Gâteau au yahourt (yoghurt cake)

Super easy and cheap cake. The recipe is a basic. Then you can be creative and add various flavours! Here I give the recipe with lemon.

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Level: Easy
Cost: super cheap!
Equipment: bowl, cake tin, oven

Ingredients: (1 measure = 1 volume of yoghurt)
– 1 yoghurt
– 1 measure of sugar (or 2 according to your taste)
– 3 measures of flour
– 1/2 measure of oil
– 3 eggs
– 1 sachet baking powder
-1 lemon (unwaxed if you want to use zest)

In a bowl, pour the yoghurt and keep the pot to use as a measure. Add the eggs and mix.
Add sugar, baking powder and flour, mix. Add the oil, lemon juice and lemon zest, mix.
Pour in a cake tin and cook in the oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes (to test whether it is ready, put a knife in the cake: it is ready if the knife remains dry)

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Note:
You can replace lemon juice by fruits (pear, apple, ananas, …) or chocolate chip

Note bis: very good recipe for kids because it is very easy, they can do it alone and they love it!
Or for busy student who doesn’t have time and material to do fancy cakes 😉

Note ter: I just made it. I add only two eggs so I put two eggs and 2.5 measures of flour and it is very good, not dry at all! Super breakfast!

A week of amazing healthy menus!

Freely inspired from an article I found on http://www.topsante.com, here are healthy menus for a week. Usually in that kind of article, they suggest menus with weird ingredients that you have never heard of before, or very difficult to find or very expensive. What I liked here is that every menu is adapted to everyday life, easy and quick to cook, tasty and with “normal” ingredients (even though I adapted a few things). I tried everything and loved it!

I could prepare all the menus with a single pan and a single pot (even if it sometimes requires a bit of organisation! but I had no choice, it is all I have in my student kitchen) and it always took me less than half an hour to prepare.
The lunches can also be eaten cold so it is very convenient to bring to uni or work (and they can be prepared the day before: usually I cook only once a day in the evening). I am now in exam revision period so I need meals that are quick to cook, healthy and filling and these meet all the requirements!
(Note: I might have added a few squares of chocolate at the end of these healthy menus, too tempting after Easter 😉 And I also drink a lot of tea and infusions, and when I get hungry in the afternoon, I eat an apple)

As far as price is concerned, I kept all my grocery tickets to compute the total cost of the experiment and for the whole week, it cost me around £9 per day, including breakfast. It might seem expensive, but London is expensive and there is always a trade-off between eating well and eating cheap! But for good quality meals, it could be worst! Also I am cooking for 1 person only, but if you cook for 2 or more people, you do economies of scale!

Breakfast

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– a cup of tea or coffee (better unsweetened!)
– a yoghurt (with bifidus)
– oats or wholegrain bread
– almonds
– fresh fruit
– you can add dried prunes

 

 

Day 1

Lunch

– avocado and tomato salad
– poached egg
– smoked salmon
– wholegrain bread

(+ a lot of Easter chocolate 😀 )

Diner

– leeks and ham risotto (recipe here)
– salad with balsamic dressing

Day 2

Lunch

– chicken fillet (150g)
– broccoli (200g, boiled or steamed)
– Semola (60g)
– an apple

Diner

– Vegetarian Chili (recipe here)
– salad with balsamic dressing
– a yoghurt with agave syrup (or honey)

Day 3

Lunch

– grated carrots with olive oil and lemon juice dressing
– salmon fillet with lemon
– stired leeks with fresh cream (just a tbsp!)
– boiled potatoe

Diner

– broccoli with vinaigrette
– pasta (I use whole wheat penne) with tomato sauce*
– yoghurt and fresh fruit
* for homemade tomato sauce: plunge the tomatoes 30 seconds in boiling water, peel them, chop them. Put in an oiled pan. Add salt, pepper, herbs. You can add tomatoe puree, onions, etc.

Day 4

Lunch

– salad with vinaigrette
– green asparagus (200g)
– boiled potaoes (100g)
– parma ham (110g)
– ananas

Diner

– asparagus with vinaigrette
(initially it was supposed to be artichoke but I couldn’t find some, my grocery options being very limited, as well as my time)
– avocado (1)  and prawns (200g) salad, with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley
– wholegrain bread with goat cheese

Day 5

Lunch

– leeks with vinaigrette
– chicken fillet (150g)
– pasta (complete, 100g)
– fruit

Diner

tofu and sun dried tomatoes quinoa
– salad wuth baslsamic dressing
– fresh fruits

Day 6

Lunch

– cod fillet (150g)
– potatoes and cauliflower mash (200g)
– goat cheese

Diner

– spinach leaves salad
– “niçoise salad”: rice (80g), green beans (60g), cherry tomatoes, tuna, olive oil, lemon juice
– a yoghurt

Day 7

Lunch

– tomato and cucumber with feta cheese
– veal with tomatoes and carrots red lentils*
– fruits

* cook 60g of red lentils for 15min in boiling water. In a pan, fry a copped shallot, chopped carrots (very small dices) and a peeled and chopped tomato. Add the lentils, mix and serve. You can add tomatoe puree. I also added cumin, salt and pepper

Congratulation for reading this long article until the end
If you tried the menus, I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Chicken curry

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Level: Easy
Equipment: pot, pan

Ingredients:
– 500g chicken fillets
– coconut milk (~250mL)
– curry paste
– a red pepper
– a green pepper
– oil

Chop the peppers. Dice the chicken. Cook in an hot oiled pan.
Add curry paste.
When cooked, add the coconut milk and mix (not on the stove, or very low). Add more curry paste if you wish.
Serve with basmati rice.

