Tag Archives: lunch

Blue cheese and broccoli penne

8 Oct

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Blue cheese dressings are a very common high-calorie salad dressing, the highly popular ranch dip has that tangy taste of the blue cheese which makes it different and unique than all other cheeses.

Now, a lot of people find the fact that i love blue-cheese but it truly is a very versatile and luxurious flavour and although it might not be the perfect “diet” food, its one of the easiest cheeses to include in your pasta dishes with only a small proportion making a huge difference, and so this is the perfect and super easy sauce complementing a simple boiled pasta and broccoli bowl, which can transform into a five-star restaurant dish.

Ingredients:
1 cup penne boiled
1 cup broccoli
1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
3 tbsp greek-yogurt (lf)
Black pepper
Himalayan salt
Mint leaves

Boil pasta and broccoli. Once ready add the mixture of blue cheese, herbs and yogurt (a little water might be needed to smoothen) mix and garnish with some mint leaves.

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White beans and pumpkin salad

4 Oct

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My last post was about the simplicity of a plate that can give you just the right amount of satisfaction. Today I’m going to talk about the complete contrasting end of the spectrum, having those juice and versatile salads with a mixture of different yet complementing flavours.

white beans for me are a great ingredient to experiment with and get creative, they’re a nutritious basic food which has just the right amount of starchy-chewyiness one likes to enjoy for lunch but at the same time, it needs something more!

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked white beans
1/2 cup chopped pumpkin
40gr feta cheese
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1 chopped tomato
Handful lettuce (mixed greens)

The advantages of having such a range of ingredients in your salad is the didferent benefits you get from eqch one, as well as the perfect balances meal which includes healthy carbs, protein as well as those healthy fats and most importantly vegetables. It really is important to make sure you give your body a range of what it needs, always sticking to the same foods – no matter how healthy these are – can shockingly cause you to later realize you have been missing out on some vital vitamins and minerals. Having a balanced meal will allow easy digestion and keep you full for linger, benefiting the most from your meal and making your body feel completely satisfied!

So, don’t be afraid of trying new things, changing up your normal recipes, adding new ingredients and you’ll notice your body responding.

Lentils and wild rice

19 Sep

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Yes yes it does look a mess but this chewy bowl is exactly what satisfies you as the winter season is making an appearance, going down very lightly and not making you feel heavy at all unlike usual big processed and oily rice bowls…

Lentils are a great source of protein, they’re easy and cheap to make and the awesome thing is you can include them in different kinds of dishes to satisfy your own favourite flavour.

Ingredients:
Wild rice
Lentils
Mushrooms
Onions
Olive oil

Boil the lentils in a separate pan, and fry the chopped onions and mushrooms in a seperate pan and add to the lentils. Add more boiled water and wild rice to the lentils and leave to boil until rice is cooked.

Enjoy with some strained greek yogurt and chopped tomatoes.

Salmon and carrot omelet

13 Jul

The great things about omelets is that they hardly need any preparation, on those lazy days where you really dont have time or energy to cook a proper meal but still want something that will keep you full and give you energy, go for omelets. They are brilliant for people like me (and the rest of the world I think) who like versatility in their meals, you can have an omelet everyday and still not get bored because of the never ending list of ingredients you can add to it!

This turned out to be one of my favourate combinations, it also looks very pretty and ORANGE, and when there’s colour in your dish its ALWAYS a bonus!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 carrots grated
Slice smoked salmon
30g light Philadelphia cheese
1 slice whole wheat toast
Capers
Baby spinach
1 teaspoon olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the grated carrots followed by the two eggs. When cooked flip and lower the heat.

Place on a plate and sprinkle chopped salmon pieces and philadelphia

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Crunchy summer salad

29 May

The more variety and mixture of different ingredients and tastes you get out of your salad the more super and awesome and exciting it gets as each spoonful is a new exciting experience in your mouth. Maybe i should stop being so emotive when describing food and eating but fresh salads are the best and i cant seem to express my enthusiasm any other way! Especially with summer approaching and so many fruits and vegetables to choose from – each day can be a new experiment in your huge salad bowl!

Ingredients:
Grated cabbage
Grated carrots
Grated cucumber
Arugula
Baby spinach
30gr crumbled goat cheese
8 crushed hazlenuts
3 chopped dried figs
1/2 chopped date
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey

Yes. I know. Yumyumyum!

