Mighty Mackerel

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This is a recipe steal from Eat Nourish Glow by Amelia Freer. One of my favorites, especially when i am in a rush or the cupboards are looking bare!

This makes a fantastic lunch or starter.

The recipe below serves 2:

– 225g (8oz) smoked mackerel, broken into pieces

– Juice and zest of 1 lemon

– Handful fresh dill

 – ½ avocado

– Sea salt and ground black pepper

Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer until combined. Add a little water or extra lemon juice to taste.

Serve chilled with non-wheat crackers or crudites. I often use rye bread.

(might be worth having a mint handy afterwards!)

Happy Eating!

Jo x

Eat Nourish Glow

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This book is the most honest and helpful cook book i have ever read and yes it is a read. Unlike normal “healthy eating” recipe/cook books, Amelia tells you what foods you should swap and WHY you should. The recipes do not contain foods you have never heard of and are easy to add into your everyday lifestyle.

Within the first week of purchasing this book, i  was 8lbs lighter! That was a bonus on top of what i have learnt about food and what food can be deceived as “healthy”

If you are dedicated to changing your lifestyle and shedding weight, you need to Eat Nourish Glow

No excuses, payday is just around the corner!

Here is a direct link to Amazon to get your copy and at only £7, all you have to lose is your post holiday weight and bad eating habits!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eat-Nourish-Glow-looking-healthier/dp/000757990X

Happy Buying!

Jo x

(C) Dinner Parties – the clean way! (Part III)

I hope by now you’ve had a chance to try the starter and main course in this thread of recipes and enjoyed them as much as I do!

This is, by far, the simplest of all of the courses and is so ridiculously tasty. If I’m honest, I thought this would be the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten in my life and was very pleasantly surprised when I took my first spoonful and found the texture and taste to be incredible. This recipe should serve 4 people (but if you enjoy it as much as me, it may disappear before you get a chance to put it on the table…).

Dessert – Banana, Almond and Chia Seed Pudding

What you will need:

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 carton almond milk (if anyone has nut allergies you can use soya, coconut or oat milk)

Method:

Chop up the banana and put the almond milk and banana in to a blender/smoothie maker and blend until smooth.

Split in to 4 serving dishes – I used a fancy latte glass I had hanging around. Make sure there is some room in whatever you’re using… you’ll see why.

Put 1/4 cup of chia seeds in to each dish, mix, and place in the fridge to cool. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and become soft, they will also grow. The longer you leave it, the softer they become. I left it about 30 mins and the texture was like mousse however you can eat it straight away, the seeds will just be crunchy.

Chia, banana and almond milk pudding
Looks weird, tastes great!

Serve and enjoy!

As usual, please leave your comments below.

(C) Dinner parties – the clean way! (Part II)

I hope you all enjoyed yesterdays recipe Flaxseed bread with Guaca-HOLYMOLY.  Today I’m bringing you the main course, one of my absolute favourites. I love pizza; pizza is glorious, pizza is great. Traditional pizza is also full of all those things that you really should not eat… so when I started eating clean, I thought this would be my downfall. Except, as it turns out, the best thing about clean eating as opposed to dieting is that you can still eat all of your favourite foods, you just find creative and innovative ways to adjust them to suit you!

Okay okay okay… so this recipe is not 100% clean… BUT with clean eating you still need a balanced diet, so the cheese is fine as long as you aren’t eating loads of cheese every single day (and your body processes dairy fine). Moving swiftly on…

Main Course – Courgette Pizza

What you will need:

For the base:

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • Dried Coriander

For the sauce:

  • 1 punnet plum tomatoes
  • A splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Dried Chives

For the topping:

  • Cheddar cheese (grated)
  • Any other toppings you want to add!

