Roasted sweet potato fajitas

It’s been such a busy weekend with my family visiting me from France so this recipe is a little bit late, but I simply couldn’t deprive you of it.

I LOVE sweet potatoes and this is one of my favorite to-go lunch recipes ever: roasted sweet potato, red onion and red pepper wedges with Mexican spice, crème fraiche, feta cheese and crunchy iceberg lettuce.

It’s perfect, delicious hot or cold, morning or night.

Every time I have it, that’s all I wanted to eat for the next week.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, but this baby will most definitely be featuring on my Instagram feed regularly over the next few weeks.

Although I adore this fajita recipe as a vegetarian one, it’s also delicious with some spicy and crispy fried chorizo on top for a meaty twist.Your choice, really.

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato, washed and cut into wedges

1 red onion, chopped into wedges

1 onion, chopped into wedges

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into strips

1 tbsp olive oil

15g fajita or Mexican seasoning

Fresh coriander

Iceberg lettuce, shredded

50g feta cheese

Crème fraiche or sour cream, to serve

4 tortilla wraps

Optional: chorizo

1. Heat oven to 200° C. In a mixing bowl, toss sweet potato, onion, red onion and red pepper wedges with olive oil and spices. Place on a baking tray and roast for 40 minutes, turning halfway through.

2. Warm the wraps as indicated on the packet (or 8-10 minutes, wrapped in tinfoil in the oven).

3. Make fajitas once the vegetables are cooked by placing them in the wraps with a dollop of cream, some chopped coriander, iceberg lettuce and crumbled feta cheese.

IMG_3953For a meatier option, fry some chorizo slices in a pan until crisp while vegetables are baking then add to the fajitas.

4. Enjoy!

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I tried: Hello Fresh

So, as my last post stated, I recently received my first Hello Fresh box: after trying out Gousto last year, I had to try this second option. I’ve been busy cooking up the dishes they delivered these past few days. Here are my thoughts on the experience:

1. Delivery:

The box could have been delivered anytime during the day, but it arrived fairly early in the morning (around 11, I think). It was left on my front porch, exactly like I had specified – there were no issues with the delivery at all.

2. The Box :

IMG_3866The box looks simple: brown, with the Hello Fresh Logo on it. Once opened, the contents were very well organised, refrigerated ingredients on one side, fresh (vegetables and fruit) and dry ingredients on the other. Also included in the package were three beautifully designed recipe cards and a pack of Jordan’s Strawberry and Blueberry Granola, which I was delighted to see.

3. The recipes : 

First off, I should specify that I ordered the vegetarian box. Unlike Gousto, you cannot specifically choose which three meals you’d like to receive, as these are randomly picked for you. However, Hello Fresh do have a list of the different dishes available per week on their website (for the current week and the two following weeks).

While the “omnivore” box has a number of meal options (meaning you would only receive three meals out of about ten), the vegetarian menu only includes three items a week. Hence, you can know what meals you’ll be receiving in advance.

The three dishes I received I was, well, less than sold on at first. However, after having cooked and eaten them, I am absolutely bowled over! All three turned out delicious; the flavours were very well balanced and I’ll definitely be keeping some of these recipes in my belt for some other time.

This pasta dish was fresh, zingy and cheesy – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Power Pasta of the Gods with Peas and Parsley

My personal favourite of the three? This amazing roast sweet potato, onion and tomato salad with spiced halloumi. I’m a big fan of Halloumi cheese and this was definitely a lovely new way of eating it – I haven’t tried spicing it up before and it was very tasty. I loved the Mexican spice mix Hello Fresh included with the recipe.

Mexican Tomato Jumble with Spiced Citrus Halloumi

This dish was the real surprise of the three: I left it til last because I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it quite as much. However, it was completely the opposite. I discovered freekeh, a roasted grain with a nutty taste. I love it already 😉

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My verdict? 

Overall, a lovely experience ordering from Hello Fresh. The recipes were easy to follow and delicious.

