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Beef Soft Tacos with Healthy Slaw

A healthier version with loads of vegetables and can easily be adapted to suit different diets!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g 5% fat beef mince (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 red cabbage, chopped
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 4 tbsp fat-free plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 8 soft tacos (I used the Old El Paso ones)
  • Salsa and guacamole to serve (optional)

METHOD:

To make the beef:

  1. Heat the olive oil on a medium heat in a pan.
  2. Add the onions and sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the beef mince and garlic, and increase to a high heat to brown for 3-4minutes.
  4. Reduce to a low-medium heat and add the peppers and cook for a further 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To make the coleslaw:

  1. Mix together the carrots, cabbage and apples.
  2. Add the yoghurt and mayonnaise, and mix well.

Serve all with the tacos, salsa and guacamole. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Beef – High in protein and low in fat, when the 5% version is bought. It is also high in vitamin B3, B6 and B12, for energy release in respiration, and iron for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis and immune function.

Coleslaw – Providing fruit and vegetables for your 5-a-day, and lower in fat (and, in my opinion, tastier) due to plain yoghurt and reduced-fat mayo being used instead of normal mayonnaise.

 

Veggie Pasta Frittata

Providing 3 of your 5 a day and a fun way to spice up a frittata in this easy and cheap meal!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 200g pasta (cooked weight)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 80g peas, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 30g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, and add the onion and fry for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the peppers, garlic and cherry tomatoes, and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Turn to a high heat and add the cooked pasta and peas, mix.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and mix slowly until they start to form an omelette at the bottom.
  5. Top with cheese and move the frying pan to under the grill and leave until the cheese has melted.

NUTRITION

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Eggs – Eggs are the most useful protein source as they provide essential amino acids (the building molecules of protein), which are also absorbed most efficiently by the body. They are also a major contributor of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in this meal.

Pasta – A low-fat, high-carbohydrate base, full of fibre for digestion and a fun swap for the regular potato which is used normally in a frittata.

Tomatoes – Massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.

Pepper – Also high in vitamin A and C, but also B6 to release energy and folate which helps DNA synthesis.

Peas – Providing potassium, vitamin B6 for energy and dietary fibre for bowel moment.

 

Cajun Prawns

Low in calorie, fat and high in protein, this light tea/ lunch provides 4 of your 5 a day with a spicey twist!

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g raw prawns
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 sweetcorn cob, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8
  2. Pop the sweetcorn cob pieces in the microwave for 3-4minutes until slightly soft.
  3. Mix the spices and seasoning in a small bowl.
  4. Put the prawns, pepper, tomatoes, sweetcorn cob and carrot pieces and top with the spice mix and olive oil, mix well.
  5. Put in oven and bake for 20minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Prawns – High in protein and low in fat for a lean tasty meat!

Tomatoes – massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.

Pepper – Also high in vitamin A and C, but also B6 to release energy and folate which helps DNA synthesis.

Carrots – Also high in vitamin A (specifically beta-carotene) for vision and immune function.

Sweetcorn – High in vitamin B1 and B5 for release of energy from respiration, and vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis.

 

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken One-Pot

A low-fat, high protein (52.2g per serving) and moderate calorie main meal, perfect for the summer and packing a punch with spices and flavour!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 50g dried couscous
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 150ml water or chicken stock
  • 80g cooked peas
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh mint

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil on a high heat.
  2. Sear the chicken so there is no pink around the outside, and continue to cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the spices, garlic and carrots, and cook for a further 4minutes until the carrots are slightly soft.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the stock or boiled water, the peas and the couscous. Combine well.
  6. Leave for 5 minutes, until the couscous has expanded and is soft and fluffy.
  7. Add fresh mint to serve.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Chicken – a low-fat source of protein which is high in the vitamins thiamin, riboflavin and niacin for energy production; and zinc for enzyme function, immune control and protein synthesis.

Couscous – high in protein (6g per portion) and providing a good base for this dish.

Peas – providing potassium, vitamin B6 for energy and dietary fibre for bowel moment.

Carrots – High in retinol for vision, thiamin for energy release from carbohydrates and neurotransmitter synthesis, fibre for digestion, vitamin C for immune and antioxidant function, and potassium.

 

Ham and Cheese Potato-Crusted Quiche

Can be eaten hot or cold! Leftovers are perfect for a picnic when enjoying the beautiful (but limited) British sunshine.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • Potato, thinly sliced into circles
  • 5 eggs
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Cooked Ham
  • 60g 30% lighter cheese, grated
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Mix the potato slices with the olive oil and season.
  3. Line a oven-proof dish with the thins, including the walls, to cover and make a base.
  4. Bake for 20minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and milk together, and add the ham and cheese.
  6. Once the base is cooked, pour in the quiche filling, top with tomatoes, and bake for a further 20-30 minutes, depending on how deep the base is.
  7. Serve with salad or veggies.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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The fat and salt content of this can be reduced further by not including the cheese, swapping the semi-skimmed for skimmed milk, and swapping out the ham for a lower-salt meat like chicken or tinned tuna.

