A Beetroot, Feta & Quinoa Salad

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I have a tremendously healthy salad recipe for today. One that we had last night and has left me vitalised! Low fat, high in protein and fibre and so very tasty. I felt so good eating it and I still have some left over for lunch.

Perfect for a summer’s evening with a cheeky glass of crisp white wine if you want 😉 I’ll be experimenting and creating more salads this season. Can’t wait to share them with you all.

I will be serving some @ Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party

Have a terrific day! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup quinoa
1 raw peeled and grated beetroot
3 spring onions finely sliced
1 big tomato roughly chopped
1 tin roseca/borlotti beans rinsed & drained
Feta cheese crumbled (low fat)
Handful of sunflower seeds
1tbsp olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 tsp garlic granules
Salt to taste

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METHOD

Put the quinoa to in a small saucepan and cook upon instruction. I tend to cook it like pasta. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for 15 to 18 minutes. Drain and set aside

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In a large bowl add the rest of the ingredients in order according to the pictures. Leaving the beetroot til the end..ish. This way you cab minimize the addition of the deep pink colour to the salad

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Crumble in the feta last and fold in

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Serve alone or with some buttered whole grain pitta bread

I will be serving some @

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Roasted Vegetable Quinoa With Lime

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A winter warmer, so quick. I think it’s too good to be true. Very tasty, healthy and comforting on a cold winter’s night…
Makes a lovely main or even a side dish to go with your Christmas dinner. Have a look and give it a go. Do let me know how you all like it. Love feedback! Until then, much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

1 large cup precooked quinoa upon instruction

1 aubergine diced
1 bell pepper diced
12 plum or cherry tomatoes
5 garlic cloves
2 courgettes diced 2cm chunks
1 chilli sliced finely
Coriander to garnish
Fresh lime juice to taste
Olive oil
Salt to taste

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200°c, place all the vegetables in a large deep roasting tray.  Season with salt and a generous drizzle of olive oil

Roast for 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked through and a little charred

Carefully fold in the cooked quinoa, drench in lime juice to taste.  Use freshly cut coriander to garnish the quinoa

Serve hot with a sprinkling of grated cheese

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The Weekend Detox Soup

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This week has been a very naughty week in regards to food for me. A ll I have been munching on is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. I didn’t feel guilty so much during the week as I did this morning!  I had to eat something good for me, healthy and yet have a detoxing effect. 

I’ve always heard my Mum telling me and practically feeding me the goodness of green mung beans.  A natural cleanser, full of protein and a general all rounded nutritious bean.  Normally I cook them as an Indian Curry but that won’t help me with the detox side of things.  I took my large jar of mung beans and created this healthy dish.  Simplicity at it’s best!  Enjoy friends…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mung beans
3/4 cups water
Vegetable stock cube
1 garlic clove crushed
Salt and chilli powder to taste
Fresh lemon juice

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METHOD

Boil the mung beans in the water along with the vegetable stock cube, once brought to the boil place on a medium simmer for 15 minutes

Add in the crushed garlic, salt and chilli powder, simmer for a further 10 minutes or until the beans are soft and tender

Serve up in a large bowl and squeeze in a generous amount of lemon juice.  Start eating and let the detox begin!

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A Vibrant Halloumi & Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa is one of my favourite grains   I wanted to make a vibrant colourful and extremely tasty salad dish as the sun is out here in the UK and wanted something fresh and light to keep me going all day.  This particular recipe has done exactly that! I have not had to snack on anything since I had it at lunch and I’ve just finished my dinner so it really works!

A few steps to prep and then just to mix all together, voila!  You have your healthy salad for the day.

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INGREDIENTS

1 small cup quinoa cooked
Halloumi pan fried and diced
1 medium cucumber diced finely
2 tomatoes diced
4 spring onions slice
1 tin sweet corn drained
Baby spinach sliced
Salt to taste
Cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin & coriander powder
Lemon juice to taste

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METHOD

I fry the halloumi cheese by thinly slicing and then placing into a hot non stick pan with olive oil.  Fry off on both sides until golden brown

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix thoroughly so everything is fused together

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Ready to serve…How simple was that?

