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Homemade Squash Gnocchi

This is the first time that I have made gnocchi and its actually went so well! I am pretty proud of myself (as you can tell). This vegetarian main tastes DELICIOUS, contains 3 of your 5-a-day, and is low in fat and salt!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole squash
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • sprigs of thyme
  • 200g white mushrooms
  • 150g broccoli
  • 1 400g can butter beans
  • 40g parmesan, grated

METHOD:

  1. Cut the squash into pieces and put in the microwave for roughly 5 x 2minute blasts, or until the flesh is soft.
  2. Meanwhile cook the broccoli and beans for 5 minutes in a pan of boiling water, and dry fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes.
  3. Squeeze the flesh into a bowl and mash up, add the nutmeg, sage, garlic, and flour – this should form a dough, if not, add more flour.
  4. Roll out the dough into a thick strip and cut into gnocchi-sized pieces.
  5. Add to a pan of boiling water and cook for roughly 4 minutes or until the pieces are floating on top.
  6. In an oven-proof dish, add the gnocchi, mushrooms, broccoli, thyme, and sprinkle with parmesan.
  7. Oven-cook on 220/8, or grill, until all the cheese has melted on the top.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Squash – despite the large natural sugar content, squash provides LOADS OF B vitamins, which have functions in energy release in respiration, and is massively high in potassium which maintains fluid and electrolyte balance.

Cheese – even though it has a relatively high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.

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.

Tofu Cashew Sweet Potato Curry

Providing 2 of your 5 a day, this vegan recipe is high in protein and SUPER DELICIOUS.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 240g plain tofu, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 450g sweet potato
  • 25g plain cashew nuts
  • 150g broccoli
  • 2 onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp mushed ginger
  • 150g fat free plain yoghurt (or alternative)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 400ml of boiling water

METHOD

  1. Partially dry the tofu chunks by putting in kitchen roll and placing a heavy object (like a frying pan) on the top. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the tofu and cook for 5-10minutes or until the tofu is browned on the outside. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and cook the onions until soft (for around 5 minutes) on a medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder and cook for a furthur 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the water and sweet potato and bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add the broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes until tender.
  8. Take off the heat and stir through the yoghurt and chopped cashew nuts.
  9. Season and serve.

NUTRITION

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Tofu – Providing nearly 20g of protein per portion, these soya bean based chunks of goodness are also high in phosphorous for growth and repair of tissues, and are much lower in salt and fat than most meat-based alternatives.

Cashew nuts – Nuts are an AMAZING source of unsaturated fats (the healthier ones) and also provide protein and minerals like zinc for enzyme and immune function, and selenium which makes antioxidants.

Sweet potato – one of your 5-a-day, and a useful source for many vitamins and minerals including: retinol needed for vision, growth, immune function and is a key antioxidant; thiamin for energy production; and vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis, detoxification and acts as an antioxidant.

Yoghurt – low in fat, and plain so not containing any added sugar, this food not only makes the dip taste AMAZING but also contributes towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance.