Mini meatballs stuffed with cheese, and a baby spinach salad

We love meatballs, yes we do!! Tonight’s dinner was nice and simple, and incredibly tasty 😋 I blitzed 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 medium onion, origanum,one slice of gluten free bread,salt and white pepper until fine and mixed it by … Continue reading

Stuffed chicken breast – Gluten free

My husband spoilt me with a Le Crueset Professional Chef Pan for my birthday. Wow!!! I have always used relatively cheap pans, never pained me to invest in decent pots or pans. Knives yes.. but not pots and pans.

I have never been a fan om breast meat. Its always dry, tasteless, just not my cup of tea. No have always preferred chicken thighs.

Well well well, was I positively surprised when I cooked stuffed chicken breasts in said pan.

I butterflied and flattened the breasts, seasoned on both sides. Then stuffed with grated mozzarella, danish feta, ementhaler cheese, sliced red japalenos and fresh basil. Rolled up and stuck together with toothpicks.

Pan on medium heat. I use wok oil (a mix sesame, olive and seed oil) to cook the chicken in. Open side up, cook until nicelt browned, turn chicken around until all sides are cooked outside. No raw bits showing. Then turn open side down onto the hot pan and put the pan’s lid on and let the chicken cook while I prepare a salad.

Salad is really simple- iceberg lettuce (my fav lettuce, don’t judge haha), avocado, cucumber and small plumb tomatoes).

Take pan off the heat and let the chicken rest for a minute or two.

Now the fun part!

Remove all the little annoying toothpics, place chicken on your plate next to the salad. Slice chicken breast and expose the glorious cheesy stuffing.

Drizzle balsamic glaze over everything and enjoy 🙂

Gluten free cooking

Life has decided to test me.. I have come to realise that I need to accept that Gluten makes me ill. I can’t say that I will never eat it, but I’m cutting it out 99% of the time. Knowing the triggers and how it affects me allows me to plan around it and not let it.l control me.

We were spoiled with the most amazing home made pizza last week, and as expected by the time we got home I was not feeling well. It didnt take away from the great night and I make sure I keep away from gluten more often than not.

Here are some examples of food that I’ve been indulging in since my recent discovery…

Pork Bangers with peppers and mushrooms, added creamed cottage cheese for a creamy sauce

Baked, stuffed chicken breast with cauliflower mash (with cottage cheese and grated cheddar)

Breakfast out at a cafe for my birthday last week. I didnt have the toast! Egg, bacon , pork banger, mushrooms

Veg and chicken stirfry, served on wrap (I didnt eat the wrap, this pic was hubbys plate) with avo, lettuce, cheese and feta

2x Beefer patties, scrambled egg (made with butter and creamed cottage cheese), braised cabbage

Savoury mince with 2x poached eggs and a drizzle of chilli oil

Crustless quiche(bacon, eggs, cream, cheese) with salad

Alfredo with Linguine

Been ages since my last food post… I thought a hearty Alfredo with linguine would suffice. 

This is what I did:

Put your choice of pasta in boiling salted water. It’ll be ready when your alfredo sauce is done.

Fry chopped mushrooms (1 punnet) until nice and golden. Add thyme (fresh or dried) to taste and a splash of darling Ina Paarmans Garlic and Herb seasoning.  Add about 1 cup chopped ham (i use normal cooked ham, quite finely chopped). Let it heat up nicely and absorb the mushroom flavours. Add 250ml fresh cream. Stir until cream starts to bubble. Take off the heat and add parmesan cheese – roughly 200ml, rather add less and taste, then add more. You dont want to overpower the other flavours.  Stir in the cheese until fully melted. Add the cooked (and drained) pasta to the sauce. Make sure the pasta gets fully coated in the yummy sauce.

And enjoy 🙂

Tuna, sweetcorn macaroni bake

Toddler food… there is no such thing. One day they like something, the next day its the worst thing ever. This has forced me to think of a few new flavour combinations…

Hubby and I both enjoyed the outcome, we shall see what little man thinks when he wakes up for lunch shortly (hopefully only after I’ve posted this entry hahaha)

This is what I created today:

Tuna, sweetcorn and macaroni bake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans shredded tune in water (drained)
  • 2 cans creamed sweetcorn
  • 500ml fresh cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups grated cheese (i used gouda)
  • Salt and garlic seasoning 
  • 1 pack macaroni
  1. Cook and drain macaroni 
  2. Beat eggs and cream together
  3. Drain tuna and mix with corn and season
  4. In big ovenproof dish (i used my lasagna dish) mix macaroni and tuna/corn 
  5. Add 1/2 grated cheese and mix well
  6. Add cream/eggs and stir to ensure the liquid get in between all the little bits
  7. Add remaining cheese on top (as husband says – to create that yummy cheesy top)
  8. Bake @200C for 40mins

This is enough to feed 10 people… next time I make this I will be halving the ingredients for sure. Based on my little guy’s response, maybe I’ll make this again very soon 🙂

Enjoy!!

Cauliflower pizza

Guilt free pizza.. yes please!!!

This is what I did …

Blitz one whole cauliflower head (about 2 cups)  until rice stage, steam in microwave for 5mins. Let cool slightly and squeeze out as much water as possible.


Mix cauliflower with 2 large eggs, pizza spices  (origanum, salt, pepper, garlic), 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, press onto baking tray lined with baking/wax paper. Try and get it no thicker than 1cm.


Bake at 220C for 15mins. Remove from oven (base should have nice brown spots on it as the cheese cooks). 


Add toppings (we just added more cheese haha!!) And bake for another 10mins.

Husband and 18month old little guy both loved it yay!! Enjoy!

Airfryer roast chicken awesomeness 

I bought an airfryer on a whim, not really knowing what I would do with it. 

It started out as an awesome tool to cook my toddler’s dinner – fishfingers in 15mins, skinny american style fries in 15mins, chicken nuggets in 10mins  etc

Recently I decided however, it was time to properly cook with it. I have barely used my oven since the airfryers debut and found a small 1kg whole chicken that was begging to be cooked…

Rub all over with olive oil, pat down with Robertsons Masterblends Braai seasoning, and fry for 45mins @ 180C.

Served with steamed carrots, gemsquash and roasted mini potatoes. 

Skin crispy, meat tender and juicy.

When the husband says “wow this is scrumptious “, you know you have a winner!!

The start, seasoned and ready to cook

All done, tender, juicy meat and crispy skin

Dinner is served