and veggies.
  15. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  16. Serve with favourite toppings such as cheese, avocado slices, fresh coriander, sour cream.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 437 calories; 19 g fat; 10 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein

Equipment

  • Stockpot
  • Tongs
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Skillet
  • Bowl
  • Fork 
  • Scales
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


One tray chicken fajitas

Simple meals don’t have to be boring  

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults. 

Eating the rainbowChicken fajita

When we are in the mood for Mexican food, this is my go-to recipe. Spending hours in the kitchen after work is never ideal; this recipe takes a few minutes to prepare and cooks quickly. For me, the best part is the ability to eat the rainbow; the mix of peppers always looks fantastic. I’m always happy when I can find a way to get a big portion of veggies with dinner.

One tray chicken fajitas recipe

Chicken fajita ingredients
Chicken fajita ingredients

Ingredients

  • 700g chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. fajita seasoning
  • Corn tortillas, warmed

Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Large bowl
  • Tongs
  • Scales
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area


Brussels sprout carbonara

The only reason I like winter 

I’m serious, Brussels sprouts are the only thing I like about winter. I hate the cold; I hate the rain and the wind and the shorter days, sprouts are the only highlight of the season for me. 

Brussels Sprouts are hands down my favourite vegetables; I would have them every day. Sadly, I can’t have them every day, so I just have to make the most of them when they are in season. 

Brussels sprout carbonara
Brussels sprout carbonara

What could be better? 

I like Brussels Sprouts on their own, but if I can sneak them into a meal, I like it more. In my world the combination of Brussels Sprouts and carbonara sauce are perfect. The saltiness of the bacon with the creaminess of the sauce and caramelised Brussels Sprouts make a complete meal. If you don’t like Brussels Sprouts but are willing to give it another go, I would highly recommend you give this recipe a go. 

Brussels sprout carbonara recipe 

Brussels sprout carbonara ingredients
Brussels sprout carbonara ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 300g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 300g Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 300g chicken breast, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Take a large bowl and add the eggs.

Take a large bowl and add the eggs
Take a large bowl and add the eggs

Add the cream and whisk.

Add the cream
Add the cream

Add the salt and pepper and whisk.

Add the salt and pepper and whisk
Add the salt and pepper

Add the parmesan to the eggs and cream.

Add the parmesan to the eggs and cream.
Add the parmesan to the eggs and cream.

Take a large non-stick pan over a medium heated.

Take a large non-stick pan over a medium heated.
Take a large non-stick pan over a medium heated.

Sauté the bacon.

Sauté the bacon
Sauté the bacon 

Add the shallots to the bacon.

Add the shallots to the bacon
Add the shallots to the bacon

Sauté until the shallots start to colour.

Sauté until the shallots start to colour.
Sauté until the shallots start to colour.

Add the mushrooms to the pan.

Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes.

Cook for around 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.

Transfer the mix to a bowl and set it to one side.

Transfer the mix to a bowl and set it to one side.
Transfer the mix to a bowl and set it to one side.

Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.

Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.
Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.

Keep the chicken moving as it cooks.

Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.
Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.

Make sure to cook the chicken through.

Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.
Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.

When the chicken is cooked, add the bacon and mushroom mixture back to the pan.

While the chicken is cooking start cooking the sprouts.
While the chicken is cooking start cooking the sprouts.

When you have cooked the sprouts add them to the pan with the chicken and bacon mixture.

When you have cooked the sprouts add them to the pan with the chicken and bacon mixture.
When you have cooked the sprouts add them to the pan with the chicken and bacon mixture.

Mix well.

Mix well
Mix well

Add the cream and egg mixture to the pan and turn off the heat.

Add the cream and egg mixture to the pan and turn off the heat.
Add the cream and egg mixture to the pan and turn off the heat.

Mix well to coat all of the chicken and sprouts in the sauce.

Mix well to coat all of the chicken and sprouts in the sauce.
Mix well to coat all of the chicken and sprouts in the sauce.

Serve while hot.

Serve while hot.
Serve while hot.

