The Crazy Kitchen: March 2016

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Monday 14 March 2016

Easter Mini Egg Rocky Road

This recipe is a lovely simple sweet treat to make with the kids over the Easter holidays, and by using these disposable trays makes it a great little gift to give to friends and family - just wrap in cellophane and secure with some ribbon!

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Easter Mini Egg Rocky Road

250g milk or dark chocolate
50g butter
75g golden syrup
115g digestive biscuits, crushed
4 Party Ring biscuits, roughly chopped
75g Cadbury Mini Eggs
60g Marshmallows, cut into small pieces

for decoration
Chocolate carrots (I found these in Asda)
coloured sprinkles
Cadbury Mini Eggs
yellow crispy sprinkles
  • Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup together in a bain marie - set aside to cool slightly
  • Stir in the crushed and chopped biscuits, mini eggs and marshmallows, and mix well
  • Press into two 18cm x 11cm foil trays (or use one larger tray)
  • Top with your chosen decorations and press down lightly
  • Place in the fridge to set completely before slicing into squares

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Thursday 3 March 2016

No Bake Healthy Cocoa Orange Date & Almond Bars

I'm having a bit of a 'healthy episode' at the moment, and trying to cut out as much sugar as I can, which is a bit ironic really, when I'm making marshmallows almost every day! It dawned on me this week that Spring is approaching, and next month I have two weekends away, including one to Portugal with the girls, which will involve getting my floppy white body out & subathing - nothing like leaving the bikini (who am I kidding!) diet until the last minute!

With working from home I've always been a bit of a leisurely breakfast eater, and sit down to a coffee and a bite to eat around 10am, after a few chores have been completed. Now I'm working away from the home three mornings a week I have to be a little more organised to squeeze breakfast in before the school run. I'm often not very hungry though so something like these Date and Almond Bars are perfect to enjoy with a cuppa, to tide me over until lunchtime.

Similar bars to this can cost around 75p each to buy in the shops, but these work out under 40p for the same size bar (and taste just as good, in my opinion).

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No Bake Healthy Cocoa Orange Date & Almond Bars - makes 10

175g Medjool dates, pitted
175g almonds
zest of 1 orange + 1tbsp juice
10g cocoa powder
  • Add all the ingredients apart from the juice, to a food processor and blitz it resembles coarse sand
  • Add the orange juice with the motor running, until it all comes together
  • Press into a lightly greased tin, to approx 2cm thick
  • Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for around 1 hour before slicing into 10 bars

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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Super Speedy Thai Green Turkey Stir Fry

I love speedy recipes, especially ones that are also extremely quick to prepare. I don't really do long recipes with lots of prep time, as time is often short, so stir fries are a big favourite of mine - especially the recipes like this one that don't call for lots of chopping!

I used ready cooked Bernard Matthews turkey breast pieces in this recipe, which are a great convenience food to keep in the fridge when I'm trying to create healthy lunches and dinners, as they're low in fat and high in protein. 

If you don't have much time then this recipe is definitely for you - it takes less than 15 minutes to make, and I swear that the husband thought I'd served him up a ready meal when I presented him with his dinner last Saturday night after spending only a short time in the kitchen!

This recipe serves two people but can easily be doubled up to feed a family of four.
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Super Speedy Thai Green Turkey Stir Fry - serves 2

1 tbsp Sesame oil
2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
140g pack of Bernard Matthews Roast Turkey Breast pieces
300g ready cooked noodles
75g sugar snap peas
75g mangetout
zest & juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tbsp water
small handful of salted peanuts, chopped
fresh coriander & lime wedges to serve
  • heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan
  • add the curry paste & stir
  • add the turkey pieces, noodles, vegetables, lime zest and juice and water to the pan
  • fry over a medium/high heat until everything is heated through
  • serve topped with the peanuts, lime wedges and coriander

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As you can see from the above picture, the new look Bernard Matthews roast turkey breast pieces are only £1 per pack in Asda, so they're great value for money, as well as being convenient (and healthy).

this post has been commissioned by Bernard Matthews

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