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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Perfect Pancake Recipes Plus CookBlogShare 2020 Week 7

With pancake day on the way, I have some perfect pancake recipes for you to try. From English pancakes, savoury ones and even gluten free pancakes. There is something for everyone to try this upcoming Shrove Tuesday.

#CookBlogShare is my favourite weekly cooking linky. If you love cooking then it is a great place to share recipes and ideas as well as commenting on each others tasty posts.
There are regular hosts Lost in Food and Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy. With other bloggers like myself, hosting as guest bloggers.

If you are new to this link party please take a moment to read the guidelines below.  Joining in is simple and you are welcome to share your old and new recipes.

Last weeks link up was over at Lost in Food. There were lots of lovely recipes shared, and with Pancake Day on the way, I think that these recipes would be perfect for the family.

Perfect Pancake Recipes Plus CookBlogShare 2020 Week 7

It is always good to start with the basics, and Chloe from Feast Glorious Feast has a great step by step guide to making English pancakes.

Gluten free and think that pancakes are a no go? It's easy to adapt them according to Kate at The Gluten Free Alchemist.
These vanilla buttermilk pancakes look mouth watering and Kate has a number of tips to help you make them. There are also adaptations that you could use it you have a number of intolerences.

Chloe is back again with this savoury pancake recipe. These sweet potato and sweetcorn pancakes sound delicious and a change from the norm on Pancake Day. Chloe explains how you can use the microwave to cook the sweet potatoes so that they can be made into a puree. 

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Saturday, 15 February 2020

[AD] Low Carb Cajun Chicken Cups

These low carb cajun chicken cups are so packed full of flavour you won't even miss the carbohydrates. However, if members of your family aren't following the lifestyle then it work just as well by replacing the lettuce with a wholemeal wrap.

Low Carb Cajun Chicken Cups

One of the things I have found, by following a low carb diet recently is that I really haven't missed the high starch options. It is just a different way of thinking, and these lettuce cups are a really easy way of adapting a meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Many of the keto dishes I have looked up online have had rich and creamy sauces, so to have a lunch that is packed full of flavour is a welcome change.

The Schwartz Cajun seasoning is a fantastic blend that is easy to use and packs a punch. All you need to do is mix a couple of teaspoons with a little olive oil to make a quick marinade. You can either cook the chicken and allow it to cool or use it straight from the oven. Both taste fantastic.

I have also used the cajun season with my celeriac chips recipe in replace of the paprika and it tastes equally delicious.

Ingredients for low carb cajun chicken cups
The fresh ingredients for this dish complement the seasoning of the chicken. I found that one large chicken breast was enough to make 6 cups which would serve 2 people. 

In this recipe I have used frozen avocado pieces. If you haven't tried them yet, you should. I had lost count of the times I had bought a fresh avocado and went to use it only to find that it was not ripe. A day later? Over ripe. Frozen avocado solves this problem and is a must for your freezer if you are following a low carb or ketogenic diet, in my opinion.

Schwartz cajun seasoning

Low Carb Cajun Chicken Cups

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/2 a red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a lime with extra cut into quarters
  • 2 teaspoons of Schwartz cajun seasoning
  • A table spoon of olive oil
  • Full fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of dried chili flakes (optional)
  • 6  little gem lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup of frozen avocado chunks or 1 avocado sliced.
  1. Mix the olive oil and cajun seasoning together and mix into the chicken breast. Leave for 10 minutes to marinade.
  2. Add the avocado, red onion and chillies to a bowl and squeeze over the juice of half a lime.
  3. Cook the chicken breast in the oven at 180C for around 20 minutes.(Time dependent on the size of the chicken breast.)
  4. Pick the outer leaves of some little gem lettuces and was them.
  5. Add mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes and the avocado mixture.
  6. Thinly slice the cajun chicken and add to the cups.
  7. Sevre with extra lime quarters and enjoy! 
Low Carb Cajun Chicken Cups

What are your favourite low carb meals?

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Low Carb Cajun Chicken Cups

This is a sponsored post for Schwartz.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Meal Planning Monday

Another week has flown by and I am managing to stick to my low carb diet even though there was a blip at a friends wedding. Roast potatoes and red wine were enjoyed and lets face it, sometimes we have to enjoy life.

Last week I bought a celeriac for the first time and made my own fries. Game changer. It makes low carb so much easier.

This week sees middle man turn 10. I have some special Crunchie cupcakes planned for the day itself and he is desperate to visit Taco Bell for tea after we went there when we were in Orlando last year.

So what have we got planned this week?

I have been trying out the Schwartz cajun seasoning for an sponsored post and have made these rather yummy cajun chicken cups - recipe to come soon!

Low carb cajun chicken cups

Monday is karate night so it will be a quick omelette.

Tuesday will be a roast and with lots of green veg.

Wednesday will be a trip to Taco Bell and a birthday fry up!

Thursday I will give Coq au vin a go from the keto slow cooker and one pot meals book that I have bought recently. I have no idea id the boys will like this but I am loving the sound of it.

