Monthly Archives: February 2014

Friday feeling food!!

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Can you guess whats for dinner…

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Thats right homemade steak mince burgers …

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Olive oil fried chips….

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And steak for me, Well it is friday after all

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Kalel loved his burgers we made 🙂

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Have an amazing weekend and dont forget cheat meal day doesnt have to be junk food ♡

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Super kale spag bol

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If like me, you have super hungry but super fussy little monsters in your household this recipe is perfect for them! As a child I was (believe it or not) a super fussy eater, my mother would always be in the kitchen cooking up a storm of homemade delights (I guess that’s where I get it from)  at the time, I would spend dinner times meticulously picking out  morsels of anything that looked remotely like an onion or something at all healthy, I guess all my mothers hard work paid off in later years and here I am doing the exact same thing, we can only hope our little monkeys will grow up big and strong and go on to do the same!
So here it is, a spag bol with lots of concealed goodness.

Ingredients:

200-450g Lean beef mince

2 large cloves of garlic

Handful of kale

Half a sweet red pepper

Chopped tomatoes or passata

Wholegrain spaghetti

Salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar

Teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)

Mixed herbs

Start off by putting the kale, garlic, red pepper, mixed herb in a food processor and blend.

Brown the mince in a saucepan and add in the blended ingredients, stir and add the balsamic, salt and pepper, and tomatoes or passata, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 10 mins or so.

Serve with the wholegrain spaghetti and some grated cheese.

You can use this for a base sauce for lots of other fave childrens meals I.e homemade pizza, lasagne, pasta, meatballs

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Grazebox ♡

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I don’t know how many of you have heard of grazebox but I discovered it a couple of years ago via a friend of mine on giving me a welcome voucher code, ive been having it delivered every monday ever since! This delightful little eco friendly package is filled to the brims with natural treats and snacks chosen by you via their website, you can pick and chose from lots of snack boxes all neatly put together by the grazebox team and whats even better is , if you have allergies you can search ingredients and write them off your send list ,which is great! They are adding new graze snacks all the time So pop on over and give it a try, the first box is free and its up to you after that.

http://Www.graze.com

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Homemade Apple sauce and banana loaf (gluten free, vegan)

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1 1/2 cups of doves gluten free self raising flour

2 small apples diced

Tablespoon of cinamon

3 Tablespoons of honey

1tablespoon of brown sugar

2ripe bananas

1/3 cup of gluten free muesli

Handful of raisins

Start of by making the apple sauce, put the honey, cinnamon, apples in a saucepan with just enough water to cover and boil then simmer, covered until soft and stewed then blend and set aside

Next mash the bananas with a little more honey and cinamon some coconut oil and add all the dry ingredients, then add the apple sauce and combine, grease a loaf tin and  fill with the mixture, sprinkle the brown sugar on the top and bake for 30 mins at 200º

This is a sweeter variation of my banana loaf and it is my all time favourite snack

Tasty toppings

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Here is the ‘walnut and date loaf’ being enjoyed with raspberry conserve, cream tea perfection!

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Never give up!

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Like they say, “the only bad workout is the one you didn’t do”
Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or you are years into it, we are all human and we all have days where it all feels pointless but don’t think about how you feel right now, remember why you started and think about how you will feel in the morning or even in a few hours if you give up, exercise is not only good for your body but also your mind, its a natural antidepressant so make it a standard part of your day, think of it as a necessity for happiness and wellbeing, stay positive, set goals and you can achieve anything.

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Tuna, sweet potato, spinach and feta bake

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Looking for healthy ideas for dinner tonight, that the adults and children will both enjoy? Look no further than this little gem I rustled up a few weeks ago, packed with protein and other nutrient rich foods for the health conscious and the growing little monsters.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized sweet potato (peeled or unpeeled)

Fresh baby spinach leaves

Feta or other cheese of choice

1 leek

1 tin of tuna

1 fresh floret of broccoli

Sweet red pepper (diced)

3 large cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

Tin of chopped tomatoes in own juices

Cayenne pepper

Tomato paste

Sprinkle of mixed herbs

Start by cooking the leeks, garlic, sweet pepper, spinach lightly in a saucepan with a little olive oil or water. Add the tomatoes and a tablespoon of tomato paste, mixed herb then cover and cook for 10 mins on a medium heat, add the tuna,season to taste,stir and leave aside.

Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds and do the same with the broccoli stalk and cut up the rest of the broccoli into small pieces. part boil.

Get a medium sized lasagna dish or casserole dish and layer up like a lasagna, starting with the tomato mixture then a layer of sweet potato with some feta and so on, sprinkle some cayenne pepper between the layers.
Sprinkle a little of the cheese on the top and some fresh ground salt and pepper

Cook at about 200º for about 30-35 mins  or until the potato is soft and the top is crisp and golden in colour.

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Rise and shine

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Breakfast “the most important meal of the day” cliché yes but ever so true. I’m not going to lie, I was never a fan of breakfast, until I discovered coffee really or maybe it was an age thing but anyway these days I love it! Especially on a sunday when I can mooch over something good to read, coffee in hand,messy hair, feet up.
A healthy breakfast is definitely vital, I like to have egg white omelette followed by a bowl of carefully constructed gluten-free muesli topped with various nuts and dried goodies from my cupboards on most days.
So fill the cupboards with some healthy day starting goodies and take the breakfast challenge, if you, like I used to be are a breakfast skipper and see how much better you feel after a week but remember.. keep it clean, keep it healthy and drink lots of water when you first wake up to kick-start your body ready for the day.

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“Pancake day is looming high on the horizon folks! Stay tuned for gluten free, healthy pancake stacks and glorious toppings that’ll make your shrove tuesday one to remember”

Pancake day

Coconut protein balls

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Ingredients:
2 scoops of Protein powder of choice
1/3cup of milled linseed
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup of ground almond
1/3 cup of dedicated coconut
A little water or almond milk

Combine all the ingredients together if a little dry add more water or dry ingredients until you can form round balls about two centimetres in size then roll in more ground almond and coconut

Refrigerate in a tupperware box
Perfect little snack to keep the sweet tooth at bay.You can again experiment with different flavours and ingredients and make lots of other yummy flavours.

Posted from ricelli’s kitchen