Chicken cranberry salad

What a week

It has been a busy week. With the world going insane we had to cancel our holiday plans and opt for a staycation in Auckland. Basically, that meant we hadn’t done any food shopping so our meal options were somewhat limited. I had no intention of going near a supermarket and dealing with the insane humans buying toilet paper. A quick raid of the fridge, I discovered some sour cream that was on its way out, so I wanted to come up with a way to use it up. Some pre-cooked chicken out of the freezer and we were in business.

Chicken cranberry salad

Salad with dressing

Over the last year, there has been a shift in how the family feel about salads. I now have a list of five salads that everyone is on board with eating. The common feature of the salads that everyone likes is a creaming dressing or sauce. With creamy dressings seem to be the ones that are most loved around here so this salad is a winner. The simple combination of mayo, sour cream and lemon juice give the rest of the salad a nice coating without overpowering the other favours.

Chicken cranberry salad recipe

Chicken cranberry salad ingredients
Chicken cranberry salad ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2  cup  easy mayo
  • 1/4  cup  sour cream
  • 1  tsp.  lemon juice
  • 1  tbsp.  parsley
  • 3  cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4  cup  celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4  cup  apple, finely chopped
  • 1/3  cup  dried cranberries
  • 1/3  cup  sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl add the easy mayo
Sour cream
Lemon juice
Parsley
Whisk together
Add the chicken, apple and celery.
Mix well
Add the cranberries and sunflower seeds
Mix well
Serve chilled on a bed of lettuce

Chicken cranberry salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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It has been a busy week and still far too warm to be spending hours in the kitchen making meals. I had some sour cream in the fridge that was on its way out so I wanted to come up with a way to use it up.'


Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup easy mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, sour cream, lemon juice and parsley.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve chilled on a bed of lettuce.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 299 calories; 24 g fat; 10 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein.

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • 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.


Reuben slaw

I don’t want it hot

I’m a fan of the Reuben Sandwich, I love the flavours and would happily fall off the no grain wagon to snarf a grilled Reuben Sandwich. As I try my best not to fall off the wagon coming up with alternatives seems like the best approach. Sometimes it is too warm for a Reuben roast or a Reuben casserole; sometimes I want all the excellent flavour without spending hours in the kitchen or turning on the oven. Enter the Reuben slaw. This slaw brings together the peppery pastrami, creamy mayo and crisp cabbage with some mellow Swiss cheese. A few minutes of chopping and you have a perfect meaty bowl of slaw.

Reuben slaw

Ingredients

  • 450g pastrami, finely sliced
  • 300g Swiss cheese, finely sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup easy mayo

Reuben slaw

  • Servings: 8
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 450g pastrami, finely sliced
  • 300g Swiss cheese, finely sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup easy mayo

Directions

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 254 calories; 18 g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • 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 steak 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.  

One tray steak fajitas ready to eat
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat

Taking a break from tacos  

This recipe was born from a need to take a little break from tacos. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against tacos, I love them, but we have been eating a lot of tacos recently so I thought a little change would do us some good. Still wanting something Mexican and fresh, I thought fajitas would be a good option. The best part of this recipe is eating 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. These steak fajitas are an excellent option for an easy weeknight meal and just as easy to make as tacos.   

One tray steak fajitas video

One tray steak fajitas  

One tray steak fajitas  ingredients
One tray steak fajitas  ingredients

Ingredients   

  • 450g steaks  
  • 2 tsp chilli powder  
  • 1 tsp ground cumin  
  • 1 tsp garlic powder  
  • 1 tsp paprika  
  • 1/2 tsp salt  
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper  
  • 1/4 cup olive oil  
  • 1 tsp minced garlic  
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced   
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced  
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
In a bowl mix together the peppers.
Add the onions to the bowl.
Add the onions to the bowl.
Add the steak to the bowl.
Add the steak to the bowl.
Mix well
Mix well
Ready to spread out on the baking tray
Ready to spread out on the baking tray
Transfer the ingredients to the baking tray.
Transfer the ingredients to the baking tray.
Spread the ingredients out
Spread the ingredients out
Sprinkle over the seasoning and mix well
Sprinkle over the seasoning and mix well
Bake
Bake
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat
One tray steak fajitas ready to eat

One tray steak fajitas

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This one tray meal a great option for busy week nights or an action packed weekend.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 450g steaks  
  • 2 tsp chilli powder  
  • 1 tsp ground cumin  
  • 1 tsp garlic powder  
  • 1 tsp paprika  
  • 1/2 tsp salt  
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper  
  • 1/4 cup olive oil  
  • 1 tsp minced garlic  
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced   
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced  
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced  

