Cauliflower & courgette bake with roast chicken and radicchio salad

Cauliflower & courgette bake with roast chicken, radicchio salad

For my veg packet surprise from Abalimi Bezekhaya: Harvest for hope this week, I have cauliflower, fennel, courgette, rocket, to name only a few.

I’m  hiding the veg from my son so he eats a variety of healthy, nutritional food that won’t only grow his body but his mind too.
This surpise packet gives me an opportunity to be adventurous with my meals, and forces me to eat more veg, different types and more.

Tonight’s dinner is not only inspired by my veg in my fridge but also my mother-in-laws potato bake. My husband always goes on and on about his mom’s cooking, particularly the potato bake, beef stroganoff, loads of cakes and desserts. Tough competition really, and unfortunately I came into the family when she’d hung up her apron. So I haven’t had the privilege to taste half of the foods she’s well known for. It’s father-in-law who does all the cooking, good cook, experimental, but he follows recipes and that’s where we differ.

I’ve never made a bake, any type of bake actually. So tonight I’m attempting a veg bake to hide the veg from my son and to compete with my mother-in-law’s potato bake. I’m solely relying on my palate for this one.

I know there’s a white sauce and cheese in a bake, and this is where I’m starting.

What do you need?
Veggies: courgette, cauliflower
For the Roux: flour, margarine/olive oil, milk, cheese
Chicken breasts
Spices: salt & pepper, paprika
Radicchio salad leaves

What to do?

I’ve had my chicken pieces in salt & sugar water over night, to. Get it out the solution, rinse the salt off thoroughly.

Start by rubbing the chicken with pepper, paprika and olive oil. Place in a roasting pan, top with sprinkles of fresh fennel. And into the oven at 230 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Then on to the bake:

Start by making a creamy white cheese sauce. In a pot add in 2 tbs of flora margarine( less cholesterol) and let this melt. When melted add in 4 tbs of flour, whisk this well until combined. Then add in milk slowly while whisking: making a roux. Once smooth and runny, add in a handful of grated cheddar cheese and mix. When your sauce is velvety, not too thick, season with salt & pepper to taste.
imageimageimagePlace your chopped courgette( as same sized as possible) and cauliflower onto an oven dish or casserole dish, season with salt and pepper, than pour in your white sauce, topping the dish with another handful of cheddar cheese. Into the oven for 20-25 minutes.

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After 25 minutes, our chicken should be finished too.
Simply plate up the roast chicken, the bake and serve with a radicchio salad and sundried tomatoes.
One of the quickest but delucious meals. For a person who’s never made a bake before, it tastes pretty good.😁

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I won’t be asking my husband to rate my bake against his mother’s, not that I’m afraid I might lose😜.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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