How to Make Green Smoothie Freezer Bags

One of the biggest changes I have made to our family’s diet in the last few years has been to increase the number of vegetables that we eat – specifically leafy greens. I have done this by aiming to include vegetables (and greens) in every meal. A green smoothie is a great way to do this for breakfast. And knowing how to make green smoothie freezer bags has been such a time saver. There isn’t really an excuse if making the green smoothie takes less than 2 minutes to make.

Enjoy a healthy, fast and nutrient dense breakfast by making a green smoothie. And - speed up that process by prepping green smoothie freezer bags. They will make your mornings even easier and healthier!

Having a smoothie for breakfast is a really fast option for those mornings when I just don’t have the time to cook and then eat a meal. Sometimes there are mornings when my little one needs more Mama cuddles than usual – or when I just need those extra few minutes of sleep. We all have those mornings, right?

But a green smoothie means I am still getting all my nutrients, it is filling and healthy. And if I add some extra boosters like protein powder – I am getting even more nutrition that simply munching on some toast.

Green smoothie freezer bags make this process even easier. I prep these a week or so in advance and they are almost always part of my meal plan. I buy a heap of bananas, a huge bag of spinach and just make about 5-10 bags in a sitting. These then last me a couple of weeks.

I simply grab one from the freezer, throw it in the blender and add milk. At this point, I also add extras like protein powder or collagen powder or whatever I am needing that day. Whiz it up, pour it into a glass or drink bottle to go – and voila! Breakfast is served.

Keep reading for the step-by-step guide to making your own green smoothie freezer bags.

Decide what “greens” are going to be your base

I think baby spinach is the best choice for newbies. Kale is a great option but can be a bit of an adjustment if you are new to the green smoothie vibe.

Choose your sweetener

I use medjool dates and bananas. Bananas add a creaminess to the smoothie, and dates make it a little caramel-like.  You could use fruit – like an apple or pear (assuming you have a high speed blender).

Choose any other flavours

I like to add a few of these: blueberries, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger. Whatever you think you might like. Just remember that they need to be able to freeze. You can always add flavours when you actually make your smoothie.

To prepare your green smoothie freezer bags

  1. Grab a few ziplock bags (I use the sandwich size). Label them if you like.
  2. In each ziplock bag pop a handful of spinach, banana, and a couple of dates (pips removed). Add any other flavours that can be frozen (blueberries and cinnamon are my favourite).
  3. Seal up the bags (removing any excess air) and pop in the freezer.

To make your green smoothie

  1. Grab your green smoothie bag from the freezer
  2. Empty the contents into your blender
  3. Add 1-2 cups liquid (I use coconut or almond milk)
  4. Add any protein powder, collagen powder or other non-freezable ingredients
  5. Blend. Pour. Enjoy.

 

And there you have it – breakfast is prepped and ready for the week ahead. Comment below and tell me if this works for you. Or share your green smoothie bags via social media and tag #theempoweredcook so that I can see them. Enjoy!

Mango and Apple Muffins Recipe

As part of my weekly meal planning, I also list down a few lunchbox treats. Muffins are a big winner in our house. They are easy to make (usually one bowl), and they freeze perfectly. Because of this, they are often on my prep list as part of my weekly meal plan. This Mango and Apple Muffins Recipe is a new addition to my muffin repertoire.

I share my Mango and Apple Muffins Recipe, using frozen mango pieces and applesauce. The muffins are fluffy and tender and full of goodness. Easy to make and a great lunchbox treat.

I discovered it by accident. I had some leftover frozen mango pieces, and I had just made fresh applesauce from my leftover apples for the week. Thinking those flavours would work well together, I whipped up these muffins. And my oh my – they are yum.

