Chocolate ๐Ÿซย 

Hello again, hope you are all well ๐Ÿ˜Š

Firstly, cocoa is not the same as cacao, cacao is the bean which comes from the Theobrona tree.

When we think of chocolate we think of cocoa which comes from cacao beans after they’ve been processed or roasted changing the quality and more importantly nutrient content, diminishing some health benefits. 

Flavanols (contain health benefits) are found in chocolate and usually removed by manufactures because of the strong bitter taste, therefore processed sugars and fillers are added to ‘improve’ the taste. 

Cacao is grown in many warmer climate countries around the world including Africa, when choosing your chocolate once in a while opt for fair-trade or organic bars and support the farmers.

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Healthy Pasta Salad

Hi guys, I’ve recently been working on healthy, nutritious meals which are also fillings and the first one is a pasta salad, I know the ingredients are quite random but I promise it tastes delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ 
Serves 1

Ingredients 
75g wholemeal pasta
1 small sweet potato peeled and cut into cubes
5 Brussels sprouts cut in half
1 small carrot grated
1 spring onion sliced
1/2 yellow pepper sliced
3 tbsp oil
20g ricotta cheese

Method

1. Prepare the vegetables first then put on a pan of water for the pasta. In a bowl mix the sprouts, potato and yellow peppers with 3 tbsp of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Next, place on a tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until soft.

2. Once the pan starts to boil, cook the pasta then drain off the liquid and place in a bowl, mix in the carrot and spring onion.

3. Take the tray from the oven and add to the pasta mixture, gently stirring.

4. Lastly sprinkle on the ricotta cheese and enjoy!!

I know there isn’t any sauce with this but it honestly tastes great alone, the sweet potato and brussel sprouts really complement each other and overall the dish is a WINNER!! I love how basic but tasty this meal is and the ingredients are minimal. It’s easy to prepare and you can just double the ingredients if you are cooking for more people.

Let me know if you try this recipe โ˜บ 

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Healthy Chicken and Couscousย 

So this is kind of like a revamp of my previous post “paprika chicken” but it tastes and looks 10x better ๐Ÿ˜‚, You can get that recipe HERE. Believe it or not the ingredients are basically the same with the addition of more vegetables!! 

Looks good right?! 

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Paprika Chicken

Hello guys, so my other super healthy, nutritious meal is my paprika chicken. There’s such a range of ingredients in the meal and I just love how colourful it is!! Also a great meal for Sunday.

Serves 2 

Ingredients 
1 Chicken breast and thigh, remove the skin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp tomato passata
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 onion, diced
100g red cabbage, thinly sliced
30g sweetcorn
100g couscous
15g parsley

Method 

1. In a large bowl mix the paprika, paydays, puree and oil with the crushed garlic. Add the chicken breast and thigh to the bowl mixing well (add and salt and pepper), then leave to marinate at least 1 hour before cooking.

2. Prepare all of the vegetables and roughly chopped the parsley. Place the chicken on a tray and cook in the oven for 35-45 minutes, until cooked right through and slightly golden.

3. Heat oil in a pan and cook for 5 minutes until soft then add the cabbage, cook for 8 minutes but still should be crunchy. Also add the sweetcorn.

4. Put the couscous in a heat proof bowl and add boiling water, leave until all the liquid is absorbed and stir in the parsley.

5. Finally, the chicken should be cooked, place each piece on a separate plate and half the cabbage onto each plate along with the couscous!!

Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I would only eat one piece of chicken

Be mindful with food ๐Ÿด

Hello everyone, here are some tips to help you make better food choices.

1. Keep a food diary and make a note of everything you eat. This is a great idea because it allows you to go back and see why you ate certain foods and particular times in Life. Were you emotionally eating?

2. Do food swaps, for example switch the chocolate bar for some peanuts or replace the packet of crisps for popcorn and slowly incorporate more fruits into your day. 

3. Be you eat a snack do something else, drink a cup of water… Are you still hungry? Also try reading, going for a walk or listening to music to distract the mind. 

