Massive Spicy ‘Sausage’ Salad, perfect for Lunchtime

OK so I normal post my dinners (and don’t photograph them cause largely, not much on presentation.  I wouldn’t get far on Mast Chef!!!).  But I just ate this and MAN it was really NICE!  So here goes:

4x Quorn Frozen Sausages
Small splash rapeseed oil
15-20g Sainsburys Italian Tomato and Chilli Paste (comes in a tube)
25g Mature cheddar in tiny little slices
Big ol’ handful of spinach
One red pepper, sliced
A little salad cream – or dressing of your choice

The night before (or on the morning), defrost and chop up your sausages, pop them in the frying pan with the oil an cook till crispy and browned.  Remove from the frying pan, allow to cool in a bowl and then add the Tommy paste and stir though.  Put in some of your finest tupperware and store in the fridge.

When its time to eat, wash your leaves and chop your pepper, scatter on a plate.  Add the dressing and top with your spicy sausage bites and finally, bung on the cheese.  Add a little pepper (black, freshly ground) if you wish and enjoy!

This is one good sized serving and will keep you going all afternoon!
Calories 548, Carbs 30g and Protein 28g.

 

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Cheesy Creamy ‘Chicken’ Dinner

This ones so simple I’m actually embarrassed to post it but in the true sprit of my blog – recording the good eats so I never run out of inspiration for myself – I will.

4 Quorn Fillets (or real chicken breast)
1/2 carton Alpro Single
40 – 50gs Grated Mature Cheese
Knorr Aromat All Purpose Savoury Seasoning
Glug Rapeseed Oil (or similar)
Salt and pepper

Feeds one very hungry person or two with plenty of extra veg.  Max 15 mins start to finish.

Chop the fillets into biggish bite-sized bits.  Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high and bung them in.  Fry until golden and ready.  Sprinkle on plenty of the Knorr seasoning and cook for the last couple of minutes.

Take off the heat and immediately pour on the cream and throw in the cheese – stir well and season to taste (go easy on salt through, as Knorr stuff will give it that kick).

Serve with salad or loads of fresh steamed greens.  Yum.

My fav simple, super filling salad

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Get a 225g block of Light Halloumi, chop up and dry fry, turning regularly to stop it sticking.

Prep a plate with a MASSIVE handful of baby spinach,  Chop up a nice crispy red pepper and scatter over the top, same with a big ol’ chunk of cucumber.

Crack open some Crespo Green pitted olives with herbs and scatter about half the packet on.

I dont really like raw tomato but you could really boost the good by adding one!

10ish sprays of Fry Light Balsamic Salad Dressing.

Add the Halloumi and BANG.  Yumchops.  The halloumi fills you right the hell up and all the greens keep you young and healthy.  This is a brilliant low-carb high protein salad and a perennial fav of mine for quick and easy when you are hungry!

Halloumi and cucumber salad with a chilli dressing

1 block halloumi
1 chilli, finely chopped
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 desert spoon of Splenda (or similar)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 cucumber, chopped in to nice sized batons
4 tablespoons water
Rapeseed oil, just a splash
Teaspoon sesame seeds and/or pinenuts (optional)

Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main.  Takes 10 mins to prep and cook – but 35 mins start to finish, so a bit extra time needed to salt the cucumber, start before kids bath-time and do the rest after!!!

Chop the cucumber into 2 inch-ish long batons.  Pop in a sieve, sprinkle with a little salt and leave over a bowl for 30 minutes, drawing out the excess water.

Put the vinegar, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring up to almost boiling and then allow to simmer for a minute or two before taking off the heat.  Allow to cool down but add in the garlic and chilli whilst its still warm.

Rinse the salt off the cucumber and pat dry.

Toast the pinenuts and/or sesame seeds and set aside.

Use the same frying pan, chop the halloumi into 1-2 inch long batons, fry in a pan using a little oil until golden and delicious.

Put everything on a large plate and toss together, drizzling over the dressing.  Add a little at a time, to your taste.

Satisfying and lovely served with a few other bits and bobs, big green salad maybe …some avocado … I enjoyed it with veggie sausage, chopped into chunks, fried with a little Harissa paste.

Garlic and Herb Roulade Salad

M&S does a lovely one – go buy some Garlic and Herb Roulade.  Use lots.
Chop up and add to a massive leafy salad with some cucumber (peel on) and a red pepper.
Olives it you wish.
Keep salad dressing minimal, the cheese it too tasty to over-power.

EAT.  Enjoy.