The lead up to Christmas #2

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!! Before we start I would like to say a big thank you to Donald Mackenzie and Dog Training Guidance for giving me a like. I would also say thank you to Dog Training Guidance for following me. And without further ado let’s get started!!

The lead up to Christmas #2 –

We are only 2 days away from Christmas Eve and I am so excited for that special day to come!! I love Christmas because it means I can have a big party, spend time with my family and friends and cook delicious food!! I think the best part of Christmas dinner is the appetisers because they start off the meal and our appetites! Even though it is a time for celebration, I still like to have healthy food to enjoy. Below are some of my favourite healthy appetisers recipes.

Cobb salad nachos

300g tortilla chips

2 avocados

10 cherry tomatoes

200g lettuce

150g black olives (with no stones)

A handful of scallions

2-3 tablespoons sourcream

2-3 tablespoons plain, natural yoghurt

Method

  1. Mix the sour cream and yogurt in a small bowl to use as a dip for the nachos.
  2. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and put in a large bowl.
  3. Chop the lettuce into small pieces and add to the bowl
  4. Peel and stone the avocados and cut them into pieces. Add into the bowl.
  5. Mix everything in the bowl thoroughly and add the scallions.
  6. Pour the salad onto a large oval plate and arrange the nachos around the salad.
  7. Leave a gap in the centre of the salad for the bowl with the dip.
  8. ENJOY!!

Beetroot toast

Ingredients

2 boiled beetroots

4 tablespoons plain, natural yoghurt

1 tablespoon sour cream

slices of bread (as many as you need considering the amount of people)

Method

  1. Blend the beetroots, sour cream and yoghurt to better until smooth.
  2. Toast the bread needed.
  3. Spread the blended beetroot mix onto the toast.
  4. Garnish with watercress.
  5. ENJOY!!

Please leave a like and subscribe for more content!!

Satisfying Salads

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!! Before we start I would like to say a big thank you to CookingWithoutLimits, Donald Mackenzie and eatliveescape for giving me a like. And without further ado let’s get started!!

Satisfying salads

I absolutely love salads. There are so many different varieties of ingredients you can use, new flavours you can try and much more!! My favourite type of salad is pasta salad and I will providing you with the recipe to my ultimate pasta salad. I also love the simplest salads possible, with just vegetables. Below are my satisfying salad recipes just for you.

Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto pasta salad

Ingredients

Half a ball of mozzarella (which is around 125g)

1 tbsp and a half basil pesto

80g of grilled chicken (you don’t have to grill it you can roast it too!)

70g farfalle pasta

Method

  1. Cut the mozzarella into slices and place in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the chicken to the bowl and cook the pasta.
  3. Add in the pasta and mix the salad, then add in the pesto and mix.
  4. ENJOY!!

Simple yet satisfying salad

Ingredients

1carrot, peeled, chopped

8 lettuce leaves, chopped

Half a beetroot, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Cut the lettuce into small pieces then place in a large bowl.
  2. Chop the carrot and beetroot and add to the bowl.
  3. Mix the salad using two spoons and drizzle the olive oil over it.
  4. Mix once more until everything is combined.
  5. ENJOY!!

Please leave a like and subscribe for more great content every weekend!!

Healthy Eating- how to turn junk food into healthy food.

img_3345.jpg

Hi everyone!!!! Today I will show you how to make junk food into healthy food. But firstly, thank you to Payal Dutta, Louis, Rachel Flowers, The Food Lover!! and DirtySciFiBuddha for giving me likes and a special thank you to pdiamente and Rachel Flowers for following me. All your support is appreciated. Keep it up!

All of last week I have been searching all across the internet and my recipe books to find healthy junk food. Now you are all probably wondering what I am talking about. Picture a spicy beef burger, some onion rings and chips. Did you know that there are some delicious healthy alternatives to these foods? Scroll down and you will find more amazingly healthy ways of preparing them.

A  spicy beef burger becomes a spicy butter bean patty burger.

Jack’s Bean Patties (From Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story)

Ingredients

2x400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed

100g breadcrumbs

half a teaspoon of paprika

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp mild curry powder

Handful of coriander (cilantro), leaves and stems, roughly chopped

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Tip the beans into a bowl and crush with a potato masher. Add the breadcrumbs, spices, salt, coriander and eggs. Using damp hands, mix everything together and make six bean patties. Bake for 25-30 mins, until golden brown and crisp around the edges. You can eat in baps as a burger or with a salad.

Deep Fried Onion Rings Become Baked Onion Rings

(This recipe is from skinnytaste.com)

 

  • 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 2 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil baking spray
  • Place slices of onion in a shallow dish. Pour the buttermilk over the top and let them soak for about 1 – 2 hours, refrigerated. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Combine panko, bread crumbs and corn flakes and place half of the crumbs in a large dish, season with salt. Reserve the rest for when the first batch is used up. This should help avoid clumping and they should stick better to the onions. Dip each soaked onion ring into the crumb mixture; coat well. Place rings onto two cookie sheets. Lightly spray with oil.Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

 

Deep Fried Chips become PRINCESS™ Fried Chips. (PRINCESS™ is a special frier that uses hot air to fry things instead of oil. You can even make cupcakes in it!!).

You just need to peel and slice the potatoes into chips (or any shape you like; I prefer diced potatoes) as usual, salt them and follow the instructions in your PRINCESS™ instructions manual. You can see the results and the magic machine below.

 

IMG_3345                                   IMG_3346