What I ate Wednesday – My Eats!

Hi all,

Hope you are having a great Wednesday and that you are having nicer weather than we are here in Glasgow, Scotland! Grey and raining… not great! But we did have a few days of lovely sunshine so I’m not going to complain, only hope instead that the sun comes back soon!

It occurred to me last week that it has been ages since I have done a traditional ‘What I ate Wednesday’ post – so decided to rectify that and share with you all today.

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Here are my eats from yesterday (Tuesday 29th April) – my thanks to Jenn over @PeasandCrayons for the link up!

Breakfast – Zucchini Patties, Hard Boiled Eggs and RollMop (pickled) Herring – topped with Furikake

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Exactly what I needed and wanted after CrossFit  – such a tasty combo!

Let me also introduce you to Furikake! It’s a blend of black and white sesame seeds with nori seaweed and red shiso leaves – a common Japanese seasoning. It is also delicious and jazzes up anything and everything – David and I are addicted! From sweet potatoes to eggs, it adds the most amazing umami flavour!

(We found ours in our local Whole Foods – you may be lucky to find some in your local supermarket or Asian store – just make sure the ingredients are clean, some have hidden nasties!)

Mid Morning Snack

Oh russet apple and tahini, how I love thee – yep still not tired of this combo! Paired with a cup of English Breakfast tea.

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Lunch – Chicken with veggies and a side of baba ghanoush

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Chicken and veggies, yum and need no explaining really! Baba ghanoush is an aubergine dip that David and I became addicted to when we went to the Middle East – it’s so smoky and delicious. We have even found a local company that make it exactly as it should be done, all with fresh, simple ingredients.

Mid Afternoon Snack

I say mid afternoon, more 6pm! Time for a nice relaxing bath = a nice relaxing gin and tonic! I also had some dried prunes to nibble on.

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Dinner – Broccoli, Pea and Spring Onion (Salad Onion) Frittata

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Fresh, delicious and nutritious, the perfect meal! We grated a little manchego cheese on top and served it with spinach and olives.

Want my recipe? Check out my post HERE on my simple, easy frittata!

Pre Bed – Peppermint tea and a small bowl of melon

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Nothing more soothing than a peppermint tea before bed. Combine that with some fresh, juicy melon and I was very happy!

And that was my eats for the day! Why not head over to Peas and Crayons to see what other bloggers have been enjoying?  

New Recipe – Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros (Paleo)

Hi all,

Today I bring you a new recipe! Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros!

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A bit of background on this one…

David and I were craving Huevos, but we had CrossFit the following morning and knew we needed some sustenance to our dinner in order to have the fuel in our system to get us through it. Our usual Huevos is served in lettuce cups – not exactly a nutritional powerhouse being mostly water, so I put my thinking cap on for an alternative. And low and behold, the following was born! Good carbohydrates, protein, veggies and healthy fats – winner!

Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 sweet potatoes

250g ground meat

1 red onion – chopped

1 tsp of cumin

Salt and pepper

Salsa

2 avocados

2 eggs

Method

  • Cook the 2 sweet potatoes – either in the microwave (about 10 mins should do it) or roast in the oven.
  • While the sweet pots are cooking, brown the ground meat and onion in a pan, adding the cumin, salt and pepper after 1 minute. Sautee until ready.

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  • Cut the cooked sweet potatoes in half and carefully scoop out the insides, leaving the skins intact. You may want to leave a layer of potato inside the skins for stability.
  • Mix the scooped potato and ground meat mixture until combined. Stuff back into the sweet potato skins.

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  • Top the stuffed potatoes with salsa (either homemade or store bought – we use a store bought one with clean ingredients). Then slice the avocado and place on top of salsa.

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  • And the cherry on top… a fried egg (dippy egg, sunny side up etc – whatever you prefer to call it!).
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

  • You could make this a veggie dish by subbing the ground meat for spinach or kale, simply cook in the same way.
  • Delish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could even make the stuffed skins in advance and then just heat them up when needed – definitely ‘cook up’ material.
  • If you want them for lunch or to pack and take away, try topping instead with a sliced hard boiled egg.  Can be eaten hot or cold (minus the fried egg of course!)
  • Oh and it certainly was the perfect CrossFit fuel!

Weekend Food Photo Bomb!

Hi all,

Hope you had a wonderful and fantastic weekend full of lots of fun!

As you can see, I found a friend in this weekend Costco! Isn’t amazing what you can find in that store – pretty cool! And until that point, I never realised I wanted a stone lion!

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Spending today and tomorrow working on my CrossFit course 🙂 so they wont be big posts from me – but I thought you would enjoy a weekend photo bomb of some of my favourite eats!

