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

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

“steak”, “mashed potatoes”, and chips ๐Ÿ™‚

So tonight I decided to make the husband happy…and healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 sautรฉed 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Mexican Eggs!

Mexican Eggs!

Start with sautรฉing corn and peppers with fajita seasoning

Start with sautรฉing 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 frozenย peppers(no chopping!) and some fajita seasoning. I sautรฉed 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

So I walked around the shop looking for veggies that looked yummy. I came across a giant Swede only costing ยฃ.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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

If you add the chickpeas (ยฃ.33) cottage cheese(ยฃ.60) and chili/coriander (previous meal leftovers-FREE!)into the price then this whole meal cost ยฃ1.68 for two portions and the lasted us two meals!

Fat loss week! Gettin ready for Christmas ;)

So I thought I would avoid holiday weight gain this year by stepping up the healthy cooking a bit more these last few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ so here’s what we’ve been eating!

20131213-134426.jpgBreakfast: I made up quinoa on Sunday and had quinoa with flax seed, berries, and cinnamon. I also made up 12 egg muffins and had a few of those every day.

Egg muffins (makes 12)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 Roma tomato
5 basil leaves
2 scallions
3 eggs
2 cups egg whites
Mix the ingredients up, fill your cupcake tins. Pop in the oven at 375F for 20-30 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lunch!!!
So I made up a tuna salad, portioned it out for the week (6 boxes). Here’s the tasty recipe!
15 oz. canned tuna
2 cups brown rice
4 boiled egg whites chopped
2 apples chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
Dressing:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves minced
Just mix it up! Still tasty 5 days later ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Dinner:
I bought a pack of frozen white fish and would steam that with some frozen veggies and sweet potatoes. Add some vinegar on it made for a very tasty healthy and filling dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ yum yum!

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20131213-134512.jpgAlong with these meals I also had fruit, nuts, and protein shakes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€“ This is called “ricingโ€.
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 โ€œdoughโ€ into little nugget sized pieces on a tray thatโ€™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 purรฉe. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

 

 

 

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!!! ย I also got a few yummy recipes out of it! Here are a few of my favorite things ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