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Warm Lamb & Pumpkin Quinoa Salad


INGREDIENTS:
Serves 2
▪︎300-350gm lean lamb diced
▪︎1 cup quinoa
▪︎2 cups of water
▪︎1 small onion finely sliced
▪︎1 tsp crushed garlic
▪︎1 cup of spinach leaves
▪︎300gm pumpkin diced ▪︎2 Tbs pomegranate seeds ▪︎1 tsp of rosemary finely chopped
▪︎50gm chargrilled capsicum strips ▪︎1 tsp salt
▪︎1 tbs olive oil
Dressing:
▪︎1 Tbs Dijon mustard
▪︎2 Tbs olive oil
▪︎1 tsp apple cider vinegar
▪︎1 Tbs honey



METHOD:
▪︎Roast pumpkin in a fan-forced oven at 180 degrees for approx. 15-20 mins.
▪︎Place quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
▪︎Over a medium heat, add oil and add onion & garlic until onion has softened.
▪︎Increase heat to medium/high and add lamb, rosemary and salt and cook for approx. 10 minutes until meat is cooked well, set aside and cool.
▪︎In a large bowl combine quinoa, lamb, capsicum and pumpkin and spinach.
▪︎Emulsify the dressing ingredients and then stir into salad.
▪︎Serve salad and top with pomegranate seeds.
▪︎Enjoy:)

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Chicken & Mushroom Spinach Fettucine

 

Make this a vegetarian dish by taking out the chicken and adding your favourite vegetable instead (mine is pumpkin:).

Note* This recipe makes quite a big batch and freezes well. We can easily overeat pasta so try to keep your portion size to 50gm as a side dish or 125gm for a main meal.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500gm Spinach Fettucine (I used San Remo which contains durum wheat as well as spinach, feel free to opt for a healthier version)
  • 250gm Brown Mushroom Sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 Medium Onion Finely Slicedchicken spinach pasta.jpg
  • 3/4 cup of Chicken Stock
  • 300 gm Chicken Breast diced in approximately 1cm pieces
  • 1 tbs Virgin Olive Oil
  • 300ml light thickened cream
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese

METHOD:

  1. In a frypan add olive oil and sautee onions and garlic until softened over a low to medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and sautee for a couple of minutes.
  3. Remove onion, garlic and mushrooms, increase heat to medium high and cook chicken until slightly browned.
  4. Reduce heat down to low, add the mushrooms, garlic and onion back in as well the chicken stock and salt and simmer until the liquid has reduced slightly.
  5. Add the cream and parmesan cheese and stir sporadically until the cream thickens.
  6. Just before serving, stir in the spinach leaves.
  7. Serve and enjoy 🙂

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Chilli Calamari Salad Recipe

This recipe serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 Squid tubes or 250gm already cut calamari
  • 2 Tbs wholemeal flour
  • 1 Tbs x chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp x paprika
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Pomegranate (half cup of pomegranate seeds)
  • Pumpkin roughly diced (as much or little as you like)
  • Loose salad leaf (as much or little as you like)
  • 2 Tbs x apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp x honey
  • 1 Tbs x olive oil for dressing
  • Olive oil for shallow frying

METHOD:

  1. Roast pumpkin at 180 degrees until soft (approx 15-20 mins)
  2. Slice squid tubes into rings
  3. Mix flour, salt, chilli and paprika in a bowl
  4. Lightly coat calamari in the flour mixture
  5. Heat fry pan at a medium heat with enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  6. Fry one side of the calamari for 2 mins and then the same on the other side
  7. Place aside to cool slightly
  8. Emulsify apple cider, honey and olive oil
  9. Combine loose salad and mix in the dressing
  10. Top with pumpkin, pomegranate seeds and calamari
  11. Enjoy!!!
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Choc-Nut Protein Balls

These protein balls not only taste great but are also a great pick-up when you hit the 3pm energy crash or need to supplement some more protein for the day.
Choc Protein Balls

*See Note

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop x Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 cup x Quick oats 
  • 2 Tbs x Almond Meal
  • 1 Tbs x Chia Seeds
  • 3 Tbs x Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tbs x Cashew Butter (or alternative nut butter)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs x Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbs x Pure Maple Syrup, Rice Malt Syrup or Agave Syrup

METHOD:

  1. Mix ingredients and until well combined
  2. Roll, Refrigerate and Eat

*Note 

Protein Powder recommendation – Happy Way Vegan Vanilla Protein 

If the mixture consistency is dry and not forming a ball well, add a small amount of water.

 

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

banana oatmeal cookies

This snack is a great source of fibre and protein.  The recipe below makes approximately 8 regular sized cookies. The ingredients listed can be substituted to suit your liking, I have listed some substitutes below that I have found to work well.

*See note

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cup x rolled or quick oats (rolled oats will add more texture)
  • 3 Tbs x Wholemeal plain flour or Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1/2 tsp x Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp x Cinnamon powder
  • 1 x small/medium banana mashed
  • 2 Tbs x Butter, Ghee or Coconut Oil (Melted and slightly cooled)
  • 1 tsp x Vanilla essence
  • 2 Tbs x Pure Maple Syrup, Honey, Agave Syrup or Rice Malt Syrup
  • 1/4 cup x Raisins, Blueberries or Nuts 

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius or 350 F
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and then stir in the dry ingredients
  3. Line a baking tray and spoon mixture, flatten with a fork or shape with hands (make them as small or large as you like)
  4. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden (be mindful baking time will vary slightly depending on cookie size)
  5. Cool cookies and store in ait-tight container up to a week
  6. Enjoy 🙂

Note: 

*Protein Powder Recommendation – Happy Way Vegan Vanilla Protein