Day 756 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

I’ve got another new cookbook!  I know, I know.  As if I don’t have enough already.  But this one is great!  It’s called Inspiralized and I got it from Lakeland of all places.  It’s really good as a lot of the recipes fit in with Primal Eating pretty well.  So we’ve tried a couple out already.   Mark has successfully made Albondigas twice and it was lush.  But I’ve not included that in my challenge as I didn’t make it – so I thought that would be cheating..!

So the first one I made was Chicken & Broccoli frying pan bake (to give it its full title).  My god it was a faff to follow the recipe!  It’s all over the shop.  But I made the same recipe a second time, this time using my own organisation and it worked a lot better.  And created less washing up so win win.  It was basically diced chicken, broccoli florets, broccoli stem spiralized, chicken stock and grated cheese.  What’s not to like?!  The second time I made it I didn’t have enough broccoli stem left so I spiralized a sweet potato and used that instead and it was lovely. Et voila!

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The second recipe was Bacon Cacio e Pepe.  Dead simple to make and very quick.  Consists of streaky bacon fried off in a pan.  Then garlic & chilli fried off in the remaining oil/fat, add the spiralized courgette and then a load of grated Parmesan.  Mix it all together and top with the crispy bacon.  O.M.G  It’s bloody gorgeous.

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Day 517 -#33 Try 50 New recipes

Last night we had steak for dinner.  Normally I would do chips for Mark but this time, inspired by my new book (Deliciously Ella) I decided to try some Sweet Potato curly fries instead.  These aren’t in the book so I had to guess at times/temperature and it wasn’t looking promising.  They looked pretty rubbish when I took them out of the oven, hence no photograph.  But we ate them anyway and they were delicious!  I was really surprised (and pleased!).

I’ll definitely try them again in the future.  I have since found some instructions (http://ironwomaneats.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/spiralized-sweet-potatoes-yes.html)so next time they should look like this:

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Day 368 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

chips

Excuse the rubbish photo but I was just about to tuck in!  I bought a sweet potato ages ago meaning to try them out.  Supposedly better for you than your bog-standard spud I thought I’d give it a go.  But I’ve been putting it off and then obviously Christmas got in the way where barely a vegetable was eaten.  However, will all the excesses out of the way we’ve started to have proper meals again and I came across some instructions for Sweet Potato Wedges on Pinterest.  As we were having gammon steaks for dinner I decided to give them a go.  Mark would usually have oven chips with his whereas I’d just have veg.

So, the verdict……. they were ok.  They could have done with being a bit crispier but Mark wolfed them down.  The taste was fine but the texture was a bit odd.  So I’m not sure whether they should be cooked longer or hotter or what, but they definitely need tweeking.   Might try them again in smaller pieces to see if that helps at all.