Chicken,rice and pepper casserole


I wanted to make something I hadn’t made in a while and came up with this, chicken, rice and pepper casserole. Its easy, quick, comforting and near enough everyone will love it (well, you can’t please everyone).

Try it out and let me know what you think, any suggestions on improvement are welcome.

Nutrition value

PER SERVING: 418 Calories 48g Carbs 27g Protein 6g Fat

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1kg of chicken legs
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 large stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme 11/4 pts fresh chicken stock (or use one organic stock cube)
  • 150g long grain rice (dry weight)
  • 150g cauliflower, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Method

Melt the oil over a medium/ high heat in a large saucepan.

Brown the chicken pieces on all sides. You may have to do this in batches. Remove from the dish and put to one side.

Lower the heat, add the onion, celery and pepper and gently cook for 10 minutes until softened.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute.

Return the chicken pieces to the dish along with the thyme and stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium / low. Cook for 30 minutes.

Add the rice and stir well. Cover, set over a low heat and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed most of the liquid.

Add the cauliflower and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave the dish to sit for 10 minutes to absorb any of the remaining liquid.

Season to taste.

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Roasted veggie pasta


This roasted veggie pasta recipe is great, just some average ingredients but combined they make a fantastic, tasty, healthy meal that will have you asking for seconds.

Try it out and post your thoughts.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g wholemeal pasta
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced and diced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Handful of kale
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper

 

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and pour back into the pot. Break the egg into the hot pasta and stir around.

2. Preheat oven to 200c.

3. In a large oven proof bowl, throw in red onion, carrots, tomatoes and salt. Mix everything together and place in the oven.

4. Roast for 20 minutes, then take them out, add the kale, garlic, and lemon juice, stir, and throw them back in the oven until some of the veggies start looking a little browned around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes longer.

5. Add the roasted veggies to the cooked pasta, pour in the balsamic, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and stir. Taste and add more garlic, vinegar, lemon juice to whatever your taste buds desire.

The Mighty Meatzza


If you like meat and you like pizza well this is the dish for you. Its guilt free and is so versatile, hot or cold, breakfast or lunch the possibilities are endless. Well, maybe not endless but pretty good. Its quick, easy and not too expensive too.

Check this out and let me know what you think

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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 500g passata with basil
  • 25g finely chopped fresh basil, plus leaves to garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g low fat natural cottage cheese
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
for the base:
  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 250g lean pork mince (5% fat or less)
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herb mix (OR ANY SPICES YOU DECIDE)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°c/Fan 170°c/Gas 5. Put the garlic, onion, passata in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Turn the heat down to medium, stir in the basil, season to taste and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, line a heavy-based 25cm pizza tin with non-stick baking parchment. Put all the ingredients for the base into a large bowl, season to taste and mix well using your fingers. Press this mixture into the prepared tin to make a flat round base and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove the base from the oven and drain off any liquid. Increase the oven temperature to 220°c/Fan 200°c/Gas 7.
  3. Spread the passata mixture over the base, scatter over the mushrooms and peppers. Return the pizza to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and bubbling. Scatter over the basil leaves, cut into wedges and serve with a crisp green salad.

 

Superfood Salad


Today we are in a healthy mood so this “superfood salad” is on the menu. Its quick and easy to make but its bursting with flavour and very filling. Did I mention very healthy? Try it out let me know your opinions.

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  • serves: 4
  •  cooking: 15 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • approx. 100 g / 3.5 oz green salad (I used baby spinach leaves and kale)
  • small wedge of red cabbage, shredded thinly
  • 300g Beetroot
  • small broccoli, divided into florets
  • ½ cup frozen peas (or fresh if available)
  • small cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup mung bean sprouts (or other sprouts)
  • 1 zucchini / courgette
  • 1 large spring onion, sliced thinly
  • a handful of mint and basil leaves, (chopped if you like)

METHOD

  1. Rinse quinoa and place it in a small pot that you have a glass lid for. Add a few pinches of salt and 1.5 cups of water (prefect quinoa ratio is 1:1.5), cover with a lid and bring to boil. Once the water boils, decrease the heat to low-medium and let the quinoa simmer until all the water has been absorbed. To check, tilt the pot slightly, keeping the lid firmly on. If you see no water seeping out from under the grain, it means you are good to go. Switch off the heat completely and let quinoa sit on a hot hob (with lid firmly on) for another 5 mins to finish off cooking in its own steam. Once ready, cool it down completely before adding it to the salad as otherwise the salad leaves will wilt.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Prepare a bowl of cold water with a few ice cubes and set it next to the stove. Once the water boils, add broccoli florets and frozen peas and cook for about 90 seconds. Once the time is up, drain the vegetables and immediately plunge them into the cold water so that they retain their beautiful colour. Place on a sieve to drain well. Lightly season with salt and pepper before adding to the salad.
  3. Prepare courgettes by either turning it into zoodles (use a spiralizer if you have one) or slicing it and grilling it on a grill pan. If grilling, brush each slice with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and arrange on a hot (that’s important) grill / griddle pan. Once the slices are browned on one side, turn them over and let them brown on the other side.
  4. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  5. Just before serving, combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over and scatter spring onions, sprouts and herbs on top.

