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Mini Pork Burgers 3 Ways

ITS NATIONAL BURGER DAY! Get ready Britain because I am switching up the traditional beef patty. Using pork instead and three crazy but creative topping ideas – brie and bacon; pineapple and peanut butter; chorizo and manchego – these treats are perfect as a party appetiser or can be sized up and enjoyed on a typical rainy British summer day.

Makes 6 mini burgers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 250g lean pork mince
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 6 mini burger buns, halved
  • 1 buffalo tomato, sliced lengthways
  • handful of rocket
  • skewers for serving
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Add the pork mince and spices to a large mixing bowl. Wet your hands and form into 6 equally sized patties.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat, add the patties and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until they are brown all the way through.
  3. Build your burger! This is where you should add any extra toppings that you want.
  4. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

Per basic burger – mini burger buns must be used (31g bread per bun):

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Pork – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

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.

Bread – high in quick-release carbohydrate if white bread is selected, or fibre for digestion if wholemeal is selected.

TOPPINGS:

Brie and bacon:

Add two slices of lean bacon, two slices of brie, and a dollop of cranberry sauce when building your burger!

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

Bacon – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

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Pineapple and peanut butter:

When frying the patties, add the pineapple to the pan as well and it will heat up and go all crispy! Slather peanut butter to the bun and add the pineapple to the top of the stack.

Pineapple – this sweet fruit is high in thiamin, riboflavin and B6 for energy release.

Peanut butter – peanuts are high in biotin and niacin for energy release, and copper for enzyme function and blood clotting.

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Chorizo and manchego:

Chorizo – Although relatively high in fat and salt, this meat is good for adding texture and flavour to meals.

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

Add two slice of cooked chorizo, a ring of red pepper and two slices of manchego cheese to the stack.

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Mexican Partayy

Hey! So it was my birthday last week and in pure cookandcontemplate style I had a massive Mexican make-your-own chicken burrito buffet. Here are the recipes making up the meal – just add all to a wrap with some tortilla chips on the side and you have got yourself a fiesta!

Spiced chicken:

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp mild chilli powder

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Mix the olive oil and spices with the chicken and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until white all the way through.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Tomato Mexican-style rice:

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g wholegrain rice
  • 2x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 white onions
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan on a medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until transparent. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, rice and spices and reduce to a low heat.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, adding hot water if needed, or until the rice is soft and has absorbed all liquid.
  5. Season and serve!

NUTRITION:

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Homemade guacamole:

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 3 avocados
  • juice of 1 lime

METHOD:

  1. Mash the avocados with the other ingredients and season.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Corn salsa salad:

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2x 326g can sweetcorn, drained
  • 200g tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 1/2 green chilli, chopped and deseeded

METHOD:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a serving dish and mix – leave to marinate in the lime juice for 30minutes in the fridge if you have time.
  2. Season and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Curtido (Mexican coleslaw):

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • bunch of coriander, chopped

METHOD:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a serving dish with a pinch of salt.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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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.

Quick and Easy Egg Noodle Salad

Need a pack up lunch idea, meal-prep, or just have a busy schedule and need a quick and easy meal to fuel your day? Look no further, this veggie noodle bowl is perfect!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boiled egg
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • Half an avocado, chopped
  • 50g dried egg noodles (1 nest)
  • 1 tbsp reduces-salt soy sauce

METHOD:

  1. Boil the egg noodles as per packet instructions
  2. Toss all ingredients together
  3. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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.

Noodles – A good carbohydrate base to keep you fuller for longer, and relatively low in calories.

Avocado – High in unsaturated (good) fats and relatively low in saturates (bad).

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.

Spinach – An excellent source of vitamin K for cell signalling and to aid calcium absorption, and magnesium for nerve transmission and heart function.

Italian Soda Bread

ITS SUNNY….. and this means picnics! Do you know what picnics mean? Tear-off sharing bread – so here is an easy recipe for summery Italian soda bread – no time for prooving needed! Super quick, easy and healthy!

Makes 8 triangles.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g oil
  • 225ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 4-5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 125g low-fat mozzarella, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried basil or a few sprigs of fresh basil, chopped

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180/4
  2. Mix the self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Make a deep well.
  4. Add the pepper, then yoghurt, then oil to the well. Then slowly pour in 3/4 of the milk.FullSizeRender 3.jpg
  5. Combine the ingredients from the outside in – bring the flour mix round the inside into the wet ingredients with clean hands.FullSizeRender 2.jpg
  6. Add any extra necessary milk until you have a firm dough.
  7. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and combine with the dough in a kneading-line action (there is no actual need for kneading in this dough, it is just an easy way to combine the ingredients).IMG_2290.jpg
  8. Form into a ball in a floured surface and place on a floured baking tray.
  9. Cut 4-6 long deep slits in the dough – these should be 3/4 deep, so nearly cutting the dough in half.IMG_2293.jpg
  10. Bake for 30-35minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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One serving = one triangle.