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F.   
  2. In a bowl, combine the chilli, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to make a fajita seasoning.   
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the steak, onions and peppers with the olive oil.   
  4. Sprinkle with the minced garlic and mix again.  
  5. Spread the meat and vegetables out on a baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  6. Sprinkle the fajita seasoning over the meat and vegetables.  
  7. Cover the tray with foil.  
  8. Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on the tray, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on the tray, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  
  9. Remove the tray from the oven and let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing.  
  10. Serve.  

Nutrition

Per Serving: 266 calories; 19 g fat; 7 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein

Equipment  

  • Knife  
  • Chopping board  
  • Baking tray  
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Aluminium foil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales

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.


Taco style salad

Things are changing

Not long ago if I had suggested we have a salad for dinner, that suggestion would have been met with grumbles, groans and complaints. Thankfully that is no longer the case. The first time I made this salad for dinner, I did get the grumbles and groans, then the kids tried some. The next week when I asked the question ‘what do we want for dinner?’ I got two requests for ‘that salad we had last week’. That has been the greatest endorsement of a recipe if you ask me. It is a sign that things are changing on the food front in our house.

Taco style salad

More spicy flavours

This salad is a little bit Mexican in flavour; I wanted something that was basically a taco in a bowl. We eat a lot of tacos so I wanted something that would be taco in flavour but without the tortilla wraps. This salad delivers on the flavour of tacos, but with a tasty and creamy dressing that brings everything together. It is easy to make, and the recipe is enough to feed a hungry family and still leave you with some leftovers.

Taco style salad

Taco style salad ingredients

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups cos lettuce, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken, cooked and cubed 
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup tortilla chips, crushed 
  • 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. avocado oil 
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced 
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning 
Take the ingredients for the dressing
Add the ingredients to a bowl.
Add the ingredients to a bowl.
Add the jalapenos and whisk.
Take a large bowl.
Add the lettuce and chicken to the bowl.
Add the corn and beans.
Add the tomatoes and avocado.
Add the red onion.
Mix well.
Add the dressing.
Mix well.
Add the crushed corn chips
Serve

Taco style salad

  • Servings: 10
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Not long ago if I had suggested we have a salad for dinner, that suggestion would have been met with grumbles, groans and complaints. Thankfully that is no longer the case. The first time I made this salad for dinner, I did get the grumbles and groans, then the kids tried some.


Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cos lettuce, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the lettuce, corn, beans, tomatoes, avocado, onion and cheese.
  2. Set the bowl to one side.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the yoghurt, oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno and taco seasoning.
  4. When you are ready to serve the salad, add the dressing to the bowl with the salad.
  5. Toss the salad to coat everything with the dressing.
  6. To serve top with the crushed chips and coriander.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 287 calories; 12 g fat; 18 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein.

Equipment

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales

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.


Salad roll-ups

Salad roll-ups

Madness or genius

It’s another one of those moments; it could be madness or genius, turning the salad roll inside out and removing the need for an actual wrap, wheat or otherwise. Bear with me; I promise it not only works; it is a fantastic little lunch that will make everyone happy. 

No cooking required

I do love a lunch that doesn’t need any cooking. This recipe doesn’t need any cooking at all, just a little bit of time to cut your veggies into sticks and then the rolling. They are so easy to make it is ridiculous. The beauty of this recipe is the flexibility around the fillings if you want to add something different you can, take something out, of course, you can. If the mood strikes, you can even dress the salad leaves before you use them. 

Salad roll-ups

Salad roll-up ingredients

Ingredients 

  • 450g sliced meats – prosciutto or salami or ham
  • 3 cups salad leaves
  • 4 cheese slices, cut into sticks
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into sticks
  • 1 carrot, cut into sticks, 
  • ½ avocado, cut into slices, 
  • ½ pepper, cut into sticks
Slice the vegetables.
Lay the meat on a chopping board.
Add the lettuce to the meat.
Add the sliced vegetables.
Add the cheese.
Fold the end of the meat over the vegetables.
Roll the meat up.
Enjoy

Salad roll-ups

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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I do love a lunch that doesn't need any cooking. This recipe doesn't need any cooking at all, just a little bit of time to cut your veggies into sticks and then the rolling. They are so easy to make it is ridiculous.


Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 450g sliced meats prosciutto or salami or ham
  • 3 cups salad leaves
  • 4 cheese slices, cut into sticks
  • 1/4 cucumber, cut into sticks
  • 1 carrot, cut into sticks,
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into slices,
  • 1/2 pepper, cut into sticks

Directions

  1. Take a clean chopping board and lay out a few slices of meat.
  2. At one end place some of the salad leaves, pepper sticks, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, cheese sticks and avocado slices.
  3. Starting at the end with the salad roll the meat up to create a roll.
  4. Some meats will hold together; others may need a toothpick to hold the roll together.
  5. Serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 186 calories; 10 g fat; 14 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein.

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.


Curry chicken wraps

Family favourite

‘Who wants lettuce wraps for dinner?’ is a question I have asked on many an occasion, there have never been any occasions I can think of when the answer from the family is ‘me please’. 

Not long ago, I was working on this recipe. I mixed up a batch of the curried chicken ready for the wraps when a not so little head popped around my elbow and asked ‘what’s that? It smells nice’. One taste test later and I have an extra person ready to eat curried chicken wraps for dinner. Before the end of the day, I had three people on board for eating them again. The next weekend when I asked the question ‘what do we want for dinner?’ I got two requests for ‘that salad we had last week’. That has been the greatest endorsement of a recipe if you ask me.

Curried chicken wraps

Big portions

This recipe is big on flavour and portions. This recipe can feed eight people comfortably; if you have small eaters, you can probably get even more portions out of it. The curried chicken has a creamy coating with a satisfying amount of crunch from the carrots and celery. The mass amount of protein in this recipe may seem a bit much at first glance. I can assure you it isn’t really. The big portion of protein is there to help you feel fuller faster. 

Let the flavours mingle

Whenever I make a batch of the curried chicken for the wraps I like to make it in advance and allow it to sit in the fridge for at least three hours; this lets the flavours hang out and mingle. The mix doesn’t need to be made in advance, but it does make a difference to the taste. If you have fussy eaters that aren’t big fans of spice you can leave out the chilli flakes and use mild curry powder.  

Curried chicken wraps

Curried chicken wraps ingredients

Ingredients

  • 800g chicken breast, cooked 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 3/4 cup easy mayo
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cos lettuce
In a bowl add the honey, lime juice, curry powder, chilli powder, salt and pepper.
Add the mayo.
Whisk everything together.
Add the celery, onion, spring onions and carrots to a large bowl.
Add the cooked chicken to the bowl.
Mix well.
Add the curry sauce to the chicken and vegetables.
Mix well.

Curried chicken wraps

  • Servings: 8
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Not long ago, I was working on this recipe. I mixed up a batch of the curried chicken ready for the wraps when a not so little head popped around my elbow and asked 'What's that? It smells nice'


Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 800g chicken breast, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Curry powder
  • 3/4 cup easy mayo
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cos lettuce

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, onion, carrots, spring onions and celery.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the mayo, honey, lime juice, curry powder, chilli flakes, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the sauce to the bowl with the chicken and vegetables and mix well.
  4. Wash each of the cos lettuces and take off the leaves and drain them.
  5. Plate up the leaves and then add the chicken mixture into the centre each leaf.
  6. Serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 208 calories; 9 g fat; 12 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein.

Equipment 

  • Knife 
  • Chopping board 
  • Mixing bowl x2 
  • Fork 
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales

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 Thai salmon

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.  

Salmon and chilli = winning

I love all things spicy, the more chilli, the better if you ask me, this salmon has a beautiful balance of spice and sweetness. The vegetables add a perfect crunch and freshness to the salmon.

I like to add an extra pinch of red pepper flakes to the glaze for some extra heat, but this is optional. If you have to share your food with small people you can leave the extra chilli out.

One tray Thai glazed salmon recipe

One tray Thai glazed salmon ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 2 Carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Thai sweet chilli sauce
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
In a small bowl add the Thai sweet chilli sauce, coconut aminos and lime juice.
Add the ginger and chilli flakes.
Whisk well.
Line a baking tray.
Lay the salmon on the tray skin side down.
Add the carrots.
Add the onions.
Add the green and red peppers.
Add the snow peas
Add the sauce to the salmon but hold back 1/4 cup for later.
Add the remaining sauce to the salmon before serving.

