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Yummy Tuna Patties!

These are so easy and quick to make ! Plus tuna is something we all have in the cupboard and in-expensive but extremely good for you. I would recommend using tuna in brine or spring water . 

Tuna serves as a source of complete protein — one that provides all 10 amino acids your body needs to survive. Your body utilizes these amino acids to maintain healthy tissue and uses specific amino acids to help support brain function and maintain a healthy hormone balance.

The fish provides a modest source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential fats your body uses to maintain healthy skin and hair and to maintain the health of your cardiovascular system and brain.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

 

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Ingredients

 2 6-ounce cans tuna
2 tsps Dijon mustard
1/2 cup brown bread torn into small pieces
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, green onions, or shallots
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
A couple of drops of tabasco
2 egg whites
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 teaspoon butter

Directions

1. Drain the tuna cans.

2. In a bowl, mix together the tuna, mustard, torn bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Mix in the egg.

3. Divide the mixture into 4 parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty.

4. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. (You can skip the chilling, chilling just helps the patties stay together when you cook them.)

5. Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste) in a cast iron or stick-free skillet on medium high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Enjoy with wedges of lemon, salad and some steamed vegetables like broccoli.

 

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Spiced Baked Apple Chips

These spiced baked apple chips make a fabulous healthy alternative to potato chips when you want a crunchy treat!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

Apples (as many as you like!)
Apple pie spice

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

2. Slice apples very thinly and discard seeds.

3. Arrange apple slices (without overlapping) on nonstick or cooking-sprayed baking sheets.

4. Sprinkle with apple pie spice.

5. Bake apples for 1 hour, then flip and continue baking for 1 to 2 more hours, flipping occasionally, until the apple slices are crunchy and no longer moist. The thinner the apples, the less time they will need to bake.

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Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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Baked Chicken & Pesto Polenta 

Ingredients

1 cup Mixed vegetables

1 Chicken breast

1 tsp Pesto

1 tbsp low fat cream cheese (Philadelphia)

50g Polenta

1 slice low-fat cheese

Directions

1. Cook the chicken breast and then chop up into slices

2. Boil the vegetables and drain

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3. Heat 200ml water in a pan and when it starts to simmer immediately add the polenta and make sure you keep stirring.

4. Add the fromage frais and pesto and stir.

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5. Add the chicken and vegetables and mix into the polenta

6. Pour into your dish and sprinkle with cheese.

7. Put the dish a pre-heated oven 200 degrees for 20 mins , then switch on the grill and pop under for 5 mins so the cheese bubbles and you get a nice crispy too!

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ENJOY!

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Delicious Pesto Prawn Rice Noodles

Ingredients

50g dried Rice noodles
75g Cooked King prawns
1 tbsp Pesto
2 tbsp Low fat Fromage Frais
1 cup Broccoli
0.5 cup Cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Boil water in a pan and add the broccoli
2. Whilst it’s boiling mix the pesto & fromage frais with a fork in a bowl
3. Chop tomatoes into halves and add to pesto mixture
4. Drain the broccoli when it’s cooked
5. Boil water in a pan and add the noodles
6. When noodles are cooked (about 6 mins) drain
7. Pour all ingredients into pan and mix

This dish is easy, healthy, low fat, gluten & wheat free, and only takes 15 minutes to make!

Who said being healthy is hard?

ENJOY!!

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Frozen Yoghurt – Not as healthy as you think

Alice Mackintosh, a nutrition consultant at The Food Doctor says: ‘Even if frozen yogurts are fat-free, if they are high in sugar, your body may take the sugar and store it as fat. They don’t offer much nutritional value, and should not be mistaken for a healthy snack.’ The probiotic element is in too low a concentration to have much impact, she adds.

New York-based nutritionist Lana Masor explains: ‘There are two things in this world that make food taste really good — fat and sugar — so if something claims to be fat-free but it tastes delicious, you can bet that it is loaded with sugar.’

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Since the difference in the ingredients of ice cream and frozen yogurt is cream, the main nutritional difference is the fat content. One cup of regular vanilla ice cream contains 275 calories, 5 grams of protein, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat and 9 grams of saturated fat. One cup of regular vanilla frozen yogurt contains 221 calories, 5 grams of protein, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat.

Several of the frozen yogurt cups also contain both artificial and natural ingredients — the former is chemically made, while the latter comes from some place in nature (though not necessarily something you’d typically think of as food; for example, some natural berry flavors might come from castoreum, an extract from beaver perineal glands).

So how to make sense of a confusing label? Here’s Nestle’s rule: “If it has more than five ingredients, or you don’t recognize the ingredient as a food, leave it.”
Some of the ingredient lists above top 10-plus items — and that’s for the seemingly simple “tart” flavors, not the oh-so-tempting birthday cake variety. And yup, that’s before loading on the toppings.

The Best Frozen Yogurt Is the One You Make Yourself!!!

