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SPICED LAMB KEBABS

SHISH KEBABS

A barbecue is no excuse to be boring!! Introducing some super tasty barbecue treats makes it more exciting.
Prep these kebabs ahead and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook! Don’t forget to soak some wooden skewers ahead of time for an hour (you can keep pre-soaked skewers in the freezer!)
Serves 6
500g Minced Lamb

2 tbsp Fresh Coriander, finely chopped

1 Large Onion, finely chopped

3 Garlic Cloves Crushed

2 Green Chilli’s de-seeded and chopped

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Garamond Masala

2 tsp Grated Ginger

1 tsp Salt

Juice of 1/2 Lemon 

1/2 tbsp Oil

Mix together two teaspoons of lemon with the lamb mince.
In a food processor blend together the oil, garlic, ginger, chilli’s, pepper corns, cumin, coriander powder, lemon juice, turmeric and salt until it forms a paste.
Stir the paste and coriander together with the mince until it is thoroughly combined.
Make the meat into sausage shapes and thread the skewer through the middle.
Brush with oil and cook for 4-5 mins each side or until cooked through.
Serve with Greek yoghurt with some mint leaves stirred through. Lush!!

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Skinny Pizza

Skinny Pizza Night

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If you are craving pizza but don’t want the calories and fat, this is a very satisfying alternative that doesn’t leave you feeling sluggish.

I actually bought (shame on me!!) pizza bases and this kids used the pizza sauce to make their own pizzas too!

Serves 1

Heat oven to 200c

1 Wholegrain or White Tortilla
500g Passata
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
Olive Oil
Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper
1/2 Red Onion, finely sliced
2 Slices Parma Ham
Soft Goats Cheese
Rocket

Start by making your pizza sauce. Add a dash of oil to a saucepan and heat. Soften the onion for about 7 mins, add the garlic and cook for a further 3 mins.

Throw in the Passata into the saucepan along with the oregano. Cook on a low heat for about 10 mins to infuse.

Assembly time!

Place the tortilla on a pizza tray. Smooth over the pizza sauce.

Then add the Parma ham (rip it up a bit), goats cheese and red onion.

Stick it in the oven for 7-10 mins, keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn!

Take it out, place on a plate and top with rocket.

Easy, tasty, healthy…x

#skinnypizza #healthy #goatscheese #healthytakeaway

Super Healthy Thai Turkey Burgers

THAI TURKEY BURGERS

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Clean eating, healthy, tasty and easy…..sums these babies up perfectly!!
These can be made ahead and could be made with chicken or prom too.

300g Turkey Breast Mince
1 Clove Garlic, Crushed
Lemon Grass Stalk, white bit only, finely chopped
Large handful Coriander leaves
3 Spring Onions, trimmed and white bit only, chopped
1 Red Chilli, chopped
1 inch Piece Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Coconut Oil

Place all of the prepared ingredients in a food processor and whizz to a paste. Add a couple of teaspoons of water if necessary.

Tip the paste into a bowl and add the turkey mince.

Using your hands, ensure it is thoroughly combined.

Make into burger shaped patties and place on a piece of grease proof paper on a large plate.

Refrigerate for 1/2 hour or until you are ready to eat.

Heat a large frying pan with some coconut oil, when nicely heated, add the burgers and cook for 4-5 mins each side or until thoroughly cooked depending on thickness.

Serve with a super salad with or without bap depending on your carb preference!

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!!

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!

TARKA DAL

TARKA DAL

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This is super delicious, super cheap and super healthy! Eat with whole meal chapati or chargrilled chicken…

300g Chana Dal (yellow dried split peas) rinse them until the water runs clear
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Green Chillies, pricked with a knife
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
2 in Piece Fresh Ginger
3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and left whole
3 Tomatoes
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper
A Handful of Chopped Coriander leaves
Coconut oil or Rapeseed Oil

Once rinsed, place the lentils and 1 litre water to a pan, bring to the boil and stir. Skim off any froth.

Reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and simmer for around 40 mins. Add some more water if necessary.

When done, drain any excess water out, whisk to break the lentils up a bit. Set aside.

Heat the oil over and medium heat and add the onions, fry gently for around 6 mins, stirring to ensure they do not burn?

Add the cumin seeds, ginger, chillies and onion, continue to cook for another 4-5 mins.

Blend the tomatoes and garlic to a purée then add to the pan.

Now add the rest of the spices and 100ml water to the pan and stir well.

