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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Dark Jamaican Ginger Cake

Hey guys, Jamaican ginger cake is one of my favourite cakes aside from chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‹ I found this recipe online and I just had to bake it and share it with you guys. There’s a lot of sugar in the recipe from the soft dark sugar, golden syrup and treacle but it doesn’t taste overly sweet. It was also really runny so I did wonder how the gingerbread would turn out and here is the result…

Makes: 1 loaf tin

Ingredients 

175g plain flour, sifted
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp milk or milk alternative
75g black treacle
75g golden syrup
75g dark brown soft sugar
75g butter
1 egg

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl mix, sift the flour and spices then separately mix the bicarbonate soda with milk and set aside.

3. Then, into a saucepan measure the treacle, syrup, sugar and butter with 75ml of water. Heat gently until everything is thoroughly melted. 

4. Next add the syrup mixture to the flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth. Beat in the egg and add the bicarbonate soda and milk. 

5. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking tin, place in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before taking out. 

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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

Turmeric Face Mask

Hello again โ˜บ I’m not 100% sure if I’ve posted a turmeric face mask recipe before I just thought it is so relevant now that the weather is getting warmer. Nobody wants dull, lifeless looking skin and this face mask will give you the opposite: bright, glowing skin!! I know it is traditional for many cultures and it’s one of my favourites because it is homemade and the ingredients are so easy to purchase.

Ingredients 
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tsp plain flour
1/3 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp lemon juice or water

So you literally mix all the ingredients together into a bowl. Should be a nice, smooth, runny consistency. Use a small brush to apply it to your face and leave to dry. After about 15-20 minutes wash off with warm water, pat dry and then rub oil over your face.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese

Hi guys, the last time I tried to make a red velvet cake I was not as successful but these cupcakes are fantastic. When ever decorating with a sweet top I try to make sure the actual cake mixture is not too sweet so when you bite into the cupcake there’s a subtle sweetness from the cream cheese. 

I even used matching red cupcake cases

On top I’ve added some sugar coloured crystals which looked great in the pictures.

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Gluten Free Avocado Browniesย 

Hey everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ hope your week has been good!! I’ve been back in the kitchen baking again trying new things. This is actually my first time baking with avocado and this recipe turned out great but they were really creamy in texture from the avocados, maybe next time I’ll add more flour. 

Makes 20 small squares 

Ingredients 

100g dark chocolate
2 eggs, at room temperature
60g caster sugar
20g cocoa powder
25g grounds almonds/ walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 avocado, mashed

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐc and line a small baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Break the chocolate into blocks and put into a heat proof bowl placed above simmering water (bain-marie).

3. In a separate bowl whisking together the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, you can also use an electric mixer here.

4. Mix the cocoa, walnuts, vanilla extract and avocado into the melted chocolate and stir well. Pour this into the eggs mixture whisking until a smooth consistency.

5. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

6. Leave to cool down completely before cutting into even squares.

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Happy Baking!!

AVOCADO

Bain-marie

Mashed avocado

Eggs

VEGAN Chocolate Cakeย 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some baking but here is the best vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tasted. At university we’ve been working on recipes suitable for different dietary groups so here goes… 

Makes 9

Dry Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

2 2/3 non dairy milk
2/3 cups oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐc and prepare mini cake loafs for baking.

2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Then whisk together the wet ingredients in a hug and slowly pour into the bowl whisking constantly.

4. Whisk until you get a smooth runny mixture, evenly pour into the mini loaf cases about 3/4 and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and fully cooked.

5. I like to use a cocktail stick to check if the cake is fully cooked right through. Leave to cool down completely and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Hey guys, another great chocolate post for you all!! These cupcakes are so cool because you’ve got the candied chocolate on top and in the middle with a super delicious frosting ๐Ÿ˜‹ perfect for birthday celebrations ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ

Use a small knife to cut a hole in the top and add the candied chocolate

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3 Ways to Naturally Detox Your Bodyย 

Hi everyone, these following tips will help to strengthen your digestive system and boost your immune system which is definitely ideal for this super cold wintery season.

1. Drink warm lemon water in the morning and throughout the day because it will help to flush out the toxins. Add cinnamon or cayenne pepper for added flavour.

2. Try dry skin brushing to support your lymphatic system (the bodies sewage system)

– use a dry brush before you have a wash
– always brush towards the heart
– begin at the feet and work your way upwards brushing in circular motions
– using circular motions over the stomach respects the direction of digestion and encourages detoxification
– afterwards have a bath or shower

3. Drinking herbal tea ๐Ÿต (without sugar) be sure to let the tea steep for at least 5 minutes then consume hot or cold

Some teas to try:
– nettle or chamomile for inflammation
– senna, flaxseed or aloe Vera for constipation
– burdock or red clover to cleanse the blood
– milk thistle or dandelion for liver support

It’s so great to have a detox schedule that is natural and beneficial to the body, do it 4 times per year for each season to help boost the immune system ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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