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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.

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.

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

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.

 

Mackerel Tacos

This dish is super cheap, can be made in a microwave, and provides you with omega-3 fatty acids.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tin of mackerel (I used Tesco in spicy tomato sauce)
  • 2 large wraps
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 tin sweetcorn
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes

METHOD:

  1. Put tinned mackerel in microwaveable bowl and heat for 2-3minutes, taking out and turning over every minutes.
  2. Repeat with the sweetcorn until hot.
  3. Put wraps in a deep microwaveable dish and make into taco shapes, they should stay like this if the dish is deep enough, and heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Make up the tacos, serve with coleslaw or salsa if wanted.
  5. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Mackerel – High in omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential as the body cannot reproduce them, and proteins.

Wraps – A thin carbohydrate base, super yummy and full of fibre for digestion and high satiety levels if wholemeal.

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

Sweetcorn – High in vitamin B1 and B5 for release of energy from respiration, and vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter 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.

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.