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Green Spaghetti! – kids friendly

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Bon Appétit

My two daughters are 12 and 7 and they are not a big fan of green vegetables.  But this is one dish that they love and I cook it at least 2 or 3 times a week.
It’s really easy to prepare and it’s super delicious.  Let me show you how to prepare this healthy green spaghetti.
1. Wash a bunch of English parsley (approximately 12 stems  – a little more or less is fine)

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2. Put the parsley in the food processor/blender and add  3 – 4 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp ginger powder (or grate some fresh ginger) and 1/2 tsp of salt. Add about 150ml of warm water.
[Note: You can also add a few walnuts.  Me and hubby like walnuts but my two girls do not.  I guess having two nutty parents is more than they could tolerate. LOL!]

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3.  Give it a good blend and you will get a nice healthy green mixture.

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4.  Pour mixture into a big bowl and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle some black pepper.  Mix well and keep aside.

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5. Boil the spaghetti and when it’s ready, drain and pour it into the green mixture.

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6. Give it a good mix and you’re ready to serve.  My girls like to have this spaghetti top with fried bacon and a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese.  This recipe would go well with roast chicken or any grilled meat of your choice.

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Enjoy! Eat well & be happy!

spagethi8

 

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Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

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Chicken curry is possibly the most common delicacy in Malaysia. It’s normally served with plain boiled rice, Indian flat bread or plain bread. This chicken curry recipe is very straightforward, easy to make and most importantly it’s kid-friendly 🙂

Ingredients:

1. 600 – 800g chicken (skinless with bones & cut into small pieces)

Marinade chicken with the following for at least 30 minutes:-
a) 5 tablespoons curry powder (more if you like it spicy)
b) 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
c) 5 tablespoons plain yogurt
d) 1 tsp sea salt

e) 2 tablespoons of lime/lemon juice (optional)

Blend items 2 – 4 below:
2. One big red onion
3. Three cloves garlic
4. One inch of ginger

5. Two stalks lemongrass
6. Some curry leaves
7. Two cups/500 ml water (less if you prefer thicker curry or more if you like more sauce)
8. A quarter (1/4) cup low fat coconut milk or fresh milk
9. One big tomato (quartered)
10.200 – 300g potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
11. Three tablespoons olive oil

Method:

1. Heat up Wok or a deep pot and add the olive oil.

2. Saute the blended ingredients (onion, garlic & ginger) until aromatic/light brown in colour.

3. Add the marinated chicken, lemongrass & curry leaves. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes before adding the water.

4. Cover the Wok/pot and lower the heat to medium. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chicken meat become tender. (Note: Taste the curry and add more salt if necessary)

5. Add the coconut milk/fresh milk and potatoes. Let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just cooked.

6. Then add the tomatoes and bring to a boil.

Serve hot with plain rice or bread.

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Simple Bolognese Recipe

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My 6-year daughter does not like chopped celery and carrots in the traditional bolognese recipe. So, I have created my version of bolognese sauce that is easy, quick and yummy 🙂

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
500 g mince beef
1 large onion (chopped)
2 medium carrots (blended with 1/2 cup water)
1 can tomato soup + 1/2 can water
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup red wine
2 bay leaves
oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Method:

1. Pour olive oil in large pan.
2. Add chopped onions, gently cook until golden.
3. Add mince beef (cook until meat no longer pink) & carrot (blended)
4. Add red wine, bay leaves and oregano.
5. Pour in tomato soup, 1/2 can water and tomato sauce.
6. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stir occasionally.
7. Salt & pepper to taste.