Chunky Mushroom Diane Sauce

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I’ve never made a Diane Sauce before, but tonight I thought I would give it a try to go with my chicken and steamed veggies. It was so easy, but I think my version may be a little different from the “classic” recipe. For one thing, it doesn’t have Brandy. But that’s ok, it was so delicious that I WOLFED it down as soon as I sat down to eat it. It’s also a little chunkier with loads of mushrooms but it still had a lovely rich and creamy texture. I think normally you serve Diane Sauce with steak, but it went with chicken perfectly. Actually, it tasted amazing with the peas! Here’s my recipe, enough for two or three.

Chunky Mushroom Diane Sauce

  • 200g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced finely
  • 1 TBS worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 TBS cooking cream (I use light)

Saute the mushrooms, garlic and onion until cooked and reduced. Add the worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and cook for a few minutes before adding the cooking cream and stirring through. If you would like the sauce less chunky, add a little water and stir until desired consistency. Serve immediately!

I used Philadelphia Cooking Cream (light) and this sauce ended up 127 calories in total, so divided by two or three it becomes a delicious and healthy sauce.

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Omelettes! Tips & Tricks

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I am egg obsessed. They are tasty, healthy, protein-packed bundles of awesome. I love their versatility too; fried, poached, scrambled, omelettes and a base for sauces and curds. They taste great with so many different flavours both savoury and sweet. I could talk about eggs all day! This post is all about omelettes. They are one of my favourite breakfasts because they are quick and easy, and I am ALL about that. So how do you make a successful omelette? Let me share some tips with you…

  1. Whisk the eggs with a splash of water, rather than milk
  2. Pour the eggs into a saucepan on medium-heat so it doesn’t cook the bottom too quickly. Swirl it around, turn the temperature low and put a lid on it.
  3. The water in the eggs will “steam” and the omelette will be gorgeous and fluffy!
  4. Cook your filling first, set aside and then stuff the omelette and fold over.
  5. When making an omelette for one, use at least 2 eggs so it’s not too delicate and will fold over without breaking.
  6. The more eggs you use, the bigger the frypan. If you have too many eggs it probably won’t cook on the stovetop so shove the pan under the grill for a few minutes to cook the top.

My favourite fillings for omelettes:

  • Smoked salmon with sauteed baby spinach and tomato
  • Ham and cheese
  • Sauteed mushrooms and baby spinach
  • Sauteed mushrooms, chorizo and tomatoes

The possiblities are endless! I love serving my omelettes with a side salad for a bit of fresh crunch.

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Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms and Peas

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My favourite dinners are ones that are quick, really delicious and leave enough for lunch the next day. This is one of those dishes. I tend to eat low-carb at night, it just seems to work with my body better especially with sleep and getting up in the morning. Eating low-carb means that I fill up on protein and LOTS of vegetables.

The night before I took this photo, I served it with steamed broccoli and carrot. I had leftovers so for lunch I made a little salad. Here is the recipe.

Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms and Peas

Makes 6 serves

  • 6 chicken thighs (I use skinless cutlets)
  • 200g bacon, diced
  • 400g sliced mushrooms
  • 100g peas
  • 250g Philadelphia cooking cream (I use light)
  • 1 TBS wholegrain mustard

Season and brown the chicken pieces in a little olive oil over a high heat. Set aside. Fry the bacon and mushrooms until cooked and add the chicken pieces back in. Stir in the cooking cream and the mustard. Simmer until the chicken is mostly cooked, and add the peas for the last few minutes so it gently steams without being overcooked.

Serve with steamed veggies and salad. Comes to 370 calories per serve (approximate). 

Cream Cheese French Toast and Smoked Salmon

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Happy Australia Day!

I was coming home from a job early this morning and stopped past the shops to grab eggs and bread. Driving home, I suddenly had a huge craving for french toast. It’s such an easy and delicious breakfast (or any meal) and you can adapt it to either savoury or sweet tastes (nutella and strawberries anyone?). You can top it with a little powdered sugar, fruit and yoghurt… or in this case, sandwiched with cream cheese and served with smoked salmon.

I came across this recipe by Not Quite Nigella after googling “french toast smoked salmon”. Genius. It’s actually quite an obvious combination when you think about it, but before stumbling onto this recipe I never would have thought to put all these ingredients together. I have adapted the recipe slightly to make it a bit healthier.

Cream Cheese French Toast and Smoked Salmon

Serves one, easily adapted for more servings

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 TBS cream cheese (I use light)
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk
  • 50g smoked salmon
  • Olive oil spray

Spread the cream cheese in between the two slices of bread. In a wide bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and add in a pinch of salt and pepper. Soak the sandwich in the egg until it has completely absorbed. Spray a little oil in a frypan on medium heat and fry the sandwich until golden on both sides. Serve with smoked salmon.

This meal works out to be around 380 calories.