I mentioned in my last post that I would do a separate little piece about some of the more healthy meals I’ve been eating recently, so in attempt to be a woman of my word here we go 🙂
My friend Jenna bought me the first Deliciously Ella book for my birthday in February and I was instantly hooked. Obviously this is a cook book and not something that is naturally read for general entertainment but I could not put it down! So much so that I bought the second book with some Amazon vouchers I’d got. Now I wouldn’t say these meals are directly taken from the book but they are 100% inspired by Ella’s way of life. Trying to introduce more veggies and less grains.
Now I am an obsessive person. I get obsessive about everything to a point where its ridiculous. For this reason I know that if I try to religiously stick to something like a new way of eating I will end up treating it like a diet and I’ll binge eat for a week! The trick here is balance, introduce new healthier things into your day BUT don’t go cold turkey on the stuff you’re used to because you will crave and eventually crack under the pressure. Set yourself up for success, not failure!
Okay so let’s start with breakfast shall we… I’m a creature of habit and I tend to eat the same things, when I like something that’s it, It’s my go to dish for life. Hence the pasta and cheese obsession that still follows me from my childhood.
1. Overnight Oats
This is my go to, weekday breakfast! Super easy to prepare and is done the night before so you just grab your jar in the morning and head off to work.
There are so many ways you can do this but here’s how I do mine. (I don’t measure anything btw I just go with the flow!)
As the name suggests I start with some oats, I use the organic ones from Tesco, probably about 5/6 spoonful’s. Next I add a spoonful of chia seeds and flaxseed, followed by some natural Greek yoghurt and almond milk. To add some sweetness I pour in some 100% maple syrup and if I have any I’ll add some fruit (my favourite being raspberries and blueberries or if I’m feeling crazy, passion fruit!) Mix that baby up and stick it in the fridge BOOM done.
Now I can’t lie to you, I’ve only actually made this once (this morning, although by the time your reading this it will no longer be this morning and I may have made it again by then.) BUT the main thing was that it was yummy 🙂 Many of the ingredients are the same as the overnight oats.
So I start with some frozen berries, add some spinach (don’t get weird about it, I promise you wont taste it), chia and flaxseed, a dollop of yoghurt, some maple syrup and topped up with almond milk. Blend blend blend! I had to add more almond milk after my initial blend as it was way too thick but the great thing is… you can make it however you goddamn please! I was intending to add oats too but completely forgot.
(edit: I made this again with oats and OH BOY do I recommend adding them! yum yum yum)
Okay now for lunch. Making your own packed lunch will not only save you tonnes of money, it also ensures that you know exactly what you’re putting into your body with no hidden nasties.
3. Roasted Vegetable Salad.
This is a recent discovery of mine, I basically chucked a load of ingredients together and found that it was bloody delicious! Like I’m not a salad person but I could happily eat this forever more.
I started by chopping some sweet potato and parsnips, covering them in oil, sprinkling on some turmeric (cause have you heard how good this stuff is for you!? Seriously look it up) and chucked it in the oven for like 40 mins. I also added some chopped red peppers but I put these in some time after as they don’t take as long.
Whilst this was cooking I rustled up some quinoa, I won’t tell you my method, mainly because it was wrong and I ended up making mush BUT it tasted alright and that’s the main thing.
I made enough of this for about 3 days and stored them in separate tubs in the fridge.
So to make the actual salad itself I tore up some curly kale and spinach, covered this in apple cider vinegar (also amazing for you!) then added some of the roasted veg and quinoa. I would do this the night before then in the morning chuck in some walnuts so they didn’t go soggy. SO SO tasty! And look how pretty it is.
4. Tuna Pesto Courgettie.
I’m a little obsessed with pesto! I have it with so many of my meals and it tastes so good with tuna (although some people look at me weird when I say this.) This meal can be made with red or green pesto and I did actually intend on making my own but didn’t get round to it.
For this one you will need to get yourself a spiralizer or just buy ready made courgettie. You then add some torn up spinach, sweetcorn, tuna and lashings of pesto! If you’re feeling a little naughty a grating of parmesan goes down a real treat with this! Quick, simple and yummy.
Now onto dinner…
5. Cauliflower Cous Cous Chicken.
A bit of alliteration for you there my friends, who says I didn’t take anything away from school!
This was a little random mix I made myself the other day and another resounding success! I bought diced chicken (cause I’m lazy) and popped that in a frying pan with some oil and some mixed herbs. Once this was pretty much cooked (about 20 mins) I added some chopped tomatoes with basil (I blended these first cause I’m like a child and I don’t like lumps, but whatever floats your boat is fine.) Next I added some torn up spinach and a tub of cauliflower cous cous (of course you can make this yourself by blending a cauliflower but like I said… lazy). Let this simmer away nicely for about 5 mins, stirring throughout. Oh I also added some garlic paste, I would rather actual garlic but I didn’t have any.
Serve up with a little parmesan, if you have no willpower like me, and you’re good to go!
6. Pesto Courgettie.
Now this last one is a very light dinner, maybe for when you’ve had a big lunch or something but it could also be used as lunch or a snack or as the base for something else.
There are three simple steps to this dish…. courgettie, pesto, sun dried tomatoes.
That’s literally it! (Well actually no l lied, there’s 4 steps cause there’s spinach too, oops!). Have as much or as little as you like. Super scrummy and quick as you like. This is the kind of “fast food” we need in our life people.
As a little bonus I will also tell you about the delicious sauce I made the other day but I don’t have a pic soz! Basically get some chopped tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic and tomato puree… whizz it all up in a blender and I served mine warmed up in a pan. Mmmmm.
Let me know if you get round to trying any of these! And I’d love to hear some of your recipes too 🙂
Peace and Love xoxo