One tray Thai glazed salmon

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This one tray meal a great option for busy week nights or an action packed weekend.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 2 Carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 degrees F and line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  2. Lay the salmon skin side down surrounded by sliced vegetables.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together Thai sweet chilli sauce, coconut aminos, ginger, lime juice, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Drizzle the sauce over the salmon, keeping a 1/4 cup of the sauce back.
  5. Cover the baking tray with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. Spread the rest of the sauce over the salmon and vegetables and serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 346 calories; 21 g fat; 24 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk/fork
  • Baking tray
  • Spatula

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 sausage and apple 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.  

One tray sausages with apple bake
One tray sausages with apple bake

Simple and tasty 

This week’s recipe is for a sausage and apple bake. Pork and apple are a match made in heaven so I didn’t reinvent the wheel with this one. 

This meal is slightly higher in fat than I would normally make so if you are tracking macros keep that in mind. I like to use plain for sausages for this recipe, that way the flavours from the honey, sage and rosemary take front and centre. 

New Zealand honey 

New Zealand has amazing honey, we are known for Manuka honey mostly but we have lots of other types of honey that have amazing flavours. One of my favourites to use is Earthbound Pohutukawa honey the honey has a flavour will remind you of butterscotch. 

The Pohutukawa is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree because of its bright red flowers that bloom around Christmas time. 

One tray sausages with apple bake

The flavour makes me feel like it is summertime. With the weather getting warmer I love the taste of things to come. 

One tray sausages with apple bake recipe 

Ingredients 

One tray sausages with apple bake ingredients
One tray sausages with apple bake ingredients
  • 6 pork sausages 
  • 2 apples, cubed 
  • 450g baby potatoes, quartered 
  • 2 carrots, cut into sticks 
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges 
  • 2 tbsp. Sage leaves chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh rosemary chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. Honey 
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 
In a large bowl combine the apple, potatoes, carrots and onion with the sage and rosemary.
In a large bowl combine the apple, potatoes, carrots and onion with the sage and rosemary.
Mix well
Mix well
Place the vegetables on the baking tray and put the sausages on top of the vegetables.
Place the vegetables on the baking tray and put the sausages on top of the vegetables. 
Bake for 30 minutes or until the sausages and potatoes are cooked through.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the sausages and potatoes are cooked through. 
Sausages with apple bake

One tray sausages with apple bake

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This one tray meal a great option for busy week nights or an action packed weekend.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 6 pork sausages
  • 2 apples, cubed
  • 450g baby potatoes, quartered
  • 2 carrots, cut into sticks
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp. Sage leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c/ 400 degrees f.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  3. In a large bowl combine the apple, potatoes, carrots and onion.
  4. Add the sage and rosemary to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Place the vegetables on the baking tray and put the sausages on top of the vegetables.
  6. Drizzle the olive oil and honey over the vegetables and sausages.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the sausages and potatoes are cooked through.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 290 calories; 12.6 g fat; 35.6 g carbohydrates; 9.4 g protein

Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 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 balsamic salmon

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.  

Balsamic salmon 

I’m a big fan of salmon, it is so easy to prepare, and it tastes great. This recipe is super easy to make, and everything cooks perfectly in 15 minutes. The balsamic vinegar adds a nice tart flavour to this dish that cuts through the richness of the salmon. 

One tray balsamic salmon recipe 

One tray balsamic salmon ingredients
One tray balsamic salmon ingredients

Ingredients

  • 600g skinless salmon, cut into 4 pieces 
  • 450g asparagus 
  • 2 cups courgette, sliced 
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced 
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced 
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1 tsp. rosemary 
  • 1 tsp. parsley, chopped 
  • 1 tsp. chicken seasoning 
  • 1 tsp. paprika 
Place the salmon steak on a lined baking tray
Place the salmon steak on a lined baking tray
Add olive oil and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to a bowl.
Add olive oil and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to a bowl.
Mix well.
Mix well.
Brush the salmon with the oil mixture.
Brush the salmon with the oil mixture. 
Season the salmon with the chicken seasoning, parsley and rosemary, sprinkle the paprika over the top. 
Season the salmon with the chicken seasoning, parsley and rosemary, sprinkle the paprika over the top. 
In a bowl add the courgette.
In a bowl add the courgette.
Add the green beans.
Add the green beans.
Add the peppers.
Add the peppers.
Add the asparagus.
Add the asparagus.
Add the remaining chicken seasoning.
Add the remaining chicken seasoning.
Add the garlic.
Add the garlic.
Add the remaining balsamic vinegar to the bowl.
Add the remaining balsamic vinegar to the bowl. 
Mix well.
Mix well.
Spread the vegetables out around the salmon.
Spread the vegetables out around the salmon.
Bake for 10 minutes
Bake for 10 minutes
Serve.
Serve.

