Simple Supper 4

I’ve developed a series – wahey!  Simple Suppers.  But please don’t feel restricted – these ideas could also serve as lunch or brunch too.

Simple Supper

Simple Supper 2

Simple Supper 3

I goat’s cheese, if you didn’t already know!  And it goes very well with caramelised onions, like so.

P1060961Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Onion Tortilla (for 1)

3 medium onions, peeled and sliced

1 tbsp oil

1 tortilla wrap

salt & fresh black pepper

1 slice goat’s cheese, chopped/crumbled

salad to serve

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low-medium heat, add the sliced onions and cover the pan with a lid.  Allow the onions to soften, keeping covered with the lid to prevent the onions caramelising(burning!) too early – they need to be soft first.  Once softened, remove the lid, add a little salt and fresh black pepper, increase the heat to medium and stir the onions until they have caramelised.  So they will be browned/starting to look a little crispy.  Set the onions aside in a bowl.

With the heat turned off:  Place the tortilla in the hot pan, place the onions on top of the tortilla and sprinkle the goat’s cheese over the onions.  Cover the pan with the lid again and turn the heat to ‘low’ to allow the tortilla and goat’s cheese to heat.  Once the goat’s cheese is warm, fold the tortilla in half and slide onto a plate to serve with the salad.  Enjoy!
P1060960There’s wonderful melty goat’s cheese poking out of the tortilla, and you can just see dark, caramelised onions which are slightly sweet and very good for you  🙂

This makes for a hot, tasty, satisfying and quick meal with a good dose of vitamins and minerals all round.  The large amount of onions makes it a big fat tortilla to slice into.

What is your favourite simple supper?

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Plant Heavy

At the beginning of the year, I decided that one of the achievements I wanted to look back on for 2012 would be to have consumed a plant-heavy diet.

Last night the fancy for a bowl of Cauliflower Cheese supported that goal nicely!  I used a small cauliflower for one person.

Remove greens from the cauliflower, break into florets and rinse well.  Lightly cook – for 10-15 minutes – in some boiling salted water.  Drain well.

Place 50g cream cheese(Philadelphia Light) in a jug and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir well.  Add a grinding of fresh black pepper, 50ml milk, and 30g grated extra mature Cheddar and stir well.  Microwave for 1 minute and stir well to thoroughly mix.

Assemble the Cauliflower Cheese on your serving plate:  Put your drained cauliflower on to the plate, pour over the cheese sauce and sprinkle with 10g grated extra mature Cheddar.  Enjoy!

I adore this lazy version of cheese sauce – it’s the best ever!  As always, use extra mature Cheddar for a very tasty sauce.  Because it’s so tasty, a little goes a long way.  And it’s so quick to prepare.  In fact, the whole meal was quick and easy, and consisted of whole foods.

You could fancy it up:  Make a crispy topping of breadcrumbs and Cheddar, and grill until brown and toasty.  Slice a tomato to layer over the top with the Cheddar and grill.  Grill a rasher of bacon to crisp, and crumble over the top.  Serve with some wonderful fresh bread, to make it more substantial.

I wanted plain and simple…and that’s what I enjoyed!

It makes the house smell of cauliflower – not so pleasant, but no good reason to not make this dish either!  And remember to drain the cooked cauliflower as much as you can – I did and still had water floating in the bottom of my bowl when I came to eat it(I drained it off).

My taste buds were tickled, and my belly was happy… 🙂