Always ask yourself (especially when snacking) ‘am I hungry?’ The main aim is always to be mindful before eating and making sure you actually enjoy the food rather than just biting and chewing ๐Ÿ‘

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Making Burritosย 

It’s so nice to try different cultural foods or foods that are influenced by other countries, so bring on the burritos ๐Ÿ™Œ I actually had a lot of fun making these. It’s great because the preparation is so quick and simple and the fillings can be whatever you fancy. 

This post won’t be like the usual recipes I do, it will be more of a chatty post with pictures. I used minced meat, sweetcorn, lettuce, carrot and the salsa sauce provided. It’s best to cook the meat first then you can prepare the other fillings in the meantime I warmed the wraps in the toaster and let the mince meat cool down slightly before making my burritos.

They tasted full of flavour and all the ingredients blended well together, I even had a little cheese too.

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This is the burrito kit

Lightly browning the meat

Frozen sweetcorn which I boiled

Added everything in the pan with the sauce provided

Putting it together

Salsa sauce on top

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I went to the Good Food Show!!

This was a day trip with uni to the Good Food Show, there was a variety of stalls promoting desserts, gins, cordials, cheese, fitness equipment, marinating sauces and so much more!! Also some really innovative kitchen equipment such as the cheese grater thing which was so efficient. I had a great time overall but I wish I’d taken pictures. They even had Tom Keridge doing demonstrations but that was later in the afternoon, overall I had a great time but there’s only so much walking around you can do. Of course I had to check out the American Sweets section and get myself a treat ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s a great place to go if your interested in food, innovative products and trying new things, definitely fun for all the family ๐Ÿ™‚

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One Pan Dish

My amazing ‘Sweet Vegetable Cottage Pie’ this is a great vegetarian dish, really simple for anyone to cook for dinner.  I actually topped this off with some mashed sweet potatoes but didn’t take a final picture but here’s what it looked like in the pan.

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Olive oil
ยฝ onion finely diced
2 handfuls of lentils
350ml vegetable stock
Canned tomatoes
150g pasta of your choice
ยฝ broccoli cut into small trees
1 carrot grated

Method
1. Heat the oil in the pan and gently fry the onions until slightly soft.

2. Place the potatoes into water to boil for 7 minutes then mash.

3. Once the onions are cooked add the lentils and veg stock, simmer for 10 minutes. Next add the canned tomatoes, pasta and broccoli cooking for a further 5 minutes.

4. Now pour the mixture into an oven dish and sprinkle with the carrot the cover evenly with the mashed sweet potatoes. Bake in the oven for 30 mins!! Yum.

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Baked Pasta

I always love pasta and I’ve started eating vegetarian meals more which is good. This meal is so colourful and filled with great nutritious vegetables.

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Ingredients
Fusili pasta
1 broccoli
1 tin canned tomatoes
Large handful of peas
Large handful of corn
2 carrots grated
1 tub of ricotta
1 mozzarella ball

Method
1. Cook the pasta (al dente) in boiling salted water. Put a separate small pan to boil and cook the peas and corn.

2. Once everything is cooked put the pasta, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, broccoli, peas, corn and carrot into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Tip everything into an oven tray and even out, slice the mozzarella ball and cover the pasta.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 30- 40 minutes until slightly golden.

Enjoy this delicious vegetarian meal piping hot, would go nice with some garlic bread!! ;D

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Spicy Lamb Kebabs

This recipe is a little different with a Middle Eastern and Caribbean mixture of seasons, these lamb kebab sticks are well seasoned and are perfect for a barbecue especially in this warm weather!! Because of the spiciness they pair well with a plain yogurt dipping sauce. 

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Ingredients
ยฝ tsp chilli powder
ยฝ tsp curry powder
ยฝ tsp turmeric
ยฝ tsp garama masala
2 tbsp lemon juice
sprinkle of salt and pepper
4 lamb steaks (diced)

Method

1. Set the oven to gas mark 5 and take out 10 cocktail sticks and put in the oven tray.

2. In a large bowl mix everything together meat and spices and leave to marinade for 30 minutes.

3. Push a few chunks of diced lamb onto each cocktail stick and place in the oven covered with tin foil, cook in the oven for 30 minutes then take off the foil and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until cooked and tender.

– These spicy kebab sticks can be served with rice and a cool yogurt dip.


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