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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zucchini Bread | You've Got Meal!

The time of vegetable abundance is here. I don't know about you, but in this area the zucchinis are having a great year. After using them in lots of savoury main courses and pasta dishes, a great idea is to incorporate them in desserts as well. 

A classic zucchini bread, enriched with walnuts and cinnamon, this recipe turned out to be a great, extremely moist and flavorful dessert. You will get 2 bread pans or 12 muffins.

  • 375 g AP flour/ 3 Cups (You can replace half of the AP flour with whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 200 ml canola oil/ 1 cup
  • 450 g sugar/ 2 1/4 cup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 2 medium zucchinis/ 2 cups
  • 100 g walnuts, roughly chopped/ 1 cup

  1. Grease and flour your pans and preheat oven to 170 C (300)
  2. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking powder and soda and salt and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, add the oil, sugar and vanilla,.
  4. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the egg mixture.
  5. At this point you might find the mixture really thick, but don't worry, once you add the zucchini it will give it enough moisture.
  6. Stir in the grated zucchinis and the chopped nuts.
  7. Pour the mixture in the pans and bake for 40-60 minutes.
Extra hint: I added some walnuts for decor on top of one of the breads, but given the long baking time they were burnt, so if you want them, just add them at halfway through.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fried Fish with Blistered Broccoli and Yogurt Sauce | You've Got Meal!

This post is supposed to be about a simple healthy recipe. Actually, when I think about a whole healthy dish the first option is some fish (simply cooked), broccoli (I love it in any way) and a cold yogurt sauce (no cooking required).

So, "surprise, surprise" last week we did just that because I wanted something really light.

For the fish:

  • You will need fillets, so if you have a whole one, you need to try to fillet it.
  • We used zander fish, you can also use perch or other fish of your choice.
  • You will need to season the fish, just salt and pepper on both sides will be fine, we also added some chili flakes.
  • Pour 1 tbs oil in a pan and fry the fillets on both sides, until golden/ golden-brown 

As a side:
  • We have used broccoli like this in this dish.
  • Cut the broccoli into florets, keeping a long enough stalk for each floret.
  • Cut each one in half so you have a flat surface to place them in a skillet. 
  • Heat up some olive oil on high heat, put the veggie with the flat side down in there and cook until you get a brown color. 
  • Turn the broccoli on the other side and pop the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. 
  • When plating the broccoli, add a splash of lemon juice, some chili slices or flakes and garlic slices.

The sauce is super simple, one you can use every time you have no idea what sauce to cook, if you run out of time or you you just need some freshness to your dish.
  • Mix in some yogurt with lemon juice.
  • To spice things up, add one crushed garlic clove, some paprika, pepper and dried oregano.
  • Being so light, this works best with fish and salads.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chicken and Avocado Wrap | You've Got Meal!


The previous post was all about making the most out of chicken leftovers. A salad is always a great way to use them, but let's not forget about the wrap. Probably my favorite choice for lunches at the office. Just like in a salad, you can incorporate a lot of healthy options in a wrap, but also add lots of flavor.

We used the rest of the roasted chicken we talked about and add one by one:
  • half of avocado (mashed with a fork)
  • some fresh red onion rings
  • some hot pepper slices
  • some thin slices of tomatoes
  • cress leaves
  • yogurt based dressing
For the yogurt dressing I used:
  • 150 ml yogurt
  • the juice from 1/2 lemon
  • finely chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 crushed garlic clove (optional)

Adding the avocado and cress leaves and using yogurt instead of mayonnaise is a great healthy choice and I can guarantee you will not lose taste and flavor.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Roast Chicken Salad | You've Got Meal!

This week we had a great organic chicken to cook and for such a beauty we had to make a roast,a simple, full of flavor whole chicken roast. There is only the two of us in this household, so we can't be done with a whole roasted chicken in one dinner, so the next day we had to use the leftovers in a fresh and healthy salad.

This is also a great way to take some of the previous evening dinner at the office for lunch. Plus, it happens to all of us, once the spring arrives we just want to make the most of those beautiful fresh vegetables.

You will need:

  • chicken leftovers (for 2 portions we had half of the breast and a thigh)
  • 2  handfuls of cress
  • about 6-8 radishes
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes
  • a handful of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 medium red onion

For the dressing:

  • 150 g yogurt
  • the juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • salt and pepper

Wash the cress leaves thoroughly, place them in a salad bowl with the chicken. We cut the chicken pieces in big cubes. Add the tomatoes, halved and the radishes cut in quarters. Cut the red onion in thin rings, add it to the bowl, then sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top.

For the dressing, crush the garlic, add it to the yogurt, pour the lemon juice over them and season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. 

Pour the dressing over the salad and you are done! It would be great if you would comment below telling us how do you use your weekend roast leftovers.


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