Be mindful with food πŸ΄

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 πŸ‘

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Have a great week!! πŸ˜€

Making BurritosΒ 

It’s so nice to try different cultural foods or foods that are influenced by other countries, so bring on the burritos πŸ™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 πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚

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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.

​Ingredients
Olive oil
Β½ onion finely diced
2 handfuls of lentils
350ml vegetable stock
Canned tomatoes
150g pasta of your choice
Β½ 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
Β½ tsp chilli powder
Β½ tsp curry powder
Β½ tsp turmeric
Β½ 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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Best Beef Burgers

This recipe is a classic burger which is pretty standard and tastes so delicious with great flavour, literally the best I’ve ever tasted πŸ˜€ This recipe will work well on a barbecue too but I just baked these in the oven.

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Makes 8

Ingredients
350g minced beef
Chilli powder
Salt
Curry powder
ΒΌ small onion
1 egg
50g plain flour
Burger buns
Lettuce, washed and shredded
Tomato sauce

Method
1. Firstly we need to marinade the meat for 3 hours, so it’s full of flavour. Take the minced beef out of the packaging and place into a container which has a lid.

2. Next add as much spices (salt, chilli powder, curry powder) as you want using a spoon to mix everything together. Place in the fridge.

3. Now you can set the oven to gas mark 4 and get a tray ready. Take the meat from the fridge and add the breadcrumbs, egg and flour.

4. Put some gloves on now and mix all of the ingredients together, then shape into even sized burgers and place on the tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes and turn over after 20 minutes. In the meantime prepare your toppings and cut the burger buns in half.

6. Take the tray from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before adding to the burger so you don’t get soggy lettuce.

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Other topping ideas:
Onion rings
Tomato slices
Mustard
Pickles
Cheese

A’s Salad

This recipe is definitely a working progress as when I made it, it looked so delicious but didn’t quite capture the right flavours. I’m not sure if it was the sour lemon from the salad dressing or the grated zest from the orange but either way I’m going to try it again with some improvements πŸ™‚ it’s so much fun cooking new things and putting together ingredients that I don’t usually eat. I’m really keen to start eating new things especially salads because they can be very nutritious and beneficial to the body.

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Ingredients

6 leaves of lettuce
50g brown rice
ΒΌ red onion thinly sliced
Zest of 1 orange
5 dried apricots cut into chunks
1 tbsp pine nuts
Salt and pepper (optional)

Lemon dressing
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method
1. Rinse and cook the brown rice in a small pot with the orange zest, I like to add a little salt, butter and thyme. Leave to cool slightly once cooked.

2. In the meantime fry the pine nuts for 2 minutes (they burn very easily) in a dry pan.

3. Wash and roughly chop the lettuce (any lettuce will do, I used round head) placing it into a small bowl with the brown rice on top.

4. Next add the onion, apricots and pine nuts. To make the dressing simply whisk the 2 ingredients together and drizzle over the top.

Spinach Topped Pizza

I think I’ve previously done a post about pizza but this pizza is different because…. it’s got SPINACH on top!! Pizza is one of my favourite meals to make and you can jazz it up with loads of toppings or just keep it simple like I do πŸ™‚ I haven’t really gotten onto the spinach trend in general but thought it would be great to introduce it into my meals through something I actually like such as pizza.

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Dough recipe
500g plain flour
300ml warm water
7g dry active yeast
Β½ tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Toppings
200ml Passata (tomato sauce)
2x tinned tuna
Large bag of spinach (washed and wilted)
300g grated mozzarella

Method
Don’t forget to preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and lightly rub oil all over 2 baking trays.

1. Put the yeast into the warm water, mix until dissolved and leave for 15 minutes to be activated. In the meantime in a large bowl place the flour and salt making a well in the centre.

2. After the 15 minutes pour the oil with the yeast mixture and then pour into the flour. Use your hands to combine into a dough then set aside in a warm place for 1 hour until risen.

3. Once risen roll out the dough to your desired thickness (remember it will rise more in the oven) and place on a baking tray.

4. Then of course add the tomato sauce then the other toppings of your choice (I love a little extra cheese) and bake for 25 minutes until the crust is golden.

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I really did enjoy the spinach on the pizza it has a very distinct flavour which I’m still getting used too. When you wilt the spinach down in a pan it’s surprising how much liquid they contain because they are so thin.

Other topping ideas:

Cheddar cheese

Sweet corn

Pepper

Onion

Chicken

Bacon

Cream cheese (instead of tomato sauce)

Olives

Minced meat

Grated carrot

Tomatoes

Chorizo

Pineapple

Broccoli

Beetroot

The list is endless….

Salted Chocolate Chip Biscuits

I really love the combination of sweet and salty especially on popcorn (my favourite Proper Corn sweet and salty) but it works great with this recipe too. We’ve got the sweetness from the caster sugar and chocolate chips and the saltiness from sea salt. This recipe is small but don’t forget you can easily double the ingredients if you want more, but for those days when you just want a little sweet fix, this is perfect!!

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Makes 6 chunky biscuits

Ingredients
75g butter, softened
75g caster sugar
1 egg
150g plain flour
1 tsp sea salt
50g chocolate chips

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together then add the egg mixing until smooth. Sieve in the flour, add Β½ the salt and chocolate chips.

3. Combine everything together then use a spoon to form 6 biscuits on the baking tray and sprinkle on the rest of the sugar.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. They will still be quite pale in colour but if you want them golden leave them in for an extra 5 minutes.

Leave to cool down on a cooling rack before eating!

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