Pan fried duck with spring greens !

Honestly we never buy duck apart from the takeaway which then is very rare, so when I saw these beauties behind the butchers counter I thought hmmm let’s give it a go …… between you and me I’m so glad I did !! Don’t be put off thinking duck is tricky to cook it really isn’t , I promise you

  • Duck breast (skin on )
  • Butter
  • Garlic oil
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Spring onion
  • Red pepper ( for colour )
  • Tender stem broccoli
  • Peas (optional )
  • Soy sauce

You need 2 pans 1 to cook the duck breast 1 to stir fry your greens

So season your duck with a little salt and I mean a little , then score the fat on the duck breast just lightly try not to cut through the duck , I was a little heavy handed (as per usual )

Place a knob of butter in the pan and fry the duck breast skin side down ! Now duck is a bit like steak it’s all down to personal preference if you like it a little pink don’t cook it as long once you have cooked it skin side down turn over and leave it to cook on the other side .

In your other pan heat some of the garlic oil , if you don’t have garlic oil don’t worry either add some crushed garlic to olive oil or just use plain olive oil , not a problem !

Add the broccoli peppers shredded cabbage and stir fry until it softens add spring onion and peas if using and then keep stir frying , once you have sir fried the veg add some soy sauce and give it a good stir

Remove the duck breast from the pan and leave to rest for a few minutes

Spoon the stir fried veg onto your plate pop the duck on top and enjoy 😊

Pork steaks in a mushroom&mustard creamy sauce !

Simple supper

Hands up who else find it really boring to think of meals for dinner that keep everyone happy , I know I do ! This super easy supper is dead easy and if you have some small children you can make some simple swaps and make it work for you. Swap the pork for chicken or ham and add pasta and peas if you have some fussy eaters ,obviously because I’m back on the keto wagon we had lots of spinach and broccoli instead of pasta.

  • Pork chops/ steaks
  • Butter
  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Dijon mustard
  • Splash of water
  • Double cream
  • Spinach
  • Veg of your choice to accompany

Melt the butter in a large pan and fry the chops until they are golden then remove cover and place on a plate continue to cook the steaks /chops in the oven if need be we don’t want undercooked meat !

The pan should have lots of juices from the seared pork ,add the chopped shallots and crushed garlic and fry the smell is wonderful

Throw in the mushrooms and coat them in the garlic butter shallots , they will go a lovely golden colour .

Add 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard stir and add the splash of water reduce the heat to a really low heat and then add the double cream give a good stir

Add the spinach and stir until it’s all wilted

Place the pork chops back into the pan and warm them through

Season with salt and pepper

Serve with your choice of vegetables and enjoy 😋

Steak with mushrooms & spinach cream sauce

So this is actually a joe wicks body coach recipe from his lean in 15 book but this is so on plan with keto it was too good not to share !

Joe uses a splash of white wine in his recipe so I will include it and you decide how naughty you want to be 😉

Steak n spinach
  • Butter
  • Sirloin steak
  • Mushrooms chopped
  • Splash of white wine
  • Baby spinach
  • Double cream
  • Tomatoes (optional ,I used them for a bit of colour )

Heat a drying pan over a high heat

Season the steaks

Melt the butter in the frying pan and lay the steaks in the pan and cook for approx 3 mins on each side for a medium-rare steak .Adjust the timings depending on how you like your steak

Remove steak from pan and allow to rest .

Wipe the pan and melt some butter and place over the heat add the chopped mushrooms and fry until golden and soft season with salt and pepper.

If using wine pour a splash in and and let it bubble and reduce .

Add the spinach and give the pan a shake and stir the mushrooms and spinach until it’s wilted .

Pour in the cream and let it bubble season again if needs .

Spoon the spinach and mushrooms on to the plate.

Add the sliced steak on top and serve with the roasted toms if using .

Enjoy 😊

Curry in a hurry

Sorry it’s been a while but it’s been a pretty hectic few months , hopefully 2021 will be a more stable year for us all !