Eggs – Eggs are the most useful protein source as they provide essential amino acids (the building molecules of protein), which are also absorbed most efficiently by the body.

Potato – A starchy, low-fat base they will provide you with energy for the rest of the day.

Cheese – Despite the high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.

Ham – A good source of Thiamin for the release of energy from carbohydrates and neurotransmitter synthesis, and high in protein for muscle repair and recovery.

Quorn Cottage Pie

So using leftover Quorn from your nachos (taken from Easy Veggie Nachos), you can make this super easy cottage pie.

INGREDIENTS

  • Leftover Quorn
  • 1 Large baking potato
  • Handful breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8
  2. Boil the potato in water for 10-15minutes, until softened.
  3. Mash.
  4. Put leftover Quorn in a oven-proof dish, and top with mash potato.
  5. Top it all with breadcrumbs and parmesan, and bake for 20-30minutes.

NUTRITION

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Easy Veggie Nachos

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 150g Quorn Mince
  • 150g Tomato Passata
  • 70g Frozen Peas
  • 30g 30% Lighter Cheddar Cheese
  • 50g Plain Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 80g broccoli (to serve)

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onions, cooking for 5 minutes on a medium heat until soft.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the passata and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the Quorn mince and mix, cooking for 10 minutes.
  5. Mix in the frozen peas and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  6. Layer the tortilla chips, the mince etc in a oven-proof dish.
  7. Top with cheese and bake for 10-15minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  8. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 7 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Okay, so maybe a little more calorific and fatty than my regular meals, however it is relatively low in salt (half the amount than that of a Subway cheesy nacho portion, which is also much smaller).

Compared with nachos made with regular beef and full fat cheese of the same portions, we have cut this meal down from a whopping 51g of fat to 26g, 19g of saturated fat to 6.6g, and 1.6g of salt to 1.3g. It also cuts out just over 200 calories, so is a much healthier version of this treat food!

It also includes 2 of your 5 a day (broccoli and tomatoes), and another half if counting the onion.

Mackerel Tacos

This dish is super cheap, can be made in a microwave, and provides you with omega-3 fatty acids.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tin of mackerel (I used Tesco in spicy tomato sauce)
  • 2 large wraps
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 tin sweetcorn
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes

METHOD:

  1. Put tinned mackerel in microwaveable bowl and heat for 2-3minutes, taking out and turning over every minutes.
  2. Repeat with the sweetcorn until hot.
  3. Put wraps in a deep microwaveable dish and make into taco shapes, they should stay like this if the dish is deep enough, and heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Make up the tacos, serve with coleslaw or salsa if wanted.
  5. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Mackerel – High in omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential as the body cannot reproduce them, and proteins.

Wraps – A thin carbohydrate base, super yummy and full of fibre for digestion and high satiety levels if wholemeal.

Avocado – High in unsaturated (good) fats and relatively low in saturates (bad).

Sweetcorn – High in vitamin B1 and B5 for release of energy from respiration, and vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis.

Tomatoes – massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.

Turkey Feta Meatballs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 4 slices of prosciutto ham
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 115g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 320g wholewheat pasta, cooked

METHOD:

  1. In a bowl, mix the turkey, feta cheese and oregano.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, half the garlic and tomato puree, then mix into the turkey mix.
  3. Form into meatballs.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan on a high heat, brown the meatballs and remove from the pan.
  5. Reduce the heat, and add the rest of the garlic and prosciutto to the pan and cook until the prosciutto is slightly crispy.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and the meatballs, and simmer for 15minutes – watch as water may need to be added.
  7. Add cooked pasta and mix.
  8. Serve with crumbled feta.
  9. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Turkey – One of the most lean protein sources, turkey is also high in potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction, phosphorus for bone structure and metabolic functions, and iron for oxygen transport.

Feta – High in calcium for bone strength, feta cheese is relatively low in calories and fat compared with other cheeses.

Tomatoes – massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.

Pasta – High in fibre (if wholewheat) for good digestion, and low in fat, this starchy source provides energy and a good base to this dish.

 

Sausage and Courgette Omelette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 reduced-fat sausages
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 courgette
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHODS:

  1. Heat olive oil in pan on a medium heat.
  2. Add onions and heat until soft.
  3. Remove onions from pan and add sausages, cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked onions, garlic and courgette and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs and cook for until hard and white.

NUTRITION

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Sausages – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.