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Vegetable Chana Masala June 15, 2015

Filed under: Curries,Potatoes — delishuss @ 12:16 pm
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I’ve made this dish over and over again. It’s a fall back recipe for me when I need to use up some vegetables that are nearing the end of their existence. It’s sooooo easy, there’s no real technique involved. I added purple sweet potato this time around. I’ve never had it before. I love it. It keeps it’s integrity really well when it’s cooking and doesn’t go mushy. I tend to keep this fairly rustic and roughly chop my veg as they are the star of the dish. I served it with rice and a dollop of Greek yoghurt. A lovely buttery naan would be fab, to scoop the sauce up. Yum, yum.

Serves 4


1 purple sweet potato (a smallish one is fine), cubed

1 onion, chopped 1/4 jap pumpkin (any pumpkin or squash will work), cubed

1 red capsicum

1 clove garlic, minced

1 red chilli, finely chopped

3 tablespoons tikka masala paste

1 courgette, cubed 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of chickpeas

Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Salt and pepper to season

Olive oil


1. Heat a deep frying pan and add a glug of olive oil. Heat the oil for a minute or so. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes. 2. Add the chilli and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Remove onion, garlic and chilli from the frying pan and set aside. You may ask why I do this. It’s something that my mum thought me. You get the residual flavours from the ingredients on the pan but you don’t burn it by over cooking it.

3. Add some more olive oil to the pan if needed and heat. Always heat the oil as if you don’t it can turn the food soggy. Add the remainder of the veg and sauté for 6 minutes. Remove the veg from the pan.

4. Add the masala paste and fry off for a couple of minutes so that you start to get those lovely curry aromas wafting through your kitchen. Add all of the veggies and stir through the paste. Stir in the chickpeas and the tomatoes.

5. Season with salt and pepper. At this point, I add have of the chopped fresh coriander. The professionals say that you shouldn’t add soft herbs during cooking, probably because they wilt and lose their flavour a bit but I don’t think there should be rules in cooking. I add it during cooking to bring out that coriander flavour and then at the end to lift the freshness of the dish.

6. Simmer the curry for about 15-20 minutes until the potato and the pumpkin has softened. And you’re done.


Summer White Bean and Vegetable Stew April 23, 2012


I munched away on this, this evening. I was surprised at how flavoursome it was. I was going to leave the zest of lemon out of it, but I’m glad I didn’t it worked really well with the hummus. This is great. It’s quite filling too. I had a wholemeal pitta with it also. Oh I almost forgot to mention that it’s from a Weight Watchers supplement in the RTE guide.

Propoints per serving- 9

Propoints per recipe- 19

Serves 2

Takes 40 minutes in total to prepare



Calorie-controlled cooking spray

1 red onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 small red pepper, de-seeded and sliced

1 corn on the cob, kernels removed

150ml dry white wine

1 tablespoon cornflour

100g fine green beans, halved

2 large sprigs of fresh thyme

200g canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

300ml vegetable stock

100g baby leaf spinach

2 tablespoons reduced fat hummus

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper

A handful of fresh basil leaves, to garnish (optional)



1. Heat a large, lidded, heavy based saucepan and spray with the cooking spray.

2. Add the onion, then cover and cook for 6 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, red pepper and corn and cook for another minute before pouring in the wine.

3. Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the wwine has reduced by half.

4. Mix the cornflour with a little water to make a plate. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, for a minute until thickened then add the green beans, thyme, cannellini beans and stock and return to the boil.

5.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 8 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the spinach and cook, partially covered, until wilted.

6. Divide between two large, shallow bowls. Season to taste and top each portion with 1 tablespoon of hummus.

7. Sprinkle with black pepper and lemon zest before serving. If using, garnish with basil leaves.







Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake January 30, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Pasta,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 10:14 pm
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The leader at my Weight Watchers gave us this recipe. It’s from the Filling and Healthy Day booklet. It’s really good. You could make a batch and freeze it, although I haven’t tried freezing it yet. The recipe doesn’t mention salt and pepper but I think it needs a fair bit. Also I over complicated the method, word of advice follow the method below and it will save you a lot of time. There’s no points value for this one but it’s pretty low, just calculated whatever weight of pasta you use, the oil, the quark and the egg.


Any vegetables that you like and are suitable for baking (e.g. celeriac, butternut squash, courgette, red pepper, and red onion)

1 fresh chilli, chopped

1 1/2 cans tinned tomatoes

150g wholewheat pasta

1 tub quark

chopped fresh herbs of your choice

1 egg

chopped fresh basil



1. Roast veg with 1 teaspoon of healthy oil and the chilli until soft and coloured.

2. Add chopped tomatoes and plenty of fresh herbs and continue to cook in the oven until reduced and thick.

3. Add the freshly cooked wholemeal pasta and top with a mixture of quark and beaten egg.

4. Bake until golden and garnish with torn fresh basil leaves.


Tip:  Beat the egg and the quark together in a bowl. Then use a spatula to spread the quark and the egg mixture.



Indian Chickpea and Vegetable Soup January 16, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Soups and Stews — delishuss @ 10:30 pm
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I get these email updates from the goodfood channel. They had a couple of soup recipes so I said I would give this one a try. Some more to come. I added some potato to it as well just to bulk it up. It’s a good one I have to say. It’s nice to get away from the bog standard veg soup. Here it is.

4 servings



1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large potato, chopped

1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tbsp garam masala

850 ml vegetable stock

2 large carrots, chopped

400g can chickpeas, drained

100g green beans, chopped



1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then add the onion, carrot and potato and fry for 5-6 minutes. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid to saute for a couple of minutes. Remove the veg from the saucepan and set aside.

2. Fry off the garam masala, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.

3. Add the chickpeas, beans and re-add the veg.

4. Add the stock, bring to the boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Use a stick blender to whizz a little to your required texture.


The recipe says to serve it with naan bread. I didn’t have any to hand. The tesco’s light choices one is really good.


Vegetable Soup with Yellow Split Peas October 1, 2011

Filed under: Soups and Stews,Vegetarian — delishuss @ 5:43 pm
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I tend to make a pot of soup on a Saturday when I have a bit of time. I made this one last Saturday. It’s a real hearty one. A good lunchtime filler. You are kind of supposed to soak the split peas but I couldn’t really be bothered, I like the bit of bite anyway. If you don’t then prepare them according to the packet instructions. This is a winner I think because it isn’t just plain old boring vegetable soup. This makes a big pot, that can be frozen too.


4 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

100g yellow split peas

750ml of stock

bunch of coriander, chopped

Salt and pepper to season

3 tbsp olive oil



1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add in the vegetables and split peas.

2. Cook for 3-4 minutes on a high heat. Add the garlic. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid and saute for 5 minutes.

3. Add in half of the coriander and stir. Add the stock and salt and pepper.

4. Bring to the boil and reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes or so.

5. Pulse with a handheld blender for a few seconds, leaving the vegetable chunky.

6. Sprinkle with the remaining coriander and serve with some nice rustic bread.