  • Chicken
  • Oil
  • Paneer
  • 2 x tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x garlic cloves
  • Onion
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 150 ml double cream
  • Broccoli
  • Mango chutney (optional )

As always tweak the ingredients to your liking , this wasn’t a hot curry but feel free to add or omit any ingredients to taylor it to your taste

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken until golden brown , remove from heat and set to one side

Cube the paneer and fry in a pan and again set to one side on a plate

Fry the onion , garlic until soft add the spices and tomatoes and give it a good stir

Add the broccoli and simmer until the sauce has reduced and broccoli has softened .

Add the mango chutney if using and cream and give it a good stir

Re-add the chicken and warm it through serve and garnish with the paneer

Enjoy 😊

Meatballs chorizo and feta cheese !

Meatballs no pasta
  • Meatballs
  • Chorizo
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red pepper
  • Yellow pepper
  • Orange pepper
  • Feta cheese

The nights are drawing in and autumn is getting closer by the day but I’m clinging on to summer by the food I’m cooking I’m not ready to let go yet ! Tray bakes filled with colour and bursting with flavours really help especially when the weather outside is rubbish

Pre heat your oven

Slice the chorizo , half the cherry tomatoes and cut the peppers into pieces and add to an oven proof dish

Add the meatballs

Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes giving it a good stir half way through , the oil from the chorizio and the juices from the meatballs make a delicious dressing so coat the peppers and tomatoes with it

Once the meatballs are cooked and the peppers are soft add the feta cheese and place back in the oven and continue cooking until the cheese has started to brown

Once it’s cooked spoon into bowls and sprinkle with some black pepper serve and enjoy 😊

Chicken tikka saag

Curry in a hurry

Apologies for being so quiet on here it’s summer holidays here for me and I really don’t cope very well with no routine ,so I have been struggling a bit of late , so I gave my head a wobble and here I am back in control , a really simple curry that’s packed full of flavour and has a real comfort food feel about it …..

  • Chicken thighs
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chicken tikka paste
  • Coconut milk
  • Spinach
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper

Melt the butter in a large pan and add the chicken thighs and season well with salt and pepper

Heat the oven 180c / gas mark 5 a moderate heat to keep the chickens cooking whilst you make the curry sauce

Once the chickens are browned on both sides place in the oven to ensure they are cooked all the way through

In the pan you have just removed the chickens from there should be some left over juices, add the onion mushrooms and garlic and fry until soft .

Add the tikka paste and give it a good stir .

Add 1/2 a can of coconut milk and the spinach and stir until the spinach is all wilted

Re add the chicken and spoon the mixture on top of the chicken and simmer until it’s warmed all the way through

You can serve with cauli rice or steamed greens

Enjoy 😊

Steak stuffed peppers with a cheesy topping !

Steak on a Wednesday !

This is a bit fiddly not difficult fiddly just not as easy as a one pot , but it’s worth it ! I used Edam cheese but mozzarella is fine or any cheese of your choice

  • Bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Sirloin steak
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Edam cheese slices
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper

Pre heat oven cut the peppers in half and place on a baking tray and cook in the oven until they are soft usually about 30 minutes

Cook your steak to your liking and wrap in foil and keep to one side

In a separate pan heat some olive oil and fry your onion and mushrooms season with salt and black pepper

Slice the steak and add to the pan with the onion and mushrooms

Once the peppers are soft remove from the oven and place some cheese in the pepper I used a wine glass to cut a circular shape once you have put the cheese in the pepper spoon the steak onion and mushroom mixture into the pepper

Cover the tops of the mushrooms with cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and place back in the oven to melt the cheese

Serve 2 peppers per person , Spoon and remaining mixture on top of the peppers and enjoy 😊

Cheesy chicken & steamed greens

Cheesy chicken !

Ideally this needed spinach but I didn’t have any much to my husband’s delight ! I had to add some greens into the mix so I used my emergency garden peas that I keep in the freezer , they are not keto friendly so just remember that if you add them and count the carbs so you don’t go over your allowance .

