Snack time!!! Peanut butter dip <3

20140203-164944.jpgThis afternoon I really really wanted peanut butter!!! I use all natural peanut butter with no added sugar or oil that is DELICIOUS! But it is so calorie dense that you can’t really have very much of it and I wanted a treat that was filling and a bit more to feast on πŸ˜‰

So I grabbed my non-fat Greek Yogurt and made a blend πŸ™‚

1/2 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
Large dash of cinnamon πŸ˜‰

I paired it with a sliced apple. Yum!!!

Greek yogurtΒ is amazing for you! It’s an awesome source of low fat protein. There have been numerous studies saying that regularly eating low fat dairy daily. It is also such a good alternative to sour cream, dips, and salad dressings.

Peanut butterΒ gives you healthy fats and oils and protein. It is so good for you but easy to go a bit overboard and have too much too quickly so watch out!

CinnamonΒ is so good for you. It raises your metabolism and keeps hunger at bay. It also contains healthy antioxidants which makes your body say THANK YOU!

apples!!!!Β my favorite! Apples and bananas rule my fruit bowl. Apples have a low GI which means it keeps your body feel full for longer plus they are crunchy and sweet which is a major win for me πŸ™‚

An easy throw-together meal! Honey roasted Swede :)

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Yesterday I had no clue what to make and had a bit of a time constraint due to a “running-date” with a friend of mine πŸ™‚

So I walked around the shop looking for veggies that looked yummy. I came across a giant Swede only costing Β£.75!!! Not having any idea what it was or how to cook it, I decided I was gonna make it into dinner!

So I found a recipe on BBC Good Food for Honey Roasted Swedewith chili and coriander. I thought it could use some bulking up so I added chickpeas to the mix. But if you’re a meat- fan this would probably go great with pork! I chopped it up, threw it in a roasting pan and let it cook while I was on my run (andy was babysitting it while I was out). It was ready by the time I was back. Really tasty, really good for you, plenty filling but I accidentally didn’t de-seed the chili and it was VERY SPICY! Andy didn’t mind a bit though πŸ™‚ for added protein (and to cool the spice a bit) we served it with chive&onion cottage cheese. I also put some sprouts with it cuz they were on offer, lol. Tasty! Had leftovers for dinner tonight πŸ™‚

recipe
1/2 swede peeled and chopped
Drizzle olive oil
Drizzle honey
Chili de-seeded and shopped
Small bunch of coriander
Cumin
Pop everything in a pan, roast for 45-50 minutes at 200C πŸ™‚

If you add the chickpeas (Β£.33) cottage cheese(Β£.60) and chili/coriander (previous meal leftovers-FREE!)into the price then this whole meal cost Β£1.68 for two portions and the lasted us two meals!

DUMPLING MONKEY!

Dinner date with my man!

Dinner date with my man!

Pork steamed buns!!!

Pork steamed buns!!!

Some days you just need to break the cycle and go out for a massive lovely filling meal. My go-to resturant is the Dumpling Monkey. It is a wee hole in the wall that you probably wouldn’t notice except that it is bright orange πŸ˜‰ It Β serves the most incredible Chinese food! Proper Chinese food too! Like, exactly like the food I ate when in China to adopt my sister. Big bowls of noodles, dumplings, and steamed buns! They have Chinese TV playing in the background, only offer chopsticks for eating, and have photos from Beijing hanging on the walls. Feel just like back in Asia. The owners are a married couple, the wife from New York and the husband from China and so lovely.

The food is absolutely incredible. The steamed buns are full of tasty pork or veggies and so yummy yummy. Not only this but it is not expensive either! A bowl of noodles is 5 pounds, 10 dumplings is only 4.50 and the steamed buns are 1 pound each! So for two people to have a massive tasty meal isn’t going to break the bank πŸ™‚

Pot stickers (dumplings)

Pot stickers (dumplings)

So there is my favorite restaurant ever! LOVE IT! You have to make a stop by if you’re ever at the bottom of Byers road!

Pot stickers and sauces

Pot stickers and sauces

Breakfast Bircher :)

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So breakfast is basically my favourite meal of the day and sometimes I need to mix it up a bit. So this week I made Bircher! It’s usually musli soaked in fruit juice overnight and loaded with sugar. But I found a healthy version (of course!).

Mix together:
2 cups oatmeal.
2 diced apples.
2 tablespoons sliced almonds.
2 cups Greek yogurt
1/2 cup dried fruit.
Divide into 4 tubs and pop in fridge!

I take the tubs to work, add some fruit and milk and it is so filling and yummy πŸ™‚

Fat loss week! Gettin ready for Christmas ;)

So I thought I would avoid holiday weight gain this year by stepping up the healthy cooking a bit more these last few weeks πŸ™‚ so here’s what we’ve been eating!

20131213-134426.jpgBreakfast: I made up quinoa on Sunday and had quinoa with flax seed, berries, and cinnamon. I also made up 12 egg muffins and had a few of those every day.

Egg muffins (makes 12)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 Roma tomato
5 basil leaves
2 scallions
3 eggs
2 cups egg whites
Mix the ingredients up, fill your cupcake tins. Pop in the oven at 375F for 20-30 minutes πŸ™‚

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Lunch!!!
So I made up a tuna salad, portioned it out for the week (6 boxes). Here’s the tasty recipe!
15 oz. canned tuna
2 cups brown rice
4 boiled egg whites chopped
2 apples chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
Dressing:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves minced
Just mix it up! Still tasty 5 days later πŸ˜‰

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Dinner:
I bought a pack of frozen white fish and would steam that with some frozen veggies and sweet potatoes. Add some vinegar on it made for a very tasty healthy and filling dinner πŸ™‚ yum yum!

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20131213-134512.jpgAlong with these meals I also had fruit, nuts, and protein shakes πŸ˜‰

Happy thanksgiving!

20131128-151949.jpgSo I had to do a blog about our amazing thanksgiving! It was so incredible. So much food, great chat, and good friends. Because Thanksgiving isn’t usually celebrated in the UK I had to do some recipe delegating πŸ˜‰ my friends were so excited for their first thanksgiving and It didn’t disappoint πŸ™‚

I made some absolutely delicious recipes for the first time. I didn’t realize how much time goes into making four things in one day! So there’s a lesson learned. I did enjoy it and I can’t wait til next year πŸ™‚

A very different but incredibly tasty pear and fennel salad

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One of my favorite thanksgiving dishes: Sweet Potatoes bake

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Crazy good cranberry sauce

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Classic Pumpkin pie in a beautiful dish πŸ™‚

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Happy Thanksgiving! Such amazing food this year!
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Peanut buttery breakfast granola bars!

20131115-113457.jpgLast night I decided I needed to bake something! I had this recipe for peanut butter granola bars saved in my emails forever so it was about time I put it to the test!

So easy too πŸ™‚ Here’s the ingredients:
1 1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup of honey
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of dried fruit

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Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Put the oil, peanut butter, and honey into a saucepan and heat until the peanut butter is melted. Stir in the oats, seeds and fruit until combined. Press into a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting (or it will really crumble apart which is still yummy just not as easy to eat πŸ˜‰

Perfect with a cup of tea or crumbled ontop of Greek yogurt πŸ™‚