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Pumpkin & Kale Couscous

Description

Feeling a little more of a winter-y vibe using pumpkin, although quite bright, fluffy and summery with the greens and couscous. This is the perfect dish for lunch and dinner, especially with it’s ease of taking to work in some Tupperware.  The Pumpkin & Kale Couscous is the first Vegan recipe I have made for the blog, which I am supper happy about as it tastes so nice and is super healthy on the traffic light system. Lots of carotenoids from the pumpkin & greens. I love how it’s so tasty yet only contains 5 ingredients! I hope you enjoy:)

Contains

Gluten, Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Ingredients

Couscous – Serving suggestions (see packaging)

1/4 of a pumpkin & seeds

Kale – handful per person

1 Leek

Black pepper to serve

 

 

Method

  1. Dice and de-seed  the pumpkin (save the seeds) into bite-size chunks with a splash of vegetable oil and roast in the oven at 220°C for 40-45 minutes.
  2. In the last 5-10 minutes of the pumpkin being ready to serve you can prepare the veggies and couscous.
  3. The seeds need to be separated from the flesh of the pumpkin, soak in a bowl of water and pull off, this can be fiddly.
  4. The kale and leek can go into a steamer or colander over a boiling pan of water to steam for 2-4 minutes.
  5. The seeds can then be dried and added to a dry frying pan for toasting- this will take about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add the couscous to a pan of water and see packaging for cooking instructions.
  7. Put all together in a bowl and get a fork and go!

Nutrient breakdown

 

This is an overview of all of the macro-nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein) and what individual ingredients of the recipe offer as a percentage to each nutrient.

Calories: 58% couscous, 26% pumpkin seeds, 11% pumpkin

Carbohydrates: 79% couscous, 13% pumpkin, 5% pumpkin seeds

Of which sugar: 79% pumpkin, 14% couscous, 4% kale

Fibre: 36% couscous, 24% pumpkin, 15% pumpkin seeds

Protein: 53% couscous, 26% pumpkin seeds, 13% pumpkin

Fat: 74% pumpkin seeds. 11% couscous, 10% pumpkin

Of which Saturates: 64% pumpkin seeds, 19% pumpkin, 11% couscous

Salt: 56% kale, 24% couscous, 16% pumpkin seeds

I must say so myself, I am very very happy with this dish, and having to write this up is making me so hungry!

So what is for lunch today?

Sian x

Gammon, salad & cooked peppers

Description

I love gammon! It’s probably my favourite joint of meat to cook, weirdly enough though I’m not a huge fan of bacon, but gammon is lovely… especially in a salad.  Yes, it is a total of £1.14 per portion, but I’m telling you if you was going to buy this pre-made in a supermarket you’d expect to pay about double for the portion. We’re looking pretty good for the traffic light system, with the majority of salt & total fat in the medium range due to the meat, you wouldn’t find that in a supermarket!

 

Contains

Eggs & celery

Ingredients

Gammon – a few slices from a cooked gammon/ham joint

1/4 of red & green pepper

2 handfuls of lettuce

2 baby tomatoes

1/2 grated carrot

1/2 stick of celery

1/4 small onion

1 boiled egg

Method

  1. Hard boil one egg (around 7 minutes)
  2. In the meantime, slice up the pepper & onion and fry in a pan until soft.
  3. Tear up your salad & grate the carrot, slice the gammon into chucks or slices however you’d prefer.
  4. Layer in a bowl, once the peppers & egg are ready plate up & make sure you take the shell of the egg off!

Nutrient breakdown

This is an overview of all of the macro-nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein) and what individual ingredients of the recipe offer as a percentage to each nutrient.

Calories: 80% gammon, 4% onion, 4% carrot

Carbohydrates: 24% onion, 23% carrot, 18% red pepper

Of which sugar: 24% carrot, 21% onion, 19% red pepper

Fibre: 24% carrot, 18% red pepper, 16% green pepper

Protein: 92% gammon, 1% tomato, 1% lettuce

Fat: 94% gammon, 1% tomato, 1% lettuce

Of which Saturates: 96% gammon, 1% tomato, 1% lettuce

Salt: 95% gammon, 3% celery, 1% carrot

I think with salad many people believe there’s no way to jazz it up and that it’s ‘boring’ and ‘bland’ food. There’s nothing better than a tasty salad for lunch, get creative and put anything together you’ll probably surprise yourselves!

What’s the main ingredients in your favourite salad?

