{Tasty Tuesday} Crunchy Seasoned Peas

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Looking for a healthy alternative to chips or crackers? Look no further – these crunchy peas are the perfect healthy substitute.

When in Vietnam earlier this year we were often given bowls of salty crunchy peas at bars or before dinner drinks. Our toddler could not get enough of them surprisingly. I have been meaning to create our own version since then and only just got to it. They aren’t entirely the same. But still popular with the little person.

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And only 3 ingredients:

  • A bag of frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of oil

Defrost the peas in the fridge over night, mix the 3 ingredients together in a bowl.

Pre-heat oven to around 180 degrees Celsius in a fan force oven or equivalent.

Place a sheet of cooking paper on an oven tray and lay out the peas. Cook them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.

Once some start to brown, take a couple out to cool and see if they are crunchy. If so, you are good to go!

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They are a great lunch box snack or good for sitting in front of the football… or at least that’s what I will try and convince my husband now! Healthy and tasty is a winning combo!

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{Tasty Tuesday} Toddler-Style Deconstructed Tacos

There is nothing better than a meal the whole family can enjoy together, toddlers included. The older they get, the easier this gets thankfully, however then it becomes more about keeping fussy appetites happy.

Tacos are often a popular choice with big kids (and most adults). We love them in this household and with a bit of a tweak, so does our daughter.

So, this is a deconstructed taco:

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The toddler plates with separate sections is ideal for this type of thing, but pretty much it is everything that would go in a taco, in little finger friendly servings (although miss L will always use a fork or spoon… she likes to be fancy). Flavoured mince, tomato, grated cheese, lettuce, and pieces of taco and tortilla for her to nibble on.

In fact this is such a popular dish in this household that I had to top up her plate several times on this occasion, as she could not get enough of that tasty mince. We use Old El Paso taco kits usually but home made would likely be even better.

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Unfortunately the lettuce and tomato are less popular but at least if it is there, they may have a nibble…

{Tasty Tuesday} Marinated Fish Skewers

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As is usually the case with my recipes, I had fun experimenting with random ingredients. Thankfully it was another success.

This time it was some fish skewers from the freezer I had purchased on a whim a little while ago. They were on sale so I thought why not… Then they sat and sat and sat in the freezer, without a clue what to do with them since they were plain.

Plain fish on a stick isn’t much fun!

So out came the marinating dish and some random ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Plain fish skewers (or fillets of fish you skewer yourself)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients except your skewers into a bowl. Season to taste.
  2. Place fish skewers in suitable marinating dish. Add marinade and cover skewers.
  3. Marinate for a couple of hours or over night. Cook on grill, frying pan or BBQ.
  4. Serve with rice, cous cous or other side dish of your choice.

That’s it. Super simple and very tasty. You could essentially marinate any fish this way but the skewers are extra fun and actually would make great BBQ or entertaining food.

{Tasty Tuesday} Nutella Choc-Chip Mug Cake

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That dreaded moment came when I realised I had no chocolate in the house…well, almost no chocolate. There were chocolate chips in the cooking supplies. Oh dear, time for desperate measures.

When I get a massive sweet tooth craving and have no chocolates otherwise in the house, its time to turn to the amazing mug cake or cookie recipes on Pinterest. My favourite has always been the chocolate chip cookie in a cup recipe from No.2 Pencil, which was partly my inspiration for this recipe experiment.

I went to make my go to mug cookie, but oh no… not only were we out of chocolate, but apparently butter too. Yet, hubby had decided Nutella was a necessity at the most recent grocery shop instead. Okay, that works. I’m sure I’ve seen recipes that substitute butter for Nutella. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of choc-chips
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Optional – tablespoon or two of sugar

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Method

  1. Whisk egg with a fork in a microwave safe mug or bowl.
  2. Add in other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute
  4. Add a dollop of ice cream for extra indulgence, put your feet up, grab the TV remote or a good book, and make the most of this moment! You deserve it 😉

Unlike the No.2 Pencil recipe, I am lazy and throw in a whole egg rather than separating my whites and all that fuss. So rather than a cookie, it’s more of a cake. You could separate your egg if you like, but seriously it’s good just as it is. The ice cream is perfect, melting into the moist mug cake and it has just the right amount of subtle Nutella hazelnut flavour mixed in with an abundance of chocolate chips.

My chocolate craving was cured… for today!

