Vegetable Medley with Rice

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well.

So it’s not long been the new year, 2021 is finally here and many people are starting new diets, eating vegetarian or generally trying to be healthier and this recipe is perfect for any of the above. This meal is easy to make and the white rice can be substituted with a healthier variety such as quinoa or brown rice. I have tried to cut the vegetables quite small in order to reduce the cooking time and maintain the nutritional value. For flavour, I’ve used a bit of garlic powder but you could add any of your favourite seasonings.

The broccoli provides the body with high sources of protein and fibre which are beneficial to the body. The red cabbage contains potassium which helps to keep the heart healthy. This is a fairly nutritious meal and would be even healthier if eaten with brown rice or quinoa.

Recipe: Vegetable Medley (serves 1)

Ingredients

60g – 90g uncooked rice

1 small carrot, grated

Handful of broccoli, cut small

Handful of red cabbage, finely sliced

1 tbsp oil, for frying

Pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder and sugar

100ml water

Method

  • Firstly cook the rice on a gentle simmer until all of the water is absorbed and the rice grains are fluffy and cooked.
  • Heat the oil in a pot and in the meantime, wash and slice the vegetables.
  • Once the oil is hot add the vegetables and sprinkle over the salt, pepper, garlic and sugar. Leave to sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Check the rice and add the water to the vegetables, give it a final stir and cover with a lid.
  • Once both the vegetables and rice is cooked, serve and enjoy!

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Carrot, Apple and Chia Seed Muffins

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

For me, breakfast is the meal I tend to struggle with the most because when I eat in the morning, I want to feel full and ready to start the day without the need to snack before lunch. I do enjoy toast, cereal or a croissant on the odd occasion but sometimes it just feels a little repetitive. I’ve made a couple of breakfast muffins in the past which I have shared on my blog and it’s something I enjoy eating because they are often packed full of nutritious foods and can be so versatile.

Although there is sugar in the recipe, it also contains chia seeds and grated apple and carrots. The finish is quite a moist, soft cake which is nice and tasty even more hearty when warm. Click here for the original recipe.

Recipe: Carrot, apple and chia seed muffins (makes 4)

Ingredients

1/2 carrot, grated

1 apple, peeled and grated

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Zest 1 lemon

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

60g brown sugar

30ml oil

1 egg

60g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda

Sprinkle of oats

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tine with 4 muffin cases.
  • In a large bowl, mix the grated carrot, apple, cinnamon, lemon zest, chia seeds, sugar, oil and eggs. Leave for 5 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of liquid.
  • In the meantime mix the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate soda in a separate bowl.
  • Gently stir the flour mixture into the carrot mix until well combined.
  • Spoon evenly into the muffin cases, sprinkle with oats and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.

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Simple Salad

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been great!

If you love salad as much as I do you’ll love this post something nice and healthy to incorporate into your meals. Salad hold so much nutrition and are really beneficial to the bodies health. From salads such as lettuce, carrot and cucumber your getting a good source of vitamin A and dietary fibre.

Ingredients

Red gem lettuce

Carrot

Cucumber

Method

  • Wash and prepare all of the salads.
  • Place into a pretty bowl and serve.

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A Simple Salad

Hi everyone, I hope your week has been good so far!

I just thought I would share a quick, healthy salad recipe if ever you are short of time. I often eat salads alongside my meals to make sure I’m eating a balanced diet and it is always important to reduce the amount of fat, salt and sugar and this salad has none.

Salad Recipe

Ingredients

2 lettuce leaves

1/2 a carrot

1/4 cucumber

Pinch of chilli powder

Pinch of salt

Method

  • Wash and prepare all of you salads and place in a serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt and chilli and serve.

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Carrot Cake 

Hi guys 😀 so this carrot cake I made was for my Uncles birthday, I usually bake things for him when I have free time and I think everyone loves a classic carrot cake.

Makes a large oven tray. 

Ingredients 
450ml vegetable oil
400g plain flour
2 tap bicarbonate soda
100g caster sugar
350g soft brown sugar
5 eggs
½ tsp salt
2 tap cinnamon
500g grated carrots
100g chopped nuts
50g raisins

Method 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a oven tray with parchment paper.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl except from the carrots, walnuts and 1 tbsp of flour, mix until smooth. Add the flour to the raisins (to keep them from sinking) then add both the raisins and carrot to the cake mixture.

3. Carefully spoon the mixture into a cake tin and bake for 1 hour and 15 mins.  Once baked remove from the oven and leave to cool down completely, this cake will taste so delicious 😋 it is really nice and moist and would go great with custard if you like it!! 

I using my new phone to take the pictures so hopefully they look better 😀