(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.

How colourful does this look?!IMG_2076

 

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

 

 

(C) Tilly’s Chunky Spag Bol with a twist

My recipes will be very rough guides, don’t follow them too closely, this is cooking – not science!

What you will need:

For the pasta:

  • 1 courgette
  • A spiralizer

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 pack baby plum tomatoes
  • A splash of Apple Cider vinegar
  • 4 asparagus stalks
  • 6 baby corn
  • Dried Mixed Herbs
  • Dried Coriander Leaf (can use fresh if you want)
  • Dried Chives (can also use fresh if you have it!)
  • 100g-200g Mincemeat/Quorn or any alternative thereof

Method:

Using the spiralizer, create your “pasta” from the courgette and place off to one side.

Chop the baby plum tomatoes in to quarters (if you prefer, remove the seeds at this time as well. I leave them in but it doesn’t really make much difference) and place in a pan on the hob on a high heat, add a splash of apple cider vinegar (it really doesn’t need to be a lot, apple cider vinegar is very acidic and has a very strong taste).

Stir the tomatoes until they start to break up. Chop the asparagus and baby corn in to small pieces and add to the pan. Keep stirring until the tomatoes have completely broken down, adding roughly 1tbsp of each of the dried herbs or an amount to your taste (this is where it starts to smell REALLY good). Stir and turn the heat down to a simmer.

In a separate pan, cook your mincemeat until it’s brown all the way through.

Whilst the mincemeat and sauce are cooking, it’s time to cook the “pasta” – you have two choices here; you can steam it or you can boil it, either way cook until the courgette starts to go soft or until it’s the same consistency that you would normally have your pasta. This does not take long so you will need to keep an eye on it.

Drain the excess water/vinegar from the sauce and the fat from the mincemeat and mix together in one of the pans. Heat through.

You’re ready to serve it up! This recipe will serve one active, hungry person (okay, I mean it’ll serve someone who eats a lot like me!) or could feed up to two people, if it’s not enough just add more asparagus, baby corn and mincemeat or scale up the whole recipe. Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Travis and his super long pasta
Travis (my Taekwondo instructor) with a super long piece of courgette pasta – his review of the food “That was lovely – thanks!’

(C) Pink Smoothie

Hi,

I’m the other one, Jo. I thought I would give you some pink smoothie inspiration to brighten up your Tuesday morning, Monday is over for another week and we are one day closer to Friday Funday!

So this morning I definitely needed some motivation to leave my bed and what better way to start the day with this…

Pink Tuesday smoothie 09.06.2015
Pink Tuesday smoothie 09.06.2015

So what’s in it?

– A large handful of strawberries

– 1 Banana

– 2 tsp Chia Seeds

– 200/400ml Almond Milk (depending on how many servings you would like)

Simple and tastes so delicious! This keeps me full until lunch time, along with lots of water! I have recently been trying to consume more water everyday and found this app which has really helped challenge myself to do so:

Water balance app, free from the App Store
Water balance app, free from the App Store

Enter in your personal details and enter in the water consumption throughout your day and watch the person fill up! You also get achievements like “no coffee for xxx days”

Today is my one year anniversary at work! 😁 I should really start getting ready!

Have a great day!

Jo x

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It’s our launch!

Hello!

Firstly I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to have a look around! As you can see from the above tabs, we have 4 main focusses on this blog; beauty, fitness, food and thoughts.

The two main contributors to this blog are myself (Tilly) and Jo, we hope to update you daily with our latest strides towards a happier, healthier lifestyle!

We believe we are part of one of the most interesting, inclusive generations to date, a generation who uses the wide world of Big Data and science to work towards a healthier lifestyle, whilst ensuring that everyone knows that they are important and individuality is celebrated. (We’ll discuss this more later under ‘Thoughts’).

We also really really really love food! Experimenting in the kitchen can turn out amazingly well (or sometimes not so well) and we will share our favourite recipes with you here.

This is a double launch with my new venture with Younique. The Clean and Green Girls business sells ethical, high quality, affordable beauty products. You can buy from my current party or set up a party yourself to earn free make up products!

Always feel free to comment on any of our posts and join in the discussion.

It’s great to be here – thanks for joining us!

Tilly

Josh, Jo and Tilly
Jo (centre) and Tilly (bottom) with our friend Josh (left)