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Chicken Arrabiata

IChickenArrabiata pulled out some chicken thighs from the freezer this morning and needed some inspiration…so I looked through my cookbooks and found a delicious-sounding pasta recipe called ‘Chicken Arrabiata’ in my Hamlyn ‘200 Chicken Recipes’ book. As usual, I had to make a few adjustments to make it FODMAPS friendly (i.e. remove the onion and garlic) but the final product was very tasty and my husband licked his bowl clean – which is always a good sign! Our 15 month old daughter also gobbled it all up, so you know it’s also family friendly.

I did a quick Google search for what ‘arrabiata’ means – and apparently it means ‘angry’ because the dish packs a nice punch of heat and spice. The dish I made this evening wasn’t too spicy, but I guess it comes down to the Cook and how much spice you add!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

4 chicken thighs, boned, skinned, cut into cubes

1 teaspoon Portuguese Chicken spice or Paprika, to taste

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (or dried crushed chilies), to taste

400g (13oz) can chopped tomatoes

250ml Massels Salt Reduced Liquid Chicken Stock

4 cups of San Remo Gluten Free pasta

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the chicken. Fry for 5 minutes until lightly browned.

2. Mix in the Portuguese Chicken spice and Cayenne Pepper and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the tomatoes, chicken stock and a little salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender. (And it was oh-so-tender tonight!)

Meanwhile…

3. Fill a second saucepan with water, bring to the boil, then add the pasta. Simmer for 10 minutes until just tender, then drain.

4. Divide the pasta among four bowls and pour in the Chicken Arrabiata sauce.

5. Enjoy!!

Tasty Turkey Rissoles + Guacamole

Turkey Rissoles

A few weeks ago, I was wondering what to have for dinner. Turkey mince was basically the only meat in the freezer and I didn’t feel like having stir fry (we’d eaten it earlier in the week) or spaghetti bolognaise (I’d prefer to save that meal for a Sunday night).

So I popped onto Taste.com.au for ideas and found a turkey rissole recipe. However, I almost completely changed the recipe – turkey mince was the only thing the same! To give you an idea of just how much I changed the recipe, here’s the original – http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/23280/asian+style+turkey+rissoles.

As you can see, the first ingredients are onion and garlic and it also contains peas and breadcrumbs, so I had to make a few changes… But the result was totally worth it! They were so moist and tasty (I think it was thanks to the Teriyaki sauce) and I made a simple, but lovely, guacamole to go with it. I used cucumber and celery because they were the only ingredients in my fridge that could have worked, but I think adding grated carrot or zuccini would have been nice.

Try it for yourself and let me know your thoughts!!


Ingredients

 Turkey Rissoles (Makes 8)

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1/2 cucumber, grated
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gluten free Teriyaki sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup gluten free corn crumbs

Guacamole

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Spray a large baking tray with oil. Place mince, cucumber, celery and Teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Season with pepper. Using hands, mix to combine. Shape into 8 rissoles. Toss lightly in corn crumbs to coat. Place on a plate.

2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook rissoles, in batches, for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to prepared tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway during cooking, or until browned and cooked through.

3.  Put the guacamale ingredients into a bowl. Using a fork, mix until combined.

4. Serve the rissoles and guacamole with a salad, noodles or anything you’d like!

Greek Chicken with Rice

Greek chicken with rice

Earlier in the week I was umming and ahhing about what we should have for dinner. I had defrosted some chicken breasts, but didn’t really feel like making a stir fry. So I checked out one of my ‘Love Food’ cookbooks and stumbled across this recipe. Of course, it included garlic and onion, so I made changes accordingly. The recipe also included olives and fetta cheese, which I didn’t add because my hubby hates olives and I didn’t want to risk my body’s reaction to the fetta!


Ingredients
– Serves 4

500g chicken breasts

200g long-grain rice

225g chicken stock

1 can chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup black olives, pitted and chopped

55g fetta cheese, crumbed (if you can handle fetta!)

2 cups mixed lettuce leaves

Italian herbs

Cayenne pepper

Vegetable oil

Method

1. Remove the fat from the chicken and cut into smaller pieces. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frypan and add the chicken, in batches if necessary, and cook over medium heat. Turn occasionally and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Using tongs, carefully transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.

2. Pour the chicken stock, rice, tomatoes and herbs into a saucepan (that comes with a lid).

3. Add the chicken to the saucepan, pushing them down into the rice. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

4. Stir in the olives and fetta cheese.

5. Serve with mixed lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

 

Delicious Low-FODMAP Sauces

So two of the foods I’m intolerant to are onion and garlic. Oh, lucky me! They are only the most commonly found ingredients in a restaurant kitchen. But somehow, I usually manage to get around it – I simply ask for salads without onion and opt for the steak rather than the pasta dish.

But what about when you’re cooking at home and trying to keep your meals interesting?

I’ve found that it’s almost impossible to find a jar of pre-made sauce at the supermarket that doesn’t contain either ingredient. You also have to be weary of the jars that claim to have ‘tomato and mixed spices’, where garlic and onion often make a guest appearance.

So I’ve started getting creative in the kitchen with my sauces. They are easy to make and are all gluten free, lactose free and onion and garlic free. Oh but they’re not taste-free! They are actually really yummy!

They are:

Gluten free Peanut Satay Stir Fry Sauce (Serves 4)

One of my husband’s favourites, I often use this sauce for stir fries and have also used it to marinate chicken skewers.

  • 6 rounded tablespoonfuls crunchy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Small serving of ginger paste (according to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (according to taste)

Simply combine in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat.

Pour over cooked chicken and vegetables or however you like!

Serving suggestion – Serve on a bed of plain Basmati rice.

Spaghetti Bolognaise Sauce (Serves 4)

Really delicious and proof that you don’t need onion in your spaghetti sauce!

  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • ½ finely chopped capsicum
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • Oregano and/or Italian Herbs (according to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (according to taste)

Combine in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. Just add pasta!

Lemon & Herb Mayonnaise Pasta Dressing

I threw together this sauce for the first time the other day when making a pasta salad. Was happily surprised how well it turned out! The quantities of each ingredient depends on the size of your salad and how much dressing you prefer.

  • Egg mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Oregano

And that’s it! So simple, yet tasty. 🙂

Capsicum and Macadamia Pesto  (Serves 4)

I got the original recipe from my dietician and I’ve now played around with it to suit my tastes. Great for a pasta dish!

  • 1/4 macadamia nuts
  • 1 medium green capsicum (chopped)
  • Handful of small tomatoes (chopped)
  • Basil
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 avocado (chopped)

1. Place macadamia nuts in a food processor and pulse until they resemble coarse bread crumbs and are still loose.

2. Add the capsicum, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and vinegar plus salt and pepper to taste.

3. Cover and refrigerate until required.

4. When ready to add the pesto to your cooked pasta, stir in your avocado. It makes the pesto creamier and absolutely delicious!

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