Leek and ham risotto

Well, risotto is an ambitious name for this super fast rice dish. But very good!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Level: Easy
Equipment: pot, pan

Ingredients:
– 80 g rice
– leek (white), chopped
– ham or diced bacon (60g)
– a tbsp of crème fraîche
– pepper

Cook rice in salted boiling water.
Cook the leeks in an oiled pan. (and the bacon if you are using bacon)
When cooked add bacon or ham, crème fraîche (don’t let it on the stove, it turns bad)
Add the drained rice, mix, add pepper and enjoy!

Chili sin carne (vegetarian chili)

Very nice for dinner: not too heavy, very good, very easy and fast to prepare.

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Cooking: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Level: Easy
Equipment: pot, pan

Ingredients:
– 250 g rice
– a can of kidney beans
– a can of sweetcorn
– chili powder
– tomato puree
– 6 tomatoes (or canned chopped tomatoes)
– a tbsp of olive oil

Start by peeling the tomatoes (if you are using fresh tomatoes, which is always better!): plunge them 30 sec in boiling water and then the skin is really easy to remove.
Then remove the liquid to keep only the pulp. Chop and put in an oiled pan. Let cook 5 minutes.
Cook the rice in salted boiling water.
Add the corn, beans, chili and tomato puree in the pan, mix.
When rice is cooked, drain, add in the pan, mix.

Enjoy!

 

Optional: you can add onion

Idea: I haven’t tried but maybe it is nice also with tuna

Pasta variations

Bored with the classic pasta-tomatoe sauce? Check out these nice pasta recipes: as usual, super fast, super easy and super yummy!

– Pasta with chicken, fresh spinach leaves and feta cheese
– Tagliatelle with leeks and ham in a mascarpone sauce
– The classic pasta a la carbonara

 

Penne with chichen-spinach-feta

You need for 1 serving:
– pasta, I like tu use penne for this one
– a chicken fillet
– 60g of fresh spinach leaves
– feta cheese (as much as you like!)
– olive oil, salt, pepper
 
Cook the pasta in boiling water.
In the meantime, cook the chicken and the spinach leaves in a pan with a tbsp of olive oil.
When pasta are cooked, drain them and add them in the pan along with the feta cheese cut in dices.
Mix everything on the stove for 1 minute.
Serve, season with pepper, salt, etc.
You can add ground nutmeg if you like it.

 

Tagliatelle with leeks and ham in a mascarpone sauce

You need for 1 serving:
– pasta (tagliatelle)
– a leek (or maybe just half a leek)
– 60 g of diced ham
– mascarpone
– olive oil, salt, pepper
 
Cook the pasta in boiling water.
In the meantime, cook the ham and leeks in a pan with a tbsp of olive oil.
When pasta are cooked, drain them and add them in the pan.
Add the mascarpone (heat low, do not let to long on the stove, otherwise it gets dry)
Serve immediately.
You can add salt, pepper, parmesan, etc

 

The classic pasta a la carbonara

So classic, so fat but so good. The secret ingredient is the raw egg yolk added before serving and a lot of pepper!

You need for 1 serving:
– pasta (spaghetti)
– creme fraiche
– 60 g of diced bacon
– an egg yolk
– pepper
 
Cook the pasta in boiling water.
In the meantime, cook the ham in a pan
When pasta are cooked, drain them
Add the cream in the pan (do not let it to long).
Mix the pasta and the sauce and add the egg yolk.
Serve immediately.
Add a lot of pepper and parmesan if you wish to

 

 

Breakfast oat cake

Here is the recipe of a cake I sometimes make for breakfast. It is very simple and there is no butter or flour. You can keep it one day (but it is better freshly made!)

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Level: Easy

Equipment: oven, cake tin, bowl

Ingredients:
– a cup of oats (95g)
– 3 apples or pears
– 200 mL milk
– 3 tbsp of ground almonds
– 50g sugar (I sometimes replace it by agave syrup)
– 1 big egg or 2 small
– 1 tea spoon of cinnamon (+ or – according to your taste)

Put the oat, milk, almonds, sugar, cinnmon in a big bowl.
Whisk the eggs and add them
Pell the fruits, dice them and add them to the preparation
Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes
Let cool down before eating