Chicken and rice bowl with macadamia dukkah

 

We’re all familiar with the adage “you eat with your eyes first” and I couldn’t agree more. I also think that having lots of colour on your plate is always a good idea, but I deviated from this idea in today’s recipe which I developed for Cheers Magazine earlier this year.

 

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Spicy beef tray bake nachos

 

I’m always up for Mexican food, especially when nachos are on the menu! This deliciously spicy recipe is a crowd pleaser and screams weekend food (although frankly the days are all merging into one at the moment, what day is it again?). Packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of flavour these crunchy tray bake nachos topped with spicy beef and melted cheese are super tasty. Don’t forget the guacamole and sour cream and you’re all set for a fantastic dinner.

 

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Lockdown recipe ideas and my top 8 stay at home tips

 

It’s week three of self isolation for my family not to mention one week into South Africa’s lockdown, and it felt wrong to just put out another recipe without acknowledging the strange and unsettling situation that we all find ourselves in right now. So for this post I’m doing something a little different and sharing not only some recipe inspiration but some thoughts on how we’re managing at home, and our new routine. Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Easy chickpea wraps

 

Wow, what interesting and crazy times we are living in! A few days ago I had no idea that this week our little family would be hunkering down at home together (with schools closed and supermarkets cleaned out) and the prospect of another few weeks at home ahead of us. Being in the kitchen is particularly comforting at times of uncertainty like this, and to be able to sit down as a family each evening and enjoy a home cooked meal is a blessing. Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a lot of that, and I guess that’s just one of the silver linings to a harrowing situation.

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Quick creamy chicken pesto pasta

 

This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.

 

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Dukkah and parmesan chicken tray bake

Dukkah chicken and vegetable tray bake

 

Last month I was invited by Sarah Baade over at Slice of Honey to collaborate on a sheet pan dinner project. Sheet pan dinners are right up my alley – as a busy mom with lots on my plate (pardon the pun) I love being able to pop a complete meal on a tray and get on with a few things at home while it bakes in the oven. Such a quick, delicious and wholesome dinner solution! You can also change up your sheet pan dinners (as you’ll see below) by mixing up your choice of protein, using whichever veggies you happen to have in the fridge and adding different spices and/or sauces each time.

 

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Chicken in white wine sauce

Quick chicken fillets in white wine sauce.

 

Life has suddenly gone from zero to hectic now that we are well into January and getting back into our regular routine at home. And that means that when it comes to dinner time I find myself reaching for my collection of quick recipes for speedy, delicious suppers. Like today’s easy chicken recipe which I am sure you will love!

 

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