Posts by Vicki Grant

Surprising Mico Recipes

By Vicki Grant | 17/05/2019 | Posted in Recipes, Mico

Mico is the new method in your microwave. You may not know that you can make more than cheese toasties, poached eggs and baked potatoes in your Mico. Below are 3 inspiring recipes that show that Mico is more versatile than you think!

Chocolate puddings recipe in your Mico Egg

Chocolate pudding recipe in your Mico Egg

TIMINGS

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 4 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients - cake

  • 50g soft margarine
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 35g self-raising flour
  • 15g cocoa powder

Ingredients - icing

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 level tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 ¼ - 2 ½ tsp cold water

Optional

  • 4 pieces dark chocolate OR
  • 1 small Rocha pear

Method

  1. Lightly grease the egg cups with a little margarine
  2. Place the margarine, sugar and egg into a mixing bowl, sieve in the flour and cocoa
  3. Mix well with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined (about 1 minute- 1½ minutes) and then divide the mixture equally between the two egg cups
  4. Level the surface, cover with the lid and cook for 4 minutes
  5. Turn the puddings out onto plates, spoon over any sauce so that it runs down the sides and serve immediately with custard, chocolate icing or cream as desired

Garlic Bread recipe in your Mico Toastie

Garlic Bread recipe in your Mico Toastie

TIMINGS

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 4 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 10g butter
  • 1 slice medium white bread

Method

  1. Mix the garlic into the butter then apply to one side of the bread
  2. Place slice of bread in Toastie maker butter side up
  3. Cook for 2 minutes and then using oven gloves flip the Toastie maker over, cook for a further 2 minutes
  4. Remove the garlic bread and serve immediately

Toad in the hole recipe in your Mico Potato

Toad in the hole recipe in your Mico Potato

TIMINGS

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 35g plain flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50ml milk
  • ½ tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 thin Chipolata sausages, pricked

Method

  1. Place the flour in a bowl, add the egg and lightly mix then gradually add the milk. Whisk until smooth and then set aside
  2. Drizzle the oil into the base of the Mico Potato and add the sausages
  3. Cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes
  4. Using non-metallic tongs, turn the sausages then cook with the lid on for a further 3 minutes
  5. Add half the batter to the sausages and microwave with the lid on for 6 minutes. The remaining batter can be refrigerated for 24 hours
  6. Allow to stand for 2 minutes before serving

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Prepstar Ultra-Fast Salsa

By Vicki Grant | 18/04/2019 | Posted in Recipes, Prepstar

The sun is going to shine so why not add a bit more heat to your weekend with this ultra-fast salsa made in Prepstar our amazing compact, versatile food processor

Ultra-Fast

Ingredients - cake

  • 2 red onions
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 medium tomatoes (firm if possible)
  • ½ tsp of chilli flakes (or fresh chilli)
  • A glug of raspberry vinegar*
  • A glug of chilli oil*
  • Fresh lime juice, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

*with the flavoured oil and vinegar, use whichever combination you have available, its good fun having a go with different combos!

Method

Firstly, peel the onion and chop it into quarters. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and cut out and discard the centres. Place the tomatoes, onion, salt, pepper chilli, oil, vinegar and a good squeeze of the lime into the Prepstar, blend and blitz for 20 – 30 seconds.

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Winter Soup Maker Recipes

By Vicki Grant | 12/03/2019 | Posted in Recipes, Soupmaker, soup

While it's windy, wet and cold outside why don't you try one of our great winter warming soups that can be made in as little as 21 minutes in your soup maker.

Winter Lamb and Lentil Broth

Winter Lamb and Lentil Broth

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 28 minutes

Setting: Chunky

Additional utensils: chopping board, vegetable knife, potato peeler, measuring spoons, measuring jug, wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 75g raw minced lamb
  • 100g onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g carrot, finely chopped
  • 150g potato, finely chopped
  • 100g swede, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 235g tinned cooked green lentils, drained
  • ½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Approx. 900ml hot lamb stock

Method

  1. Place the olive oil in the Removable Vessel, fit the Lid, select Sauté and press Start. After 1 minute carefully add the lamb mince, refit the Lid and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until evenly browned.
  2. Carefully add the onion, garlic, carrot, potato and swede to the Removable Vessel and sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in the flour then add the rest of the ingredients and hot stock up to the desired level.
  3. If you don't have the sauté function on your soup maker, then saute the ingredients in a pan on your hob.
  4. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula. Press and hold the Stop button then select Chunky setting, required portion size and press Start.
  5. Season to taste and remove bay leaves (leaf) before serving.

French Style Pistou

French Style Pistou

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 28 minutes

Setting: Chunky

Additional utensils: chopping board, vegetable knife, potato peeler, measuring jug, measuring spoon, wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 150g courgette cut into small dice
  • 75g raw minced lamb
  • 70g potato cut into small dice
  • 70g onion, finely chopped
  • 50g carrot cut into small dice
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 50g petit pois
  • 50g French beans, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 50g spaghetti, broken into small pieces
  • Approx. 650ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree (mix into the stock)
  • Salt and ground black pepper

To Serve

  • Pesto
  • Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Place vegetables and spaghetti pieces into your soup make, add the stock/ tomato puree mixture to the desired level, and stir with a wooden spoon
  2. Select Chunky Setting and press Start
  3. When ready, season to taste and serve with a spoonful of pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Setting: Smooth

Additional utensils: chopping board, vegetable knife, measuring jug, measuring spoon, wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 625g fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g onion, chopped
  • 120g celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10g fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • Approx. 700ml hot vegetable stock
  • 150ml single cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. If you have a soup maker with a Sauté function place the oil in the soup maker, fit the Lid, select Sauté and press Start. Heat for 1 minute
  2. Carefully add the onion, celery, garlic, parsley and half the mushrooms, stir with a wooden spoon and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. (As the mushrooms cook their volume will reduce).
  3. Add the remaining mushrooms to the soup maker, stir, and sauté for a further 3 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  4. If you don't have the sauté function on your soup maker, then saute the ingredients in a pan on your hob then add to your soup maker.
  5. Add the hot stock to the desired level for the recipe.
  6. Press and hold the Stop button, then select Smooth setting and press Start
  7. At the end of the program, stir in the cream with a wooden spoon and season to taste.

