The Ultimate Wrap Snack

As much as I’ve loved getting my bake on recently for Bake For Bipolar February I thought I’d better get back on the healthy wagon.  So I’ve rustled up a very lean and vitamin packed wrap.  I’ve gone with chicken this time but for all my vegetarian chums you can just miss the chicken out.

I LOVE duck breast, it’s a wee bit more expensive but makes a really original addition and if you take the skin off it’s lean as well.  Duck also contains more iron than it’s poultry pals chicken and turkey, coupled with the spinach and watercress I’ve used you’ll be feeling as good as Popeye!

Spinach is known to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. Wonderful watercress is a real winner because gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, four times more beta-carotene and vitamin A than apples, tomatoes and broccoli, more vitamin E than broccoli, more calcium than whole milk and more iron than spinach.


For colour and crunch I’ve gone for red onion, yellow, red and orange peppers.  I’m crazy about avocados so any excuse to pop them in a dish I’m all over it.  Bursting with Potassium and Lutein which is fab for eye health.


I crush my avocado with some fresh lime juice, not only to keep the colour but for a citrusy zing.  For days when you are in a rush and need something quick and tasty this recipe is ideal.  Wraps or Pitta bread work so well and if you keep a few packets in the freezer just warm through when you are feeling peckish.


Serves 2

1 chicken breast sliced into strips

2 tortilla wraps or pitta bread

1 yellow, orange and red pepper deseeded and sliced into strips

1 red onion sliced

1 ripe avocado

1 lime

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

Good handful fresh coriander chopped

splash sunflower oil

Spinach, watercress and rocket.  You can buy mixed bags of this in most supermarkets


Start by heating a large frying pan and add the splash of oil.  Add the vegetables to the pan and quickly stir fry. Pop the chicken in and give it a good stir until it’s sealed on all sides


While you are waiting for the chicken to cook cut the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh.  Add the lime juice and crush with a fork.  Set this aside because you are going to spread it on the wrap


Now add the sweet chilli sauce and coriander to the frying pan.  Check to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through.  No one likes pink chicken!


Gently warm the tortilla wrap or pitta bread.  A ping in the microwave will do.

Spread your awesome avocado crush onto the wrap and pop on the spinach, rocket and watercress.  Now add a helping of chicken and vegetables and bingo you are good to go!


Happy Cooking


© Catriona Macdougall, 2019

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Sizzling Aberdeen Angus Sirloin with Scotch Bonnet, Garlic and Ginger Dressing

I know I’m biased when it comes to my love of all things Scottish but our beef is some of the best in the world.  For this recipe I’ve gone for a sirloin steak.  Aberdeen Angus beef is known for being tender, succulent with great flavour but any good quality beef will do.

This dish is super quick and easy to prepare and cook.  If you already have the ingredients in the fridge it’s perfect as an instant supper and is ideal for days when you don’t feel like spending ages in the kitchen but want a delicious and healthy hit.

A word of warning about Scotch bonnet chillies!  The chilli is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.  Don’t be lulled into thinking these little firecrackers don’t have a heat rating that’s through the roof!  Someone once told me eating chillies increases the metabolic rate, which aids in the fat burning process so win win!  If you are not a fan of the bonnets you can use a milder chilli like the sweet bell pepper or cherry pepper instead.

Ingredients to serve 1

1 sirloin steak

splash of olive oil

sea salt and ground black pepper

1 red or green chilli finely chopped

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

1 generous splash dark soy sauce

2 heads pak choi

4 stems purple sprouting brocoli

1 bunch spring onions chopped

A good handful fresh chopped coriander



If you have a cast iron griddle pan great.  If not a frying pan will do.  My top tip is never oil the pan because it will smoke and the oil will get too hot.  Oil the meat instead and season the steak on both sides.


The best way to cook the veg is in a wok or a large frying pan.

Get the griddle pan really hot and place the steak on it.  Try not to move the meat around, You want all the flavour sealed in on each side.  Depending on how you like your steak : rare, medium or well done.  For rare go for 2-3 minutes on each side and medium 3-4 minutes and well done 5-6 minutes on each side.  Just like when we cooked the monkfish you must allow the meat to rest so it will lose less juice and be tastier when it comes to eating.

Take the steak off the heat and allow it to rest whilst you stir fry the vegetables.

Heat the wok with a splash of olive oil and fry off the ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onions. Add the pak choi and broccoli and quickly toss all the veg together in the hot pan.  You want the vegetables to have a lovely crunch and to keep the gorgeous green and purple colour so don’t overdo them.  Now add the splash of dark soy sauce and fresh coriander.

Slice the steak and place on top of the veg.  Pour the dressing over the delicious dish and enjoy!


Happy cooking.


© Catriona Macdougall, 2019


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