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Super Superfood Salad Recipe

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Superfood Salad

My lovely sister, who brought my wonderful nephew in to this world has decided it’s time to try and lose a little extra weight from pregnant times.So this evening we decided a salad would be a good idea, but it needed to fill us all up! A Superfood Salad was the solution to all our problems, all problems in life…. well, for tonight’s tea dilemma at least.

It’s a little time consuming for a salad I guess as you have to roast various things, but it’s really tasty and mostly good for you, so worth a little extra effort.

Serves 4-6

What do you need?

Colourful, Super Superfoods

1 Butternut Squash
4 Beetroots (uncooked)
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
Sprinkle of Thyme
50g Quinoa
100g Fine Green Beans
150g Spinach
150g Watercress
100g Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Handful Pumpkin Seeds (optional)
Handful Pomegranate Seeds (optional)

Lemon & Olive Oil Dressing

2 Garlic Cloves
1 Lemon (juice)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

What do you do?

1. First you need to peel and chop the squash and beetroots in to 2cm cubes. Place these on 2 separate roasting trays with a tbsp of rapeseed oil each. Crush the 2 garlic gloves and sprinkle along with the thyme over the squash tray. Toss the vegetables in the oil with salt & pepper and place in the oven at Gas Mark 7/220 degrees C for about 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and leave to cool.

3. Make the dressing – crush the garlic cloves and place in a shallow boil. Add lemon juice, oil and salt and pepper and whisk until all combined. Taste and adjust seasoning to suit.

4. Boil water in a small saucepan and add green beans. Boil for 2-3 minute so still nice and al-dente, strain and leave to cool. Remove beetroot and squash from the oven and leave to cool.

5. Place the spinach, watercress and crumbled feta cheese in a large bowl. Add quinoa, green beans, squash and beetroot. Pour over dressing and toss salad.

6. Serve, add optional items if wanted. ENJOY!

Click here to see another lovely (less healthy) Jess’s Messes Beetroot salad


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Recipe of the week: Full of Beans Veggie Chilli

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One of the cheapest and tastiest meals around. Jess’s Messes does not claim the rights to this recipe, it is entirely from the lovely Ms Sarah Morrison, however I would like to share and spread it around so others can enjoy the beauty of this dish!

What do I need? – 4 portions

  • 200g Mixed dried beans (suggest – kidney, butter, cannellini)
  • 1 Red onion (diced)
  • 1 Garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1tbsp Hot chilli powder
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Tomato Puree

What do I do?

1.  Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl of cold water.
2.  Drain and place in saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil – boil quickly for 10 minutes on a high heat.
3.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Drain.
4.  Place beans, onion, garlic, chilli powder, tomatoes and puree in a pan and bring to the boil.
5.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
6.  Serve with tortillas/pitta/rice.
7.  Enjoy!

It might take a while to make, but it’s certainly worth it. So so tasty!

Thanks for the recipe Sarah!


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Saving Money on Food

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Day to day Jess’s Messes.

There is no doubt that when you want to eat relatively healthily and freshly that it becomes very expensive, so the housemate and I decided to create 5 pretty cheap meals, 1 each day of the week and make 6 portions of each. That way we could eat 2 portions on the day and freeze the 4 remaining ones, covering us for 30 meals!

The meal ideas had to still be tasty, as we want to enjoy food, but we just want to be able to spend a little less on it (and have more to spend on fun!).

Sarah and her amazing Lasanges!

So the meals we made were as follows:

  1. Veggie Bean Chilli – Guest Recipe
  2. Tasty, Tangy, Lovely Lasagne
  3. Terrific Thai Green Curry
  4. Chorizo and Roast Pepper Pasta
  5. Sausage Casserole

I unfortunately only have the recipe for the curry on here currently, but I will be adding the other recipes from now on, 1 a week! So for money saving, but incredibly tasty recipes – follow this blog! 🙂


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A Romantic Evening

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I went to my lovely friend Hannah’s house for tea and was served one of the most romantic of meals of my life! Bread with dips in a wonderful heart shaped ramekin… pure love!

We had a wonderful of selection of  random radio 2 music playing the background, notably ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You.’

It was a spectacular evening of wine and tasty good food and I look forward to repeating it in the future.

THANKS HANNNNNNNNNNAAHHHHHH!

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Leftover Stale Bread Recipe

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Cheesey, Oniony, Bready Bake

Fondue!

Mmmmm cheesey!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have a feast of Cheese Fondue – with bread, garlic bread, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, grapes, pineapple and more… (with red wine of course)!

Today I had a lot of leftover stale bread. I could have used this for croutons on a soup or salad, but there was a hell of a lot, so that meant gallons of soup or tonnes of salad. Therefore this Jess’s Messes invention was born. It’s a really quick and easy thing to make, and genuinely uses leftovers/essentials that the majority of people have anyway! Not like my Jess’s Poncey Leftovers! Give it a go!

Cheesey, Oniony, Bready Bake

What do I need?

1/2 a Stale Baguette broken into pieces
1 Red Onion (sliced)
1 White Onion (sliced)
20g Butter
Pinch of Thyme
200g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
50g Parmesan Cheese (grated)
2 Eggs
100ml Milk
Salt and Pepper

What do I do?

preparation

1. Place the butter in a frying pan and melt, then add both onions, with a pinch of salt and the thyme. Fry slowly until soft, then turn up heat to get some colour and crispyness on the onions.
2. Crack the eggs and add the milk, a pinch of salt and a good amount of pepper to a bowl and whisk.
3. Place each bit of bread in the egg mix and cover the bottom of your baking dish, add a layer of onions and small layer of cheese.
4. Continue to layer up your dish in this order – bread, onion, cheese.
5. When complete, pour the remaining egg mix over your bake and squash down with a spatula.
6. Optional – add more cracked black pepper on the top.

time to bake

7. Bake at Gas Mark 5 (190 degees C) for 20-25 minutes.
8. Serve.

So unbelievably quick and easy and cheap, and ensures there is no wastage of stale bread.

Enjoy!

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Gorgeous Gnocchi Bakey Bake

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Gnocchi Making

I have to include this recipe on here, as there have now been 2 posts – DriveWorks Masterchef and Dave’s Gnocchi Good Times – about it on the blog and now actual guide as how to make it. So here we go:

Ingredients

Gnocchi

  • 4 Large Waxy Potatoes
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 75g Semolina
  • 10g Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper

Sauce

  • 10ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 400g Tomatoes
  • 100g Spinach
  • 10g Basil
  • 100g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 big ball Mozzerella
  • Salt and Pepper
  • (200g Sliced Mushrooms / 2 Diced Chicken Breasts optional)
    Making Sauce

Method
 

1.      Make your gnocchi – boil the potatoes and mash until as few lumps as humnaly possible
2.   Add potato to semolina and flour and tear basil into mix, combine together into a smooth dough and shape into little 2cm big spheres.
3.   Bring water to the boil and place gnocchi in the pan, when it rises to the top, strain and place in the baking dish.
4.   Make the sauce – Finely chop Onion, crush garlic and fry in oil and salt slowly, until softened. Add chicken or mushrooms if using.
5.      Chop tomatoes into large chunks and add to onions. Cook until tomatoes have released juices.
6.      Add basil, spinach and seasoning until  slightly wilted and then add to baking dish.
7.      Make sure gnocchi and sauce all mixed together well.
8.      Cover with grated cheese, tear mozzerella and place over mixture and ground black pepper and bake in oven at 180˚c/ Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.
9.      Serve!
Yumety yum yum!