 

NUTRIENT TIMING


When you eat is as important as what you eat when it comes to athletic performance. The tips below can guide you to the optimum times you need to eat and drink to perform your best, along with sample snacks and meals.

  Pre-Workout Fueling During Exercise (Hydration) Post-Workout Refueling Daily Fueling
Why To fuel up for the body’s next challenge To replace sweat loss and provide carbs to maintain blood sugar levels To replenish glycogen, restore electrolytes, replace fluid losses, and repair damaged tissues To support normal activities, repair damaged tissues, and promote muscle growth
What High-carbohydrate snack of 200–300 calories

Choose foods low in fat and fiber to prevent digestive upset

Water

Sports drinks*/** that contain sodium, potassium, glucose, and fructose

Weigh before and after working out; replace 16–24 oz fluid per pound lost throughout the day (not more than 12 quarts per day).

25–50 grams of carbs

20–25 grams of protein

Plenty of fluids

Choose easily digestible foods and beverages that provide electrolytes and fluids

Meals and snacks that emphasize a balanced diet of carbs, lean protein, healthy fats, and fluids—especially water

Choose lean protein (such as meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, or eggs), whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products

When 30–60 minutes prior During exercise up to one hour: 3–8 oz of water every 15–20 min

During exercise longer than one hour: 3–8 oz of a sports drink every 15–20 min

Within 45 minutes after a workout Throughout the remainder of the day
Suggestions
  • Jam*/jelly* on bread*
  • Fruit*, low-fat granola*, low-fat milk*
  • First Strike Bar*/**
  • Pudding cup* or low-fat Greek yogurt with fruit
  • Small muffin (muffin top*), low-fat milk*
 
  • Low-fat yogurt with fruit and granola, juice
  • Chocolate milk, fruit
  • Pita with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, tea
  • Tuna, crackers, fruit, water
  • Pocket sandwich**, sports drink**
  • Fruit and nut mix**, sports drink**
  • Chicken fajita with tortilla, beans, salsa*, water
  • Stir-fried tofu with veggies, rice, soymilk
Meals

  • Egg-white omelet with spinach and mushrooms, whole-grain bread, jam, low-fat milk*
  • Whole-wheat pita sandwich with turkey and veggies, pretzels, applesauce, low-fat milk*
  • Cheese tortellini in tomato sauce*, tossed salad, grapes, water
  • Lamb kebabs, pita, spinach, mango-yogurt beverage

Snacks

  • Yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit
  • Granola bar and milk
  • Trail mix
*In Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) **In First Strike Ration (FSR)

Sweet potato carbonara


Loaded with veggies, this spiralized sweet potato vegetable noodles recipe achieves superfood status with the addition of spinach. Look for large, straight sweet potatoes to make the longest veggie noodles.

I found this dish easy tomake and bursting with flavour, it is also gluten free, nut free, high in calcium and fiber, give it a go and key me know what you think.

Ready to eat in approx 40 mins.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 leek, sliced,
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • A few sprays of low fat cooking spray
  • 3 strips center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • 1 cup of baby spinach leav

 

 

 

 

 

Method

Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  1. You can buy the ‘swoodles’ pre spiralized but if using a spiral vegetable slicer or julienne vegetable peeler, cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into long, thin strands
  2. Cook the sweet potatoes in the boiling water, gently stirring once or twice, until just starting to soften but not completely tender, 1½ to 3 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, then drain. Return the noodles to the pot, off the heat. Combine eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper and the reserved water in a bowl; pour over the noodles and gently toss with tongs until evenly coated.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and leek and cook, stirring often, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vegetables to the noodles and toss to combine. Top with a generous grinding of pepper.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the raw “noodles” (Step 2) for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer

Breakfast of champions


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so I got a bit adventurous and created this 3 egg omelette earlier.

muscle recovery from exercise, both resistance and endurance, seems to be dependent on dietary leucine. Because eggs are an excellent, nutrient-rich source of leucine, as well as other EAAs, these protein-related benefits may be important to active individuals who routinely consume eggs as part of a varied, balanced diet

Send me across your recipes and we can compare notes.

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