Apple and Raisin Breakfast Crumble

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I have recently been eating stewed apples in the morning for a light breakfast as it’s quick and simple to prepare and also quite nourishing for the body, early in the morning. It is nice and all but not the most filling so I decided to add a crumble mixture on top to give it a bit more body and help me to feel fuller for longer. This is a great recipe that is fairly quick and can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or even a snack between meals. It’s really tasty as you get the sweetness from the apples and delicious mixture of soft oats and coconut on top.

Recipe: Apple and raisin breakfast cookies (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 apples, peeled and finely sliced

20g raisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cornflour

25g oats

20g plain flour

20g desiccated coconut

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted

Method

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and take out a small baking dish (I used a loaf tin as I didn’t have anything smaller).
  • Prepare the apples and place at the bottom of the oven dish mixing in the raisins, lemon juice and cornflour.
  • Melt the butter and in the meantime in a small bowl, mix together the oats, plain flour, desiccated coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. The pour the butter in stirring until is slightly clumps together.
  • Add the crumble mixture to the apples evenly and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until slightly golden on top.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before eating.

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Potato and Broccoli Falafel

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Recently I was looking through some emails and I was intrigued by a range of falafel type foods. Apparently, falafel means ‘small ball-shaped peppers’ or ‘little balls’ and today’s recipe is inspired from the recipe book Persepolis: Vegetarian Recipes from Peckham, Persia and beyond. Although they don’t look or taste like traditional falafel balls, many of the components are still the same, for example chickpea flour, cumin and sesame seeds are used. I did have to adopt the recipe slightly because I didn’t have everything but its still the same vibe. These falafel would make great meat free burgers and are full of so much texture and flavour.

I made a quick salad using sliced red bell peppers, sliced cucumbers and grated carrot. I also made 2 flatbreads to stuff everything inside. Honestly, the falafel was quite filling and it would be perfect to eat one wrap as a light lunch as I was pretty full when eating the last half. This was a very enjoyable meal which I will definitely make again, hopefully with all of the correct ingredients. It still turned out really good but I can imagine the sweetness from sweet potatoes would make such a difference.

Recipe: Potato and broccoli falafel (makes 4)

Ingredients

2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes

1/2 onion, finely diced

2 garlic, peeled

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp chilli flakes

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp chickpea flour

Handful of broccoli, finely chopped

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6 and place the potatoes, garlic and onion onto an oven tray. Drizzle over the oil and cook in the oven for roughly 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add the other ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Once the potatoes are soft, add them to a blender along with the garlic and blend until just smooth, it gets quite sticky here.
  • Add the potato and garlic mixture to the bowl with the onions too and combine well with a spoon. The split the mixture into 4 equal sizes.
  • Wet hands and then shape the falafels into burger shapes and place each one on a lightly oil tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked and slightly golden.
  • Assemble your other ingredients whilst the falafel is in the oven and enjoy.

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*Recipe inspiration from Stylist website

Cheesy Pasta Bake

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These days, when I’m eating pasta, I like to incorporate much more vegetables into the recipe as sometimes pasta can be quite filling. If the pasta is a super processed variety it can leave me feeling really full or even bloated which is never comfortable. I’ve added a hearty portion of kale and broccoli which contain a great range of vitamins and minerals, such as antioxidants, protein and fibre, supporting the body. *A little tip for when you buy kale, wash it straight away and put it into the freezer so that it lasts longer.

Fusilli is quite popular in our household, I think it works well for simple pasta dishes and especially a pasta bake, the sauce and other ingredients get into the curls of the pasta and each bite is super tasty. I did have a few penne leftover so they went into the pan as well. I like the cut the broccoli fairly small and mix it in with the ingredients before it goes into the oven so it will remain firm to the bite. This was a very juicy pasta dish, I think because there was a decent amount of pasta sauce and the kale had been frozen prior to using. Anyway, it tasted amazing and is a perfect mid week meal to cook for the family.

Recipe: Cheesy pasta bake (serves 4)

Ingredients

3 portions of fusilli pasta

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of turmeric

2 handfuls kale

5 large florets of broccoli, chopped

1/2 carrot, grated

1 spring onion, finely sliced

1 tuna tin

1 jar pasta sauce

100g cheddar cheese, grated

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and get an oven dish ready.
  • Put a pan of water to boil with a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of turmeric, add the pasta and cook according to the packet or a little less because it is going into the oven.
  • In the meantime, wash and prepare the vegetables then place into a large bowl along with tuna and 1/3 of the cheese.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, mix into the large bowl adding most of the sauce depending on how it looks.
  • Evenly place the pasta mix into an oven dish and sprinkle over the remaining cheese, cover with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes before removing the foil and cooking for a further 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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Quick Work Lunch Ideas

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I’ve literally been carrying packed lunches with me for such a long time, back when I was in school as a kid up till now as an adult going to work. I love carrying lunches to work, not only do you save money but you can personalise your meals and really enjoy what you’re eating. There are a lot more options available now but the general cheese and salad or chicken mayo just doesn’t do it for me. Most days I keep my lunches pretty simple because I don’t like feeling super full or bloated at work, so I opt for foods that are fairly filling, nutritious but still tasty. Recently, I’ve been preparing my work lunches before I leave out in the mornings so that I have even more time to myself when I get back in the late afternoon/evening.

I think my current favourite lunch for work has to be a seasoned couscous salad, usually plain couscous sprinkled with salt, chilli flakes, garlic powder and dried herbs. Sometimes I’ll even add some toasted pine nuts for extra flavour which are high in calories, specifically protein helping me to keep fuller for longer.

Quick work lunches ideas:

  • Cheese sandwich
  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Jam sandwich
  • Pasta: sauce, tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, spring onion, cheese, kale
  • Leftover homemade pizza
  • Couscous salad: tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, pine nuts, lettuce, cucumber, radish, sliced spring onions
  • Crackers, carrot sticks apples slices, nuts
  • Brioche, carrot sticks, nuts
  • Cheesy bread, carrot and cucumber sticks

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry

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This recipe is great and can be eaten alone, with a side of rice or even homemade bread that can be dipped into the sauce. It is very nourishing and hearty but still great for this time of the year when the weather is cool and you fancy something hot. It’s nice and easy to prepare with minimal preparation. I’m cooking with a great range of vegetables; broccoli, garden peas, sweet potatoes and lentils but you could easily substitute them with your favourite vegetables. I always enjoy cooking with sweet potatoes because they offer such a delicious flavour that really compliments the curry paste used in this recipe. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of fibre which aid in the healthy digestive system, not only that, but cooking sweet potatoes is known to increase their vitamin C content.

Recipe: Sweet potato and lentil curry (serves 1)

Ingredients

1/2 tsp oil

1/3 small onion, finely diced

1/2 tbsp curry paste

Pinch of turmeric

30g lentils, soaked overnight in water

300ml stock

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes

Handful of broccoli florets

50g garden peas

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan, once hot, add the onion and cook for a few minutes until soft.
  • Next, mix in the curry paste, turmeric, lentils and stock. Cook for 10 minutes on a low simmer.
  • After that, add the sweet potato and broccoli.
  • Cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the garden peas. Give it a final stir and leave on a low heat for a further 5 minutes and serve.

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*Nutrition information sourced through Google Scholar.