Bagel Crisp Nachos

Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos

Bagel Crisp Nachos

Did you know that Abe’s Bagels – Bagel Crisps contain 70% less fat than regular crisps? And, their scrumptious flavours contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Hells yeah! Meaning now you can have your crisps, and eat them too.

While chomping on these crisps, I thought I would try something different with my crisps, rather than cracking a packet and plonking on the couch or serving them with dip. Enter, Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos; by replacing the standard nacho corn chips with bagel crisps not only will you be reducing your families fat intake, but the sturdy nature of the bagel crisps gives you superior scooping power as your crisp wont buckle under topping pressure or go soggy. Win.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 brown onion – halved and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs of oil olive
  • 420g tin of four bean mix – rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup of tomato paste
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of Moroccan spice mix
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of tasty cheese
  • 1 avocado – diced, to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves, sour cream, and sweet chilli sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 2-3 minutes until onion begins to soften.
  2. Add beef mince, bean mix, tomato paste and herbs. Cook, using a fork to break up the mince, for 3-5 minutes or until beef mince is browned and herbs are fragrant.
  3. Add water and allow to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  4. Pile Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps on an oven proof serving dish, top with beef and bean mix, top with cheese and grill under a medium grill to melt and brown.
  5. Top with fresh coriander leaves and diced avocado, and serve immediately with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

Enjoy!

Spring Vegetable Pasta

Garden Green Pasta

Green Pesto Pasta

This delicious pasta dish will ensure you and your family are getting your daily dose of greens! Ready in a flash, and with a chilli pop that will keep you warm in winter, it’s the perfect weeknight main meal or side to grilled meat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Green Vegetables – I used McCain Garden Greens – cooked as per packet instructions
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic – halved and finely sliced
  • 1 long red chilli – halved, seeds and membrane removed, and finely sliced
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 500g of Orecchiette pasta
  • 1/3 cup of green basil pesto
  • 100g of rocket
  • Shaved parmesan to serve
  • Salt and pepper to season

Spring Vegetable Pasta

Method

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, to al dente, and drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add sliced garlic and chilli and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add pesto, pasta, Green Vegetables, lemon juice and season to taste. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Add reserved pasta water sparingly to lubricate the pasta and create a dry sauce.
  3. Divide rocket evenly amongst bowls, top with Garden Green Pasta and serve topped with shaved Parmesan.

Enjoy!

Chilli Prawns

Chilli Prawns

Chilli Prawns

Fresh, Australian Green Prawns are cooked in Anathoth Farm Sweet Chilli Relish, topped with flat leaf parsley and served with chilli mayo dipping sauce in this simple recipe that is sure to impress.

The spicy Sweet Chilli Relish brings out the natural sweetness of the prawns in this succulent and aromatic seafood dish.

Ingredients – Prawns

  • 2 tbs of butter
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 pottle of Anathoth Farm Sweet Chilli Relish
  • 1KG of medium green king prawns – peeled and deveined, tails in tact
  • ¼ cup of flat leaf parsley – chopped
  • Crusty bread – to serve
  • Lemon wedges – to serve

Ingredients – Chilli Mayo

  • ½ cup of whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs of Anathoth Farm Tomato Relish

Method

  1. Melt butter and oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add prawns, in batches and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until prawns are just pink.
  2. Returning all prawns and juices to the pan, add Anathoth Farm Sweet Chilli Relish and cook, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, add whole egg mayonnaise and 2 tbs of Anathoth Farm Sweet Chilli Relish to a small mixing bowl, stir well to combine and transfer to a serving dish.
  4. Stir in parsley and serve with crusty bread and lemon wedges and chilli mayo.

Tip: if you have any of the mayo left over, pop it on top of your next pizza or in a toastie – amazing!

Enjoy!

Pea and Avocado Gazpacho

Pea and Avocado Gazpacho

This is honestly one of the easiest dishes I have ever made – measure, blend and top. It is delicious, in fact I surprised myself with how good it tasted, and it can be ready in a flash. The vibrant green of the gazpacho against the red of the prawns gives this dish instant visual appeal which means it’s a sure thing for summer get together’s, parties or Christmas do’s.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of McCain Frozen Peas – thawed
  • 3 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 3 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 ripe avocado – mashed
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of thickened cream
  • 500g cooked peeled prawns
  • 1 red chilli – halved, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • ½ cup of pea shoots
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup of McCain Frozen Peas – thawed, to serve
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Oil olive – to serve, if desired.

Pea and Avocado Gazpacho Progress

Method

  1. Place McCain Frozen peas, garlic, vegetable stock, avocado and lemon juice in a large bowl and add in batches to a blender blitzing until smooth.
  2. Stir through the thickened cream and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the prawns, chilli, lime and pea shoots in a small bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Divide the gazpacho evenly among bowls, top with prawn mix, scatter with remaining McCain Frozen Peas and drizzle with olive oil, if desired.  Serve.