Saturday Breakfast – Sauasge, eggs and root veggies – perfect start to the day!

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Saturday Lunch – Handmade sushi from Whole Foods and kombucha – uber yum!

 

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Saturday Cook-up – root veggies for the week (also did a big pot of soup with gammon shank and sweet potato coins- not pictured)

 

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My Dates!!! – Costco had them back in stock! I actually cried in the aisles of Costco when they had run out….!

 

 

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Saturday Dinner – Sticky Chili chicken wings with Paleo (cauliflower) fried rice – was incredible!

 

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Sunday Breakfast – The Sunday papers, strong hot coffee and a kipper with sweet potato hash and fried egg – bliss!

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Oh and just one more picture to make you smile for the day… Spring has sprung! 

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What I ate Wednesday!

Hi all!

Its hump day time!

First of all I must say a big thanks to Holly for letting me guest post on her blog EatGreatBEGreat yesterday and for all the lovely comments I received. Glad you enjoyed the post and stay tuned, there is another one next week!

Now on to today…

Normally I try not to follow a routine with posts, but I have been getting such good feedback from my ‘What I ate Wednesday’ posts that I thought I would do another one this week! To be honest, WIAW posts are some of my favourites to read so I think we must all think alike – loving being nosy at what we all eat, getting ideas and lusting over other pictures with jealousy!

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So as per my other posts, here is a recap of some of my favourite foods from the past week!

Enjoy!

Breakfast

Sunday Morning – Kippers, sweet potato hash , coffee and the Sunday papers

Absolute bliss – love my kippers, warmed under the grill, partnered with crispy hash, oh so good and a perfect start to a chilled out Sunday with my David

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Brussels, parma ham, cranberry 3 egg omelette with almond butter

Perfect post CrossFit breakfast

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Zucchini patties with cured herring and hard boiled eggs

Another perfect post CrossFit refueler 

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Lunch

Mac and Guac Salad

Similar to my one from last week but with guac instead! So tasty and yay for healthy fats!

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Sweet Potato – half with tahini, half with cottage cheese

For those days when you want both and don’t want to choose between them!

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Chicken, veggies and guacamole

So delicious but yet so simple – juicy moist chicken, crisp veg (just mixed frozen veggies #keepingitsimple) and a quick guacamole!

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Dinner

Steak sausages and Neeps (swede/turnip)

Sometimes it really is the simple dinners that are winners.

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Thai Green Curry

This was incredible! I took the recipe for a Thai green curry paste from Gordon Ramsay’s book ‘Ultimate Home Cooking’ and simply added a tin of coconut milk and let it render down. Then I added cooked green peppers and chicken and let it simmer until thick. Served with cauliflower rice and peas, the perfect Saturday night in dinner.

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Nom Nom ‘Big Ol Bacon Burgers’

Another recipe from Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and once again it was insanely good! These burgers were full of flavour, moist and simply heaven! We served them with Brussels sprouts (boiled and then sautéed in the pan the burgers had cooked in for amazing flavour) and roasted root veg.

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Snacks

Valentines Treat Plate

As a special surprise for David on Valentine’s day, I created a snack plate to go along with a delish bottle of Argentinean Chardonnay. I made dark chocolate covered strawberries, salted dark chocolate covered roasted almonds, parma ham wrapped dates and opened our special purchase a few weeks back of venison chorizo. Everything was lovely but will definitely be making the salted dark chocolate almonds again soon!

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Apple and Tahini

Has to be a russet apple. They are the only ones that work in partnership with tahini, and what a beautiful partnership it is too!

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Jen and David mid afternoon snacks!

Two wee snack pots to go along with our coffee. Mine- sweet potato coins and almond butter, kiwi and prunes. David – one huge banana and 3 dates. Happy times!

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Booch!

Ah Kombucha, I love you so – why can I only get you from Whole Foods/ you are so expensive! Will try making at home one day but need the bacteria to start it all first, which isn’t easy to find!

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And there you have it! My favourite eats from the week! Thanks to Jenn over @Peasandcryaons for the link up!

See you tomorrow for a recipe…!

What I ate Wednesday!

Hi all!

Happy hump day and all that jazz!

I am sooo excited as tonight I get to celebrate Valentines number one by going out to dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, Viva Brazil – watch out meat, here I come!

Today I am linking up with Jenn over @peasandcrayons for the delightful ‘What I ate Wednesday’!

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Instead of one day’s particular eats, I thought I would share some of my favourite meals from the past few weeks. Sorry if a few of the pictures are a bit grainy/ blurry – some were taken on my phone and others were at the mercy of the lighting in our apartment, which is so unpredictable!

