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Roasted Garlic & Pepper Couscous // Recipe

I love this recipe. It’s easy, tasty and healthy. Perfect as a snack on its own, with salad or a side dish for chicken or fish. It can be eaten hot or cold and keeps refrigerated in an air tight container for about 5 days; good for weekly meal prepping or a make ahead dish for a party buffet.

I’ve also made this previously with low cal spray oil and it works just as well for anyone following slimming world/weight watchers etc.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups couscous (225g)
3 cups boiling water (750ml)
1 vegetable stock cube
3 bell peppers, halved
1 bulb garlic
1 courgette, cubed (optional)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to season

Preheat the oven to 200/400 degrees and line a baking tray with foil. Place the peppers on the tray cut side down  with the garlic bulb and chopped courgette (if using), drizzle with the olive oil, season and cook for 35 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven to cool, while preparing the couscous.

Add the boiling water and stock cube to the couscous in a large bowl or jug and stir to combine. I find adding double the amount of water to couscous is fail safe method to ensure your couscous is always fluffy and never watery.

While the couscous is hydrating, remove the stalks and seeds from the peppers, roughly chop and squeeze the garlic from the bulb. The couscous should have absorbed all of the water by now. Fluff with a fork and add the roasted vegetables along with any oil left over on the baking tray (there won’t be much). This will have soaked up the flavour of the vegetables and is a delicious addition to the couscous.

Stir well, season to taste (we like lots of black pepper) and serve.

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Enjoy!

Creamy Spring Pasta // Recipe

Whenever I go to make pasta for us, I always automatically reach for the tomatoes  to make the base sauce. So when I spotted some leeks on offer in the supermarket and had some fresh broccoli left over from Sunday lunch, I thought I’d try something different for lunch last Monday.

I used farfalle in this instance, but penne, fusilli or any other similar sized pasta would work too. Cooking the pasta with a stock cube really helps to add a subtle flavour, especially when saving some of that starchy pasta water to loosen the sauce.

A quick and easy recipe, taking no longer that the time to cook the pasta and vegetables, perfect for a quick win straight after work. It was a success judging by the clean bowls left behind by three hungry toddlers. I popped what was left into the fridge in an air tight container and it was good for another five days and tasted delicious straight from the fridge; ideal if prepping a week’s worth of packed lunches in advance.

Ingredients

300g dried farfalle
1 vegetable stock cube
1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 leek, halved and sliced
175g green beans
40g butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
40g flour
300ml milk
Juice of half a lemon
30g light philadelphia (or other cream cheese)
2 tbsp parmesan (vegetarian or regular)
Salt & pepper
100ml water, from the pasta cooking water

Boil the kettle and pop the pasta on to cook according to the packet instructions. Crumble the stock cube into the water along with the pasta.

Boil or steam your broccoli, leeks and green beans all together for around 7-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan, on a low heat. Once melted, add the chopped garlic, stir for around 30 seconds and then whisk in the flour to create a roux. Gradually whisk in the milk, 100ml at a time, making sure the sauce is smooth and free of lumps. I like to use a fork but a regular whisk will work just as well. Add the lemon juice, philadephia and parmesan and stir until melted.

Drain your cooked pasta into a colander, retaining 100ml of the cooking water.

Whisk the pasta water into the sauce and season to taste. Remove from the heat and add your cooked pasta to the sauce, stirring through. Finally stir in your vegetables and torn basil leaves and serve with a sprinkling of extra parmesan.

If prepping in advance, allow to cool before covering and putting into the fridge.

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Enjoy!