Maple, bacon, brussel sprout and blue cheese salad. Gluten free, so quick to make and definitely doesn’t leave you hungry!
Party food doesn’t have to be unhealthy: spicy white bean dip with red bell pepper, celery, carrot, cucumber and zucchini sticks.
15 minute warm chicken salad with avocado and sun dried tomatoes. Great for when you want filling, healthy food in a hurry! Makes 2 servings.
- 1/3 of a cucumber
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 small avocado
- a big handful of salad greens
- a handful of cherry plum tomatoes
- 2 chicken breasts, pan-fried and sprinkled with herbes de provence
- 4 sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
Pan-fry chicken in olive oil, sprinkling each side liberally with herbes de provence when done. While the chicken is cooking, chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces, combine in a salad bowl, and add a sprinkle of lemon pepper, herbes de provence, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Serve in bowls with sliced pan-fried chicken on top.
Cucumber, apple and mint cooler. Makes 4 portions, enough to fill a big mason jar for a light breakfast on the go. Only 168 calories for the whole recipe! Ingredients:
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled
- 2 apples, peeled and cored
- a handful of dried mint leaves
- lots of ice
Blend and thin out with water until desired thickness..
Strawberry mango spring smoothie! The coconut milk really makes this one special, it’s so decadent and feels feel like having a piña colada on the beach :-).
I’m trying to up my fruit and veg intake to 7 or more a day in light of recent research, so I’ve been whizzing up smoothies to take to work for lunch. This makes enough for one glass for breakfast and one mason jar to take away for lunch on the go.
- half a banana (frozen)
- 1 dl of mango chunks (frozen)
- 4 big strawberries (frozen)
- 100 ml of coconut milk
Blend, and thin out with water if necessary.
Lately I’ve been satisfying my chocolate cravings by adding unsweetened cocoa powder to my smoothies. This one is my favorite so far: it’s sweet and thick and chocolatey and much more filling than the Ghirardelli square I had with it.
Ingredients for one portion:
- half a frozen banana
- 3 dates
- 1 heaping teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 ice cubes
Blend together and thin with water if necessary. Enjoy!
Sometimes things just don’t go to plan. I was going to make rice porridge for breakfast but the milk had mysteriously disappeared from the fridge overnight… so we had a little of everything we found in the fridge instead. Fluffy scrambled eggs, salted deli meat, frisee lettuce, pear slices, a parfait of greek yogurt, muesli and mango puree, and a cup of tea with lemon.
Skye Gyngell’s delicious mushroom risotto, with a few tweaks: funnel chanterelle mushrooms instead of porcini (because that’s what I had in the cupboard) and 50% less butter (because nobody needs that much butter). Served with balsamico-marinated cherry plum tomato halves and a pear for dessert.