All posts filed under: Dinner

Beef Rendang + low calorie series

Here’s the first post in my new low calorie series! How exciting! Wee, woo! My mum used to make beef rendang pretty often when I was young. It’s one of those meals that are really homely and filling. It is originally an Indonesian meal that uses big chunks of steak cooked in the thick curry paste and left to slow cook for an hour or so until the curry is slightly dry and thick. This recipe I’m posting is not 100% authentic because I’m optimising it to fit into a low calorie meal plan and to be quicker to make. Instead of thick chunks of steak, the recipe calls for thin stir fry strips which are much faster to cook and lower in fat and therefore calories. I just use a beef rendang curry paste, you can find it in your local supermarket. At Coles and Woolworths it’s in the same section with all the other Asian curry pastes. The vegetables I chose for this recipe are carrots, broccoli, green beans and a bit of …

Sausages & mash + low calorie series

Who doesn’t love some sausages and mashed potato for dinner? I know I do. I know I freaking love sausages and mashed potato. And if you know someone who doesn’t, I don’t want to know them. Don’t introduce them to me please. ALERT: This meal is so easy. It feels like you’ve had a big naughty, filing, cozy meal when actually it’s the opposite. One serve of this meal is only 222 calories!!! Let’s put that into perspective: 2 slices of thin, white bread are 147 calories. This WHOLE meal is only 222!! Let that sink in. Gravy. Mashed potato. Sausages. 222 calories. Ugh, I died and went to mashed potato heaven. The real stinker here though, is the two ingredients I use that make this so low calorie. If you live in Australia, head to Coles and check out their Simply Less range, chicken sausages. For two sausages it’s only 117 calories, compared to Coles thin BBQ beef sausages which are 157 calories for one! While you’re at Coles you need to pick up …

Portuguese chicken curry + low calorie series

A few weeks ago there was a Night Noodle Market at Southbank in Brisbane. We (me and the bf) hadn’t planned on going to it at all, we just happened to be at Southbank for a nice bike ride. We went inside to have a quick look and oh my god, seriously, the smells of it all! Everything smelt soo good so we did a little lap of all the little kiosks. There were heaps of Asian cuisines available, Korean, Pinoy, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and one curious little stall, Portuguese. I was a bit confused seeing as Brazilian Portuguese were.. well Brazilian and not Asian. We had a closer look and it explained that it’s history was from Asian immigrants in Brazil. The Portuguese chicken curry, chicken curry on turmeric rice. It smelled super good so we got one to share. What made it interesting was how it was served. A big scoop of turmeric rice, chicken curry piled on top, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and a spoon of coconut milk …

Healthy Chicken Fajitas

Ohhh I love fajitas! Who can honestly resist juicy chicken, red peppers and onions flavoured with mexican spices? This is a super easy dish to make at home, you just throw stuff in the pan and, this is my favourite part, eat it! Serve it up with some warm tortillas, some fresh avocado and you got yourself one-a spicy meat-a-ball, er… should I say fajitas? Point is, this dish is delicious, fresh, very customisable and if served with some fresh salad greens and wholegrain wraps, very healthy. The recipe I’ve written is made to be separated into 6 servings for lunches. If you know anything about IIFYM this recipe has calories: 261, protein: 33g and carbs: 23g. I’ve already added this recipe to MyFitnessPal under the recipe title ddbagel Chicken Fajitas so you can log it and/or make any additional changes to the recipe! I’ll even show you later how to use this recipe for a whole week of lunches! So what are you waiting for? Slice up your onion and cook it on medium heat, add oil if you like. …

Taco bowl

  Sometimes all I want for lunch or dinner is a nice big bowl of something filling, fresh and oh so yummy. When I’m in that kinda mood I can’t help but reach for one of these bad boys. This dish consists of rice topped with mexican spiced chicken (or beef), salsa, cheese, avocado and a big helping of salad, and boy can it just brighten my day. I’ve made this with chicken and beef and they’re both equally delicious, you can also change it up by adding different salad, salsa, mexican seasoning or you could even replace the rice with some quinoa and turn it into a scrumptious salad. If I’ve made nachos recently – I’ll upload a recipe soon – then I’m sure to have a mug of cheese sauce sitting in my fridge, just begging to be used. I’m not saying you have to make it, grated cheddar works just as fine, but if you do have any nacho cheese sauce then by all means smother that chicken in it. Go crazy, …

