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Katie Eats: Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

I’ve been trying to eat healthily this year which usually means pasta is off the menu *sob* but when I’m wanting a little treat, this creamy alfredo pasta is perfect. It’s not the healthiest of meals (hello double cream) but it’s surprisingly low in calories and contains one of you five a day so I’m sure you could bend the rules slightly for just one meal!

Ingredients

Serves 4.       Takes 30 minutes.              Approx 530 calories per portion

  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup milk, or more, as needed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as instructed on the packet.
  2. In the last 2 minutes of the pasta’s cooking time, add the broccoli.
  3. Add the olive oil to a pan and then add the chicken. You can season the chicken with salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Once cooked through, remove the chicken and dice it.
  5. Melt butter in the pan and whisk in flour until it is lightly browned. This should only take about a minute.
  6. Gradually whisk in the chicken stock and the milk and cook for about 2 minutes whilst whisking constantly.
  7. Stir in the heavy cream and garlic powder until slightly thickened.
  8. If mixture is too thick then add more milk as needed
  9. Mix together the pasta, broccoli, chicken and sauce, top with Parmesan and serve.

 This was a little more complicated that the meals I’m usually trusted to cook but it’s actually really easy if you just follow the recipe! Just don’t get disheartened when the sauce looks like a lump mess in the middle. It will all be ok!

Katie x

Katie Eats: Easy Bacon and Pea Risotto Recipe

After eating my body weight in pasta whilst in America I decided I wanted a change, but with pasta being such an important staple of a student diet, I felt a bit lost. Not wanting to stray too far from my trusty carbs, I thought rice would be the answer. I love risotto but I hate mushrooms and seafood and it’s pretty hard to find a restaurant that serves it with anything else, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and try and make one (with Pete’s help) that was more up my street; my street that is paved with bacon. Bacon.

Let’s be honest this section should really be called Cooking with an Idiot so the recipe is super simple and easy for someone with any amount of cooking experience. You can’t be any worse than me. Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 6 rashers of bacon, chopped (bacon usually comes in packs of 7 so I just had the other rasher as a side dish)
  • 300g risotto rice (honestly didn’t know there was a special kind of rice until we were in the supermarket and I was trying to buy Uncle Ben’s)
  • 1 litre of hot vegetable stock
  • 100g frozen peas
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Method

  1. Finely chop the onion. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and a knob of butter in a pan and then add the onion. Fry for about 7 minutes until lightly browned then add the bacon and fry for another 5 mins.
  2. Add rice and stock and bring to boil. Stir well and reduce the heat. Cover the pan and let it cook for around 15 minutes.
  3. Before the rice is fully cooked, add the peas and cook for another 3 minutes.

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There you have it! It really is that simple. Do you have any other easy recipes that you love to cook? I’d love to hear about them below!

Katie x

My American Adventure: New Orleans | Food

One of the things I’ve been most excited about on this trip is the food and I definitely haven’t been disappointed. I was a bit worried about New Orleans because it’s so famous for seafood and I’m very anti-fish, but I was very pleasantly surprised. 

Our first meal after the 8 hour drive from Florida was at Dat Dog, a local chain with 3 bustling locations in town which had been greatly recommended online. We headed to the famous Frenchmen Street in the French Quarter and were pretty taken aback by the atmosphere of the area, as well as the imaginative, extensive menu including hot dogs made from pretty much every animal imaginable.   

We went for the duck hot dogs and Pete got chips, which I ate most of after realising that these may have been the best chips I will ever eat. The hotdogs didn’t disappoint either. You can get them plain, like me, or with loads of weird and wonderful toppings; I think Pete went for blackberry sauce and spicy mustard, weirdo. Whichever you prefer, I could not recommend this place enough. You may as well grab a few drinks and settle in for the night. 

The next day we wanted to try some typical Louisiana food so we visited Mother’s for some jambalaya and a po-boy, which is just their word for a sandwich if we’re being really honest.    Jambalaya isn’t something I’d normally order but it was amazing. I have no idea how they can make something that looks like paella and contains the same stuff as paella taste like something I’ve never eaten before. 

 The sandwich was no different. We went for their “famous” combo which included ham (they claim to have the world’s best baked ham), roast beef, and something called debris which is the gravy that the beef is cooked in along with all the little pieces of meat that fall in. It was definitely a challenge to eat, and the bread was a little dry but the meat was delicious, not quite the world’s best ham but definitely worth eating. The place was full of locals so if you’re looking for some authentic southern food then this is the place for you. 

Katie x

New Orleans | Food

One of the things I’ve been most excited about on this trip is the food and I definitely haven’t been disappointed. I was a bit worried about New Orleans because it’s so famous for seafood and I’m very anti-fish, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Our first meal after the 8 hour drive from Florida was at Dat Dog, a local chain with 3 bustling locations in town which had been greatly recommended online. We headed to the famous Frenchmen Street in the French Quarter and were pretty taken aback by the atmosphere of the area, as well as the imaginative, extensive menu including hot dogs made from pretty much every animal imaginable.  

We went for the duck hot dogs and Pete got chips, which I ate most of after realising that these may have been the best chips I will ever eat. The hotdogs didn’t disappoint either. You can get them plain, like me, or with loads of weird and wonderful toppings; I think Pete went for blackberry sauce and spicy mustard, weirdo. Whichever you prefer, I could not recommend this place enough. You may as well grab a few drinks and settle in for the night.

The next day we wanted to try some typical Louisiana food so we visited Mother’s for some jambalaya and a po-boy, which is just their word for a sandwich if we’re being really honest.    Jambalaya isn’t something I’d normally order but it was amazing. I have no idea how they can make something that looks like paella and contains the same stuff as paella taste like something I’ve never eaten before.

 The sandwich was no different. We went for their “famous” combo which included ham (they claim to have the world’s best baked ham), roast beef, and something called debris which is the gravy that the beef is cooked in along with all the little pieces of meat that fall in. It was definitely a challenge to eat, and the bread was a little dry but the meat was delicious, not quite the world’s best ham but definitely worth eating. The place was full of locals so if you’re looking for some authentic southern food then this is the place for you.

Katie x