We have experienced a very warm winter but now there is a (very) cold snap in the air. The ground is frosted white and as we were just starting to think Spring had arrived (especially with the sighting of early Daffodils!) we are pushed back into the depths of Winter.
Whilst this plays havoc with our wardrobes, it is good for one thing…vegetables!
The choice on the supermarket shelves is huge at the moment. We still have the hearty root veg like parsnips as well as the good ol’ brussel sprouts and savoy cabbage. But now we are also starting to see some spring time vegetables like courgettes, asparagus and peas!
With so many lovely vegetables to choose from it really is easier to eat healthily. I have several no-meat dinner and tea options (although I am by no means a vegetarian, heaven forbid!) planned for this week so let’s take a look at what’s on the menu today…
Today I will eat:
Breakfast= Dry malted wheats (shreddies), blueberries and a yoghurt (300)
Dinner = Garlic and chilli courgette with pasta, babybel light (350)
(This is the garlic and chilli courgette pasta with optional spinach balls, recipe by Antonio Carluccio)
Tea = Spicy chicken with green beans and shredded cabbage (300)
Snacks = clementine, fat-free jelly (100)
Total Calories = 1050
Today I will do:
I was bad and didn’t go to the gym yesterday so will make up for it with a hardcore workout tonight!
Have a good Tuesday everyone! xoxo
Brussel Sprouts with smoked bacon, spinach and poached egg
This recipe is full of rich flavours and is perfect when you are in the mood for something warm and tasty! The mixture of vegetables and (trimmed) bacon with the egg means that this meal is devoid of starchy carbs whilst being full of nutritional goodness!
- Brusel Sprouts, halved (about 15 small sprouts or 30 halves per person)
- Smoked bacon, rind removed and trimmed into strips (2-3 rashers per person)
- Spinach – a whole bag!
- Egg – One per person
- Black pepper t season (no salt required as the bacon is salty enough)
- Spray oil
- Bring a small deep pan of water to the boil and add the halved brussel sprouts, boil for 3-5 minuted depending on how soft you like them)
- Meanwhile spray some of the oil into a non-stick frying pan and add the bacon lardons. Cook until brown
- Drain the brussel sprouts, leaving the water in the pan, and add them into the bacon pan
- Bring the water to a simmer and add the egg to poach
- Meanwhile, add the spinach to the bacon and sprouts, a handful at a time, so that it wilts
- Once the egg is cooked to your liking place the bacon, sprout and spinach mixture onto the plate and top with the egg
- Season with black pepper and serve immediately
This is a super easy recipe which is prepared and cooked in under 20 minutes – perfect when you don’t have much time or just want to get in front of the fire ASAP!
Sometimes it can be really hard to stick to a healthy eating plan during the winter months. We often find ourselves craving hearty, home made, stodgy foods such as mashed potatoes, warming pasta dishes and lots of Christmas desserts like steamed pudding, brandy sauce and festive gingerbread. But it can be easier than you think to get lots of vegetables into your winter diet.
Casseroles: As well as adding the usual new potatoes and carrots you can also ‘bulk up’ a casserole by adding leaks, shredded cabbage, diced butternut squash and my ultimate favourite, brussel sprouts!
Soups: Soups are full of vegetables and if you make them yourself you can ensure that you do not add too much salt or any preservatives. One of my favourites is not so much a soup but a broth; you bring a chicken stock to the boil and add to it diced carrots, diced red pepper, shredded savoy cabbage and sliced leeks. You then add small pasta such as macaroni or even egg noodles. Spice it up with some fresh chilli or dry chilli flakes. If you want some meat you can add pre-cooked shredded chicken. Beautiful!
Vegetable side dishes: When you want some meat such as chicken breast, roast ham and pork, a beef steak or lamb shank, it is easy to create the perfect vegetable side dishes which satisfy your craving for warming winter food. Roast vegetables such as parsnips and carrots, roast courgettes, brussel sprouts with pancetta and mashed or roasted sweet potatoes are all great choices.
So you see…it is easy to incorporate lots of vegetables into your winter healthy eating plan without having to deny yourself!