Nearly Vege-Burgers

I had seen something similar on TV but didn’t make a note of the recipe and I didn’t look it up. I already had a similar recipe but as I didn’t have all 10 items needed for that recipe I decided to improvise and I used leeks instead of onions. It worked, so much so that my 2 guinea pigs wanted the recipe straight away.
PS. Leave the Bacon out and you have vege-burgers.

Serves 2-3          Prep time max. 5 minutes             Cooking time 8 minutes

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    • 90g Courgette, pealed, deseeded and finely chopped
    • 60g Leek, finely chopped
    • 60g Broccoli, finely chopped
    • 1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 90g bacon, finely chopped
    • 1-2 eggs (it might be too moist with 2 eggs)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • 1-2 tbsp Cassava/Tapioca flour, if needed
    • 1 tsp olive oil (for frying)
    • 10g butter (for frying)
    1. I used a small blender – instead of finely chopping everything. Pulsing each of the ingrediencies individually.
    2. Beat the egg and herbs in a mixing bowl.
    3. Add the remaining ingrediencies, bar the flour,
    4. Mix well. If the mixture is too moist, add some of the flour a little at the time.
    5. Heat a frying pan and when it’s hot, turn down the heat (to 5 out of 9) then add the oil and butter.
    6. Spoon the mixture onto the pan making 5-6 small burgers, Fry these for approx. 4 minutes each side. You may have to lower the heat, as you don’t want burned burgers.

    Calories: 135 per burger (55 if no bacon).

Two green smoothies

Prep time 2 minutes Blending time 3 minutes
Serves 3 (1st) Only 40 kcal/portion
Serves 3 (2st) Only 20 kcal/portion

When I was in Demark last month, my nephew introduced me to this morning drink.
The two smoothies I tried weren’t that brilliant; but because I needed to lose some weight, after my trip to Denmark, I decided to try my hand in making smoothies.

  • 1st Green Smoothie
  • 250 ml cold green tea
  • ½ lemon, peeled, de-stoned and quartered
  • 4 slices of ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 frozen spinach balls
  • 1 large frozen broccoli floret
  • 5 spring onions, cleaned
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 handful frozen peas
  • 1 handful frozen mango/pineapple
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of salt, pepper and soy sauce
  • 2nd Green Smoothie
  • 250 ml cold green tea
  • ½ lemon, either juice of or roughly peeled and quartered
  • 4-6 slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 frozen spinach balls
  • 1 large frozen broccoli floret
  • 1 handful frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cooked Pak Choi, cut into smaller pieces
  • 50 g steamed fresh beans, cut into 1in lengths
  • 2 large radishes, tailed & topped, and quartered
  • 1 handful basil leaves & stems
  • ½ tsp of salt, pepper, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce.
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth and no more ice lumps
  3. Taste, and maybe add some more flavours.
  4. Split evenly between 3 shaker beakers, keep in fridge for max 2 days.
    Shake well before usage.
  5. Serve and enjoy you drink.

Enjoy!

 

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Beetroot Salad

    • 4-6 cooked beetroots, roughly grated
    • 1 onion finely chopped
    • ½ clove of Garlic – crushed (optional)
    • French salad dressing:
      • 3 tbsp Oil (sunflower/olive/ whatever you like)
      • 1 tbsp wine vinegar
      • ½ tsp continental mustard
      • salt & pepper
      • if too strong add a little water.
    1. Mix the dressing, add the onions and leave in soak for a little while.
    2. Finally mix in the grated beetroot.
    3. Place in fridge until serving.

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Carrot Salad

  • 1 Lemon, squeezed
  • The same amount as the juice of boiling water
  • 1-2 tsp runny honey
  • Raisins * – as many as can be covered by the liquid
  • Chopped Nuts *
  • 5-6 medium sized grated carrots
  • * Can be omitted!
  1. Mix the boiling water and honey until all the honey has dissolved
  2. Add the lemon juice and the raisins.
  3. Leave to infuse for ½ hour.
  4. Then add and mix in the grated carrots.
  5. Cover with a plate, small enough the cover the carrots and must fit inside the bowl
  6. Put a heavy item (a jar, a litter bottle of water …) on top of the plate to press the salad.
  7. Leave under press for ½ -1 hour at room temperature.
  8. Remove the heavy item and place the salad-bowl in fridge.
  9. This can keep for 2-3 days.

Easy Rösti with Tuna Steak and steamed Broccoli

Prep time 2 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes
Serves 1 Calories 420 in total

I have a Chinese supermarket nearby and I like their frozen tuna steaks (just under £10 for 5 individually sealed steaks). The rösti couldn’t be much easier to make than this, all it requires is a grater or a food processor that can do the coarse grating for you. Why steamed broccoli? Because of the latest findings in vegetable cooking this is the healthiest way of cooking vegetables. The vitamins stay where they are (doesn’t get cooked away into the water) and the flavour and colour are also so much nicer. The salting of steamed vegetables is a little tricky, I use one of two ways to do this. The first: while cleaning the veg add salt to the last rinse and leave vegs in soak for a couple of minutes. The second: in the steamer add double salt to the water below the veg and the steam will then become salty.
Rösti & Broccoli

  • 1 Tuna Steak
  • 200g grated potatoes (one large potato)
  • Onion and garlic salt
  • 4-6 broccoli flowers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 10g butter
  1. Coarsely grate a washed potato (no need for peeling), place the grated potato in one bowl of boiling hot water, leave to rest for a minute or so, then drain it, but leave it in the strainer.
  2. Wash the broccoli flowers and place in a steamer. Dissolve the salt in the steamer water (button bowl), place the steamer in a microwave and cook on full heat for max 3 minutes.
  3. In the meantime – I like using a wok, because I can control the heat and I don’t need too much frying oil – heat a wok/frying-pan – when hot add 1 tbsp oil and 10g butter, when this has amalgamated – add the grated potato. Flatten into a pancake, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion salt and or garlic salt. Fry for 5 minutes each side. Leave lid on.
  4. While the rösti is frying – heat a griddle pan (or just a frying pan) – dry the tuna steak on some kitchen towel – when the pan is smoking hot place the tuna stake on it. Seal both sides before seasoning (salt, pepper and maybe some garlic salt) and if using a frying pan – add a little oil – lower the heat. Fry for max 2 minutes each side.
  5. Remove the lid from the rösti and turn heat up to make the sides crispy, max one minute each side.

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Chicken Lasagna without pasta

Prep time max 10 minutes Cooking time 20-25 minutes
Serves 2-3 Calories 755 in total

  • 150g cooked skinless chicken, cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • 100g grated cheese, lactose free
  • 1-2 courgette thinly sliced slightly on an angle to be used instead of lasagna
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tin of peeled tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and black pepper.
  • A prise of mixed herbs, thyme.
  • Sweet Spanish paprika Grated nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 200° C.
  2. In the meantime, use a food processor to chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes.
  3. Spread the chicken pieces in a large lasagna dish.
  4. Spread the tomato mix over the chicken pieces.
  5. Cover the dish with a layer of sliced courgettes.
  6. Finish with a layer of grated cheese
  7. Dust with paprika and a touch of nutmeg
  8. Place in oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes at 200°C.