Sweet Smoothie

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s post is my new smoothie recipe that tastes so good, it is really easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find.

This is by far the tastiest smoothie I have ever made. The flavours all complement each other so well and the consistency is just perfect. I’ve used an orange, mango, grapes and blackcurrants, not a combination I would normally put together but I will definitely be making this much more. It’s quite sweet and tastes really good cold. It has a slush consistency and I would recommend this as a substitute as its much healthier. Although Summer has ended this is a great refreshing smoothie filled with delicious fruits.

Recipe: Sweet Smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 orange

100g frozen mango

50g blackcurrants and grapes

Method

  • Set out your blender and prepare the fruits.
  • Blend everything together until a smooth consistency and enjoy.

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Chunky White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Recently I baked these thick, soft, delicious cookies. The cocoa gives it such a rich flavour and the the white chocolate chunks are a perfect treat with every bite. These cookies are indulgent and great for dessert after dinner with ice cream or custard. They will last 3-4 days in a container.

Recipe: white chocolate chip cookies (makes 24)

Ingredients

115g butter

180g caster sugar

1 egg

210g plain flour

30g cocoa powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

Pinch of salt

100g white chocolate chunks

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and add the egg.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda, salt and 80g of the chocolate chunks.
  • Mix everything together and use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture onto the trays. Sprinkle the extra 20g of chocolate over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and leave to cool completely before eating.

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Brown Rice and Chicken

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is something I would usually eat on a Sunday afternoon for my dinner with some veg and salad on the side. It’s quite a simple nutritious meal with protein from the chicken and fibre and magnesium from the brown rice. Sometimes the idea of eating healthily might seem quite difficult but a simple switch of white to brown rice makes such a big difference. I’ve not included a recipe or measurements here as I didn’t follow a recipe but you can get an idea of what ingredients to use below. I’m all about flavour with food.

Recipe: Brown rice and chicken

Ingredients

Brown rice

Diced Chicken

Salt

Chilli sauce

Curry powder

Chicken stock

Tomato ketchup

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Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Chocolate Marble Cupcakes

Hey everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I’m posting a little late in the day but I felt like making something slightly indulgent but not too sweet and I decided on chocolate marble cupcakes. I love the combination of vanilla and chocolate together. These cupcakes are light, moist and they taste amazing. I even added a little chocolate icing on a few. Cupcakes are such a simple thing to bake and enjoyable for everyone.

Recipe: Chocolate Marble Cupcakes (makes 12)

Ingredients

125g butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g self raising flour

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gar mark 5 and place 12 cupcake cakes on a tray.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time mixing until well combined. Then sieve in the flour and mix.
  • Split the mixture, pouring 1/3 into a smaller bowl and mix in the cocoa powder.
  • To the larger bowl add the vanilla extract and mix well. Use a tablespoon to divide this mixture evenly between the cases.
  • Use a teaspoon to add the chocolate mixture to the centre of the cupcakes and use a cocktail stick too gently mix both mixtures. Do this until both mixture are used up.
  • Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes until cooked right through.
  • Leave to cool before eating (or adding any toppings)

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