Method:

Start by chopping the courgette in to very small pieces. I do this by using my spiralizer to make “curly fry” shapes then chop those up even more finely with a sharp knife. Pop this all in to a large mixing bowl (or, as in Part I, if you don’t have a mixing bowl just use a large pan). Add the coconut flour and eggs and mix it all together, if it’s still too dry add a small amount of water. Add in your cheese and a generous amount of dried coriander. Mix well then place on a baking tray, smoothing it out in to all of the edges. Pop this in the oven at 180oc for a normal oven or 160oc for a fan assisted oven. Leave until it turns golden-brown (see pic below).

 

 

All our pizzas are in your base

 

Whilst this is cooking (it can take around 10 mins) you can work on making the sauce. Keep an eye on the base as it might need taking out whilst you are making the sauce, though!

Chop up all of the tomatoes in to quarters and place in a pan on the hob on a high heat. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar. Stir well and allow to boil. Add in 1 chopped clove of garlic and a generous amount of chives. Turn the heat down to a medium heat and continue to stir regularly, letting the tomatoes completely break down. Once they are completely broken down, let the mixture cool for a few minutes and blend to a very smooth consistency. Pour over the base and spread with the back of a spoon.

Add your cheese and toppings and place back in the oven at the same temperature as before. Keep an eye on it and let it cook until the cheese is all melted and looks like you would normally have your pizza – I leave it about 10 mins.

Serve and enjoy!

PIZZAAAAA!!!

 

Pro tip: If you want some a side to go along with your pizza, make some sweet potato chips. I have a tefal actifry which makes the most incredible sweet potato chips, however if you chop up and place them in the oven (just like frozen oven chips but without the guilt), add some melted coconut oil over the top and some salt, you can get equally tasty sweet potato chips!

NB: I wouldn’t normally serve pizza and chips at a dinner party, but with the twist on these it is more acceptable I believe, plus it caters to all ages!

As usual, please let me know how this recipe worked for you in the comments below!

(C) Dinner parties – the clean way! (Part I)

Firstly I would like to apologise for my absence over the past week – it’s been a busy one at work and I haven’t had much spare time to blog. However, I have managed to perfect a three course meal suitable for clean eaters, vegetarians and coeliacs – for those times when you want to have people over but don’t want to break your diet! I’m going to aim to do each recipe so that it can feed up to 4 people, however I do live alone so this may vary depending on how much food people eat (as with every recipe).

First Course/Starter – Flaxseed Bread with Guaca-HOLYMOLY

What you need:

For the Bread:

  • 2 cups milled flaxseed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda OR baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Guaca-HOLYMOLY

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cayenne Chilli Pepper
  • Dried Mixed Herbs (for garnish)

Method:

This recipe is super simple!

For the bread:

Preheat your oven to 200oc or 180oc for a fan oven.

In a mixing bowl (or, if you don’t have one like me, in a large pan), put the milled flaxseed and add 3 eggs, mix this all together so it is a wet mixture.

Add the bicarb of soda/baking powder, ground almonds and salt and mix again, it’s going to dry up pretty quickly so now is the time to crack in the extra egg and add the 3 tbsp of water.

Mix it all up until it is almost a lumpy cake mixture consistency.

That is it, all you need to do now is pour it in to a small loaf pan, pop it in the oven and wait 20-25 mins. Stick a knife through the centre and if it comes out clean, it’s ready! This bread is delicious and surprisingly light – you can add nuts to it or leave it plain. It’s so versatile, it’s worth playing around with adding different ingredients to see how it turns out! (I will be experimenting with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapenõs soon).

Flaxseed bread with guaca-HOLYMOLY

For the Guaca-HOLYMOLY:

Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones. Remove the peel and place all the flesh in to a bowl, cut in to small chunks. Mash the avocado flesh with the back of a fork until it’s a smooth consistency (this can take some elbow grease and patience! It may be easier to do these one at a time). Add in the Cayenne Chilli Pepper and mix it all up, I would suggest doing this a bit at a time and tasting throughout until it’s at a heat that you are happy with.

Once the bread is cool enough, spread the Guaca-HOLYMOLY on to sliced pieces and garnish by sprinkling some dried mixed herbs over the top.

