Steak, mashed potatoes, and chips!…kind of…except it was all vegetables! Mwahahaha!

"steak", "mashed potatoes", and chips :)

“steak”, “mashed potatoes”, and chips 🙂

So tonight I decided to make the husband happy…and healthy 😉 I’m a very sneaky wife mwahahah! All vegetables tonight!

Instead of steak I marinated portobello mushrooms in Worcestershire sauce all day and then grilled them.

For the mashed potatoes I took frozen cauliflower and microwaved it for 7 minutes (til thawed) drained te water and put it in my food processor with some italian herbs! Voila! Faux mashed potatoes that would fool any child or husband (but I think some cheese would be a really good tasty add in if you’re feeding kiddos).

Instead if classic frozen chips I chopped up a sweet potato, steamed them for 25 minutes along with the broccoli (and 6 eggs for lunches this week). Then I sautéed them in some leftover Worcestershire sauce in a nonstick pan with no extra oil to crispy them up.

Yummy yummy! I think I could feed this to my little 10 year old brother and even he would like it. Massive thumbs up from the hubby tonight 🙂

Healthiest pizza in the world and lunch for tomorrow too!

Yummy tasty cauliflower pizza!

Yummy tasty cauliflower pizza!

Ingredients for my pizza base

Ingredients for my pizza base

So I have fallen in love with frozen califlour. Not it as itself but the many things you can do with it! As a rice substitute in stir fry, potato substitute in a roast dinner or a pizza base! So last night I made pizza for me and Andy and at the same time made up my lunch for the next day 🙂

Preheat your oven to 350F. I started out with about a head of califlour. Put it in a bowl and microwave it to defrost. Then I sieved some of the water out and put it into my food processor to blend it to a purée. I then put it in a bowl with:1tbsp garlic crushed
1 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp italian seasoning
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

All my topping ingredients! Gotta love those colors!

All my topping ingredients! Gotta love those colors!

I mixed everything together and pressed it onto two cookie sheets (or pizza trays if you’re fancy like that, lol) and cook for about 12 minutes. While that’s cooking you can chop up your toppings. I’m quite a veggie lover so I made one withbasil, tomatoes, an mozzarella. And another with roast veggies. I also make my own sauce with tomato purée, italian seasoning, basil, and garlic powder.

Pizza bases baked off and sauce ready to spread!

Pizza bases baked off and sauce ready to spread!

Take your bases out and top them! Yay, fun 🙂 put them back in the oven for another 12 minutes (or so). While they were cooking. I used the rest of the toppings for my lunch the next day. Just a light sauté and then put into a box with a tin of tomatoes and some kidney beans. I babysit on Tuesdays so it’s a meal I can just microwave at the house and keep myself healthy while making the kids ham and cheese sandwiches 😉

Tomorrows lunch ready to go!

Tomorrows lunch ready to go!

So there you go! Dinner and lunch in 30 minutes 🙂 our house smells of pizza the entire night!!! 🙂

Pizzas completed!

Pizzas completed!

Prepare yourself: this will not simulate pizza “dough”. It’s a whole different experience, you will have to use a spatula to put the pieces into your plate and you might have to use a fork :p BUT when you think about how unprocessed, gluten free, natural, low calorie, and healthy this version is then you’re sure to go back for seconds 😉

Love you all, hope you enjoy pizza night 🙂

Easy peasy Mexican eggs!…Cooking with a sprained ankle :(

Mexican Eggs!

Mexican Eggs!

Start with sautéing corn and peppers with fajita seasoning

Start with sautéing corn and peppers with fajita seasoning

So this week I sprained my ankle which has meant lots of sitting around on my butt with my leg elevated and wrapped in ice packs…not fun…and very boring..so I’ve had to make my meals exciting! And they also had to be easy because standing on one leg in the kitchen does not last very long 😉

Add in some kidney beans and salsa

Add in some kidney beans and salsa

So I started out with some tinned corn (so easy) and frozen peppers(no chopping!) and some fajita seasoning. I sautéed them for a bit til they got a bit crispy. I added in 1/2 tin kidney beans and 1 tablespoon salsa. I added a few chili flakes for an extra kick. I let that all warm up together then popped it in a plate. I used the same pan to fry an egg and then put that ontop of the beans. Iadded a dollop of Greek yogurt(instead of sour cream) and some salsa. I also got a piece of 100% rye toast to dip in the egg yolk 🙂

Mexican beans ready for the eggs!

Mexican beans ready for the eggs!

This was such an amazing lunch. Full of my favourite things and absolutely so easy and delicious!

For dinner I made something equally as healthy, easy and tasty. Frozen stir fry mix, frozen green beans and a frozen fillet of haddock. Toss it all in a pan and stir! This was incredible. Veggies and fish are basically the best meal you can make. And within 10 minutes!

Fish Stir Fry straight out of the freezer! Healthy and easy :)

Fish Stir Fry straight out of the freezer! Healthy and easy 🙂

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 😉

So I grabbed my non-fat Greek Yogurt and made a blend 🙂

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

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

Greek yogurt 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 butter 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!

Cinnamon 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!!!! 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 🙂

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 🙂

So I walked around the shop looking for veggies that looked yummy. I came across a giant Swede only costing £.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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Mozerella pizza bites! And the easiest meal ever ;)

20131022-212903.jpg20131022-212919.jpgSo this week I made the some super amazing mozzarella pizza bites! They were one of my favorite recipes that I have found yet 🙂

Here’s the recipe:
1 small head cauliflower
1 and 1/4 cups of low fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
small handful of fresh basil leaves sliced thinly (I left these out because I didn’t have any)

1. Shred the cauliflower in your food processor until it looks like rice – This is called “ricing”.
2. Place the rice in a bowl and microwave it for 5 minutes.
3. Squeeze all of the excess water out with a cheesecloth or a fine sieve.
4. Then mix in your dried ingredients, egg, cheese, and basil leaves. Then mix in your mozzarella cheese.
5. Form your “dough” into little nugget sized pieces on a tray that’s been sprayed with EVOO.
6. Bake at 425F for 20min. (I actually left mine in a little longer to make sure they get a bit crunchy.)

I made up a wee tomatoe purée. To dip them up. Andy LOVED THEM!!! They’re going straight in the cookbook!

20131022-212933.jpgThen the following night I made the easiest dinner EVER! It’s called leftovers 😉 I tend to make an extra serving of dinner almost every evening and either save it for lunch the next day or freeze it. It’s fun eating several things that I haven’t made in a while and remembering how yummy they were!

 

 

 

fat blast foods!

breakfast of champions! Toast with scrambled eggs, broccoli, and cottage cheese. HEALTHY AND FILLING!

breakfast of champions! Toast with scrambled eggs, broccoli, and cottage cheese. HEALTHY AND FILLING!

A few weeks ago I took part in an online group eating foods off of a specific meal plan geared towards burning fat! It was quite an experience. I don’t see myself as a person that can easily stick to a meal plan so it was quite difficult for me but I learned loads about portion control, the importance of carbs and protein in your diet. AND I lost 6 pounds!!!  I also got a few yummy recipes out of it! Here are a few of my favorite things 🙂

White fish with some rice, and steamed veggies.

White fish with some rice, and steamed veggies.

Burritos!!!

Burritos!!!

Baked sweet potato chicken salad-ey madness ;)

Baked sweet potato chicken salad-ey madness 😉

Salad madness!

Salad madness!

 

Basically, portion control, whole foods, good carbs and tons of veggies is the best eating method. I’m making these ones again 🙂