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04 May, 2018

There are a couple of occasions when this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…

Sometimes I just have a hankering for houmous and loads of yummy veg. Most likely after a period of not eating all that healthily.

Other times, I’ve got people coming over and I’ve forgotten that you’re meant to serve up some kind of hors d’oeuvre. This is both presentable and tasty. Win win.

But a) it doesn’t happen that often so b) I don’t always have tahini in. Or if I do it’s got things growing on it.

This is where this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…it’s super easy and it’s a total cheat because it doesn’t use tahini. But packed with other flavours like lots of lemon juice and herbs or hot sauce, you really don’t miss it.

And your fridge will thank you for not having another mouldy jar lurking at the back.

Easy, Lazy Houmous Recipe

Houmous Recipe – Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed under the tap)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or more if you like a tang)
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or more if you like it creamy!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can mince to give your blender a hand)
  • hot sauce/herbs (optional, get creative!)

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Serve up with your favourite veggies or toasted pitta.

I’ve also snipped on some chives and used more hot sauce because I’m craving spicy food at the moment.

houmous recipe

I ended up taking this over to my friend Jeannie’s house after I made it yesterday and we shared the lot for our lunch. Very satisfying AND healthy!

How do you make your houmous?

I’d love to hear how you make yours and any tips for making it even yummier!

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It's carb-free and blinking yummy on...everything!

12 Nov, 2015

This heavenly Herb and Garlic Butter Recipe is a firm favourite in the Mums’ Days Household at the moment.

Cheer up your veg with this Heavenly Herb and Garlic Butter Recipe - super simple and ready in minutes. (more…)

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It's Paleo AND gluten free!

31 Jan, 2015

I love most prawn recipes but Chilli Prawn Linguini has to be one of the most delicious and satisfying dishes going. And it’s so easy!! Within the time it’s taken you to cook your pasta, it’s ready. It’s what I call a “real” 15-minute meal. Not one of those ones that require 30 minutes of prep before 15 minutes of cooking!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

The other nice thing about this dish is the chilli prawns are really versatile. I love ‘em with pasta, but you could equally have them on their own, tapas style, or with rice (I haven’t tried but I recon you could!) and I bet they’d be delish over some mashed sweet potato.

But what of the Paleo, gluten free bit I hear you cry?! Well, today I’m going to show you how to do it with courgette linguini. I know it sounds wrong but stick with me because this is one mother freaking awesome (as in big!) lunch for one, amazing hangover grub and it’s special enough to really impress your friends as a dinner party starter.

{What’s a dinner party again? Oh yes, something we will do more of once we’re in our new lovely house!!}

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

This gourmet comfort food is a totally healthy winner!

Prawn Recipes: Chilli Prawn Linguini

Serves 1 hungry person or 2 not as hungry people (I’d add more prawns if there is more than just you though – aim for 150g each minimum!)

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

Ingredients

• 200g prawns
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 red chilli
• a large handful of flat leaf parsley
• freshly grated parmesan (about 2 tblsp but the more the merrier really)
• glug of olive oil
• 1 or 2 courgettes (and Julienne peeler)
• lemon, salt and pepper to season

1. Put your best frying pan on a low heat with a generous helping of olive oil. Then slice the chilli and garlic. You could also mince the garlic but I’m a bit lazy so prefer to slice.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

2. Pop the sliced garlic and chilli into the pan and mix with a wooden spoon to give the garlic and chilli a nice coating of oil.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

3. Roughly chop your parsley and add this to the pan, again stirring to coat it in oil.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

4. Leave that to do its thing while you prep the courgette linguini…

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

For this you need a contraption called a Julienne peeler and you literally peel the whole courgette with this thing. It’s an incredibly satisfying process, but don’t enjoy it too much as those blades are sharp! You can also use a spiriliser but, as my best mate, Alex, put it, they’re about 5 times the price and take up loads of room on your counter. Frugal all the way!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

5. Season the courgette linguini with salt, pepper and lemon juice. You could steam them for a minute or two, but I didn’t bother.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

6. Then marvel about the fact that it’s as flexible as linguini!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

7. Next you want to check back on your pan – everything should be cooking nice and slowly. Give a final stir then grab your prawns. Now, I’m a huge fan of prawns so I find the portion size you get in a single tub is pretty lame at around 200g. If I was making this for me and Mike I’d be really tempted to use 2 packs! These are delicious jumbo tiger prawns from the freezer section in Sainsbos, and comes in packs weighing 225g. I have defrosted them first.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

8. Add your prawns to the pan and stir them in.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

9. It doesn’t take long to cook a prawn so don’t over do it or you’ll ruin them!

Prawns kind of need an individual approach towards the end, so plenty of stirring but inspect every prawn, you’re looking out for any little blue sections, like in the picture, and be sure to flip them over.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

10. Add the Parmesan to the pan and stir.

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

11. Once you’re happy that all the prawns are cooked through and this beautiful pinky colour, you are ready!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

12. Pour onto your bed of courgette linguini, and season with more lemon juice, salt and pepper, and loads more parmesan and enjoy!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

You. Are. Welcome!

