Diet Friendly Sausage Pasta Bake

This super simple and quick sausage pasta bake tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn’t. Perfect for a midweek dinner for the whole family.

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This Sausage Pasta Bake is such a creamy, cheesy bowl of deliciousness, you’ll never believe it’s diet friendly!

Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner | thehecticcook.com

I’m such a cliche. It’s the new year and I’ve joined a diet club. This is not a new thing. I’m back at Slimming World having joined and rejoined on at least a half dozen occasions. But I’m determined this time. This time I’m going to stick with it. Really. No, really. So at the moment, meals in the HC household are of the healthier persuasion. Well, ok, I’m still feeding the kids macaroni cheese and cheese & bean pastry pie on a fairly regular schedule. But generally we’re eating stuff that can be made SW friendly like spaghetti carbonara (yes really) and pork chow mien.

Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner | thehecticcook.com

To make this process a little more interesting, I’ve also discovered a couple of really good food blogs that are dedicated to Slimming World recipes. One of which is Two Chubby Cubs. Their site is full of really good recipes that not only sound tasty, but are tasty. They’re also bloody hysterical. As long as you’ve got a sense of humour and aren’t easily offended, I’d highly recommend checking them out, if only for the witty repartee. This recipe for Sausage Pasta Bake is a take on their One Pot Sausage Gnocchi Bake. I like gnocchi, but it’s easier for me to substitute it with pasta so the kids will eat it.

Now, if you’re at all familiar with the Slimming World diet, you’ll most likely have heard of Quark. It’s hailed somewhat like a food from the gods. I never quite got it. Until I added it to a pasta sauce. It gives a creaminess you’d get from adding cream cheese, but without the raised eyebrows at SW class. It’s added in this recipe, but if you’re not fussed about the calories, just use cream cheese.

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The sausages are your call. If you’re trying to be healthy, there are plenty of fat-reduced sausages on the market. Personally I’ve found I like Porky Lights (again, if you know anything about SW, you’ll know what a cliche that is). But use whatever sausage you like. I’ve also made this recipe with tuna and chicken, so you can be even more saintly.

This pasta bake has become a staple now in our house. It stays inline with my effort to shift the second belly, and the kids like it. If I’m ever going to succeed in cutting the flab, I need meals like this, that the whole family can eat. But even if you’re born with a metabolism faster than Usain Bolt and couldn’t give two hoots about eating healthier (I hate you, I really do), this is a really tasty dish that is well worth a go, especially for a midweek quick and simple dinner.

Ingredients

400g uncooked pasta
6 sausages, meat removed from casings
Spray oil (or a tbsp of oil if you’re feeling decadent)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or 2 tsp garlic puree)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tsp basil (I use frozen chopped basil, it has all the flavour and is so convenient – dried basil is a bit of a waste of time to be honest)
salt & pepper 
75g quark
75g grated cheese to sprinkle on top (I cheat and buy a mozzarella/cheddar mix from the supermarket which is brilliant for melting on pasta bakes)

1. Boil a large pan of (well) salted water and add your pasta. Cook until soft (I don’t like my pasta al dente, so cook it however you like it).
2. Meanwhile, spray a pan with oil over a medium heat, and add the sausage meat, breaking it up as it cooks. Cook until browned through.
3. Add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes, then add the tomatoes, basil and seasoning. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, to let the flavours evolve a wee bit. Taste, and add more seasoning if required.
4. Stir through the quark.
5. Once the pasta has cooked, drain it, and then add it to the meat sauce. Stir through.
6. Pour the pasta into an ovenproof dish and top with the cheese. Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
7. Serve.

This will serve a large family. Simply alter how much pasta you cook, depending on the amount of people you’re cooking for. Hopefully this will appeal to most folk, whether you need to lose some poundage or are just looking for a tasty midweek supper. Give it a go this week for dinner. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Happy cooking!

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree – Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too.