Brussels sprout carbonara 

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A winter take on the classic Italian dish



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup cream 
  • 3/4 cups parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil, chopped 
  • 85g bacon, diced 
  • 2 garlic, cloves crushed
  • 1/4 cup shallots, chopped
  • 300g Brussels sprouts, shredded 
  • salt 
  • fresh black pepper, to taste 

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and cream with the salt and pepper.
  2. Take a large non-stick pan over a medium heated.
  3. Sauté the bacon and shallots until the bacon is starting to colour
  4. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
  6. Transfer the mix to a bowl and set it to one side.
  7. Cook the chicken in the pan the bacon was cooked in.
  8. When the chicken is cooked, add the bacon and mushroom mix back to the pan.
  9. While the chicken is cooking start cooking the sprouts.
  10. In a pan over high heat melt a little coconut oil.
  11. When the pan is hot, add the shredded Brussels sprouts.
  12. Keep the sprouts moving in the pan, so they do not burn.
  13. You want the sprouts to develop a deep caramel colour. 
  14. When you have cooked the sprouts add them to the pan with the chicken and bacon mixture.
  15. Add the cream and egg mixture to the pan and turn off the heat.
  16. Mix well to coat all of the chicken and sprouts in the sauce.
  17. Serve while hot.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 442 calories; 35 g fat; 13 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein

Equipment 

  • Bowl 
  • Non-stick pan 
  • Whisk 
  • Wooden spoon 
  • Measuring cups
  • Scales 
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


One tray roast chicken dinner

Simple meals don’t have to be boring  

I have been on a mission to make simple and tasty meals. I aim to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and delicious meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. So this recipe is designed to be healthy, delicious and easy to make. You can cook this meal on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes and is portioned to feed four adults.  

Must be an English thing

Roast dinners are probably one of the most requested meals from the family. I do love a good roast dinner but feel that the return on investment is crap. For a traditional roast dinner, I spend an average of 2 hours in the kitchen, preparing veggies, roasting and basting meat, mashing potatoes and making gravy. This considerable effort results in a meal that is an impressive spread that is completely gone in less than 20 minutes. Everyone is full and happy, but I have lots of dishes to do. 

Simple but still a roast

For me, the ideal roast dinner is one that can be put together in under 20 minutes and doesn’t leave me with enough pots and pans the fill the dishwasher twice. This recipe is the perfect solution. One dish, chicken, broken down into small pieces which will cook quickly, vegetables that won’t go mushy and flavours that work well together. If you want a roast dinner that doesn’t take a lifetime and still keeps the family happy give this recipe a go. 

One tray roast chicken dinner recipe 

One tray roast chicken ingredients
One tray roast chicken ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken drumsticks 
  • 4 chicken thighs 
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed 
  • 2 courgettes, chopped 
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. pepper, 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder, 
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, 
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder, 
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika, 
  • 1 tsp. Chicken stock powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
One tray roast chicken fresh from the oven
One tray roast chicken fresh from the oven
Ready for plating
Ready for plating
Eat up
Eat up

One tray roast chicken dinner

  • Servings: 4
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This one tray meal is easy to make and an excellent options for a weeknight meal



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken drumsticks 
  • 4 chicken thighs 
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed 
  • 2 courgettes, chopped 
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. pepper, 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder, 
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, 
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder, 
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika, 
  • 1 tsp. Chicken stock powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c 350 degrees f. 
  2. In a bowl mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, ginger, paprika, chicken stock powder, chilli flakes and ground cinnamon to make a spice mix. 
  3. In a baking dish place the chicken thighs skin side up in the corners and sprinkle with some of the spice mix. 
  4. Add the chicken drumsticks to the dish around the thighs and sprinkle with some more spice mix. 
  5. In a bowl mix together the vegetables with the remaining spice mix and the olive oil. 
  6. Spread the vegetables over the top of the chicken in the baking dish. 
  7. Roast in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through. 
  8. Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 473 calories; 26 g fat; 30 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein

Equipment 

  • Baking dish 
  • Small bowl 
  • Large bowl 
  • Fork 
  • Spoon 
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Lemon marinade

Simple meals don’t have to be boring

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight.

