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Amsterdam City break

City of Sin As you may have seen from my Instagram feed back in March, I had a long weekend cityscape to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Although I love the beach, bikini and a sun tan, I think I'm finally getting the jist of these city breaks, a few days away can be very...

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Vegan: Butternut Squash & chickpea Korma

Description I had a bash at another vegan recipe, however this one was unplanned, I was simple trying to use up some ingredients in the cupboards and fridge and Volia! It's quite funny how much I learnt when I was making this curry, I always wondered how Korma was...

Monday motivation: Follow your heart (printable)

I'm so happy I'm happy and motivated and back to being me, it's such a nice feeling to feel completely content with life at the moment. Similar post to last week I suppose, I ready to get cracking with all my plans and putting things into action, I've made my list and...

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Recipes

Vegan: Butternut Squash & chickpea Korma

Description

I had a bash at another vegan recipe, however this one was unplanned, I was simple trying to use up some ingredients in the cupboards and fridge and Volia! It’s quite funny how much I learnt when I was making this curry, I always wondered how Korma was made and it is so so easy and like I said all by accident! I’m excited to try this as a non-vegan meal too.

Ingredients

1/2 butternut squash (baked)

1 tin of coconut milk (or evaporated milk)

1 tin of chickpeas

80g frozen peas

1 leek

1 onion

1 handful of sugar snap peas

1 clove of garlic

A few sprays of coconut oil spray

Spices – 1 tsp of  each

Turmeric, cumin, curry powder, parsley, coriander

  • If you like curry a little spicier add 2 tsp of the spices!

 

 

Method

  1. Slice and dice all the veggies we need, and add to a pan with the coconut oil spray, fry until soft.
  2. Add in the chickpeas and heat for about 5 minutes
  3. Add in the butternut squash (after you’ve baked it – so it’s soft)
  4. Pour in the milk and simmer for 10 minutes stirring thoroughly to breakdown the squash.
  5. add in your spices and herbs, season with black pepper and eat up!

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: 49% milk, 19% chickpeas, 17% squash

Carbohydrates: 30% squash, 30% milk, 21% chickpeas

Of which sugar: 52% milk, 28% squash, 7% peas

Fibre: 26% squash, 23% chickpeas, 14% peas

Protein: 48% milk, 24% chickpeas, 9% peas

Fat: 78% milk, 14% chickpeas, 2% peas

Of which Saturates: 95% milk, 3% chickpeas, 1% peas

Hope you enjoy! Remember to #sianylou if you try any of these recipes.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite curry of all time!? Mine in Madras 😛

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Much love, Sian x

Ham asparagus & fusilli

Ingredients

Pasta – package for serving suggestions

50ml single cream

2 slices ham

3 asparagus’

3 tbsp frozen peas

3 tbsp sweetcorn

1/2 yellow pepper

Method

  1. Boil a pan of water, add in pasta
  2. Chop up the veggies and ham and add to a hot pan to soften
  3. Later add in the peas and sweetcorn
  4. When the pasta is almost done add in the cream and simmer
  5. Add in the pasta and season with black pepper

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: 47% pasta, 14% peas, 14% cream

Carbohydrates: 63% pasta, 14% peas, 14% sweetcorn

Of which sugar: 31% sweetcorn, 29% peas, 23% peppers

Fibre: 35% peas, 27% pasta, 16% sweetcorn

Protein: 32% pasta, 23% peas, 19% ham

Fat:63% cream, 12% sweetcorn, 7% ham

Of which Saturates: 85% cream, 5% ham, 4% sweetcorn

If you’re going to try this remember to comment and let me know how it went and tag me using #sianylou 🙂

Hope you enjoy, I love pasta!

From Sian x

Blackened chicken & quinoa salad

Description

Salads are so quick and easy to throw together and this one only has 5 ingredients so anyone could do it! With only 10-15 minutes to wait for the chicken to cook it’s a quick on the go meal. Remember you can make this to meal prep for the following day too, which makes it the perfect work meal.

Ingredients

1 chicken breast

Handful of lettuce

1 whole tomato

1 spring onion

1 wedge of cucumber (about 2cm of stick)

Quinoa – see package for serving suggestions

Black pepper and oregano

 

Method

  1. Add oil to a pan and fry the chicken adding in black pepper and oregano
  2. Cook the quinoa according to packaging
  3. slice salad and add to  plate/bowl and set aside
  4. Add in the cooked chicken and quinoa, mix in and serve.

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% chicken, 28% quinoa, 5% tomatoes

Carbohydrates: 65% quinoa, 15% tomatoes, 11% black pepper

Of which sugar: 52% tomatoes, 27% quinoa, 9% cucumber

Fibre: 27% quinoa, 26% oregano, 20% black pepper

Protein: 84% chicken, 10% quinoa, 1% lettuce

Fat: 69% chicken, 20% quinoa, 4% cucumber

Of which Saturates: 72% chicken, 12% quinoa, 7% black pepper

 

Blackened chicken is my favourite because of the flavour the herbs give off!