Japanese curry

Oh Japanese curry, how I love thee. In Brisbane especially, Japanese curry is a cheap, delicious and popular dish. $5 for a bowl of hot chicken curry is too good to pass up. When I was in Japan I ate loads of it, however theirs was much more special, I could buy it stuffed in bread or in a croquette. How I miss curry croquettes :( The traditional Japanese curry usually only has chicken, onion and maybe one small potato. When I make it, I want it to go far, as one box of curry costs $4, so I add one big potato, one big carrot, chicken and a whole onion. This can serve around 4-5 people depending on how big your serving sizes are. This is definitely my favourite curry to make, it’s just so easy and delicious and can go a really long way. To me Japanese curry is made with the S&B Golden Curry, I’ve never had it any other way and I’m content with that. If you’ve ever used a different brand let …

Lasagne soup

Lasagne soup is a very delicious spin on pasta and makes for a super tasty and satisfying soup. Did I mention this was part of my penny pinching month? This soup is incredibly cheap to make and it makes a lot. Most of the ingredients you have to purchase are under $1 and the ground beef is also pretty cheap. I found this recipe on Cooking Classy and tweaked it a bit, if you’re trying to save I recommend not putting cheese in it or only a sprinkle, as cheese can be quite expensive. The soup is very simple to make and can be a refreshing change from traditional pasta and sauce. It’s also really hearty and warming, perfect for those cold nights. I would serve this with salad if you can afford, or some crusty toasted bread. *If you can’t find crushed tomatoes for cheap, just get another can of diced tomatoes and use a stick blender to mush it a little and if you can’t afford to buy the herbs separately, just buy …

Meatballs

If there’s one thing I can recommend to people who are on a tight food budget or for people that don’t like to cook dinner every night, it’s for them to make a big ol’ batch of meatballs. One batch of meatballs lasts me around 2-3 weeks and if you make a big batch of pasta sauce and freeze it in individual portions, you can grab one of each the night before and voila, a delicious lunch or dinner. Serve it on a sub with some cheese or make some spaghetti and it will taste soo good. Having said all that, if we don’t control ourselves, we can eat them all in a few days. I’m sure you guys have more self control than my boyfriend and I. These meatballs are very easy to make and are packed full of flavour. These little guys freeze really well and I promise they won’t have any freezer taste when you defrost them. In fact, they’ll even stay juicy! My recommendation to you is to get your hands …

Paprika chicken soup

  This soup is so tasty. Paprika is such a delicious spice and is no disappointment in soup. It has a beautiful colour to it and a deep, rich flavour which pairs perfectly with some toasted turkish bread. If you ever want to use up your leftover chicken, this recipe is great because most of the ingredients listed are items you always keep in the pantry and fridge. I love the smell of this soup, the house just fills with the scent of paprika when I cook this. If you’re concerned about the paprika overpowering the soup, rest assured, this soup is delicious and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re someone who doesn’t usually cook food with spices, I promise people will be impressed. Adapted from Crunchy creamy sweet Paprika chicken soup – 2 tbs unsalted butter –  500g/1lb chicken breast, diced – 1 tbs paprika (not the smoked or sweet one, just plain old paprika) – 1/2 brown onion, diced – 1 tbs plain flour – 1x 400ml/14oz can diced tomatoes – 2 cups chicken …

Teriyaki meatballs

  I’ve been trying out a lot of recipes to find something that will freeze well and reheat even better. There’s nothing worse than defrosting and heating it only to find it tastes like total crap. These meatballs are so simple to make, really tasty and are perfect little meals to leave in the freezer. Just put them in the fridge the night before and voila, a tasty meal that doesn’t taste like it just spent a month in hibernation. This is great for me because my boyfriend takes leftovers for lunch at work everyday and I started feeling bad that he wasn’t getting enough variety. It’s also great because if I don’t feeling like making dinner, he won’t have to buy lunch. These meatballs are really tasty with the teriyaki glaze, but you can definitely substitute the pork meatballs with some vegan or vegetarian ones. The glaze will work just fine with them. To freeze them put 5 meatballs into each ziplock bag with a little glaze. Don’t forget to date and label them! …