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Garlic and herb – Quark dip!


This awesome alternative to mayonnaise is a whole new level of deliciousness and fabulously guilt free – not to mention massively high in protein! I have always loved quark and just love to experiment with both sweet and savoury ways to use and improve it. As simple as this is, it’s going to rock your world! 

Ingredients:

Quark – desired amount depending on serving 

Garlic – one clove

Salt and pepper 

Lemon juice – just a squeeze

Oregano – a pinch 

Finely chop the garlic and throw it along with the rest into the quark, mix well and season to taste.

And that’s it! To die for with some sweet potato fries or on salads! Dress  (whatever takes your fancy) to impress! The kids will love it too! 

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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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