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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Stir Fry Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

A couple of months ago I bought a copy of Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks, the Body Coach. I half heartedly followed a couple of recipes but never really got stuck into the book. After enjoying a very unhealthy (but extremely fun) weekend in Portugal with 12 of my friends this past weekend I was craving healthy food again. Over the weekend we discussed Lean in 15, and one of my friends mentioned a couple of her favourite recipes, which made me dig my book out as soon as I got home.

I've so far tried out In a Hurry Curry Fried Rice, Chicken with Smoked Paprika & Almonds and Cheesy Chorizo & Spinach which were all really delicious, and inspired me to make this chicken and sweet potato dish.

I made this version in my Actifry, but it could also be made using the oven & stove top.

Stir Fry Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

Stir Fry Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts - serves 1

1 small sweet potato
pinch of chilli flakes
2 tsp coconut oil
chicken breast
handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of green beans
salt & pepper
tbsp pine nuts
  • wash the sweet potato and slice into 1cm strips
  • add the sweet potato to the Actifry pan along with 1 tsp of coconut oil and the chilli flakes
  • cook for 10 minutes
  • cut the chicken into 1cm strips and add to the Actifry, along with the tomatoes, beans & a pinch of salt & pepper 
  • cook for a further 10 minutes*, adding the pine nuts 5 minutes before the end of cooking time

*may take a little more or less time depending on the size of your chicken pieces/model of machine

Stir Fry Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts Stir Fry Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Could Lactose Intolerance be a Myth for Many?

Lactose intolerance is no laughing matter. Many people can experience crippling pain and cramps shortly after drinking cow's milk, but what if you were told that maybe it's not the lactose that's causing those symptoms, but a protein within the milk.

Clinical research conducted in China (where milk intolerance levels are reported to be as high as 90%) has concluded that the symptoms associated with lactose intolerance are more likely the result of an inflammatory response to the A1 protein in cow's milk.

a2 Milk doesn't contain the A1 protein, and only the A2 (as the name suggests), and during the trial it was found that a2 Milk caused no gastrointestinal disturbance in any study participants, including those who have been medically diagnosed as lactose intolerant.

If you're part of the population that suffers from uncomfortable symptoms, you might want to give a2 Milk a try for yourself to see if you can go back to enjoying cow's milk again. My kids, although they don't suffer from any intolerance, love drinking it, and you can see how we used it in a delicious recipe here. Make sure you let a2 Milk know how you get on, by leaving them a message on their facebook page.

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I found a2 milk in a Tesco Store close to us for £1.39 for 1 litre, however it's not available in all Tesco stores - you can find a full list of stockists here. Available in semi skimmed or whole.

this post has been commissioned by a2 milk

Sunday, 17 April 2016

A Taste of Summer #OffSeasonBBQ

Spring has finally sprung, and we've been enjoying some warmer weather this week. It's also been typical of April with plenty of showers in between the sunshine, and a bit of an unexpected flurry of snow!

This weekend we decided to take our chance and host a bbq for family and friends. We made it simple and just cooked up some sausages, which the kids loved. We own a gas bbq which makes all year round barbecuing quite simple, and we often use it out of season, especially if we're having steak as you can't beat the taste of a bbq steak!

The evenings at this time of the year can be pretty chilly, so we were extremely grateful for this cast iron Chimnea from the BBQ & outdoor heating range at George Home. 

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We used a small bag of instant light charcoal along with some kindling, and were on fire and toasting our gourmet marshmallows within minutes.

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You have the chance to win a £50 Asda voucher so you can enjoy a family bbq of your own, or buy yourself one of these fab Chimnea's.
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All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below.

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I was provided with a chimnea and the cost of ingredients used

Friday, 15 April 2016

Fridge Fitness: The Five Unwritten Rules

Nowadays every domestic kitchen has a fridge, whether it's a standard sized under the counter fridge with an ice box just about large enough for a bag of peas and some ice cubes, or a large American side by side fridge freezer with enough room for the whole of the weekly shop. We are lucky enough to own the latter, along with the modern luxury of a second fridge freezer in the garage for wine, beer, milk and overflow food at Christmas.

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This is what our fridge usually looks like shortly after a shop - crammed full of good foods to last us the week. By day 3 it's looking quite sparse, and by day 5 much of the fruit and salad has been eaten, and that half empty bottle of Prosecco has been replaced with another bottle of milk. Believe it or not, the fridge is organised pretty well, but straight after a shop there's always too much salad to fit in the vegetable drawer, and too many packs of butter & spread to fit on the top shelf, so they get squeezed in wherever they fit.

Betta Living have put together their Fridge Fitness: The Five Unwritten Rules for arranging your fridge, and challenged me to see how fit my fridge is. Firstly, let's take a look at these rules :
  1. Keep your dairy products chilled in the fridge when not in use, to keep them fresh
  2. Keep your preserved jars such as jams, chutneys & pickles in the door of the fridge as it's the warmest spot
  3. Keep apples and citrus fruits in the fridge
  4. Always place meat on the bottom shelf
  5. Don’t store bananas in the fridge or next to other fruits, as this will cause the other fruits to ripen more quickly
Now let's take a look at how my fridge compares.
  1. Dairy products - as you can see from the picture, I keep a lot of dairy products in the fridge. The only time I don't is when I'm baking and the ingredients need to be at room temperature. 
  2. Jams, chutneys & pickles - apart from 3 or 4 bottles of sauces that fit into one of the compartments in the door, most of the jars of preserves are stored on the top 3 shelves (there's a lot of jars in our fridge!), and the milk is kept in the door to keep it upright with less chance of spilling.
  3. Fruits - we keep most of our fruit in the fridge, with the exception of bananas and fruit that needs to ripen, such as melons and pears.
  4. Meat - the meat is kept on the bottom shelf (behind that large tub of yogurt)
  5. Bananas - see point 3 above

My score is 4 out of 5, which is pretty good I think!

How well do you score in the Betta Living Fridge Fitness Challenge?

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