I have been a camping ADDICT lately which means lots of outdoor bbq’s by the camp fire and also limited cooking facilities available to whip up my usual Simo specialties.
And because Willis and I have decided that yearly camping trips are our new family tradition…Neurum Creek Bush Retreat you ROCK! I have been inspired to think outside the box and come up with some quick, healthy, no-fuss meals that will satisfy our hungry tum-tums.
Simo Says – Always make time for the great outdoors 🙂 🙂 🙂
Camping makes our families heart so ridiculously happy (especially our fur baby Bowie). There is always an adventure to be had and spending time in nature is just one of those feelings that make you feel truly a l i v e!! We also love the fact that hiking, kayaking and swimming in fresh water-holes is right at our doorstep…so it’s super duper important that we keep nourishing our bodies with nutrient-dense, whole-food to keep us charging, feeling good and having fun!!
Chicken patties are the ultimate camping companion (along with Simo’s Omelette Cakes) as you can eat them hot or cold. If you pre-cook them before you go, all you need to do is gently warm them on the BBQ and serve with a fresh, fluffy salad; or alternatively eat cold with a juicy dip!!
*Always take care when buying the pre-made rissoles or patties from your local butcher too; they can often come loaded with preservatives, additives, refined grains or hidden sugar!! Be sure to ask for the ingredient list or why not get fancy / creative and make your own? At least that way you know that you are only eating real food that your body was designed for!! YAY!!
I am so excited to make it real easy for you by sharing this simple recipe below. The herbs, mustard and lemon zest really take it to the next level, and if you have time, so does the Radical Romesco Sauce!! Mmmm mmm it’s a real winner, that’s a promise to you my sunshine tribe 🙂
Simo’s Herb & Mustard Chicken Patties
(Gluten Free // Grain Free // Sugar Free // Paleo // Awesomeness )
*makes 6-8 patties
*always use organic ingredients where possible
500 grams chicken mince (from free-range happy chooky’s)
1 x large handful of fresh thyme, sage and oregano, chopped (the more the better I say)
1 x tablespoon of strong dijon mustard (preservative free with no additives)
1 x carrot, peeled and grated
1 x zucchini, grated *optional for that added nutrient boost
1 x spring onion leaf, finely diced
1 x long red chilli, finely diced
1 1/2 x tablespoons lemon zest, or 2 drops of twenty8 lemon pure essential oil
1 x egg, organic, pastured-raised
2 x tablespoons of chia seeds
1 x tablespoon of arrowroot flour
Generous sprinkle of sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 x tablespoon of ghee, butter or coconut oil for frying
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line an oven-proof tray with baking paper.
2. Grab a small bowl (or cup) and crack an egg into it. Add in chia seeds and stir through allowing a gel to form. Set aside.
3. In a separate large bowl, mix through the chicken mince, chopped herbs, mustard, carrot, zucchini, spring onion, chilli, lemon zest (or lemon essential oil) sea salt and ground pepper. Once thoroughly combined, add in your cup of eggs / chia seeds, arrowroot flour and mix well.
4. With wet hands (to stop the stickiness), form the chicken mix into 6 – 8 patties, flattening and reshaping as you go, until desired consistency and size is reached.
*Top Tip – if you have time you can add these to the fridge to set for approx 30 minutes. This helps the patties stick together but is non essential if you’re in a hurry too – I always am ha ha
5. Melt ghee (or butter / coconut oil) in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, gently place in your patties, squishing them down a little, and sear until golden brown on each side (ensure to flip after 2-3 minutes to prevent burning).
6. Transfer patties to baking tray and bake in oven for 10 minutes (or until cooked through).
7. Let cool slighltly before devouring with a scrumptious salad and Radical Romesco Sauce
Some extra notes from the chef…..
*Try to avoid the temptation to over cook the patties – dry chicken is not very tasty!!
*You could also mix things up a little and experiment with mince pork, lamb or beef!!
* These bad boys freeze really well so why not make up a double batch – woo!!
*A great idea for work / school lunches and a sensational snack too!!
Chicken Patties and camping go hand in hand…just like Simo, Willis & Bowie 🙂