I think I’ve said in the past that I try to eat a low-carb diet, especially after Christmas – mainly because carbs make me feel so full and tired after eating them and also to trim down my (face) waist a little. While I don’t deny myself the odd burger, I do try and cook healthy meals throughout the day, so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite recipes. As you will see, I’m not massively strict on myself – I’d rather eat for nutrients and taste and only lose the odd lb here and there, than go for bland, dull food.
01. Breakfast. Breakfast is either a green monster smoothie (whizz up a banana, a teaspoon of peanut butter, almond milk and lots of spinach in a blender and drink – tastes a million times better than it sounds) or bacon and eggs! Sometimes both. I love making these bacon & egg breakfast baskets – they’re incredibly delicious!
02. Roast chicken, sweet potato mash & cauliflower rice. This is just divine, I could eat it every night. I occasionally buy a whole chicken, rub it with some herbs and garlic and coat it with oil and seasoning and roast it in the oven. Once it’s cooked, I take it out and leave it on the side for 15 minutes while the juices do whatever they do to make it tasty. I peel and boil a few sweet potatoes and then mash them up with a good hunk of butter until nice and whipped (I actually usually use my electric beater so they’re super creamy and fluffy… shh!). I also take half a cauliflower and chop it in to chunks and give it a good whizz in the food processor, then chuck it in to a hot pan with oil, finely diced onion and garlic and fry it up for 7 minutes or so to make “rice” (I usually add chillies or Tabasco for spicy rice) and serve it all up with a good salad and some avocado – then I use the leftover roast chicken for salads throughout the week. AMAZING.
03. Salad bowl. This is always my go to lunch as I’m usually too lazy to cook something throughout the day, I used to eat this at uni too because it’s cheap and it’s just stuck with me over the years. I usually buy a bag of mixed leaf lettuce with spinach etc. in it and then chop up some cherry tomatoes, avocado (I eat approx. 4 a week), red grapes (trust me, it’s incredible!), celery, cucumber and grilled bacon – I realise this is cooking but it takes no time at all, if I’m feeling really lazy or hungry I’ll slice up some good salami and throw that in. Crumble on a bit of feta or mozzy cheese and then make up a dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and mix together and throw that on with some salt and pepper. So, so good – it’s not bland at all and low carb of course.
04. Healthy Nandos. Of course, one of my favourite dinners is a not-so-naughty Nandos meal. I marinade some chicken breasts in the Nandos sauce for a few hours and then grill it in the oven, then make some sweet potato mash and fry up some halloumi and also make homemade coleslaw (I put chunks of cabbage, onion and carrot in the food processor and then mix it with some mayo, natural yoghurt and lime – then add a bit of parsley or coriander). It tastes even better because you don’t get the guilt afterwards. Sometimes instead of mash I’ll make sweet potato fritters – seriously, these are so good. I usually just grate a couple of sweet potatoes into a bowl and add some chopped onion, a spoonful of wholegrain flower or ground almonds or something similar and a couple of eggs and then season, before putting spoonfuls into a frying pan with hot oil and cooking. Serving these up with some minty dip (Greek yogurt, chunks of cucumber and fresh mint) is just MWAH!
05. Courgetti. Oh, what’s that? I’ve mentioned my love for courgetti before? My bad. Yes, I have indeed been going on about courgetti recently but it’s amazing, such a refreshing change from spaghetti. I don’t actually eat that much pasta (makes me feel so full and then starving two hours later), even when I didn’t care about eating good, so it’s great to discover this and be able to indulge in some Bolognese fun! You can see my recipe here, but courgetti is basically noodles made from peelings of courgettes – you use a Julienne peeler, and I fry my ‘noodles’ up in butter and garlic – delicious! If I’m making this for lunch or just for myself at dinner time, I’ll just heat up some pasta sauce or make my own and serve with lots of cheese and avocado. So. Much. Yum.
Do you have any favourite healthy meals you like to cook?