Instagram Ads, usually full of high end and high priced products. Thankfully, good ole Insta delivered a gem last week. I saw a post for Early Bird which was showcasing a display of healthy snacks. I was instantly intrigued, so I had a click. My phone was flooded with pictures of yummy snacks and tea blends. Trying to lead a healthy life style has its struggles. I’m fine with eating healthy meals, but I do struggle with snacks. This looked like the perfect solution! It reminds me a lot of Graze, however when I tried them a few years back I wasn’t impressed with the taste or selection. I was a little dubious and I didn’t want to throw money away on products I wouldn’t be too keen on, so I had a look at what they offered.
Your face when you’ve been in the kitchen prepping and cooking for an hour and a half and the food isn’t even in the oven yet. You have a lot to answer to Hairy Bikers because I’m HANGRY. This better taste like I’m eating the best meal in the world off of Captain Anericas abs.
Okay so update, Skinny Beef Lasagne is NOT lasagne. Okay it tastes good but I was so disappointed. Not only because of the time it took but the effort and expectations as well. I’ve always heard such great things about the Hairy Bikers recipes. A few others I’ve made have been delicious but I will never make this one again.
For me, lasagne is like cutting a gooey meaty cake. You slice it up and when you remove a portion you can clearly see layers. Granted when it gets to your plate it’s probably slid apart and that’s fine. This however wouldn’t cut and the mixture just flowed around the dish. I don’t know how leek was supposed to work as a lasagne sheet but it didn’t. It’s too thin and too tough to cut into servings. 3 out of the 6 portions had leek sheets, the others lost out. I even boiled my leek for longer to ensure they were tender. They were so tender they were falling apart when I was layering! Now the meat mixture did taste nice and I will probably use some bits to make my own healthier lasagne recipe on the future.
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I was so excited when I bought Book 1 of the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieter series. I’ve loved the Hairy Bikers for years and always wanted to try their recipes but never got around to it. You can imagine how quick I ran to the kitchen when the book came in the post.
This book did not disappoint. Nearly every recipe looked amazing and and used every day ingredients. It seems a lot of celebrity chefs use ingredients you either need to take a loan out with Waitrose to buy or have to book a day off work to cook. It really puts me off to be honest. All I want to do is cook healthy, simple and delicious meals for my family. I don’t need to brag that my truffles were found by God’s very own pet pig on golden roller skates.
The first recipe I made was the Spanish Style Chicken Bake. At the time, I couldn’t taste it because of a wicked bad infection. However, when I had the left overs a few days later it tasted lovely. The hubs loved it as well. It was time consuming but sometimes on the weekends it’s nice to spend a little extra time cooking for everyone.
One thing I did notice though is quite a few recipes do not use spices aside from salt and black pepper. Take the minestrone soup for instance. It uses the flavourfrom the chicken stock and veggies. From memory, when I’ve had minestrone soup before it had strong flavour from oregano or Italian seasonings. Now don’t get me wrong, this soup did taste fabulous, but it didn’t taste like traditional minestrone soup. Why do some recipes feel like to be healthy and low
calorie that it has to lack flavour? Spices are free in my eyes, season away people! I can’t wait to make some more of the recipes from the book, spices or no spices. Quite a few of them will freeze which means you can batch cook the Bikers healthy meals to enjoy throughout the week.
To be fair, this isn’t a long review because I can’t fault the book. The recipes are easy to cook, use basic ingredients and taste great. I didn’t struggle finding something to cook because every recipe looked and sounded really good! Granted, there was one or two recipes I probably wouldn’t make, but you can’t write a cook book to please everyone’s palettes. This is perfect for work lunches or busy weeks!If you haven’t grabbed a copy of the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieters Book 1, go get it! After I work my way through more of the recipes, I will definitely get book 2! If there is a book you would like me to review in the future, let me know in the comments below!
What is the cure for being ill? Chocolate! No okay, soup! I couldn’t have planned this meal any better. I was off sick from work today with this chest infection and conjunctivitis. My chest is sore and it’s still a bit hard to breathe and my vision is still wonky. Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of homemade soup to clear the tubes and warm the belly.
I was grateful how easy this soup was to make. When you’re poorly the last thing you want to do is spend loads of time in the kitchen cooking. The Hairy Bikers got this down to a tee, the meal took me roughly under 45 minutes to cook. Again, I apologise I didn’t keep an eye on the clock as Naomi had just got home from nursery so I was bouncing between cooking and getting her ready for bed. This is also meant to be a one pan meal which saves on washing up. Though, my silly self forgot I had a nice big soup pot and so I used a frying pan and a large saucepan. Ah well, I know for next time. The last great thing about this soup? 98 caolories per serving (115 if you have cheese on the top)! Can’t go wrong with that can you? That means you can have a nice crusty cob along with it if you wanted and not feel bad about the calories. Get in.
Tonight’s dinner was the Hairy Bikers Chicken and Mushroom Risotto. It’s been literally years since I’ve had risotto. It’s one meal I really enjoy eating but it is such a pain to make. Not to mention it isn’t typically waistline friendly
either! So you can imagine I got excited when I saw this in the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieters Book 1. I was also shocked to see it was only 317 calories per serving. I apologise in advance, because I’m still feeling rotten and cooking started quite late this evening, I didn’t remember to track the times on how long it took to cook. I can say though, it did take ages as risotto does.
During the week, I don’t start cooking dinner until Ian calls to say he is on his way home. Some nights this means we don’t eat until after 9pm if he leaves work late. I know some of you may be saying to eat without him, but I can’t. Something wired in me wont let me eat my dinner without him, big old sop over here. 7:30 rolled around and he still hadn’t called to say he was on his way home, so I decided I would do as much prep as I could. I was thankful for this later on and I would suggest to anyone making this recipe to prep ahead if you can!