So this is Method 2! It’s only taken me about 20 months to get round to writing it. If you’ve actually bothered to read Method 1 (with it’s fairly ropey photos), apologies for the wait. It honestly wasn’t intentional, I wasn’t purposely keeping you on the edge of your seat (because you were, weren’t you?). I have 2 different recipes for making kedgeree, however this 2nd way is actually how I tend to make it. It results in a wetter rice dish because the rice is cooked in stock (a bit like a risotto). It’s super simple though and on the table in about 45 minutes (probably less for other folk, but I have a tendency to get distracted so every single recipe I’ve ever made always takes far longer than the recommended timeframe).

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What I would say though in Method 1’s favour, is that if you struggle to cook rice effectively every time, check it out purely for my guide to cooking basmati rice.  It’s my tried and tested method (found originally in an Indian recipe book). It consistently produces fluffy cooked rice – my lovely friend Sarah, who had apparently struggled making rice in the past (and she’s a really good cook) now swears by it.

This recipe for kedgeree comes from a book my Mum gave me many years ago:

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

Pure awesomeness in paper format right there. I think she’d had it a fair few years too.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

300-400g smoked haddock fillet
20g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
175g long grain rice
1 pint of veg or fish stock (use one stock cube)
salt to taste

Notes:

• This is a fairly substantial portion for 2 people, but the Husband likes his kedgeree, so we get through it. It does reheat really well though if you do find you have leftovers. You can also double it really easily (literally just double everything) if you need to.

• I tend to use long grain rice because it holds together better, but you can use basmati if you’d prefer.

1. Place the haddock in a pan (a deep frying pan is good here so you can cook it in one layer), cover with water, add the lid and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for around 8-10 minutes until cooked through (I had to use frozen fish so cooked it for about 12 minutes).

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

2. Once cooked, remove the fish from the water with a slotted spoon, and if necessary remove the skin.

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3. Flake the fish in a bowl and set aside.

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

4. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, place the butter and oil over a medium heat and let the butter melt before adding the onion.

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5. Cook until the onion is translucent and soft, about 10 minutes. Then add the curry powder – I use mild or medium depending on whether I’m feeding the kids or not. Use whatever suits your taste. Cook for another minute.

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6. Add the rice and thoroughly coat in the curry mixture.

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

7. Add all of the stock to the pan, stir and cover. Simmer until the rice is pretty much cooked and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir it a good few times throughout as it will want to stick to the bottom of the pan. If it looks like it’s starting to dry out a bit, add a splash of water and stir.

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

8. Once the rice is practically cooked (it will still have the merest of ‘bite’ left in it) remove it from the heat, stir through the flaked fish, pop the lid back on and leave it to rest for about 5 minutes.

9. Stir and serve.

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

This dish is also pretty healthy. When I’ve been following Slimming World it’s been a really easy dish to make work (remove the oil/butter and use spray oil). There is absolutely nothing complicated in it. Leaving the pan to rest at the end is important though. We love this dish in the HC house, especially the Husband. Hopefully an easy midweek supper to add to your repertoire 🙂

Happy cooking!

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Zoodles

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Zoodles – So full of flavour, this creamy chicken dish is quick to make and a great low carb option.

I’m not a photographer. My photographic abilities are fairly limited. I’ve learnt a little since I started this blog, but thankfully the Husband bought a decent camera which manages to make most of my clueless photographic attempts look half decent. I have learnt something about light though. Like how artificial (kitchen) light makes everything look a bit yellow. To take decent pics of food, you really need natural light. But this is where I often come unstuck. Having (lots of) kids means that taking photos of food can be pretty impossible. They just want to get involved. Which never ends well. So I have to take pictures when they’re not around. Thankfully this is about to get easier as the girls enter full-time education (whoop whoop), but up to now I’ve had to fit this in around small windows of time, including bedtime.