This Mango and Apple Muffins Recipe is actually based on a very simple basic muffin recipe. You can completely swap out the mango, apple and coconut for any of the following:

  • Apple and Cinnamon (use applesauce or chopped apple, with a tsp of cinnamon)
  • Pear and Sultana and Cardamon (use chopped pear, 1/4 sultanas and a 1/2 tsp of cardamon)
  • Orange and Poppy Seed (use the rind of the orange, with a few heaped tablespoons of poppy seeds)
  • Raspberry and Coconut (use frozen raspberries instead of the mango and applesauce)
  • Blueberry (replace the mango with blueberry and skip the coconut)

This is why I love muffins. This very basic recipe can be swapped around to suit what you have in your kitchen. I often make apple muffins at the end of the week – just to use up what is left in our fruit bowl. I nearly always have frozen berries in the freezer, so I can very quickly whip up a batch using just my pantry items. It is the recipe that just keeps on giving.

Hints and Tips

At the time, I made 6 giant muffins – but they would easily work in a 12 muffin pan. I will sometimes stretch this out to 16 or 18 muffins too – they are just smaller than normal, but they fit better in my toddler’s lunchbox.

I also froze mine – and they defrosted perfectly. They have been a great way to introduce mango to my little one, and also to see us eat a little more in our diet as we’re not big fresh mango eaters.

Mango and Apple Muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brown or raw sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk can be non-dairy
  • 1/2 cup rice bran or coconut oil
  • 1 cup mango pieces, slightly defrosted
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease your chosen muffin pan (either a large 6 cup or a 12 cup). I grease mine with a little rice bran or coconut oil.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg, milk and oil. Add the mango and applesauce, and the flours, coconut and bicarb - and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix (this is what keeps the muffins light and fluffy). 

  3. Spoon evenly into your muffin pans. Bake for 20 mins or until golden on top and cooked through. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire cooling rack. 

I hope you give this recipe a try. Please share your pictures on Instagram and tag me (@theempoweredcook) in your post with the #theempoweredcook hashtag. I would love to see how you go.

 

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Simple Greens Recipe

I can honestly say that the best thing I have ever done for my health, and the health of my family, is to eat more greens. This Simple Greens recipe is a staple in our home. It is just as its name suggests – simple.

We have this as a side dish, often next to a meat and veg dinner. For example, sausages and mash or meatballs and pasta. It is a versatile dish to include on your weekly mean plan by trying to include more vegetables in your family’s routine.

This Simple Greens recipe is also delicious as part of breakfast. Serve them alongside some sauteed mushrooms and with a poached egg on top. A really great way to get vegetables in at the start of the day!

Looking for a way simple way to eat your leafy greens? This simple greens recipe is for just what you've been searching for - delicious, fast and versatile.

Note

Any leafy greens will work in this Simple Greens recipe. My favourite is to use tuscan kale, but we also often have silverbeet.

Recipe: Simple Greens
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch leafy greens kale, spinach, silverbeet
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
Instructions
  1. Start by prepping your greens. Wash and dry them - ideally in a salad spinner, but if not - dry on a teatowel. Then we need to trim out the some of the hard stems. We want the leafy greens - and only a few of the stems. 

  2. If you are including some of the stems (you definitely can!), chop these rather fine. Keep the leaves chopped large and consistent. Set aside.

  3. Finely mince the garlic and set aside.

  4. Heat a large fry pan on over medium heat. (Note: only start cooking right before you want to serve. They don't take long to cook). 

  5. Add olive oil to the pan, and the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. 

  6. Quickly add the leafy greens to the pan. Stir and mix through the oil and garlic.

  7. Keep stirring the greens - you'll need to do this until they start of wilt and cook. This should only take a few minutes. 

  8. Once the greens are almost ready, season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. This is completely up to personal taste, of course. 

  9. Serve immediately. 

 

 

How to Eat Brussels Sprouts

Knowing how to eat Brussels Sprouts is important. No more soggy, boiled sprouts. No one likes those. Brussels Sprouts can be delicious – you just need to know how to eat them.

I grew up with steamed or boiled sprouts. I still ate them. But not many others did.

Today I’ll share my favorite options for how to eat Brussels Sprouts. Even if you try just one – do it. Buy some sprouts and enjoy them. You’ll be surprised.