Last week I did a review of Joe Wicks Lean In 15 followed by me trialing 3 different recipes. This week, I will be doing my review of the Hairy Bikers: Hairy Dieters Book 1. I could not wait to dig my little claws into this book as I absolutely ADORE the Hairy Bikers. I drove my husband mad when I was pregnant as they were pretty much all I would watch. I think this contributed to my daughters mad giggles when she sees them on TV, sorry not sorry.
The first recipe I chose to make was the Spanish Style Chicken Bake. This made my belly rumble when I read the recipe because not only does it include my favourite meat but also chorizo. I haven’t cooked with chorizo since I moved to the UK nearly 6 years ago, partly out of fear that it wouldn’t taste the same as it did back in America. After making this, I don’t care if it doesn’t taste the same. Welcome back to my palette, chorizo! Aside from that, for only 370 calories per serving including potatoes you genuinely cannot go wrong.
Last week I decided I would do a review of Joe Wicks Lean In 15 book. I chose 3 random recipes to cook throughout the week to assist with my overall opinion. I love to cook and try new things, so this was an absolute joy for me.
I read the book completely to get an understanding of what it was about. I very well couldn’t just cook some meals and say whether or not you should go buy it. I totally agree with a lot of what Joe has to say in his book. Society has misconstrued our visions of healthy foods. Because of the media and faulty studies from the 1950s, a lot of people reach out for fat-free yogurts, fortified breads and milk with extra vitamins. Why? Advertising and manufacturers lead you to believe that by eating these things you are improving your health and living a better lifestyle. Sure, in a sense you are because you’re thinking about what you’re eating and trying to make informed decisions. My argument to this is simple, why do you need manufactured foods to be healthy? Eat
natural for the healthiest option.
Lets take my mother-in-law as an example. The poor soul suffers from osteoporosis. Because of this, she started taking a multivitamin and all sorts of foods fortified with vitamin D thinking it would help. She now has toxic levels of vitamin D in her system causing her extraordinary pain in her abdomen and is exasperating a prior condition she has. Now was she wrong in doing what she did? Of course not, she was doing what she thought was best based on what society and the media have told her. The brilliant thing about Lean In 15, it isn’t afraid of fats. So many people think fat is the enemy, but our bodies need it. It’s about eating the right foods to get the fat, such as avocados and not chocolate. I mean we all need a little bit of chocolate though don’t we?
Gnocchi, delicious stodgy gnocchi. I haven’t eaten gnocchi in well over a year and truly missed it. When I saw this
recipe in the Lean In 15 book I had to leap at it! How could I not?!
This recipe had very few recipes, followed the 15 minute motto and is freezeable! This worked out great as when the mister walked in the door he declared he wanted a takeaway to start off our holiday. Hello, flab abs. Thankfully because its a freezable recipe, I can slap it in the freezer for when we get back and need to hop back on track. Now, back to the recipe. I’ve never made ragu before. Sure, I make my own sauce for pasta using chopped tomatos but it never contains meat. This also intrigued me and pulled me towards the recipe.
The second recipe I decided to try from Joe Wicks Lean In 15 Book is his Sag Aloo with Chicken. I love curry. I haven’t met a curry that I didn’t like. Believe it or not, I never had curry before I moved to England. Now there’s been
a 6 year love affair. I typically just make curry from a pre-made curry sauce and mix with veg and some meat or quorn. So I thought I would give this curry ago as it combines two of my favourite ingredients. Potato and chicken.
When I planned the meals this week I intentionally put the sag aloo for today. Wednesday’s tend to be a long day for me and I knew this would give me something to look forward to. This recipe does stick to the 15 minute motto. Albeit with prep it took a bit longer, but okay cooking wise 15 minutes. The ingredients are simple and this is a very cheap meal to make.
Chicken pie is such a hearty and comforting food. It is also usually a high calorie and high fat food. I can’t remember the last time I had chicken pie, so when I saw this in Joe Wicks Lean In 15, I had to make it.
The book doesn’t show any macros or nutrient facts, but I assumed as the recipe calls for double cream it would be quite high. I was so, so wrong. I entered the ingredients into MyFitnessPal and was so surprised when it came out to 377 calories per serving! Praise the chicken pie gods!
Now the book is formed around 15 minute meals and workouts to help keep you lean. This recipe breaks the 15 minute rule and took me more
around 40 minutes. I forgive you Joe because this chicken pie calls for double cream. DOUBLE CREAM. It could take 3 hours to make if it means I can ingest double cream guilt free.
I decided over the weekend that I would be trying a few recipes from Joe Wicks’ book Lean In 15. I was in the baking mood so I thought I would give the chocolate & almond protein cake a whirl. I won’t be using this recipe in my review of the book as it was a spontaneous off-the-cuff decision to make this. We’ll treat this as a stand alone review.
Seeing as it was Mother’s Day, I wanted chocolate. I mean I always want chocolate, but being the day it was I really wanted chocolate. I thought this might be a nice treat and help with the guilt I’d feel if I was eating a slice of chocolate fudge cake. I had a few of the ingredients in my cupboard already, but I did need a quick nip to the shop to buy a few extras of things I didn’t have (almond butter, dates, ground almonds). In hindsight I should have bought more eggs because this calls for 4 of them. It also doesn’t follow the motto of 15 minutes, but being a cake I can’t fault that. What cake can you make in 15 minutes? A raw one.