Chinese-Style Beef & Broccoli

Honestly, when it comes to take-aways i’m 100% an Indian fan. Chinese food reminds me of Uni when I’d walk into the living room to the smell of Chinese takeaway and my mates looking sorry for themselves after one too many vodka red bulls the night before!

So when it comes to Chinese food, it’s got to be fresh! And Hemsley & Hemsley know how to deliver…

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There’s just one main tip with this recipe – prepare everything first! That includes getting all of your spices out, boiling the kettle (we used stock rather than bone broth), chopping and organising. So that once you start heating up that pan, it’s just a case of adding everything step by step. It may feel like you’re slowing down the process initially but you’ll be speeding up the end! And it means you can stick to all the timings.

We couldn’t find the coconut flour, so we bought corn flour instead (something I was surprised we didn’t already have). But we didn’t use it in the end so I can’t say whether it would have been a good substitute or not.

Hemsley & Hemsley advised rice wasn’t necessary which I have to agree with now… but we had some sneaky rice on the side as we didn’t quite believe it initially!

Mexican Beef & Carrot Burger/Balls

Another cheat to make your meat go further.

This is our second recipe from the Hemsley & Hemsley new Good & Simple book. It is quite versatile with the option of making them burgers or meat balls, they can be served with a lettuce leaf wrap, party nibbles with guacamole, or left overs with courgetty. Plus you can even swap the beef for lamb! How many options do you need?

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We chose to serve this with the Mexican salad and refried beans we make for pulled pork wraps. And actually, in the time it takes to chop that salad for four people, the rest of the meal is done! So it pays for a couple of people to get involved!

The meatballs themselves were nice, nothing amazing but it felt good to have less meat on the plate (from a health point of view). It would be interesting to try them as burger or even in a wrap with the salad and beans. Although I guess I would then naturally compare them to the pulled pork wraps which takes a lot of beating!

Powerhouse Steak & Kale Salad

And what a zing!

Sorry it’s been a while! I haven’t been quite up to my usual food antics! But I’m back, and armed with a new Hemsley & Hemsley book. Oh and apologies for the rogue plate… I accidentally donated a more decent plate to our new resident rosemary tree (reduced to £1.50 thanks to Mothers Day!).

So this new book is truly healthy, I feel you could just look at it and lose at least a pound… although it will cost you £25.

The steak recipe is high in iron and packed full of vitamins, and you’re advised to eat it for lunch or an early supper so it’s easier to digest.

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So the recipe serves 2… but unless you want a fridge bursting with salad, don’t double the salad ingredients for 4! As 3 bags of kale and 2 bags of various other salad is slightly excessive!

I was dubious about the raw kale but once chopped finely it was ok. And mixed with the zingy salad dressing it was so refreshing and would definitely wake you up on a Monday lunch time (for those who struggle through the morning)! We made a mustard dressing for the steak too (see Jamie’s Steak Ratatouille recipe) which really set it off.

And as for the avocado, I love it! And in this recipe it is a must! It makes for a more interesting  variation of textures and you can’t complain when all you have to do is peal it.

Keep an eye out for another new Hemsley & Hemsley recipe this week; Mexican beef & carrot burgers! Hopefully they won’t be a disaster now i’ve mentioned it…

Next Level Steak & Onion Sandwich

It’s all about the onions!

Not hungry yet but will be soon? Give yourself an hour to prepare this beauty! It’s the first meal we have made from ‘Jamie’s Comfort Food’ book and it gives us high hopes! You can find the recipe here.

We already had a fair few of the ingredients to cook this, and it only required one steak between two (yes we were surprised) so it was far less expensive than first thought. Unfortunately there’s no greenery though as we thought we had some… but we were wrong! So we griddled some tomatoes along with the steaks instead.

The onions are SO tasty – although not healthy in any way, shape or form. Got to have a treat every now and again though right?! When you lift the lid after they have been caramelising in the brown sugar, butter and red wine vinegar it literally takes your breath away!

So if you fancy something a little bit naughty for lunch this weekend, look no further!

Chilli Steak Salad

Might not be what you fancy in this cold weather, but for those on their January health kicks – it’s perfect.

This is from The Hairy Dieters Good Eating book which is serving us well so far! Although it would be handy if they had a website like Jamie Oliver’s to give you all links for…

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If you like ginger then you will love the dressing (although it’s not quite to my taste). With it being quick and easy to prepare, it’s perfect for those busy nights. I know i’ve struggled to stay ‘good’ so far this month with people bringing in birthday treats and left over Christmas goodies. So after a bit of a cheat day you can end the day feeling you’ve tried (at least a little bit) to balance it out just a tad! And if you leave out the sugar it’s even suitable for the Juice Plus diet too!

Salads might not be the most exciting meal to come home to – but with the steak, this is filling and leaves you feeling fresh!

Transylvanian Meatballs & Garlic Sauce

If you’re a fan of garlic, you have to try this sauce!

This is another recipe from the Hairy Dieters Book 3 – Good Eating. We served it with salad and sweet potato chips which worked really well. I guess when people (including myself) think of meatballs they naturally think of a tomato sauce and spaghetti… or Lady and The Tramp. But either way, there’s definitely more scope to them than that! And this recipe proves it.

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The meatballs are so soft and have an amazing flavour – and dipped in the garlic sauce you’ll be in food heaven! I am having to hold back from adding it to everything; it was that tasty.

The only time consumer in this recipe is forming the meatballs but you’re not going to get something this unique without putting in a little love (and flavour)!

Griddled Steak & Peppers with Herby Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice

Don’t be boring with steak! (unless it’s an amazing cut!)

I’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again – there’s so much more to steak than chips! Even if they are sweet potato chips…

This Jamie recipe from his Everyday Superfood book is the perfect way to mix it up. Plus both beef and pomegranate seeds contain plenty of vitamin B which not only boosts our metabolism and immune system, but helps us feel less sluggish – for all those finishing their first week back at work you know where i’m coming from.

If you have trustworthy knife skills you could almost cook this with you eyes closed. It’s so simple and quick that there really is no excuse for not trying it.  The tabbouleh rice is fresh with lemon and mint, and the little jewels of pomegranate are a lovely sweet hit. And if you have leftover tabbouleh it’s great for lunch the next day – two meals in one!

I reckon it’s one to save for the summer too – steak on the BBQ and tabbouleh for everyone to help themselves to. Definitely a winner.