Easy Pea, Ham and Mint Soup

Easy Pea, Ham and Mint Soup

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 215 minutes

Setting: Smooth

Additional utensils: chopping board, vegetable knife, potato peeler, measuring jug, measuring spoons, wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 600g frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 20g fresh mint leaves
  • 225g good quality cooked ham, chopped/shredded
  • 100g potato diced
  • Approx. 800ml hot ham stock
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 rounded tbsp, crème fraiche

Method

  1. Place the peas, mint, ham and potato into the soup maker. Add hot stock up to the required level for the recipe. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  2. Fit the Lid, Select Smooth setting and press Start.
  3. When ready, season with a little salt and milled pepper, add the olive oil and crème fraiche.
  4. Select Blend, and then press and hold the Start button for 20 seconds

Why not take a look at our soup makers. With different sizes and options we have a soup maker to suit everyone!

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Prepstar Healthy Banana Bread

By Vicki Grant | 06/02/2019 | Posted in Recipes

Healthy Banana Bread

Created by @HungryHealthyHappy

Ingredients:

  • A little butter for greasing the loaf tin
  • 200g wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 10 walnuts, roughly chopped (you can use the chop function on the Prepstar for this too)
  • 4 bananas, 3 mashed and 1 halved lengthways
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tbsp fat free greek yoghurt
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • 50g dark chocolate chips

Method:
  1. Using the beater attachment, add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and pulse to gently mix.
  2. Add the mashed banana, maple syrup, eggs, greek yoghurt and skimmed milk and beat until mixed together well.
  3. Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and pulse until lightly mixed together
  4. Pour the batter in to a greased 2lb loaf tin and top with the banana halves.
  5. Put the loaf in to a preheated oven at 180C/350F Gas Mark 4 and bake for an hour. Leave to cool before removing from tin.

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Firecracker Mexican Chicken Soup

By Vicki Grant | 06/02/2019 | Posted in Recipes

Firecracker Mexican chicken soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 stalks fresh coriander
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 small can sweetcorn, drained
  • 1/4 an avocado per person, to serve
  • 15g crumbled feta per person, to serve
  • 1 herb wrap (eg weight watchers, bfree) to serve
Method:
  1. Add the chicken, chipotle, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, tomatoes and stock to the soup maker and cook on the chunky setting.
  2. While the soup is cooking, slice your wrap into triangles and grill lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. When the soup is a few minutes away from being cooked, add your sweetcorn and mixed beans to the soup maker and cook until the timer is finished.
  4. Serve with chopped avocado, crumbled feta and coriander with your tortilla dippers on the side.

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Slow Cooked Butternut Squash Chili

By Vicki Grant | 06/02/2019 | Posted in Recipes

Butternut Squash Chili

The ideal vegetarian slow cooker recipe to keep you warm while watching the fireworks.

Ingredients:

  • 160g Onion, finely diced
  • 180g Mushrooms, halved
  • 500g Butternut squash, peeled, de seeded and cubed to 1 inch
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 inch Ginger, grated
  • 1 Red chili, De seeded, sliced
  • 400g Chickpeas, tinned, drained
  • 60g Quinoa
  • 400g Coconut milk, tinned
  • 400ml / 14floz Water
  • Handful Coriander, to garnish, chopped

Total recipe time: 265 minutes

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 250 minutes

Serves: 4


Preparation steps:
  1. Place the cooking pot into the slow cooker
  2. Peel and dice the onion
  3. De seed and slice the chili
  4. Peel, de seed and dice the butternut squash to roughly 1inch sq. TIP: To save time you can buy ready prepared from the supermarket
  5. Peel and roughly grate the ginger
  6. Open and drain the chickpeas

Cooking Steps:
  1. Place all of the ingredients into the cooking pot or sauce pan and stir to combine
  2. Put on the lid and using the control cook on High for 4 hours.
  3. When the cooking ends, turn the control knob off.
  4. Garnish with chopped coriander.

TIP: Season to taste and serve with basmati rice

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Spicy Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

By Vicki Grant | 06/02/2019 | Posted in Recipes

Spicy Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

Thank you to @fiona_slimmingworld_diaries for this great healthy seasonal soup recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 1 medium pumpkin chopped
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 700ml vegetable stock

Method:
  1. Add all ingredients to the soup maker and choose smooth. Add fresh coriander to serve.

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Prepstar Asian Slaw

By Vicki Grant | 06/02/2019 | Posted in Recipes

Asian Slaw

Created by @HungryHealthyHappy

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • Half a head of red cabbage
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • A thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 apple
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A handful of fresh mint and coriander
  • 2 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cashews, finely chopped

Method:
  1. Add the largest grater attachment to your Prepstar and close the lid. Feed the carrots, cabbage and apple through the food shoot and use the food pusher to make sure they all go through.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and honey. Tip the grated vegetables in to the dressing and mix well.
  3. Pour the dressed vegetables in to a bowl and top with the sesame seeds, chopped chilli and cashew nuts.

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