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Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Ingredients: 

Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

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Super Sunday Sweet potato and spinach hash-browns


Happy Sunday everyone! 

What a week it has been!? As it unfortunately draws to a close and the start of a new one is close but not too close, I’m sure we are all enjoying a well deserved lazy morning with our favourite breakfast delights and of course a strong coffee! I’ve been experimenting with a somewhat carby-er diet this week (good carbs of course) and this means a lot of my favourite star of this food group, the sweet potato! 

Longing for something a little different than the usual Sunday bacon and eggs, I whipped up these super quick hashbrowns! They are packed with flavour and if you want to be cheeky, they would be even more divine topped with some crispy bacon! 
Ingredients: 

1 sweet potato – grated

Wilted spinach – 1 handful

Garlic – 1 clove 

Salt and pepper to season 

Coconut oil – one tablespoon 

Start by peeling the sweet potato and grate the entire thing into a bowl. Microwave for 2 mins to soften slightly. Add wilted spinach – now I either wilt in a pan or normally, I keep a bag of spinach in the freezer for adding to recipes so I just grabbed a handful of the frozen stuff and then the warmed potato will do the wilting for you! Add the garlic and salt and pepper and a small dollop of coconut oil as this will help to bind the ingredients, alternately you could bind with egg yolk or a bit of flour. Grab a handful of the potato mixture and squash together into a ball in the palm of you hands, flatten and carefully place to fry on a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Try not to move them around to much as they have the tendency to fall apart. Cook for about 4 mins on both sides and occasionally press them with a spatula to keep them compressed. Top with a fried/poached egg, bacon/smoked salmon, whatever takes your fancy! Enjoy darlings and have a marvellous Sunday! 
Ciao x 

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Lean turkey burgers and grilled haloumi

The sun is still shining! And the sweet scent of  the British BBQ summer is in the air. Going to a BBQ can be a torturous experience, if like me you can’t go within an inch of any bread! Fear not because as I walked through the park on the way home( grilled meat in the air) I was inspired to rustle up something equally as tasty and extra refreshing for summer days, back yard gatherings or for an uber quick evening meal. Fresh, zingy, packed full of protein and whipped up in under 20 mins from scratch, what are you waiting for? 

(Makes six chunky burgers)

Ingredients: 

450g lean turkey breast mince

1 egg

Handful of chopped fresh basil

Two chopped garlic cloves 

Salt and pepper 

One fresh chilli chopped/or Tabasco sauce 

Teaspoon of tomato purée 
Haloumi cheese 

Salad leaves of choice 

One tomato

Chopped cucumber 
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mash up well until able to form into balls then lay out and slightly pat into rounds (the mixture will be a little wet but don’t worry) 

Fry in coconut oil on a medium heat for about ten mins each side then finish under the grill to crisp.

On your serving plate – chop cucumber, tomato and rustle into some salad leaves. (I used baby spinach and chard)Sprinkle a little Tabasco sauce and balsamic on the leaves then top with the burgers. Grill or pan fry (in a dry pan) the haloumi cheese and enjoy! 

For a side: 

Combine quark/Greek yoghurt with spring onion and cucumber, a squeeze of lemon  and a little salt and pepper and you got yourself a yummy dip! 

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Sunday – round up of weekend indulgences! 

Happy Sunday everyone! 

I hope you have all had a wonderful week and weekend. I thought I’d share just a few shots  from some of the indulgences throughout the weekend from my Sunday office (coffee in bed obviously)  – all clean of course but ever so slightly more indulgent and marginally more calorific. It has been my week off work this week (not including meetings) as I’ve been moving house but I’ve been kept alive and kicking with my super juices and multitudinous amount of napping! 

Recently, one of my favourite food spots closed down, this was Harry’s grill and bar in Exeter – years of birthday steaks and Bon voyage gatherings have gone down in there so it was quite a sad day to see it go (they still have the other Harry’s restaraunt down the street ) BUT and there is a but – it was briskly snapped up off the market and reinvented as Circa 1924 all scepticism aside we made haste to go (critical and analytical eyes and mouthes intact) and have a try and I must say we were delightfully surprised! The service reached full expectation, lovely host and warming ambience, red wine went down a treat and the food….well the picture speaks for itself!

 So all is forgiven and I suggest, if you are ever visiting Exeter give it a try! 

  

 Another one of my favourite weekend spots is  Rubys – 

mainly because my son is a burger conissuer and having tried dozens of spots where he has only eaten the fries and filled up on the milkshake – this place seemed to pass the test!   

 

It’s delightfully pleasing that I can also enjoy food here without risk of swelling up due to cross-contamination (yeast or gluten) and I tucked into a absolutely scrummy chargrilled chicken salad (which the waiter kindly checked all ingredients for me ) so all round smiles for Rubys – one for the adults as well as the children. 


So that’s that! Back to routine and probably not so many naps next week – I will be back with more juicing adventures.
Ciao x 

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Nutri bullet – week one!

Hey all!

I haven’t blogged for a while (as you can clearly see) but I thought I’d share one with you as I have time to spare * hoorah* and I have a new gadget! 

I’m sure everyone is well aware of the juicing craze – it’s hardly a new thing but what with liquidised super foods never quite reaching my grasp, I never really had an opinion on it before. After a short bout of illness it was time to embark on other new and exciting means of getting nutrients into my diet and I was lucky enough to have a nutribullet bestowed upon me (aren’t I a lucky girl ❤️) 
Anyway! I thought, I’d do a week or two of the standard “juice initiation” programme ( pretty much made up by myself) to experiment and see if I felt or looked anymore exciting at the end of it! Given that, they say it takes a few weeks to see any changes but I can definitely see and feel the benefits already! My energy levels are up and I don’t feel half as hungry throughout the day at work as I did previous to this experiment!

