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Italian Beef Stew

I needed something fast today, and as I am still dedicating this blog to healthy eating (or at least decent student-food recipes), I decided to go for the stew idea. It’s fast, warm, and easy to make if you’re in a rush. It’s great for those who want to bulk buy and have a meal last for a few nights! Also freezes really well!

I originally found this on BBC food – but decided to alter it as I think it needed tweaking.

I’ll certainly be making this more in the winter- I’m sure it will feature again next November when I’m complaining about my cold, student home! Unfortunately heating = money, and money = not available.

NOT THE MOST ATTRACTIVE MEAL. So apologies – but wow, it was quick, easy, cheap, and made enough for a few meals! Also delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • oil
  • 300g beef, chopped or sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour)
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • parsley
  • olives (optional) – in original recipe
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: garlic powder (extra flavour)

Steps:

1) In a large pot, pour in the diced onions and garlic. After a few minutes, pour in carrots.

Onions and Garlic

2) Once onions are golden, pour in beef slices, tomatoes, parsley, bell pepper.

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3) Cook until beef is cooked through – careful not t overcook the beef. I left a lid on for a while to let the steam cook the carrots a bit more.

In Pan

4) Once ready, stir in a hand full of olives if desired. Season with salt, pepper, and option seasoning: garlic powder.

5) Serve with mash potatoes. I put sour cream and cheese with salt and pepper in my mash – but it’s up to you! For a quick mash, grab sainsburys or tescos ready mash – if not, boil halved potatoes for about 20 minutes, mash, and add desired contents (milk, soured cream, etc).

Potatoes

Cheesy Mash

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ENJOY! 

 

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Pizza Toppings Idea #1: Cajun Chicken

So… here I am, going on and on about this chicken I managed to defrost by using our fat oven setting and I realized- I have nothing to eat this chicken with! After a long heated debate of chicken fajitas vs chicken nachos, we came to a decision: chicken pizza.

I decided to start a blog series about pizza topping ideas, as I feel so many of us resort to the usual pepperoni (myself included!). I’m never the most adventurous when it comes to pizza.

Before I begin I thought I would go through a few dough options:

I’ve done a range a things before when making my pizza, from pre-being the thin base already made, to buying the dough, to making the dough myself. Tescos, Asda, Morrisons all have a wide range of pizza base ideas that are affordable for student and of little hassle – depending if you want to make your own base or just use an already booked thin “flat bread” sort of base.

For those interested in making their own, BBC good food have a great and easy recipe I often follow! Click here for a look!

 

Pizza Sauce: 

Again pizza bases can be store bought in a jar, made easily by throwing some pepper and tomato sauce together, or made with a bit more pizzaz. My favorite pizza base recipe is also from BBC good food  (I can barely resist any of their recipes!)

Click here for a quick and easy pizza sauce recipe.

 

Pizza Topping: 

I chose to do a cajun chicken pizza, as its very close to home for me – and I was missing some home-like food!

 

Ingredients:

  1. Pizza sauce (home made or store bought – see above)
  2. Pizza Base (home made or store bought – see above)
  3. Chicken Breast
  4. Red onion
  5. Cajun Seasoning
  6. Garlic
  7. Red Pepper
  8. Mozzarella Cheese
  9. Basic (for taste)
  10. Salt
  11. Pepper

 

Steps: 

1. Preheat oven to 200 C.

2. Heat oil in pan and put in diced bell peppers and red onions.

 

SUpplies Red Onions Bell Pepper

 

 

3. Slice chicken into small slices and put in pan to fry with onions and bell peppers. Add sliced garlic once almost cooked thru.

 

4. On pizza base add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil while toppings are cooking on stove.

Close up Toppings

5.  Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and cajun spices once almost fully cooked. Once cooked, repeat sprinkling of salt, pepper, and cajun spices. (Add as desired for strong flavor).

 

Toppings in Pan

Emerils

6. Placed in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is beginning to melt.

 

No Toppings in Over
7. Once cheese is beginning to melt, place cooked topping on top of pizza and place back in oven until cheese is bubbling and fully melted.

 

Pizza In Over
8. Take out oven, sprinkle some more basil and cajun spices if desired.

 

Pizza Topping Close UP
9. Let cool for a few minutes and slice!

 

 

Pizza Sliced

Turkey Burgers and Fries #healthyliving…sortof

I’ve always been a massive fan of turkey burgers. In fact, just burgers. I came up with the idea of adding garlic and onions a few months ago when I went on a health kick, but still wanted some flavorful food. My flat mate is absolutely inspiring when it comes eating healthy and getting creative with food, so I decided to make this for her as a thank you for her great support of my new cooking adventure!

Turkey mince is very low in fat and if cooked right, is a great substitute for beef mince. With this post I want to show how easy a decent meal can be – and especially, how delicious

Ingredients:

  • turkey mince
  • onion
  • garlic
  • potatoes
  • salt
  • petter
  • cajun spice (optional)
  • condiments (optional)
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • cheese
  • bread (optional)

Steps for Burger Patty:

  1. Dice onions and garlic.

Onion and Garlic

  1. Mix onion and garlic in turkey mince.

Patties

  1. Take the mince and form into small patties (to preference… I usually do about 2.5-3 inch dimeter)
  2. Preheat grill to desired cooking temperature depending on grill (For US ovens, use 350F).
  3. Place patty on baking tray and place in over – if on grill setting, rotate patty evert 8-10 minutes depending on temperature. Cook until cooked all the way through and there is no pink left.
  4. Fry onions on stove if desired for a topper and add lettuce and tomato to burger bun (toasting burger bun is optional, but recommended).

Onions

Steps for Fries:

  1. Chop potatoes into small wedge-like pieces and sprinkle salt as desired.

Cut Fries

  1. Preheat oil on stove.

 

Boiling Fries

  1. Dump fries in oil and let cook until golden brown and medium texture.
  2. Remove from oil and place in paper towel to remove excess oil.
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and other spices as desired on fries.
  4. (I often add salt vinegar as well!)

 

Burger on Plate

Spinach Dip #studentstyle

Spinach dips have always been one of my favorite snacks. These easy dips are fairly healthy (if used with the right ingredients) and provide a cheap party solution if you’re having friends over.

Every monday my flat mates and I host a painfully awkward Made in Chelsea Party where we provide some beautiful snacks, drinks, and over all (cheap) fun. #studentlife

Here is my take on a spinach dip (ultimately, it’s like a normal dip minus the water chestnuts… because fishing villages don’t sell those!)

Ingredients:

20 ounces of spinach (defrosted and drained) (600 g)

1 cup of cottage cheese (light) (300 g)

1 cup of Mayo (light) (300 g)

2 cups of 0% Greek Yoghurt (600 g)

3 Gloves garlic

2 Onions

1 can of water chest nuts (optional)

Steps:

1. Fry up onions until lightly golden brown. Add garlic when onions are done.

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2. Meanwhile, mix together yoghurt, cottage cheese, and mayo. Add in onion and garlic mixture once cooled.

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3. In  food processor, add spinach, yoghurt, cottage cheese, mayo, onion and garlic mixture. Process for about 15-20 seconds, unti smooth (or until desired texture).

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4. In bowl, add in water chestnuts if dedired.

5. Cut off top of bread and take out inside of bread bowl.

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6. OPTIONAL: Warm up spinach dip.

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6. Poor mixture into bread bowl.

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7. Serve hot or cold.

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I served with some crisps and toasted bread from the inside of the bead bowls!

ENJOY!