If you’re on Tiktok then you’ll already be aware of the new trend called baked oats. Although baked oats have been around for a while they have recently become quite popular on TikTok as many foods. Baked oats are great for breakfast, very filling and nice when eaten warm. This recipe is great because it makes at least 4 portions so will last for many mornings throughout the week. Oats provide the body with a good source of protein and the walnuts are a great source of antioxidants and omega-3s.
Recipe: Baked oats with fruits and nuts (serves 4)
45g light brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
250ml milk/ milk alternative
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
50g walnuts, crushed
1 apple, grated
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a round oven dish or round tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Whisk the egg, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter.
Slowly pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and combine well.
Next add the walnuts, raisins and apple. Mix everything together and place into oven dish.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until golden on top, leave to cool slightly before serving warm.
This recipe is fairly quick and simple, it does require a bit of veg preparation which probably takes the most time. It’s also somewhat healthy and great for a satiate, nutritious lunch. Vegetable stir-fry’s are a great way to get your 5 a day, especially when you use a range of different, colourful vegetables. I’ve posted a couple of stir fry recipes before but I think this is my favourite so far, the taste is amazing and I think I’ve got the combination of ingredients just right.
Stir-frying is a great, quick cooking method, perfect for any night of the week and if you love a takeaway stir fry, this would be a nice, healthy alternative. Another bonus is you can customise this recipe with whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. I’ve used 2 types of cabbage which are both fairly inexpensive and high sources of vitamin C and K, aiding in healthy cells and helping the body to heal.
Recipe: Veggie noodles stir-fry (serves 2)
Handful of broccoli
1 heaped tbsp of sweetcorn
1 heaped tbsp of peas
1 tsp, oil for frying
1/2 carrot, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
30g red cabbage, finely sliced
1 leaf savoy cabbage, finely sliced
Egg noodles, 1 portion
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1/3 tsp ginger powder
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of nuts, crushed
Firstly, prepare all of the ingredients and set aside.
Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the broccoli, sweetcorn and peas for 3 minutes.
In the meantime, bring a pot of water to boil for the noodles and cook according to the packet.
Drain the water from the vegetables and noodles once cooked.
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, once hot add the garlic, cabbages and carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
In the meantime mix the sugar, oil, soy sauce, chilli, ginger, salt and water together in a bowl and add to the pan, stirring well.
Add the noodles to the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes until most of the liquid is dissolved.
Portion the stir fry into 2 bowl and sprinkle with crushed nuts before serving.
Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great day.
I’m still on a journey of making baking treats that don’t contain as much sugar and this recipe was a combination of oat muffin recipes which I found online. As you can see, the mixture was very flapjack like so rather than adding more liquid I just put it into a flat baking tray to make these delicious oat bars. This recipe was a bit of an experiment for me and it turned out okay, not too sweet but very filling.
My top nutritional ingredient from these bars are the oats, a staple in most households and fairly cheap in the supermarket depending on the brand. Studies show that oats have many health benefits and are known to be one of the healthiest grains on earth. In the UK, many people do not consume enough fibre and oats are a great source of fibre which helps to keep the gut healthy and possibly reducing issues such as constipation.
Recipe: Healthy oat bars (makes 16)
220g oats, extra to sprinkle on top
1 tbsp maple syrup
60g soft brown sugar
140g wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a baking tin with parchment paper.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk the wet ingredients separately.
Gently combine together, stirring well and pour into the prepared baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
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)
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
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!
With the winter season officially being in full effect for a while now, homemade pasta is definitely a winner for most people. Something filling and warming on those really cold and rainy days. I’ve included a range of vegetables to keep it healthy and nutritious. For a healthier version you could swap to wholewheat pasta, mozzarella instead of cheddar and reduced salt/sugar pasta sauce.
Recipe: Oven Pasta Bake (serves 2-3)
1 tin tuna
1/4 onion, finely diced
50g kale, roughly chopped
1 carrot, grated
440g pasta sauce
3 slices of cheese
Cook the pasta a few minutes less according to the packet.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
Prepare all of the ingredients and place into a large bowl, except the cheese slices.
Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the bowl and mix everything well.
Place the pasta mix into an oven dish and break the cheese pieces over the top.