I should start off saying that whilst I love to cook, I am by no means a professional so please don’t judge me too harshly!
I am all about convenience and during the week I don’t want to have to make a lot of effort to get something dinner-like in my belly – especially when it’s hot and I’ve just done a 90minute commute home!
Sunny weather means sunny foods and for some reason I have more quick sunshine meals and marinades in my cooking repartee than wintery ones so I thought I’d share some of them with you. It is by complete coincidence that many of these recipes are low in fat, but I assure you that they are all very tasty!
4 Tablespoons Tandoori Masala
6 Tablespoons Natural 0 or 2% fat Yoghurt
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
This should be enough for a couple of large chicken breasts – or a few chicken portions if you’re using meat on the bone (remove the skin if you are though) score the chicken and put in the marinade and leave in the fridge at least overnight. To cook it you just put it under the grill, you can either chop up the chicken breasts or leave them whole and they will start to look a bit burnt when they’re cooked, it’s just the yoghurt and it adds to the taste.
Serve with some more of the yoghurt with mint sauce and chopped cucumber mixed in.
This is a very summery zesty marinade – I LOVE this!
4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
2 Tablespoons Mint Sauce
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
1 Tablespoon Ground Turmeric
Again, this will be enough for a couple of chicken breasts, this one I tend to cut into chunks. You grill it so it’s nice and low fat, this should be served with Hummus, pitta breads and salad. It’s delish!
Jack Daniels Chicken
Ok, this really isn’t low fat but it’s YUMMY!
6 Tablespoons of olive oil
6 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoons of mild mustard
2 teaspoons of salt
4 Tablespoons Jack Daniel’s whiskey
1 tablespoon of black pepper
2 Tablespoons of wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons of parsley
3 clove of minced garlic
This should do 2 -3 chicken breasts, score the skin and marinade overnight – cook under the grill or on the BBQ!!
Chicken Tikka Kebabs
1 onion chopped
1 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
150ml natural yoghurt
2 red chillies
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Half teaspoon turmeric
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blitz till it’s a paste then marinade the chicken (you may need to add a bit of oil) overnight and cook under the grill or on the BBQ, this works best with the chicken cut into chunks and should do a couple of chicken breasts.
I serve with the mint/yoghurt/cucumber combination that I said about earlier.
So, that’s mostly what I end up eating during the week in the summer!
They all get the seal of approval from my housemate too … which is a good thing as he would live on Kebabs and biscuits if I didn’t cook!
I hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine
Love and Kisses