Thursday, 19 May 2016

Butternut Squash Galette with Roasted Garlic and Thyme

So what is a galette? I hear you ask...  galette is a rustic tart with hand-folded edges... it can be sweet or savoury.

I absolutely LOVE butternut squash and have found many, many ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable.  But I have never cooked it in a galette.  In fact, I have never attempted a galette.

Today was the day!

Rolling out the pastry dough

Spreading the garlic infused ricotta cheese
Arranging the roasted butternut squash slices

Sprinkle over the Gouda cheese
Gently pull in the edges of the galette, pleating as you go
Sprinkle the edges with the grated parmesan
Bake at 200 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  I think an egg wash
may have made the pastry turn out a little more "golden"!
The finished product.  Enjoy hot or cold - as a snack or with a salad

Butternut Squash Galette with Roasted Garlic and Thyme
Preparation Time:
1 hr
Cooking Time:
30 mins
Calories per serving:

Plain Flour
Ground Semolina
½ Tsp/2.5g
Freshly ground black pepper
½ Tsp/1g
Tap Water (cold)
Butternut Squash
Extra Virgin One Calorie Spray, Fry Light
30 Sprays/6ml
Fresh Thyme
2 Tsps/2g
Ricotta Cheese
Gouda Cheese, Grated
10 Cloves/30g
Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1½ Tbsps/15g

First, make the dough. Add the flour, semolina and salt to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it forms a crumbly mix.

Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time (between 2 - 4 tblsp), until the dough sticks together and forms a ball (don't make it too moist).

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it into a ball with your hands.  Cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the butter harden.  You can leave it in the fridge for up to a day; if you want to make the dough in the morning, you can complete your galette later in the day.

Next prepare the filling.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Spray two baking sheets with 15 squirts of the spray oil.

Peel and cut the butternut squash into two halves, and cut each half into thin (5mm) slices.

In a large bowl, combine 1 clove of the peeled and chopped garlic and chopped thyme and stir. Add the squash slices and 15 squirts of the spray oil and toss to ensure that the slices are completely coated. Spread the slices onto one of the baking sheets. Scatter the remaining garlic cloves (whole and unpeeled) in between the slices. Put the baking sheets into the oven and bake until the garlic and butternut squash are tender, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool.

While that's baking, get your galette dough ready. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out into a large circle about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer this disk to parchment paper-lined baking sheet and put it in the fridge until ready to use.

Once the garlic is cooled, peel and put in the reserved bowl. Mash the garlic until it is a smooth paste, then stir in the ricotta cheese.

Now, we put the galette together. Pull your dough disk from the fridge. Spread the garlic-cheese mixture over the top, leaving a 1-inch border along the edges (this is what will be folded over).
Arrange your slices of squash over the garlic-cheese mixture. While you don't have to make it pretty, it's fun to do so and you can arrange the squash in a lovely spiralling circle. Just don't let the slices overlap too much. Too thick, and it'll be too heavy for the galette crust and it'll break when you serve it later.

Next, fold the edges toward the centre of the galette. Remember the tips I gave you above, if you're having any trouble getting the crust to fold nicely.

Sprinkle the Gouda cheese over the centre of the galette, and sprinkle the edges of the crust with the parmesan cheese. Place your galette in the oven and bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool slightly before slicing and serve it up warm. Yum!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Citrus blackened Cajun chicken breast fillet with a green bean and garlic salad and roasted celeriac

Healthy food doesn't all have to be prepared from scratch.  I have found a number of ready-prepared dishes that regularly feature on the menu.  Today is a Tesco Healthy Living Citrus blackened Cajun chicken breast fillet - only 25 minutes to cook (remove lid from foil dish, pop into pre-heated oven for 25 minutes...)  It's pretty decent quality chicken, and only 171 calories.

Now before anyone gets too concerned that I am eating food outside of it's best before date... the other great thing about these little beauties is that they can be frozen!

I've enjoyed this chicken with salad and other vegetables, but today I prepared a fine green bean and garlic salad (55 calories per serving) , and roasted celeriac (60 calories).  This provided a great tasting and filling meal for just 286 calories.

Here's the recipe for the green bean salad.

Green bean and garlic salad = 55 calories per serving
Recipe makes 2 servings

270g fine green beans
1 clove of garlic
1 x roasted red pepper in brine (comes in a jar)
50g of finely diced red onion
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Trim ends from beans and cut into 3cm pieces. Peel and finely dice red onion and garlic clove. Drain red pepper from brine and chop into fine pieces.

Cook green beans in a pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Remove to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry with paper towels then place in a serving bowl.

Toss with remaining ingredients. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

Roasted celeriac = 79 calories per serving
Recipe makes 4 servings


750g celeriac
Virgin Coconut one calorie spray oil


Peel the celeriac and cut into 1.5cm cubes. Spread over a baking tray. Spray with the spray oil.

Cook for 35 - 45 minutes in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees), stirring half way through so that the cubes are evenly browned.

Great with fish and can be used to replace potatoes!