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 🙂

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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 🙂

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

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 😉 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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!

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!