Brown Rice and Kale Salad

brown rice and kale salad

I mentioned in my Taking Stock post that I’ve been doing the bulk of the cooking lately. It’s fine, I don’t mind at all; I love cooking, and it has been great experimenting with recipes and working out what flavour combinations work for us.

Thankfully, Phillip and I generally like the same food, so I’m usually fairly confident he’ll like what I’ve made. Expect, maybe for the time I made pasta sauce with cinnamon and cloves, that wasn’t good.

Anyway, one of my favourite dishes to make recently has been this brown rice and kale salad. I wanted to make something that was relatively cheap, somewhat filling, and would stretch a few days. This hit the spot.

This salad is perfect for summer, and I love it because it’s simple, easy to make and tastes amazing. It can also be had as either a side dish or the main meal (it would make an excellent lunch).

If you try making this salad, I hope you enjoy it, and also, let me know what you thought about it.

 

brown rice and kale salad
Brown Rice and Kale Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
brown rice and kale salad
Brown Rice and Kale Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk the minced garlic, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, set aside. In a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients (except the feta), and mix. Crumble the feta on top of the salad, add the dressing stir to combine. Add extra balsamic vinegar to your taste.
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Spinach and Kale with Chickpeas and Fried Egg

Chickpeas and Fried Eggs

Meatless Monday is something I’m trying to get in the habit of, as I feel that Phillip and I eat a little too much meat. For dinner this week, I whipped up a spinach and kale chickpea stew, which was topped with a fried egg.

I’m not a usually fan of chickpeas, but this meal? It was fucking amazing – so much so, that I had leftovers for lunch on Tuesday (minus the egg, because I really couldn’t be stuffed frying an egg and then washing the pan out afterward).

Today, I wanted to share the recipe with you guys, if you decide to make it, let me know what you thought.

Chickpeas and Fried Eggs
Spinach and Kale with Chickpeas and Fried Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 - 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 - 60 minutes
Chickpeas and Fried Eggs
Spinach and Kale with Chickpeas and Fried Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 - 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 - 60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 of the minced garlic cloves and stir until it begins to brown. Add the spinach and kale, coat in garlic and cook until wilted. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same pot heat 2 Tbsp of oil and add the remaining garlic cloves and the onion. Cook until the onion is translucent then add the spices and stir to coat the onion.
  3. Add tomato and chickpeas; stir to coat and then bring the tomato juice to a simmer and allow the juice to reduce a little. At this stage, you can add a little salt and pepper to season, if you would like.
  4. Add the vegetable stock, and simmer for around 25 - 30 minutes. Mash a few chickpeas with a potato masher during this time and cook until the sauce is thickened. Fold in the spinach and kale,
  5. Add a little oil to a frying pan and heat until it begins to shimmer. Crack 2 eggs into the pan (make sure the oil is hot, i cracked my eggs prematurely and they got stuck to the pan) and using a large spoon, baste whites with oil until they have set and the edges are crunchy and golden brown.
  6. To serve spoon chickpea stew into bowls and top with a fried egg.
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Comfort Food – Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

gluten free mac and cheese

Hey guys! it’s been a while since I last posted a recipe on here for you, and so today I thought that I would to share a meal with you that we’ve been eating quite a bit lately: gluten free mac and cheese.

We’re heading into winter in New Zealand and it’s getting a little chilly, and I find mac and cheese incredibly comforting when it’s cold and gloomy out; I don’t know what it is, but you really can’t beat melted cheesy, carby goodness when the weather it’s shitty outside (yes, I know I’m lactose intolerant..)

gluten free mac and cheese
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
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Cheesy, carby goodness to feed the soul on those cold gloomy days.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
gluten free mac and cheese
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
Print Recipe
Cheesy, carby goodness to feed the soul on those cold gloomy days.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Ingredients
Mac & Cheese
Cheese Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Fill a saucepan with water, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender (about 5 - 6 minutes), stirring occasionally. Once cooked, drain and set aside (if you want, drizzle with oil, so the pasta doesn't stick).
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat, and fry the onions and garlic until soft. Set aside
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on a low - medium heat, then add the cornflour and paprika (feel free to use nutmeg instead of paprika, it works amazingly well), stirring until caramelised (around 2 - 3 minutes). Remove from the heat and add in the mustard and stock powder, gradually pour in the milk, whisking continuously until smooth.
  4. Return the pot to the heat and bring to a simmer, whisking until thickened. Stir through half the cheese and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside
  5. Add the pasta and onion to the cheese sauce, and stir until well combined. Pour everything into a large baking dish, and combine the panko with the remaining cheese and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 15 - 29 minutes, or until the topping is golden and crispy.
Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to add ham or bacon into the mac and cheese when combining everything in the pot. We usually add about 250 grams of ham, and it's amazing.
  • I tend to eyeball the amount of cheese I use for this recipe, it turns out I use way more than a cup - I probably use closer to three or four.... Hey. I love cheese.
  • This recipe covers dinner for about two days for us, although it would probably last longer/serve more people if we also had it with a salad on the side.
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Nonna’s Meatballs (made gluten free)

nonna's meatballs

Today’s post is a recipe for Nonna’s meatballs; I was given this recipe a while ago, but never got around to making it until recently – gluten free meatballs are hard! I first tried making gf meatballs when Phillip and I first dating and they fell apart, I don’t take food failures very well, so I just never tried again (until now, obviously)

This time, we used panko crumbs instead of  breadcrumbs and they were great! The meatballs held together really well, and they were delicious (I’m sure they would be just as good if you used them with regular bread crumbs).

Anyway, enough babbling, here is the recipe I used:

Nonna's Meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free)
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Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free). We used panko crumbs instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out really well.
Servings
50 small meatballs
Servings
50 small meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free)
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Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free). We used panko crumbs instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out really well.
Servings
50 small meatballs
Servings
50 small meatballs
Ingredients
Meatballs
Sauce
Servings: small meatballs
Instructions
  1. rub the mince, garlic, eggs and parsley together and form little balls, and then roll the balls in the breadcrumbs.
  2. in a frying pan, brown the meatballs in olive oil, once browned put on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Tomato Sauce
  1. Put all the ingredients into a large pot and simmer over a low heat
  2. add the meatballs and cook for about 20 - 30 minutes
  3. if the sauce is too thin, add some more tomato puree
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