Prawn recipes - chilli prawn linguini recipe with super easy courgette linguini (or zucchini spaghetti!) - click here for full recipe and delicious photos!! http://www.mumsdays.com/prawn-recipes Paleo and gluten free!

Do you have your favourite prawn recipes?! And what do you think of this courgette linguini?

If you’re a fan already, please do leave your tips and ideas for different recipes…particularly prawn recipes! I can’t seem to get enough at the moment!

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31 comments.

Mum/Son Firework Date night

07 Nov, 2014

My memories of Angel Delight Desserts are nothing but happy. And in the mid-80s Angel Delight was the height of sophistication in our house. A real treat, no less! Mum tells me it was often used as a trendy way to make trifle. And I once ate a whole pack of butter saying it was “Angel Delight”. Mmmmmm…

mum/son firework date night - Angel Delight Moments

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All the spark without the bang

20 Oct, 2014

Reuben and I spent some time yesterday doing a bit more ‘baking’ (this requires more fridge than cooker!) together. So today I bring you Chocolate Fireworks!

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

Primula in your Chocolate Firework

A few weeks ago I was sent some Primula (have I just sent you on a time warp back to the 80s and your mum (or dad or gran, etc) is squeezing some on toast? Yep, that happened to me too). Well, I’ll  be honest I wasn’t that keen on doing a feature, I had my preconceptions, which weren’t very positive.

However, I read the tube and I stand corrected! Firstly, I thought a tube a Primula would outlive the apocalypse but actually the shelf life isn’t that long (a good thing!). Long enough to be convenient but not pumped full of chemicals. Secondly, I was sent their new kids version, which means it has a lot less salt. Thirdly, Primula give all their profits to charity. Now that is something I really admire in my cheese.

So, I’ve been wracking my brain for what we could do that would be a bit different and then low and behold, last weekend my mum turned up with Chocolate Conkers, which are made with cream cheese and bourbon biscuits. Perfect and super easy! We’re kind of past conked season now, so I’ve upped the anti and turned the conkers into…Fireworks!

Chocolate Fireworks

Ingredients

  • 100g chocolate biscuit (I’ve just the Heinz biscotti, suitable for 7+ months, but you can also use bourbons)
  • 100g primula (that’s how much is in a tube – if using Bourbons you don’t need half as much cheese)
  • 75g chocolate
  • sprinkles for decorating
  • tooth picks to use as sticks

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

1. Smash up the biscuits – you want a very fine crumb (and I wouldn’t recommend using a hand blender unless you want your kitchen covered in crumbs like mine)! Use either a bag and crush by hand or a blender.

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

2. Combine the biscuit crumbs with the primula. You want to make a kind of dough that sticks together. Really work to combine it well.

3. Once your mixture will stick, roll it into little balls and leave in the fridge for a few hours to set. When you’re ready to decorate, stick a tooth pick in each ball.

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

4. Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water…mmm is there anything better than chocolate melting?

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

5. Get your sprinkles ready in separate bowls then get your child ready to decorate!

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

6. Coat each ball in melted chocolate (I did this bit, then passed it to Reuben)

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

7. Then decorate with sprinkles. I let Reuben have two to decorate as he was going to eat them all otherwise – damage/tantrum control!

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

8. Then I did the rest (so I can’t even blame him for the poor decorating skills!) and popped them back in the fridge to set.

How to make your very own chocolate fireworks. Perfect for Bonfire night, 5th November, Halloween or even Christmas and New year. Requires no baking so great to make with kids! Click here for full instructions: http://mumsdays.com/chocolate-fireworks/

I’ve added a bit of retro by covering an orange in silver foil to stick our chocolate fireworks in – for that 80s party look!

What do you think of our Chocolate Fireworks?!

So easy to do with kids (I’m thinking about my rainy day activities for toddlers post!) and great for a Halloween, Bonfire Night or even a Christmas/New Year party! Reuben totally loved them and I felt a bit happier knowing they weren’t overloaded with salt and sugar. However, I would definitely do the bourbon version if there are adults coming, as we have a sweeter pallet!

To help in the creation of this post I was sent 3 tubes of Primula kids. For more ideas for how to make your life a little more squeezy, have a look at this Picnic Recipe Book or these Sweet Treats Recipes, that Primula have put together. I’ll be heading there for ideas to use up the other 2 tubes!

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