Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
Serves 4

Having a dinner party for four and trying to stick to healthy eating? This is a crowd-pleaser that can be served over cauliflower rice or seasoned quinoa and would go well with a lovely, fresh salad on the side…

4 skinless, deboned chicken breasts
salt
2 TB olive oil
200g mushrooms, thickly sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
¼ cup dry white wine
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 bay leaf
½ tsp dried oregano
65g best-quality black olives, pitted and sliced
freshly ground black pepper
chopped parsley, to garnish

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and make superficial incisions into the top side of each one.

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pan on the stove top and brown the chicken breasts (sliced-side down) until golden and caramelised. Flip each one over and brown the underside for a minute. Remove and place into a large, greased casserole or roasting dish. Set aside.

Wipe the pan clean and add the second tablespoon olive oil. Cook the mushrooms over high heat for 3-4 minutes until they partially caramelise, adding the garlic in the last minute. Stir continuously to prevent the garlic burning. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan and cook until the wine cooks out and has completely evaporated.

Tip the chopped tomatoes into the pan. Add the bay leaf and dried oregano. Cook over moderate heat for 10 minutes so that the mixture reduces and thickens slightly.

Stir the sliced black olives, then tip everything into the roasting dish containing the chicken. Place the dish into the oven for 20-25 minutes. (You may need to test the thickest part of one of the pieces of chicken – it should NOT be pink on the inside. If it is, return it to the oven for longer.)

Serve with a generous crack of black pepper and garnish with chopped parsley.


Calories per serving = 266Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 11g
     of which saturates        7g
  • Carbs 6g
     of which sugars            4.4g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 33g

Allergens
Sulphites


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Beef and Savoy Cabbage Bowl

Beef and Savoy Cabbage Bowl
Serves 2

A super-simple low-carb lunch or dinner option. We jam-packed this beef and Savoy cabbage dish with glorious Savoy cabbage to get that all-important fibre. The roasted sesame oil drizzled over at the end is the key to bring it all together.

300g lean beef steak (weight after trimming fat)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ TB olive oil
330g Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
200g warm beef stock
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 TB dark soy sauce
2 tsp roasted sesame oil
chopped coriander, to garnish

Pat the steak dry with kitchen paper and lightly season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Slice into thin strips. (Most UK stores sell beef ‘stir-fry’ strips, which are lean and will work just as well.)

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and fry the steak strips over high heat until caramelised on the outside. Remove and set aside on a plate. (Remove the fried steak strips using tongs or a slotted spoon, leaving the juices and oil the pan.)

Add the remaining half tablespoon olive oil to the same pan and add the cabbage, garlic and ginger. Toss well to coat the cabbage evenly in the mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

Add the beef stock and increase the heat to high. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until all the stock cooks down and evaporates.

Stir in the rice wine vinegar and soy sauce and return the beef strips (as well as any resting juices) to the pan. Mix well to combine and allow the beef strips to gently heat through.

Drizzle the sesame oil over the mixture, combine well and divide between two warm bowls. Garnish with chopped coriander.


Calories per serving = 404Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 21g
     of which saturates        409g
  • Carbs 14g
     of which sugars            11g
  • Fibre 3g
  • Protein 37g

Allergens
Sesame
Soya
Sulphites (may be present in the rice wine)
Wheat (may be present in the soy sauce)
Celery (present in the stock)

 


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Pesto Chicken Breasts, Couscous and Salad

Pesto Chicken Breasts, Couscous and Salad
Serves 2

Pesto Chicken Breasts. Basil pesto is an incredibly versatile ingredient to have on hand. Keep a pot in the fridge and you are minutes away from a richly-flavoured dish. Some stores sell a variety of basil pesto, including gluten-free, vegan and reduced-fat pesto. In this case, try and get your hands on the reduced-fat kind, I promise you will not notice the difference. Very important, when spreading the pesto onto your chicken, do not dip your spoon or knife into the pot of pesto in between spreads. Weigh out the pesto in a small bowl beforehand.

