Sides

Think healthy/clean eating is boring….you are soooo wrong!!

ZINGY, HEALTHY ASIAN STYLE NOODLE SALAD

This salad is totally lush on its own or a great accompaniment to any meat or fish. I used it for dinner and then lunch the next day. As you can see steak was my chosen meat….❤

Feel free to play around with the veggies, sugar snap peas, mangetout and many more veggies would be perfect too!

100g Wholewheat Noodles

1 1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

1 tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter

1/2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3/4 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

Juice of 1 Lime

Pinch of Chilli Flakes

1 Carrot Cut into Ribbons (use a potato peeler)

1 Red Pepper, sliced into matchsticks

Large Handful Red Cabbage, finely sliced

50g Beansprouts, or more if you love them!!

1-2 Spring Onion, White bit sliced on the diagonal 

Sea Salt
Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Roast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan for a few mins and remove as they become golden. Set aside.
Mix the peanut butter, lime juice, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, chilli flakes and salt and use a small whisk or fork to really combine until it is nice and thick and glossy.
In a bowl add the noodles and veggies, give them a good mix up before pouring over the dressing and mix again so everything is well coated.
Sprinkle over the sesame seeds. (Which as you can see from my photo, I totally forgot about!!)

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Christmas Countdown

Last year I Shared with you my get ahead of the game plan for Christmas and I feel a sense of duty to do the same this year!!

so yesterday I started off by making my Christmas stuffing.

Christmas Herb Stuffing

Herby Stuffing

First part to my stress free Christmas….stuffing! I actually prefer the stuffing to the turkey!! The one I have for you is a basic herb stuffing, feel free to change it around, add or take away! Get creative.  You could add other herbs, pork, bacon or cranberries.

The most important thing is, once you are done, bung it in the freezer and forget about it until 23rd!

Pour yourself a large glass of wine to celebrate having one step of a stress free Christmas dinner completed!

You could add 1 tbsp sage, 500g pork sausage meat, apricots or thyme.
1 x 800g Loaf Plain Bread (Nutty Krust) preferably a bit stale, crusts removed and broken into pieces
1 Large Onion skin and roots removed and cut into four.
175 Butter
70g Parsley (remove all the stems. This is roughly 2 supermarket packs)
Sea Salt and Black Pepper

You will need a nice large bowl!

In a food processor add the bread and blitz in batches. Tip each lot into your bowl.

Put the butter in a pot and place on a gentle heat to melt.

Add the onion to the food processor and blitz.

Stir the onion through the bread crumbs.

At this point I would season the stuffing with a generous amount of salt and pepper to ensure it is thoroughly incorporated.

Now blitz the parsley until it is nice and fine and stir it through your mixture.

Finally add the butter bit by bit to bind it all together. You may not need it all but it should be moist but still quite crumby looking.

Tuscan White Beans

TUSCAN WHITE BEANS


I totally adore beans (except for baked beans!!😂) they are so versatile and can be made super tasty in minutes! Full of protein too (roughly 11g per serving!!)they make the perfect accompaniment to many meals.

I had mine with a fillet steak and my little birdies had theirs with sausages!!
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed

Pinch Chilli Flakes

1 Plum Tomato, chopped

1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary

2 Cans Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

1 Handful Parmesan Cheese

1 tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley

50ml Water

Olive Oil

Malden Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Begin by heating a dash of olive oil in a frying pan.
Add the garlic and chilli flakes, gently fry for a minute, taking care not to burn the garlic.
Add the chopped plum tomato and rosemary and cook gently for a couple of mins.
Add the cannellini beans and cook for around 5 mins, crush them up a little as you cook them.
Remove the rosemary, add the water and Parmesan and thoroughly combine.
It should be nice and creamy and not too dry. If too dry, add a dash of water. If too wet, keep cooking for another few mins.
Stir through the parsley and serve! Yumsters 😋

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