Tag Archives: Tomato

Spicy Chicken and Feta Noodles

23 Oct

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This is a really tasty dish which is full of flavour, and has the added bonus of being extremely healthy. I love the combination of flavours in this recipe, which tastes kind of like a cross between a stir fry and a Greek salad.

It isn’t hugely spicy but it has a bit of a kick to it so the melted feta is great at balancing out the spice, and is definitely my favourite thing about this dish.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.86 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 vine (or similar) tomatoes
  • 25g baby spinach (about a large handful)
  • 50g feta cheese
  • 2 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 120g noodles (2 nests)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the chicken and fry for around 10 minutes, until sealed and beginning to turn golden brown.

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2) Add the onions and cayenne pepper to the chicken, and fry for another 5 minutes.

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3) Chop the tomatoes in half and add them to the chicken and onions. At the same time put the noodles on to boil.

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4) Add the spinach and chopped feta to the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, or until the feta starts to melt.

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5) Serve with the noodles and enjoy!

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Sausage and Tomato Pasta

11 Aug

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This is a quick and simple recipe with very few ingredients – and you probably already have all, or nearly all, of them in the cupboard already. It’s a great meal to make for when you want something quick but hearty and filling, and don’t want to fill up on junk food.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.43 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 300g pasta
  • 1 large onion
  • 8 small or 4 large sausages
  • 2 cans (400g each) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Cook the sausages according to the instructions on the packet and set aside.

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2) Chop and fry the onion and garlic on a medium heat for around 3-4 minutes, until soft and golden.

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3) Put the pasta on to boil, and add the chopped tomatoes to the onion and garlic and season with mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer for around eight minutes.

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4) Chop the sausages into pieces and add to the tomato sauce. Simmer until the pasta is ready.

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5) Drain the pasta and serve.

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Tomato, Spinach and Chickpea Spaghetti

29 Jul

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This is a simple and extremely healthy meal, and is a favourite of mine to perk you up when you’re feeling tired and run down – it’s full of vitamins so makes you feel loads better, as well as being really tasty.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 60g baby spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Fry the onion and garlic on a medium heat with the chilli powder for 3-4 minutes, until softened.

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2) Put the spaghetti on the boil. Turn the onion down to a lower heat and add the chopped tomatoes, simmering gently. Season with mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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3) A couple of minutes before the spaghetti is cooked, drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the sauce.

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4) Add the spinach leaves and simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the spinach wilts.

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5) Drain the spaghetti and serve! Sprinkle with a little grated cheese if preferred.

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Classic Beef Burger

10 Jul

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It’s been such gorgeous sunny weather lately that I just had to do a recipe for a good old-fashioned beef burger for all the barbeques going on at the moment! It’s a very simple recipe, and you can add your preference of tomato, cheese, ketchup etc to it however you want to.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 50g tomato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 400g beef mince
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Whisk together the tomato puree and egg. Season and add the mixed herbs and chilli powder or cayenne pepper.

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2) Finely chop the onion and mix this into the tomato puree and egg mixture, along with the mince and breadcrumbs.

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3) Shape into patties (I used a burger press but your hands are fine if you don’t have one!) and either barbeque, or fry on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through – you can check by cutting into the burger with a knife if you aren’t sure if it’s done.

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4) Put the burgers into a bun along with your favourite fillings and enjoy!

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Breakfast Pizza

9 Jul

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Not only good for breakfast but for any meal of the day, this is a really quick and tasty dish, and it serves one person – perfect for those nights when you only have yourself to cook for so you don’t know what to make as nearly every recipe serves two-four people!

Tip: I’ve made the recipe very basic, but if you have either to hand then some fresh basil and sliced tomatoes would taste great added to this.

Serves: one person.

Cost per person: £1.08 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • One tortilla
  • One egg
  • Three rashers of bacon
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 25g grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Fry the egg, until just set but not overcooked. Set aside.

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2) Fry the bacon until cooked. Set aside.

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3) Brown the tortilla in the frying pan, for about a minute on each side.

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4) Whilst the second side of the tortilla is browning, spread it with the tomato puree. Sprinkle on the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the bacon and egg.

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5) Sprinkle with the grated cheese and place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.

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6) Tuck in!

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Spicy Tuna and Tomato Pasta

6 Jul

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This meal is a great one for when you’re running low on food and need to use up things from the back of the cupboard. It’s also good for when you’re in a rush as it only takes ten minutes to prepare and cook!

Tip: you can make this dish as spicy as you want by using more or less chilli powder. If you’re not a fan of spicy food then it still tastes good if you only use 1/2 a tsp of chilli powder – I wouldn’t leave the chilli out entirely, as using a little bit still gives some flavour without actually making the dish spicy.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.79 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 200g pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (185g) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Put the pasta on to boil. Whilst it is cooking chop the onion and garlic, and fry them for around 3 minutes with the chilli powder on a high heat.

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2) Turn down the heat on the onions. Add the tin of tomatoes and cook for around 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Add the tuna to the tomatoes and onions and heat through.

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4) Drain the pasta and serve!

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Chicken stuffed with Feta and Tomatoes

25 Jun

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This meal was inspired by the gorgeous Mediterranean flavours I ate in Crete, and in my opinion it is absolutely delicious!

It’s not the cheapest thing on the planet but it’s not too pricey, and for a special treat it’d be perfect. It’s a really quick and easy meal to make and it’s super tasty – just a few minutes preparation, cook, and then eat!

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep in the fridge and make sure the chicken is piping hot.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £2.17 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 75g (approx) feta cheese
  • Small handful of tomatoes
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut a slit into the centre of the chicken breast, cutting almost to the end and close to both sides so that you have lots of room for the filling.

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3) Stuff the chicken breast with chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta and torn up basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle a little more basil on the outside of the chicken.

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4) Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the juices run clear. Serve with a salad for a light, summery meal.

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