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Quorn Protein & Peas Curry

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If you want something healthy, tasty and low fat, don’t go anywhere! I have created my non guilty version of the classic Indian matar paneer dish without the guilt! And the paneer?!
Fully packed with protein, which will keep you going for longer and stop you from snacking, especially if you have this curry for lunch. But don’t worry I know this maybe to healthy for some of you so my apple crumble recipe is coming up soon…

Enjoy, hope you’re all well…I am sooo excited as I have a lot more creative vegetarian dishes on the way!..until then, much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

300g Quorn chicken style pieces or soya chunks
2 cups frozen peas
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic crushed
½ tsp minced ginger
250g crushed tomato passata
Pinch of mustard seeds
Pinch of cumin seeds
1 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp ground cumin & coriander
Salt to taste
½ tbsp sunflower oil
Water for sauce

METHOD

In a large nonstick saucepan,  heat the oil on a medium heat with the mustard and cumin seeds.  Once they start to sizzle,  add the onion, ginger and garlic into the pan.  Sauté until translucent

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Sprinkle in the garam masala, cook through for a minute or so. Stir in the tomato passata along with all the seasoning.  Let the sauce bubble then place the chunks of quorn into the saucepan.  Mix well, you may need a little water to help the tomato coat the quorn

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Reduce the heat, cover and simmer the curry for 10 minutes.  Add the peas, stir and simmer for a further 7 to 10 minutes

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Serve up with some rice or chapati

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The Perfect After Gym Soup!

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My younger brother came over today to spend time with myself and my 2 little boys. He had already planned in his gym session as the gym is close by. So I took this perfect opportunity to cook up a protein filled soup with plenty of vegetables and lots and lots of vegetable stock, for hydration and quinoa for protein.

The feedback was great, he found that it replenished his strength well and was a quick fix to fill him up but wasn’t too heavy. I found that it relieved my headcold really well. Most likely was the potent healing garlic, that works a treat for me everytime!

Give it a go friends and let me know how you get on…Have a beautiful day, evening…Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 large courgette grated
1 large carrot peeled and grated
1 clove garlic minced
½ cup quinoa
600 – 700ml vegetable stock
1 tsp dried coriander powder
1 tbsp sunflower oil
½ tbsp butter
2 tbsp cornflour dissolved in half a cup of water
Salt to taste
Chilli flakes to garnish optional

METHOD

Heat up the oil and butter together, gently place in the grated carrot and courgette into the deep saucepan.  Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until soft

Season with the coriander powder and salt.  Pour over the vegetable stock, cornflour solution along with the garlic.  Bring to a boil

Slow the heat down to a gentle simmer and stir in the quinoa.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

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Serve up hot with chilli flakes to garnish

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An Indian Sweetcorn & Lentil Dal

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A large saucepan of lentil dal in this household will disappear so quickly, you won’t believe your eyes. So very nutritious and comforting that makes you feel good and really warm inside.

The sweetcorn adds buttery speckles of colour to this already vibrant orange dal. It brings the sunshine to your palette!…what more could you ask for

A meal you can prepare in less than 35 minutes and I will be experimenting more to come up with even quicker healthier meals, so watch this space! Enjoy x

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups red lentils
Boiling water
1 medium onion sliced in crescents
1 tomato diced
1 tin of sweetcorn drained
½ tsp grated ginger
1 tsp garam masala/ pau bhaji masala
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
1 tsp coriander & cumin powder
Salt to taste
150g tomato passata
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Freshly chopped coriander to garnish

METHOD

• Bring the lentils to a boil and then gently simmer for approximately 10-12 minutes, making sure there is enough water at all times. Once lentils are soft and a little mushy turn off the heat and set aside for later

• Heat up the oil, mustard seeds and chilli flakes in a large saucepan. When the seeds pop throw in the onion, tomato and ginger, sauté for a few minutes

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• Add all the spices and seasoning plus the tomato passata

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• Stir and lower heat to a gentle simmer, cook for 5 minutes with the sweetcorn and then carefully pour in the lentils with the water

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• Bring to a boil and then on a low heat cover and simmer for 10 minutes

• Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with fluffy basmati rice

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Black Eyed Bean Curry

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In every Gujarati home you will find that black eyed beans are used very regularly. In mine though, not so much until now. I have teamed up this mild flavourful curry with the sweetness of carrot, adding a little more goodness in too. Very little oil is used and overall a very filling and wholesome recipe.  Also brilliant for a vegan diet 🙂

I hope you’re all having a tremendous Tuesday and I shall see you tomorrow friends! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 tin of black eyed beans drained and rinsed
1 large carrot peeled and grated
1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 heaped tsp coriander and cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
Lime juice to taste
1/2 tsp ginger & garlic paste
100g tomato crushed passata
1/2 cup water
Fresh coriander to finish (optional)

METHOD

Heat up the oil in a medium saucepan, throw in both types of seeds and asafoetida. Once it starts to sizzle, add the grated carrot and sauté for a few minutes

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Mix in all seasoning and spices. Combine well, add the beans and simmer for 7 minutes on a low heat

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Pour in the passata, water and stir in the ginger and garlic paste. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes on low

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Squeeze over some lime onto the curry and serve with some rice or pitta bread

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A Tomato & Soya Bean Spaghetti

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You already know how much we love our pasta, especially a simple spaghetti pomodoro! But sometimes you want to feel a little healthier alongside the carbs that you are about to devour.

So on that note! Soya beans, please come to the stage! It’s time you made a special appearance! The Soya bean contains up to 40% protein and has the highest protein content amongst plant products. It is also the only vegetable food that contains all eight essential amino acids!

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An appetizing pasta dish with protein! You just can’t go wrong! Yay! A brilliant way to get the kids to eat soya beans as they all love pasta. However, if you wish to disguise the beans, pre boil them and blitz them into a paste and then add to the tomato sauce! Enjoy x

INGREDIENTS

1 onion diced
1 garlic clove crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp dried oregano
250g tomato passata
Salt to taste
1 cup frozen soya beans
Fresh Spaghetti

METHOD

• In a medium saucepan heat up the oil, sauté the onion and garlic until the onion becomes golden, mix in the oregano and cook for 2 minutes on a low heat

• Pour in the passata, stir in the salt
and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes

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• Boil the soya beans alongside the fresh spaghetti upon instruction

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• Once done, place the cooked spaghetti into the sauce, combine well and serve with grated parmesan or a mature cheddar

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Sautéed Vegetables Transformed = 2 Vegetarian Dishes!

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Still embracing our new diet, which we are quite enjoying as both my husband and I are seeing results and the weight is being shed, slowly but surely

We have really focused on our intake of fresh vegetables and protein. He has cut out pretty much all the carbs but yours truly hasn’t been able to do that. I have just reduced the amount! I’m sorry! I can’t live without bread and pasta!

Cous cous has become a great alternative, so that is what we had last night. Whilst I couldn’t resist making my boys a fluffy omelette using the prepared vegetables, which I must admit that I munched on too!

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It was like making one and getting another dish for free! It worked well in both dishes and I know I will be making this combination again very soon! Hope you enjoy it! Have a tremendous Tuesday! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

300g closed mushrooms sliced
180g fresh baby spinach
1 green bell pepper diced
1 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of dried red chilli flakes
⅓ tsp dried oregano
Paprika tp taste
Salt to taste
1½ cups dried couscous
2½ cups boiling water
½ vegetable stock cube

METHOD

• Prepare the cous cous by bringing to the boil in the vegetable stock, simmer for 5 minutes until the water has evaporated. Take off the heat and set aside. Separate grains with a fork

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• Heat up the oil with the red chilli flakes, add in the peppers, sauté until tender

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• Throw in the mushrooms, oregano and salt, combine well. Cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes then stir in the spinach. Let it wilt gently and cover for a few minutes. Take off the cooker and let the residual heat cook the spinach through

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• Serve the sauteéd vegetables along with the sauce it has released onto a plate of cous cous

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The sauteéd mushroom, spinach & pepper omelette

• Beat 3 large eggs till bubbly
• Stir in a dash of milk
• Season with just a little salt
• Add in 2 tablespoons of the spinach mix
• A handful of mature cheddar cheese…combine
• In a hot frying pan with a little olive oil, fry off your omelette, flip when the egg has settled on the first side. Both sides will be golden brown against the yolky yellow of the egg

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