 

Calories per serving = 476kCal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 1g
     of which saturates        4.1g
  • Carbs 25g
     of which sugars            1g
  • Fibre 9g
  • Protein 46g

Ingredients

 

2 cups baby spinach
2 small tomatoes, quartered
¼ red onion, finely sliced
2 tsp olive oil
30g reduced-fat feta
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 chicken breasts, skinless and deboned
45g basil pesto
1 tsp olive oil, to fry the chicken
100ml hot chicken stock
60g couscous
1 tsp ground turmeric
chives, to garnish

Method

  1. Combine the spinach, tomatoes and red onion in a bowl and drizzle over the olive oil. Toss well to evenly coat. Crumble over the reduced-fat feta and season with salt and pepper. Set the salad aside to serve with the finished dish.
  2. Place the chicken breasts (one at a time) between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten using a meat mallet until they are thin and flattened. This ensures fast and even cooking.
  3. Spread the pesto generously onto both sides of both chicken breasts. Heat the teaspoon olive oil in a large pan and fry the chicken on both sides until cooked through. This should take approximately 6-8 minutes, but it will depend on how flat you managed to pound them. If in doubt, slice a piece and check that it is no longer pink.
  4. In the meantime, heat the stock until very hot (or simply use hot water from the kettle). Weigh the couscous in a small bowl and add the ground turmeric. Pour over the hot stock or water and cover with cling film. After several minutes, remove the cling film and fluff it with a fork.
  5. When the chicken is cooked remove from the heat and serve over the warm couscous, and the fresh, simple salad on the side.

 

Allergens

Wheat
Tree nuts
Eggs

Milk
Celery (may contain)
Sulphites (may contain)


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Mixed Bean and Avocado Salad

Mixed Bean and Avocado Salad
Serves 2

Packed with goodness, this simple salad is perfect to take to the office this January. Just ensure you keep the dressing in a separate container and add to the salad just before serving. If you aren’t keen on giving up meat, add some lean chicken or tuna..

50g frozen corn
1 tin mixed beans
2 TB olive oil
½ TB white wine vinegar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 baby gem lettuce, trimmed and leaves separated
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
½ large avocado
small handful parsley, chopped to garnish

Bring a small pan of water to the boil and add the frozen corn. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then drain well. Set aside to cool.

Empty the contents of the tinned beans into a strainer or colander and rinse well to remove any excess starchy tin ‘juice’.

Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl or ramekin. Season the dressing with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Arrange the baby gem lettuce leaves onto the plates and arrange the cherry tomatoes, drained corn and drained mixed beans on the salad. Top with the avocado.

Drizzle the dressing generously over the salads and garnish with chopped parsley.


Calories per serving = 395Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 25g
     of which saturates        1g
  • Carbs 26g
     of which sugars            4g
  • Fibre 11g
  • Protein 12g

Allergens
Mustard
Sulphites


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Beetroot and Quinoa Salad with Dill

Beetroot and Quinoa Salad with Dill

The earthy-flavoured beet goes really well in a salad such as this Beetroot and Quinoa Salad with Dill, which features so many exciting flavours. A great salad to enjoy in Veganuary! If you aren’t keen on giving up meat, add some diced, cooked chicken.)

90g uncooked mixed seed quinoa
40g hazelnuts, halved
2 TB olive oil
1 TB lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large handfuls mixed salad leaves
small handful fresh dill, chopped
½ apple (55g), cored and diced small, squeeze lemon juice over to avoid oxidisation
200g baby beetroot (cooked), quartered

Bring 300ml water to the boil and add the mixed seeds quinoa, cooking over a moderate heat until all the water has evaporated and the quinoa has cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Roast the halved hazelnuts in a hot, dry pan until toasted. Set aside to cool.

In the meantime, make the dressing. Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl or ramekin. Season the dressing with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

In a large bowl, drizzle this dressing over the salad leaves. Add the dill and add the cooked (cooled) quinoa. Toss well to evenly coat everything.

Divide the dressed leaves / quinoa mixture between two serving bowls.

Over each bowl, scatter over the diced apples and beetroot chunks. Drizzle over any remaining dressing.

Garnish with the roasted hazelnuts and season the salad with salt, if needed.


Calories per serving = 469Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 28g
     of which saturates        3g
  • Carbs 38g
     of which sugars            16g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 12g

Allergens
Hazelnuts


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Vegetable Thai Red Curry

Vegetable Thai Red Curry
Serves 2

Are you doing the Veganuary Challenge this January? This is a fantastically fragrant Vegetable Thai Red Curry which will make you forget all about meat! We bulked it out with sweet potato, butternut and mushrooms – and cooked the veg to perfection before adding to the sauce. If you aren’t keen on giving up meat, add some diced chicken. Serve over rice noodles (if your macros will allow it) or courgetti or shirataki noodles. The macros are based on the curry alone.