As you all know, I eat a pretty healthy diet, it’s quite diverse but I am pretty lazy when it comes to fresh fruits and I do tend to fall into a pattern of eating the same foods everyday – so I decided to subtract some of the habitual meals and add super juices in their place! I had the juices in place of meals because I didn’t want to add any extra calories to my daily intake, if you are going to do this, I would suggest to replace the meals with juices and do this for about a week once a month, that is what I’m going to do but I will probably keep the breakfast juice and to be fair the lunch time one is convenient for work but I’m going to see how it goes then add or subtract things as I go along ,depending on whether I rapidly start losing weight or something! Like I said, it’s just an experiment to see how my body will benefit from it (if at all) 

Here are some I have made so far and the plan I set for myself. I’ve had a few people ask me what I have  been juicing ( please remember, I am not a nutritionist, my plan is based around my own body and what I get along with best. This also wasn’t a weight loss challenge but just a experimental health trip 💋) – I will add more as I go on.

enjoy!   

  

   Go- green morning pick up! -morning 

(Small beaker with the juicing blade)

One handful of baby spinach/kale leaves (I like to freeze mine so the juice is cooler)

Juice of half a lemon

Half a green apple 

A slice of fresh ginger 

Water up to the Max line

  
Carrot and ginger boost juice! – snack time 

One large carrot 

Juice of half a lemon 

Slice of fresh ginger 

 Lunch time medley! – lunch 

One whole carrot

Handful of kale

Juice of half a lemon

One avocado

Half an apple

Handful of frozen pineapple chunks

Handful of blueberries 

Teaspoon of turmeric 

  Blueberry bright ! -morning 

(Slight variation on go green juice for more filling breakfast days)

Handful of spinach

Half a green apple

Juice of half a lemon

Handful of blueberries

Slice of fresh ginger

Tablespoon of Milled linseed  

Half an avocado

I have pretty much been having two juices a day. In the morning I have a juice alongside the usual egg white one yolk omelette and a black coffee before work. At lunch, I have a more substantial juice (as above) and a natural bar and green tea. At dinner time, I have a healthy meal with a mixture of the food groups, here is one example 

 Grilled Cod fillets

Sweet potato,garlic and Kale mash

White egg frittata with tomato,red pepper,garlic,paprika,kale and a little halloumi cheese.
 – in regards to the complex carbs, it varies with sweet potato/brown rice etc I usually have a relatively low-medium carb intake but as I am having juice twice a day my dinner needs a little more sustenance or I will turn into the Incredible Hulk! Lol 

And for the sundays of gluttony such as today! Here is one more delight you can indulge in with your morning coffee (bed optional)

  
Banana and cinnamon pancake with walnuts!

Half a banana 

One egg

Tablespoon of honey or agave 

Two tablespoons of GF flour

A little water 

Dollop of coconut oil (if preferred)

Use the milling blade on your nutri-bullet for this one.

 whizz into a smooth,delectable paste- try not to eat it all before it touches the pan 😂 and cook in a frying pan, in oil of choice. Add the chopped walnuts and banana slices and drizzle with honey or agave.

Happy Sunday!  

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Gluten-free sugar-free stem ginger cake

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Here is a cake recipe for cheat meal day, its not as clean as the loafs I usually make but for a cake its pretty good, as I experiment I will probably end up making an even cleaner version as im sure I could substitute the marg but as its soya its still better than normal margarine, this cake is naturally very sweet too so its hard to eat alot of it 🙂

Ingredients:

3 eggs
Half a cup of soya margarine
2 cups of doves gluten-free self raising flour
2 table spoons of honey
1 banana
Fresh ginger grated

Mix all the ingredients together except the eggs, whisk the eggs separately in a bowl then slowly add the to other ingredients whilst whisking.
Bake in a non stick loaf tin at 180º for about 35 mins or until golden brown and cooked through (clean knife test)

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Malaysian chicken and coconut rice

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I stumbled across this recipe when I first developed a love for cooking and clean eating in a recipe booked named 1000 simple recipes. I of course altered and tweeked it a few times since to my own tastes, it was originally a lamb dish but i like to make it with chicken.This is one of my go to recipes for family dinners and it never gets old.

Ingredients:

2 fresh chicken breasts

1 whole lemon
Fresh ginger
3 cloves of garlic
Tablespoon of turmeric
Tablespoon of cumin
1/3 block creamed coconut
Two chillis
fresh Coriander
Fresh lemongrass
Chopped tomatoes in own juices
Salt and pepper
Water
1 onion

Start of by making the curry paste, you will need a hand blender or food processor, put the chilli, garlic, handful of coriander, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coconut, lemon grass , salt and pepper and juice of the lemon into the food processor and blend.
Next saute the chopped onion and then add the paste and stir and cook for 2-3 mins( be careful not to burn the spices) then add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally.

Now seal the chicken breast in a saucepan in some water or coconut oil or rapeseed oil (the chicken should be diced or sliced)add the chicken to the curry mixture, stir and add half a tablespoon more cumin and coconut, salt and pepper then cover and cook for 15 mins or until chicken is tender and cooked right through.

Serve with rice cooked in creamed coconut with the water and garnish with coriander.

Gluten free chappatis:

Combine one cup of doves gluten-free flour, teaspoon of olive oil and salt pepper and fennel seeds with a little warm water until you form a dough. Roll out into rounds (you can make thin ones or thicker for a more naan bread style bread) and fry like pancakes in a frying pan in a tiny bit of oil.

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