Cod and Potato Traybake (serves 4)

Cod and Potato Traybake by The Fat Foodie

This Cod and Potato Traybake is one of those all-in-one traybake dinners that are really handy for weekday meals. Aside from prepping the vegetables there’s actually very little work involved in making it because the oven does the work for you.

I like to use cod for this traybake because it holds its shape well upon cooking and I feel that the delicate flavour of the fish allows the vegetables to sing, but feel free to substitute cod for any other fish you prefer.

I sometimes feel a bit bored with eating meat throughout the week, so a meal based around fresh fish makes a delightful change. Particularly one which is so easy to make!

I use a mixture of new potatoes, bell peppers and tomatoes for my roasted vegetables, but you could add other vegetables to suit your own tastes too. For example, whole broccoli florets and green beans are very tasty roasted (both are low FODMAP up to 75g per serving) and I never tire of the natural sweetness that can be found in roasted carrots.

I like to make a quick tartare sauce to accompany my traybake which is simply made by mixing chopped gherkins and capers into mayonnaise and then squeezing a little lemon juice into it. A sprinkling of dill never goes amiss in the mayo either.

If you’d like a low FODMAP fish dish for dinner I’d highly recommend this Cod and Potato Traybake. It’s tasty, filling and can be made in under an hour. What more could you need during the week?

Ingredients:

600g new potatoes (thinly sliced or diced)

1 red bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 green bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)

4 tbsps green spring onion tips

4 common tomatoes (diced)

4 tbsps olive oil

1 lemon (sliced)

4 cod fillets

Method:

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas mark 6 and have a large baking tray to hand.

Prepare the vegetables as directed and then coat them in the oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast the vegetables for 35-40 mins until the potatoes are soft and then place the cod fillets on top and sit the lemon slices on top of the fish.

Bake in the oven for 6-8 mins until the fish is cooked to your liking and then serve.

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Chicken Coconut Curry (serves 4)

Chicken Coconut Curry by The Fat Foodie

Some time ago I’d been visiting my young granddaughter and needed to make her some dinner. Her Dad always has a brilliantly stocked pantry that’s full of herbs and spices and he’d also left plenty of healthy and nutritious ingredients in the fridge too, so after assessing what I had to play with I came up with this Chicken Coconut Curry.

This Chicken Coconut Curry was going to be served to a toddler therefore, it couldn’t be too spicy overall, so I made it a creamy and aromatic curry instead. It’s delicately flavoured with mild garam masala spice and toasted cumin seeds, all of which is enhanced by the warming effect of fresh ginger.

This Chicken Coconut Curry makes a delicious dairy-free alternative to traditional cream and ground almond-based kormas, but without the horrible effects it has for IBS sufferers. It’s light, fresh and very delicious.

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts (diced)

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsps garam masala

The seeds of 6 cardamom pods (husks discarded)

20g fresh minced ginger

30g green spring onion tips

60g mangetout (cut into bite-sized pieces)

100g tinned baby corn on the cobs (cut into bite-sized pieces)

240ml tinned coconut milk

160ml lactose-free cream or non-dairy cream

2 tbsps cornflour mixed into 2 tbsps cold water

1 low FODMAP chicken stock cube

Rice (to serve)

Method:

Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the spices and fry for 2-3 mins to release the aromas.

Add the diced chicken and fry for 6-8 mins before adding the coconut milk, cream, stock cube and vegetables. Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked.

Add the cornflour mixture and stir through until the sauce has thickened. Serve with boiled rice.

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Spaghetti Al Pomodoro (serves 2)

Spaghetti Al Pomodoro by The Fat Foodie

We don’t eat a lot of spaghetti in our house because I tend to prefer my carbs in the form of vegetables or rice, but this recipe for Spaghetti al Pomodoro breaks the rule. I first made this Spaghetti al Pomodoro when my vegan step-son was visiting because I had a large pack of common tomatoes that needed to be used up and I wanted to make something for dinner that was fresh, but filling.

https://fodmarket.co.uk/ recently contacted me to see if I would like to try out some of their products and one of the ones that they suggested was Massel 7’s vegetable stock cubes. Massel is an Australian brand which makes a range of stock cubes which are low FODMAP because they don’t contain any onion or garlic. They’re also gluten-free and vegan.

Massel 7’s Vegetable Stock Cubes

After trying the Massel stock cubes in a number of recipes I have to say that I was really impressed. Considering that they don’t contain any strong-tasting vegetable extracts, such as onion or garlic, they worked extremely well as a high quality seasoning stock. They’re based around other herbs and vegetables (which include celery, cabbage, spinach and bay leaves) and can act as a light, but flavoursome stock for countless recipes.

(I should point out that I’m not being paid to say this, nor am I earning any affiliate commission from https://fodmarket.co.uk/ for this post either.)

Whenever I boil pasta I always add two or three stock cubes to the cooking water because I find that pasta is quite plain-tasting in general, but cooking it in the stock water infuses the cooked pasta with way more flavour. It might seem a bit luxurious to ‘waste’ stock cubes in this manner, but it really does make a huge difference to the overall taste of the pasta. Give it a go and see what you think.

If you’re in the mood for a light and fresh evening meal that celebrates humble, yet delicious, ingredients, such as tomatoes and pasta, then you can’t go wrong with Spaghetti al Pomodoro. With a simple topping of grated parmesan (or a non-dairy version) and freshly torn basil leaves you’ve the makings of a very satisfying supper.

Ingredients:

160g dried gluten-free spaghetti

500g common tomatoes (chopped)

1 tsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp white sugar

2 tbsps of water

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Fresh basil leaves (to serve)

40g grated parmesan (or non-dairy version)

Method:

To make the sauce put a saucepan over a medium heat and add the tomatoes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and let the tomatoes steadily pulp down. Add more water if you think the mixture is getting too dry.

Put a large saucepan over a medium-high heat (and add stock cubes to the cooking water, if you like) and cook your spaghetti until it is done to your liking.

Once the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce is thick add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the spaghetti and then mix the pomodoro sauce through it before serving it with fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan.

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