HONEY PEACH FROZEN YOGHURT

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into chunks. (about 3 cups of cut fruit and you can use a mix of white and yellow)
¼ cup honey
2 ½ cups Fage Greek yogurt

METHOD

With a blender or a hand blender, puree peaches.
Add, honey and yogurt and puree more.
Pour contents into ice cream maker and turn on for 25 to 30 minutes, until mixture is stiff and bunching into the blades.
Remove all frozen yogurt from ice cream maker and store it in another container.
Freeze for an additional 2 hours. Serve.

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FROZEN STRAWBERRY YOGHURT

INGREDIENTS

140g strawberries
½ x 405g can light condensed milk
500g tub 0%-fat Greek yogurt

METHOD

Roughly chop half the strawberries and whizz the rest in a food processor or with a stick blender to a purée.
In a big bowl, stir the condensed milk into the puréed strawberries then gently stir in the yogurt until well mixed.
Fold through the chopped strawberries.
Scrape the mixture into a loaf tin or container, pop on the lid or wrap well in cling film and freeze overnight, until solid.
Remove from the freezer about 10-15 mins before you want to serve the frozen yogurt.
Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

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Secrets to the healthy grain Polenta- low fat and versatile !

Polenta

An Italian accompaniment dish made from ground maize, polenta makes a great change from serving pasta and potatoes.

There are three different types of polenta sold in supermarkets and delis. Traditional polenta takes around 40 minutes to cook, and it does need to be stirred while it’s on the stove.
Supermarkets sell instant polenta, which can be brought to the table, piping hot, in less than 10 minutes. 
If all this seems too much like hard work, check out the ready-to-use pre-cooked variety. It’s sold in good delis as a slab or a roll.

My ingredients

Polenta 50g
250ml water
Prawns 60g
Light chive Philadelphia 30g
Brocolli
Tomatoes
Peas
Carrots

HOW TO PREPARE 
Because traditional polenta takes longer to cook, it’s an idea to get hold of a sturdy saucepan, which isn’t likely to scorch.
As a rough guide, allow 50g polenta per person and about 250ml water for cooking.
Add the polenta in a thin steady stream into a saucepan of boiling water. Don’t forget to stir it constantly, or it might go lumpy on you.
When cooked, polenta has a smooth, creamy texture and comes away from the sides of the pan.

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If you don’t like my serving suggestion why not try these yummy alternatives ?

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

Serve it softly set, straight from the pan, with a hearty casserole or rich sauce.
You can also leave it to cool on a tray before cutting into fingers and deep frying.

Ring the changes – try using polenta instead of flour for a nutty, slightly crunchy flavour in cakes and biscuits.

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Creamy Tomato Polenta

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Mediterranean vegetable stack with chargrilled polenta and sauce vierge

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mediterraneanvegetab_86234

Crispy polenta cake

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/crispypolentacake_84562

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Crispy salmon, polenta chips and grilled asparagus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/crispy_salmon_polenta_67895

Baked Banana Crisps

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Ingredients

3 Bananas
Lemon juice
Water
Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 175-200ºF and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper, aluminium foil or a silicone sheet.

2. Peel and slice the bananas. Make sure they’re all fairly much the same slice width, to ensure even cooking.

3. Brush with lemon juice mixed with just a little water to prevent excessive browning of the bananas and adds a slight tang.

4. Arrange the slices across the lined baking tray and do not allow the slices to touch.

5. If you want sprinkle with a little cinnamon and salt.

6. Place the sheet in the oven.

7. Test after an hour to see if you like the consistency; if not, continue baking. Baking times may vary depending on the thickness of the slices.

8. Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool. Most likely the banana chips will be soft and oozing but in cooling, they’ll harden up and become crispy.
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ENJOY!!

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

(This recipe makes 8 bars)

Ingredients:

Dry:

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup flour
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
¼ cup dark chocolate chips (or dried fruit)
¼ cup sugar 
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

Wet:

1.5 cup skim milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. 
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined. 
4. Pour the batter into a cooking-sprayed (or oiled) baking dish 
5. Sprinkle raw oats on top if you like (it makes it look pretty!)
6. Bake for 30 minutes. 
7. Take out and cut it into 8 bars and allow them to cool on cooling rack.

ENJOY!

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Healthy homemade tortilla pizzas!

Healthy Homemade pizzas 

Serves 1

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Tortilla
1 tbsp Tomato purée
2 tbsp Passata
Optional sauces / flavours
BBQ sauce
Pesto
Optional toppings
Pepperoni
Cooked Chicken
Rocket
Basil
Grated Cheese
Ham
Pineapple
Tuna
Mozzarella

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Directions

1.Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees

2.Mix the purée & passata then if you want with the pesto or BBQ sauce

Spread the mix over the tortilla
Choose your toppings and add to the pizza
Put in the oven on a pre heated baking tray for 15 mins

Take out and sprinkle extra cheese and then pop back in for a few more minutes
Enjoy!
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