Enjoy!

Breakfasts

I currently have a slight obsession with scrambled eggs – especially when paired up with a banana and nut butter. Had it 3 times since Sunday! But all full of goodness so no big deal! (Note this was not a post CrossFit breakfast, I would always require much more after training to help my muscles).

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I also thought I would share with you one of David’s favourite breakfasts at the moment, banana oat pancakes – created by the wonderful Amanda over @runningwithspoons. Although for this one, we gave it a twist using pumpkin instead of banana, it was delish! Topped with grass fed butter and trail mix  – tasty!

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Lunch

Mackerel Salad

I had this one yesterday – simply tinned mackerel in olive oil with beets, a hard boiled egg, olives, the usual salad bits and seeds. So good!

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Haggis and Neeps

Some people give haggis a bad rep. I think it’s delish! Some people just aren’t into their offal, and that’s fair enough, but at least give it a go! It’s simply offal and oats. Partnered with mashed swede (neeps in Scotland, Turnip in other areas).

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Smoked Herring Salad

Smoked herring with peppercorns, beets, some guacamole and a wee bit of mackerel hiding in the corner too!

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Dinner

Broccoli and Pea Frittata (for 2!)

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Rotisserie chicken with salsa, a sprinkle of grated manchego and veggies

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Liver with onions served on a bed of parsnip mash

Not a great picture but I wanted to put this in as it truly was amazing! Remember I said I wanted to try Melissa Joulwan from theclothesmakethegirl’s recipe? Well it rocked! Cooked to perfection I think it will be a household staple meal!

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Southwest Cowboy Chili

From the amazing cook book that is nom nom paleo (totally recommend buying it – review coming soon!). I will never make another chili recipe again, this is THE recipe. Michelle used chuck roast but said ground beef would work well too – so that’s what we used. And we added in some grated carrot and peppers. Divine!

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My Eats This Week!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and enjoying your Thursday!

I am writing today as one very sleepy Jen, thanks to one tough Crossfit session this morning, details on that tomorrow!

However, I will keep smiling, keep enjoying the day, just drink a wee bit more coffee (!) and maybe take some chill out time later. One thing I am not good at doing is allowing my body to recover, 2014 will be different! Just sit down Jen!

Today’s post will be a recap of some of my favourite eats from the week and, even though it’s a day late, I am linking up with Jenn over at @peasandcrayons for her What I ate Wednesday link!

Some of what I ate this week…

Monday Breakfast

Zucchini patties with cottage cheese and spiced cured herring  

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Monday Lunch

Acorn Squash with Turkey Wing

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Monday Dinner

Stir fry veg salsa scramble on a bed of spinach

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Tuesday Breakfast

Banana Oats with Greek yoghurt and almond butter

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Tuesday Lunch

Sweet Potato, cottage cheese and guac….hmmmm guac…..!

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Tuesday Dinner

Smoked mackerel, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts

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Wednesday Breakfast

Banana scramble with almond butter

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Wednesday Lunch

Homemade veg soup with Turkey, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

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Wednesday Dinner (not pictured as we were so hungry!)

Slow cooked jerky ham hock with swede

Thursday Breakfast 

Brussels sprout, bacon, sage and cranberry omelette with a side of walnuts

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Snacks – some of my favourites from the week…

Banana with almond butter, side of dried prunes and a cup of choco tea!

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Roasted root veg

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Dates (yes there is only one left in the box, yes I have another box at the ready!)

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Jerky – new find at Whole Foods, made in London from Grass Fed beef – yay!

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Hope you enjoyed viewing my eats…I certainly enjoyed having them!

What I ate Wednesday!

Hi all,

Happy Hump Day! Hope you are well!

Time for another ‘What I ate Wednesday’ – as always thanks to Jenn over at @peasandcrayons for hosting the link up.

Breakfast – Brussels Sprout and Bacon Egg Scramble

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This is so yummy and is going to be a major addition to our breakfast menu. I love keeping the eggs loose, that way it is still slightly gooey, like the French have their eggs. And you have the crispness from the delicious combo of Brussels sprouts and bacon which have been sautéed beforehand. Also a perfect pre workout breakfast.

Snack – Cox Apple with Pumpkin Seed Butter

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Another perfect sweet seasonal British apple combined with some rich pumpkin seed butter. A match made in heaven. Also had some mixed nuts at the side (not pictured).

Lunch – Carrot and Coriander Soup with Spinach and Chicken. Greek Yoghurt and Grapes

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I love this soup! I think I am addicted! So simple to make and yet full of flavour – it was lovely and warming on a cold day. Once heated, I add a handful of spinach and stir through, it wilts almost instantly. Then I top with shredded chicken.

