Category Archives: Emma’s Bites

Loaded carb fest!

If you haven’t guessed already I love carbs and I love to make meals that are quick, easy and fuss free! There are two reasons for this, first is because I am a Mummy and if you too are a parent we all know if that child is hungry they are not going to wait lol! Secondly because of my FND I can’t stand in the kitchen for long.

I’ve probably written a similar version of this but hey ho it’s nice so here is another version!

For this I used;

Large potato

Frozen red onions

Pre  sliced mushrooms

Red pepper

Bacon

Mozzarella cheese

Firstly you need to get those chips cooking, so slice that potato into wedges, spray with fry light, cook in the oven for 3 minutes 30 seconds. When this is done, spray a tray with fry light add the wedges (separate them from each other), add sea salt if you wish and pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180. You will need to shake them around every so often to stop them sticking.

Half way through the chips being cooked, grab a frying pan and add some of you onions, chopped mushrooms, chopped pepper and bacon.

Once everything is done scoop your chips into a heap and add the veg mix on top, top with grated mozzarella cheese then stick it back in the oven to melt the cheese.

Once your cheese has melted, plate up and enjoy your healthier carb fest comfort food!!

As ever if you re-create this, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram at @mrs_shep_unplugged.

Much love

Emma

Chicken fried rice

So today’s foodie blog is a quick and easy one.

Chicken fried rice.

If you haven’t made it yet then my friend you are missing out! If you are vegetarian then swap the chicken for quorn chicken pieces.

For this you will need;

Chicken breast

Egg

Peas

Spring onions

Rice

Light soy sauce

First things is first, unless you have microwave rice then get your rice in the pan and cooking.

Next you need to cut your chicken into small pieces and put in a large frying pan with fry light or oil. Brown the chicken and once this is done, remove and set aside.

Next, crack an egg into the pan and scrambled with a whisk, then add peas and spring onions, cook a little longer – you must keep stirring.

Now you can add the chicken back to the pan, leave for a moment while you drain the rice and add to the frying. If you need to add a little oil or water to the pan while this gets stirred through. Once it’s all mixed up, add some soy sauce to your taste, let it heat through and then serve.

As ever if you re-create this I would love to know so come and find me on Instagram and tag me in your creation. I’m @mrs_shep_unplugged.

Much love

Emma

Risotto

I have to say that Risotto can be so wonderfully versatile. We used to have it a lot when Alfie was 1, he had a dairy, soya and egg intolerance so it was just an easy meal to make that was fuss free where we could all enjoy it. However, we had it that much that Ste got fed up with it and when Alfie outgrew his intolerance.

Anyway, our oven broke recently (which you will know if you follow me on Instagram @mrs_shep_unplugged) and I needed a quick easy hob meal. So out came the old faithful risotto!!

You can put all sorts with risotto but this is how I made this one.

For this you will need:

Risotto rice

Chicken stock

Bacon lardons

Red onion

Goats cheese

First thing is first, get your rice on. I think I used 300g with 900ml of stock. You then need to constantly stir until all the stock is absorbed.

Meanwhile, pan fry a chopped onion and your bacon lardons, I used frozen red onions because I find it easier.

Add this to the rice just two minutes before the rice has finished. Stir in a bit of your goats cheese. Once this has all mixed together, serve it up in a dish and top with some more goats cheese for extra cheesiness!!! It may not be the healthiest meal but I promise it will leave people wanting more. Serve with crusty bread or on its own.

Tag me on Instagram if you re create this, I would love to see.

Much love

Emma

P.S Ste asked for more lol!!

Emma’s Bites – Curry Night

It was curry week recently and we love a good curry in our house! So this is our recent curry we made.

I don’t know about you but when we make a curry they always come out different! Mainly because we have so many spices and we just go with it each time. 

So this time we decided to document how we made one and you can have a go. 

It wasn’t too spicy this time, just had a kick to it. 

So for this you will need;

Rice

Chicken

Onions 

Chilli

Cumin

Coriander

Turmeric 

Ginger 

Paprika 

Garlic 

Coriander leaf 

Fromage frais x4 tbls 

1 tinned tomatoes 

Any vegetables that you may want to add such as spinach, peas, peppers….

Firstly add your chicken (if it’s not diced Make sure your rice it first) then chop your onions and add to a hot pan with olive oil. 

When the chicken has started to cook, add a teaspoon of each spice. Continue to cook for several minutes. 

