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Amazing Sausage Casserole

I was really stuck one day with what to make with a huge pack of sausages I had bought in special. I came across this recipe on BBC Goodfood and safe to say, it was perfect! 

Ingredients 

  • 8 lean sausages, grilled.
  • Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • handful chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 sundried tomatoes
  • Small glass red wine
  • jar of passata
  • 1 tin of cannellini beans
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • handful chopped basil

Method

Fry the onions and garlic untill softened. After 5 mins or so add the peppers, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, cook for a further few mins then return the sausages to the pan.

turn the heat up high, add the red wine and cook for a few mins to reduce slightly.

Add the passata, basil and paprika and simmer for half an hour. (or as long as you want really the longer its left the better the taste its amazing reheated the next day!)

Season to taste and serve with mashed sweet or regular potato if you are having high carb, or mixed veg if low carb.

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Coconut Chicken Curry

This is another staple of mine that goes into my Sunday food prep on a regular basis. 

It can actually fall into the high or low carb category depending on how you serve it, serve with rice for high carb, add veggies while cooking and serve as is for low carb.

Ingredients

  • tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 500g chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions 

1. Add coconut oil to a large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add the chicken and fry until golden brown. Remove from the pan and keep to one side.

3. Add onion and cook until light golden brown, then add ginger, cumin, fennel, mustard, chili, and turmeric.

4. Cook spices until they begin to pop.

5. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, and Greek yogurt and bring to a simmer.

5. Add chicken, add mixed vegetables if you are looking to have as a low carb meal, and cook for about 10- 15 minutes.

6. Serve with rice if you are looking to have as a high carb meal, with a lime wedge on the side.

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Cashew Fried Chicken

This was a recipe I came across at in December 2015, and I was quite sceptical about exactly how good it could really be…

Safe to say, it tasted incredible! the cashew nuts added a completely distinct flavour but still gave me that incredibly indulgent taste you get from eating really good fried chicken.

To be honest, this recipe could be in the high or low carb column depending on what you self it with. I had a green salad and a bit of sweet chili dipping sauce (a bit naughty as its pretty high in sugar!)

Ingredients

  • 2 Large chicken breasts
  • 100g of cashew nuts
  • 1 egg
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees C.

Using a blender, grind your cashew nuts down to a fine flour like texture.

Cover your chicken breasts with cling film and flatten using a rolling pin or saucepan.

Whist your egg in a bowl.

Dip your flattened chicken breast into the beaten egg and then transfer to a plate where to be coated in the cashew nut ‘breadcrumbs’

Once both chicken breast are coated, melt your butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat (***Be careful not to have your frying pan too hot as the cashew coating can burn easily)

Fry the chicken breasts each side until lightly golden brown, then transfer them to the oven for 10-12 minutes to complete the cooking.

Serve with your favourite dipping sauce and a large mixed salad if you are looking to go low carb, or a carbohydrate portion e.g. jacket potato if you are going for a high carb meal.

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Quick and easy breakfast bagel

As mentioned in previous posts. I love to keep pre cooked meats in the fridge, to throw together a quick salad, wrap or bagel for when on the move or in a hurry.

For this recipe I will usually grill a pack of bacon on a Sunday for the week ahead, so all I am going to need to is fry an egg and throw my bagel together for my post workout breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 Dr Zaks wholewheat bagel (if you can find Dr Zaks, opt for a regular bagel)
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 3 rashers of lean, cooked bacon
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of rocket
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • Black pepper and sea salt

Method

Place a small knob of butter in a frying pan and crack your egg in to fry once the butter has begun to melt.

Slice and toast your bagel

If you prefer tour bacon hot, cook in the microwave for 40-50 seconds.

Mash your avocado onto your toasted bagel and add bacon to one side of the bagel.

Once your fried egg is cooked to your liking, place onto of your bacon.

Season the egg with salt and pepper, add your rocket, sliced tomato and place your other half of the bagel on top.

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

My girlfriend and I have a bit of a running joke that she is not the best in the kitchen. But I’ve come to realise she what she does make, she makes amazingly! We got back from a run one day and she told me she was going to make me a smoothie bowl. I thought “………?” She then made me one of those amazing things that you are truly asking how can this be healthy, it tastes to good? Heres her awesome breakfast smoothie bowl recipe, perfect for after a hard training session.

Smoothie Ingredients-

1.5 cups frozen berries
1 banana (frozen or not)
1 scoop Myprotein vanilla
1 tbs peanut butter powder (if you cant find it just add a little more peanut butter)
1 tbs peanut butter (I get the all natural with only 1 ingredient: peanut butter, many have cane sugar or syrup in them, even the all natural ones)
1 cup almond/ cashew milk (more may be needed depending on desired thickness)
1/3 c greek yogurt
1/2 c. 100% fruit juice of choice (optional)

Topper Ingredients-

1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs dried gogi berries
1/3 cup granola mix mine is (low sugar granola, muesli and Grape nuts)

Blitz all smoothie ingredients in blender, pour into bowl and add toppings. Eat with a spoon like breakfast ice cream!