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Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!

Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!


I think of this is as an alternative to tacos (which we love) but a little less carb heavy, and you can really pack the veg in this dish without the kids getting fussy.

I like quite spicy food, so if you don’t like too much heat then I would just add one teaspoon of chilli flakes to start and keep tasting as you cook, as no-one knows your families taste buds more then you.  I grew up on very hot food, so I had quite a few people test this dish for heat and so far, its had the thumbs up.

This dish is so very cheap and easy to do, you can freeze it (I would leave the noodles out, and boil those up just before serving).  This recipe serves 4-6 people, so if you are a family of four, well you will have some leftover for lunch the next day (Yum!).  This is also great when you unexpectedly have extras at your house for dinner, just plonk the mixture into the middle of the table and lay out the lettuce cups and let everyone serve themselves.  

 

Ingredients

500g of beef mince

1 bunch of finely sliced shallots

2 teaspoons of garlic

1 small packet of vermicelli noodles (or any noodles is fine)

1 teaspoon of ground chilli powder

2 teaspoons of chilli flakes

4 – 5 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

1 level teaspoon of sesame oil

1 & 1/2  level teaspoons of 5 Chinese five spice

1/2 iceberg lettuce

1/4 of finely sliced red cabbage

1 diced (small cubes) zucchini

1 diced (small cubes) carrot

Handful of fresh coriander (to serve)

1/2 red capsicum finely sliced (optional)

 

Method

Brown the mince in the sesame oil, add your spices, garlic and sauces and let simmer for 5 minutes, in the meantime boil up your noodles (they only take a minute or two) and drain.  Add your diced veg, let it cook for another 10 minutes.  Don’t overcook the veg, because you really do want that lovely crunchy texture through the dish.

Place into lettuce cups and serve. Don’t overfill the lettuce cups, because you want to bend it over the mixture almost like a roll when you bite into it.  

I added a few slices of fresh red capsicum on top for that extra crunch.

It’s that easy.

Enjoy!

 

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No Rice Fried Rice!

No Rice Fried Rice!

After Christmas we are back on the low carb wagon way of eating. Hubby and I did quite well on it in 2016 losing about 15kgs each, this no rice fried rice is one of the dishes we almost live off when eating low carb, its delicious!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 full cauliflower with the florets broken off ready.

150 grams of ham

1/2 a zucchini

1 onion

2 eggs

1/2  a  red capsicum

1 cup of mixed peas and corn

1 tablespoon of fish sauce

2 tables spoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, you can use sesame or olive oil to.

 

METHOD:

Place cauliflower into a blender or Thermomix, blitz in pulses until is rice texture.

Chop up all other ingredients finely.

Add onion and ham to wok or frying pan on medium heat, brown  for 2 mins and then scoop out and put to the side.

Place zucchini, capsicum and corn and peas into wok and cook for 1-2 mins.

Add the blitzed cauliflower to the wok stirring through.

Add the fish and soy sauce and stir through.

Add the onion and ham back to the wok.

While the mixture is cooking, place 2 eggs in a microwave bowl, whisk well then cook on high for 1 min 20 sec, once cooked remove and cut up then add to the mixture. Stir through gently.

Then that’s it, simply serve up and enjoy!

Serves 4

 

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Simple Beetroot Salad!

Simple Beetroot Salad!

Before Christmas I went looking for a few different salad recipes, we normally do the standard Greek salad and rice salad at holiday events but I really wanted to try something different, I came across this beetroot salad and it was a real hit on Christmas day so thought we would share it.

Ingredients

1 Large tin of Beetroot, not sliced you want it in ball form so it can be diced easily.

1 Cup Walnuts roughly crushed

200 grams crushed Fetta

3 Eggs boiled and sliced in half

Your favourite herbs

1/2 Lemon juice

1 Tablespoon Good quality Olive Oil

 

Method

Dice beetroot into cubes and place on a serving plate.

Sprinkle crushed fetta over the top.

Add the walnuts across the salad evenly.

Place the boiled eggs across the salad scattered.

Add the Lemon juice and olive oil to a cup and then sprinkle  over the salad, it doesn't need to drench the salad just enhance the flavour.

Top with your favourite herbs.

Serves 6 as a side or 2 s a meal.

 

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Easy Omelette Muffins

Easy Omelette Muffins

I love these omelette muffins! They’re quick easy and oh so tasty! Best bit is that they’re great hot or cold and on the run! They’re packed with protein and healthy veggies and I also love them as a snack after a gym work out. They just satisfy that void!

 

Ingredients

 8 Eggs

¼ cup of Milk

2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach, chopped finely

1 Tomato, diced

4 Rashes of Short Cut Bacon

½ Red Onion, finely diced

½ Red Capsicum, finely diced

¼ Block of Smooth Fetta (optional)

 1 tbsp of Basil

 Salt and Pepper, to your taste

 

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan forced) and grease a 12 cup muffin tray.

Wash, chop and dice all ingredients, except eggs. 

Whisk eggs, milk salt and pepper until combine. Once combine add in all ingredients and mix well.

Using a soup ladle, scoop mixture into a muffin tin.  Fill them until their about ¾ full and if you’re using fetta, crumble it on the top.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden on top.

NB: Cooking time will depend on your oven.

Makes 12

 

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Yummy Chocolate And Zucchini Slice!

Yummy Chocolate And Zucchini Slice!

 Chocolate and Zucchini slice, it may not sound appealing but let me tell you it is delicious, great for school lunch box treats!

 

Ingredients

 125 grams softened butter

 1 cup applesauce

 3/4 cup rice malt syrup ( you can sub for sugar of your choice)

 2 1/2 cups self raising flour

 3 cups finely grated zucchini

 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 1/2 teaspoon all spice

 1/2 teaspoon of salt

 1/4 cup coco powder

 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

 3 eggs

 

Method

 Preheat oven to 170 degrees

 Line a 25cem cake tin with baking paper

 Beat the butter, rice malt syrup and applesauce together. 

Add in one egg at a time and keep beating.

Add the flour and combine well.

Add all other ingredients and mix well.

The mixture should be wet enough to pour into the cake tin, if ts to wet add a little more flour, if its to dry add a little milk.

Bake for 30 - 45 minutes until it starts to firm up.

Allow to cool and slice.

You can add drizzled chocolate over the top if you like.

Tip: we also add macadamia nuts, peanuts and chocolate chips to make different variations.

Would you give this a go?

 

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