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

Mexican Eggs!

Mexican Eggs!

Start with sautΓ©ing corn and peppers with fajita seasoning

Start with sautΓ©ing 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 πŸ˜‰

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 frozenΒ peppers(no chopping!) and some fajita seasoning. I sautΓ©ed 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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™‚

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!!! Β I also got a few yummy recipes out of it! Here are a few of my favorite things πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

The foodies are back in action! Quick and easy is the name of the game!

So these last few weeks have been a bit bizarre as far as food goes. Immediately after writing the last post I got a bad case of the stomach flu for a few days, quickly followed by Andy having the stomach flu for the next week. So we basically ate toast and bananas for 10 days straight! Then we moved back up North into Scotland only to go stay with the in laws and have some mummy love which included wonderful meals πŸ™‚

SO we’re finally into our own flat making our own yummy meals and figuring out where is the best/cheapest/easiest places for us to shop in our area. Here’s some ideas for meals that we more or less “threw together”

easy peasy dinner ;) with sweet potato/carrot mash!

easy peasy dinner πŸ˜‰ with sweet potato/carrot mash!

One of our standbys is grilled fish and sweet potatoes! We get the cheapest packs of frozen fish from Aldi and just keep them in the freezer for when we’re pressed for time. Andy headed up the sweet potato/carrot mash by steaming the veg and adding some cinnamon! The peas were tins that we were trying to use up before the move πŸ™‚

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Another thing that is a “standby” meal that we LOVE is fritattas! Mix up some eggs, add whatever seasonings and veggies you want to include (we love our veggies) and then put it in a pan on the hob. We pop it under the grill for a few minutes to add a bit of crispiness. We usually have it with sweet potato chips to add some “bulk”. Sweet potato chips are the easiest thing in the WORLD! You just chop them up into whatever shape you want and put them onto the grill for 5-10 minutes one side and then flip them. We top them with various sauces but if you like good ‘ol salt & Vinegar then you can toss them in Olive Oil and some salt just before putting them on the grill. We also love having carrot salads, so filling and super simple…anybody have a cheese grader? That’s it! Balsamic vinegar and you’re good to go πŸ™‚ These are super simple recipes for when you’re short on time/ingredients and just want something that requires no brain work

Perfect meal! EASY italian mixup :)

Perfect meal! EASY italian mixup πŸ™‚

So Andy is basically a genius and came up with the easiest yummiest meal EVER! We found tinned tomatoes w/ olives at Tesco and decided to buy a few (only 20P!!!) and just see what we would come up with. So This mixup has a few of those tins, some tomato purree, precooked frozen chicken, pearl barley, italian mixed herbs, and some minced garlic (from a jar). So no chopping or food prep involved, just dump and go in one pot! It is phenomenal, just the perfect thing to fill you up after a chilly day. The salad is our Hayes Carrot Special, graded carrots, chopped celery, and balsamic vinegar. We’re all about quick and easy in this house πŸ™‚

Sweet potato quinoa soup!

Sweet potato quinoa soup!

So the last recipe that I am going to share with you is my personal favorite. Out of all the recipes I know this one trumps all for time/ease/and tastiness. I tend to make it when we have friends coming over for dinner because it is so flexible time wise. It is my Quinoa Sweet Potato soup. I use a slow cooker to make it. Here are the ingredients

  • 2 tins kidney beans
  • 1 tin black beans (but I tend to use kidney beans)
  • 2 sweet potatoes chopped
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 C. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

I usually prepare the soup the night before by putting the quinoa, and seasonings in the empty slow cooker, opening the tins and putting them into a tupperware with the garlic then all I have to do in the morning is chop, dump, flick it on, and go! It is AMAZING! You can add chicken if you like but I think it is plenty filling without it. Best meal for guests, just the right amount of spice and there’s always leftovers to freeze for another night πŸ™‚

Easiest bread ever!

Easiest bread ever!

Last night I tried out a great bread recipe to go with this VERY easy soup. It’s called airy fairy easy peasy soda bread. I got the recipe off of a blog agirlcalledjack written by a mum living below the bread line and still cooking healthy for her son. Awesome blog! So to make this bread you can click on the link or follow these EASY instructions.

  • Preheat oven to 180C. Measure out 200 ml. of milk and add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and set aside to sour. Measure out 200g of self rising flour and mix together 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda. GENTLY mix in the milk until doughy texture. Tip onto a floured surface and form into a loaf shape, pop into a loaf pan, 3 slices along the top (it’s ok if it’s still a big floury just so you don’t overwork it). Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes and BOOM YOU’RE DONE!!!

Yes it is that easy. These two recipes make having guests over for a healthy, filling, tasty meal SO SIMPLE! Which is what I’m all about. And the food was a hit!

Dinner was a hit :)

Dinner was a hit 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˜›

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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! Β 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!