Low Fat, Dairy Free Mushroom Soup

This soup is very comforting, especially for something that has no butter and cream. I am struggling with gallbladder problems, so I am trying to avoid fats and milk products to minimize the pain. I am getting really sick of chicken by now but still trying to make it palatable. This soup was actually delicious, I would love to eat it even if I were healthy.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

3 cups sliced mushrooms
2 chicken breasts
2 carrots
1 white part of a leek
a small piece of celeriac (size of half an apple or so)
1/2 red bell pepper
1 stalk celery
1 chicken stock cube
1 cup unsweetened soy milk

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

optional: boiled pasta

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Method:

Put the raw chicken breasts in a pot half-filled with cold water and put on low heat. Let is warm up really slowly and after 20 minutes or so, use a sieve or a spoon to skim the protein from the top. It doesn’t taste bad but looks rather awful.

While the chicken is warming up, cube your veggies. Once you skim the broth, take the chicken out and also cube it. Add it back in the soup, together with carrots, celeriac, leek, celery, stock cube and pepper.
Let everything boil on medium heat until the carrots are almost done – around 20 minutes.
After that time, add the sliced mushrooms, spices and soy milk and cook for another 15 minutes.

Add in the cooked pasta just before serving if using.

Enjoy!

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My Polish Grandma’s Dinner: Pasta with Sausages

This is one of those super simple recipes. It comes from my grandma who has enjoyed it any time she was able to get the ingredients. She really likes to add a lot of cream to her recipes. I asked her about it and she said that when she was a young girl in the Second World War they had little food. Her family was from the countryside and they managed to keep a cow despite all of the difficulties. She said that sometimes these milk products coming from the cow were lifesavers and the only thing they had for the whole day. You’d think that would put a person off cream for life but instead cream and milk are my grandma’s favourite things.

 

About the ingredients for this recipe. The pasta grandma uses is a short, thin pasta, thin like angel hair or capellini but short. I imagine other small pasta types could be used here with success.

For sausage my grandma’s favourite choice here is hotdogs. You can also use kielbasa, wieners or anything else that you like.

You’ll also notice marjoram. If this herb is alien to you, just use oregano instead. Also, if you like your food spicy, this can be delicious with cayenne pepper.

This amount serves 4.

 

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Ingredients:

a teaspoon of oil for frying

2 cups dry thin pasta or whatever is your normal amount for 4 people (a lot depends here on the exact pasta type)

4 sausages

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup single cream

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp marjoram

a handful of grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

 

grandma's pasta

In a large frying pan, add oil and sliced sausages. Let them brown while you are chopping onion and garlic. Once the sausages are browned to your liking, add onion and garlic.

In the meantime, boil pasta according to instructions on the packet.

Add hot, drained pasta to the sausages and follow with cream, tomato paste, herbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes while mixing well.

grandma's pasta

Done! I love this with a big, green salad.

 

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Cheesy Spinach Casserole

Spinach is one of those healthy foods that also happen to be tasty. I like to add a bit to many dishes but this casserole is quite packed with it. It is also an easy and quickly put together dinner or lunch for when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Yup, another lazy recipe.

This casserole has three cheeses so it’s definitely for the cheese enthusiast like me. But who wouldn’t like cheese?

 

spinach casserole

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cup dry penne pasta

1 cup cream cheese

1 standard size ball of Mozzarella (80 to 100g)

4 cups spinach leaves, chopped

1 cup milk

a handful of Parmesan shavings

1/2 tsp dried nutmeg

1/2 tsp dried chilli powder (or more if you like spicy)

1 tsp dried regano

salt & pepper to taste

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Put the uncooked pasta and spinach in an ovenproof dish.

spinach casserole

Next, grab a small pot and heat the cream cheese, spices and milk in it until the cheese is more or less melted and the spices are well distributed.

spinach casserole

spinach casserole

 

Pour the mixture all over the pasta and stir.

Put the Parmesan shavings and Mozzarella on top and place in the oven.

 

 

spinach casserole

 

Bake for 40 minutes. The pasta should be cooked by then.

When making one of these lazy dishes which don’t require you to pre-cook the pasta, it is important to make sure that all of the pasta shapes are covered with milk, cheese or spinach so that they cook instead of drying out.

spinach casserole

 

Enjoy!
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Tuna & Leeks Pasta Bake

This is a quick dinner that can be made from store cupboard ingredients and the result is very satisfying and filling. I make this when I really don’t feel like cooking and all I want to do is stay on the sofa and watch another episode of Family Guy or Drop Dead Diva. 🙂 If you ever find yourself in that predicament – this recipe takes 10 minutes work and the 45 minutes for baking. Good Luck!

 

tuna bakeIngredients:

 

1 leek

1 can of tuna in water app. 150g

2 cups of dry penne pasta

200g of Philadelphia Light (full-fat will also be delicious but the bake is quite calorific as it is, so I opt for the light version)

½ cup of milk

½ cup of water straight from the kettle

2 Tbsp of grated parmesan

a piece of cheese of your choice to grate on top of the bake, I use Norwegian Jarlsberg but any yellow cheese that you like will do well here

basil and oregano

white pepper and salt

 

 

First of all, preheat the oven to 200C/390F.

I have a new oven which heats up to this temperature within 4 minutes so I usually wait with switching it on but this recipe is done so quickly, you will be amazed!

 

Open the tuna, drain and discard the liquid. Put it in the very same baking dish you are using to make this dinner (this is truly a one pot recipe) and crush it with a fork in order to break up the big pieces. tuna bakeAdd finely chopped leek, Philadelphia cheese, pepper, salt and herbs. Mix well to blend all the ingredients. Add dry, uncooked penne pasta and mix to cover all of the pasta pieces. Add water and milk.

 

Grate the cheeses and sprinkle on top.

 

Bake for 45 minutes.

tuna bake

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