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Peanut Butter Treat Brownies

Okay okay okay – so if we eat a BALANCED we should be allowed little treats now and again. So here one is – gooey peanut butter brownies!

Makes 16

INGREDIENTS:

  • 225g crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 280g brown sugar
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 3 eggs

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160/4.
  2. Heat 175g of the peanut butter, 150g of the dark chocolate and all of the sugar in a pan on a high heat until the sugar has just melted (this should take around 10minutes). Stir occasionally so that the sugar can caramelise.
  3. Leave the mixture for around 5minutes to cool and then add the eggs, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  4. Sieve in the flour and combine.
  5. Pour into a greased 20cm cubed tin and bake for 30minutes.
  6. Melt the remainder of the peanut butter, and drizzle onto the cooked brownies. Do the same with the remainder of the chocolate.
  7. Enjoy! (Not in excess).

NUTRITION

Compared to most other brownies, these are actually fairly low in calories and fat, most probably because peanut butter has replaced the butter that would have been added!

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.