After the monumental success of our 'Favourite Side Dishes: Part 1' blog we have been commissioned for our own TV series alongside none other than Jamie Oliver himself! Ok, so we're joking, however - you guys seemed to like it! We got some great feedback on two of our favourite quick and easy side dishes to whip up in the kitchen, so we thought that this week we'd bring you two more from our recipe book.
Now let us just clarify that in no way are we claiming to be great chefs or that our recipes are completed without needing a little work, we simply know that these choices are incredibly easy to make, taste great and go down well with a crowd. Chop and change them to suit your taste, just let us know - we love hearing new tips and tricks for cooking!
Serve these up with anything - they're incredibly versatile and even more yummy.
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables
The beauty of this dish is you can include any vegetables you like, but here's our favourite combination.
1 x Courgette
1 x Red Onion
1 x Red Pepper
1 x Green Pepper
1 x Butternut Squash
6 x Cloves of Garlic
1 x Sprinkling of Sea Salt
1 x Dash of Black Pepper
A large dollop of Olive Oil
A generous sprinkling of Rosemary and Basil
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Chop all the vegetables into large chunks and lay them in a roasting tin. Cover with olive oil. Add your salt and pepper evenly across all veg and sprinkle in the rosemary and basil. Add in the cloves of garlic. Roast vegetables in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes, making sure to frequently turn the veg (just give the baking tray a good shake) and ensure everything is evenly cooked and just slightly crispy. When they're out of the oven, top with fresh basil and add a glug of balsamic vinegar for the most delicious veg anyone has ever tasted!
Chinese-Style Fried Rice
Again, this dish can be added to include anything you like but here's how we like it.
1 x Large cup of brown rice (any rice will do - we like the healthy option)
1 x Health serving of Spring Onions
1 x Large Serving of Peas
1 x Large Serving of Sweetcorn
2 x Eggs
1 x Lashing of Oyster Sauce
1 x Big Sprinkling of Chinese 5 Spice
Lots of Soy Sauce
Begin by cooking your rice. Finely chop your spring onions. In a wok, add the peas, sweetcorn and onions to cook. Here you can add mushrooms, peppers, whatever you fancy really, but for the purpose of this blog we're keeping the recipe simple. Add in your rice and stir, making sure there's an even distribution of veg. Now is the fairly tricky bit - crack your egg in the wok but quickly before it sets, mix the rice in so that the egg cooks in little bits around the rice. Do the same with the second egg. Add your oyster sauce and stir in, then add your 5 Spice and stir in. Add soy sauce to taste and serve piping hot with a splash of lime. You can turn this into a complete meal by having chunks of chicken and some bacon lardons.