Next you will need your four tablespoons of fromage frais. Stir together then add your tinned tomatoes. 

Once you have added in all your ingredients leave to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. The longer you leave it the better your flavours will be. However you must stir and ensure that your curry isn’t sticking to the pan, if it is just add a drop of water. 

While your curry is cooking you will need to cook your rice. Follow the instructions on the packet. I find that a drop of olive oil in the rice while cooking helps to fluff it up and not stick together. 

Now everything is cooked, plate it up and enjoy! 

If you have leftovers may be enjoy your curry with a jacket potato. 

As always tag me on Instagram if you re create this. 

Much love 

Emma 

Emma’s Bites – Quorn layer up

I don’t know about you but lunch is something I really struggle with in terms of ideas. 

 So when I stumbled across this idea on Instagram I couldn’t not share.

For this you will need;

Quorn nuggets (frozen section)

Broghies (Iceland)

Red pepper 

Onion

Mayflower curry sauce 

If you’ve read my food blogs before you will know I never do quantities ha ha! So basically decide yourself how much you want to make. 

Cook the nuggets according to the packet instructions. 

While they are cooking, fry off the peppers and onions in a pan.

Make the sauce up as per packet instructions. I actually halved what the instructions said as I didn’t want loads.

Once your nuggets and everything else is cooked. The next thing to do is layer it all up. 

Once you’ve done that stick it on a plate and enjoy!!

It’s a real firm favourite of mine and it’s also vegetarian! 

As always tag me if you make it. 

Much love

Emma xx

Emma's Bites – Quick Pasta Lunch

I don’t know about you but I struggle with lunches.
So when I came up with this quick recipe I was thrilled! Not only is it quick and easy but it’s tasty too.
Depending on how many you are making this for will depend on how much ingredients you need so adjust and measure accordingly.
Boil your pasta as per the packet instructions and while that’s cooking fry some frozen chorizo and a chopped onion. Once they are cooked / softened add some chopped peppers.


When the pasta is done drain and put back in the pan and add the other ingredients from the frying pan.

Mix together and add a tin of chopped tomatoes then season with coriander, paprika, basil and worcestershire sauce. When the tinned tomatoes is heated through serve and enjoy!!!
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As ever, if you try it out please tag me on Instagram at @dyspraxicdomesticatedmummy.
Much Love
Emma

Emma's Bites – Pizza topped chicken

Do you ever have one of those meals you love yet for some reason you don’t seem to have that often?
Well this is one of those!
Pizza topped chicken.
So depending on how many people you are making for will depend on how many chicken breast you will need. For this I will write for it being for 1 person.
So get one chicken breast wrap it in cling film and grab a rolling pin and beat it until it’s flat!!!! Once that’s done, pop it on an oven tray. For the topping you will need your favourite pizza topping, mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce. So cover your chicken in your pizza sauce, then add the toppings. I used frozen peppers and frozen chorizo for this, add your mozzarella cheese then stick in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.


I served ours with homemade wedges. To make these simply chop a jacket potato into wedges and pop them in a microwavable bowl with a tablespoon of oil and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Grab a tray and spray with fry light, add the wedges and space evenly. If you want to season them use sea salt or chip seasoning which you can get in supermarkets. When you put them in the oven to cook just remember to space evenly, they can take about 30 minutes to cook.
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Hope you enjoy it. As ever please tag me on Instagram if you try it. You can find me at @dyspraxicdomesticatedmummy.
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Much Love
Emma

Leek & Potato Soup

Hey! Welcome back to Emma’s Bites. Now in today’s blog I wanted to share with you one of my all time favourite soup recipes. This is a firm family favourite and even better that it’s full of vegetables. Even the kids love it!!
 
So for this you will need;
Soft Cheese
Vegetable Stock Cube (I used chicken stock this time because it’s all I had)
Potatoes
Courgette
Leeks
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Chop everything up and add it to a large pan. Leave the cheese to one side, you don’t need it yet. I usually peel the potatoes however on this occasion I didn’t and it was still just as delicious! So if you want extra nutrients then leave the peel on!!
Make up 1 and a half pints of stock and add to the pan.


 
Boil/simmer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes add the soft cheese and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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After the 5 minutes is up, get your blender. Blend until smooth and then serve! I fully recommend serving with some really crusty bread full of butter he he! Yummy!

