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5 Things: Favourite Healthy Meals.

posted on: 18 January, 2014

I think I’ve said in the past that I try to eat a low-carb diet, especially after Christmas – mainly because carbs make me feel so full and tired after eating them and also to trim down my (face) waist a little. While I don’t deny myself the odd burger, I do try and cook healthy meals throughout the day, so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite recipes. As you will see, I’m not massively strict on myself – I’d rather eat for nutrients and taste and only lose the odd lb here and there, than go for bland, dull food.

01. Breakfast. Breakfast is either a green monster smoothie (whizz up a banana, a teaspoon of peanut butter, almond milk and lots of spinach in a blender and drink – tastes a million times better than it sounds) or bacon and eggs! Sometimes both. I love making these bacon & egg breakfast baskets – they’re incredibly delicious!

02. Roast chicken, sweet potato mash & cauliflower rice. This is just divine, I could eat it every night. I occasionally buy a whole chicken, rub it with some herbs and garlic and coat it with oil and seasoning and roast it in the oven. Once it’s cooked, I take it out and leave it on the side for 15 minutes while the juices do whatever they do to make it tasty. I peel and boil a few sweet potatoes and then mash them up with a good hunk of butter until nice and whipped (I actually usually use my electric beater so they’re super creamy and fluffy… shh!). I also take half a cauliflower and chop it in to chunks and give it a good whizz in the food processor, then chuck it in to a hot pan with oil, finely diced onion and garlic and fry it up for 7 minutes or so to make “rice” (I usually add chillies or Tabasco for spicy rice) and serve it all up with a good salad and some avocado – then I use the leftover roast chicken for salads throughout the week. AMAZING.

03. Salad bowl. This is always my go to lunch as I’m usually too lazy to cook something throughout the day, I used to eat this at uni too because it’s cheap and it’s just stuck with me over the years. I usually buy a bag of mixed leaf lettuce with spinach etc. in it and then chop up some cherry tomatoes, avocado (I eat approx. 4 a week), red grapes (trust me, it’s incredible!), celery, cucumber and grilled bacon – I realise this is cooking but it takes no time at all, if I’m feeling really lazy or hungry I’ll slice up some good salami and throw that in. Crumble on a bit of feta or mozzy cheese and then make up a dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and mix together and throw that on with some salt and pepper. So, so good – it’s not bland at all and low carb of course.

04. Healthy Nandos. Of course, one of my favourite dinners is a not-so-naughty Nandos meal. I marinade some chicken breasts in the Nandos sauce for a few hours and then grill it in the oven, then make some sweet potato mash and fry up some halloumi and also make homemade coleslaw (I put chunks of cabbage, onion and carrot in the food processor and then mix it with some mayo, natural yoghurt and lime – then add a bit of parsley or coriander). It tastes even better because you don’t get the guilt afterwards. Sometimes instead of mash I’ll make sweet potato fritters – seriously, these are so good. I usually just grate a couple of sweet potatoes into a bowl and add some chopped onion, a spoonful of wholegrain flower or ground almonds or something similar and a couple of eggs and then season, before putting spoonfuls into a frying pan with hot oil and cooking. Serving these up with some minty dip (Greek yogurt, chunks of cucumber and fresh mint) is just MWAH!

05. Courgetti. Oh, what’s that? I’ve mentioned my love for courgetti before? My bad. Yes, I have indeed been going on about courgetti recently but it’s amazing, such a refreshing change from spaghetti. I don’t actually eat that much pasta (makes me feel so full and then starving two hours later), even when I didn’t care about eating good, so it’s great to discover this and be able to indulge in some Bolognese fun! You can see my recipe here, but courgetti is basically noodles made from peelings of courgettes – you use a Julienne peeler, and I fry my ‘noodles’ up in butter and garlic – delicious! If I’m making this for lunch or just for myself at dinner time, I’ll just heat up some pasta sauce or make my own and serve with lots of cheese and avocado. So. Much. Yum.
Do you have any favourite healthy meals you like to cook?




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  • Victoria Sponge

    This is such a great post Kate, I too want to trim down my (face, bum, thighs) waist so I’m going to give some of these a whirl! To be honest you had me a sweet potato mash! ;) Victoria x

    http://www.i-heart-fashion.co.uk

  • Sally Ivens

    I love serving bolognese with courgette instead of spaghetti but I usually just grate it into long thick strips, I think I need to invest in a julienne peeler to try out the real thing!
    These are all lovely ideas for healthy meals :)
    Sally xx
    http://www.daisychainkisses.blogspot.com

  • Zazie Bibi

    green monster smoothie sounds delicious! x

    A Little Treat

  • http://amiciarai.com/ Amicia Rai

    Carbs make me feel really tired as well, and I have also been trying to avoid them as much as possible for a while. But I love pasta more than any other food in the world, so it’s definitely not always easy. xD “Skinny Spaghetti” is a great option when I’, craving pasta but I know that carbs won’t help. ^_^

  • Colette

    Bacon isn’t healthy…

    • Ritapetita

      That’s what I thought! :-)

      • http://www.gh0stparties.com Kate Johnson

        Are you kidding me?! You think adding a bit of bacon to a salad makes it unhealthy?! Bacon, like everything, is fine in moderation – it’s high in protein and is a tasty treat – don’t believe everything they tell you! x

  • Anna Blush

    These all sound yummy! Thanks for the inspiration Kate! x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Josephine Fear