150g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks (approx. 1-inch)
150g butternut, peeled and cut into chunks (approx. 1-inch)
1 TB olive oil
salt
2 TB flaked almonds
1 tsp olive oil
180g white mushrooms, quartered
50g red Thai curry paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tin reduced-fat coconut milk
2 dried kaffir lime leaves
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp maple syrup
small handful chopped coriander

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place the prepped sweet potato and butternut chunks into a bowl. Drizzle over the olive oil and toss well to evenly coat. Spread out on a greased roasting tray and season with a little salt. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until they have cooked through (and partially caramelised on the edges.)

In the meantime, toast the almond flakes in a hot, dry pan until golden. Set aside.

Heat the teaspoon olive oil in a wok and add the mushrooms, cooking over high heat until they have caramelised but still holding their shape, approx. 3-4 minutes. Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Over low-moderate heat (using the same wok) add the red curry paste, garlic paste and ginger paste. Cook for a minute, then tip in the coconut milk (shake the tin well before opening) and kaffir lime leaves, whisking the mixture well to combine.

Increase the heat and cook until the mixture reduces and thickens, stirring continuously (this can take up to 10-15 minutes.) Add the soy sauce and a very small drizzle of maple syrup, then add the cooked sweet potato, butternut and mushrooms back to the pan, ensuring the creamy mixture coats the vegetables. (The curry benefits from a bit of sweetness. If you prefer not to use maple syrup or sugar, you can use sweetener. If you are not worried about keeping it vegan, you can use honey as well.)

Once everything has warmed through, remove and discard the kaffir limes leaves.

Serve garnished with the toasted almonds and chopped coriander.

Excellent with rice noodles, shirataki noodles or courgetti*

* accompanying dishes not included in the macros.


Calories per serving = 392Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 25g
     of which saturates        14g
  • Carbs 32g
     of which sugars            12g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Protein 9g

Allergens
Wheat
Almonds
Milk
Crustaceans (may be found in come Thai curry pastes)
Soya
Sulphites (may contain)


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Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Stir fry

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Stir fry
Serves 2

This delicious Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Stir fry takes minutes to throw together and is colourful, tasty and packed with flavour. Traditionally, sweet and sour stir-fries contain sugar, but there is more than enough sweetness from the pineapple chunks to enjoy this stir-fry with minimal guilt! We have served ours over rice noodles, but if you are a carb-watcher, you can enjoy this over courgetti instead.

45g reduced-sugar tomato ketchup
1 TB rice wine vinegar
½ TB soy sauce
2 TB olive oil
2 skinless and deboned chicken breasts, diced 1-inch
½ green pepper, seeds removed and sliced
½ red pepper, seeds removed and sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 large thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced
70g canned bamboo shoots, (drained weight)
80g canned pineapples, chopped (drained weight)
2 portions rice noodles (average portion 45g each)
coriander, to garnish

Combine the ketchup, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce in a little bowl. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a wok or large non-stick pan and fry the chicken pieces until golden. Add the green and red peppers, garlic, ginger and bamboo shoots and continue to cook, stirring regularly until the peppers have slightly softened and caramelised.

Add the reserved sauce to the pan, and cook until the sauce reduces and coats the chicken and vegetables. Add the pineapple chunks to gently warm through.

In the meantime, prepare the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. (If you are using the instant rice noodles, this usually requires a simple 4-minute rehydration in a bowl of hot water.) Once done, drain and serve between two bowls. Spoon over the sweet-and-sour chicken mixture and garnish with coriander leaves.


Calories per serving = 495Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 14g
     of which saturates        3g
  • Carbs 53g
     of which sugars            15g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Protein 34g

Allergens
Wheat (may be found in soy sauce)
Celery (found in ketchup)
Soya
Sulphites


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Veggie Bowl

Veggie Bowl
Serves 2

Full of fibre and goodness, this veggie bowl is something super-simple for meat-free Mondays. The caramelisation of the vegetables is key to this dish, as is the full-flavoured sesame oil drizzled over at the end. We then topped with a perfectly boiled egg. What’s not to love?

2 large eggs
1 TB flaked almonds
2 TB olive oil
250g cauliflower florets, blitzed to ‘rice’
salt
small handful chopped parsley or coriander
1 large courgette
½ red pepper, diced 1-inch
½ green pepper, diced 1-inch
½ yellow pepper, diced 1-inch
100g mushrooms, thickly sliced
2 tsp sesame oil, to finish
1 spring onion, sliced to garnish

Get the eggs in a pan of simmering water and cook to your liking. Once done, peel and set aside to keep warm.