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Vegan Cabbage hummus wraps

24 May

Cabbage wraps are the sort of thing which you can perfect after failing a few times, each time, just like with everything else – you realize what that tiny imperfection is which is lacking in the dish and try to fix it.

My main problem is always getting the wraps to actually wrap well without falling apart or cutting in half and i’v finally worked out the magic recipe.

Cabbage-
1. Carefully remove whole cabbage leaves trying not to rip them. Rinse well.
2. Place in a boiling pan for 10-15 minuets to soften.
3. Leave to cool for 5 minuets.
4. Spread the hummus
5. Add your chopped veggies in the middle.
6. And wrap.

Filling:
-carrots
-celery
-parsley
-cucumber
-red cabbage

Hint: for extra thickness and crisp you can use two cabbage leaves for each wrap! Add a layer of hummus between each layer for a DOUBLE ROLL!!!

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Ginger – cayenne salmon on a mountain of veg

3 May

Ahhh salmon is by far my absolute favvvourate dish, and luckily enough my mum’s salmon is the most delicious one i’v tasted yet so im one lucky girl whenever salmon is served for lunch. It allows me to experiment with different ingredients and herbs that may go well with salmon so that each time i can have a different tasting meal.

Ditch the bed of rice which salmon is usually served with and go for an energizing mountain of veggies. I mixed a bunch of hot and cold turning it into a semi-warm salad.

Ingredients:
Grilled salmon
Zuchinni strips
Cabbage strips
Thinly sliced celery sticks
Spinach
Chopped carrot
Lettuce
Lemon
Cayenne pepper
Ginger

Add the zuchinni, cabbage, celery, spinach and ccarrot to boil.

Chop the lettuce and mix in the lemon and herbs to your own taste. Mix in the other veggies and add any extra ginger/cayenne if needed. Top it off with the majestic salmon and add some lemon zest.

Voilaaaa!

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Savoury oats!

24 Mar

I finally found the opportunity to try this out and can not beleive i have waited this long!

Forget about rissotto and pastas, this is the answer to all your questions. To all those carb cravings you have, the cheessy texture and flavour and just to enjoy that creamy rissotto with some chicken.

The answer is savoury porridge.

Its so much simpler, easier, tastier, healthier – everything-er- its just the best- i can not express my enthusiasm enough.

So, hoping to have persuaded you to get off your butts after reading this post and make yourself a bowl of savoury oats , here are the magic ingredients:

Surprise surprise:
1/4 cup oats
1 slice emmental cheese
Egg white
1 cup spinach
1/2 chicken breast grilled
Black pepper

Add water to the oats and bring to a boil, adding in the spinach and mixing, add extra water gradually if needed – but make sure you do not make it too watery.

Add the egg white and keep mixing, as well as the cheese.

Pour in a bowl, top off with the grilled chicken and season with black pepper!

Yes it does sound delicious, i know 🙂

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Brown rice bowl

28 Jan

Rice is one of those things which can go nicely with a lot of foods; brown rice is a great source of fibre and will keep you energetic for a longer period of time. The only thing you need to be careful of when have rice for lunch is not to accidentally overeat, its easy to eat lots of rice without realizing.

To make sure that you enjoy the lovely health benefits of brown rice but not get too high on these calories and carbs, mix in lots of nutritious veggies into your rice. That way you can enjoy a huuge portion with better taste and keeping you much more satisfied but with overall less calories!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown rice
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup green beans
1/2 cup boiled broccoli
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Lemon

Its just a firework of flavours, with a grilled chicken breast and a side of lettuce and tomato this is the best nutritious meal with a balance of all you need. Ditch those fried chicken fingers and chips, this is real food!!!!

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White bean and veggie pot

4 Jan

Another recipe dedicated to you vegetarians out there!white beans are a great source of protein and apart from that they taste great and can go greatly with a range of different vegetables.

Its a great way to get in your nutrients from veggies and also your protein!

Ingredients:
2 tomatoes
1 green pepper
Celery chopped
Handful of parsley – chop finely

1/2 cup white beans

Add the finely chopped veggies to a pan with a bit of water and bring to a boil. Pour over the cooked white beans when ready and top off with some black pepper and lemon!

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