Helpful, healthy food

So it’s that time of year again, when everyone goes on a health kick in prep for the warmer weather coming.

It’s not just about losing weight, eating healthy and exercising just makes me feel better in general. I’ve been doing quite well in the healthy eating department; however, it can get a little boring, so I thought I’d share with you all a couple of recipes that I’ve found on the way.

The first recipe is from the Philadelphia iPad app, which I’d definitely recommend! It has loads on there and breaks recipes down into the type of dish, for example pasta, chicken etc. So anyway, I decided to make Salmon with Philadelphia and Chive Topping.

It’s a super easy dish and is literally made by spreading garlic and herb Philadelphia on salmon, then mixing bread crumbs, lemon zest and chives together and adding them on top. It is then baked in the oven.

Salmon can be served with whatever really, for a healthy option I’ve tried new potatoes and salad, and also once with a baked potato.

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Anyone that knows me or reads my blog, will probably know that I’m a Jamie Oliver fan! Therefore, my second healthy recipe is from his 15 Minute Meals, of which I have the book and app – both fantastic.

The meal is Grilled Steak, Ratatouille and Rice – it is a little more complex than the Philadelphia dish, but it’s still fairly straight forward. The steak is cooked on a griddle pan, the recipe states saffron rice, although I just used standard rice and then the ratatouille is basically all put together in one pan.

Ratatouille would be zero pro points on a weight watchers diet (I left out the anchovy), which is awesome because it really is where the flavour of the dish is! I definitely recommend you check it out!

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Healthy eating can be boring and dull, so these offer a bit of an alternative. I also wanted to share them because they’re quick to make and use proper ingredients.

What do you think to these recipes, are they something you’d try?

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Philadelphia – spaghetti carbonara for one

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It doesn’t happen often, but tonight I only had myself to cook for; I downloaded the philadelphia recipe app a while ago, so I decided to give the spaghetti carbonara a try!

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The recipe is for six people, therefore I simply reduced the amounts. Recently, at a Jamie Oliver party, I won a tool which measures spaghetti correctly for one, two or three people. It sounds simple but it really has come in useful, as I always end up cooking far too much, and it’s also great for sizing individual portions.

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Firstly, I put the spaghetti in a pan to boil – whilst this was bubbling away, I fried a little bacon in the pan. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of bacon, but I do appreciate that it adds flavour to the sauce so I added it anyway. I usually put courgettes in my carbonara, so I put these in the pan with the bacon. Once they had browned off a little, I added some vegetable stock as the recipe suggests.

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The sauce is really easy to make! You simply whisk the egg yolks with the light Philadelphia, because I was cooking for myself I only used 30g of Phili and one egg yolk. Once the pasta was cooked, I drained it, and added it to the pan with bacon, courgettes and veg stock. I then combined it all with the sauce.

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Now it is all coming together, I finish with a good sprinkle of parmesan, salt and pepper. The recipe suggests adding parsley, but I’m not keen on the flavour so I added a couple of basil leaves. This really is a tasty dish, and much nicer than I expected! It will definitely be cooked again as it’s perfect for one or the whole family!

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