  • Chicken thighs
  • Butter
  • Garlic and herb philly cheese
  • Double cream
  • Mushrooms
  • Pancetta
  • Peas / ideally spinach.

In your pan melt a decent knob of butter

Add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides until almost cooked all the way through

Remove from the pan and place on a tray in the oven to continue cooking

In the pan you had the chickens in there will be some lovely juices in there so just add the mushrooms and pancetta and fry until the mushrooms are cooked and throw in the peas

Bring a pan of slightly salted water to the boil add your broccoli or veg of your choice and cook to your liking

Add the Philadelphia garlic and herb cheese and give it a good stir it should start to melt , the smell with the pancetta at this point is amazing

Add a glug of double cream be careful not to add too much , season with pepper no need for salt as the pancetta is quite salty so use that to season your sauce

Drain the veg and leave in the sauce pan

Re-add the chicken to the cheese sauce and coat the chicken with the sauce once it’s beginning to bubble you are ready to serve

Place the broccoli on the plate spoon on the chicken and cheese sauce add a little bit more black pepper if you wish

Dinner is served Enjoy 😊

Naked tacos !

Who wants to be a slave to the cooker ? Umm not me don’t get me wrong I like cooking , I like trying new recipies but when it comes to dinner time it need to be prepped cooked and served especially midweek when life is a bit busier. Marinade in the morning or the night before then it’s a case of throwing it in the pan and voila !

Prepping is key !
  • Chicken fillets
  • Red yellow & green peppers
  • Romano lettuce
  • Sour cream

For the marinade

  • Chilli flakes
  • Paprika
  • Crushed garlic
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Water

I used chicken fillets for this recipe , but thighs would work well . Place the chilli flakes paprika crushed garlic and oregano in a bowl add a good glug of olive oil and little bit of water and give it a good stir

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add the chicken to the spices and cover . Leave in the fridge until you are ready to use .

For the salsa

  • On the vine tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Red or green chilli
Excuse the chip !

Deseed the tomato and cut into small pieces and the chilli. Dice the cucumber and red onion and place them all in a bowl and give it a good stir

In a large pan heat some olive oil , remove the chicken from the marinade and place in the frying pan and fry until it starts going brown

Add the sliced peppers and fry until they soften and the chicken is cooked all the way through .

Cut off 2 leaves of the Romano lettuce and rinse under a tap pat dry with kitchen towel and place in your bowl .

Sprinkle some of the salsa over the lettuce and spoon the chicken over the lettuce and sprinkle a little bit more salsa on top and to finish a dollop of sour cream .

Your tacos are now ready to eat …. if your really want to indulge you can sprinkle some cheese on top and then the sour cream but I forgot this time ….

Enjoy 😊

Naked tacos

Cordon bleu chicken with Mediterranean veg

Bursting with colours !

I found this chicken cordon bleu in the hairy dieters cookbook , the chicken cheese and ham is spot on with keto , however they have it with sweet potato fries which is great just not on keto !! I’ve used cherry tomatoes in the veg be mindful as they contain natural sugar and not 100% keto friendly but they taste amazing and too good to leave out !

  • Chicken breasts
  • Emmental cheese slices
  • Ham
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Yellow pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic salt
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper

Make a slit in the chicken breasts cover with cling film and bash with a rolling pin so that the chicken is flatter ,open the chickens so it’s like a butterfly place a Slice of ham and a slice of cheese inside and fold so the chicken is back into a fillet shape ( the cheese and ham should be like a filling inside the chicken ) season with salt and pepper and leave to one side

Preheat oven to a moderate heat

Roughly chop the peppers mushrooms onions cherry tomatoes place on a baking tray and sprinkle with the garlic salt and drizzle with a good glug of olive oil

Place the veg in the oven

In a large shallow pan melt some butter place the chickens in the pan and cook on both sides a good 6-7 minutes and they should go a lovely golden colour ( please make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through )

Once the veg are soft remove from the oven and place on a plate . Remove the chicken from the pan and place on top of the veg .

Enjoy 😊