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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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YES LADS LOOK AT ALL THAT GREEN!

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.

 

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.

Sausage Pasta Bake

CHEAP, CHEAP AND CHEAP, this meal can be made in bulk or served as a main at a dinner party, with its crispy crust giving it an extra oomph!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 75g wholemeal dried pasta, cooked in boiling water
  • 200g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 80g frozen peas
  • 2 reduced-fat pork sausages (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 30g 30% lighter cheddar
  • 1 tbsp wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 220/8.
  2. Put sausages in oven for 15minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan on a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  4. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for a further 1-2minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and frozen peas to heat through.
  6. Once sausages are done, chop into pieces and add them, and the cooked pasta, to the sauce and mix.
  7. Put in a oven-proof dish.
  8. Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese and oregano, and top the pasta mix.
  9. Cook for 10-15minutes, or until the cheese has melted on top and the breadcrumbs are browned.
  10. Enjoy!

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.

Pasta – high in carbohydrate and low in fat this base will keep you full, providing fibre for digestion and energy for those long working days!

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.

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

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

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I was SO PROUD of this meal, I have never made my own sweet and sour sauce before and let’s just say I will be making it again! Nutritious and delicious!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 1 pineapple, flesh removed and chopped into pieces
  • 5 tbsp ketchup or tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 200g sugar snap peas
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 100g basmati rice
  • 300g water, boiled

METHOD

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently fry on a medium heat until soft. Meanwhile, combine the chicken, ketchup, vinegar and sugar.
  2. Add the chicken mixture to the pan and turn up to a high heat to sear the chicken, reduce to a medium heat and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. In a separate pan, boil the rice with the water, and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10minutes.
  4. Add the peppers, garlic, peas and the pineapple to the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes until the pineapple is hot and the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve and 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.

Pineapple – an amazing source of vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis, and manganese for protein formation and calcium absorption. It is also high in fibre for digestion.

Vegetables – this meal provides 3+ of your 5-a-day, giving you loads of vitamins and minerals!

Rice – a good source of carbohydrate, which is also low in fat and forms a energy-giving base for the rest of the meal.

Squash Lentil Dhal

This vegan meal is high in protein and rich in spices which are all complemented by a sweetness from the butternut squash. Any leftovers can also be reheated or eaten cold for a meal the next day!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 150g dried red lentils
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 600L vegetable stock
  • Half butternut squash, peeled and diced into 2cm cubes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, and cook the onions until soft.
  2. Add the garlic, dried coriander, turmeric and cumin and cook for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the butternut squash and coat in the spice onion mix.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, and bring to the boil.
  5. Simmer for 10-15minutes until the squash is just cooked.
  6. Add the lentils (and any extra water if needed) and simmer for a further 10minutes, until the lentils and squash are tender.
  7. Mix in the fresh coriander and season.
  8. Serve with a sprig of coriander on top.
  9. 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.

Lentils – providing a whopping 35g of protein per portion, high for a plant-based protein, lentils give an amazing base for this vegan meal. They are also high in fibre for digestion and folate for DNA 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.

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.