Charred Avo & Eggs

Super quick and super healthy.

We often treat ourselves to a nice breakfast either Saturday or Sunday, but usually struggle to find something new that we’ll all like. Plus it usually ends up being brunch anyway!

So we came across this brilliant Jamie Oliver dish that takes only 25minutes to cook! And he is true to his word – it really does only take 25minutes.

All it takes is a bit of chopping and peeling and you’re pretty much there. We actually used a whole avocado as we felt it would go to waste if we left half of it. I feel like it’s the first time i’ve cooked avocado like this, and I was surprised how it stayed together. I was expecting a bit of a mush to be honest! The ribbons of sweet potato is a great idea, and they cook so quickly. We used mint, parsley and coriander to garnish with which we thought really brought everything together. As for the cottage cheese – it’s great to find a new recipe to use it in!

Definitely going to make this again. Makes a nice change from the Mexican breakfast we often have, and takes a fraction of the time!

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Turkey Burgers & Chips

A lean, less calorific alternative to the norm!

Although we were slightly worried about the colour when they came out the oven, but a flash fry and they soon got their tan on!

This is from The Hairy Dieters Eat For Life book. It just stood out as something we should try. It’s a far cheaper alternative without feeling you are missing out. And I’ve just realised it’s the first turkey recipe I have made to post about!

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The flavour from the leaks and courgette mixed with the turkey created a flavour I wasn’t expecting, but a flavour that I would happily have again! The relish is a simple addition that brings that extra kick of life to the meal. We missed out the buns as we cooked the meal for four when only three of us were eating… but who wouldn’t prefer more meat and no bread?! It was really filling and only took an hour to make – so it will only get faster with practice!

Crispy Mustard Breaded Pork Chops with Beet Chutney

Courtesy of our favourite… Sunday Brunch!

We saw this recipe last Sunday and thought we’d give it a go! As the Juice Plus’ee’ was out it was also a good excuse to put some pork on the menu! You can find the full method here.

Now, you may notice a couple of odd things about this recipe…

2 tbsps Dijon mustard, finely chopped  … we have yet to master the art of finely chopping the Dijon mustard.

1 small shallot, finely chopped … which you then put in a food processor. Time saving tip – don’t finely chop it!

Moving on to other things we didn’t do… For the chutney we replaced the honey with sugar – admittedly it probably didn’t work as well as it would have. But I thought I’d tried my fair share of ‘natural sweetener’ for one one week.

We (well I) felt that the sweet potato chips needed longer than 25mins in the oven. Which they may have done. Just not 50 minutes- although we saved them just before they were completely forgotten about!

So the moral of this recipe is that you need to use some common sense! And it’s often deceiving how quick and easy these programmes make it look! But the end meal was a hearty change to some of the meals we have had recently, and went down a treat.

Mediterranean Beef Burgers

The no guilt burger… well, less guilt.

This recipe uses the clever trick of bulking out the burgers with grated onion and courgette – which is really healthy – and which we completely ignored and bought at extra 250g of minced beef (and i’ve just realised bacon wasn’t in the recipe either)! But of course you should really follow the recipe if you want to save some calories for dessert.

You can find the REAL recipe here, courtesy of The Hairy Bikers. I have to say the burger was really tasty, and although fairly large, it was cooked perfectly. We served with sweet potato wedges and a warm spinach, leak and pea salad. Us girls opted for bunless burgers (which makes this suitable for Juice Plus)- guess we had to make up for all the extras some how…

Paprika Baked Fish & Chorizo

A warming winter fish dish…

It seems everything is better with chorizo! And what better spice to serve it with than paprika. We’re back to Loraine Pascale for this one, and you can find the recipe here.

We decided to serve it with sweet potato wedges which were perfect for mopping up all the delicious juices. Plus you can’t beat the flavour of vine tomatoes. This really is as quick and easy as the recipe states- the only thing that takes time is making sweet potato wedges (if you choose to make them)!

We also made a version without the chorizo- replacing it with peppers so that it was suitable for the Juice Plus diet. And I have to say that the plate looked really colourful!

Cajun Spiced Chicken & Chive Dip

So we may have nearly evacuated the apartment block cooking this one…

This dish comes with a smoke alarm warning, followed by a freezing cold apartment upon opening all ventilation outlets! But you get some really succulent chicken, and the chive dip brings it all together.

It’s a Hairy Dieters recipe that is fairly low in fat, and we made it slightly more healthy with sweet potato wedges rather than ordinary wedges. For the cajun spice mix, mix together 5 tsp of ground cumin, 4 tsp of smoked paprika, 2 tsp of dried thyme, 2 tsp of dried oregano, 2 tsp of coarsely ground black pepper, half a tsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp of flaked sea salt. Beat the chicken breasts until they are 1.5cm thick and dust each one with a teaspoon of the spice mix. Griddle the chicken breasts over a medium high heat for 2 minutes on each side – although we found it took slightly longer.

For the chive dip, simply mix low fat natural yoghurt with 2 tbsp of finely chopped chives. And that’s pretty much it! Served with salad and sweet potato wedges this was a quick, tasty and filling meal.

Sweet Potato Rostis, Eggs and Avocado Salsa

We’re often pessimistic when it comes to vegetarian dishes. It’s mainly the guys – it seems to offend their masculinity!

This is a cheap yet really tasty dish that I would happily make again. It’s quite easy to switch up or down depending on what meal you fancy it for. It’s from the Sainsburys September magazine, however there are so many similar recipes online… I think it is more what you pair it with, and the avocado salsa was the game changer here!

For the salsa – Peal and dice the avocado. Finely dice a quarter of a red onion. Toss the onion and avocado in lime juice and add a handful of chopped coriander, salt and pepper.

To be more healthy you could use poached eggs rather than fried, and we decided to add a small salad.

We’re going to try this salsa in one of our favourite meals – Pulled Pork Wraps. Definitely one to watch out for!