Rice with Kale and Sweetcorn

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I’m always looking for ways to add more vegetables to my meals, and the addition of kale and corn to the rice was such a good idea. The crisp, sweetness of the corn and earthy taste of the kale gave the rice so much more flavour. Also, sweetcorn is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre, whilst kale is a good source of vitamin C and A both providing the body with nutrients. This recipe makes a great side dish and can accompany many meals. The measurements below are only a rough guide depending on how many people you make this for.

Recipe: Rice with kale and sweetcorn (serves 4)

Ingredients

Rice for 4 people

Large handful of kale

100g sweetcorn

1 tsp butter

Method

  • Wash the rice thoroughly until the water runs almost clear.
  • Place the rice in a pot and pour in enough water the same depth of the rice.
  • Wash the kale and add to the pot along with the sweetcorn and butter.
  • Allow the rice to reach a gentle simmer, then keep the heat low and let the rice finish cooking until fluffy.
  • Check the rice and stir everything until gently combined.
  • Serve once cooked.

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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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An Easy Salad

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s recipe is a nice and easy salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with your dinner. In the photo you can see that I ate the salad with Potato and Kale Fritters (another recipe I will be posting soon). I like this salad because it is random and uses a basic range of ingredients that aren’t too expensive. I think the taste would suit most people but feel free to play around with the ingredients and use orange juice and zest, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or shallots.

A’s Salad – you can decide how much of each ingredient you want to use depending on how many people are eating it. I made this as one portion.

Ingredients

Small handful of raisins – soaked in orange juice

50g brown rice

1 tbsp pine nuts – toasted

Handful of lettuce – shredded

Few slices of red onion

Zest of 1/2 an orange

1 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  • Put the raisins to soak in orange juice overnight.
  • Rinse and cook the rice, I like to use salt, thyme and butter but you can make it plain if preferred.
  • Toast the pine nuts and set aside. Wash the lettuce, shred it finely and leave to fully dry. Finely slice the onion and set aside.
  • Zest the orange and put in a bowl with the pine nuts, lettuce and onion.
  • Make a super basic vinaigrette using 1 tbsp of orange juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Once the rice is cooked, mix in the with salad, add the raisins and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.

Let me know if you make this salad or what your favourite salad recipes are!

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Healthy Pasta Salad

Hi guys, I’ve recently been working on healthy, nutritious meals which are also fillings and the first one is a pasta salad, I know the ingredients are quite random but I promise it tastes delicious 😋 
Serves 1

Ingredients 
75g wholemeal pasta
1 small sweet potato peeled and cut into cubes
5 Brussels sprouts cut in half
1 small carrot grated
1 spring onion sliced
1/2 yellow pepper sliced
3 tbsp oil
20g ricotta cheese

Method

1. Prepare the vegetables first then put on a pan of water for the pasta. In a bowl mix the sprouts, potato and yellow peppers with 3 tbsp of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Next, place on a tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until soft.

2. Once the pan starts to boil, cook the pasta then drain off the liquid and place in a bowl, mix in the carrot and spring onion.

3. Take the tray from the oven and add to the pasta mixture, gently stirring.

4. Lastly sprinkle on the ricotta cheese and enjoy!!

I know there isn’t any sauce with this but it honestly tastes great alone, the sweet potato and brussel sprouts really complement each other and overall the dish is a WINNER!! I love how basic but tasty this meal is and the ingredients are minimal. It’s easy to prepare and you can just double the ingredients if you are cooking for more people.

Let me know if you try this recipe ☺