Delicious oaty & fruity bake in 20 minutes

I adapted a normal crumble topping recipe for a friend who was intolerant to wheat. It worked so well with oats that I started to try adding other ingredients to make it even healthier (seeds and dried fruit). The oat topping goes crisp in the oven almost like a granola, and gives a nice crunch to the topping. The seeds toast in the oven and give it a nutty flavour, as well as providing you with Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats.  I’ve used frozen fruit as it is often cheaper and as it is frozen straight after picking it has more nutrients than fresh fruit that is a few days old. Using margarine instead of butter makes this lower in saturated fat, and can be eaten if you are intolerant to lactose (check carefully in the ingredients as some margarines do contain lactose, however Stork and the ‘Pure’ range are lactose free and widely available).

I made this last night for some friends last minute and I adapted the recipe slightly by using a mixture of all the frozen fruit I had in my freezer – blueberries, cherries, mixed forest fruits and raspberries. I didn’t have any fresh strawberries so I omitted them. I also used some apple & mango juice instead of orange juice and it still worked really well.

Oaty, fruity bake recipe

Oaty fruity bake

Oaty fruity bake

 

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Hassle-free alternative to fish pie recipe in 22 minutes

Most fish pie recipes involve making a white sauce, with some even suggesting poaching ingredients in the milk you use. White sauces with lots of cheese are delicious but are high in saturated fat, and the constant stirring stops you from getting on with other things. This recipe is quicker and healthier, and gives you a meal in one dish. Many people are frightened of making a white sauce, and rightly so as it is very easy to get a lumpy goo stuck to the bottom of your pan. If you are well practised then it does become easier, but I always feel like it’s a chore to stand there and stir all the time to get the right consistency without it catching. I made this fish pie yesterday and we all loved it, including my kids. As it has pasta, fish and veg you don’t need to cook anything else along side unless you wanted to.

When layering the fish and lasagne I suggest doing 3 fish layers and 2 lasagne layers, starting and ending with a fish sauce layer. This means when you grill the cheese on top the sauce will bubble instead of crisping up the lasagne and making it tough to eat. Enjoy!

Hassle-free alternative to fish pie recipe

Hassle-free alternative to fish pie

Hassle-free alternative to fish pie