Burgers: the ultimate comfort food.
And while most burgers don't make the cut for a healthy eating plan, there is no reason why - with a few tweaks - burgers can't form part of a balanced, nutritious diet. Example in question: the tandoori chicken burger.
Do you ever find yourself eating the same handful of meals all the time?
I know we do, and I sometimes feel guilty for feeding the family the same old dishes. So I made it my mission that once baby #2 came along I would start trying out new recipes that I've had floating around inside my head. Seeing as baby #2 is now four months old I should really get onto that...Starting with this one - roasted paprika chicken.
We eat a lot of chicken in my household.
This is largely because it's cheap source of lean protein and lends itself well to all sorts of different meals. Chicken is something we always have on hand, so I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to serve it up. I used to go for a basic lemon/garlic/parsley concoction as my mainstay marinade but in recent months I've found myself coming back to this combo again and again - miso honey chicken.
Pop quiz time! What's better: a) enchiladas or b) lasagne?
Swerve! It's actually secret answer c) both at the same time. Meet enchilasagne. It's what happens when a tray of lasagne and a dish of enchiladas get freaky. It's all the flavours of enchiladas but stacked like a lasange, so cuts out the often messy, time-consuming process of rolling. Mostly, I love anything Mexican and anything that's a lasagne, so this dish was a natural result of hunger meets laziness meets Mexican food craving.
Doesn't everyone love lazy food?
The kind of food you can put a small amount of effort into and ignore for a while but still gives you amazing results. I know I do. When people comment that I'm a good cook I often remark that I'm given too much credit for adding fire to meat and plants...My skills in the kitchen have come from years of monumentally screwing things up, which taught me how to fix things when they go wrong and I think that's what makes a real cook - someone who understands the ingredients they're working with and how to prepare them in a way that makes them shine (and can rescue them when it all goes pear-shaped). This recipe isn't hard, but my-oh-my is the final result something special. Everyone loves a Sunday roast, right? Well next Sunday ditch the classic rosemary/garlic combination and try this slow cooked massaman curry lamb shoulder.
Everyone loves takeaway food, right?
There's a big reason they're such a successful industry, and it's not just the convenience (although that is a big part of it). And I totally get it - my family is just like yours, there are nights when cooking dinner is totally not going to happen and takeaway food is a life saver. Takeaway foods are mostly popular because they're delicious. If they weren't, we wouldn't keep buying them. And unfortunately the main reason they're delicious is because takeaway businesses add all the sugar, salt and fat they can without having to worry about nutrition; anything to get you to keep buying it.
One of the changes I made when overhauling my diet to focus on wholefoods was to start re-creating healthier versions of the dishes I loved to eat growing up, and in that process I made it my personal mission to not miss out on my favourite takeaway items while still giving my body the nutrition it needed (ok ok, while trying to not get super fat). So for your eating and viewing pleasure I've put together a collection of some amazing recipes: 10 incredible healthy versions of your favourite takeaway foods. They've got all the flavour of regular takeaway with a nutritional profile that's actually good for you.
In no particular order:
Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking.
And I know that having a young family and a job and a blog and a side business probably gives me enough to do that I’m allowed to be lazy sometimes, but I want you to know that even I – someone who loves cooking and would happily give up their office job to do it all day long – really can’t be bothered putting a great deal of effort into dinner sometimes. That’s where this meal comes in. Born from a mixture of hunger, laziness and exhaustion (mixed with a healthy dose of I-hate-doing-dishes-so-lets- try-to- keep-them-to-a-minimum…) this dish has joined the regular weekly rotation in our house due to it being easy, tasty and healthy. I give you: One-Pot Chicken Pasta.
Cold weather is soup weather.
When rain and wind are dominating the extended forecast (like now…ugh) you need something to warm you right through to your bones, and soup is a surefire winner. I love making a big batch of soup to feed the family and stock the freezer, but sometimes get sick of the tried and true pumpkin or minestrone. Plus I like to have a little protein in all my meals, so off I went in search of an interesting soup to meet the brief. The winner: this spiced sweet potato and lentil soup.
Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of carbs?
If there is, I'm yet to find it. Don't get me wrong - a long, hot bath or a glass of wine or a well-worn pair of ugg boots are all pretty great...but carbs are like a big warm hug for your insides. The happiness starts in your belly and just radiates outwards until you're just a blob of happiness in a carb-coma. But that's just my opinion. And I'm not a carb snob, but pasta just really does it for me. Too many people avoid pasta, and carbs in general, in an effort to lose or control their weight and I'm both fascinated and horrified by these weirdos. Pasta doesn't need to be on the banned food list, particularly when it's homemade wholemeal pasta. Master the art of homemade pasta (it's actually really easy) with this basic wholemeal pasta dough.
I’m a lazy person at heart.
Whilst good food and good nutrition are important to me so is not slaving away in a hot kitchen when I’m tired, cranky and have hungry mouths to feed (namely my own..). This means I’m always on the lookout for quick, nutritious and tasty meals the fam-bam will love, and I’ve found another favourite to add to the repertoire with this Low-Fat Creamy Mustard Chicken.
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