Sian x

The peppered beef hotpot

Description

Now all these cold nights are settling in it’s great to come back to something hot and tasty after a long hard day. The best bit about this is it can be prepped in the morning and cooking all day and served in the evening without a fuss! The peppered beef hotpot has 3/5 of you 5 a day, and 75% of your fibre intake, along with the low fat, sugar and saturates content, I can’t wait to make it again.

Contains

Gluten, celery, mustard, eggs & soya

Ingredients

400g beef diced

1 stock cube

1 carrot

1/2 broccoli

1 leek

2 spring onion

1 onion

2 sticks of celery

3 tbsp peas

1/2 green pepper

Herbs & spices

Bay leaf, sage, garlic, onion salt, chilli, cayenne pepper, black pepper

All around a teaspoon – Except black pepper we need 5!

 

 

Method

  1. Chop up the veggies and add to a pan.
  2. Remove any overly fatty bits of the beef and add o the same pan. – This doesn’t need to be done, but personally I don’t like chewing on fat.
  3. Add a litre of the stock water on top of the ingredients in the pan and put on full heat.
  4. Add in the herbs & spices accordingly and leave to stew for about 45 minute
  5. Check when ready that the meat is fully cooked inside and it should be nice and tender.
  6. When checked, grab a few bowls and spoons and serve it out.

This can be also done in the slow cooker follow the same principle and leave on a low heat to cook throughout the day.

 

Nutrient breakdown

This is an overview of all of the macro-nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein) and what individual ingredients of the recipe offer as a percentage to each nutrient.

Calories: 52% beef, 14% potatoes, 13% broccoli

Carbohydrates: 33% potatoes, 29% onion, 15% broccoli

Of which sugar: 46% onion, 26% carrot, 18% broccoli

Fibre: 36% broccoli, 19% onion, 17% carrot

Protein: 75% beef, 14% broccoli, 3% onion

Fat: 79% beef, 9% broccoli, 4% stock

Of which Saturates: 86% beef, 5% broccoli, 4% stock

Salt: 85% stock, 6% beef, 4% celery

This meal is perfect now winter is coming on fast!

I swear I’m a pepper addict, do you like pepper as much as me?

Sian x

Lifestyle

Paolo Nutini – Loving you

This is one of my all time favourite songs.

Paolo Nutini is by far one of my favourite artists going, I’ve kinda grown up with the These Streets album released in 2006, so I was about 8 ish. My mum is quite obsessed with him herself and actually got to see him live at The V Festival once, convinced he looked at her and sang to her only of course.

Besides my mums crush, I am very fond of his music, in my opinion his voice is very unique and I love that he can play guitar as majority of the time I prefer acoustic versions of songs. However, Loving You being my favourite song of the album, I do love the album as a whole – I just love his music.

This song is such a soul felt song and in many ways relatable to me plus, it was by far my favourite to sing along to in my mum’s car.

Enjoy,

Sian x

Lyrics here

QOTD#5

Monday has rolled around wayyyy to quickly, what do you say?

My quote for the day is black and white (or red and white) but you get the jist! I’m that person that has a sudden spurt of motivation or a gust of confidence but it never seems to stick with me for long. This is something I’ve been working on for a while because it’s purely down to ourselves, confidence isn’t something you can get from somebody else… unfortunately!

Confidence is one of the most beautiful things in a person, you can just see it within someone, whether your confident in yourself, the way you look and what you do.

One thing I always have to remind myself of is to NOT compare yourself to ANYONE, everyone is their own person, everyone is different, and why would you want to be like someone else when you can be you, no one else gets to be you and to take pride in that. It’s addictive to be confident, I love the feeling when it does happen, and we want it to stay.

Let’s be confident! – and may it never end.

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Sam Smith – Pray

So ready for Tune Tuesday, so this week my music for the week is all about Sam Smith.

I came across ‘Pray’ watching the Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and I was amazed with how good Sam’s voice is naturally, I have always had a place for Sam Smith’s music, especially Pray, I just find it so relatable. Along with the fact it’s a fantastic sing-along song and kind of reminds me of Adele because of the power and strength in the notes.

I love how this song has a religion element in it, for many people when going through a painful, stressful time religion and praying is something very comforting I’ve found, like in the song, you don’t have to believe or practice faith to have hope.

With 19 awards including Grammy awards Sam Smith’s music will continue to inspire.

What song can’t you stop listening to?

Sian x

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