Easter lamb and vegetable platter

Easy Easter lamb recipe

 

This incredible lamb recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks, “Jamie’s 30 minute meals” by Jamie Oliver. It was a Christmas present from my lovely sister many years ago and I have used it often when I need week night supper inspiration. All of the recipes I have tried so far have worked really well but this easy lamb and vegetable platter really impressed me. It’s a simple recipe when you look it but it tastes incredible, and best of all you can have this gorgeous platter of food (it’s a feast, let’s be honest) in no time at all!

 

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Minute Steak with Sun Dried Tomato Butter and Teresa’s favourite Quick Fry Veggies

 

Minute steak with sun dried tomato butter and pan fried vegetables.
Whoa, that recipe title is a bit of a mouthful! Fortunately the name is probably the most complicated part of this dish which is very quick and easy to prepare (ready in under thirty minutes), not to mention low carb. So we are ticking a lot of good boxes here today folks!

Low carb chilli beef and vegetable stir fry

 Low carb beef and vegetable stir fry

It is time for another “dinner in a flash” recipe  – we love those right? And this one will also, I think, be met with nods of approval from the banting crowd. This beef and veggie stir fry is a very simple but delicious meal that works well for supper or lunch. (Or both if you have leftovers.) I say simple because I usually prepare my stir fries with a homemade sauce, or at the very least a splash of soy sauce but in this recipe I have simply used a couple of aromatics to give the dish its tasty flavour with the added bonus of making it sugar free.

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Soy cashew chicken with jasmine rice

Chicken with honey and soy

Quick is the name of the game today and this fabulously delicious dinner will be on the table in thirty minutes, making it a week night winner! It is an adaptation of this chicken dish and I love the addition of crunchy toasted cashews and jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk.

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Creamy tomato penne with pesto

 Quick pasta dishes
We love a good pasta dish in our house, and this is one of my go-to recipes for a quick and delicious week night meal. The sauce is ready in under thirty minutes and can even be made ahead of time and reheated. And I have to say it again – it is so tasty!

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Roasted Garlic & Mustard Pork Chops with Creamy Mash

Can flavours determine love? This was the subject of an email that landed in my inbox recently and I was instantly intrigued! New research conducted by Knorr which spoke to 12,000 people in 12 countries has shown that a whopping 78% of people say that they are more attracted to people who enjoy the same flavours as them. I can relate to this – there are very few things that I do not eat (I could probably count my food dislikes on one hand) and living with an extremely picky eater is not my idea of a good time.




Then the research was taken one step further. Watch what happens in this short film, “Love at First Taste“, where complete strangers are paired together based on their flavour profiles. 


I was invited to discover my own flavour profile using this nifty little quiz on the Knorr website. There are 12 profiles in total such as Melty Indulger (cheesy and proud of it) and Gracious Grazer (all about light, fresh and green flavours). It took about a minute to finish the quiz and as for the results – well, put me in a corset and call me Xena, it turns out I am a Meaty Warrior!




Naturally I just had to find out what my husband’s profile was. When we met as students we had very different tastes in things like music and movies, but food was always our common ground. As I peaked over his shoulder while he was doing the quiz I was not too surprised to see that he chose almost exactly the same answers as me and is a fellow Meaty Warrior. Aw, aren’t we sweet?




So it is in the spirit of meatiness that I am sharing this week’s recipe. It is a fabulous, hearty mid-week supper option taking less than hour to prepare. And it is totally delish of course! 


Which flavour profile did you get? Let me know in the comments section! 

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ROASTED GARLIC & MUSTARD PORK CHOPS with CREAMY MASH


Serves 4 

Image courtesy of Knorr

4 pork loin chops, trimmed of any excess fat
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 large red apple, cored and sliced
1 KNORR Garlic & Rosemary Cook-in-Bag
4 medium potatoes (about 500g), cubed with the skin on 
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp warm milk
2 handfuls green beans (about 200g)

Step 1.) It is not necessary to preheat the oven. Rub the mustard into the pork chops. Place them in the bag along with the apple pieces and the Knorr spice mixture

Step 2.) Seal the bag, then gently massage the spices into the pork chops until they are evenly coated. Place the bag on an oven tray with the pork chops in a single layer. 

Step 3.) Bake the pork chops at 180°C for 40 minutes on the lowest shelf in your oven. (Note: leave enough room for the bag to expand without touching the sides of the oven and make sure that the grill is off!)

Step 4.) While the pork chops are in the oven you can start preparing the veggies. Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling, salted water until soft. Drain, add the butter and milk and mash until creamy and smooth. (Think of this as your pre-dinner workout!) Season to taste. 

Step 5.) Top and tail the green beans and cut into 4-5cm pieces. Steam and then season to taste. 

Step 6.) At this point your kitchen should be smelling amazing! Carefully open the bag and pop the pork chops and apple onto warmed plate. Spoon the juices from the bag over the chops. Serve with creamy mash and steamed beans. 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Knorr. Words and images, unless otherwise stated, are my own. 


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Peppadew® tortilla pizza

I so enjoyed putting today’s post together, and I am not going to tell you how many of these tortilla pizzas I have baked and tasted over the last two weeks. (Clue: a good few!) All in the name of research of course, and to make very very sure that this recipe is just right for you guys of course!

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Beef and portabellini burgers with brie

Beef and portabellini mushroom burgers with brie cheese

Years ago I remember watching a television interview with nutritionist, Michael Pollan who said that you could eat as much junk food as you wanted, as long as you made it yourself. I think the idea was that the time and effort involved would deter people from doing it too often! While I do enjoy the odd take-away I much prefer to make those types of meals myself anyway – they taste so much better when home made and do not have to take hours to put together. Burgers would definitely fall into that category, but in my humble burger-loving opinion I am not sure that today’s recipe could be considered junk food at all.

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