Three delicious options for how to eat Brussels Sprouts - stir-fry, roast and hash. All easy and fast - to help your family eat their Brussels Sprouts!

#1 – Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts

When I was at University, I lived with a Thai flatmate for a while and she made the most delicious sprouts. They were stir-fried with garlic and fish sauce – and served with rice. Wow. I still salivate thinking about them.

You’ll need to chop up your Brussels Sprouts for this one. I chop the bottom off, and then slice into quarters. Yes, the leaves may fall off – but that’s ok. You’ll also need to chop about 4 cloves of garlic.

To cook: start by heating your wok (or frypan) until hot, and then add a dash of oil (I use rice bran oil or coconut). Add your Brussels Sprouts and stir-fry until they are softer but still crunchy. Add your garlic and quickly stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Then season with fish sauce. About a tablespoon is how I like it. Alternatively, you can use some soy sauce.

Serve immediately over some steamed rice.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

#2 – Roasted Brussels Sprouts

While working on the options for how to eat Brussels Sprouts – I knew I needed to include a roasted option. This is probably my favourite way to eat them. Firstly, because it is easy. And secondly, because I’ve had success with others this way. My little one is still pretty hesitant – but he has eaten them this way.

To roast them, I cut the bottoms off, and slice in half. I put these on the tray (lined with baking paper) and then drizzle with a good amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You can throw on some garlic cloves if you like too.

Roast in a hot oven (200 degrees celsius) until crispy brown on the edges.

I particularly like these served with something creamy. They are super delicious served alongside a creamy pasta – like a macaroni and cheese. Trust me. They are yum.

Also – feel free to simply add Brussels Sprouts to your tray of roast vegetables. Nestled among potatoes, pumpkin and carrots – they are a great addition of greens and another bonus option for how to eat Brussels Sprouts.

#3 – Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Hash

Bacon makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? Adding bacon can entice even the most hesitant family member to try these.

To improve my chance of success even more – I like to make hash. This means shredding everything up, nice and fine and cooking into a big delicious mess.

To make this dish, I shred my Brussels Sprouts in a food processor using the grater attachment. You can finely slice them by hand of course, but the food processor just makes the prep faster.

I also slice some leek (or onion), and some garlic. Chop a few slices of bacon too.

In a hot frypan, add a little olive oil and start to cook your bacon. After a couple of minutes, add your leek or onion. Cook until the onion is soft. Next – add your garlic, quickly followed by the Brussels Sprouts. Now, keep stirring this, but press it down as you cook it. You want the sprouts to fry off in the bacon fat, and to start to crisp up.

This should take around 10 minutes or so.

I like to serve this hash with a poached egg. Again, the runny egg yolk with the bacon becomes the dominant flavour – and the Brussels Sprouts simply become a dose of green in the background. Really yum.

How do you eat your Brussels Sprouts? What do you think of my options? Are you going to give it a go? Add it to your weekly meal plan? Tell me in the comments below.

Simple Playdough Recipe

My Mum taught me how to make a simple playdough recipe. I have her recipe – and the memories of rainy play days. Playdough would often be made on rainy days. Keeping a bunch of kids inside for an extended period of time? Playdough is a great entertainer!

All you need are some very simple ingredients – likely already in your cupboard! – a few minutes, and you are done!

A simple playdough recipe, using ingredients you will likely already have in your cupboard and taking just minutes to make!

My little one has grown more and more interested in playdough, and this simple playdough recipe has been tried and tested in our house.

As I only have one bub, this simple playdough recipe is also perfect for just one amount. Feel free to double or triple or quadruple the mixture.

Note

A note too on the colouring. I try and use natural colours as much as possible. Your pantry and fridge hold loads of options: think cinnamon for brown, tumeric for yellow, beetroot juice for red, carrot juice for orange. I also used a dash of liquid chlorophyll once – and the playdough was a gorgeous vivid green.

You can also buy natural food colourings. Like these ones here. I prefer these over the normal colours you can buy in the supermarket – just a healthier option in my opinion.