Snack – Dried Prunes, leftover Pepita’s and a mug of dried leaf Peppermint Tea.

(Not pictured. David came home and I wanted to chill out with him, have our snack and discuss Christmas bits and bobs – exciting planning!).

Dinner – Tuna, Cabbage, Red Onion and Baby Corn with a Mustard Sauce

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Will put the recipe up for this soon! It is so easy to make and the flavours combine so perfectly. Easy, quick, tasty and packed full of nutrients – what more could you ask for!

Snack – White Grapefruit

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I love grapefruit, that zing and tartness, yum! We alternate between white and pink grapefruit, pink tends to be a little sweeter but both tasty in their own unique way. Good doze of vitamin C too!

Food preperation for the week ahead!

HI all,

Happy Monday, hope your week is off to a swinging start!

I thought I would write today to share with you David and I’s very productive Saturday afternoon/ evening – prepping for the week ahead!

I am a big advocate for planning and preparing, especially when it comes to food for the week. David and I usually sit down on a Wednesday evening when he comes home from work, and we create our menu for the week, commencing on the forthcoming Saturday. We always have fun doing this and always have favourites that we want week after week (mostly David and anything sweet potato/ avocado orientated!), and bringing back some old classics that we had forgotten about. We write all our menus in a notebook so we can look back on them, an excellent tool when it comes to planning and thinking about your options.

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We knew we were going to have a Saturday afternoon at home this weekend so we thought it the perfect opportunity to stock up our freezer with some cooked staples for the next few weeks and, while the oven was on for dinner, cook up some of the bits and bobs for the week ahead. As a very frugal person, if I can get away with only putting the oven on once, then that’s what I will do!

The following is what we cooked up over the next few hours. Where there is a recipe or any hints and tips, I have listed it.

Simple Veggie Soup

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500g of carrots chopped

1 large broccoli – chopped

2 small cauliflowers – chopped

2 litres of stock – I used chicken

Pepper to taste

–          This is so easy to make. Simply cook the veg in the stock on the stove. When ready, blitz the veg and stock mix until smooth. Add pepper to taste (there is usually enough salt in the stock but feel free to add some if you feel it is necessary) and voila! Easy peasy soup! We got 12 individual portions from this and it freezes very well. If you want, after heating the soup, add some shredded chicken or spinach to bulk up a bit.

Marinara Sauce

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3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tsp of chilli flakes

Drizzle of olive oil

1 tin of chopped tomatoes plus half a tin of water

Handful of chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp of dried basil

–          Heat the oil in the pan and add the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook until golden. Add the tomatoes and water along with the basil and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

–          We really enjoy this sauce and get 6 x 2 person portions from this. However if you like a lot of sauce, you will probably have less. I use a silicon muffin tray to divide out the portions then pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can pop them out of the tray and into a freezer bag for easy storage. The sauce freezes really well and it doesn’t take long to defrost a portion when you need a quick dinner.

Chicken drumsticks

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Portion of drumsticks

Salt and pepper

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–          Season the chicken along with a sprinkle of garlic on each. Pop on a baking tray and put in oven for 45 minutes. Simple, easy, tasty and they keep in the fridge for about a week (if they last that long). Perfect for lunches, to add to eggs, salads, snacks, an easy dinner, the list is endless!

2 roasted Butternut Squashes

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–          2 squashes, split in half, seeds out and roasted in the oven for about an hour (depending on size). Keeps in the fridge for about a week and easy to heat up in the microwave for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Sweet Potato Coins

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–          The most perfect snack, David loves them mid morning with some nut butter. Normally I just dice them into coins and roast in the oven until ready. This time I put them in the tray with the chicken to absorb some of the amazing flavours and juices from the chicken. I was not disappointed, they are delicious! Sealed in a tub they can also keep for a week.

We also, amongst all this, prepped and chopped our veggies for the week so that they could be easily grabbed to make dinner and lunches. Oh and yes we made dinner as well, Cauliflower crust pizza – yum! We were certainly glad to sit down with this, a glass of wine and a good movie in the evening!

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Hope this post may have inspired some of you to get your thinking caps on with planning meals, or spending a little time at the weekend to do a bit of preparation for the week ahead, leaving more time to chill out when you really need it! I really enjoy planning, preparing and cooking meals – yes I love to be organised, but what I mostly love about it is spending time cooking real, whole foods, that smell and taste great and doing it all with my hubby David. Definite quality time.

My Favourite Eats from the Past Week

Hi all,

Hope you are all well and have had a good weekend so far.

