Easy Chicken Biryani

The colder nights are closing in, it’s time to batten down the hatches and start cooking that comfort food. Over the Summer (yep, that did happen) it was all about delicious salads, whereas now that the seasons have shifted, the leaves are falling and the winter coats are making an appearance, there’s the need for warmer, tummy filling food. I do love a curry, especially if I’m feeling run down with a cold as the added ginger, garlic and spice make me feel like I’m helping kill any germs. I made this dish for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s a super quick,mid week meal to make. It’s a good ‘left-overs’ dish if you’ve cooked a chicken and got a few random veggies in the fridge that need eating, and the added bonus is if you use one of those packets of microwavable rice, you can have this on the table in about 30 minutes. Winner, winner, chicken dinner 😉

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Mango and Tofu Salad

I found the amazing Hanna Sillitoe via Google a few months back. This sounds a bit like an online dating thing but it isn’t, I promise. I was dealing with some horrible skin issues and much inter-web searching lead me to her site and her story about how she healed her psoriasis through juicing and completely changing her diet. I got to do a Q&A with her on here and since then, I always check back to her site and social media accounts to look at the recipes she’s created, honestly she makes the most delicious looking food. I discovered her amazing Mango Salad with satay dressing during one search, and it’s proved to be one of the most satisfying mid week meals I’ve had in a long time. It’s really healthy and easy to make, and despite the husbands sad face when he saw there wasn’t any ‘meat’ in this, he loved it too. I’ve tweaked the original recipe slightly when I found the mango I wanted to use was really squishy, I ended up experimenting by baking it, and this worked perfectly. I’ve just had this meal for dinner but it would make an awesome big lunch as well. It’s a proper bowl of happiness for your tummy 🙂

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Chocolate Honeycomb Brownies

I’ve written on here about my cooking habits and how I try to eat healthily (as much as humanly possible) Something the Mr & I had got into quite a bad habit of doing, was buying and eating chocolate bars mid week after dinner (damn you Freddo bars & Dairy fruit & nut) After our holiday to Cornwall we decided to have a bit of an overhaul and I’ve started to try and bake something every week or so, so that we’ve got a treat at home rather than feeling the need to go out and buy sugar loaded crap. At least if I make something, I know exactly what’s gone into it, right? Now these badboys are a real treat. Something to make once in a while and enjoy with ice-cream, yum. The addition of the honeycomb is something my husband asked me to add in, and I have to say it’s a match made in heaven. It adds a bit of crunch and erm, goo (did I just use that word?!) all at the same time. I promise you that these chocolate brownies are worth a try.

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Asian Chicken Salad

New Year, healthy eating, being good and all that jazz and I’ve turned back to what suits me best when it comes to eating well, and that’s the Paleo diet. Paleo die-hards can be very strict about this lifestyle but the general rule is to not eat dairy, grains, carbohydrates or sugar. I loosely follow this, mainly in that I try to cut carbs from my breakfast and dinner, but I don’t stress too much, life’s too short eh. On the hunt for interesting recipes to try I found this awesome one for Asian Chicken salad, made it and it was LUSH. Really easy and simple to make, a spot on mid week meal. Apologies for the crap photo, was too busy eating.

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Riverford Organic recipe box

In our abode, I’m Head Chef. The unwritten ‘deal’ between my husband and I, is that I do all the cooking midweek. I’m not the best cook, but I do enjoy cooking and feel a sense of satisfaction when I can put a tasty dinner on the table, not literally of course. When I do my food shopping I try and plan out several meals and buy food based on this. Generally this works but sometimes, especially towards the end of the month I suddenly get very bored of all the organising and cooking and go on strike. I cease, I stop cooking and decide that I don’t want to do it anymore, which usually means that if my husband doesn’t want to cook, we end up being bad and getting takeaways. Instead of this, sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration and help when it comes to meal times, and that’s were something brilliant like a Riverford box comes in.

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