Pinterest also has a bunch of ideas to try – check it out here.

Get your thinking caps on, and inspire your kids – in the very least, keep them entertained for a few minutes while you get on with making dinner.

Simple Playdough Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour can be plain or self-raising
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Natural Colouring
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

  2. In a separate bowl, add the hot water and oil, and your natural colouring. Mix these to combine.

  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix until a rough dough forms.

  4. At this point, you might need to add a splash more water or a touch more flour - you want the playdough smooth but not sticky or dry. 

  5. Once the liquid has been mixed in, use your hands to knead the mix into a ball. I find the more I do this, the smoother the playdough gets. 

  6. Once done - hand over to your kids - along with some cookie cutters, a rolling pin and anything else you can find. Enjoy the few minutes of peace this brings - or alternatively, join right in!

Recipe: Sausages in the Oven

I grew up with the humble sausages, mash and veg being a family dinner staple. This has continued into my adulthood. My family and I love sausages. We eat them every week. This recipe for how to cook sausages in the oven has meant that we can enjoy these often, but without the hassle of a greasy kitchen! And they are a set and forget kind of meal – an added bonus with a hungry toddler at your feet.

Are sausages a family favourite in your house? This recipe for how to cook sausages in the oven is fast and easy. It also keeps your kitchen splatter free!

I used to fry my sausages on the stovetop. Just a little swizzle of oil, and fry away. This method worked well when I could keep my undivided attention on the frypan, and had an uninterrupted leisurely cleanup at the end of dinner.

Now – with a toddler running around, frying anything on the stove is really just not an option. Plus, our after dinner routine needs to be quick and easy – our priority is to get our little one in the bath, and in his pajamas so that bedtime can happen.

So I came up with this method to cook sausages in the oven. We experimented a couple of different ways – but this is my favourite way to cook them.

Note

The addition of the leek is interchangeable with other onions, but also you can just as easily leave it out.

Recipe: Sausages in the Oven
Ingredients
  • 1 leek
  • 6 thick sausages
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

  2. Cut both ends from your leek. Because we're effectively roasting the leek, we can use both the green and white parts. Make sure to rinse the leek really well (I slice it long ways and then rinse under running water). Slice into 1cm wide slices. 

  3. In the bottom of a baking pan (or casserole dish), drizzle a couple of tbsps of olive oil. Scatter the leek over the oil.

  4. Lay your sausages over the leek. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. 

  5. Pop into your oven, and cook for approx. 45mins. You will need to check these and turn the sausages over at least once, half way through. The cooking time will depend on the thickness and size of your sausages - so keep an eye on them. 

  6. Serve with mashed potato, and steamed vegetables. 

 

Recipe: Potato Cakes

This Potato Cakes Recipes uses the simplest of ingredients – and is solely based around leftover mashed potato. Now, leftover mash doesn’t occur very often in my house. It is a family favourite. But I have recently been increasing the amount that I’m making, so that I can specifically have leftovers. We will generally use these as part of the next night’s dinner – but then I discovered these Potato Cakes. And yum – they were a hit.

We made these over the weekend as lunch. I then reheated some on Sunday for breakfast, served alongside mushrooms and spinach and a poached egg. Triple yum. My little one even enjoyed his just cold and straight from the fridge. Getting a little to egg vegies at breakfast isn’t exactly easy – so I was happy with this!

This recipe for Potato Cakes uses leftover mashed potato to make an easy brunch or light dinner focus. A helpful way to avoid wasting leftover mash!

Notes

To make these, you will need cold mashed potato. Ideally leftovers. However, if you wanted to, you could make a batch of mash specifically for these. I’d just suggest doing that in advance, so that you have time to refrigerate and chill your mash.

I also think this recipe would work with other types of mash: sweet potato or pumpkin. You would likely need to increase the flour for the pumpkin ones though. Experiment!

Recipe: Potato Cakes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cold mashed potato
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp rice bran oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cold mashed potato, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, egg and flour. You might need to add more flour - it depends on how wet your mashed potato is. 

