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

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

“steak”, “mashed potatoes”, and chips πŸ™‚

So tonight I decided to make the husband happy…and healthy πŸ˜‰ 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 sautΓ©ed 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 πŸ™‚

Advertisements

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

20140108-195925.jpg

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!

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 πŸ™‚

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 β€œdough” 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 purΓ©e. 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 πŸ˜‰ 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!

 

 

 

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ This salad also is packed full of protein πŸ˜›

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 sautΓ©ing 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 πŸ™‚ Wonderful collection of color and flavor.Β 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

The man with his steak :)

The man with his steak πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Veggie Curry 2.0 ;)

Veggie Curry 2.0 πŸ˜‰

The next two meals were eaten on the go while we were touring around Dover England. Subway for me, chippy for the boys πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ Quorn, Quark, mustard, and spinach. Perfection between two pieces of bread and the perfect lunch on the train πŸ™‚

Best Sandwich EVER!

Best Sandwich EVER!

 

 

 

 

What to eat on a day trip?

Easy to grab, veggies

Easy to grab, veggies

Granola bars about to be baked

Granola bars about to be baked

So tomorrow we are heading out on an overnight trip, yay fun! But it has the potential to make eating healthy a bit tricky so were going out prepared πŸ™‚

So after Andy and I went out for an evening run we set to work! We’ve cut up carrots, celery, cucumber, mushrooms, and broccoli for munchy snacks and then also filled a ziplock with dried fruit and nuts. Then I decided to go a bit cray-cray and make a few travel treats to keep us full during two full days of walking.

COOKIES!
I make the most wonderful banana-oatmeal cookies! I got the recipe from Blogilates where I get a lot of my recipes from. Here’s the recipe: 1 banana…1 cup of oats. THAT’S IT! Mash them together, put on a cookie sheet and you have delicious sweet cookies. I added some flax seed, cinnamon, and goji berries to mine. You can put all sorts of add ins into them πŸ™‚

Easiest cookies ever!

Easiest cookies ever!

Then I tried a new recipe from a cookbook I just bought from Jennifer Blossom. I followed her on Facebook. She is an awesome inspirational woman who is a fitness coach, has a very well balanced realistic outlook in family and fitness and has just launched her first cookbook on her new website. Check her out!

He's already tucked into them :)

He’s already tucked into them πŸ™‚

So I decided to make granola bars and they were an absolute hit with the husband. Super easy, lots of flavour, and they have chocolate! They have things like banana, oats, coconut, cinnamon, and other tasty things. Lets just say that I couldn’t even get a photo before Andy dove right into them πŸ™‚ I have to wrap them up quick before any more disappear πŸ˜‰

Yummy yummy travel food! We also have some sandwiches and fruit that were taking along with us for lunches on the journey. Cheap, easy, healthy and most important- TASTY!

I love food so much πŸ˜›