Mouth-watering, homemade fast food at its finest! This recipe is so easy and fast to put together and relatively healthy within a considered diet. If you are doing the classic of keeping your carbs pretty low and protein high the rest of your day then a portion of this (even every day) would be absolutely fine to hit your fat-loss goals! Of course you could sub the chicken for your own preferred protein and it will taste great. I always cook lots as they are a delicious snack/meal for a few days after, which saves you eating junk. Seriously, imagine being sat in front of the TV wanting a “midnight snack” or at work mid-afternoon and instead of grabbing a fast snack like crisps and regretting it - you grab an equally quick portion of oak-smoked chicken wings! Yum. Let’s just make them already!
How do we make them?
For about 2kg of wings:
Thoroughly mix all herbs and spices, then rub into wings.
Start coals on your barbecue or smoker (I use a chimney starter) and also place a handful of oak wood chips or chunks in a small bowl of water and leave to soak until coals are ready (around 20mins).
When the coals turn a light grey spread around your smoker/barbecue. Place your wings on the grill (top shelf if possible). Pat dry your wood chips and scatter amongst the coals. Close the lid and slightly open vents. Allow to cook for 15-mins with lid down (temp should be around 200C), then flip wings and repeat (close lid, vents slightly open and cook for 15-mins).
Finally, open lid, place all wings on grill closest to coals, keeping lid open, to finish them on a higher temp and allow to blacken a little for a slightly crispier texture and authentic barbecue flavour.
You may need to alter your cooking time to suit, but internal temp of the wings should be 75-80C. Always check.
Proof that eating seasonally will improve the variety of food you eat! I had never eaten a Jerusalem artichoke before, so I chose this meal for my first taste as there is minimal effort that goes into its preparation meaning you get to taste it in a fairly raw form. We were pleasantly surprised with the results. We've definitely been missing out, I think the main reason being that we had never been exposed to this veggie as children, so it always seemed a bit weird to see one in a shop - being creatures of habit it's easy to just leave it alone, not knowing how it tastes or what to do with it, and stick to the veggies we know. Ultimately, we now have another fantastic tasting ingredient added to our winter pantry!
So, for this very simple and healthy, seasonal recipe, you'll need...
A little oil of choice
8 pork sausages
500ml chicken stock
500g Jerusalem artichokes (no need to peel for this recipe; just scrub clean and cut into halves)
1 Savoy cabbage
Fry the sausages for about 10-minutes to brown them.
Add them to a deep baking tray along with the chicken stock and the Jerusalem artichokes, cover and cook in the oven at 180C for 15-minutes.
Lift the cover, add the seasoning, thyme, paprika, chilli flakes and cook again for 15-minutes.
Finally, add the cabbage leaves and cook for a further 10-15 minutes.
All you need is...
This is not just my favourite meal in July, this is one of my absolute favourite meals of the year and another reminder why I love to eat seasonally. There are other months that I can grill sea bass throughout the year but when this fish is combined with these amazing, summery, seasonal vegetables (and fruit - tomato) the flavours are immense and, in my view, unbeatable!
Here's what you'll need...
2 Sea Bass Fillets
Handful of Spinach
Half a Courgette sliced and cut into quarters
Handful of Green Beans
Handful of Cherry Tomatoes cut into halves
Handful of Garden Peas
4 teaspoons of Pesto
2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil (if cooking at home)
Heat up a pan, adding your oil, on a medium heat. Place Sea Bass Fillet skin-side down for 5-minutes until they crisp up. Add the courgette quarters, cherry tomato halves, peas and green beans, and fry for another 3-5 minutes or desired doneness.
Add your pesto and heat through before serving. How simple is that? I sometimes add a tablespoon or two of cold extra virgin olive oil over the meal once cooked.
I call this Wild-Style because I quite often make this outdoors, as it tastes even better grilled BBQ-style.
You may think that eating seasonally through the winter months require a bit more experience or experiments! But there's so many great options out there that are unique to this cold season. Pheasant is aplenty for this time of year, but it does have a tendency to dry out, as it is quite easily overcooked. I seal them in a very hot pan first to stop them drying out in the process. And of course root vegetables too, like parsnips and carrots. Follow the steps below and the result will be a happy, unique and tasty winter warmer...