This meal is one that’s highly nourishing but still manages to feel that little bit indulgent thanks to the cheese, rich egg yolk and the faux “chips”.
I normally just buy a whole squash, chop it into thick chip shapes and bake them as this is the cheaper option but on this occasion the shop I was in didn’t have whole butternut squashes but did have this shape instead, so I thought I’d try them out.
Although they’re called “fusilli” which implies they’re meant to replace pasta, I personally don’t think that works as they’re just not bendy enough, I feel they work far better as a nutritious chip option that counts as 1/5 a day.
Yes these pancakes are green because I blended spinach into them and no you cannot taste it, spinach has such a neutral flavour that it gets completely covered when you cook these and top them with some juicy pineapple, banana and tropical coconut, that’s a win for secret greens!
This is such a stealth health way of sneaking more greens into your food without it feeling like an ordeal and when you add together the spinach, pineapple and banana it counts as 2 of your 5 a day and the “flour” for the recipe is made from oats which is a great fibre source.
These are also so easy and quick to make as you just chuck all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth then fry them up in under 5mins.
For a similar kind of fruity pancake recipe check out my apple pie pancakes
This recipe is such a tasty one that when I first made it I had to stop myself from devouring the second portion.
If you’re a nut butter addict like me then nut butter and anything is a winner, but combine it with 2 of my other favourite things i.e. chilli and sweet potato and all of a sudden it’s now spicy, creamy Heaven in a bowl!
A benefit of the addition of the peanut butter is that the fat from it helps you absorb the vitamin A in the sweet potato which is fat soluble (which is an excuse I often use in order to add nut butter to errrrything).
I’ve been loving this recipe on the lead up to the Christmas period. It helps get some fantastic nutritional goodness into your meals, counts as 2/5 a day and in my opinion is one of the nicest ways to eat brussel sprouts.
This is super easy and quick to whip up and pairs well with a lot of spare food you may have lying around, I’ve added things like flaked almonds and vacuum packed chestnuts. There’s the option of adding on a sweet tahini drizzle for more flavour and additional nutritional goodness! It’s also a great way to use up leftover sprouts that didn’t make it into the Christmas dinner so that they aren’t wasted.
Why you should love your sprouts
Sprouts are part of the cruciferous veg family which have so many benefits, firstly they are packed with fibre and many nutrients but they also help your liver to function better and therefore be more efficient at removing harmful substances due to a compound called sulforaphane and let’s face it, if there’s a time when your liver needs some support, it’s definitely Christmas time!
Who doesn’t love a crepe?
Although most tend to be sweet I have had one or two fantastic savoury ones which inspired me to make my own version.
I decided to up the nutrition by adding some fresh kale (you can also use spinach) into the batter mix which I think is a great way to sneak this green leafy goodness into your meals without noticing it, trust me, once your toppings are inside you don’t notice it at all! This is such a healthy, fun, easy way to squeeze lots of veg and goodness into your day so definitely give it a go!
I found some great pea and lentil based “pasta” in Sainsbury’s and couldn’t wait to try them out, what I love is that an average serving counts as 1/5 day! Combine this with the beans and you’ve got 2 portions of veg in one meal PLUS they’re organic and suitable for anyone who can’t have gluten.
If you can’t find these then feel free to use any pasta of choice, Sainsbury’s also do a great selection of wholegrain *spelt pasta/noodles for only £1.15.
*Note: Spelt contains gluten
Grain free high fibre pea pasta
This is a lovely, simple, nutritious meal that can be whipped up in under 20mins and is packed full of the good stuff including:
-heart loving compounds in the legumes, garlic, olive oil and rocket
Wholemeal spelt pasta