Comfort Food at Home

Comfort Food at Home

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! After pigging out on WAY too many Easter eggs, I’ve decided to skip baking this week (for the sake of my waistline), so unfortunately there won’t be any new recipes this week. Fear not, I will be back with a new cookie recipe next week!

I thought I’d do a post about my favorite comfort food meals that I make for my family. Dinner is definitely the most important meal for me. I’m not a big breakfast eater (mainly just cereal or coffee & biscotti) and I’m not really that fussed about lunch, unless I’m eating out at a nice restaurant. So dinner is the biggest meal of the day in my house. I am trying to lose weight, but I can’t bring myself to eat salad or veggies every night, so I do indulge a bit in my midweek comfort food (midweek, weekend, whenever really!).

One of my absolute favorite meals is the humble burger. I love making fresh beef patties or spicing a perfectly succulent chicken breast and topping it with cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onions and homemade burger sauce. This is definitely my ultimate comfort food! To make it complete I usually add some oven baked fries or homemade onion rings.

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Another firm favorite is Italian food. Mainly pizza and pasta. I make homemade pizza every second Friday night and I usually end up making pasta once a week. I love simple pizzas and pastas. My go-to topping for pizza is Parma ham and I love any pasta in a creamy sauce topped with Parmesan cheese!

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We’ve also become rather big fish eaters. If you had told my teenage self that I would be indulging in seafood as an adult, I would have fallen on the floor laughing. I used to hate the stuff. Now, there’s nothing better than some good old fish & chips (with tartar sauce of course)!

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And last, but not least, is our love of Asian food. We get major cravings for chow mein, sweet & sour or a good Thai meal. When it comes to Asian food, the simpler the better. I love simple Asian flavors made with only a few ingredients. One of my go-to midweek Asian comfort meals is a cheat’s version of a Korean beef bowl (made with ground beef, soy sauce, sugar, spices, spring onion and rice). It’s SO simple and extremely yummy!

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Obviously, there are many, many more comfort meals that I absolutely love, but these are definitely in my top 10! I’d love to hear what your favorite comfort meals are, so please get in touch with me!

Simple Suppers – Mexican Beef Salad

Simple Suppers – Mexican Beef Salad

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I love making hearty salads that are quick and easy to prepare (we all have those days where we really don’t feel like making anything fancy). This Mexican beef salad is quick, easy and most importantly, delicious!

It’s made up of strips of beef, avocado, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and roasted kidney beans. Yes, you read that last bit correctly, roasted kidney beans. When you roast the beans, you end up with a crunchy, salty, beany delight. They add great texture to salads and just make life a bit more interesting. To finish this fully loaded salad off, I’ve drizzled some Sriracha mayo over and topped it with chopped spring onion. Enjoy!

Mexican Beef Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 350g beef strips
  • Lettuce, washed
  • 200g cherry tomaotoes, halved
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained, rinsed and dried)
  • 1 can corn kernels (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning

Sriracha Mayo:

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly oil a baking tray.
  2. Drain, rinse and dry the kidney beans. Place the beans on the baking tray, lightly coat with oil and season with salt, pepper & paprika. Roast in the oven for 25 – 30 min.
  3. Halve the cherry tomatoes, drain and rinse the corn kernels, dice the avocados and chop the spring onion. Set aside.
  4. Slice the beef strips into 4 cm strips and season with the soy sauce and steak seasoning. Cook beef in a lightly oiled frying pan for about 10 min.
  5. Make the Sriracha mayo by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. To serve: tear lettuce into serving bowls, then add halved tomatoes, corn and diced avocados. Add roasted beans and cooked beef. Drizzle with Sriracha mayo and top with chopped spring onion.

My Week in Dinners

My Week in Dinners

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Easy mushroom and bacon Alfredo sauce. It’s such a simple and delicious sauce to make for any pasta (I used penne). Cream cheese and a bit of cream make up the base of this yummy sauce.

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Angelfish fish fingers with oven fries and a side salad. I love Angelfish because it’s a very meaty fish and is cheaper than Hake (in SA). I just sliced the Angelfish up and coated it in cornflake crumbs, then shallow fried it and finished it in the oven for about 10 min. I also made a quick tartar sauce (mayo, dijon mustard, diced onion & gherkin, pepper, lemon juice and gherkin juice).

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I love my chicken pot pie. It’s creamy and comforting. I use diced chicken breast because it cooks quicker and is a bit leaner. The gravy is just made up of white wine, chicken stock, whole grain mustard, thyme and some cream. Delicious!

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Quick and easy chicken and guacamole tacos. I do cheat a bit and use Old El Paso crunchy taco shells and their taco seasoning. It’s a quick dinner that requires minimal cooking and time (only have to grill the chicken strips). It’s satisfying and budget friendly.

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Every 2nd Friday night is burger night in our house. I usually alternate between chicken and beef. This week we had a cheeseburger topped with awesome onion rings. The onion rings turned out great (I could have eaten a whole bowl of them). I just soaked the onions in buttermilk and dredged them in seasoned flour, then shallow fried them (I don’t want to buy a deep fryer because I’m scared I might try to deep fry everything!). The burger was scrumptious.

Simple Supper – Bacon and Pea Pasta

Simple Supper – Bacon and Pea Pasta

This is the first short post in a weekly “Simple Supper” recipe segment that I’ll be doing. All the recipes will be easy to make and budget friendly (Bonus!).

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This bacon & pea pasta recipe is so simple and delicious that it’s become a firm family favorite in my home. It only takes about 30 min to make and you end up with a light pasta dish that’s comforting & filling! Check out the recipe below 🙂

Simple Bacon and Pea Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 350 – 400g pasta (I used Penne)
  • 200g streaky bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Half an onion, chopped
  • 100ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper & paprika, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water, until al dente, about 15 mins.
  2. Drain pasta and reserve 4 tbsp of the pasta water.
  3. Cook bacon until crispy (I cook it in the microwave, on high, 4-5 pieces at a time for about 30 sec – 1 min per piece, but you can cook it anyway you like).
  4. While your bacon is cooking, melt butter in a large frying pan, over medium heat.
  5. Add peas, onion and garlic to butter and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Add wine and saute for an additional 5 mins.
  7. Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
  8. Season your sauce with salt, pepper and paprika, to taste.
  9. Add your reserved pasta water and pasta to your sauce and toss until coated.
  10. Serve, topped with grated Parmesan.

My Week in Dinners

My Week in Dinners

  
Crispy chicken strips with salad and crispy potato discs. I season my chicken strips with a bit of soy sauce and steak seasoning, then they get coated in cornflake crumbs to make them extra crunchy!

  
Simple bacon and pea pasta. I cook my bacon in the microwave until it’s crispy. Then I fry my onion and peas in some butter, add a bit of white wine, throw in the bacon bits, 2 tablespoons of mascarpone/cream cheese and about 1/3 cup grated Parmesan. I toss my pasta in the sauce and serve with extra grated Parmesan. Yummy and takes about 20 mins to make!

  
There’s nothing better than a homemade cheeseburger with Steers burger relish and homemade burger/fry sauce (mayo, tomato sauce, mustard and pickle juice). I do cheat a bit by using frozen oven baked French fries (Woolworths has the best frozen thin cut French fries).

  
Comforting cottage pie. I use my bolognese base and just make sure my carrots are chunky and I throw in some peas. Top it with cheesy mash and you’re good to go!

  
Mounds of Hawaiian pizza with Sriracha sauce and caramelized onion. We eat pizza once a week in my house and every 2nd Friday I make it from scratch (with the help of my fiancé).