Skinny Thai green Curry!

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Ingredients:

450g diced chicken

2 teaspoons canola/rapeseed oil

450g aubergine, diced

200g carrots diced or spiraled

240ml “lite” coconut milk

240ml reduced-sodium chicken stock

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon green curry paste

1 tablespoon fish sauce, optional

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 cup sliced fresh basil

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Method:

  • Heat a large pan on high and cook your chicken thoroughly roughly 15mins.
  • Take chicken from the pan and set it to the side.

 

  • Add aubergine, carrots, coconut milk, broth, brown sugar, curry paste, fish sauce (if using) and lime juice to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the pan; stir to coat with the sauce and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat; stir in basil and serve immediately.

This recipe is fab for several reasons. Firstly it is so easy you literally bung everything in the pot so where could you go wrong! And secondly the curry is low cal and packed full of nutrients from all those vegetables. Just because it is low in calories does not mean it is low in flavour. This dish is bursting with flavour and I like it because it is actually quite refreshing. I am not one for a hot curry so this is just perfect for me and anyone else who cant take the heat! You can serve it any way you like I opted for brown rice and a mini naan (I could quite easily eat a large naan so best to buy the mini ones to avoid temptation haha). It is great for entertaining or re-heating over a couple of nights. Plus there is just enough warmth in it for it to be a great comfort food during the winter months as well. Please do let me know if you try this recipe and what you thought!

Happy cooking!

Xx

I love Matcha green tea!

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Well folks, welcome to my first lifestyle post! So far I haven’t actually posted much about myself on this blog so I thought I would include a few snippets each week letting you know what I’ve been up to and a little more about my weight loss journey. I have been gradually loosing weight for about a year and a half now and am currently down by just over 2 stone (that’s around 30 pounds my American friends). I attribute this to making simple and easy changes to my lifestyle. I have tried many fad diets before and none of them have worked for me. I now believe that you have to change the way you live in order to take advantage of loosing weight and keeping it off.

A few things that have really changed my life are:

  • Cutting back on the amount of bread I eat. (I simply no longer eat sandwiches for my lunch every day so have cut down on 10 slices of bread a week!)
  • Taking the stairs at least once a day in work. (A small change which makes a huge difference)
  • Walking to and from work.(I live 3km away from my work and walk this everyday however if you live further afield why not get off the bus a couple of stops early and get a bit of exercise in?)
  • Calorie counting (I use http://www.Myfitnesspal.com which is great, it really makes you think about what you are putting into your body).
  • And finally I allow myself 2 cheat days a week. I save mine until the weekend so that I have something to look forward to. Honestly I think if you deny yourself the food that you crave e.g chocolate you’ll end up craving it more. Then once you give in and have a piece you think to yourself ‘right well I obviously can’t keep up with this diet I may as well give up’. If you let yourself have what you want in small amounts once or twice a week you will benefit from it in the long run. And lets face it a little bit of chocolate or a packet of crisps is enough to keep us sane on those days where we have just had enough of everything and need a treat.

Each week I hope to share with you some new tricks to dieting as well as what has been working for me in my everyday life. For me each new week is a learning curve when it comes to loosing weight and being healthy and so I invite you to come and experience it with me! 🙂

Right! So back to Matcha….

I have been drinking Matcha green tea for around 2 months now every morning when I get into work. I had begun to feel a little guilty about the calories my normal coffee was adding to my diet every day. Especially as I don’t scrimp on the added milk and sugar. I decided to give Pukka Matcha green tea a try as I had seen a lot of articles regarding Matcha on other health blogs. Let me tell you it does not disappoint! From the first couple of sips Matcha gave me a lovely energy that lasts throughout the morning. I genuinely feel far more alert and ready to go after a nice cup of Matcha tea. Matcha is a form of powdered green tea. You’re drinking the entire leaf when you drink Matcha which is why you get so many more health benefits.

Benefits of drinking Matcha green tea:

  • One cup of Matcha tea has the antioxidant power equivalent to 10 cups of brewed green tea.
  • Matcha has approximately 15 times the amount of antioxidants of pomegranates or blueberries.
  • Matcha is especially known for being rich in theanines and catechins. Theanine relaxes those who take it in and has an effect of soothing one’s feelings. Catechins are compounds of polyphenol that contains many effects like dietary effects and antioxidant effects.
  • Mathca can also help with your cholesterol.
  • Drinking Matcha greatly improves the look and feel of your skin.

So really what’s not to love? One more benefit that I have found is that the tea actually fills me up and settles my stomach. I find my stomach can get a bit grumbly in the morning making me want to eat more than I really should. Drinking this tea makes me feel full and energised. So in summary I highly recommend you give it a try!

Please do share with me your thought’s on Matcha or in fact any recipes you have come across which use it as an ingredient. I would also love to hear about other herbal teas that you guys enjoy!

Xx

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Healthy Tuna burgers

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Ingredients: (yields 4 small burgers or 2 large)

2 x 125g tins of Tuna in Brine

2 cloves of garlic

70g breadcrumbs

80ml Teriyaki sauce

2 large egg whites

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce e.g Tabasco

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

ingrediants

Method:

  • In a large mixing bowl add the two tins of Tuna.
  • Break the tuna up using a fork making sure there are no big chunks.
  • Add the Teriyaki sauce

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  • Add breadcrumbs and egg whites and combine.

breadcrumbs

  • Season with black pepper, minced garlic and hot pepper sauce.

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  • Use your hands to mould this mixture into patties.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

  • Cook the burgers until brown on both sides approx 4mins each side.

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  • Now serve in a bap with some low fat cheese and enjoy! (I was a bit more liberal with the cheese than I probably should have been hehe)

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This recipe is great for several reasons. It is ridiculously easy to make and also it is quick and fuss free. In fact the only fuss I encountered when making these burgers is that my bloomin tin opener broke so i had to stab the tuna tin to get into it. Seriously what is it with tin openers each time we buy one it breaks within months! Anyway I digress… haha. As the preparation and cooking of these burgers only takes around 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for any one who is in a hurry or just wants to get their dinner into them after a long day! The burgers are incredibly tasty which is great and also lower in fat than your standard beef burgers. I love the kick that they are given by the teriyaki and tobacco sauces. An all round winner for me and I will certainly be looking forward to another helping! As always do let me know if you have tried them and what your thoughts are on this recipe.

Happy cooking Xx