Beef-ey Poached Eggs

Yummy yummy yummy… a twist on a shaklaka (of which I will be making soon…) and can be eaten for breakfast, tea or dinner!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 250g 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 140g frozen peas

METHOD:

  1. Saute the onions for 3-4minutes on a medium heat until soft.
  2. Add the mince beef and turn to a high heat to brown. Then reduce the heat and cook for a further 5minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and mix for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes and peas, and mix.
  5. Crack the eggs on top of the beef, cover and cook for 4minutes or until the eggs are cooked as wanted.
  6. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Beef – High in protein and low in fat, when the lean 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.

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.

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.

Easy Mediterranean-Style Chicken

Protein-packed, 3 of your 5-a-day, and perfect paired with crusty bread or sticky rice!

Serves 3

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 chicken thighs and 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 courgettes, chopped
  • 1 vine of tomatoes
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 bulb garlic
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8
  2. Mix the vegetables with most of the oil, mixed herbs and seasoning in a baking pan.
  3. Rub the chicken with the remaining oil and herbs, season.
  4. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
  5. Bake for 40minutes – the vegetables may need tossing halfway through.

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.

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

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.

 

Prawn Pesto Pasta

Tasty, tasty, tasty… and providing a whopping 3 OF YOUR 5 A DAY, a solid 32 grams of protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals to improve your health.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 75g wholewheat spaghetti
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 spears of asparagus
  • 70g frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto
  • 2 tbsp fat-free creme fraiche
  • 60g king prawns
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Boil water in a pan and add the pasta, set a timer for 10 minutes – with 4 minutes to go, you will need to add the asparagus tips and the frozen peas.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the tomatoes and prawns (you can use either cooked or raw prawns – if cooking from raw just make sure they are pink all the way through when fully cooked) and heat for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic to the prawn pan and cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Drain the pasta, asparagus and peas.
  5. Arrange the asparagus on a plate.
  6. Mix in the pesto and creme fraiche into the pasta and peas, and serve on the asparagus. Top with the garlic prawns and tomatoes.
  7. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Prawns – high in protein for muscle repair and growth, and low in fat.

Wholewheat pasta – high in starchy carbs for energy which will keep you going, and fibre to improve digestion.

Asparagus – high in vitamin A for vision, vitamin B6 for energy release, 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.

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

Creme Fraiche – no fat (as fat-free version is bought), and high in calcium for bone strength.

 

Sausage and Bean Filling

Perfect to pair with a jacket potato or to top pasta with…. or just eat on its own for the ultimate protein hit!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 reduced-fat sausages, cut in half
  • 400g tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 8 sliced prosciutto ham
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cans black eye beans, drained
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan on a high heat.
  2. Add the sausages and brown for 2-3minutes, or until there is no pink showing on the outside of the sausage.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and sauté for 3 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the garlic, beans and prosciutto ham, and cook for a further 3minutes.
  5. Add the tomato purée, ketchup, smoked paprika and vinegar and stir to cook for 2minutes.
  6. Add the tomato passata and heat for 5-7minutes.
  7. Serve with pasta or jacket potato.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION:

Sausages and prosciutto ham – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

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.

Beans – high in plant-based protein and fibre for digestion, as well as folate for DNA synthesis and vitamin A for vision

Cauliflower-Base Pizza

A lighter meal but still AMAZINGLY yummy and, I would argue, is an even better alternative to regular pizza.

INGREDIENTS

  • 300g cauliflower couscous
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 60g 30% lighter cheese, grated or sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 2 tsp green pesto
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Combine the cauliflower couscous, eggs and oregano to make a ‘dough’.
  3. Spread the olive oil onto baking parchment – this is important as the dough will stick if not (I found this out the hard way!).
  4. Create a ball with the cauliflower and mould into pizza-base form.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until hard and browning on the outside like a normal pizza base.
  6. Spread the tomato puree on, and add the toppings.
  7. Cook for a further 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  8. Top with more fresh basil.
  9. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Only contributing 11.89g of carbohydrate per serving, this low-calorie meal provides 21g of protein and is good for a lighter dinner.

Cauliflower – High in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; and vitamin K for bone construction and cell signalling.

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.

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