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This meal fell into the ‘pictures-taken-once-kids-in-bed’ category. It was after 7pm, the light was fading fast but I was damned if I was taking yellowy-artificially-lit photos (again). So I ended up taking these in my back garden. Yup, I was one of those weirdo neighbour types, taking pictures of food on the garden table. We’re new to the neighbourhood, so I can only guess what they’ve already made of us.

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This is a dish that deserves good photography though. I came across it originally on a blog called Cafe Delights – I have changed the original slightly to suit the ingredients I had. The flavours are fantastic. No seriously, I’m not exaggerating. For what this dish lacks in carbs, it makes up in delicious creamy cheesy tomatoey sauce. I’ve attempted to eat relatively ‘low carb’, on and off, for a while. I know I feel better for reducing my pasta/rice/potato intake, I just find it hard to follow through with the good intention. However, this dish has become a staple in the HC household for the Husband and I – yup, he eats it without grumble, without carbs! You could cook it with pasta or rice if you want, leave out the ‘zoodles’ (courgette noodles – should they be coodles over here in Blighty? Or Couroodles??). The sauce is the star of this show. Either way, give this a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 larges courgettes (zucchini), spiralised*
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 tsp oil
40g sun-dried tomatoes (about 4), chopped*
1 tsp oil from the tomatoes
mushrooms, sliced (optional)
2 tsp garlic paste / 2 garlic cloves, crushed
50g soft (cream) cheese
20g parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 heaped tsp fresh (or frozen) chopped basil

Notes:

* I bought a fancy-schmancy Spiraliser like this one and surprisingly, I do actually use it. However, if you don’t fancy splashing the cash you can get hand-held ones, or even buy ready-made Courgetti Noodles (Zoodles) from some supermarkets.
* I find a jar of sun-dried tomatoes will keep for ages (several months) in the fridge.

1. Spiralise your courgettes.

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2. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a wok or large frying pan. Add the chicken, sprinkle with a little salt and cook until pretty much cooked through (about 10 minutes).

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3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, their oil, mushrooms (if using) and garlic to the pan, and cook through for a couple of minutes.

Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken Zoodles - Bursting with flavour, these creamy chicken noodles are low carb and super simple to make. | thehecticcook.com

4. Turn the heat down slightly and add the cream cheese. Stir through, adding a couple of splashes of water to loosen the sauce. Add the parmesan, chilli flakes and basil and stir through.

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5. Add the courgette noodles, stir through, then pop the lid on and gently cook for around 5 minutes to soften the courgette.

Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken Zoodles - Bursting with flavour, these creamy chicken noodles are low carb and super simple to make. | thehecticcook.com

6. Serve straight away.

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Do you see what I mean about the difference in photos? The ‘action shots’ were all taken indoors whilst cooking (obviously). Hopefully though my photos won’t put you off trying this recipe. It really is fab and super flavourful.

Happy cooking!

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If you fancy making some other healthier dinners why not try my Pork Chow Mein or Healthy Crustless Quiche.

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Teriyaki Chicken Noodles

Teriyaki chicken noodles are a delicious mix of salt and sweet, simple to make and healthy to boot.

It’s the summer holidays. Yay. I do actually (mostly) mean that. Regardless of the fact that I have seven weeks with my four children. Twenty-four/seven. No breaks. No get outs. No ‘me-time’. Because I also don’t have the school run. Halle-bloody-lujah. We can sit in our pyjamas till lunchtime and it doesn’t matter (and believe me when I tell you that we’ve most definitely done this – a lot). I can roll over in bed at 7am and not worry. The kids can watch as much YouTube crap till their eyes bleed and I finally crawl out of bed to give them breakfast. Oh yes, the holidays rock.

It also means I’m back to enjoying cooking again. There was a time back there, that last summer term when it all gets stupidly manic and you’re trying to recall whether you’ve remembered to put pants on that day, let alone whether you’re missing some vital end-of-term event, that cooking became an afterthought. There certainly wasn’t any enjoyment in cooking, it was just a case of necessity. Or not, as I threw more fish fingers at the Kinder and ordered the Husband and I another curry.