    Wow I particularly love the sound of the at home Nandos! I recently have started making smoothie packs for breakfast – freezing all the fruit in bags at the weekend so in the week I just have to tip into the blender and add milk! So yummy :)

    Josie xoxo

    Fashion Mumblr

  • Madeleine S-B

    The roast chicken dish sounds soooo yummy, I’m gonna try it as soon as I get the chance (:

    http://www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://laurac1987.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura C

    Wow, I love the sounds of the cauliflower rice. Definitely going to have to try this.

    http://laurac1987.blogspot.co.uk/

  • nina alexandridis

    These are such good ideas, especially making rice with cauliflower- I’ve never heard that one before. I LOVE sweet potato too ,mmmm

    http://teaceremonyx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sirine GH

    looks delicious,i would definitely try them.

    http://foreignfashionblogger.blogspot.com/

  • Liesa V

    I’m trying to eat healthier too; cut down on carbs a bit, but still have tasty and yummy food, so this post is a perfect read for me. Thanks for sharing your favourites, will definitely be trying these out! xx

  • Charlene

    Oh wow, these all sound incredible – you’ve definitely inspired me to try out some new recipes!

    x

  • Daniela

    A few healthy things I love:
    -”pizza” hummus (it’s regular hummus with tomato sauce and basil leaves), it’s so good!
    -sliced tomatoes with feta cheese on top
    -mix of white, red and black quinoa with chickpeas, a grilled aubergine and a red bell pepper
    -caprese dip (diced tomatoes+chopped basil leaves+mozzarella, cooked in the oven)
    -spinach salad with diced pineapple and pine nuts
    -asparagus and greek yogurt dip (cook the asparagus, add greek yogurt and then blend)
    -savoury pancakes made with chickpea flour
    -omelette stuffed with arugula and red onion
    okay, I think it’s time to stop lol but I could go on and on and on when I talk about food

  • Domonique

    Thanks so much for sharing these tasty ideas Kate. Having various intolerances, it can be tough but these ideas are great, especially the smoothie and courgetti!Genius :)

    x

  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to eat healthier for a while now but I always forget to keep it in mind when I eat out or cook at home. I’ll definitely take your recipes into account next time I make myself a meal!

    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

    • http://www.gh0stparties.com Kate Johnson

      Thanks, I try and keep to a ‘healthy at home, slightly naughty when I’m out’ rule ;) x

  • Berrie-Blogs.blogspot.com

    This all sounds so so yummy! I love avocado :) berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

  • http://www.rottenotter.com/ katy // rottenotter

    Making Courgetti has been a life saver when I get home from work and can’t be bothered to cook. It’s quick, healthy and tastes delicious

    Going to try a couple of other things you’ve mentioned, especially the cauli rice :) xx

  • dannii ofe

    You’ve given me so much inspiration! i’m trying to change my diet for the better as i eat so many carbs and often rely on sugar to give me energy!

    http://whaticallbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Fernanda

    I love the healthy nando’ things, I’ll definitely be cooking up some of that! xx

  • Jennie

    I’m definitely going to try those bacon and egg baskets in the morning, they sound delicious.

    http://jenniewren3.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

  • Birkie Birkster

    hehe, I love how either your breakfast is superhealthy or all-on deliciously naughty…I never thought of putting peanut butter in smoothies

    • http://www.gh0stparties.com Kate Johnson

      Nothing unhealthy about either of those breakfasts, as soon as I stick to eggs, bacon and some veg in the morning, I feel so much more energised and my stomach is much flatter. Eggcellent way to slim down x

  • Michelle
  • Emma Handley

    Really want to try courgetti!

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Prettysnoopy

    definitely need to try some of these Kate! I’m veggie, so not the chicken! But your salad sounds a great idea and courgettt! xx

  • Vicky T

    Ooh the cauliflower rice sounds amaze – will have to try that! Thanks for sharing :) xx

    Withalittlepixiedust.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kat

    Every single one of these sounds delicious! Definitely trying some out this week, thanks! x

    Kat from Blushing Rose Beauty

  • sarah beth

    Courgetti sounds seriously good! xxx

    StudentBeauty

  • Rosie W

    Mm these sound good. I always put grapes on my salads :)

  • Allie H

    I need to start eating way healthier, great ideas xx

    http://yougottabegorgeousx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sami_ABB

    Sounds DELISH! I never make time to cook but I’m gonna make time to try some of these recipes out :)

  • Victoria Reilly

    Sweet potato fries are definitely my go to for a healthy snack! I chop them up into mis matched chip/wedge like shapes, add pepper, olive oil, chili, garlic and literally whatever else I fancy, bang in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes and voila!

    Vickie xx | vickieblogs.blogspot.co.uk

  • Madeline Rose

    My favorite healthy meals are: plain greek yogurt with berries, salad bowls, or root veggie soups :)

    Madeline | Ring-a-Round a
    Rosey
    | Bloglovin’

  • Kaeyln

    I love to make healthy salads with quinoa! Mediterranean is my favorite!

    http://simpleandspice.blogspot.com

  • Isabel Benjamin

    Looks delicious! I am going to try that for myself, thankyou!

    http://snxwflake.blogspot.com

  • Liv

    need to try some of these! x

  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    Great inspiration, I’m always looking to make my meals healthier!

    Kate xo / http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • Stephanie

    Fab suggestions, I’m looking forward to trying these!

    Stephanie

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

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    xxx