 

{Tasty Tuesday} Chicken Italiano Filo Pastry Pie

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I am neither Italian or have a clue what I am doing with filo pastry. This is my first time cooking with filo pastry in fact. Although I have been to Italy at least…

Grocery shopping the other day resulted in a lot of chicken. Bulk chicken breasts in fact as they were half price. $8.99 AU for 1.4KG. WHAT??? So I got 2.8kg worth. That’s a fair bit of chicken so I wanted to experiment with some new recipes. Usually that meant heading to Pinterest for some inspiration and yes that did happen. I had planned to make chicken filos… just plain and simple. But I had no feta so it wouldn’t be quite the same.

Somehow I ended up making a pie without any recipe for guidance. A brave move as I have also never made a pie.

But it was pretty darn tasty, even if I do say so myself. Here is how you can re-create my experiment gone right!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts or 500g diced chicken
  • 3-4 rashers of bacon, diced
  • Spinach – I actually cheated and used frozen spinach, 2 cubes worth but a handful of chopped leaves would be nicer
  • 2-3 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • Mixed herbs, salt & pepper to season
  • 1/4 cup of grated cheese
  • Filo pastry
  • 1/4 onion
  • Tin of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Melted butter to coat top of pie
  • Oil for frying pan
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Filo pastry is so thin and fabric-like – easy to work with

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Pre-heat frying pan with oil.
  2. Dice up chicken, bacon & onion and cook in frying pan
  3. Once browned or sealed, add in spinach, pine nuts, seasoning, garlic, tomato paste and tinned tomatoes.
  4. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Grease pie dish (I used a slice pan) and create pie base with several layers of filo pastry.
  6. Add pie mixture to dish. Using several more layers, create pie crust.
  7. Coat pie with melted button and place in oven until filo pastry becomes crispy and golden.
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Simmer your ingredients on the stove

There you have it. A spur of the moment pie recipe perfect for the cold winter nights. The filo pastry is also a healthier alternative to puff pastry typically used for pies.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest if you want more recipe inspiration from my 3 recipe boards, including my own marvellous creations!

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Enjoy!

{Tasty Tuesday} A Classic Omelette Recipe

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Omelettes have always been my go to comfort food. No matter if I’m sick, having a bad day or just suffering the cold weather, an omelette is the perfect simple meal to fill my belly.

A recently discovery is that my toddler is also a big fan of my omelettes also. As in usually I end up having to make another just to satisfy her appetite. Bonus!

Most people seem to enjoy their omelette on toast. You could do that, however this recipe is for a massive omelette that is pretty much a meal on its own, no toast needed.

Classic Omelette Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of plain all purpose flour
  • Salt, pepper, mixed herbs to season
  • Grated cheese
  • Fillings of your choice
  • Butter

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Method

  1. Heat a frying pan on the stove with about a teaspoon or so of butter to grease.
  2. Whisk eggs in a bowl until fluffy. Mix in flour gradually.
  3. Mix in approximately 1/4 cup of grated cheese and seasoning to taste.
  4. Pour mixture into heated frying pan and allow to cook.
  5. Flip omelette once bottom side is golden (this can be tricky… sometimes I use 2 egg flips).
  6. Cook until other side is also golden brown
  7. Serve with more grated cheese and fillings of your choice.

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My preferred filling is simple ham or bacon with cheese, however tomato, olives, capsicum, salami are some of the many options you may include.

There you have it.. a super simple meal full of egg-y goodness and appealing for young and old alike, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Best part is it takes only about 10 minutes to make too.

 

 

{Tasty Tuesday} Toddler Temptations 1

Toddlers can be really hard to please when it comes to getting a wide variety of food groups into them. In this house hold, the current flavour of the moment is cheese and bananas. Not together…but when all else fails, those are the 2 snacks we can entice her with to ensure there is something in the tummy.

My daughter is almost 19 months now so generally she eats what we eat, which is easy enough. Except she is a lot fussier than she was at 1. So, when we find a meal that she devours quickly, it is worth making note!

Rather than a recipe for this weeks Tasty Tuesday post, I thought I’d share a recent combo of toddler food that had proven itself popular to keep on the regular rotation.

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On the plate:

  • Quinoa
  • Steamed veggies
  • Mashed potato

Little miss loves having a variety of flavours that she can pick up and nibble on, and is a massive fan of food such as rice, pasta, noodles etc, so quinoa was well received. The mash let her practice her cutlery… another thing she loves to do.