01 Oct

Chickpea Stew Recipe – Ad

When Knorr Ireland approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in devising a simple recipe to use their stockpots I was delighted to take on the challenge because I do use stockpots and stockcubes on a regular basis. Even though I do make my own homemade stock in the slow cooker, I don’t always have stock to hand when the freezer is full of other things. It is simply a very handy option to add flavour to a meal.

Let’s talk about fibre for a minute though. I’ve become obsessed with healthy fibre in our diets. Without fibre things become a little bit backed up. One source of fibre I can always persuade the boys to eat is chickpeas. Whatever I make if there’s chickpeas in it then I know I’m onto a winner for a family meal. The boys demolish this chickpea stew anytime I make it. So does the fussy teenager because she loves the ‘curry flavour’. This is a winner on so many levels. It’s the perfect plant-based meal for a Meat Free Monday or a side dish to go with meat if you wish.

Shortly after this picture was taken the cheeky monkey lost that wiggley tooth at the front by the way.

You will notice that I’ve not put any added salt into this recipe. There is plenty of flavour from the garam masala powder and the stockpot so there’s no need for additional salt. Something I’m very happy about as I do try to be careful about the salt in our diets.

Chickpea Stew

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala powder
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, do not drain
  • 1 Knorr Vegetable Stockpot

Method

Place a large saucepan on a medium heat. Pour in the sunflower oil, onion, and pepper. Stir well for about 3 minutes until the onions begin to soften. Add the garam masala powder and stir once again so that the spices coat the vegetables and warm through in the heat.

Pour the chopped carrot and full tin of chickpeas (including the water) into the saucepan. Stir until the liquid begins to gently bubble.

Stir in the vegetable stockpot until it dissolves in the sauce.

Cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to low for 30 minutes before serving with crusty bread or a bowl of brown rice.

Disclosure: This blogpost was sponsored by Knorr Ireland. If you want to learn more about my policies around disclosure and sponsorship, please click this link.

30 Nov

Making A Start Progress Report – Ad

Here I am, nearly 3 weeks since I committed to making a change to our family eating habits and our reward systems in association with SafeFood. It’s about time I updated you all on our progress.

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15 Jul

Potato Corn Soup Recipe – Ad

Potatoes are a staple part of our family diet, and so when Potato.ie aka “Potatoes More Than A Bit On The Side” got in touch to see would I be interested in designing a new recipe for all the family to enjoy it wasn’t a hard decision to take.

The past two weekends, while I’ve been doing cookery demonstrations with Lidl Ireland on the road, I continuously say that if you have a bag of spuds (potatoes) and a tray of eggs you’ll never go hungry. I say this because I’m trying to explain what it’s like to live as a family on a tight food budget and yet try to pack as many nutrients as you can into your daily diet.

That’s how essential potatoes are to planning my family’s meals for the week. At the moment there’s a bag of Pat Moore’s beautiful new potatoes in the kitchen which I used for this recipe. There’s also plenty of spuds at the allotment to be dug but there is no greater storage spot than nature’s larder (the ground) at the moment so they’ll stay there for a while longer.

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07 Nov

One Pan No Bake Granola With Manuka Honey #Ad

As you might know, we keep bees and harvest our own raw honey. Rowse Honey recently contacted me to see would I like to try out their range of Manuka Honeys and come up with a breakfast recipe for them.

When we’ve used up our own raw honey though (yes it happens *cry*) getting our hands on a stash of other local raw honey can be difficult. Raw honey is great for your health and immune system, and the added peripheral benefit that the bees are wonderful pollinators for our homegrown fruits and vegetables.  Read More

07 Oct

Swift Baked Crispy Potatoes #Ad

It’s National Potato Day in Ireland today and when I was asked to develop a new recipe especially for the celebration I found it hard to say no. If you ask me, everyday is a potato day! There’s a reason why I don’t grow potatoes at the allotment. I certainly could if I wanted to, it’s just that we have so many fantastic local potato producers close to home that I prefer to support them instead. In fact, the local potato growers are so supportive of what we do at the allotments, there is a particular farmer who supplies us with potatoes for the pigs! Every couple of weeks a meitheal of syndicate members gets together and we shift a tonne of potatoes from a trailer into storage boxes for the pigs. They’re then boiled daily for the pigs’ main meal. Read More

30 Sep

Make The Most Of Time

I wish I could just press a pause button.

I look at the boys and I think that this is the best age. The 2-year-old is so much fun. He’s great at getting what he wants, especially if it involves tickles or kisses. He’s transforming from my precious miracle into a little man; and while it fills me with so much pride to see him growing up, I want to bottle him up. I often say he has just two speeds: Awake and Asleep. Read More

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