Healthy Pasta Meal

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

A quick post for you today, something a little healthy for the new year. This meal could be a great lunch or dinner when you want to keep things simple but still tasty. It’s pretty simple to make this and you can always switch it up depending on what your favourite vegetables, salads or seeds are. For me, meals are all about vibrant colours, textures and appearance and this meal covers it all.

Ingredients

Pasta

Pumpkin seeds

Pasta sauce

Sweetcorn

Kale

Carrot

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Simple Homemade Smoothie

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well and you all thoroughly enjoyed the Festive Season. Things are now feeling a bit more normal and I’m kind of excited for the New Year. I still have a few more days off work so I’m just keeping up with the extra things that usually slip my mind.

It might seem a little early for a Spring/Summer smoothie recipe but I think it’s well needed after a long December of chocolates and pure indulgent! I think this December I ate way too much sweet things compared to other years and my body is really craving a lot more fruit. This is a super simple recipe that takes little time to make, using only oranges and a mixed selection of berries. This is great because it tastes amazing and counts towards 2 of your 5 a day, I think using frozen berries makes it a little more refreshing but you could always use fresh berries.

Recipe: Homemade smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 Orange

A handful of frozen mixed berries

Method

  • Set aside some berries in a blender.
  • Juice the the orange and pour over the berries, pulse the mixture until smooth then serve.

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Have a Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well and you’ve been keeping warm in this cold weather. Only 5 days left until Christmas can you believe it? I haven’t really cooked a lot of Christmas themed foods so I’ll quickly share my thoughts instead.

This Christmas I’m looking forward to some tasty food (which I’m sure I’ll be sharing), seeing family and watching lots of movies. To be honest with you, this year I’m not as excited for Christmas as I have always been in the past but it’s still such a fun and festive time to relax, eat chocolate and be merry.

The main thing to remember during this festive season is that it isn’t just about the presents and gifts but giving back and spending quality time with family and friends. Giving back can be done through donations no matter how little, charity or volunteering your time, it can be something relatively small which another person would be so grateful for. Make sure you are present with your family and friends, ask questions and check in with your loved ones.

Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas 🎄

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Check out my Mini Scotch Pancake recipe here, could be an idea for Christmas day breakfast.

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well.

So, I’ve been eating sweet potato a little more recently and this white variety has such a subtle sweet taste and they aren’t as soft as the orangey ones. This recipe is super simple and you can pretty much add any seasonings and spices depending on what you like. This homemade chips are great alone or as a side dish and really compliment many flavours. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious, versatile foods that can be enjoyed in many ways. Sweet potatoes are known to be rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant known to help maintain appearance and skin, not only that but reduce age related cognitive decline.

Recipe: Homemade sweet potato chips

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato

1 tbsp Olive oil

Salt

Chilli powder

Paprika

Garlic powder

Dried herbs

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and place on oven tray inside to heat up.
  • Wash and peel the sweet potato then chop into chip shapes.
  • After a few minutes, take the tray from the oven and add the sweet potato chips
  • Season the chips with a sprinkle of salt, chilli, paprika, garlic and herbs.
  • Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes until soft and fully cooked.

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Quick Side Salad

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I’m sharing a quick side salad recipe that I make often and always enjoy. Over the past few years, salad is something I have been eating more and more of and I always look forward to the range of vibrant colours and tastes. The salad I make is always simple and easy to prepare with the ingredients in their most natural state. You’ll have noticed that I don’t consume salad dressings, but that is optional for you, I simply prefer to go without it.

All you have to do is pick your favourite salads from the fridge, wash them and chop/slice to your preference. Eating a salad is a great way to ensure you eat some of your 5 a day and it really brightens up any dish. Spring onion which is often served as a garnish is actually quite nutritious and contains good sources of vitamin K which is linked to heart health and bone development.

Recipe: Quick side salad

Ingredients

Lettuce

Cucumber

Radish

Carrot

Spring onion

Method

  • Wash all of the ingredients and leave to drain for a few minutes.
  • Peel and slice the ingredients depending on how you want, then serve!

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