Monday, 31 December 2012

Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes

Returning back to London from Hampshire I was faced with an ill-equipped fridge and an equally uninspiring cupboard of food.  I needed a snack, not a meal (for I have been promised a Tapas-filled New Year) and having eaten my weight over and again in the last week, the dregs of Christmas Sweets did not really appeal (this is also because I am unable really to run at the moment which leaves me grumpy and mildly paranoid about weight gain).

The contents of my cupboards and fridge included low-fat cheese, ginger paste, lentils and a couple of over-ripe bananas and some eggs so I went to googling and found a recipe for Banana Pancakes made using just four ingredients, all of which were in my cupboard so here goes (original recipe with better photos than I got can be found here).

1 Ripe Banana
2 Eggs
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Mash the bananas up and break eggs over the top, then add cinnamon and vanilla essence.

Mix until smooth.

Put a small bit of oil or frylight into a pan and cook the pancakes until brown.

Calories per serving: 240.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Marinaded Salmon and Cauliflower Mash

This marinade is slightly calorific due to the soy-sauce (but all good calories) but the Cauliflower Mash more than balances off this; a healthy, delicious and low carbohydrate and calorie alternative to mashed potato still acts as a great winter comfort food.

Ingredients (serves one):
For the marinade:
50ml light Soy Sauce
50ml water
1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 Spring Onion
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp Demarera Sugar

1 Salmon Fillet

For the Cauliflower Mash:
7 Floretts of Cauliflower
1 tsp Bertolli Spread

Chop the spring onion and place in a bowl with the other marinade ingredients and whisk to combine then place salmon fillet in the mixture and let soak for 6 hours in a covered bowl in the fridge.

Lightly fry the salmon fillet for 10 minutes, tipping the remainder of the marinade into the pan.

Boil the cauliflower and strain then add 1 tsp bertolli spread and mash together.

Calories for the meal: 489

Saturday, 8 December 2012

My 2013 food challenge

I have been thinking long and hard about a food challenge to set myself. Photographing what i eat seemed a bit 2012 and I know people who have done it so well I feel I cannot compete.

So, thinking about my propensity to get quite safe with foods (or should i say, discover something new then eat it at nauseum until i can no longer stand it) and the Japanese belief that a minimum of thirty ingredients a day is the best means to a healthy body I have set myself the following challenge, which may seem small but will take some work- on the all too frequent occasions I eat out, to not order the same thing twice in a year.

The aim of this is, firstly to try and ensure that I discover more new places to eat but also to expand my pallet a bit more. Some of these changes shall be quite boring but some will undoubtedly yield some delicious (and healthy) discoveries.

I am still trying to decide what my home cooking challenge will be as in the last 18 months or so I have developed my repertoire and my ability to successfully experiment with foods quite considerably.

So here's to a slightly more diverse 2013 and some more reviewing and hopefully exciting homecooked blog posts to come.

I will keep this updated on @healthyhearty twitter feed with #challenge2013 as the tag.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Naughty but Nutritious Brownies

I originally found this recipe on Pintrest, however being based in the UK I had to do some improvising and converting; ready-made applesauce isn't easily available or up my street so I have included the recipe for the homemade sauce.  Plus I cannot stand walnuts so having a can of raspberries randomly in my cupboard (I don't tend to eat tinned fruit so this really was random) I decided to put those in instead.  The original recipe can be found by clicking here.  My batch were a tad soggier than intended but I think this is because the applesauce was too runny and there is a chance in the conversion from cups to grams some of the proportions were out.  Still these were chocolatey, delicious and... nutritious!

    Ingredients (makes 20):
    1 portion homemade applesauce (recipe below)
    2 small or medium bananas mashed
    300g sugar
    250g Self Raising Flour
    1 Courgette
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    60g Green and Blacks chocolate powder
    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1 small tin raspberries

Mash the banana and mix with the applesauce.

Grate the courgette and fold it in with the flour, sugar, chocolate powder, baking powder and vanilla extract.  Whisk until all mixed together then gently fold in the raspberries.

Pour into a brownie tin and bake for 45 mins at 150 oC

Calories per serving: 138

For the applesauce: Core and stew two granny smith apples in 500ml water, add juice of one lemon and 1 tbsp sugar, mash and simmer until reduced to a thicker consistency.

Turkey Burger, Homemade Chunky Chips and Avocado Fries

I have been a bit behind on my blogging of late, so this is the first of two experiments I tried two weeks ago. The Turkey Burger recipe is adapted from a BBC Good Food cook book and the Avocado Fries are from good old Pintrest.

This gastronomic (healthy) delight uses lean mince, middle eastern spices and a delicious combination of fluffy, crispy homecut chips and creamy avocado wedges balances good fats with a kick!

This recipe makes a meal for two.

Burger Ingredients:
250g Turkey Mince
1 egg
30g Flour
1 Spring Onion
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
2 Wholemeal rolls

Whisk the egg and chop the spring onion then mix in mince, flour and seasoning, divide the mixture into two patties.  To cook the patties, fry using 1 Tbsp Olive Oil for about 7 mins, ensuring both sides are brown and the meat is cooked through.

Calories per burger (without roll and olive oil): 281

Homemade Chips Ingredients:
1 litre beef stock
200g baking potato
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp paprika
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and put vegetable oil, garlic salt, paprika and pepper in the centre.

Chop the potato into wedges (approx 1cm diameter) and par-boil in beef stock (for about 5 mins.

Drain the potatoes and place on prepared foil. Bring all corners of the foil together and shake until potatoes are sufficiently covered in the oil and spice mixture.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Calories per serving: 150

Avocado Fries Ingredients:
1 Avocado
1 Egg
20g Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Peel and stone the avocado and chop into wedges.

Whisk the egg and fold in breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

Dunk the avocado wedges in the breadcrumb mixture then lay on a baking sheet which is covered in tin foil.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Calories per serving: 220