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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Yummy yummy yummy, a filling vegan recipe that I thoroughly enjoyed and I hope you do too! Feel free to switch up the recipe to have different fillings and toppings.

INGREDIENTS

  • Large butternut squash, cut lengthways
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 100g tomatoes, chopped
  • 100g mushrooms, chopped
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 220/8.
  2. Put squash in microwave for 4 minutes at full blast, this will soften it and make it cook faster.
  3. Rub squash in 1 tsp of oil and salt and pepper, and cook in oven for 30 minutes, or until the flesh is soft.
  4. Scoop out the flesh and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add the onions, cook for 5 minutes on a medium heat until soft.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
  7. Add the mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the squash mash and mix together.
  9. Divide the mash between the squash skins and season.
  10. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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OKAY, so this recipe does provide a large amount of sugar, and this should not be ignored. However, when talking about a BALANCED and VARIED diet, this recipe can be eaten if little added sugar is eaten for the rest of the day.

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.

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.

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

The other vegetables are also SUPER high in major vitamins and minerals, and this whole meal contributes a whopping 5 OF YOUR 5-A-DAY!!!!

 

Chicken and Chickpea Protein Curry

This recipe uses chickpeas instead of a carbohydrate base, so is perfect for getting that protein in for muscle production. For a vegetarian alternative, substitute the chicken for rice or naan; or you could swap out one can of chickpeas for the carbohydrates if you think you need more nutrients for energy!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g chicken breast, diced
  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, mushed
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add onion, cooking until soft.
  2. Add chicken breast and, whilst stirring, cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is mostly white all the way through.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper and combine.
  5. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas, and again stir to combine and heat through.
  6. Cover with a lid and turn to a low heat, cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and mix in the coriander and lemon juice until the coriander has wilted.
  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.

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.

Chickpeas – a plant-based protein source and a brilliant base if wanting a low-carb meal; chickpeas provide 36g of protein in addition to the 55g from the chicken. They are also high in iron for oxygen transport, immune and vitamin C function; folate for DNA synthesis and cell production; and dietary fibre for digestion.

 

Chorizo, Tomato and Pea Risotto

This meal provides you with 3 out of your 5-a-day, and is perfect if cooking for large dinner parties if wanting something easy!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 200g arborio rice
  • 600ml chicken stock or water
  • 80g chorizo, diced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • Bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 200g frozen peas
  • Parmesan (optional)

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in the pan and add the chorizo and onion.
  2. Cook until the onions are just softened, and then add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add the risotto rice, and keep stirring until the edges of the grains are becoming more translucent around the edges.
  4. Keep stirring whilst adding the vinegar and the tomatoes.
  5. Add the stock/ water in parts, stirring occasionally.
  6. When the rice is soft, add the peas and parsley, and heat until the peas are heated through.
  7. Serve and season, and add parmesan if needed.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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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.

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

Chorizo – Although relatively high in fat and salt, in small amounts it can bring flavour and texture to meals.

Arborio rice – high in carbohydrate to give you loads of energy to get you through your day!

 

Sweet Potato Chicken Hotpot

This simple but delicious recipe fills you up and will use any leftover chicken you don’t want to waste!

Leftover roast potatoes can also be used to top the hotpot, just bake in the oven for a little less time!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 onion
  • 10g flour
  • 300ml water or chicken stock
  • 100g cooked chicken
  • Teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Veg – I used broccoli and sweetcorn but any mixed veg will work!

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180CF/6
  2. Chop onion and cook on a low heat with the olive oil in a saucepan until soft, or for around 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the flour.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and stir to cook the flour for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the water or chicken stock and, once added, season with pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
  6. Bring the boil and keep stirring until the mixture thickens slightly.
  7. Stir in the cooked chicken and vegetables.
  8. Slice the sweet potato into rounds.
  9. Pour the chicken mixture into a baking dish and top with the sweet potato rounds so that no chicken mixture is exposed.
  10. Brush with olive oil and season the top of the hotpot.
  11. Oven bake for 30-35minutes.
  12. 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.

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.

The vegetables chosen will also contribute to your 5-a-day and vitamin and mineral intake. I recommend selecting no less than 2 or 3, however the more the merrier!