Sweet Chilli Mixed Bean Tuna Salad

Sweet Chilli Mixed Bean Tuna Salad

Healthier Eating is always at the fore front of my mind and especially this time of year, your body needs those extra nutrients & vitamins to function well and fight of those colds & flu’s. I know a salad doesn’t sound ideal when it’s minus degrees outside but trust me your body will thank you for it. I normally have a warm bowl of porridge in the morning, not only does that heat you up it also keeps you full for longer.

Choosing foods for your lunch or dinner that are rich in vitamin C, such foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits, try adding these to your meals as vitamin C plays an important role in the immune system and energy levels, especially important if you regularly exercise.

During the winter months, we can come into contact with viruses that can cause colds or flu. So, it’s important that our immune system functions normally and zinc contributes to this. Foods such as shellfish, spinach and lentils are good sources of zinc.

Fish such as salmon, tuna & cod as well as milk, eggs and cheese, are a great source of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and also contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue.

Spices like chilli’s are a good source of antioxidants and rich in vitamin A, as well as minerals such as iron and potassium.

This Superfood Salad bowl I have for my lunch, which gives me a good boost for afternoon working. It is rich in nutrients, flavour and vitamins so a good all rounder for the whole family. Serve with some wholewheat crackers for a more filling dish or serve as a side with some fish for dinner.


Serves 4 portions

1 x 400g Tin Mixed Beans

200g Baby Spinach – chopped

2 x Tins of Tuna (or fresh if you can)

100g Cherry Tomatoes, sliced into quarters

1 x Cucumber sliced into quarters

Handful of chopped mix nuts & seeds

3 Tbsps of Sweet Chilli Sauce (more if you want it sweeter)

2 Chillies, Chopped finely (optional)

Chopped fresh Parsley (Optional)

  1. Drain the tin of mixed beans and decant into a large bowl, add the spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, tuna, chilli’s (if using) and mix through
  2. Pour in the chilli sauce and mix ensuring everything is coated.
  3. Sprinkle Nuts & Seeds (of your choice) and chopped parsley (if using) on top and serve into bowls.


Chicken & Chickpea Thai Cakes

Chicken & Chickpea Thai Cakes

These little cakes are so easy to make and quick too, a great mid week dinner or even a quick lunch bite. What’s even better is that they are healthy, low in fat & low in calories at just 150 per cake.

Makes 8

2 Chicken Breasts

4 Spring Onions – chopped finely

1 tsp garlic granules or 2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 tsp ginger or 1″ fresh ginger chopped finely

1 tbsp dried coriander

2 tsps Soy Sauce

Zest & Juice of 1 lime

Salt & Pepper

1 tin of Chickpeas drained (400g)

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

Sweet Chilli Sauce to serve.

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Using of food processor blitz the chickpeas and chicken until minced.
  3. In a bowl mix everything together with your hands and form 8 small cakes about 1cm thick, place onto baking paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve with some Sweet Chilli Sauce. Yum!
Chicken & Chickpea Thai Cakes

Marinated Chicken with Homemade coleslaw

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Serves 2

Chicken Marinade:

3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

3 tbsp of soy sauce

2 tbsp of honey

2 tbsp of tomato ketchup

1 tsp of ground ginger

2 Chicken Breasts

Coleslaw:

1/4 red cabbage

4 carrots, peeled and grated

2 spring onions, washed

3 tsp of sweet chilli sauce

1/2 lime, juiced

3 tbsp of mayonnaise (light to save on those calories)

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

 

1. Combine the garlic, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, honey and ground ginger to make a paste. Flatten the chicken breasts using a mallet or rolling pin, coat the 2 chicken breasts with the paste and marinade in the fridge for a least an hour.

2. Meanwhile, for the coleslaw, finely shred the cabbage and carrots, then finely slice the spring onions.

3. Combine the sweet chilli sauce, lime juice, seasoning and mayonnaise in a large bowl and stir to combine. Mix through the cabbage, grated carrot and spring onion until coated in the dressing and set aside in fridge until required.

4. Heat some oil in a griddle and cook chicken breasts until cooked through, approx 25 mins. Or heat oven to 200 deg and cook on a baking tray for approx 30-40 mins.

5. Serve on chicken on a plate and side with the coleslaw….yummy!


Healthy Sweet Chilli Turkey with Avocado Wraps

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Healthy options are here again. Well it is January! Who else needs a detox after all that Christmas Food?

Lettuce wraps…..who knew they would be tasty!

 

Avg Calories per wrap 100.

6 x salad leaves like Little Gem lettuce or equivalent

3 teaspoons of sweet chilli sauce

100g of turkey breast strips or chicken if preferred

1/2 Avocado

3 tablespoons of sweetcorn and red peppers

Cucumber strips – approx 6

 

1. Lay out lettuce leaves and top with turkey strips, then drizzle chilli sauce

2. Cut Avocado into slices and place on top

3. Spoon sweetcorn and peppers on

4. Slice cucumber with potato peeler keeping 3 strips to tie wraps, drape strips over mix

5. Take another lettuce leaf and place on top to close then wrap and tie with cucumber strip to hold

6. Enjoy!