One tray balsamic salmon

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



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 600g skinless salmon, cut into 4 pieces 
  • 450g asparagus 
  • 2 cups courgette, sliced 
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced 
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced 
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1 tsp. rosemary 
  • 1 tsp. parsley, chopped 
  • 1 tsp. chicken seasoning 
  • 1 tsp. paprika 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees c/ 425 degrees f. 
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner. 
  3. Add the salmon to the baking tray
  4. In a bowl mix together the olive oil and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, brush the salmon with the oil mixture. 
  5. Season the salmon with the chicken seasoning, parsley and rosemary, sprinkle the paprika over the top. 
  6. In a large bowl mix together the courgette, peppers and asparagus with the garlic. 
  7. Season the vegetables and add the remaining balsamic vinegar to the bowl. 
  8. Add the remaining chicken seasoning, rosemary, paprika and parsley.Add the remaining chicken seasoning, rosemary, paprika and parsley.
  9. Mix well to coat the vegetables. 
  10. Spread out the vegetables around the salmon. 
  11. Cover the baking tray with more baking paper or a silicone liner. 
  12. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  13. Remove the baking paper from the tray then bake for another 5 minutes. 

Nutrition

Per Serving: 213 calories; 5 g fat; 10 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Pastry brush
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Baking tray
  • Fork
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Scales

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.


Carrot cake bars

Alternative to Easter eggs

I don’t like chocolate, I never have. I was that kid who had Easter eggs left months after Easter was over. The prospect of chocolate floating around isn’t that appealing, so I wanted to make something that was Easter themed that I actually want to eat.

In honour of the Easter bunny

Don’t get me wrong; I will still make some chocolate for the kids and Jay, I just wanted something else that was sweet to eat. The Easter bunny is, after all, a bunny, so carrots work as a base for this delicious treat. When you put vegetables in a sweet treat that counts as being good for you right?

Sweet but good for you

These bars are a spongy base packed with real vegetables and a rich, creamy icing that is packed with protein. They are sweet without being sickly and a great way of sneaking some extra veggies into the kids.

Carrot cake bars recipe

Carrot cake bar ingredients
Carrot cake bar ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour 
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted 
  • 1/2 cup plain casein protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar (or 1/4 tsp. of powdered stevia)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup sun butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 3/4 cup mashed carrots
  • 1 tbsp. milk of choice 

For the frosting

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese 
  • 2 tbsp. milk of choice* 
Carrot cake bars ready to eat.
Fresh carrot cake bars ready to eat

Carrot cake bars

  • Servings: 25
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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These bars are a spongy base packed with real vegetables and a rich, creamy icing that is packed with protein.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour 
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted 
  • 1/2 cup plain casein protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar (or 1/4 tsp. of powdered stevia)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup sun butter 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 3/4 cup mashed carrots
  • 1 tbsp. milk of choice 
  • For the frosting 
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese 
  • 2 tbsp. milk of choice* 

Directions

  1. Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, mixed spice and mix well.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the sun butter and maple syrup and melt.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well.
  5. Add the carrots and mix until combined; this should give you a crumbly batter.
  6. Using a spoon, add the milk one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
  7. Transfer the mix to a lined baking dish and press firmly.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Once firm, add the frosting if desired.
  10. For the frosting
  11. If you have a food processor, place all of the cheese and protein powder into the bowl and pulse to bring it together.
  12. When the mixture is a crumbly consistency start to add the milk in one spoon at a time, you should end up with a thick but spreadable frosting. 
  13. *The amount of liquid you need to add to the icing will depend on the type of protein you use.
  14. Spread the frosting over the cake and allow it to set before cutting into bars.
  15. If you don’t have a food processor
  16. Place the cream cheese into a mixing bowl; beat the cheese with a wooden spoon until it is soft.
  17. Beat in half of the protein powder, when the mixture gets too firm to beat add in a tablespoon of the milk.
  18. Add the remaining protein powder and mix; add in milk one spoon at a time until you end up with a thick but spreadable frosting.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 117 calories; 4 g fat; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein

Equipment

  • Baking dish
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatulas
  • Saucepan
  • Spoons
  • Fridge
  • Food processor
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups

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.