Mexican Chicken Salad

 

Beardy’s new favourite. I didn’t think this would go down too well with the kids but I do love giving them new things to try, so did it anyway!

Neither of them have found their spice tastebuds yet, if it’s got even a hint of spice to it, they’ll find it. They don’t like dressing on their salad, pepper on anything, Mayo, mustard, anything like that, but like all kids will happily smother tomato ketchup over EVERYTHING! So….I was totally expecting a meltdown when they saw Mexican salad on the menu…..

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salad leaves
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 8 Baby tomatoes
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 1/2 small tin of Sweetcorn
  • 1 Avocado
  • Cheddar – grated
  • Bag of Nachos
  • Ranch or Caesar dressing
  • Black pepper

Method

  • Coat the chicken in the Cajun seasoning and pop on a baking tray into the oven on 160 for 20-25 mins
  • Meanwhile get a big bowl and chuck all the salad leaves into it
  • Chop the cucumber and avocado into small chunks, tomatoes in halves and slice the onions. Put them, along with half the tin of sweetcorn, into the bowl with the leaves.
  • When the chicken is done slice into strips or chunks and put into the salad bowl along with 2 handfuls of grated cheese.
  • Drizzle your dressing over, just enough to coat the salad, and toss well.
  • Scrunch up 3 handfuls of nachos in your hands and sprinkle into the mix with a couple of grinds of black pepper. Toss again and serve.

YUMMY!!!

So….I actually went out of the room while the kids ate this (they seem to eat better when I’m not there to moan at)…I hid round by the stairs, pretending I was doing something. 

‘Is this new food?’ Bear shouted, ‘erm…kind of’ I replied….they were quiet..’will we get a monster if we eat it?’ Boo shouted, (they get monsters on their reward chart for eating new food), ‘yes!’ I shouted back (with my hand cupped round my mouth, giving the false impression I was further away than I really was, (cunning!)) unbeknown to them I was actually right by the door, spying on them! I went and sat down in the den for a few minutes. I felt weird, they’d been eating for 10 minutes and no complaining. I was confused and felt like I was in someone else’s house. 

Another 5 minutes passed in silence so I walked back into the kitchen. 

THEY HAD FINISHED THE WHOLE LOT! BOTH OF THEM! PLATES CLEAN! Sorry for the shouting but reliving this moment is very exciting for me!!! 

So, then came the marks out of 10.

Bear – 9!

Boo – 25! 

Beardy – “this can definitely go on the menu every week!”

Woop! A hit all round…..and no ketchup in sight. ­čÖé

Avocado, Mango and Blue Cheese Salad

  

I feel a bit condescending explaining how to make a salad, it’s a salad, it’s not exactly difficult. I was using up stuff I had bought and forgotten about so I wasn’t really expecting a post worthy recipe, everything was telling me blue cheese and mango didn’t go but if I didn’t use it today it would probably get thrown out so I ignored the voices in head asking me what I was thinking and went ahead and did it anyway; hey! living on the edge!……. surprisingly it was super yummy! 

Instead of my usual lashings of salad cream I whipped up a dressing of natural yoghurt and Harissa. I loved the burst of zing the Harissa added; it complimented the mango perfectly.

Ingredients

  • Salad leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Quarter mango
  • 1 avocado
  • blue cheese (I used blacksticks blue)
  • 2 tbsp Natural yoghurt 
  • 1 tsp Harissa paste

 

Method

There is no special method to this, I don’t think there really is to any salad, it’s all about the ingredients, it really doesn’t matter how to chop/slice them so you’ll notice that I haven’t put quantities of salad ingredients on here as you can just chop up what you need/want and chuck it in a dish. If you like tomatoes (like me) add a few more in, if you don’t love cucumber, leave it out – it’s totally up to you! One thing I will say though is crumble the cheese between your fingers so it breaks up quite small as large bits of blue cheese can sometimes be a bit much (and that’s coming from an avid cheese lover!) . 

Put the yoghurt in a separate bowl and plop the Harissa on top, give it a little stir but not too much, you want some of the yoghurt to have more Harissa in than others, then drizzle the dressing over. Obviously if you are doing this for more than one person you will need more dressing – this amount was just for me. Enjoy.

Asian Stylie Salmon Scrumptiousness!

salmon close up

I adore fish, especially Salmon. I also adore Bill Granger and his fantastic Asian inspired recipes. This dish is pretty much his recipe, except I’ve altered his measurements slightly according to our tastes and he puts it with Trout I think, I can’t quite remember because I don’t use his book anymore; we have this so often I know it off by heart.

Both Beardy and I love this, there is something about this dish that’s so fresh and healthy but with the added bonus of being bloody delicious!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 Salmon fillets
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • 2 bunches of asparagus (chopped into about 2 inch long pieces)
  • 2 good handfuls of coridander
  • 1 good handful of mint
  • red chilli (or dried chilli flakes if you don’t have a fresh one)
  • 4 Shallots (or 6 spring onions as I used last night because I forgot to buy shallots!)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fine caster sugar
  • juice of one lime

Method

  • Boil a kettle of water
  • Pop a frying pan on with a glub of oil and stick your salmon on a low heat to fry (you want the skin nice and crispy so start skin side down and just leave for about 10 mins)
  • Whilst the salmon is frying, cut up your asparagus into 2 inch long pieces and pop into your already boiled water on the hob to continue boiling for about 4 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a separate large bowl, get your potato peeler out and peel the cucumber, lengthways, all the way down so you get long ribbons of cucumber (see below)
  • drain your asparagus and plunge into cold water
  • slice your shallots/onions, chop your chilli up and tear the coriander and mint and put it all in the bowl with the cucumber
  • drain off your asparagus and turn your salmon over
  • in a separate jug combine the fish sauce, soy sauce, caster sugar and lime juice and stir well
  • put your asparagus into the salad mixture and toss
  • grab a handful of the salad mixture and place in a bowl with the salmon on top (I find sometimes the chillis and onions hide at the bottom so make sure everyone gets their fair share of everything!)
  • pour the dressing over

cucumbersalmon and asp

I could eat this every night. I never tire of this dinner and again, as all other receipes I put on here and my love of quick easy meals, it really doesn’t take long at all. I reckon about 20 minutes. There is absolutely no down side to trying this dish (apart from it making your wee smell lol!) I would urge everyone who likes Asian food to try it. And to Bill Granger – I love you!