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 🙂

Green smoothies!!!

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Since getting a blender given to me, I have kind of gone a bit smoothie crazy 😉 I feel like I’m blending up everything these days from chocolate protein powder, water and ice all the way to a full breakfast smoothie with oats, yogurt, cinnamon, berries, and tons more. But I newest find has been green smoothies!!! Mainly spinach and kale 🙂 spinach is very well known for being so healthy but kale has been making a bit of a comeback being recently labeled a “superfood”! Along the lines of blueberries, a superfood is packed full of antioxidants and tons of vitamins that are usually lacking in our daily diet.

Why blend it? You might be asking why not just stick it in a salad or on bread? Well personally I just get a bit bored of salads and feel like I can only munch through so many cups of kale before my jaw gets a bit sore. PLUS you can add other foods to turn kale into a sweet milkshake packing in tons of nutrients without even trying! But the biggest reason to blend up your greens is that it gives your tough veggies a digestion jump start! Since I cannot chew my lettuce a hundred times I leave so much of the work up to my stomach whereas if you bled it then your body can get more nutrients out faster and more efficiently 🙂

So here’s my favourite kale recipe! I got it off of one of my favourite food/fitness blogs. Here is the super kale smoothie!

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1.5 cup kale

Stick it in a blender! It is so smooth and creamy!!! And so tasty 🙂 my favourite!

Another favourite is chocolate protein powder+ice+milk+peanut butter. Awesome for. Post workout treat!

So go find some food and blend it up! For my train journey yesterday I put spinach, banana, orange, water, and plain protein powder and stuck it into a bottle to drink on the go. Yum!

 

p.s. the green smoothie got tested out on the in-laws this weekend and earned an official thumbs up! Even from 15 year old brother-in-law and two friends!!! (though they said it looked like snot and eyed it up very suspiciously before drinking it…proven wrong!)

 

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!

Food this week! Salads, steak, and curry!

Zesty Bulgar Salad!

Zesty Bulgar Salad!

So what tasty things did we end up eating this week? We had some Zesty Bulgar Salad, Moroccan Mushroom Steak, and a veggie curry 🙂

Zesty Bulgar Salad

Zesty Bulgar Salad

Monday was the Zesty Bulgar Salad. A huge hit with the husband! This one is definitely going in the cookbook. Andy forgot to buy radishes but it was still amazing! Very refreshing, simple and quick. A great summer salad 🙂

The man with his steak :)

The man with his steak 🙂

Tuesday was our 2 year anniversary of our Alaska Wedding so I made him a Moroccan Mushroom Steak. It has dried apricots! I added green beans on the side and for mine (not the biggest meat lover) I had an eggplant steak which was perfect. A warm, hearty healthy dinner that was much approved 🙂

Moroccan Mushroom Apricot sauce with steak and green beans (And a bit of my eggplant steak)

Moroccan Mushroom Apricot sauce with steak and green beans (And a bit of my eggplant steak)

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Curry!

Veggie Curry!

 

 

Wednesday I made a Veggie Curry. I didn’t even realize that currys were usually meat based but hey-ho, you live and you learn eh? Well regardless of what is “normal” this curry turned out to be pretty awesome. Ben and Andy both liked it and we had enough leftover for our next meal. It is also so cheap being mainly potatos, onions, and spices; it is a great meal for lots of people or a big family without breaking the bank at all 🙂

Veggie Curry 2.0 ;)

Veggie Curry 2.0 😉

The next two meals were eaten on the go while we were touring around Dover England. Subway for me, chippy for the boys 😉 When we got back we got to sit down to a big plate of curry once again, this time I added some peas into it (i forgot them the first time, hehe) which made it even healthier and added lots of color. Also, a side salad with Greek Yogurt as dressing. Yummy, healthy, cheap, and so easy!

Yummy tasty cheap food! Also I made the yummiest sandwich ever and just had to share it 😉 Quorn, Quark, mustard, and spinach. Perfection between two pieces of bread and the perfect lunch on the train 🙂

Best Sandwich EVER!

Best Sandwich EVER!

 

 

 

 

What’s for breakfast?

Perfect breakfast!So it is tradition that every morning Monday-Friday Andy makes me breakfast in bed! What a great tradition eh? He makes 1/2 Cup porridge with cinnamon, ground flax seed, and goji berries mixed in. 1/4 Cup low fat Greek Yogurt on top and some frozen berries. It really is the perfect breakfast! I could eat it all day long if I could 🙂 It keeps me going and fills me up with all the good healthy things that I need for the day. On Saturday Andy makes me a cooked breakfast with baked beans, eggs, veggies, and fruit. Sunday is my day 🙂 I usually make pancakes. I make many different sorts of pancakes but my two main types are my banana pancakes and my sweet potato pancakes.

Yummy baby banana pancakes!

Yummy baby banana pancakes!

Banana Pancakes (makes 10 little baby pancakes) :

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • Dash of baking powder
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Crushed Walnuts (optional)
    Mash it all up and make into tasty pancakes. I like to top mine with low fat Greek Yogurt.
Sweet potato pancake heating up!

Sweet potato pancake heating up!

Sweet Potato Pancakes (makes 3 big daddy pancakes)

  • 1 sweet potato mashed without skin (microwave potato for 6-8 minutes then scoop out insides and you have mashed sweet potato!)
  • 1/2 C. Oats
  • 1 Egg
  • Large dash of Baking Powder
  • Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Crushed Walnuts (optional)
  • Milk
    Mash up all the ingredients and add milk until you have a desired consistency. I use 1/2 Cup measuring cup as a scoop and top mine with low fat Greek Yogurt and either jam or microwaved frozen berries. Andy goes a bit cray-cray and puts anything on it. He thinks they are either sweet or savory and tops them with Hummus, Quark, Cayenne, mustard, peanut butter, jam, horseradish, and anything else he can find. Today he chose peanut butter, quark, and cinnamon on two of them and hummus, cayenne, chili sauce on the other one. I love it! Cracks me up!  So that is the most wonderful start to a sunday morning. Pancakes in bed with my best friend
Sweet Potato Pancakes in all their glory!

Sweet Potato Pancakes in all their glory!