Toast the almonds in a hot, dry pan until golden. Remove and set aside.

Heat the one tablespoon olive oil in the same pan and tip in the blitzed cauliflower. Cook stirring regularly until no longer raw. Season with salt and stir in the chopped parsley or coriander. Set aside to keep warm.

Wipe the pan clean and heat the second tablespoon olive oil. Stir-fry the remaining vegetables over high heat until caramelised. They will cook at different times, so we suggest you add them to the pan in the order in which they are listed above, leaving 30 seconds in between each addition. You can also choose to fry them all separately, keeping the cooked veg warm while you fry each batch.

To serve, divide the cauliflower rice between two warm bowls and add the vegetables. Drizzle sesame oil over each bowl to bring all the flavours together and serve with the boiled eggs.

Garnish with sliced spring onion and the toasted almonds for a deliciously subtle crunch.


Calories per serving = 366Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 26g
     of which saturates        5g
  • Carbs 12g
     of which sugars            5g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 17g

Allergens
Almonds
Eggs
Sesame


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Grilled Cod and Quinoa

Grilled Cod and Quinoa
Serves 2

This is a lovely fresh idea to use up frozen cod fillets sitting in your freezer, or that half-packet of quinoa staring at you from the pantry. Add a few fresh ingredients and you have yourself a tasty, healthy dish in less than 20 minutes.

2 x 120g skinless cod fillets
salt
2 tsp olive oil
65g quinoa
1 TB miso paste
½ large avocado, diced
juice of 1 lime
small handful coriander
freshly ground black pepper
120g cherry tomatoes, halved
chopped coriander, extra to garnish

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 355°F.

Place the cod fillets onto a greased baking sheet and season with salt. Brush with a little olive oil and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes until flaky and done. (If you are cooking the fish from frozen, you may have to increase the time to 20 minutes.)

In the meantime, cook the quinoa according to packet instructions. Just before all the water has evaporated from the pan, stir in the miso paste and continue to cook the quinoa until done. Taste to season and set aside to keep warm.

Place the avocado, lime juice and coriander into a mini food processor and blitz well. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serve the warm quinoa topped with the grilled fish and cherry tomatoes. Spoon the avocado sauce over and season the dish with salt and freshly ground black pepper before garnishing with additional coriander – and tucking in!

Calories per serving = 389Cal

Macros per serving

  • Fats 19g
     of which saturates        6g
  • Carbs 22g
     of which sugars            5g
  • Fibre 6g
  • Protein 28g

Allergens
Fish
Soya


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Spicy Cauliflower Casserole

Spicy Cauliflower Casserole with Feta and Pomegranate
Serves 2

This vegetarian casserole is so packed with flavor, it’s highly unlikely you will want anything alongside it. For those athletes among you that require slightly more carbohydrates and protein, its fantastic served over bulgar wheat, pearl barley or even quinoa, but we simply had a fresh salad on the side. If you do eat meat, this goes exceptionally well with lean lamb cutlets. The cayenne pepper is optional – but highly encouraged so add as little or as much as you like.

530g cauliflower florets (from 1 medium head)

60g baby spinach
2 TB olive oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sumac, plus additional to dust over dressing
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
70g reduced-fat feta cheese
2 TB flaked almonds
100g fat-free plain yogurt
12 large mint leaves, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely diced
pinch sumac
2 TB pomegranate seeds
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.

Place the cauliflower florets and baby spinach in a large bowl and add one tablespoon of the olive oil, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper along with some salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat, then tip into the greased oven-proof dish. Crumble over the feta cheese and drizzle with the second tablespoon olive oil.

Cover the dish with foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes.

In the meantime, toast the flaked almonds in a hot, dry pan. Remove and set aside. Use this time to make the dressing. Combine the yogurt with the finely chopped mint leaves and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of sumac.

After the cauliflower has been cooking for 40 minutes, remove the foil and roast for an additional 10 minutes. Remove and serve topped with pomegranate seeds and the toasted almonds. Drizzle with the yogurt dressing and serve immediately.

Calories per serving = 386kCal

Macros per serving

 

  • Fats 7g
     of which saturates       5.1g
  • Carbs 2g
     of which sugars           12.3g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 6g

Allergens
Almonds
Milk


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“Best purchase of my entire life. I’m so happy with the physical results, but I’m even more happy about the way I feel mentally.” JUDE

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