Sweet Potato Cakes

After the excesses of Christmas I was looking for a nutritious light meal to make and turned to Deliciously Ella, a blog with endless delicious and nutritious recipes. Ella Woodward (writer of Deliciously Ella) has her first cookbook coming out this month, I’ve pre-ordered it and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival! Sweet potatoes are very popular in our household, whilst I still have a soft spot for normal potatoes, J loves sweet potato and I can’t deny how fantastically good they are for you. I first spotted this recipe on the Deliciously Ella app and couldn’t wait to try it. One sweet potato cake with a salad makes a great light meal and two with salad or vegetables would be a great and filling meal. We ate these with a baby leaf salad and a tahini dressing (tahini, lemon juice and a drop of water).

Sweet potato cakes

It was a huge hit and we saved the other two for the next day’s dinner, as we knew we were going out for a big lunch with family. I’ll definitely be making these again soon, it is nice to have a few more lunch options.

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Sweet & Sour Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

It is no secret that Thai is one of my absolute favourite cuisines; for Christmas I received Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine from a dear friend. I was delighted and couldn’t wait to try it out. This recipe caught my eye (as did many) and we had it for dinner last night. I really enjoyed it. Galangal can be difficult to source but I’d suggest your local Oriental supermarket, if you’re lucky enough to have one. We hunted high and low for galangal and eventually got some, we bought it in bulk to go in the freezer. It can be used straight from frozen with a zester, as can ginger, chillies, limes, lemons and oranges. Keep your eyes peeled for a whole post on why I love my Microplane zester and an exciting giveaway!

SSsoup

This was such a comfort dish for me, warming with lovely subtle flavours. Just what the first Monday of the year requires. I adapted the recipe a little from the book but only really with the addition of noodles. I wanted something that would keep us going at the gym that evening. It was a delicious, nourishing meal (even if it won’t win any beauty contests!)

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Hazelnut Butter Chicken

This was a dish I spotted on ‘Paleo With Mrs P’, I adore hazelnut butter but usually in a sweet setting. I had some hazelnut butter that needed using up and this seemed like a great way to do so. I couldn’t quite imagine what it would taste like but it was a really savoury, tasty, mild curry, that I’ll definitely be making again soon. I can’t wait to try other nut butters too, although hazelnut will always be my favourite, in any dish. I loved how few ingredients were needed to create a deep tasting meal. Does that make any sense?! You know what I mean, many layers of flavour, it was multidimensional!

Hazelnuts butter chic

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Brown Down Chicken

This is a dish that I’ve cooked many times over the years, the recipe is from Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Cookbook. There are a couple of recipes in the book that I keep going back to, because they are so delicious, and this is one of them. The book in itself is lovely, it tell’s Levi’s story throughout, with stunning photographs of the Caribbean.

The dish might not look that spectacular but once J had finished eating he said “Can you make this everyday?” which I’d take as a definite vote of confidence!

Brown down chicken

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Chicken Pad Thai

When deciding what to eat this week I really wanted to cook something I haven’t eaten for a while and that I haven’t cooked before. It is so easy to get into the routine of cooking the same few dishes because they taste good and are quick and easy. Struggling with inspiration, I tried to think of some of my favourite dishes and out of no where, Pad Thai popped into my head. The Domestic man has a great recipe for Pad Thai; it uses macadamia nuts as opposed to peanuts, due to being paleo. Peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts and therefore not on the paleo diet but feel free to substitute, if peanuts are your thing! It might not be the prettiest dish you’ve ever seen but I promise you that it was pretty damn tasty.

Pad Thai

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