Friday will be steak and chips. Well for the others at least. I will be having celeriac fries.

What have you got planned?


Saturday, 8 February 2020

How To Make Celeriac Chips

If you have recently started on Keto or Low Carb diet then you have probably heard of celeriac chips. I have to say that I was rather dubious about them at first as I had never bought a celeriac before. Now, however, they are one of my favourite low carb substitutes.

Cutting a celeriac

Celeriac is lovely and sweet and if you haven't tried them yourself, I would say that they are similar to a roasted parsnip. They are more like sweet potato fries in texture than your average oven chip.

Eating with the boys, I don't want to stand out as having totally different meals to them. These celeriac chips allow me to eat my style of chicken and chips with them. Luckily they don't take long to make and are really simple.

There is no easy way to peel a celeriac. Just the use of a sharp knife. Once you have cut the celeriac, you need to cut it into 1cm batons. Then place on a non metallic plate and microwave for 3 mins on high.

Next place on an oiled baking tray and add salt, pepper, and paprika.

Uncooked celeriac chips

Bake in the oven until they are brown and slightly crispy. (They won't crisp up like a chip, as I said more like a sweet potato.) Then enjoy!

Celeriac chips

When I first started a low carb diet, I was very unsure about all the changes. but have found some great new foods including these celeriac chips. Have you tried a low carb or keto diet? What are your new favourite dishes?

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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Meal Planning Monday Week 4, Trying Keto

This week saw me giving a keto diet a try. My friend has lost 3 stone with this way of eating and as I could do with losing a few pounds I decided this was the week. (Especially as I have a wedding and a tight fitting dress to fit into! In just under a week I have lost 2.5kg and an inch on my waist. I realise this will be mainly water but it is a start. I have found that I am less bloated and would certainly consider a low carb diet, but I'm not sure keto is for me. It is really restricted, even down to fruit and vegetables and that is just too hard for me to keep up long term. Either way, I will continue this week and see how it goes. I will cook the meals below for everyone and swap out the carbs for me.

Chicken stuffed with boursin and wrapped in streaky bacon

Poached eggs, salmon and chili lime avocado - no bagel for me

Chicken Korma I will swap the yoghurt for cream and serve with cauli rice

Homemade burger with cheese and salad.

Garlic lemon and chili prawns I will ditch the ciabatta and serve with courgetti. I made this last week and it was the best thing I ate. So full of flavour.

Scrambled egg and chorizo Again no toast for me.

Hopefully I will start feeling full of energy soon and will stop missing sugar!

What have you got planned this week?


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Meal Planning Monday Week 3

Last night we treated ourselves to a meal out. The time has finally come. Little man had the children's meal, but it is no longer enough for him. Life with 3 growing boys is about to become even more expensive! We are now looking at £100 for a meal out. More with starters and desserts. Meal planning is about to become more important, in a hope of saving some money so that we can treat them now and then.

Another area we need to save is school dinners. In a bid to make my life easier the boys have been having school dinners. This is costing around £7-8 a day for the three of them. Obviously, it does suit me for them to have them - especially on nights when they have karate and a small tea. However, they need to start taking in the odd packed lunch and I have asked the eldest to take some snacks in from home, rather than treat himself to a cookie every day. Fingers crossed that helps a bit!

So what are we eating this week?

Sunday Roast: I bought a large beef joint at Christmas and never got round to eating it. So I am hoping there will be some leftovers I can have for lunch too. Without a doubt it needs to have some Yorkshire puddings with it  - I love this recipe as they are so easy to make.

Prawns and Ciabatta: I made this a couple of weeks ago and it reminded my husband how much he liked it. So it is down again for this week.

Fish Pie: I make this using frozen fish pie mix and it is oh so easy. The youngest doesn't like it so he gets fish fingers and mash instead.

Chili con carne and baked potato: This is comfort food at it's best! Maybe with some added cheese on top.

KFC Chicken Fakeaway: Now I thought I had written up my version of this but it seems not. However, Slimming Eats has a version that is pretty similar.

Spaghetti carbonara and garlic bread: My family love this meal and it is a great way of using up half a packet of smoked bacon.

What have you got planned this week?


Sunday, 12 January 2020

Meal Planning Monday Week Two

Back to work last week and Christmas seems a distant memory. I have decided to plan this weeks meals roughly but the day we end up eating them will end up dependent on use by dates. I'm trying my hardest to do one shop a week, in a hope to spend less on the food shop. That said our bill still came to £100 this week.

So what do I have planned?

Gorgonzola and caramelized onion croissants

Sunday Roast using a chicken that is in the freezer.

Cod with a basil pesto crust and sweet potato fries. Again I have been inspired by the TV. I think it was eat well for less that did something like this.

Cauliflower cheese and bacon. The boys will have pasta instead of cauliflower as I haven't managed to get them to like it yet.

Meat free meatballs. As I said last week, we are trying to eat less meat so are giving these a go.

Chicken Korma. 

What have you got planned? For more ideas head over to the meal planning linky at Katykicker.com