You can still have a merry Christmas all by yourself

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, most people are opting for celebrating Christmas at home. If you’re one of those people, we’ve got some simple recipes for some dishes you can try out.

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Baked Chicken with veggies (1 Serving)

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NB: You can choose spices of your choice, mix together with the chicken and leave it in the fridge to marinate overnight before following the recipe below.

What you need

1 chicken thigh

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5 – 8 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

1 head of garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

How to cook

Preheat the oven for about 30 minutes

Arrange the carrots and onion in a single layer on a greased baking sheet

Peel the garlic and place on the tray.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables; season with the rosemary, and salt and pepper.

Top with the chicken thigh. Rub the thigh with 1 teaspoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Cook in the oven until the chicken skin is golden and the carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Pan Pizza

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This refers to a pizza cooked in a pan. Usually, pizzas are cooked in an oven but with this recipe, you can use the same pan you use for chapos for a pizza instead.

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Ingredients

For the base

1 cup of self-rising flour

1 tablespoon of salt

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

¾ cup of water

Sauce

1 large red onion, finely chopped

2tsp oil

1 grated clove of garlic

1 70gram pack of tomato paste

1tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp chilli flakes

1tablespoon parmesan, grated

1 finely grated green capsicum

Topping

Grated mozzarella

A handful of washed dhania

How to cook

Sauce

Cook the sauce as you would a normal stew. In a small sufuria pour in the oil and add the finely chopped onions. Let the onions cook for a minute or two then add salt and grated garlic. Let the garlic brown before adding the tomato paste, pepper and chilli flakes. Allow the sauce to cook and thicken for a minute or two before adding the grated capsicum and parmesan. Let it cook for a minute as you stir before removing from heat.

Base

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Consider this the same as making chapati dough. In a bowl, mix the flour and salt then add the oil and water until properly mixed.  Knead the dough until smooth then using a rolling pin, flatten the dough until slightly thin (it will rise while cooking) and can fit into a pan.

Lightly heat the vegetable oil on a pan before placing the dough on the pan. Cook the dough for about 8 minutes on minimum heat. Then flip over the base and let it brown for a minute before flipping it back over.

Add the sauce generously to the top and add the mozzarella pieces on top. Put a lid on the pan for a minute to let the cheese on the top melt.

When done, sprinkle the dhania on top and enjoy.

Oven-Baked Potatoes

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Instead of frying your potatoes, you can bake them in the oven. You can substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes if you’re looking for a healthier option.

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Ingredients

Choose the number of potatoes you need and cut them into cubes

2 tablespoons good-quality vegetable oil

1 teaspoon of sea salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons minced garlic, or 8 cloves garlic, pounded

2 tablespoons freshly chopped dhania

How to roast potatoes

Preheat the oven for about 15 minutes. Line an oven appropriate pan with a baking sheet or cooking oil.

Arrange potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Toss so potatoes are evenly seasoned. 

Put in the oven for 45-55 minutes while flipping occasionally, until crisp and golden.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and season with a little extra salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle over with dhania and you’re ready to eat.

If all else fails, order in. Merry Christmas

 

 

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