Add the lentils. Season and leave over a low heat for around 10-15 mins

If necessary, add more water.

Stir in the chopped coriander and stir. Lush!!!

Fillet Steak with Chilli Sweet Potatoes

FILLET STEAK WITH CHILLI SWEET POTATOES

Fillet steak chilli sweet potatoes

Warning!!!! This dish is super healthy and super tasty!!!

Serves 1

1 Lush Thick Fillet Steak
1 Sweet Potato
1/2 tsp Hot Chilli Powder
Olive Oil
Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Heat oven to 180c

Peel and chop the sweet potato into wedges.

Throw the sweet potato into a freezer bag, add a dash of oil, the chilli powder and some salt and pepper.

Mix it up well in the bag, add to a heated oven tray and cook for 30-40 mins until soft and golden.

Just before the potatoes are ready, it is steak time!
Season both sides with lots of salt and pepper.

Add a dash of oil to a heavy frying pan. Heat until super hot and then add the steak.

Cook according to how you like a steak…there is no set time to cook it, as they vary in size and thickness. However I remember once hearing a steak cooking guideline which I feel is fairly accurate. Using your index finger against your forehead for well done, chin for medium and cheek for rare!

Serve with steamed broccoli or spinach for a guilt free tasty treat! 😋

Yoghurt Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Yoghurt Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Spiced chicken kebabs

I live in Belfast, so you kinda have to forget about the weather when planning a barbecue! Pick a day and go for it!!😂 These wee babies are tastalicious and super healthy….result!

Serves 6

6-7 Chicken Breasts

For the Marinade

900ml natural yoghurt
4 tsp Ground Cumin
4 tsp Ground Coriander
Large Pinch Maldon Sea Salt
2 tsp Turmeric
3 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
4 tsp Ground Ginger
3 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Chilli Powder
Wooden Skewers*
For the marinade, mix all the ingredients together.

Slice each chicken breast into five strips, and add them to the marinade.

Stir to combine, and leave to marinate overnight.

Remove from the fridge and thread the chicken strips onto wooden skewers.

Heat a large griddle pan until hot or a barbecue, then add the chicken skewers.

Cook for three minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.

*A handy hint for wooden skewers is to soak for at least an hour in water, then freeze them in order to have them prepped ahead ready to use!

#chicken #healthyeating #barbecue

Pan-fried Seabass with a Chilli Lime Slaw

PAN-FRIED SEABASS WITH A CHILLI LIME SLAW

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This is my food heaven, crunchy, super tasty and oozing health! I will sit back tonight feeling very smug after eating this baby! 😉

Serves 4

210g White Cabbage, finely shredded
140g Mangetout (Snow peas) finely sliced lengthwise
2 Sitcks of Celery, Julienned (thin strips around 5cm long)
5 Spring Onions, finely sliced
1 flat tbsp Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Lime Juice
2 Red Chillies, finely chopped
Olive or Rapeseed Oil
4 x Seabass Fillets
Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Serve with lemon or lime wedges.

Start by making the chilli lime slaw. Add the cabbage, celery, mangetout and spring onion to bowl and mix well. Cover and set aside.

Whisk together the caster sugar, olive oil, lime juice and red chillies for the slaw dressing.

Add the dressing to the slaw and mix well.

For the fish, heat the oil in a pan and cook the fish for around 3 mins each side or until nice and golden brown and cooked through.

Spoon the slaw onto plates and top with the fish and a wedge of lemon or lime, add some brown rice if you fancy! Boomalicious!!

#healthyeating #seabass #cleaneating #fitness #pt

Curried Carrot and Lentil Soup

Curried Carrot and Lentil Soup

Curried Carrot and Lentil Soup

This soup is packed with gorgeous, natural flavour and you can eat it without feeling in the slightest bit guilty! Result!!

1 Large Onion Chopped finely
1kg Carrots, peeled and chopped
100g Red Lentils
1.5l Chicken or Vegetable Stock
Maldon Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive Oil
3 tsp Curry Powder (I used 2 mild and 1 medium…depends how spicy you like it!)
Add some oil to a large pot, heat and then add in the chopped onions. Fry gently for 5-6 mins.

Add the chopped carrots and fry for another couple of mins.

Add the curry powder and fry for another two minutes.

Add the stock and the red lentils and stir well to separate.

Add some salt and pepper and bring to the boil, turn down and simmer for around 15-20 mins or until the carrots are nice and soft.

When done, whizz up with a hand held blender. Health in a bowl! 😉