I’m also back on Pinterest with a vengeance. Bloody love it. So guess where this recipe came from? It’s actually another Damn Delicious recipe that I’ve changed slightly to suit us. I just reduced the sugar slightly and simplified the cooking method. It’s a really nice recipe and I’ve been making it quite a lot. I even took the plunge and played the Dinner Lottery i.e. fed it to the kids. Henry ate it all, Alice ate the noodles, Hannah and Lucy ate the chicken and carrots. Comme si, comme sa.

Ingredients (Serves 4 adults)

1-2 carrots, cut into batons
small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
1 small courgette, cut into batons
mushrooms, sliced (use however many you fancy)
4 chicken breasts (about 550g), diced
250g dried egg noodles
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
100ml soy sauce
200ml water
4 tbsp honey
3 cloves garlic (or 3 tsp of garlic paste)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp oil

1. I pre-cooked the carrots and broccoli in the microwave to soften them slightly as the kids will only eat them like this. I gave the dish about 3 minutes on full power. If you don’t mind your veg crunchy you can skip this step.

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2. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions (i.e. bring to boil then simmer for about 4-5 minutes until soft) then sieve and set aside.

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3. In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and water, then set aside for a moment.

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4. In a small pan add the soy sauce, water, honey, garlic and ginger. Whisk together whilst bringing the mixture to a simmer.

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5. Once the pan is simmering add the cornstarch mixture (give it a quick stir before adding as the cornstarch tends to solidify at the bottom of the bowl). Simmer gently until the sauce has thickened slightly (a couple of minutes). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Turn off the heat and set this aside.

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6. In a wok (or large frying pan) add the oil and warm over a medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through.

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7. Once the chicken is cooked through, pour off any water before adding the veg – any water from the chicken will thin the sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the mushrooms and courgette have softened slightly.

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8. Add the noodles and the sauce to the wok, stir through and serve.

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This dish has the extra step of making the sauce separately before adding it to the wok, but it’s honestly worth it and really doesn’t take that long. It’s fairly quick, really simple, and bloody tasty. It’s fast becoming a HC Household favourite.

Happy cooking!

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Healthy Crustless Quiche

This crustless quiche is absolutely full of flavour, and super filling. You won’t miss the pastry but will save a tonne of calories!

I’m all about balance. For every half dozen recipes I give you containing a gazzilion calories, I’ll give you one with a more modest amount. That’s balance right? It’s how I live my life anyway. Can’t understand why I’m not losing any weight…

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This Crustless Quiche recipe is based on an age-old Slimming World recipe that I’ve seen do the rounds in a manner of guises. It uses cottage cheese to bulk it out, where you’d be using milk or cream in a normal quiche. Luckily I love cottage cheese. I genuinely do. I eat it on toast even when I’m not ‘trying to be good’. But I know a lot of folk are a bit wary of the stuff. If that’s you, you can always blend the cottage cheese before adding it to smooth it down. I think it adds texture and extra cheesy flavour, so you definitely should shove it in.

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Obviously this doesn’t have a crust either. Pastry and healthy eating don’t tend to go hand-in-hand. But you actually don’t miss it. Honest. You can fill it with whatever you like too – bacon, sausage, onion, peppers, tomatoes etc – whatever takes your fancy. Below is just what I fancied at the time. This is a really filling dish, with lots of flavour, and well worth giving a go even if you’re not watching the waistline.

Ingredients

4 large / 5 medium eggs
approx. 60 g cheddar cheese, grated
1 tub (300g) cottage cheese (full or low fat, it’s your call)
seasoning

Filling:

4 rashers of smoked bacon, diced
vegetables of choice (I used mushrooms and some frozen chargrilled veg I picked up in the freezer section of Sainsburys)

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1. Preheat your oven to 190°C (fan).

