Quick Stir Fry Noodles

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great day.

I made this stir fry after work, it was delicious and quick to prepare. Something super healthy, with lots of vegetables and it was easy to make with minimal effort. I actually planned to eat something else completely different for my dinner and it probably wouldn’t have been as healthy so this was a great choice, filled with one of my favourite vegetables broccoli as well as red cabbage, peas, carrot and sweetcorn. A perfect way to include some of your 5 a day in one meal and support your body with a range of vitamins and minerals.

Recipe: Quick stir fry noodles (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 portion egg noodles

Handful of broccoli, cut into smaller florets

50g red cabbage, finely sliced

1/2 carrot stick, grated

2 tbsp sweetcorn

1 tbsp peas

1/4 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp tomato puree

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/3 tsp brown sugar

Sprinkle of chilli flakes

1 tbsp oil, for frying

Method

  • Prepare all of the vegetables and set them aside. Bring water to boil in a pot, cook the broccoli for 3 minutes and set aside.
  • Next, cook the egg noodles in the same pot according to the packet instructions, for the last 3 minutes add the peas and sweetcorn if frozen. Drain off the water and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the carrot, broccoli and red cabbage giving it a good mix. Boil water in a kettle, pour 100ml into a mug and stir in the vegetable stock cube and tomato puree.
  • Add the noodles, sweetcorn and peas to the pan. Pour in the veg stock mixture, soy sauce, sugar and chilli flakes.
  • Cover with a lid for 3-5 minutes depending on how soft you want your vegetables to be.

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Cocoa Walnut Cookies

Hello Everyone, I hope that your day has been well.

Today I’m sharing these are cute little cookies I made recently. They are a great snack to have throughout the day and they taste delicious when slightly warm from the oven. The center is nice and soft and they are not too sweet either. I packed a few of these for my work lunch and had them in the afternoon which was perfect. This recipe is super quick to make and can be kept for up to 3 day in an airtight container.

Recipe: Cocoa walnut cookies (makes 15)

Ingredients

110g butter

55g caster sugar

135g plain flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

40g walnuts, crushed

Method

  • Heat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, add the walnuts and mix until it forms a soft dough.
  • Use a tsp to equally distribute the dough, form into a ball using your hands and flatten onto the tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes and leave to cool before serving.

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday

Hello Everyone,

It’s early in the UK this morning so I’ll wish you all a wonderful day!

I’ve been off WordPress for the last week, for no particular reason but as I’ve not long finished my breakfast I thought I’d write a quick post. Firstly, it’s a Bank Holiday so I have the day off work and I’m so grateful. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning at a slow pace and really be present and enjoy the moments rather than rushing to leave out on time. This morning, the weather is already bright and we have nice, sunny warm weather for a change, it’s supposed to reach 23 degree’s today which is good for this time of the year.

So far I’ve done my usual morning routine and I just need to make time to read my current book. Yesterday, I went for a light jog in the morning and it was so lovely. I don’t always make time to do fitness outside of the house but afterwards I felt amazing and it’s always good to spend time in nature and see the ducks in the water. Today I did Pilates, which is always very challenging but I love pushing myself and trying new things, also I always feel really strong the next day even with achy muscles. I might bake some peanut butter flapjacks but apart from that I’m going to be chilling and maybe a little online shopping if there’s any good offers.

Anyway, as it’s the first day of the week, it’s a great day to set the tone for the rest of the week. Any goals you would like to achieve or things you wish to work on? Start today and hopefully you’ll follow it through.

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Book Review: The Four Agreements

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog.

Today I’m trying something new, so bare with me. I’ll be doing a book review of my current read and this will hopefully encourage me to read more consistently even if it’s only a few pages each day. I actually really enjoy reading but after becoming a young adult I found it difficult to find books that were actually interesting and moved on to non-fiction and self help books. I’m older now and I think it’s much easier to find what interests me so I do have quite a collection of books. I’m quite a slow reader, especially when a book contains technical words that I don’t fully understand so hopefully I’ll be posting monthly depending on the type of book I’m reading and how long it is.

My first review will be on The Four Agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom, something I have loved reading so much recently. I think this is now the 3rd time reading The Four Agreements and it gets better every time. I like the fact that when I’m reading through the pages again, it’s like I’m reading something new that I didn’t notice before and I’m learning more and more. I feel like I am at a place in life (and have been for a while) where I would like to be more myself and break away from how I was raised to be and this book is perfect for that. Some parts of it are quite dramatic for example ‘Even if someone got a gun and shot you in the head, it was nothing personal.’ but I guess it all depends on what the sentences mean to the reader and how they perceive it.

Even there are only 138 pages, so much is packed inside and the book covers topics such as Toltec wisdom, life, freedom and beliefs. This book has helped me to understand a lot of things in my personal life and have a different view on things like, not blaming anyone for how I was raised, people’s reactions are based on their own issues/life experiences and not to take things personally. Also, how holding onto negative words from the past can affect you in your current life.

The four agreements are as follows;

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

I think this is a good beginners book if you are interested in self growth because it contains lots of useful information that you can start implementing in your life without having to further invest. Not only that but it’s informative, well written and easy to understand.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought.

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Almost half way through the year.

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

It’s crazy to think that we are almost half way through the year. It seems like it has gone quick but at the same time a lot has happened and we have all been through so much especially with the virus and lockdown restrictions. It seems so normal talking about it now, but this time last year everything was so uncertain and there was a lot of anxiety about the situation. Hopefully we can look forward to a positive new normal.

The virus has been quite a big distraction this year. There is always a news story on the TV and of recent, the new strain. I feel like there is still a lot of things that I would like to achieve this year so I’ve definitely got to stay focused on my goals. It sometimes seems difficult to achieve them but no matter what as long as I keep trying on what I want, it should work out. Setting goals is always fun and easy but ticking them off is the harder part.

We are finally in the Spring season which is so beautiful, waking up early, hearing the birds chirp in the morning, the bright skies and longer days are so appreciated I feel like it goes so well with my mood and I’ve got to make the most of it. However, this week has been so so rainy, literally everyday I’ve needed my rain coat and umbrella because rain has been forecast and its rained every day without fail.

Last week, I had my first meal out since October, can you imagine? Over 6 months since I was at a restaurant. It was only outside dining at the time and although it was a little rainy, we were under shelter and it wasn’t too cold. I had the Naked Katsu, which was brown rice, grated carrot, pickled raddish, lettuce and edamame beans, all very tasty. Along with a cloudy lemonade.

It’s actually been a little while since I have baked/cooked something as I’ve been occupied with other things but I can’t wait to start planning new recipes and creating new things in the kitchen.

Hope you all have a great week!

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