SO SO EASY, yet so full of flavour!

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments section below.

(C) Gammon Graze

This week i cooked harry his favourite… Gammon.

I have never ever cooked gammon before and i was totally up for the challenge, but also petrified to get it wrong.

I decided to have mushrooms instead of sweet potato and used the recipe for these from this weeks post – without the avocado and tomatoes (Harry can be fussy sometimes!) and instead i added a slice of halloumi cheese on top.

Now i don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but i smashed this dinner. It was delicious!

It was so good Harry even did the washing up!

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Happy Eating!

 

Jo x

Muscle Food -Delivered To Your Door

How expensive is your monthly food shop? How often do you find yourself in the meat aisles at your local supermarket thinking about what to have for dinner?

These are the questions I used to ask myself.

Now, both Harry (my partner) and I are saving on our food bill and NOT compromising quality, how you ask?

MUSCLE FOOD.

This website is absolutely fantastic, they offer quality lean meat delivered to your door. With so much choice and some amazing offers updated every week you would be crazy not to give this a try!

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Included: lean beef burgers, 10KG chicken, Rump Steaks Hache Steaks & more!

 

Muscle Food offer a great new customer offer, which is a box of meat originally RRP£150 for just £75 delivered to your door on a day of your choice. This lasted us for a full month, not once did we have to “just pop to the shop for some meat for dinner”

If you create an account with them, they will send you brilliant offers every week and you can earn loyalty points after every order to use towards other products.

As mentioned above, the quality of this meat is superb, much better than your local supermarket. So what are you waiting for?

www.musclefood.com and look for the new customer offer.

Happy Shopping!

 

Jo x

(C) Sweet Potato Fritters

Hello,

For dinner i decided to try something new with sweet potatoes. I have switched from white potatoes to sweet potatoes.

They have more flavour and i love finding new things to do with them, they don’t make me feel bloated like normal potatoes do, which is why i haven’t bought white potatoes for over a year now. I would recommend anyone to make this small change.

So here is one of my many sweet recipes so far:

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Start by peeling 4 sweet potatoes and then peeling/cutting them into long, very fine pieces.

Heat up a pan on the hob, add the sweet potato and cook until softened. Take them off the heat to cool for 2-3 minutes.

In a bowl, crack two eggs and whisk. Add the sweet potatoes into the bowl and coat them in the egg. Start taking the sweet potato and moulding them into squarish pieces with a “criss cross” effect to help them stick and mould together better when they cook.

Put the fritters back in the pan and cook either side until golden.

Allow to cool and enjoy them as an alternative to bread in a sandwich or add a clean and exciting topping.

 

Enjoy & Happy Eating!

Jo x

(C) Magic Mushrooms

No, this is not what you are thinking!

This is another quick, clean and tasty recipe for portobello mushrooms.

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1 x Portobello mushroom

2 x cherry tomatoes chopped in half

1/4 avacado

1 x egg

Crack an egg into the middle of the mushroom and add in to the pre heated oven for 10-15 minutes (or until the egg is cooked to your liking)

Bring out of the oven and scoop out some avocado to add on top. Add the chopped cherry tomatoes and Voila!

Enjoy & Happy Eating

Jo x

(C) Omelettes disguised as cupcakes

Today i thought i would share with you one of the easiest and tastiest recipes i have made since my clean eating journey. Courtesy of my good friend a colleague Lara who bought these into work and shared with me how to make these (she also let me try some!)

I have decided to call them “omelettes disguised as cupcakes” so here thy are:

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What you need:

– 2 – 4 Eggs

– Skimmed Milk / Soya Milk – either works well

– Filling – I used cherry tomatoes x  4 & Sweetcorn

Thats it!

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Put the filling of the omelette in the cupcake tin & add the eggs and milk. Put in the oven for 15- 20 minutes until raised & slightly golden.

 

Finito.

Allow to cool & Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

Jo x