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 🙂

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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 🙂

Snacks?

Greek yogurt, frozen peaches and walnuts. Perfect snack!

Greek yogurt, frozen peaches and walnuts. Perfect snack!

So I am a massive fan of snacking! It keeps my energy high all day, keeps me from gorging myself during main meals when I’m starving but most of all it keeps me happy! I love eating and if I can do it 6 times a day with 6 different foods even better!

Here is a rundown of my meal habits and how I keep my body fuelled and happy 🙂

Best breakfast in the world!

Best breakfast in the world!

6:30am breakfast in bed with the husband. 1/2 cup oatmeal (with ground flax seed, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, goji berries, and berries)

9am start my morning snack which is usually a bag full of chopped veggies. I eat these during work a few bites at a time.

11:30/12 lunch! Leftovers from dinner the night before OR popcorn OR beans, tuna, sweet corn, mustard

2pm light afternoon snack before my workout. Usually a few spoons of Greek yogurt and fruit. Sometimes a small bowl of granola, fruit, nuts, and seeds depending on how hungry I am after lunch and depending on my workout or theday.

4pm post workout snack; usually a chocolate protein shake and fruit

6pm DINNER! Always tasty and loaded with veggies.

I usually don’t eat after dinner. I will have tea or if I’m watching a film or feeling a bit hungry then ill have a bit of air popped popcorn (a super-food snack idea).

Baked Sweet potato, greek yogurt, cinnamon, walnuts. PERFECTION!

Baked Sweet potato, greek yogurt, cinnamon, walnuts. PERFECTION!

So that is my baseline for most weekdays. It changes when I’m not working or on weekends. I thought I would share a few of my bigger snack ideas I usually have on days off work when I don’t eat as regularly and find myself a bit more hungry.

Sweet potatoes, eggs, and porridge!!! Three of natures best foods. Yesterday I had breakfast at 11 and didn’t feel hungry for lunch so about 2pm I had sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Sometimes ill have a baked sweet potto with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and walnuts and other days ill have a few scrambled eggs and some sautéed veggies.

One of my favorites and old standbys is either greek yogurt or cottage cheese, ground flax seed, and some frozen fruit. Eaten right out of the tub, it really doesnt get any easier or tastier than this.
So my snacks and meals do tend to vary but it is always clean, healthy and very tasty!

Homemade Granola! Ready to be put onto  Greek Yogurt!

Homemade Granola! Ready to be put onto Greek Yogurt!
Sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Great protein rich, filling snack or mini-meal

Sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Great protein rich, filling snack or mini-meal

Easiest/healthiest snack ever!

Easiest/healthiest snack ever!

Low fat cottage cheese, frozen blueberries, and ground flax. SUPER FOOD SUPER GOOD!

Low fat cottage cheese, frozen blueberries, and ground flax. SUPER FOOD SUPER GOOD!

Creamy Barley, eggplants, and zucchini :) {Food from last week}

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

So this week is a very good example of why I plan out meals but also stay flexible.

So on Monday we had creamy barley salad and OH MY GOODNESS! SO GOOD!!! Going in the cook book 😉

I even had enough left over for my lunch the next day. The sauce was so tangy and crisp. I did have to make sure my man had enough to fill him up so I added some seedy bread on the side 🙂

Tuesday Andy made dinner so that moved my schedule for the week around a little bit. Which is why it is important to STAY FLEXIBLE! You can keep healthy by planning meals out but if you’re so stressed out about it then that is not a very healthy lifestyle and definitely not sustainable. So tuesday’s meal of Cuban Beans and rice got moved to Wednesday which was fine. The Cuban beans were awesome. We have a hard time finding black beans in the UK so I have realized that kidney beans make a great substitute.

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Thursday we had some curried eggplant which was pretty good. I made it a bit too spicy (not too sure of how intense cayenne powder is…) but that means Andy loved it! I guess it went down well because there was not enough left over for my lunch the next day 🙂 So I grabbed some leftover veggies and salad (from Monday’s dinner) and added some salmon, cottage cheese, and walnuts. AWESOME SALAD! No need for dressing, there’s plenty of goodness and flavor in there just on it’s own. Keep your mind open to various dressings, Ranch is not where it stops 😉 This salad also is packed full of protein 😛

Awesome lunch!

Awesome lunch!

Stir fry "en process"

Stir fry “en process”

Friday was meant to be stuffed zucchini but we had quite a few veggies leftover from previous meals and I just couldn’t be bothered following a recipe. So I made a stir fry! I started with sautéing onions and garlic in toasted sesame oil and toasted a few tablespoons of sesame seeds. Then I started chopping carrots, peppers, zucchinis, and threw in some frozen peas. I boiled a pot of rice and voila’ ! Yummy stir fry that the guys loved 🙂 Wonderful collection of color and flavor. Awesome easy standby meal to use up leftover veggies.

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!
Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry :)

Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry 🙂

The weekly shop! Planning out the tasty meals for this week!

So I’ve sorted out the meals for this week! Heres my shopping list and my meal plan for the week 🙂

For the man to buy for me 😉

Recipe ingredients: Tomato purée. Walnuts. Frozen broad beans. Pearl barley. Sugar snap peas. Red onions. Mushrooms. Dried apricots. Celery. Apples.

Standards to have in hand/snacks: “Fry light” olive oil spray. low fat Greek yogurt. Broccoli. Carrots. Sweet potatoes. Cottage cheese. Fruit. Frozen raspberries. Lemon juice

Already have: bulgar wheat. Quinoa. Limes.

Buy on Wednesday: rocket salad/spinach

Here’s my recipes for the week. Yummy things coming up!

Monday: zesty bulgar salad

Tuesday: Moroccan mushrooms

Wednesday: pearl barley salad

Thursday: away to Dover so a YOLO meal it is! Chip shop here I come 🙂

Friday: turkey bolognaise made by my main man!

Yummy tasty foodies coming up! I love food!!!