Sunday, 22 July 2012

Falafel and Beetroot Salad

As simple as this dish sounds, I recommend you give it a try!

Warm some falafel in the oven. Arrange some rocket, cooked beetroot (the kind you find in those vacuum packs that I have recently discovered a new fondness for!) and sour cream mixed with chopped chives onto a plate.
Squeeze over some fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Pile a few warm falafel into the centre, and enjoy-probably more than you expected to!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette

This omelette uses only 2 eggs, low fat cheese and skimmed milk, so is good for the waistline whilst still feeling like an indulgent treat.
In a bowl, whisk these ingredients together with a generous amount if salt and pepper. Heat some oil in a frying pan - I used a low calorie olive spray. Pour in the eggy mixture, then whisk lightly with a fork. Fluff up the surface of the omelette, then leave to cook for around 4 minutes.
Add your smoked salmon to one half of the omelette. Fold over, place a plate over the pan just for about 30 seconds to help set the eggs, then flip over onto the plate. Serve with a green salad (no carbs for me!)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Poached egg over wilted greens and bulgar wheat

Here's a rather delightful healthy lunch option if you're bored of sandwiches, or, like me, are trying to have a little less baguette in your life. It would also make a speedy light supper.

Bulgar wheat is a whole grain that is high in fibre and protein, and stupidly easy to prepare. Simply put in a bowl (approx 50g for one portion, or a small handful) then pour over enough boiling water to cover, and leave for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain if necessary and fluff with a fork. That's it!

I used some locally grown whole spinach, but anything green will work well, particularly spring greens or kale. Heat a little olive oil in a pan, add your greens, one whole peeled garlic clove, a grinding of dried chilli flakes, and some salt and pepper. Cook until the spinach is just wilted. This will take as much time as it takes to poach your egg (3 minutes in simmering water for poached perfection!) Discard the garlic clove.

Serve your bulgar wheat on a plate and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Top with the spinach, then the poached egg. Add extra seasoning if you like, and a grating of parmesan if you have it.

(Oh and by the way, I am going to be on a beach in exactly ONE MONTH so stay tuned for more healthy recipes. I'm going to share them all with you guys to keep myself motivated!)

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