Winter Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Sugar Snap Peas

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This is a wonderful winter salad.  Just add a chunk of bread for a delicious lunch.
Ingredients Mixed greens (lettuce, rocket, spinach, braising mix) 150 grams of Pumpkin 1/2 a Sweet Potato 1 med Beetroot 1 large Fennel Bulb 2 garlic cloves 100 grms Sugar Snap Peas Tamari 1/3 cup of pepita seeds 200 grams feta Dressing 2 tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp Dijon or seeded mustard 2 roasted garlic cloves 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp Freshly ground pepper fresh thyme or lemon thyme small dash of sugar Method 1. Preheat oven to 180C 2. Cut up an assortment of vegetables which roast well like pumpkin, sweet potato, beetroot, fennel into bite size pieces. 3. Mix well with salt and olive oil, enough oil to well coat. Place on baking dish with two whole garlic cloves(for the dressing) and roast in the oven, turning after 15 minutes to ensure all sides are evenly brown. 4.  Place pepita seeds into a small cast iron fry pan. Add enough tamari to just cover seeds.  Put onto high heat, stirring frequently until all of the tamari has evaporated.  Remove from heat. 5.  Remove garlic from oven.  Mash into the rest of the dressing ingredients and whisk. 6. Wash and break up greens and place in a bowl. 7. Remove the string from the sugar snap peas and cut each into two or three pieces. 8. Remove veggies from oven and toss them over the greens.  Add tamari pepitas. Coarsely crumble feta on top. Add the cut up peas.  Dress at the table.

Autumn Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Apple, Radish and Goat Cheese

Ingredients2 cups rocket or mixed Asian greens 1/2 sliced, cored apple 1 cup cubed, roasted sweet potato, carrot and/or pumpkin 4 sliced radishes 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon honey salt & pepper 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Method 1. Put the greens, apple, roasted veggies, radish and sesame seeds in a large mixing bowl. 2. In a small separate bowl make the dressing: mix the olive oil, lemon juice, honey and season with salt & pepper. 3. Toss the salad with the dressing, using the amount you like. 4. Divide salad into two serving bowls. Scatter the goat cheese on top of the salads.

Mashed Sweet Potato with a twist

Ingredients700g sweet potatoes A small bunch of fresh coriander 2tbsp mango chutney Soy sauce 2 limes

Method 1. Wash the sweet potatoes, trim off any gnarly bits, then cut them into chunks and put them into a steamer with half a lime. Add water and steam them for about twelve minutes or until tender. 2.  Finely chop the coriander on a large wooden chopping board, setting a few leaves aside for the garnish. Add the mango chutney, a good splash of soy sauce, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, the juice from ½ a lime and the reserved chopped chilli. Chop and mix everything together on the board. 3. Check the sweet potato are cooked through, then use tongs to squeeze over the juice from the hot lime half and discard them. 4. Carefully tip the sweet potatoes on top of the mango chutney mixture and use a knife or masher to chop and mash everything together, including the skins. Season to taste, adding more fresh lime juice if needed.

Roasted Potato Wedges with Spicy Feta and Coriander

Ingredients1 medium potato 2 sweet potatoes olive oil 1 fresh red chilli A bunch of fresh coriander 50g (1¾oz) feta cheese

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. 2. Toss the sweet potato wedges in a roasting tray with a pinch of salt and pepper, the paprika and a lug of olive oil. 3. Cook in the hot oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. 4. Meanwhile, finely chop the red chilli and most of the coriander on a board, mixing as you go. Add the feta and keep chopping and mixing. 5. Toss the coriander, feta mix through the wedges.

Sweet Potato Wedges with a Basil Mayonnaise

Here is a recipe inspired by one of Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals. Ingredients 2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut lengthways into wedges ½ teaspoon sweet paprika olive oil For the basil mayo 4 sprigs fresh basil 1 heaped tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise juice of ½ lemon 1 tablespoon fat-free natural yoghurt

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. 2. Toss the sweet potato wedges in a roasting tray with a pinch of salt and pepper, the paprika and a lug of olive oil. 3. Cook in the hot oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. 4. Meanwhile, chop off the tough ends of the basil stalks then pound the rest of it with a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar until you've got a paste. Add the mayonnaise, yoghurt and lemon juice and muddle it all together.