Healthy eating

Keralan King Prawn Coconut Curry

Keralan King Prawn Coconut Curry

Serves 4

This is a wonderfully fresh, creamy and perfectly spicy. It tastes totally amazing, it is full of protein and low in fat because I used light coconut milk. The added bonus is, it is super fast!

Juice of 1 Fresh Lemon

500g Raw Tiger Prawns, shells off and de-veined

2 tbsp Ground Nut Oil

1 Onion, finely chopped

1 tsp Turmeric

6 Green Cardamom Pods, give them a wee bang to split slightly

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1 Cinnamon stick

3 Cloves Garlic, crushed

3cm Root Ginger, finely grated

Tin of Light Coconut Milk

Fresh Coriander

Maldon Sea Salt

Start by tossing the prawns in the lemon juice and set aside whilst you get on with the rest.

Heat a heavy based pan add a tablespoon of oil, add the onion and cook on a medium heat for around five mins, until softened but not coloured.

Add the Turmeric, cardamom pods and chilli powder. Cook for two mins until fragrant.

Add a dash more oil, throw in the Cinnamon, Ginger and garlic. Cook for a further 2 mins until cooked through.

Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil.

Season with salt.

At this point, throw in the prawns and cook for 2-3 mins until prawns are cooked through.

Serve with basmati rice and chopped fresh Coriander.

Boom! Lush!

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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Make your start to the week super healthy with this tasty, high protein, low fat dish. As an added bonus, it is made in minutes!

Turkey Meatballs (around 12 make your own or buy them)

1 Onion, finely chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, crushed

Jar of Passata

Chopped Fresh Parsley

Parmesan to serve

Olive oil

Wholewheat Spaghetti

Malden Sea Salt and Black Pepper

In a sauté pan, add a dash of oil and when hot soften the onions for around 5 mins.

Add the meatballs and continue to cook until starting to brown all over. Ensure you do not burn the onion.

Add the garlic and cook for another few minutes.

Now throw in the passata and cover the pan, cook gently until meatballs are cooked through. Roughly 20 mins.

If necessary add a dash of water to loosen the sauce.

Cook the pasta and when done, drain and toss with the meatballs and sauce.

Serve in a pasta bowl with lots of fresh Parmesan and freshly chopped parsley.

A tasty guilt free start to the week.

Zingy Fresh Tuna and Herby Beans

Zingy Fresh Tuna and Herby Beans

This little number is packed full of healthy goodness and a tonne of protein. However, that is just a wee bonus for this delicious dish! It is so packed full of flavour it is restaurant worthy and so full of goodness! Guilt free decadence!!!

Ps if you don’t have tuna or don’t like it….i used salmon and it was gorg too!!

Serves 4

4 Tuna Steak

1 Small Red Onion, sliced finely

1 Red Chilli, chopped

2 Lemons

Few handfuls Mixed Herbs (basil, chives, parsley, mint) finely chopped

2 Tins beans, Cannellini or Borlotti

1 Red Chilli, finely sliced (optional)

Three Handfuls of Mixed Herbs, finely chopped

Maldon Sea Salt and Freshly ground Black Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Start with the beans. Drain and put them in a pot with a few glugs of the Olive Oil, don’t boil, just gently warm.

Once warm, add the chilli, red onions, lemon juice and season to taste.

Set aside and heat a hot Griddle pan, when super hot, add the fresh tuna to the pan and sear for a minute each side to ensure it is nice and pink in the middle. If you want it done more, you’re mad, but feel free! 😂

At this point, throw the wonderful herbs into the beans and adjust seasoning if need be.

Serve piled on a plate topped with the tuna! Total lushness!

Chicken Singapore Noodles

SINGAPORE CHICKEN NOODLES

I love Singapore Noodles from the Chinese but hate the way I feel after and the amount of fat! This is a super quick meal, especially if all the chopping and prep is done in advance! This passed the taste test with all three of my children!! RESULT!!

100g Dried Vermicelli Rice Noodles

1 Red Chilli (optional)

1 tsp Ginger Paste

1 tsp Garlic Paste

2 Spring Onions, finely sliced

3 Free Range Eggs

500g Chicken Thigh Fillets, trimmed and cut into small pieces

100g Green Beans, topped and cut in half

150g Peas, fresh or frozen

2 Carrots, juliennned

1 Small Red Pepper, finely Chopped

Sauce:

1/2 tsp Mild Curry Powder

1/2 tsp Medium Curry Powder

1 Large tsp Turmeric

2 tbsp Soy Sauce

1 tbsp Shaoxing Wine

1/2 tbsp Fish Sauce

Start by soaking the noodles in boiling water for three minutes, drain and refresh under cold running water.

Put all the sauce ingredients into a bowl and using a small whisk or fork, combine well.

Add the smallest dash of oil to a pan, as the thighs will release a bit of fat. Heat the oil and then fry the chicken in two batches until nicely browned. I tend to drain all the fat away to keep it as healthy as possible. This is done by periodically tipping into a sieve.

Remove from the pan, add a dash more oil, heat, then add the chilli, fry for a minute before adding the Ginger and garlic pastes. Continue to cook for another thirty seconds,

At this point, add the eggs and fry in a kind of omelette/scrambled egg format until it is in small pieces.

Add the red pepper, green beans, carrots and the sauce ingredients . Cook for around three to five mins until the beans are just cooked.

At this point, add the noodles and toss everything well to ensure noodles are well heated and everything is coated in sauce.

Feel free to leave the chicken out for a vegetarian version or use pork or prawns.

Lusharama!!

Slow Cooker Lamb and Potato Curry

SLOW COOKER LAMB AND POTATO CURRY

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With kids back to school and lots of after school activities going on, a good one pot wonder that can be made ahead is golden! This a super tasty and mild curry!

800g Lean Lamb, fat removed and cubed
Coconut Oil
2 Onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2-3 Garlic Cloves, sliced
3 Celery Sticks, sliced
5cm Root Ginger, peeled and grated
2 Green Chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
4 Curry Leaves
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Tomato Purée
150 ml Water
200ml Coconut Milk
225g Tomatoes, chopped
500g New Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into small chunks
2 Carrots, peeled and sliced

In a frying pan, heat the oil, add the onions, garlic and celery and fry gently for 5 mins or until softened.

Add the ginger, chillies and curry leaves, cook for a further 3 mins stirring constantly.

Add the lamb, ensure it is well coated in the spices and lightly browned.

Stir in the tomato purée, water, coconut milk and tomatoes and stir well.

Add the potatoes and carrots, stir well.

At this point you could let it cool and put it in the fridge until ready for the slow cooker. I made it to this point the night before then put it in the slow cooker the next morning for dinner that evening.

When ready put in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

If you have no slow cooker, never fear, just use a large casserole, bring to the boil then transfer to the oven heated to 150c and cook for 3-4 hours or until tender.

Serve with Indian Breads for a lush hassle free midweek dinner.

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!!

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 😉