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, over a medium high heat. You need enough oil to cover the base of the pan (for a shallow fry). 

  3. Scooping dessertspoons of potato mix, form patties. 

  4. Place patties carefully into oil in the frying pan. Cook for 3-5mins until golden brown. Turn over and repeat on other side.

  5. Drain on paper towel and serve with a fresh salad. Also great for breakfast with bacon and eggs. 

 

Recipe: Chicken and Spinach Pie

It is getting colder here. The autumn coolness is giving way to the chill of winter. This is my favourite time of year – not just for the great layers of clothes and scarves, but also for the cooking. I do my best cooking in cold weather – hearty, wholesome food. This Chicken and Spinach Pie is no exception – it is tasty, easy, and a family favourite.

The Empowered Cook shares her Chicken and Spinach Pie recipe - a hearty, wholesome pie made with leftover chicken and silverbeet, topped with puff pastry.

I make this using leftover chicken. Often this is as a result of making chicken stock – where I’ll be able to use the stock and the chicken to make this dish.

The Empowered Cook shares her Chicken and Spinach Pie recipe - a hearty, wholesome pie made with leftover chicken and silverbeet, topped with puff pastry.

Recipe Note

I have a square casserole dish that I use – mainly because it is the perfect shape for a single piece of puff pastry. Obviously you don’t need to have one like this, but you’ll just need to find a dish that works well with the puff pastry that you have.

Now – on with the recipe!

 

Chicken and Spinach Pie
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 sticks celery diced
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped (stalks kept separate)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 4 cups silverbeet chopped
  • 1 sheet store bought puff pastry
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. 

  2. Heat a large pan on a medium high heat. Add your olive oil.

  3. Add onions, celery and parsley stalks to the pan. Sweat (stirring frequently) for around 8 minutes, until soft. Add salt if starting to brown.

  4. Add the bay leaf and garlic, and cook for another minute or two (careful not to burn the garlic). Note: at this point, you can also add any leftover chicken skin (cut into small pieces). This gives it a chance to get a little crispy. 

  5. Add the butter to the pan and give everything a good stir, as the butter melts.

  6. Add the flour to the pan, and cook it out for a few minutes. Stir constantly. 

  7. Next, add the chicken stock and continue stirring. The mix should thicken at this point - so feel free to add a little dash or two of water, if it starts to get too thick. 

  8. Season with salt and pepper and give it a taste to adjust. It should be full of flavour at this point. 

  9. Add your chicken and stir through. 

  10. Add your silverbeet and continue to stir. Remember that silverbeet will wilt down quite a lot, so don't be alarmed at the amount at the beginning. Just keep stirring, and it will wilt down to nothing. 

  11. Finally, add your chopped parsley leaves. Taste again and adjust seasoning if needed. 

  12. Place this filling in your chosen pie dish, and cover with the puff pastry. Remember to pop a little hole in the middle of pastry too. 

  13. Place your pie in the oven for around 25-35mins - until the pastry is golden brown and puffed. 

Recipe Notes

Serve this pie with mashed potato. It's also just good by itself though - and super delicious reheated the next day. 

Surprisingly, it also freezes well. Just portion up any leftovers and freeze. Alternatively, freeze the pie filling once cooked - and then simply assemble the pie with the puff pastry on the day of cooking. 

Recipe: Homemade Chips

This recipe for Homemade Chips is inspired by Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. This manifesto is all about how to eat real food – and he presents this in a series of ‘rules’ to govern the way you eat. One of his rules is that you can eat all the junk food you want, you just have to cook it yourself.

I like this rule. It reminds me of being a kid. We would rarely buy dinner – unless it was the weekly fish+chips. But we would eat burgers, chips, hot dogs, milkshakes – but Mum (or Dad) would make them. And because they are fiddly, and not easy to make – we wouldn’t have them very often. Self-regulating treats.

My homemade chips are my version of a take-away dinner. My toddler loves chips – and he eats these practically by the handful.

