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I have recently been given the opportunity to participate in a cooking challenge for the chance to win a fabulous price of a 2 night mini cruise for 2! So naturally I jumped at the chance, this is my kind of thing; the chance to create a new recipe that I probably wouldn’t do if someone doesn’t challenge me to it, ingredients paid for (so essentially a free meal) and I had fun getting my 3 year old son involved and for the chance of this great prize… what’s not to love?!

Now I don’t pretend to be a great cook, I am not! I am guilty of sticking to same recipes week in week out and get stuck in this rut. But every now and then I will try to venture to the unknown and make a new meal (okay granted it’s usually from a recipe book) but still at least I try. This time I am all alone and need to come up with a Mediterranean inspired dish.

First thing I did was have a google to see exactly what Mediterranean style food was all about, the kind of ingredients used and why it is known as Mediterranean style. Basically to cut a long story short, it is all about using fresh ingredients, healthy cooking and lots of colour!

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So the ingredients I choose to use were;

  • Gigli Pasta

  • Sunstream Vine Tomatoes

  • Sweet peppers Fresh Basil

  • Fresh garlic

  • Chicken breasts

  • Olive Oil

  • Light (reduced fat) Mozzarella

  • Turmeric

  • Foil

So first off, trim your chicken breasts if needed, chop the pepper into reasonably thin slices and do the same with the tomatoes. Get a piece of foil and make a little parcel out of it.

Place your chicken breasts in an individual parcel each, place the tomatoes, peppers, garlic, olive oil and a basil leaf. Close the foil parcels over and place in the oven around 180 degrees for roughly 40 minutes but make sure you check that it is cooked through as every oven is different.

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Then put the pasta in a pan, add some Turmeric for a nice colour (not to mention all the health benefits!). If you are using the same pasta I am it only takes about 8 minutes to cook. *NB: I did not add enough turmeric which is why my pasta does not look particularly colourful*

When the chicken is fully cooked, add a slice of mozzarella cheese on the top and put back in the oven for a few minutes until it is melted.

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Then dish it all up, add a few tomatoes around the edge of the place and a single basil leaf for decoration and tuck in! A fresh, healthy and colourful tasty meal.

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For more information on this competition please click here.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth O

    It looks good bet it tasted fresh. I love adding turmeric to my dishes because of the delicate flavor and great color.
    I hope you do well in this food challenge. Best wishes! 🙂

    March 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Ana

    I love bell pepper and this recipe looks awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    March 8, 2016 at 4:45 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    This meal would be something that my husband would love! Too bad I don’t like peppers or tomatoes 🙁

    March 5, 2016 at 3:35 am
    • Reply Hannah Malanga

      I suppose you could change the peppers and tomatoes for something else? Maybe avocado or mango, they would give it some nice flavours

      March 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Emily

    What a great use of those ingredients 🙂

    March 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Alison

    Great idea with the peppers and the chicken! It looks really good and I think adding the fresh basil to any pasta makes it taste even better!

    March 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    Looks lovely! Good luck with the competition I’m sure you will do well 🙂

    March 4, 2016 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Hannah Malanga

      Thank you very much, fingers crossed! We could never afford a honeymoon so hopefully this will be it lol

      March 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Looks fabulous, wholesome and yummy.
    I really miss this kind of food. I can’t eat tomatoes (whereas I used to) anymore, so missing out on a whole section of delicious foods.

    The great thing about Mediterranean food is that it’s easy to make, and you can create something wonderful with easy ingredients. I really like your idea. Hope you do well with the competition. Fingers crossed for you.

    March 4, 2016 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Five Marigolds

    This looks like my kind of meal! Thanks for the recipe.

    March 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm
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