Another Day...Another Recipe (SS+ Recipe Ideas)
I started to write out a guide on how to cook asparagus that I learnt working as a chef (to help fund university) on my diary and I was thinking that although there are a few places that you can find recipes on here there are always new posts popping up saying the same things so I wanted a central place to go that had recipes consisting of photos, tips, tricks and guides using only the ingredients and quantities allowed on SS+....so here we are...as of tomorrow I have another 4 weeks on SS+ and I am challenging myself to come up with something new and creative each day...
When I get home from work after a long day I don't always want to cook so I will try and mix it up with quick and easy vs a little more complex...
Wish me luck!
To start you off here is my guide to the perfect asparagus:
1. I never knew where to cut the bottom off at for asparagus but actually you don't cut the end off at all....you take each end and bend it...where it snaps is the natural point of ripeness....
2. Boil in water for 1 minute (although the temptation is to leave it longer trust me....this gives them a perfect balence of bite and flavour)
3. After the minute on the boil drain and if you are serving straight away then great...add you pepper etc. now and serve. If you and not eating now then you MUST cool the asparagus down rapidly by washing in cold water constantly until cold OR give it an ice bath. You don't want to let it carry on cooking and lose that lovely bite!
I have since started a post for step 2 as well: http://www.minimins.com/cd-recipe-id...ipe-ideas.html
Last edited by Fay737731 : 23rd October, 2013 at 09:17 PM
So it's day one of the the 4 week cook off challenge I have set myself and I had some prep to do in the form of buying some silicone muffin cases as I thought my masterpiece might stick without oil in a metal tin...
The great thing about a frittata is that they can be made in bulk and eaten hot or cold so they make a great lunch! Not only that but you can put just about anything in them...there are lots of options on the SS+ list that will work well...I think my next attempt will be with leeks or spinach! I made 8 as that is 3 eggs and a spoon of cottage cheese to meet 2 days worth of protein allowance so you can have up to 4 a day! 4 of them I basically added our vegetable allowance as spring onion and asparagus and the other 4 spring onion and mushroom (although I think the mushroom one didn't need it).
The recipe was sourced from: Mini spinach & cottage cheese frittatas | BBC Good Food
Last edited by Fay737731 : 5th October, 2013 at 02:40 AM
yummy idea, that will def be getting a whirl at some point, this a great idea for a thread fay, post your ss+ recipes here!
Cottage Cheese Tzaziki
My recipe of the day is grilled chicken with cottage cheese tzaziki!
Let's start with the grilled chicken component as that's the yummy protein. I started by mixing a paste of chilli powder, ground black pepper and curry powder but you can really use any of the permitted herbs and spices! I am not a fan of cayenne pepper or paprika but these work really well. If you really want to go all out you can make your own marinade, unfortunately without some of the niceisies like salt but you could use some of your vegetable alliance to blend up some celery, spring onion and green pepper to mix with your spices and dash of water! Typing that out that out sounds pretty good so I might do that as one of my other recipes...
Take your chicken and cube it, or slice it, or do any other kind of shape with it you want really and mix it in your spice paste. At this point you can leave it to marinade or just cook it then and there. Your options are to grill, oven bake, dry fry, BBQ or put on a griddle pan until cooked.
Next is our cottage cheese tzaziki which is to take only a couple of table spoons of cottage cheese and blend up, adding a little liquid to make a dipping sauce texture. What makes it tzaziki is the cucumber which I grated and then to add a little extra I chucked in some spring onion and black pepper.
You might find you have some of your vegetable allowance left so I opted to fry up a few mushroom in the chicken juices to bulk it up a bit.
Last edited by Fay737731 : 5th October, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Photos added as promised!
Re: Another Day...Another Recipe
No recipe today as we had to make an unexpected trip to A&E instead...normal service should resume tomorrow!
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Re: Another Day...Another Recipe
Maybe I was a bit hard on myself over the failed chilli....my wife said she quite enjoyed it. She thought it was sufficiently tasty and not lacking anything like salt...just not much like the chilli we know and love but as a meal not bad...
Cottage Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
So here is another one that has been done so many times before but it had to be in the repertoire somewhere: stuffed mushrooms! This one is crazy simple...some big Portobello mushrooms (stalk removed) with the stalk removed and filled with some cottage cheese and chopped spring onions (with any extra herbs you want to stick in there)....in the oven and done and dusted!
It takes about 2 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes in the oven. It's a pretty good one if you are hungry and don't want to wait for food or busy and don't have the time to do much prep-work
Last edited by Fay737731 : 5th October, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Re: Another Day...Another Recipe (SS+ Recipe Ideas)
These recipes are very interesting - I have been on this diet for quite some time (Jan - May and restarted a few weeks ago) and have got very lazy with my ss+ meals, which generally consist of a two egg plain omelette and 80g of rocket, which looks like the most enormous meal! I also like to make up a stir fry with approved veg (grated courgette, spring onion, green pepper and mushrooms normally) and either chicken or tofu allowance. I start the stir fry with tiniest amount of one cal spray then top up with small amount of water as it cooks.
What I really fancy is like a chicken fajita type mix - chicken, green peppers, maybe a little bit of Leek and some fajita spice - might give that a go tomorrow. Will take pictures!
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