August 2014 archive

Coconut Prawns with Glass Noodles

This is an amazing recipe I made this evening from the Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook, a definite buy for anyone wanting to eat really healthy food. Anyone that knows me well enough knows that I absolutely love cooking and I love to experiment with new recipes and make them my own. Obviously this blog is all about losing weight and eating a healthy diet so I thought this was a perfect recipe to share, and definitely one of the best dishes I’ve cooked in a long time!
As it says on the recipe page, top tip: ginger is good for your digestive health and can help your body to break down fatty foods.
Recipe:
(Serves 4)
Ingredients:
20 tiger prawns, raw and unpeeled
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 red chilli, finely sliced
50g creamed coconut
3 tbsp of soy sauce
250g glass rice noodles
A bunch of coriander, to garnish
1 lime, quartered, to garnish
Method:
  1. Rinse the tiger prawns under cold water
  2. In a wok, heat the oil and gently fry the garlic, ginger and chilli, until well softened. Add the creamed coconut and 120ml boiling water. The sauce should be of a thick consistency. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes; do not allow to boil.
  3. Add the prawns and continue to cook until they have turned pink.
  4. Add the soy sauce and taste. Add more of both if needed to adjust the flavour.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions.
  6. Serves the prawns over noodles, sprinkled with coriander and a wedge of lime on the side.

This is my own take on the recipe, being at home meant I was able to use tiger prawns as they are quite expensive, if I was still at uni I would adapt it to what I was able to afford!! Also the original recipe used a green chilli but I decided to use a red chilli, which gave it a good kick.
 

Curry in the making!

 

The final dish!

Adele's Journey

Green Tea

A couple of years ago I started drinking green tea. Personally, I love the refreshing taste of it but it is an acquired taste. However there are many benefits to drinking green tea which include:
  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Prevents depression
As far as I know, none of these have been proven as such. Although these aren’t strictly the reasons that I drink the green tea, although they are an added bonus! I first started drinking fruit tea and I still drink that occasionally but soon after there were lots of good stories about how beneficial it is to your health! And I’ve enjoyed it ever since. I find that it’s a really good alternative to normal tea, particularly if you want to lose weight, as you don’t have the added calories of milk and sugar!
 

Amazing cup of green tea at Ping Pong!

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Moroccan Chicken Pot Pies with cumin and a crisp filo top

One of my favourite dishes is chicken pie, unfortunately I would normally make that with puff pastry, not good for the diet! So I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while and it was absolutely delicious, a great twist on your class chicken pie. The spices work so well with the chicken and vegetables and the filo top tastes just as great as puff pastry would, if not better! You must try it if you love chicken pie. It says to serve with a crisp green salad but personally I don’t think that’s needed, maybe a bit of broccoli if you feel you want more veg.
So here’s the recipe and some pictures to make you want to try it even more:
Ingredients:
Spray oil
2 large onions, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
3 tbsp cornflour
600ml chicken stock
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
100g frozen peas
Salt and pepper
3 sheets of filo pastry
Method:
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Spray a little oil into a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook gently for about 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further minute before adding the cumin and paprika. Then, allow them to toast for a minute.
In the meantime, toss the chicken pieces in the cornflour and a little salt and pepper until evenly coated. Stir these into the onion mixture and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the stock, stirring all the time to blend in the cornflour without any lumps. Turn up the heat and add the carrots, peas and seasoning. Allow to come to the boil, then pop a lid on and reduce to simmer gently for 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickened.
Meanwhile, prepare the topping, slice up the filo pastry width ways and separate the sheets.
Once ready, divide the pie filling among six ramekins or hot pot dishes. Then divide the filo strips into six bunches. Pick up the bunches and lay one messily on top of each pie. The more bits that are sticking up and messy, the more likely the filo is to crisp up. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and piping hot, the filo is crisp and golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve.

For anyone wondering, there is also only 320 calories per serving!
 
 

Adele's Journey

Review. £5 off of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Tescos.

Almost a year ago I received an email from Tescos to sign up to a new site they were developing called Orchard. Now on this website you fill out a number of surveys so that they understand your habits and preferences. Then every so often you get “invited” to programmes where you are sent vouchers to try new products that Tesco have launched.
The most recent programme I signed up to take part in was one where I got £5 off of any fruit and vegetables that I ordered with a Tesco delivery. Perfect timing as I needed to stock up at uni!
I got a whole range of vegetables, as you can see from the photos I went all out!
 
Back to the point of the programme and my review. The aim of the programme was to see what the freshness was like of the products delivered. I must say it was really good! The products were definitely better than if I had picked them myself. The dates were all the best you could have found in store.
Would I recommend Tescos to you?
Well I personally have never had a bad experience with Tescos. The reason I always shop there is because I get club card points and vouchers. Not only that, obviously it is an added bonus, the range of products they do is great, they are always keeping up to date with their brands and doing their own version of the products as well.
Yes, I would definitely recommend shopping there. People can judge so quickly but it’s really quite good!
You may ask why I bought so much, I couldn’t possibly eat it all before it goes out of date. Well you’re right, I always get vegetables that I can freeze, so I chop it all up and divide it into plastic bags and put it in the freezer.

That way I can choose which vegetable I want with my dinner or if I want to put extra vegetables in a chilli con carne or bolognaise sauce then they are already in the freezer ready for me to use.
 
The cute patterned bags are from IKEA!
 
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