About a month ago I posted on my IG stories a few meals I made as meal prep for the week ahead and I received a bunch of requests from you guys to share the recipes. Naturally, my first reaction was to try and find Food Network’s number to inform them that they needed me to star alongside Siba and Jenny (also someone needs to show the channel how to make a proper gatsby, ciabatta is lekker but not for a gatsby). Just kidding, but not about the gatsby though. This banting chicken pie recipe was one of the meals I shared on my IG stories.
Many of the recipes I create I either base off an established recipe and make a bunch of changes, or I throw a bunch of ingredients together and hope for the best. This recipe was the former. Yonders ago I received a pdf of banting recipes from a coworker and was scrolling through it when I came across a chicken and spinach pie recipe that is made with cream cheese.
Now I didn’t have cream cheese on hand and I wasn’t about to go out and buy any so I replaced it with cream. Also, I felt that the recipe lacked vegetables so I added a small onion, green peppers and baby marrows. I also changed the spices used, but truth be told, the only spices in the recipe was salt and pepper, which is technically seasoning. And we all know life is too short for plain food. I came up with spinach and mushroom banting chicken pie recipe that’s flavoured with coriander.
A banting chicken pie recipe secretly filled with veggies
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For the past few days I’ve been trying to bant and I’ve actually succeeded to sticking to my eating plan (or lack thereof) for longer than 30 minutes. In order to stick to my eating plan (it’s not really an eating plan, I’m just trying to bant) I’ve realised that I need variety in my diet. It’s so easy to eat the same stuff over and over because of convenience. Generally my go to meals are omelettes, chicken salad or boiled eggs with salad. Eating the same things over and over can, and often does, lead me to temptation, aka sugar and carbs. I recently found a pasta tuna bake recipe that I tweaked and made into a banting friendly version. This Banting Tuna Bake Recipe is so tasty and delicious and easy that you’ll love it even if you’re not banting.
I like to think of this as a tuna bake, but it can also kind of be called a quiche. Tomato, potato, regardless of what you call it, this dish is delicious. Excuse the poor image quality, I haven’t been able to take decent pics of the dish as I normally make it at night, after work, when I am tired and the lighting is poor. So for the time being this will have to suffice.
Banting Tuna Bake Recipe
This Banting Tuna Bake Recipe can be eaten as a meal on it’s own. But for this I’d cut down to four servings. It can also be served with a salad or a side of vegetables. It’s delicious with Honey Butter Cauliflower. It’s also super easy to make and can be made ahead and frozen (meal prep FTW!).
The cayenne pepper does not make the dish spicy, as very little is added. However, if you prefer it can left out. You can also change up the spices and add herbs (such as sweet basil) according to your preference. If you like you can also add a diced tomato, but that is once again dependent on your preference.
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