We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. 

This recipe is healthy, delicious and easy to make recipes that you can cook on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing. 

Each meal is portioned to feed four adults. 

Marinade makes it better

This is my go-to marinade for chicken at the minute. To free up some time on the weekends I have been bulk buying meat, preparing and then freezing the meat. Chicken has been the primary meat over the last few weeks, but it can get boring quickly. Enter this amazing marinade. When we can’t face boring plain chicken any more, I pull the chicken out to defrost before we go to bed. Next morning, I put the chicken in the marinade and let it hang out in fridge for the day. After our workouts I cook the chicken and stick it with some veggies. 

Dinner sorted.

Lemon marinade recipe

Ingredients

Lemon marinade ingredients.
Lemon marinade ingredients.
  • 250ml plain yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • juice and zest 1 lemon
Add the yoghurt, chilli powder and ground coriander to a bowl.
Add the yoghurt, chilli powder and ground coriander to a bowl.
Add the garlic, lemon zest and juice to the bowl and mix well.
Add the garlic, lemon zest and juice to the bowl and mix well.
Lemon marinade mixed and ready to use.
Lemon marinade mixed and ready to use.
Chicken coated in marinade.
Chicken coated in marinade.
Marinaded chicken straight from the oven.
Marinaded chicken straight from the oven.

Lemon Marinade

  • Servings: 1
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A fresh and zesty marinade that is a great way to make your chicken tasty and juicy



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 250ml plain yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • juice and zest 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Instructions
  2. Finely mince the two garlic cloves, mix in a bowl with yoghurt, chilli powder, coriander and lemon juice and zest.
  3. If marinating overnight you can add chicken and marinade to a zip lock bag and put it in the fridge if you are going to cook your chicken in a few hours just add the chicken to the bowl, cover the bowl and put it in the fridge.
  4. When you are ready to cook the chicken, remove any excess marinade, and cook
  5. The meat should remain very succulent because of the yoghurt.
  6. Cook the meat however you like.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 205 calories; 0 g fat; 24 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein

Equipment

  • Knife 
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Zip lock bag
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Zester

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Tom Kha Kai

Simple meals don’t have to be boring

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight.

We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. 

This recipe is healthy, delicious and easy to make recipes that you can cook on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing. 

Each meal is portioned to feed four adults. 

Tom Kha Kai or Tom Kha Gai 

This classic soup has quintessential Thai ingredients. This chicken and coconut soup is rich and flavourful. There are many variations to the soup, but a few constants, coconut milk, lemongrass, chillies and ginger are usually the base of the soup. A little fish sauce, mushrooms, coriander and kaffir lime leaves can be added for a bit more depth and flavour. I’ve put together this recipe as a basic and easy base that you can add to depending on what you have in the pantry. 

Tom Kha Kai recipe

Ingredients

Tom Kha Kai ingredients - chicken breast, coconut milk, ginger powder, spring onions, Serrano chillies, lemongrass and lime juice.
Tom Kha Kai ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, cubed 
  • 2 cups coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 serrano chillies, chopped
  • 2 tsp. lemongrass 
  • 1 juiced lime
Simmer the chicken until it is tender.
Simmer the chicken until it is tender.
Stir in the lime juice.
Stir in the lime juice.
Tom Kha Kai
Tom Kha Kai

Tom Kha Kai 

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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My take on the traditional Thai recipe



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cubed 
  • 2 cups coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 chopped serrano chillies
  • 2 tsp. lemongrass 
  • 1 juiced lime

Directions

  1. Instructions
  2. Bring one cup coconut milk to boil in a large saucepan.
  3. Add the chicken, lemongrass, and ginger to the coconut milk, reduce to a medium heat.
  4. Put the lid on the saucepan, simmer until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  5. Add the rest of the coconut milk to the pan along with the spring onions and chillies, let the liquid come back to the simmer.
  6. Stir in the lime juice just before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 195 calories; 7 g fat; 5 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Ranch impasta salad

Simple meals don’t have to be boring

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight. We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life. 