2. Either add a tsp of oil to your frying pan, or spray it with oil. Add the bacon and begin to fry over a medium heat.

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3. After about 5 minutes of frying the bacon, add the veg and cook until soft.

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4. In a bowl add the eggs, the cottage cheese and the grated cheddar. Season well.

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Healthy Crustless Quiche | thehecticcook.com

Healthy Crustless Quiche | thehecticcook.com

5. Mix this all together really well (I use a whisk to get it all really mixed up and break down the cottage cheese slightly).

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6. Place the cooked bacon and veg mixture into a medium casserole dish. I don’t tend to bother greasing this at all.

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7. Pour over the egg mixture and give it a wee shake to even the mixture out (don’t worry about mixing it in or anything).

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8. Pop this in the oven for about 40-45 minutes, until it is fully set and the top is golden.

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9. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then slice and serve.

Healthy Crustless Quiche - A delicious quiche style dish without the crust and thus the calories, but all the taste! | thehecticcook.com

This is lovely warm, straight out of the oven, but it’s also really nice cold from the fridge. So if you have leftovers, you have a tasty healthy snack on-hand too. My intentions are always good…

Happy cooking!

If you’re looking for healthy dishes you might also like my Spaghetti Carbonara and Pork Chow Mein.

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Healthy Pork Chow Mein

This Pork Chow Mein is not only healthy, the gorgeous fusion of flavours make it super tasty too.

I’ve already ‘Face-bragged’ so now I’m going to ‘Blog-brag’ – I’m just back from a weekend away. A whole weekend sans children (trumpets, fanfare). The Husband did the necessary childcare letting me escape for 2 whole nights (he’s a keeper). I went to see one of my best friends in the whole world – she knows way too much about me to piss off now. We drank copious amounts of alcohol, ate diet-unfriendly food, and spent an afternoon wandering around Ikea. We know how to live. It was awesome. So now I’m home feeling refreshed, and ready to take on the world – well my kids at least. I’ve already broken a couple of nails trying to scrape stickers off the new rug thanks to Lucy. But even still, I am a happy-mother-of-four-including-triplets.

So this recipe is a really old Slimming World recipe I came across yonks ago. I’ve followed Slimming World intermittently for the past 6 years. I really rate it as a diet-plan, I just can’t seem to follow it. Oh well. But this is a recipe I make a lot. It has a nice lightness to it, but is still really filling. You can use any meat you like. I often use chicken, but on this occasion had pork in the freezer. Beef would also work really well.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

8 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp white wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, crushed / 4 tsp garlic paste
1 heaped tsp ginger paste
1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
600g pork loin steaks, thinly sliced
4 dry egg noodle nests
1 tbsp oil (I used groundnut, but use whatever you have in the cupboard; vegetable, sunflower etc)
stir-fry veg of choice
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

It looks like quite a few ingredients, but it honestly takes no time to make, so don’t be put off.

1. Mix the light soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and 5 spice in a bowl.

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2. Add the pork and leave to marinate for around 20 minutes (use the time to chop your veg).

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3. Cook the egg noodles according to the packet instructions. I’ve stated a quantity, but use as many noodles as you think you need, depending on the appetites you’re feeding.

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4. Heat the 1 tbsp of oil in a large wok. Add the pork (including the sauce) and cook over a medium high heat until almost cooked through (about 5 minutes).

Note:

The only thing I’ve changed from the original recipe is the 1 tbsp oil. Slimming World use the spray oils you get, which are ‘syn’ free, to reduce calories . Use whatever you’d rather – 1 tbsp oil is 6 syns. 

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5. Add your veg – I used carrots, courgette, pepper and mushrooms – and cook for a further 5 minutes (or until the veg is as cooked as you like it).

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6. Add the cooked noodles to the wok, plus the oyster sauce, dark soy sauce and sesame oil (this was in the original SW recipe and counts as 2 syns, so 1/2 syn per person). Stir through (2 forks are good for this) and cook for a further few minutes until everything is piping hot.

