Fragrant turmeric fish & chickpea curry

There is something really comforting about a fragrant curry on cold winters night, but when cooked with large amounts of ghee, butter, coconut milk and cream they can pack a hefty punch on your waistline. (Not ideal if you plan on following it up with a night on the lounge). Skip the takeaway and try this wonderfully tasty and satisfying turmeric curry, so easy to prepare it will be ready in under an hour. Your taste buds will be singing and your body happy because it is low in fat, salt & sugar as well as high in protein & fibre.

Serves 4

  • 3 x barramundi fillets, skinned, sliced into small pieces
  • 1x 400g can chickpeas
  • 2 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric, fresh, grated
  • Cracked pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 long green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 1 x 4cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2/3 cup fish stock
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 x broccoli heads
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • 200g spinach leaves

Method:

  1. In a frying pan dry fry coriander, turmeric, pepper for 2-3 mins until fragrant. Tip into a small food processor add garlic, chillies and ginger and whiz into a paste.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tsp olive oil and cook fish fillets for a minute on each side, set aside.
  3. Heat remaining oil in frying pan, cook onion until soft. Then add spice paste and stir for another minute.
  4. Add stock, lime leaves, lemon juice and fish sauce to frying pan with ½ cup water, bring to the boil.
  5. Add fish fillets and chickpeas back into the pan, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. While curry is cooking, blanch broccoli and snow peas with boiling water and place onto a serving plate.
  7. Serve curry on top of ½ cup brown basmati rice OR 1 cup cauliflower rice + green vegetables. 

Chili Con Carne

Winter is upon us and suddenly we are craving warming and filling foods. Better make them healthy! I made this one the other weekend in my slow cooker. But you can do it just as easily on the stove. If you are vegetarian this one can also be for you! Why not add some extra beans and veggies and omit the lean beef. Feel free to also experiment with your extras. I added some jalapeños to mine and next time I will definitely consider some salsa or avocado.

High in FIBRE with brown rice and many veggies. High in VITAMIN C with tomatoes to maintain a strong immunity. LOW GI to fill you up. And also this more than provides enough leftovers to save you time when things get busy. This recipe also tastes better with every passing day as the flavours mix and mingle more and more. DELICIOUS! :)

Ingredients (serves 8 - Plenty of leftovers!)

3 cloves garlic (minced or finely chopped)

1 brown onion (chopped)

1 red capsicum (chopped into small pieces)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp cumin powder

1 red chill

Black cracked pepper

750g lean mince

1 can kidney beans

400g tinned tomatoes

1/2 bunch fresh basil (finely chopped)

Brown rice

4xsmall wholemeal pita bread

Light sour cream (small tub)

Reduced fat cheese (25% Bega)

Method:

1. Add olive oil, garlic, onion and capsicum to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until brown

2. Add in lean beef mince and cook until brown

3. Add tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, cumin and chili. Keep on a medium heat until completely mixed and food is warm.

4. Leave to simmer and steam with the lid on for 30mins with reduced heat

5. Whilst this is simmering add a cup of brown rice with 2.5 cups of water to a rice cooker or saucepan. Cook until almost all water is gone and then steam with the saucepan of the heat.

5. Add basil and pepper to season to the chill con carne mix

6. Cut up wholemeal pitas into 6 pieces per pita and place in the grill for 5-10 minutes. WATCH THIS CAREFULLY they seem to go from brown to black quite quickly from experience!

7. Serve: A good large spoon of brown rice, a good couple of large spoon of the chill con carne mixture onto a plate. Garnish with sour cream on top and a sprinkle of reduced fat cheese. Add pitas around the plate.

8. Enjoy and feel nourished!!