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easy recipes for busy people

Course: Main Meals

Thai Style Fish Cakes

Thai Style Fish Cakes

These Thai style fish cakes can be made with salmon (like I’ve done here) or your favourite white fish. Ocean trout is also really yummy. I like these as a light lunch or starter but you can also serve with rice and steamed greens to […]

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Vegetti and Meatballs

Vegetti and Meatballs

Vegetti and meatballs are a delicious alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs. This recipe is super easy and totally delicious.

Barley Risotto (Orzotto) with Chicken and Mushrooms

Barley Risotto (Orzotto) with Chicken and Mushrooms

Traditional risotto is awesome but not something I make very often. All that stirring! I have other things I need to be getting with. My Barley Risotto (known as Orzotto) with Chicken and Mushrooms is a great alternative. It is higher in fibre and lower in calories than risotto rice and doesn’t require loads of butter or cheese to make it taste delicious. Barley Risotto is also a lot simpler to cook.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

It may be summer here in Melbourne but the last few days has seen a cool spell which has made me crave a nice hearty soup. I find roasted sweet potato soup is a yummy alternative to my usual pumpkin soup. For an added change […]

Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

I know I bang on about how easy & delicious most of my recipes are, but seriously, the flavour vs effort ratio for these lamb meatballs is incredible. With only a few ingredients you have yourself a yummy snack, starter or even a main meal. […]

Freekeh, Lentil and Herb Salad

Freekeh, Lentil and Herb Salad

My freekeh lentil and herb salad is inspired from the delicious Cypriot grain salad I was lucky enough to try on New Years eve. This version is very much simplified but easy enough to make at home.

I need to acknowledge the fact that I have been offline for a few weeks. I have a good excuse I promise! Gerry & I finally tied the knot last week (yay!!) and between preparation for the wedding and hosting Christmas day I decided I needed to have a little break from the blog. Having said that I managed to write out 8 recipes yesterday….I have definitely missed it!!

Although I hadn’t cooked freekeh before, I have heard lots of great things about it. I can safely say it is all true, easy to cook and very tasty. I think the biggest problem I’m having with it is the spelling, if you do come across “freaked” in any part of this post we can thank my auto-correct. My other problem was pronunciation, the nice lady in the health food store tells me “freak-a” is correct.

Full of herbs and a yummy dressing this is a new favourite in our house.

The story behind me ordering the Cypriot salad is an interesting one, we were actually booked into a local Italian restaurant for our New Years eve dinner with family and friends. Unfortunately the service was so appallingly bad we decided to leave prior to ordering our meals. In a happy twist of fate we all went home together and ordered Uber Eats from a well known Greek restaurant in northern Melbourne. Thankfully I have now been properly introduced to freekeh and my Freekeh, Lentil and Herb salad is born.

This makes a great lunch, dinner or side. As usual I have written the recipe for 1 serving, use the calculator in the recipe panel to work out how much you need for more servings.

When I went shopping I struggled to find freekeh, the only option I had was this mix of freekeh, lentils and beans. It is actually perfect for this salad. You can use what ever mix suits you, just plain freekeh & puy lentils is what I was planning to use but feel free to change it up.

I was able to purchase this pre-mixed freekeh and lentils from my local supermarket but use whatever mix you like.

 

Freekeh, Lentil and Herb Salad with Lamb Meatballs and Yoghurt Sauce (recipe coming soon)

 

Finally!!!! I know this isn’t the greatest photo, it’s a little early for the official snaps…When they come in I’ll do my best not to spam you all 🙂

 

 

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A delicious and healthy salad full of herbs, freekeh and lentils. This makes a tasty lunch or side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the freekeh and lentils
  2. Add the grains to a medium pan with the water, cook over a medium heat until the lentils and freekeh is cooked (about 15 mins)
  3. While the grains are cooking, chop the herbs and set aside
  4. Dice the shallot very finely
  5. Mix the lemon juice, honey, cumin and diced shallot in a small bowl along with a pinch of salt & pepper
  6. When the grains are cooked rinse and drain then place in a large bowl
  7. Add the herbs and dressing and mix through
  8. Serve with your favourite protein (it is delicious with lamb!)
Recipe Notes

A few teaspoons of toasted slivered almonds or pine nuts would also be delicious in this dish.

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Chicken Breasts with Gluten Free Herb and Onion Stuffing

Chicken Breasts with Gluten Free Herb and Onion Stuffing

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Steamed Mussels with tomato, chilli and garlic

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This is one of the easiest yet most impressive dishes you can make. It takes less than 20 minutes in total and makes an ideal starter for any summer dinner party.