Cashew!

After a night off last night (had the second portion of the steak stir fry; just as tasty as the first night) I was back slaving over a chopping board again tonight.  I plumped for the chicken with cashew nuts and yellow bean sauce.

This is one of my favourite dishes if I have a chinese meal so was keen to see how easy it was to make my own.  I have to admit I groaned a little when I saw how many ingredients this had – but actually it was really easy to make with minimal chopping required.  Hurrah!

I had toast the cashews, slice the chicken, quickly fry it off, then cook egg noodles and tenderstem broccoli together.  After that it was just a case of throwing chopped spring onions, garlic and ginger in the pan, with a bit of sesame oil.  I made the yellow bean sauce – which also had rice vinegar, soy sauce and water – and then added to the pan with the cooked chicken, broccoli and noodles.  Warmed it all together and voilà!

To serve I just added the toasted cashews and spring onion.  It was really delicious – actually nicer that the one I bought from the takeaway last weekend.  Much less fatty and the broccoli added a really good crunch.

This is how it looked

and the professional version:

Tarragon of virtue

Day three, and it’s pan-fried chicken with new potatoes and tarragon sauce (apologies for the title pun).

Another easy to make dish, with very few ingredients – and again was delicious.  You get to butterfly chicken breasts and then bash them with a rolling pin – great for relieving the stresses of the day.

The new potatoes are roasted in a tbsp of olive oil, green beans steamed and the chicken cooked with a sauce of creme fraiche, dijon mustard and tarragon.

Really simple and nice to have a break from lots of chopping too!  The tarragon sauce is really good and I’ll definitely make that to go with all sorts of other dishes.

Here’s how it looked:

 
and the professional version:

 

Dirty Sunday

The last Hello Fresh posting for the moment as I created the last of my recipes this evening, and as my freezer is quite full of the leftovers I won’t need to cook for a little while!

Tonight was Mexican “Dirty  Rice” with Chicken & Chorizo.  I love both chicken & chorizo but I’m not a huge fan of basmati rice or pulses, as mentioned previously.  However, as per all the recipes this week, the flavours and textures really work well together.  The chicken is coated in paprika and there’s a healthy addition of lime rind and zest which combine to make it really tasty.   The smoked chorizo is cooked until crispy and adds a nice bite to the meal.  Again, there’s loads left over so I’ll have some of this cold for lunch tomorrow.

Here’s my attempt and below is the real thing.  I’d recommend HelloFresh if you’re looking for new recipe ideas or want a reason to cook.  You get a discount on your first order with a referral code, so let me know if you’d like one.