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African-Spiced Peach and Pomegranate Chicken

I am stuck in not-so-sunny Cardiff so I thought I would make a summery spiced salad to cheer me up! Using North African flavours, this light and easy meal can be used as a lunch and a tea, and provides a load of vitamins and minerals for health.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 peaches, quartered
  • 1 courgette, stripped
  • 3 Brazil nuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Mix the spices together and put half on the chicken thighs and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the remaining spices to the peaches and add to the oven after the 10 minutes is over. The peaches and chicken thighs should now take a further 20minutes to cook.
  4. When they are nearly done, heat the olive oil in a pan on a medium-high heat. Add the courgette strips and cook until slightly browned.
  5. Plate up the courgette, peaches and chicken thighs, and top with the pomegranate seeds and Brazil nuts.
  6. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Chicken – a good 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.

Peaches – High in vitamin A for vision, and C for antioxidant and immune function.

Brazil nuts – One of the best sources of selenium which has a massive role in the immune system and in thyroid hormone function.

Pomegranate seeds – Considered a superfood, pomegranate is high in vitamin C for immune function, folate for DNA synthesis, and potassium for fluid balance.

Courgette – High in vitamin A for vision, fibre for digestion, and magnesium for chemical reactions in the body and immune function.

Peppery Tuna Pasta bake

Providing 3 of your 5 a day, and so many vitamins like A, B3, B6, C and minerals like selenium, phosphorus, folate, potassium and calcium, this dish is perfect for a super healthy dinner!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans tuna in brine, drained
  • 160g wholewheat dried pasta
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 60g 30% fat lighter cheddar, grated

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Boil some water in a pan and cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan on a medium heat and sauté the onion for 2-3minutes until nearly softened.
  4. Add the garlic and the pepper to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, herbs, tuna and cooked pasta, and heat through.
  6. Move the pasta mix to a heatproof dish and top with cheese.
  7. Cook until the cheese has melted and is browning, top with parsley, and then serve.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Tuna – high in protein and low in fat, tuna also provides selenium for immune function, vitamin B3 for energy utilisation, and phosphorus for bone structure and energy storage.

Wholewheat 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!

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

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

Tuna Sweet Potato Jackets

Tuna and sweet potato? Although an odd combo, it is delicious! This easy-to-make tea only needs the sweet potato to be bake and the tuna ‘mayo’ to be made and voilà! Yummy tea…

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large sweet potato, halved
  • 2 cans tuna in brine
  • 4 tbsp fat free greek yoghurt, plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Pierce the sweet potato halves, and rub with the olive oil and seasoning. Cook for 40minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, drain the tuna cans and combine with the greek yoghurt and mustard.
  4. Make the salad by mixing the pepper, onion and spinach.
  5. Top the cooked sweet potato with tuna and a dollop of greek yoghurt, serve with the salad.
  6. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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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.

Tuna – high in protein and low in fat, tuna also provides selenium for immune function, vitamin B3 for energy utilisation, and phosphorus for bone structure and energy storage.

Spinach – providing vitamin K for cell signalling and vitamin A for eye function, as well as fibre for digestion.

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

Greek yoghurt –  this mayo alternative not only makes the tuna taste AMAZING but also contributes towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance.

Homemade muesli

BREAKFAST TIME: This recipe can easily be adapted to suit your preferences – whether you are an early riser or need a boost to get you going in the morning.

Makes 28 bowls of muesli (60g per serving).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1kg porridge oats
  • 250g dried fruit and nut mix
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 250g tropical mix
  • 100g flax seeds

METHOD:

  1. Empty 1/2- 3/4 of the porridge oats into a large saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Keep moving the oats to toast them until they are a golden colour.
  3. Add the toasted oats, the rest of the other oats, and all other ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
  4. Serve with cold milk or low-fat greek yoghurt.
  5. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Oats – A good source of carbohydrate which will keep you going for ages! And high in fibre for digestion and the B vitamins for energy release.

Dried fruit – Depending on what dried fruit you pick, the nutrients will vary however without a doubt it will be high in vitamins and minerals.

Nuts – Another source of fibre, and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (good) fats, and vitamin E and selenium for immune and antioxidant function.

 

Mini Fish Pie Fillets

Good for a light tea or as nibbles at a buffet, these dairy-free fish pie fillets are fun to make and super healthy!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • White fish fillet
  • 50g prawns
  • 1 small potato, halved and sliced
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Put potato in microwave and put on full heat for 5-6minutes.
  3. Take out and put white fish in microwave for 3minutes.
  4. Put fillet on baking tray, top with prawns and potato.
  5. Cover in olive oil and season.
  6. Put in oven for 10-15minutes.
  7. Serve with green vegetables.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Fish – low in fat and calories, and high in protein, this base provides a tasty alternative to higher calorie meat pies – swap for salmon if wanting something higher in calories and to provide you with omega-3 fatty acids.

Prawns – also low in fat and calories, they are a good source of magnesium for skeletal development and muscle contraction; zinc for enzyme and immune function; and selenium for thyroid and immune function.

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

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.