Pea and Avocado Gazpacho

Caramel Chicken

Image: Super Food Ideas – August 2011, Page 61. Photography by Mark O’Meara.

Caramelised Chicken or ga kho is a sticky, sweet and spicy Vietnamese dish. And, before you get freaked out by the words Caramel and Chicken appearing alongside each other, it is savoury caramel rather than a sweet caramel. So don’t worry you won’t be tucking into a bowl of Jersey Caramels with a side of chicken thigh!

This Vietnamese style savoury caramel sauce weaves together the perfect blend of salty, sweet, sour and spicy by making a caramel using sweet brown sugar, salty fish sauce, sour lime juice and spicy chilies along with some garlic which reduces to a glaze while it cooks, for a full flavour punch. Delicious.

Ingredients – Caramel Chicken

  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 800g chicken thigh fillets –  trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion – thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
  • Steamed rice to serve

Ingredients – Pickled Cucumber

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbss caster sugar
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers – cut into thin ribbons
  • 1 green onion – thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of cold water

Method

  1. To make the pickled cucumber, place the vinegar, sugar and 1/4 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, add cucumber, stir to combine and set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the green onion.
  2. Place the chicken and oil in a bowl and toss to combine. Heat a large frying pan or wok over a high heat until hot. Add half the chicken and cook for two minutes on one side until lightly browned, turn and cook for another minute. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add a little extra peanut oil if needed. Add the onion and garlic and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Return the chicken to the pan, add the soy sauce, chilli flakes and stir to combine.
  4. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to high, add the sugar and stir to combine. Cook uncovered for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce is rich, dark and syrupy.
  5. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and stir to combine.
  6. Place in a serving dish and serve with steamed rice and pickled cucumber.

Enjoy!

Tomato and Chilli Chutney

Chutney’s, relish’s and conserve’s are a fantastic way to preserve seasonal fruit and veggies for ongoing use throughout the year, they are also pretty delicious when freshly made!

Living in the country means that I have access to wonderful seasonal produce from neighbors, farmers markets and generous farmers alike. As a firmer subscriber to the waste-not-want-not rule I always like to think of ways to use any leftovers I have; be it making a chutney or scavenger hunt Sunday – where I use up any leftovers in the fridge or cupboard for the week.

This recipe is one of my favorites and it could not be any simpler to make, you dump everything in a saucepan and cook it until it’s thick, rich and delicious. I love to serve this as part of a cheese board or take it on picnics; it is also delicious with fresh bread, on sandwiches or served with roasts.

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion – sliced
  • 1 long red chilli – diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 400g of fresh tomatoes quatered OR 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sultanas
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp of curry powder – I use Clive of India
  • 1 tsp of mixed Mexican spices – I use Stonemill available from Aldi
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 large red capsicum – sliced

Method

  1. Add everything to a saucepan and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until reduced and thickened.

Note: this will keep in the fridge for approximately 2 weeks or in the freezer, stored in batches for easy use, for 3 months.

Enjoy!

Asian Glazed Pork Chops

This meal is so easy to prepare and even easier to eat. While it does take some time to cook, preparation is a breeze. It is perfect for a midweek meal to set and forget while you clean, work, look after kids or relax in the bath as I did. It is so tasty that you could serve it at a dinner party, with all the components placed on the table for guests to serve themselves and I am sure the recipe won’t stay a secret for long!

Ingredients

Pork

  • 700g pork – you can use chops, belly, strips etc. I used chops but it is entirely your choice
  • 1L chicken stock
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • The roots of 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1 long green chilli halved and sliced – don’t worry about this chilli being too hot, the bigger they are the milder they are. If you are concerned about the heat remove the seeds and the white membrane which is the hottest part of the chilli
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice

Vegetables

  • 1 leek – white part only
  • 2 bok choy or pak choy
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 6 drops sesame oil
  • Brown rice to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Place the stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, sweet chilli sauce, sesame oil, garlic, coriander roots, green chilli and Chinese five spice in an oven proof dish and mix to combine. Ensure that the honey and sweet chilli sauce are fully dissolved in the sauce.
  3. Score any edged fat on the pork chops in 1.5cm intervals, add to the dish and turn to coat. Place either a lid or al foil over the dish and place in oven to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning half way through cooking.
  4. Remove the pork from the oven, turn, uncover and place in the oven for 10 minutes each side.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the bok choy into 3cm lengths, cut the leek lengthways and finely slice and cut the capsicum into strips.
  6. Add the olive and sesame oil to a pan and heat, add the leek and stir until tender.
  7. Add the bok choy, capsicum, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Cover and allow to steam – you may need to add a dash of water here if the vegetables appear to be sticking.
  8. Remove pork from oven and serve in a bowl with steamed brown rice, vegetables. Top with the juices from the pork and fresh coriander leaves.

Enjoy!