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7. Serve straight away.

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This is a really good dish to make on those weeknights when you don’t have much time, but fancy something healthy. You can change the quantities of meat and noodles to satisfy any size of appetite, and still keep it pretty healthy.

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Happy cooking!

 

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Smoked Haddock Kedgeree (Method 1)

I’ve come across two methods for making kedgeree in my time – both are good, but give slightly different results. I actually tend to use ‘method 2’, which I will blog in time (nothing like a bit of suspense building huh?), but tonight I used ‘method 1’, which I would say is slightly easier, and gives a drier kedgeree result.

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Ingredients

400g smoked haddock
350g rice
3 tbsp curry paste
1 chopped onion
olive oil
frozen peas
2 eggs, hard boiled
salt & pepper

Briefly about the ingredients. I’m a Scottish lass. I grew up in a fishing town on the east coast. So fish was never hard to come by, and always lovely and fresh. However, we now live in Oxfordshire, about as far from the sea as you could get, and getting fresh fish is nigh on impossible. So I have to rely on the supermarkets, where it is usually pretty pricey and not necessarily that good quality (unless my Mum brings me some when she visits – she’s been known to carry it vacuum packed on ice packs down on the train. She’s a good Mum!). Hence why I’ve used frozen smoked haddock fillets here (they’re a bit cheaper, although truth be told the flavour just isn’t as good, so next time I’m buying fresh). So I would recommend fresh fish if you can. And it has to be smoked.

I used 350g rice – for the Husband, me and the 4 kiddiwinkles. This actually left a full adult portion, but as the Husband absolutely loves kedgeree, he’ll eat this for lunch tomorrow, and it keeps me in the good books. I used korma curry paste as I was making this for the kids, but a medium paste would give a bit more spice. You can also use curry powder if you’d prefer – you’d need about 2 tbsp.

So, onto the method.

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Firstly, cook your rice. I read how to cook rice perfectly in an Indian recipe book once, and it’s now my trusted method. It honestly gives you lovely fluffy rice every time, so bear with me. Soak the rice before you cook it, for as long as you can really, but at least about 15 minutes. This makes the cooking time really short. Drain, then add it to a pan of salted boiling water and let it bubble away. You’ve really got to stay on top of it. After a few minutes (literally just a few minutes, probably about 4), test it. You want it to be ‘almost cooked’, just with some bite left.

imageYou wouldn’t class it as cooked at this point, but that’s when you need to remove it from the heat, sieve it and pour it back into the pan. Pop a lid on and leave it. When you return to it after a few minutes it will have finished cooking and you can fluff it with a fork. Hopefully perfect rice!

In a large pan add your chopped onion to about a tablespoon of olive oil. Now I only used half an onion this time, because remember, my children ‘….don’t like onion…’. Still Henry managed to find onion at 20 yards and spent most of dinner time picking it out, one piece at a time.

Cook the onion until it’s soft and starting to brown. Undercooked onion does my head in.

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Add your curry paste or powder to this and let it cook for a few minutes. Whilst this is all going on, place your fish in a pan with water and bring to the boil.

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Simmer for about 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through, then drain and add to your onion/curry mix. Throw in the peas (if you like peas in your kedgeree) and give it a good mix before adding the rice and mixing through again. You can then add your boiled egg however you want it – or not in my case. Eugh!

Et voila! Kedgeree. This is how it looks in the HC house:

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I will add at this point that it went down with varying popularity with my children. One cleared her plate; one ate about half; one just pushed it about her plate a bit; and Henry ate a little bit around trying to pick out all the onion. With six mouths to feed I’m not about to cook separate meals, but also want us eating a varied menu (the Husband and I need something to look forward to!). So sometimes plates get cleared, and sometimes they don’t. But believe me – missing a meal is not really a problem for my children 😀

Happy cooking!