The Empowered Cook shares a simple, easy recipe for homemade chips - potato baked in the oven with garlic and herbs. A toddler friendly and healthy recipe.

Serving Suggestion

I’ll serve them with meatballs, steak, schnitzel, or even a fried egg. Sometimes just a big salad is a good accompaniment.

Recipe Notes

You can also use this same recipe for any root vegetable. Sweet potato, carrot or pumpkin are all delicious. But so is parsnip, turnip, swede or even beetroot. Get adventurous – throw in a chopped turnip and give it a go. Your family probably won’t even notice.

Don’t have herbs? Skip them. Don’t have garlic? Skip it too. This recipe is flexible like that. The garlic and herbs add a wonderful flavour – but they aren’t at all necessary.

I will often use this recipe to prep food for the week. These are actually delicious cold (in our lunchboxes).

Homemade Chips
Ingredients
  • 4 large potatoes washed
  • 1 head garlic
  • 6-8 sprigs thyme
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. 

  2. Cut your potatoes in half, and then into "chip" size shapes. I do this by cutting the potato in half, laying it flat, and then slice the potato in long strips. Any that are too think, get chopped again. 

  3. Place these "chips" onto the tray - making a single layer, and no overcrowding too much. 

  4. Break your head of garlic into individual cloves - no need to peel. Place these cloves among your "chips" on the baking tray.

  5. Scatter the thyme over the tray too. 

  6. Drizzle olive oil over the "chips". Season with salt and pepper.

  7. Mix together so that everything is well coated.

  8. Pop in the oven for about 45mins to an hour. Check the "chips" after about 30 mins, and cook until soft, and crispy to your personal taste. 

Recipe: Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

This recipe for Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta came from a ‘challenge’ week in our house.

When we returned to work following our Christmas break, I had stocked the freezer to the brim with dinners, lunches and snacks.

This was more helpful than I ever thought it could be – and I doubt we would have eaten as well had I not done this. With both of us working outside the home for 3 days a week – dinner is almost impossible, unless it’s a simple heat and serve.

After the last few months though, that freezer supply is dwindling. We’re starting to see the bottom of the freezer again.

We need to restock. But before we do that – we need to eat the last of everything.

The Challenge

Eat from the pantry and freezer – without buying anything new.

It wasn’t as hard as you might expect. We were able to eat the last of a few frozen dinners, as well as knock together some quick and easy meals using whatever ingredients we had on hand.

The Recipe

This Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta is one of those meals. I literally had: a packet of pasta, a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, and some chicken breast. Voila – this dish was born. It was delicious. And it will be on our meal plan again soon!

The Empowered Cook shares an easy, fast recipe for chicken and sun-dried tomato pasta. A delicious weeknight dinner recipe the whole family will love.

Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 500 grams chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 375 grams pasta
  • 1 head broccoli chopped
Instructions
  1. Fill your pasta pot with water, and bring to a boil on the stove top.

  2. While waiting for the water to boil, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. I used a big cast iron casserole dish for this. The pan needs to fit the cooked pasta at the end of cooking - so choose something big. 

  3. Once the olive oil has heated, add the onion and cook for a few minutes.

  4. Add the garlic and chicken breast to the onion. Continue cooking until the chicken breast is just cooked. 

  5. By this time, your water should be boiling. Add your pasta and give it a good stir. 

  6. Once the chicken is cooked, add your dried oregano (and chilli flakes, if using). Give it all a good stir. 

  7. Add your sun-dried tomatoes to the chicken also. Give this a good stir. Once these have heated through, you can remove from the heat.

  8. A few minutes before your pasta has cooked, add your broccoli to the pasta water. This will cook the broccoli at the same time - and save dirtying another pot!

  9. Once cooked, drain your pasta and broccoli. Add this to your chicken pot. Give everything a good stir - you may like to add a little more olive oil to the pan at this point. Or even better - use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. This will give an even better flavour hit. 

  10. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is also delicious the next day as a cold lunch. Simply pack up any leftovers, and refrigerate until lunch time.