It's no secret that I love entertaining. But most of all, I love cooking up Body Good Food and hearing how much my family and friends enjoy it, even though it is "healthy stuff". And believe it or not, you actually feel so great not feeling like you are pregnant with triplets and can't survive the day without that afternoon nap! So below is a feast that you can easily cook up for Christmas entertaining, or even just use some of the recipes combined with your traditional ones to lighten things up a little.
NOTE: I only have a small oven so I cooked the pumpkin dish earlier in the day and then put it back in the oven to re-heat when the chicken was resting.
Salt & Pepper Roast Chicken
1 x large organic chicken
1 x lemon
1 x bunch thyme
1 x bunch rosemary
1 x garlic clove, cut in half
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 200⁰ C. Make a few incisions in the lemon and then stuff the lemon and thyme in the cavity of the chicken. Drizzle the chicken with oil, give it a really good sprinkle of salt and pepper and then use the cut garlic clove to rub the oil and salt pepper all over the chicken. Spread the rosemary on a roasting tray and top with the chicken. Bake for 45 minutes and then spoon over any juices from the chicken or some melted butter. Roast for a further 30 minutes or until the juices come out clear when you pierce the thigh. Cover with fol and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.
Crunchy Roast Potatoes
1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges
handful of garlic cloves, crushed
handful of sage leaves
handful of rosemary
1 lemon, zest
Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. Boil the potatoes in simmering water for 7-10 minutes or until just tender. Pour into a strainer, return the potatoes to the pot, put the lid on and give it a good shake to scruff them up a bit. Then spread them on a baking tray with the garlic, sage and rosemary and give them a good drizzle with oil before sprinkling on some salt. Roast for 45 minutes - 1 hour or until nice and golden, turning half way. Before serving dust with with lemon zest.
Maple Roasted Pumpkin, Pear & Walnuts with Rocket & Fetta
1 x butternut pumpkin, cut into wedges
2 x pears, cut into wedges
2 handfuls of walnuts
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
rocket and fetta to serve
Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. Spread the pumpkin, pears and walnuts on a baking tray. Combine the oil, maple syrup and cumin seeds and spread over the pumpkin, pears and walnuts. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until browning and starting to caramalise. Remove from the oven, serve on a bed of rocket and top with some fetta and a drizzle of olive oil.
Spinach, Pea & Radish Salad
4 large handfuls of spinach
1 cup of peas, defrosted
3 x radishes, sliced paper thin
2 spring onion, finely sliced
1 handful of mint, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice only
Combine ingredients and drizzle over olive oil and lemon juice.
Grilled Asparagus with Pomegranate & Almonds
2 bunches of asparagus
1/2 pomegranate, arils only
1/4 cup flaked almonds, toasted
Grill the asparagus until charred and tender. Spread on a plate and top with pomegranate and almonds.