Chicken and Bean Enchiladas With Salsa
700grams free range organic chicken breasts – chopped
2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
450 grams of organic red kidney beans
1.5 cups organic tin tomatoes – blend them with the blender so it’s like a sauce.
Small amount of grated cheese (emphasis on small – remember it melts)
Quarter of a cup of skim milk
1 pack of 10 Gluten Free organic Pita or something similar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Spray an ovenproof dish with low fat cooking spray. Cook chicken in pan using low fat cooking spray until golden brown. Then set aside. Then quickly using the same pan cook the onion and garlic for 2 minute, then stir through cumin, coriander, paprika for 1 minute. Then add the chicken and beans to the pan and simmer for 5 mins. Using the pita sheets, spoon some of the chicken and bean mixture into them rolling them up. Arrange them in the ovenproof dish next to each other. Pour tomatoes over the “enchiladas”, then the skim milk and then sprinkle on the grated cheese. Bake for 25 mins in oven.
Salsa – 1 avocado – peeled and chopped, 1 fresh tomato – chopped, ½ red onion – finely chopped, 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Combine the lot in a bowl. Add ground black pepper or chili if you want to ramp up the flavour a bit more.
NOTE: When I make this I serve it with a green salad. Which reduces the serving size. If you’re eating this on its own it (without the salad) would probably serve 4-5 people.
Beef and Eggplant Lasagna
1 can salt reduced tomatoes
1 jar of sieved tomatoes (passata)
3 sticks celery chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 large chopped onion
tspn chili powder
300ml salt reduced stock (I use Massel brand)
1 eggplant – sliced thinly
1 small sweet potato (partly cooked) and sliced very thinly.
500 grams minced beef (organic / free range)
Small tub Low Fat Ricotta Cheese (I used just over half the tub)
1 large capsicum – chopped
1 zucchini – chopped
Sprinkle of grated cheese (for the top of the lasagna) – and I mean just a sprinkle, you hardly need any. Remember it melts and covers a larger area, so you don’t need much at all. I only used two tablespoons of grated cheese, that’s it.
1 dried bay leaf
Small amount of basil
Small amount of thyme
1. Whack a bit of olive oil in a large pan, then add the onion, garlic, celery, zucchini, capsicum. When the onion is starting to brown place all the veggies in a bowl and place to the side.
2. Now spray the pan with cooking spray and cook the minced beef.
3. **Then add the can tomatoes, sieved tomatoes, bay leaf, stock, basil, thyme, chili powder and paprika and some cracked pepper into the cooked beef.
4. Then put the veggies back in and let it simmer until the mixture thickens.
5. While that thickens, place the eggplant on a tray, spray with cooking spray and season with some cracked pepper and a small amount of natural sea salt and then place under the grill. When grilled, place aside.
6. Preheat the oven at 180 C. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Put a small amount of the liquid from the beef / veggie / tomato from the pan on the base of the dish. Then line it with the eggplant. Then spoon some of the beef / veggie / tomato onto the eggplant. Then some of the slices of sweet potato. Then spoon a small amount of ricotta cheese onto that. Then back to the eggplant and beef / veggie / tomato mixture, sweet potato, ricotta cheese and so on until you’ve run out of mixture. Then sprinkle a small amount of low fat grated cheese – you don’t need much at all – on the top and bung it into the oven – with no lid on the baking dish. I cooked this for around 40 mins.
- OPTION: if you can’t be bothered making the tomato sauce, just purchase a couple of large jars of Organic Pasta sauce and pour that in with the beef.
- Beans instead of Beef… If you don’t want to use beef, use beans instead. I’ve made this with red kidney beans in the past as well.
- If you don’t like eggplant, just add some more sweet potato instead and use that in between the layers.