A Delicious One-Pot Meal!

Beef and Butternut Casserole with Mushrooms and Tomato

We love the latest NutritionConfidence recipe from the authors of Food for Sensitive Tummies, registered dietitians Cath Day and Gabi Steenkamp! It is packed with vegetables (a whopping four servings), high in fibre and a good source of iron. Comfort food, which is still a healthy balanced meal.

This is a meal-in-one casserole, which is easy to prepare ahead of time. Perfect for dinner guests and to make during a very busy week. Butternut contains double the starch compared to the other vegetables, so may be used as a carbohydrate in this dish. Since there are four other vegetable servings, the butternut can serve as the starch of the meal.

RECIPE (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

1 onion

1 leek

4 cloves garlic

2 rashers bacon, optional

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 t olive oil

2 bay leaves

1 butternut, large (800 g)

250 g  mushrooms, mixed are most delicious

410 g  tinned chopped tomatoes (1 x 410 g tin)

150 ml red wine, optional

500 g beef goulash pieces, check for minimal visible fat.

8 black olives

2.5 ml salt & freshly ground black pepper (½ t)

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  2. Peel the onion and chop. Trim, wash and slice the leek. Peel and slice the garlic.
  3. Heat a large pan or ovenproof casserole on medium heat.
  4. Finely slice the bacon. Pick the leaves off the rosemary sprig and chop finely.
  5. Pour the olive oil into the hot pan, add the sliced bacon, chopped rosemary and the bay leaves and gently fry, stirring regularly
  6. Add the sliced garlic, chopped onion and leek and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  7. Meanwhile, peel and cut the butternut into bite size cubes and add to the pan.
  8. Clean the mushrooms and cut off the stems. Add both the stems and whole mushroom tops to the pan.
  9. Add the meat cubes, pour over the wine and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Add the tinned tomatoes.
  11. Rinse the tomato tin out with quarter tin of water and add to the pan or casserole.
  12. De-stone the olives by cutting in half. Add to the casserole and mix in gently.
  13. Bring the casserole to a boil and then place in the pre-heated oven to bake for 45 mins, until thick and delicious.
  14. Serve on its’ own as a complete balanced meal.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING (600 g)

Energy                                                      1918 kJ

Protein                                                      30.3 g

Carbohydrates                                         31.3 g

Total sugars                                               4.5 g

Added sugar                                              0.0 g

Total Fat                                                     18.5 g

Saturated fat                                              7.7 g

Fibre                                                           7.7 g

Sodium                                                       682 mg

One serving is equivalent to 1 carbohydrate, 4 proteins and 4 vegetables

 


Zucchini, oatmeal & chickpea fritters with grilled chicken, tomato, feta & mint salsa

We have a brand new NutritionConfidence recipe, created by chef, Vanessa Marx!

The oat bran and chickpea flour used in the fritters provide a good source of healthy soluble fibre, which lowers the glycaemic index of this dish and aids in blood sugar control. Adding zucchinis not only ups the fibre content even further, but is also an easy way to get in a portion of veggies.

Instead of using store-bought marinades, which are often high in salt, sugar and preservatives, Vanessa has packed in some punchy flavours by using paprika, lemon and thyme to season the chicken.

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

For the Fritters:

1/2 cup ground oats or oat bran

1/2 cup chickpea flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup low fat milk

2 free-range eggs

3 medium zucchini, grated

10 ml chopped fresh parsley

a pinch of salt & pepper to season

10 ml canola oil

  • In a bowl, mix together the ground oats and chickpea flour, with the baking powder and seasoning.
  • Make a well in the centre, and add the two eggs and milk.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients into a batter, and then add the grated zucchini and mix well.
  • Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat, and drizzle with half a teaspoon of the canola oil.
  • Spoon a tablespoon at a time into the pan to make the individual fritters.
  • Let the fritter form a crust on the underneath side and become golden brown and set a little, before flipping them over with a spatula.
  • Let the fritters cook through and have colour on both sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Cook the fritters in 2 batches, so you don’t over crowd the pan.
  • Set them aside on a platter or plate.

Makes 12 fritters

For the Chicken:

4 free-range chicken breasts

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

zest & juice of 1 lemon

5 ml chopped fresh thyme

salt and pepper to season

10 ml canola oil

  • Cut the chicken breast into strips and season with the paprika, lemon, thyme, salt & pepper
  • Put a frying pan on a high heat and add the canola oil.
  • When the pan is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook for around 2 minutes on each side, until browned, and cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken strips from the pan heat and set aside until you are ready to serve.

For the Salsa:

2 large tomatoes

30 g spring onion

1 TBL chopped fresh mint

100 g feta, cut into cubes

1 TBL lemon juice

1 TBL olive oil

salt & pepper

  • Roughly chop the tomatoes into dice, and slice the spring onion
  • Mix together the chopped tomatoes, mint, spring onion and feta and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season to taste and mix well.

To assemble:

  • Place the fritters onto individual plates or a platter to serve.
  • Top the fritters with the grilled chicken
  • Pile the salsa over the top of the chicken and garnish with fresh coriander leaves

 

Nutrition information: Per serving (recipe serves 4)

Chicken*: Energy: 160 kCal/ 675 kJ, Fat: 3.6 g, Carbohydrates: 0.27 g, Fibre: 0.33 g, Protein: 31.4 g, Sodium: 95 mg

*130 g raw portion per chicken breast

Fritter: Energy: 43 kCal/ 178 kJ, Fat: 2.1 g, Carbohydrates: 2.9 g, Fibre: 1 g, Protein: 2.5 g, Sodium: 210 mg

Salsa*: Energy: 107 kCal/ 448 kJ, Fat: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 4.9 g, Protein: 6.2 g,  Sodium: 181 mg

*Using reduced fat feta