Peanut Butter & Chocolate Squares

Peanut Butter Squares

OMG! Well what can I say, if you love Peanut Butter like me these are delicious. They are also very light and cut up into small squares they are only about 70 calories per square, so in my book that’s a guilt free treat with my cup of coffee.

We always have a little treat on a Sunday, it’s something to look forward to while we relax and chill after our working week. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, fiber, folate, phosphorus, potassium & magnesium. And yes, peanut butter does have fat, but the fat is monounsaturated, which is more cholesterol-friendly.

I first saw this recipe from a Diabetic Website https://diabeticgourmet.com/ when my mum was a Diabetic, unfortunately I never got round to making them for her. This recipe I change a little to suit our sweet tastes….lol!

Makes 16 small squares

60g Butter

120g Caster Sugar (Splenda if diabetic)

40g Light Brown Sugar

100ml skimmed or semi skimmed milk

60g Peanut Butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

120g Self Raising Flour

90g Rolled Oats

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

120g Chocolate Chips

1. Beat the butter, caster Sugar and brown sugar until well combined.

2. Stir in milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually mix in combined flour, oats, baking powder and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spread mixture evenly into a 9 x 9-inch baking pan covered with greaseproof paper. Bake in preheated 170 deg oven for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Leave to cool on wire rack. Cut into squares.

4. Store in airtight container at room temperature, will be best for up to 3 days.


Tuna & Bean Salad with Lemon Balm.

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This Monday I went to my local Food Assembly to pick up all of my lovely fresh meat, vegetables and eggs, I decided to try some of the Lemon Balm from Rhone Cottage, https://www.facebook.com/Rhone-Cottage-1532484203665299/ . Looking at what I could use it with I decided a lovely healthy tuna bean salad and the lemon balm leaves just added that lovely flavour of lemon, it was very fragrant and gave that extra zing.

 

Serves 2  Approx 350 calories per serving.

1 tin tuna

1 tin of black eyed beans

1/2 red onion – chopped finely

3 spring onions – chopped

1 yellow pepper – sliced and diced

Handful of fresh sweetcorn

Handful of fresh garden peas

1 tbsp red chilli pepper flakes (optional)

1 tbsp Olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp mayonnaise

small handful of lemon balm – chopped finely

 

  1. Heat through the black eyed beans, approx 4-5 mins on medium heat, remove and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, mix everything else in a large mixing bowl making sure everything is coated. 20160426_140651
  3. Add the black eyed beans, mix through and then serve with a sprinkle of the lemon balm on top. Yummy!

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Roasted pepper couscous

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Serves 2 – Approx 90 calories per serving.

100g couscous

1 red, green, yellow pepper

1 tbsp tomato paste

100ml Vegetable stock

1 tbsp paprika

 

1. Cut the peppers into quarters lengthways, place in a baking tin and drizzle a little olive oil then sprinkle the paprika over top.

2. Preheat the oven to 220 deg and roast peppers for 30 mins.

3. Meanwhile bring to boil the vegetable stock and add the couscous, reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 mins. Then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 10 mins.

4. Remove peppers from oven and let cool. Once cool chopped up finely.

5. Using a fork break up the couscous and add in the peppers. Add the tomato paste and stir through. Then serve.


Morning Bacon and Tomato Frittata

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Love these variations for Brekkie. 225 Calories per frittata

2 medium eggs – beaten

50ml skimmed milk

1 tomato sliced

2 rashers of reduced fat lean smoked bacon

salt and pepper to taste

tablespoon of chives

 

1. Mix beaten eggs, milk, sat, pepper and chives together set aside

2. Lightly fry bacon with low fat spray olive oil or teaspoon of olive oil until browned

3. Put bacon into an oven dish, slice tomato and place on top

4. Pour in egg mixture evenly and bake for approx 20 mins at 200 deg.

Yummy filling brekkie 🙂  To make this even more healthy add in some Kale.


Five Spice Chicken Salad in under 12 minutes.

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I love Fast Healthy Food. These days we seem to have less time, so quick healthy dinners are perfect.

 

Serves 1 – Calories per serving 350, 5.8g fat, 0.7g sat fat, 7g protein

1 x carrot sliced thinly

1/4 cabbage sliced thinly

1/4 courgette sliced thinly

1 red pepper sliced thinly

2 Handfuls of kale

small tin of sweetcorn or small handful of frozen sweetcorn

1/4 lettuce sliced finely

1 Egg (Boiled)

1 Chicken Breast, sliced or cubed

1 tablespoon of chinese five spice

1-2 tablespoons of Soy Sauce

 

1. Boil egg in a pan of hot water for about 7-8 mins until hard boiled.

2. Chop the chicken breast and coat in chinese five spice, then fry in a wok or pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil until browned all over.

3. Add in little at a time, all of the vegetables, stir and cook on high heat for about 5 minutes, splash on the soy sauce and cook for further 1 minute.

4. Remove egg, take off shell and slice.

5. Empty all ingredients onto a plate or bowl and serve…..Yummy healthy meal in under 10 minutes!


Chilli Cheese Turkey Burger

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I am on the health hunt again, looking for alternative options. These were delicious.

 

Makes 6 or 4 large ones – (can be frozen) Per serving:- Calories: 191, Fat 3.6g of which 1.2g saturate, Carbs 8.3g, Protein 11.4g.

1 red onion

1 courgette or green pepper (your preference)

1 red chilli – chopped

2 cloves garlic

250g turkey mince (you can use chicken or lean minced beef)

2 eggs

50 g oat bran

120 g mozerella

salt & pepper

 

1. Chop the onion, courgette or pepper, garlic and chilli and saute in a little oil in a large pan for 5 mins, then let cool.

2. In a bowl mix the minced turkey, eggs, oat bran, salt and pepper and the cooled vegetable mix and mix well.

3. Form the burgers and push a slice of mozerella into the middle covering well.

4. Grill on a medium heat for 5 mins each side, or place on a griddle pan with little oil for 5 mins each side, check that it is cooked through.

5. Serve on it’s own with some side salad or low fat chips, or you can serve in a healthy flatbread with some tomato and salad.


Low Calorie Chicken Bhuna

Chicken Buana

Alternative to one of my favourites from my Local Indian Takeaway. Full of flavour, lower in calories.

 

Serves 2 – 305 calories per portion (add 180 calories for 50g rice)

2 chicken breasts – cubed

1 red, yellow and green pepper – chunks

20g root ginger – cut into small pieces

1 medium onion – quartered

2 garlic cloves – peeled, cut into small pieces

1 tbsp mild curry powder

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp hot chilli powder

1 tbsp olive oil

200 g can chopped tomatoes

300ml chicken stock (1 cube)

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp cornflour or plain flour

fresh coriander to garnish (optional)

salt, pepper (seasoning)

 

Put ginger, onion, garlic, curry powder, garam masala and chilli powder into a food processor and whizz up until blended finely.

Heat oil in a pan, add the spiced mixture and cook on medium heat for 10 mins.

Pour in chopped tomatoes and cook for further 5 mins, stirring regularly

Add chicken and peppers and mix through for 2 mins

Add chicken stock and sugar, bring to gentle simmer and cook for 20 mins.

Mix cornflour with 1 tbsp water and mix into sauce to help thicken, season with salt and pepper

Garnish with some coriander.

Cook chosen rice as per packet instructions…..serve. Yummy.