Recipe Corner: One Pot Suppers

Fuss free dinners
Sometimes, you want to make something homemade, satisfying and healthy but uncomplicated. That’s when one pot dinners really come into their own!

I’ve just revisited an old favourite recipe that you can pretty much throw into the pan and leave to its own devices, and it’s ready within an hour!

Herby Mediterranean Chicken

One Pot Wonder: Herby Mediterranean Chicken

Herby Mediterranean Chicken
Serves 2-4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3-40 minutes

Ingredients:
2-4 organic, free range chicken breasts
One 500g tin of chopped tomatoes
500 fresh, chopped tomatoes
10 olives (optional)
Sprig rosemary
One red onion
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
One small glass white wine
One tablespoon olive oil
Teaspoon dried Thyme
Teaspoon dried Oregano
Teaspoon of tomato puree
Teaspoon white wine vinegar/balsamic vinegar
A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:
Heat the oil in a frying pan or shallow casserole.
Add the onions and garlic
Season the chicken breasts and sear them on both sides
Add the glass of wine and bubble for a few minutes
Add the chopped and fresh tomatoes
Add a teaspoon of white wine/balsamic vinegar
Add the tomato puree
Add the drops of Worcestershire sauce, olives (if using) and all the herbs
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes

And there you have it – so simple! Serve with whatever you like – brown rice, pasta, potatoes, bread (to soak up the sauce, Mediterranean style!), or with a healthy green salad.

Goes very well with a nice, light Italian white wine, Prosecco or a fruity red wine.

Enjoy – buon appetito! X

The soothing effects of scent – saved by Sniffy Wiffy!

Feeling under the weather
Like many people at this time of year, I have been recovering from the dreaded lurgy – in my case, a nasty bout of sinusitis and bronchitis that left me feeling pretty wiped out. When you’re feeling below par, soothing scents, warming hot drinks, and a nice, hot, steamy bath are just what the doctor ordered!

So I have been trying out some new tea taste and smell sensations (more on that in my next post!) and treated myself to a bit of a pampering session. I have a number of favourite bath oils and foams, but my two ultimate favourites are Calm One, Calm All, by Soap & Glory, and good, old fashioned Badedas, which has an uplifting, nose clearing scent just right for when you’re finding it a bit tricky to breathe properly!

Time for a treat
I was sent some lovely, all natural, handmade products by the wonderful Sniffy Wiffy, an amazing company that genuinely makes each of their homemade, beautifully packaged products with love. The ingredients are natural, fresh, and made to order, so you are in for a real treat! As well as being both skin and environmentally friendly, the products raise awareness and money for some great causes, with innovative labelling highlighting the importance of early detection for breast and testicular cancer, with instructions for self-examination, as bath or shower time, or afterwards, are the best times to make these very important examinations, which are so often overlooked. The company also generously donates to related cancer charities with each product sold.

Clever packaging

Innovative packaging and labelling

I believe the lovely Sarah, who runs Sniffy Wiffy, has also been in the wars recently, with pneumonia, no less! Wishing her a speedy recovery and lots of get well wishes! Thank you for my yummy products!

Sniffy Wiffy packaging

Good enough to eat!

Which to choose?

I had real difficulty deciding which scents to choose for my body lotion, with so many of my favourite fragrances on offer, such as lavender, orange blossom, Cologne and gingerbread.
In the end, I was delighted with two comforting, feel-good products – an uplifting, refreshing, wake-you-up smelling orange blossom body lotion, and a heavenly, almost good enough to eat gingerbread hand cream. It smells like real gingerbread!

Soak your troubles away…
So, I ran a hot, fragrant bath and soaked away my aches and pains for a while. To refresh myself and help me feel better afterwards, I slathered on the delicious orange blossom body lotion. It smells divine, sinks in beautifully and moisturising effects really last. The scent gives you that little lift that you need when not feeling well, or as a healthier alternative to a morning caffeine fix! Needless to say, I felt so much better afterwards!

Mmm – gingerbread!
I found that the gingerbread hand cream made another suitable substitute for my morning gingerbread latte – it smells like warm, comforting gingerbread cookie dough and worked very well in beating my sugar cravings! One of my colleagues is a fellow gingerbread fanatic (regular readers may recall me waxing lyrical about my addiction to gingerbread lattes, scented candles and room sprays before!) and she was just as delighted as I was to try this unique hand cream. It now sits between our desks in the office, as a sweet-smelling treat to perk us up as the day goes on!

So, as well as raising vital awareness and funds for such important cancer charities, the products will make you feel good – physically, in the form of the delicious scents and formulations, and emotionally, by thinking of others and donating to a good cause.

I encourage you to try the different scents and products from the Sniffy Wiffy range – you will be completely spoiled for choice! They are all very reasonably priced, each product has no more than five ingredients, so you know it is good for your skin, and everything they stand for gives you the feel good factor!

Give ’em a sniff! – you won’t be disappointed!

Rachael X