Lentil Cottage Pie – Great Vegetarian Option

If you are stuck for ideas on what to cook today, this is a great alternative if you don’t eat meat or you fancy a change from meat.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

1/2 red onion

1 carrot finely chopped into small pieces

1 clove of garlic crushed

1tbsp tomato puree

400g can chopped tomatoes

1tsp dried thyme

75g dried split lentils

350ml vegetable stock

white and sweet potatoes for the mash

25g cheddar cheese grated

Method

Peel the potatoes and place in a pan of water, but do not set off cooking yet.

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and thyme.

Set off your pan of potatoes to cook.

Stir in the lentils, vegetable stock, then simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is reduced and creamy.

Preheat the oven to 200 / Gas 7

Pour the lentil mixture into an ovenproof dish and spread out evenly.

Mash the potatoes and spread evenly over the lentil mixture.

Sprinkle over the grated cheese.

Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Serve immediately with any other vegetables of your choice.

Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

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How To Get Your 5 A Day Every Day In An Easy Way

Do you struggle to get your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. It can be easier than you think. Firstly have a look at what you are eating each day. Secondly think how you can make small changes.

Key facts

Fruit and vegetables are key to a healthier lifestyle.

They taste great and add variety to any meal.

Your 5 a day should consist of as many different coloured varities as possible.

Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables will give you plenty of vitamins and minerals.

They are also a good source of fibre and antioxidants.

All these nutrients are good for your health.

Fruit and vegetables are generally low fat, low calorie foods.

so eating them instead of foods high in fat and added salt gets you on your way to keeping healthy and losing weight.

Remember – fresh, frozen, canned, chilled pulses, 100% unsweetened juice and dried fruit and vegetables all count towards your five a day.

Buy fresh fruit and vegetables when they are in season.

This means that they are not only cheaper, but tastier too.

what counts as a portion?

If you are confused as to what counts as a portion, here are some examples.

A portion counts as 80g which is roughly a handful.

1 medium apple

3 celery sticks

3 heaped tablespoons of canned sweetcorn

7 cherry tomatoes

1 handful of carrot sticks

1 medium banana

3 heaped tablespoons of fresh or frozen peas

1/2 an avocado

3 heaped tablespoons of cooked kidney beans

2 broccoli florets

2 medium plums

8 brussels sprouts

1/2 large courgette

1 medium onion

12 chunks of pineapple

3 whole dried apricots

Ideas on how to increase your 5 a day

Have 100% unsweetened fruit juice 150ml with your breakfast

Snack on fruit, dried fruit or vegetable sticks mid morning or afternoon

Add a side salad to your lunch

Have an extra serving of vegetables with your evening meal

Add tinned tomatoes to a homemade casserole

Make homemade soup

Make your own tomato sauce for pasta

Make your own smoothie – just remember they count as a maximum of 2 of your 5 a day

There is lots of ways to get your 5 a day.

Some don’t involve any cooking and are easy to prepare.

Hope you have a good day.

Karen

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Easy To Make Energy Balls

These energy balls are really easy to make and they are great if you fancy a healthy sweet treat.

A good little snack if you are getting the afternoon slump.

Ingredients

70g Almonds

200g Dates

2tsp honey

3tsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Method

If your almonds are whole blitz them in a food processor until they are fine breadcrumbs.

Add the dates, honey and cocoa and blitz in the processor.

Tip the mixture into a bowl.

Place the coconut in a separate bowl.

Roll and compress the mixture into balls, then roll each ball in the coconut.

Give them a try, no cooking involved.

Discover How To Get Enough Protein When you Don’t Eat Meat

If you don’t eat meat one of the first questions you probably get asked is: where do you get your protein from?

So here is some answers:

Legumes

Legumes are a great source of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates and include beans, peas, lentils and nuts.

Lentils are widely available and can be added to salads, wraps, curries, soups or stews. Black beans are also a rich source of antioxidants and one of the healthiest legumes you can eat. Legumes contain more protein than any other plant food. They are also high complex carbohydrates and low in fat, so they are a great food.

Quinoa

Loaded with magnesium and antioxidants and fibre. Quinoa is becoming more and more popular with households.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is great for a quick easy snack and brilliant to have after a workout. Due to its high fat and protein content it should help you to feel full and help to get rid of those sugar cravings. Just having one tablespoon equates to 4g of protein. You could also try other nut butters such as almond, cashew, or macadamia. I like to use peanut butter in my own cereal bars. When you make your own you know exactly what has gone into them.

Meat Alternatives

There is a lot of meat alternatives around today and I do think that they taste great. They are packed with plant based protein. For a quick easy meal you could use a meat alternative chicken burger in a bun with a side salad sprinkled with seeds for extra protein. Give it a try before you say “I only eat proper meat”.

Hemp and Chia Seeds

These tiny little seeds are packed with protein and can be added to smoothies, homemade bread or homemade cereal bars.

So as you can see you can get plenty of protein from plant sources if you choose not to eat meat.

Have a good day

Why Should You Eat Blueberries??

It is a simple question, but there are so many reasons why!!

Especially at the moment it is vitally important to look after your health as much as you can.

Blueberries are an amazing fruit for helping to protect cells from free radical damage and ageing, containing great youth-preserving antioxidants which boost immunity and help avert many conditions.

Consume blueberries three or four times a week for all immunity – boosting benefits.

They are great eaten as a snack or add to your breakfast cereal or simply do what I do which is add them to a plain bio yogurt. I also buy the frozen blueberries so they last longer.

The berries lovely blue colour comes from anthocyanins – potent antioxidants that fight cell damage, improve circulation and help protect against heart problems, stroke, cancer and gum disease.

Anthocyanins can also help improve eye health by protecting against retinal degeneration.

Blueberries are rich in tannins which have anti-inflammatory effect on the body’s tissues and are known to kill microbes and fight the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

They are also known to combat the bacteria that cause diarrhoea.

Blueberries can help improve brain function and have been known to help protect against dementia and preserve memory.

You can get so many health benefits from blueberries, boosting immunity is a fantastic one to have at the moment.

Enjoy your day and eat some blueberries.

What Can Turmeric Do For You?

Turmeric is extremely beneficial for your health.

It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and used to help treat arthritis, cardiovascular health, diabetes and neurological conditions.

The curcumin in turmeric has proven strong anti-inflammatory properties that block the action of inflammatory molecules in the body.

Curcumin gives it its vibrant colour and is a potent antioxidant that is very effective at fighting free radicals and helps protect the skin, eyes and hair. It assists in keeping them youthful which is what we all want.

It also has anti-bacterial and cholesterol lowering properties.

Curcumin can help reduce the build up of the protein amyloid-b in the brain. Amyloid-b causes oxidative (free radical) damage and inflammation in the brain and is one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants in turmeric help to fight this free radical damage.

I take turmeric as a supplement and every morning I have grated ginger and 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric in boiled water using an infuser teapot.

The bright vibrant turmeric can have many health benefits.

Enjoy your day.