 
I really hope you enjoy this as much as we do and don’t forget to tag me on Insagram if you try it out.
Much Love
Emma

Emma’s Bites – Healthy Eating: Basic Homemade Chilli

This week it’s all about the Rebecca‘s taking over my blog 😊

So when I asked for some help on my blogs for a week whilst I had some time off. I was delighted when the lovely Rebecca at mummyest2014 offered to write up here yummy chilli recipe I was super excited! I can’t wait to try it now.

Don’t forget to tag myself and mummyest2014 on Instagram if you try it.

Much love

Emma xx

I didn’t appreciate the benefits of healthy eating into I was well into my late twenties. I was always the ‘skinny one’ as a child, a teenager and early 20’s. However, it eventually caught up with me and my weight increased. I joined slimming groups several times but never seemed to stick at it. However, after having my two boys I was the heaviest and biggest I’ve ever been. It wasn’t just the way I looked, but my energy levels that were suffering. I was getting tired and wasn’t showing a good example for my children. Once again I joined a slimming group but this time with more determination. My aim is to lose 3 stone, however I haven’t set a time limit. I want to eat healthy and change my habits. I don’t just want to rush to lose the weight and then end up yoyo-ing because it wasn’t maintainable. I still want to enjoy family outings and have treats. 

Being a busy Mum means I have to be aware of what and when we are eating. I can’t spend hours in the kitchen as there’s no telling what my little monsters would have gotten up to. I would also be back and forth answering the inevitable ‘Mummy’ call outs). To help with this I meal plan. That way I have everything I need in the fridge/freezer and can plan when dinner needs starting. It just makes things easier so I’m not tempted to reach for the take away menus. Homemade Chilli is a quick and easy meal so I don’t need to be at the cooker too long at a time.

I warn you now…I don’t measure my ingredients. I ‘add to taste’ so I’m sorry that my recipe might leave you hanging, but it’s quite a simple one so you can’t go too wrong.

Ingredients:

5% beef mince

Passata

Onion (fresh or the granules) 

Garlic (fresh or the granules)

Salt (little bit)

Chilli (fresh or powdered)

Chilli Beans (kidney beans in a chilli sauce)

Rice (or you can swap for tortilla chips)

Cheese

Recipe:

1) Oil the pan (I use the sprays as it’s healthier option that pouring oil in, I mean who has time to measure oil?)
2) Brown the mince (I tend to add the chilli powder at this point so it goes into the meat)
3) Add passata, onion, garlic and small pinch of salt (and more chilli if you like it strong-I often use the granules that come in jars because I don’t have time to chop up fresh ones).
4) Leave to cook for about 15-20 minutes (pop in to stir it, else it sticks to the bottom)
5) Add tin of chilli beans and cook for further 5 minutes (or longer if needed – test the beans first to see if hot all the way through).
6) Serve with rice or on tortilla chips, and add cheese to taste (I use low fat cheese or hard cheese-grated as if looks like there’s more).

 

With rice, I admit I do often use the microwave packets. It’s simply quicker and less washing up! I also add a side salad as I’m trying to show my eldest son that green stuff can still be tasty. One of my tips is to save some of the chilli and pop in a tub in the fridge. It’s really tasty when reheated and can be used for lunch the next day on a jacket potato. This saves me time when I need to eat lunch but have a baby wanting to be attached to me. I just bung into the microwave and then eat one handed. I will never claim to be a healthy eating guru. I’m just a Mum, trying to find time to eat healthy meals and show my children that homemade is a better choice. 

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Emma’s Bites – Loaded Potato Skins

So! Welcome back to Emma’s Bites.
Today I wanted to share with you my recent love of loafed potato skins. It was so bloody tasty!
So, I’ll write this recipe up for one person. If you want more then we’ll make more lol! Double or triple the ingredients basically 😂
So get a jacket potato and cook in the microwave for about 8-10 minutes until you get a soft centre.
While its cooking turn your oven on so it gets hot.
When the potato is done. Half them and pop them in the oven to soften them further for about 5 minutes.
Remove then scoop out the middle and pop in a bowl. Place the skins back in the oven to crisp up.
Get the insides of the jacket and mix in 1 large tablespoons of soft cheese and grated mozzarella – probably about about 2 tablespoons. When your happy with the skins on your jacket, remove and add the mixture back in.

On top of the mixture add a little mozzarella, chopped ham or bacon, spring onion and a small slice of cheddar.

Place them back in the oven.
When it’s golden and bubbly on top, remove and enjoy! We had ours with a salad and I swear it was so delicious! We are definitely having it again.

Enjoy and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you give it a go.
Much love
Emma xx