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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.

 

Sausage Pasta Bake

CHEAP, CHEAP AND CHEAP, this meal can be made in bulk or served as a main at a dinner party, with its crispy crust giving it an extra oomph!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 75g wholemeal dried pasta, cooked in boiling water
  • 200g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 80g frozen peas
  • 2 reduced-fat pork sausages (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 30g 30% lighter cheddar
  • 1 tbsp wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 220/8.
  2. Put sausages in oven for 15minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan on a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  4. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for a further 1-2minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and frozen peas to heat through.
  6. Once sausages are done, chop into pieces and add them, and the cooked pasta, to the sauce and mix.
  7. Put in a oven-proof dish.
  8. Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese and oregano, and top the pasta mix.
  9. Cook for 10-15minutes, or until the cheese has melted on top and the breadcrumbs are browned.
  10. Enjoy!

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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!