Just a wee recap of my favourite eats from the past week, not too many this week as a lot of them were repeats!

Monday Dinner – Savoy Cabbage, Mushroom and Tomato Scramble.

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–          Simple, just those 3 veggies, mixed through eggs is honestly food bliss! The flavours work so well together, it’s David and I’s favourite way of scramble and filled up our tummies with goodness after Crossfit. Served with a spinach salad (as you can probably tell, our leaf of choice at the moment), it really provides us with everything we need.

Tuesday Dinner – Jen’s Winning Combo’s

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–          Part of the ‘Jen’s Winning Combo’ series where I pretty much do that, take a selection of bits I think will work together into a combo and see how it goes! This one, another winner – tuna, cabbage, red onion and baby corn sautéed in a pan then mixed with my own ‘mustard sauce’. The sauce is made with 1 tablespoon of light Philadelphia, 3 tablespoons of almond milk and 1 heaped teaspoon of whole grain mustard. Mix and allow the cream cheese to melt. Then mix with tuna and veggies – delicious!

Our developing chilli!

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–          A wee picture of a chilli that David’s mum gave to us when she came up last week, from her chilli plant at home. When it first arrived it was bright green, then it turned to yellow, then orange then bright red as you can see! We had it in a lunch scramble later on in the week and it was really fresh with just a little zing.

Saturday Breakfast

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–          We were down in David’s home town of Darlington this weekend (north eastern England, about 3 hours from Glasgow). So we woke up bright and early on Saturday and started the day with an AMRAP workout

20 minute AMRAP

10 push ups

10 V crunches

10 jumping jacks

10 triceps dips

10 mountain climbers

So similar to last week with a few swaps but it was a perfect start to the day which left us very hungry! Cue oats and banana scramble! I had a wee bowl of oats, plain which I love (don’t ask me why I love plain oats, just do!) and then a tasty banana and pumpkin scramble with almond butter on top. Our bodies were just so happy to have these 2 bowls of awesome nutrition after our workout and a perfect start to the day!

After this we headed to a family BBQ in honour of David’s Uncle Paddy’s 50th birthday! I forgot to take a photo of my plate but here is a photo instead of David’s cousin Joe, tending to 2 of my favourite things I ate, pork and pepper skewers and halloumi, aubergine and tomato skewers.

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And to finish off, a great picture of David and I at the BBQ, having a great time and catching up with much loved family.

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My favourite eats from the week!

Hi all,

Hope you are all having a fab weekend! Just a quick post to let you know about my favourite eats for the week! A few that you will start to recognise as David and Jen staples and some new ones too. Enjoy!

Monday night dinner – Sweet potatoes and Cottage Cheese with salad

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–          A winner for both lunch and dinner, dinner on a larger scale of course! We find that this is the perfect meal after a workout, in this case Crossfit. A protein packed, tasty, filling dinner that, most importantly, is easy to make when you are shattered after training!

Tuesday night dinner – Huevos Rancheros – Jen style!

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–          My take on the classic! I start with an iceberg lettuce bowl, then fill it with the ingredients. Ground beef, browned with garlic, red onions and cumin, fill the bottom of the bowl. Then a layer of salsa, hotter the better in our house. A generous helping of sliced avocado then follows, topped with a sunny side up egg! A quick grind of pepper on top and you have perfection in a meal! The crispness of the lettuce goes so well with the intense flavour of the beef, with the zing of the salsa, cool creaminess of the avocado. And then you break that yolk… heaven!

Thursday post Crossfit smoothie

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–          Ok, so I know this doesn’t look that great or appetising but you have got to trust me, it was divine! 1 frozen banana, blitzed with ¾ cup of almond milk. Simple but delicious and such a good pre workout energy booster that didn’t sit heavy. David had the same with one alteration, the addition of 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. It was really tasty too, might try that next time.

Thursday night dinner – Scramble

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–          Another favourite of ours for both lunch and dinner but it really is perfect for after Crossfit, again a protein and nutrient puncher.  This scramble was with baby corn, mange tout and mushrooms with a green jalapenos salsa, served with a spinach and iceberg lettuce salad. Very good!

Saturday lunch – The Mussel Inn, Glasgow

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–          Now I won’t speak too much about this as my next post will be all about my weekend adventures but I just had to include this meal in this post as it truly was the best meal I had all week! Local mussels freshly caught from the Isle of Mull, steamed in their natural juices with chillies, garlic, ginger, coriander (cilantro) and cumin and served with a side salad. Truly the best mussels I have ever had!

How do you like your Huevos Rancheros? Do you put a spin on it?