The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing. Each meal is portioned to feed four adults. 

Impasta salad

Impasta aka coodles aka zoodles are a fantastic low carb option and brilliant alternative for traditional noodles or pasta. I love these impasta noodles. For this recipe, I decided to use raw coodles, but it works just as well with cooked coodles. 

Ranch dressing

This week I am posting a bonus recipe for ranch dressing. This dressing is the star of the show for this salad. This ranch dressing is simple to use and tastes amazing.

Ranch impasta salad recipe

Ranch impasta salad ingredients
Ranch impasta salad ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. ranch dressing
  • 3 cups coodles 
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 green pepper, cubed
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced 
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper
Tasty salad ready to eat.
Tasty salad ready to eat.

Ranch impasta salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Impasta aka coodles aka zoodles are a fantastic low carb option and brilliant alternative for traditional noodles or pasta. I love these impasta noodles



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. ranch dressing
  • 3 cups coodles
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 green pepper, cubed
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced 
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Place all of the vegetables and chicken in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the ranch dressing to the bowl and mx again.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the salad.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 249 calories; 18 g fat; 7 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Broccoli chicken salad

Kids are making friends with salad

I don’t like the kids getting older. I still think of them as the 5 and 3-year-olds I first met so many years ago. I struggle to reconcile the man-sized 13-year-old, and almost man-sized 10-year old that rock around the house now. While I struggle to think of the boys getting older, I eagerly embrace the ever-expanding list of foods they will eat and are willing to try.

One meal for all

For many years I would have to make multiple meals which made my weekends busy and annoying. We have finally reached a point that I can make one meal, and every person will eat it. I am sure every parent with fussy children understand how I feel and how much I longed for this day to come. It is so lovely I don’t have words to explain my joy. 

This salad was one of the first recipes that I managed to get everyone not only to eat, but enjoy so much they asked for it again. I know right.

Meets everyone’s needs

It might sound like I have it easy now, but it still isn’t simple to come up with a meal that fits the likes and dislikes of the family. New recipes need to meet fall in the small sweet spot that is in the centre of the family requirements

Jaime

  • Doesn’t like cold food unless the food is wet. 
  • Loves meat, the more animals in a meal the better.
  • Likes vegetables but not too many vegetables. 
  • This means salads have to be covered in a dressing or sauce before he will consider eating it and the balance of meat to vegetables has to be even.

Elliot

  • Doesn’t want to eat meat, wants to be a vegan (this is a whole blog post in the making). 
  • He will eat chicken but doesn’t like it.
  • Likes vegetables but not all vegetables.
  • Will eat hot or cold food and loves anything that can be smothered in mayo.

Liam

  • Loves meat.
  • Will eat hot or cold meals.
  • Not eats a range of vegetables including broccoli (his favourite), kale, green beans, carrots, onions and lettuce.
  • He doesn’t like spicy food or mayo.
  • Allergy to nuts.

Cath

  • Likes all meat.
  • Will eat all vegetables except peas (which are legumes anyway). 
  • I don’t care if it is hot or cold.
  • I like sauce any spicy food and sauces.
  • Allergy to nuts.

As you can see the space to find a meal that works for everyone is small, but I seem to have found a winner in this recipe.

Broccoli chicken salad recipe

Ingredients

Broccoli chicken salad ingredients - chicken breast, broccoli, red onion, bacon, sunflower seeds, raisins, easy mayo and coconut vinegar
Broccoli chicken salad ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 2 rashers bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup easy mayo
  • 1 tbsp. coconut vinegar
Broccoli chicken salad
Broccoli chicken salad
Broccoli chicken salad
Broccoli chicken salad

Broccoli chicken salad 

  • Servings: 8
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A fresh salad that is full of flavour and texture



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 2 rashers bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup easy mayo
  • 1 tbsp. coconut vinegar

Directions

  1. Instructions
  2. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and make sure that everything is well coated.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 375 calories; 18 g fat; 7 g carbohydrates; 43 g protein

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.