Monday, 22 July 2013

Home Cooking

healthy-eating

As part of my recent turning over a new leaf I promised myself more home cooked meals. Although I don't always cook 100% healthy food all the time, I think that when I cook for myself I can manage the portions better, as well as knowing everything which goes into the meal, and even if it's not super healthy it definitely feels better for me than constantly grabbing food on the go.

Here's what I have made recently, captured through my iphone:

1. Stuffed aubergine. This was adapted from this recipe from the bbc good food website using what I had in the house - in my case feta and tomato puree rather than goats cheese and actual tomatoes! It came out really nicely, but I think I could have done with something more substantial on the side as I got a bit peckish later. I'm thinking next time a side of re fried beans maybe?

2. Mediterranean chicken. This was a bit of a cheat as I used one of these packet seasoning mixes, but as all the other ingredients were fresh I think it still counts! I just chucked some chunks of chicken, plus the veggies we had in the house (sweet potato, tomatoes and pepper) into the oven proof bag provided with the seasoning and voila - amazingly good food 40 minutes later! 

3. Giant Couscous Salad. This was a case of all the veg we have in the house + grains + sauce = salad. I don't think any of the ingredients were necessarily that complimentary, but the result was pretty good still! Feta and Giant Couscous added bulk too it, and Peri Peri sauce was the perfect dressing.

4. Pasta with peppers and sweet potato. Sweet potato is absolutely my favourite vegetable. Roast, boiled, mashed, I pretty much eat it with everything. In this case I was using up the ends of a passata sauce James had made as a pasta sauce, and to try and up the healthy stakes I cut down on the amount of pasta I would usually use, and added extra sweet potato instead. Again the result was pretty delicious, and filling too.

What home made meals have you been making recently? Please link me to any blog posts - I would love some inspiration for simple easy to cook meals!


17 comments:

Rachel said...

BBC Good Food recipes are always the way forward.

Jo said...

I've always meant to try stuffed aubergine and anything involving feta is bound to be tasty.

I've been struggling cooking-wise, but my favourite meal recently has been homemade beefburgers with melted stilton on top, cranberry and caramelised onion chutney and a fresh salad with peppers, spring onions and tomatoes.

Maria Fallon said...

That stuffed aubergine sounds AMAZING!

Maria xxx

xStroutx said...

Yuuuum! These all look great, the stuffed aubergine might be something i need to try soon... I've been making a lot of soup lately (totally soup weather here at the moment. Also been working my way through a lot of the recipes by the SortedFood boys (www.sortedfood.com).

Annie said...

the stuffed aubergine looks gooooood! gonna have to try that. I did a post with some recipes not long ago - here's the link
http://beardtoday-gonetomorrow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/going-veggie-at-home.html

the pad thai is heavenly and so quick to make - it does require quite a few ingredients for the sauce but they're worth getting because you only need to buy them once and they last for ages. And I guess if you don't like prawns, chicken or tofu makes good substitutes!

As it's so hot atm salads are dinner staples in our flat, there's some v.good ones on bbc good food.

Jane said...

Oh man, the food you eat is so healthy and fancy! When I cook for myself I usually do a toasted sandwich or something (with loads of mayonnaise, haha).

Matthew Pike said...

never had sweet potato and pasta before, will have to give that a go. is it just all mushed up around it with a tomato based sauce?

I only ever seem to make chilli, chicken with red pesto, jambalaya and curries

miss b said...

The stuffed aubergine looks delicious for a light summer meal. I'm a huge fan of the BBC Good Food website - easy to follow recipes.
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

...Nina Nixon... said...

The stuffed aubergine looks so tempting.

Nina x

Hazel said...

I've been so lazy with cooking recently, I am putting it down to the heat. I seem to grab a packet of cous cous, add sausages or grilled chicken and salad leaves from my greenhouse. It's easy but I think my other half might be getting bored of it now...

Lily Lipstick said...

The stuffed aubergine looks amazing. I'm not much of a cook but do love watching Food Network for inspiration! x

Lady parisienne said...

It looks so good :D

Alice said...

There are some great recipes on the Good Food website - I'm always hunting out a new recipe of some kind on there! The giant cous cous salad looks amazing, have you ever tried quinoa? That makes a great alternative to rice/pasta, and is super healthy and delicious! xxx

little henry lee said...

these all look delicious! i always cook my own dinner and while it's not always from scratch (i often have some sort of meat substitute in there because i'm vegetarian) it's definitely a better way to control calories and portions, when you eat out you never know what extras have been added and how many unnecessary calories are in them (oil, sauces, too much bread, etc).

little henry lee

Imogen said...

Everything looks so delicious. Very impressive. I only have about 1 or 2 meals I can cook and with full time work now I don't have much time so I definitely need to work on this too.

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Ooh that stuffed aberguine looks delicious! I've just got back from Italy so am looking to cook more with veggies like that and courgettes, and plenty of cheese!

Teffy Perk said...

Home cooked meals are definitely the way!

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