Month: January 2016

HEALTHY DUCK AND NOODLES

HEALTHY DUCK WITH NOODLES

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This wee baby is super delish, super healthy and super quick. Love this, it is a total tastebud tickler!

Serves 2

2 Duck Breasts, skin removed and cut into strips
1 tsp Five Spice Powder
1 Garlic Clove Grated
3cm Ginger, peeled and finely grated
3tbsp Oyster Sauce
1tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1/2tsp Cornflour mixed with 2tbsp Water
140g Egg Noodles
Sesame Oil
Olive Oil
1 Long Red Chilli, sliced on the diagonal
1 Pack Asparagus, cut into chunks
1 Pack Tenderstem Broccoli, trimmed and cut into chunks
3 Spring Onions, trimmed and chopped
Grated Zest and juice of 1 lime

Mix the grated ginger, garlic, five spice and then add the duck, ensure the duck is thoroughly covered.

Combine the oyster sauce, soy and cornflour mix in a bowl.

In a large pan of boiling water, add the noodles, once boiling, cook for three mins. Drain and drizzle with sesame oil, toss them around to mix well.
Heat a wok, add a dash of olive oil, add the duck and fry for 2-3 mins over a high heat. When golden brown at the edges, transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add a touch more oil and add the vegetables and chilli, stirfry for a few mins, I try to keep oil to a minimum so if it dries up a bit I add a dash of water.

Return duck to the pan and pour in the sauce mixture. Stir thoroughly and quickly as you can and add a dash or two of water if it is too thick.

Add the noodles and spring onions until warmed through, sprinkle with lime zest and squeeze over the juice and serve. A super wee mid week supper or even a relaxed dinner party delight.

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Post Workout Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Post Work Out Refuel – Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

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I was thinking about a way to use up my leftover roast chicken from yesterday… I wanted healthy but not boring! I came up with this and threw it together really quickly. Feel free to throw whatever you fancy in….this was a bit of all I had in the fridge.

A couple of large handfuls of Shredded Chicken
1 Small Onion finely chopped
1 Garlic Clove Crushed
1 Red Pepper cut into matchsticks
Handful of Tenderstem Broccoli cut into pieces
1 Carrot either spiralized or grated
1/2 tbsp Mild Curry Powder
1/2 tbsp Medium Curry Powder
Maldon Salt and Black Pepper to taste
2 tsp Coconut Oil

Heat the oil and then add the onion, soften for around 5-7 mins.

Add the garlic and fry for a further couple of mins.

Add the chicken and the curry powder and stir well.

Add the rest of the veggies and a dash or two of water to prevent sticking. Stir continuously for another few mins.

Add the rice and combine thoroughly.

Season and serve. Lush!!

PAUPERS STEW

PAUPERS STEW

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Serves 8

Ok, it’s January we are all recovering from December! So, out comes the mince!!😂

You can make this stretch for miles, chuck a variety of whatever root veg you fancy in and eat it for a couple of days! Another big advantage for me is my kids prefer the mince to big chunks of beef.

1kg Mince Beef
3 Large Carrots, finely chopped
2 Onions, finely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, crushed
3 Sticks Celery, chopped in pieces
2kg Potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 litres Beef Stock
Big Splash Red Wine
1 Bouquet Garni
Splash of Olive or Rapeseed Oil
Maldon Salt and Black Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce

In a large pot, heat up high and add your mince. Fry on a high heat until well browned all over and periodically drain out any fat (keeps it super healthy).

Remove beef from the pot, add a splash of oil and then add the onion, fry over a medium heat for five mins.

Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for another five minutes.

Return meat to pot, add the wine, potatoes, stock and bouquet garni and stir.

To season add salt, pepper and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce…adjust to your taste.

Cook gently for an hour stirring from time to time. You might want to use a fork to break up the potato if it has not already broken up.

This is a wonderful make ahead dish I use for swimming lesson nights, just come in, switch it on, cut up the crusty bread and enjoy!!

CRISPY TACOS WITH LUSH GUACAMOLE

Crispy Tacos with Lush Chilli and Guacamole

A while ago I shared with you my Chilli Con Carne and Guacamole, transform these both into something different by serving them in tacos rather than rice.

These went down a storm with my kids and don’t forget that the Chilli and Guacamole are super healthy and tasty enough to eat minus tacos!

Heat the tacos for about 3  mins in a hot oven.

Fill with chilli sauce and guacamole.

Top the tacos with a bit of freshly chopped chilli (bonus….chilli is known to speed up your metabolism!!)

A simple Saturday night sorted!

I will publish the chilli and guacamole recipes too 😉

WARM CAJUN SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH LOW FAT SPICY YOGHURT DRESSING

Warm Cajun Sweet Potato Salad with Low Fat Spicy Yoghurt Dressing

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New Year, New start! You can rustle this up in a matter of minutes and I made double so I had some for my lunch next day! It will make no difference if you use ready cooked quinoa or cook it yourself!
The combination of the feta with the sweetness of the potatoes is lush…good carbs only!

Serves 1

75g Quinoa (cooked)
1 Sweet Potato cut into small cubes
Handful of Baby Spinach Leaves
Feta Cheese
Cajun Seasoning
Dash of olive oil
Maldon Sea Salt and Pepper

Dressing
75ml Low Fat Natural Yoghurt
Juice 1/2 Lemon
1/2 tsp Baharat Seasoning

Heat oven to 180c

Throw the sweet potato into a freezer bag, add a dash of oil and Cajun seasoning to taste and mix it up well.

Place the sweet potato on a heated non-stick baking tray and cook for 20-30 mins until soft.

Meanwhile make the dressing by simply using a small whisk to combine the yoghurt, lemon and Baharat.

In a big bowl, add the quinoa, put a large handful of baby spinach leaves on top.

Sprinkle with the sweet potato and feta and drizzle with the dressing.

Taste and health combined…boom!

LEEK AND POTATO SOUP

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to all my fellow foodies!  I hope you will join me for another year of super tasty, healthy food.

I got today off to a good start with a rather tasty soup, you can rock this one out in a matter of minutes!!

Leek and Potato Soup

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4 Leeks, white bits only, trimmed, washed and sliced

1 Onion, finely chopped

2 Medium Potatoes, peeled and finely diced

Glug of Rapeseed Oil

1.2litres Chicken or Vegetable Stock

Dash of White Wine

Bouquet Garni

Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Dash of Milk or Cream

In a big pot, add the oil and heat.  Chuck in the onion and soften for about five minutes.

Now add the leeks and soften for another few minutes.

Add a Dash of White Wine and the bouquet garni.

Add the potato and the stock and cook for around 15 mins on a medium/low heat.

Add 100ml Milk and stir.

Remove bouquet garni and whizz!

How easy is that!