The downside? Generally, I wouldn’t be able to afford this: 3 meals for 2 for £36 (for the vegetarian box), although relatively reasonably priced, just goes beyond what I can spend by myself. I got a £25 discount voucher on my first Hello Fresh box from Amazon a few weeks ago and thought I’d take the opportunity to test it. I would definitely recommend trying it out for couples, though!

Sugar-free baked beans

If you live in England, you must know that a full English breakfast is not complete without beans – baked beans, that is. If you’re going to brunch in England, and brunch right, you’ve got to have some of these with your eggs!

Now, the only brand you should be buying, my British friends tell me, is Heinz: nothing beats a tin of Heinz baked beans. The contents of which pack a whopping 9.8g of sugar per serving (1/2 tin or 200g). Even the reduced sugar and salt version has 6.7g of sugar per portion (1/2 tin or 200g)!

I never fully understood the concept of baked beans; we don’t eat a whole lot of beans in France. The first time I saw someone eating beans on toast (in my mind, the nutritional equivalent of carbs on carbs with sugar sauce), I did a double-take! However, I must admit, they have kind of grown on me – but I would rather eat them homemade to actually know what I’m eating.

I have really scoured the internet to find a proper baked beans recipe that I would find truly satisfying, and this one really did it for me (although I did tweak t a little). I love the strong tomato sauce, balanced with the sweetness of the rice malt syrup (all glucose sweetener) and the acidity of the apple cider vinegar. Slow-cooking really thickens the sauce and makes the beans perfectly tender. Make a big portion and keep in the fridge to enjoy, heated, at breakfast, dinner or as a snack. You can even freeze it in portions and keep for up to three months!

Serves 8

Ingredients:

2-3 tins cannellini beans

1 red onion, diced

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp rice malt syrup

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Coconut oil

Salt

Pepper

1. Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the diced onions and cook for 6-8 minutes.

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2. Stir in the chopped garlic, tomatoes, rice malt syrup, apple cider vinegar and 400ml water, then tip in the beans. If using dried beans, make sure you’ve soaked them overnight and pre-cooked them for an hour in simmering water.

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3. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick sauce and tender beans.

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4. Serve the beans on toasted bread, with grated cheese, if you like, or as part of a complete full English breakfast.

5. Enjoy!

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Original recipe found here

Sweet potato dauphinoise

My mother often made Gratin Dauphinois for us when I was a child, as a hearty side dish to some delicious meaty Sunday main. I looked forward to this very much, and still do, as I absolutely adore this warm and creamy potato gratin, the bottom potatoes melting in my mouth, the cheesy top having gotten crunchy and crispy under the grill and the nutmeg adding its distinctive nutty aroma.

I still make it myself, sometimes simply because I’m in the mood for it or if I cook for a large enough number of people, as it is a very satisfying dish which to be honest doesn’t really take that much preparation time. However, I’ve played around with it a little to make it a bit healthier: my main trick is to use sweet potatoes as well as classic, white potatoes, which gives this old French classic a new twist – as well as a higher dose in vitamin A and a lower calorie count.

In any case, this dish really is a wonderful side dish and scrummy comfort food, perfect for Sunday lunch, dinner party or a cosy Sunday evening. A must-try!

Serves 3

Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes, washed and peeled

2 potatoes, washed and peeled

150 ml crème fraiche or double cream

1 tsp of nutmeg

Salt

Pepper

50g cheese (English cheddar or French comté, for example), grated

1. Preheat oven to 180° celsius.

2. Chop potato and sweet potato into even slices, not too thick. Wash the starch off the potatoes, then put them in a bowl with the crème fraiche or double cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix them well, covering all slices evenly.

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3. Take an ovenproof dish and butter the sides. Layer alternate slices of potato and sweet potato inside the dish, covering with the rest of the cream. Place the grated cheese on top of the potatoes.

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4. Put the dish in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces the potatoes and the top is well gratiné (browned in the oven).

5. Serve as a side dish or as a main with a side salad or vegetables on the side.

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6. Enjoy!IMG_3356