Hope you like it, remember if you try these recipes out to #sianylou!

Love Sian x

Lifestyle

Amsterdam City break

City of Sin

As you may have seen from my Instagram feed back in March, I had a long weekend cityscape to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Although I love the beach, bikini and a sun tan, I think I’m finally getting the jist of these city breaks, a few days away can be very hectic, busy and stressful, but at the same time I do believe in treating yourself to a break away.  Seeing new things, exploring new places, breathing a different air, it all helps relieve stress and give your mind a break from everyday stresses.  This doesn’t need to be in a different country, it could be exploring your area, going to a new cafe for lunch or a road trip to a City.

 

Museums, Bikes & Canals

So what did we do on our quick trip to Amsterdam?

Number 1 thing I’ve learnt from City trips is that anything you want to see or do there, book it in advance.  The museums were jammed packed with hundreds of people all wanting to visit, meaning they actually closed the museums to people wanting to pay on the door, this was the case with The Van Gogh Museum, The Anne Frank House and The Rijksmuseum.  The city itself is stunning, the architecture, streets and canals are all what make it so pretty.  Speaking of the streets – they all look very similar, so it’s very easy to get confused and lost so may keep Google maps on standby!

One day we were there we hired bikes because as you may already be aware cycling is a very popular mode of transport over there.  I must admit it surprised me how many bicycles were stacked up on the sides of every road, thousands of them, I’m not kidding.  With this in mind I thought if we were to leave them anywhere, that we’d either loose them or they’d get stolen, thankfully we found them and they didn’t get stolen! Due to the amount of bikes there are in Amsterdam it’s quite unlikely it would be stolen, many of the ones we saw weren’t locked up either.  Because of the popular nature of cycling there are lots of cycle lanes, many having priority over the cars and pedestrians.  It’s easy to get run over by bikes so if you ever find yourself in Amsterdam watch out! – And if you hire bikes remember to ride on the right…

Money, Boat trips & Cafes 

I found Amsterdam is rather expensive to eat out, especially in the city centre, souvenirs are more reasonably priced, but I did find it easy to spend there.

What else can we do in Amsterdam?

Canal trips, I love a guided tour of anything really but it great to see the city from a different perspective and learn about the culture.  The Red Light district we happened to stumbled across, all in all it’s a beautiful street in the day time, but all you may be aware of it’s nature and fame.  China Town is a street with lots of restaurants and a free information point/shop, it quite nice to see.  Amsterdam is famous for it’s cafes and coffee shops, and with so many and variety it’s kind of hard to miss them, most sell foods, drinks and more…

Speaking of food, there is some classic dishes to try whilst you’re there,

  1. Raw herring – raw fish served with onions, pickles and a sauce
  2. Stroopwafel – also found in Starbucks, a flat caramel waffle
  3. Bitterballen –  a seasoned breaded ball of meat (I didn’t get to try this)
  4. Lots of cheese!

Monday motivation: Follow your heart (printable)

I’m so happy I’m happy and motivated and back to being me, it’s such a nice feeling to feel completely content with life at the moment.

Similar post to last week I suppose, I ready to get cracking with all my plans and putting things into action, I’ve made my list and I’m ready to complete it. Have you had plans to do something recently or something you’ve been putting off for some time? I found the best way to deal with it is to just confront it, do it and get it done instead of hesitating and putting it off.

Get sh*t done today!

Sending love.

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Monday Motivation: Learn from your mistakes (Printable)

It’s MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY!

Hello my dears, once again Monday is here and yet again I’m hoping we all are having a good one! Finally I’ve found the words to explain my life it seems, recently I’ve been over the moon happy which is great and really feeling good about me and everything around me but I haven’t been doing anything I’ve had no motivation in the slightest, although I’ve made a lot of plans my work ethic just hasn’t bee up to scratch (hence why I had no blog posts last week 🙁 – Sorry!), I’ve kind of felt like something has been missing…

And it seems all it was that I’ve been needing is a good chat, about thoughts and feelings and thing that are going on, a bit of reassurance is all it took and I’m glad to be into action again and to be getting cracking on the things that matter the most to me.

Being human, we all have made so many mistakes in the past and I’m sure many more mistakes to be made in the future, the best part about the whole situation is learning from it, how it could be changed and how to avoid it next time. I’ve made so many mistakes in the past, but I’ve figured now that they’ve been lessons to manipulate me.  I’ve found my instincts are usually the right way to go about things I do, rather than listening to others.

Make mistakes and learning from them.

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