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Sensuous Strawberries & Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Slaw

I was so excited to see strawberries in the supermarket that I had to buy them. Yes, they are out of season. Yes, they are over priced but, I still couldn’t resist. Unwilling to pay the price for a full punnet, I bought a little pottle of reduced to price strawberries, and have been adding them as a small treat to my breakfast. (Sorry about the slightly blurred photo, my lens got all fogged up).

I tried out Kath’s recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Oats. For once, I actually followed the directions for a whole recipe – and it was good! The oats have milk, chia seeds, cottage cheese, banana, water and of course, strawberries added to them. The chia seeds make the oats nice and thick, binding the mixture together and the cottage cheese makes them creamy and gives a slight tang . I added almond butter on the top but sadly it was a waste of almond butter. There’s something about combining the textures of hot oats and sticky nut butter that I just don’t enjoy.

Lunch was the Healthy Food Guide’s Spring Chicken with Faith’s Sweet and Spicy Slaw. I know I’ve been saying this about a lot of recipes (ok, pretty much everything I have tried) lately but both recipes are fast, yummy and you should try them!

The Spring Chicken is chicken marinated in lemongrass, garlic, oyster sauce and sugar, then seasoned and grilled. Grilling is my favourite way to have chicken breast. You just crank up the oven grill as hot as it will go, spray the marinated chicken with oil and then put the chicken close under the grill for about 8 minutes (turning half way). The chicken turns out charred on the outside and moist on the inside. Rest it for a few minutes and then devour.

The Sweet and Spicy Slaw was a healthier and more tastier (in my opinion) to traditional coleslaw. The dressing is rice vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, honey, chilli and garlic but what really makes it is the dry roasted peanuts tossed through – the crunch is so good.

If I were to make this meal again, the only change I would make would be to add some brown rice. Maybe it’s because I’m a carb fiend but it just didn’t seem complete.

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Frugal Frittata

For dinner tonight I wanted to make something light, healthy and use up the withering vegetables in my fridge and cupboard. At the start of the week I realised I had somehow managed to accumulate 3 cartons of eggs so, a frittata it was.
Inspired by the Healthy Food Guide recipe for Potato and Spinach Tortilla I put together the following dish.

Frugal Frittata Recipe

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • ~2c vegetable, chopped into cubes (I used kumara, pumpkin and potato but I’m sure you could also use parsnip, carrot, courgette or broccoli)
  • 4 eggs
  •  1 TBSP cottage cheese
  • 2c baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4t nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Roast or fry vegetables until tender in a splash of olive oil until tender
  2. Whisk remain ingredients together and stir through cooked vegetables
  3. Bake until golden, puffed up and firm to the touch (about 20 minutes in my oven)

I served this easy meal with some crisp cos leaves, some cottage cheese and a teaspoon of chutney. Not the most attractive looking dish but it tasted good.

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Vanilla, Banana & Blueberry Protein Oats

 

I love oats. I eat them almost every day and there are few things that I enjoy more than relaxing on a weekend morning with a huge bowl of warming oats, a coffee and something to read.

My theory is that if you don’t like porridge then you are cooking it wrong. My way to eat them has to be using Kath’s Whipped Banana Oatmeal method. (Click here for oatmeal porn). It makes the oats sweet and creamy without any added sugar – definitely a good start to the day.
For the bowl of oats pictured I used:

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup trim milk
1/2 cup banana
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup lite cottage cheese (optional)
1 egg white (optional)
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional)

You whisk the oats, water and milk together & stir every few minutes until the banana has dissolved and the mixture is thick and creamy. Once cooked, add the vanilla essence and optional extras. Add the blueberries in right at the end too so you don’t get purple porridge!

I’ve added cottage cheese, egg white and protein powder into my mix because I struggle to get enough protein into my diet for someone who does quite a bit of weight training. The protein powder changes the texture slightly (makes it a tiny bit chalky perhaps) but isn’t too noticeable.

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