Soft boiled on wilted spinach, rye toast and a side of tomatoes
Boiled, scrambled, poached… when in doubt eat eggs! Or at least this is generally my rule of thumb at most meal and snack times. Having just been home to the countryside for the weekend `i have had the absolute pleasure of eating our free range organic chicken eggs! Cluck cluck.
Egg whites scrambled with spinach and chilli sauce
Eggs are so versatile and can be cooked in many different ways both sweet and savoury. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner in both sweet and savoury forms. Some of the images in this post are examples of the eggs I eat on a regular occurrence. If I don’t have eggs for one of my meals I always boil up for four eggs for a healthy and tasty snack throughout the day.
Boiled served with avocado, tomatoes and spinach
So what are the health benefits of eggs I hear you ask? Eggs are classed as a super food (another to add to your list) with a list of some of the nutritional benefits…
- Protein – they are excellent source of protein (6 grams each egg) which suits a vegetarian diet by eliminating meat and also cheaper than buying other protein sources such as meat or supplements.
- Cancer Fighting – eggs contain choline which has been found to reduce womens likelihood of attracting breast cancer.
- Eyes – lutein and zeaxanthin found in eggs are both antioxidants which have been shown to ward off macular degeneration.
- Weight loss – due to the high protein levels in an egg this leaves us feeling fuller for longer and more satisfied once finishing a meal to snack on other food, furthermore the amino acid in the eggs is used and broken down by our muscles.
- Low calorie – one egg contains around 72 calories, and if you just eat the egg white that’s around 15 calories.
Vegetable omelette using egg whites and one whole egg (attempted with a STICK pan!)
Eggs have received much criticism that they increase your cholesterol but studies have proven this is not the case. I often only eat one whole egg a day and the rest egg whites, if you are concerned the yolk may increase your cholesterol. But don’t let this put you off the egg. Enjoy! Fx
Happy, happy Sunday peeps. I can easily say I’ve had two of the greatest weeks and haven’t done anything other than the norm, making me realise how much I love life right now. Anyway, less of the mushiness…
Sunday always make me crave comfort food to remind me of home, which is what has inspired todays post. Mash potato is an absolute comfort joy when copious amounts of butter and cream are added to create a smooth, creamy mash. However, with cream and butter comes the added fat and salt content not excellent for a balanced meal.
During the week I tend to stick to chicken/turkey/fish and effectively two veg which I have been brought up on. So, as always I’ve tried to use alternatives from the calorie loaded mash and have discovered two firm favourites – sweet potato, chilli and feta mash and cauliflower mash. Both easy to make, super tasty and super healthy.
So, as mentioned meat and two veg. Cauliflower mash is as super simple and just a case off boiling up some chopped cauliflower in seasoned water until tender. Then add some salt and pepper, a splash of almond milk, pureed garlic and mash with… a masher?
Cauliflower health benefits – packed with nutrients and vitamins which help prevent cancer, inflammation of diseases and supports the digestive system due to the large volume of fibre it contains.
Sweet Potato Chilli and Feta Mash
Sweet potato is an excellent complex carb, thus a better source of carbohydrate compared to your standard potato. There are more health benefits about the sweet potato on my cauliflower, sweet potato and chickpea curry post. I mash this with one chopped chilli and a couple of chunks of feta cheese for a taste sensation.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Mash (peakperformanceforeverydayliving.wordpress.com)
- Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” (sweatandthesweetlife.com)
- Mashed “Potatoes”? (nckyola.wordpress.com)
- Garlic Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower (hugsnkitchen.com)
Although previously denying the fact I am a vegetarian, i sometimes really have to remind myself that I enjoy meat and similarly have to remember to incorporate it into my diet to ensure I am gaining the full benefits of meat. However, as I have mentioned I love all vegetables so could find it quite easy to become vegetarian.
I can’t seem to get enough of a good stir fry at the moment and even more so that they can be made in a matter of minutes using left over vegetables. It is often argued that it can be difficult to eat healthy and conveniently, but this is a super quick dish which can be whipped up in a snap.
I think we all crave some comfort food once in a while and admittedly the weekend is usually the time I cave and have a little binge. My Mam’s sunday roast is one meal I could eat when wanting to warm the cockles of my heart, however it certainly isn’t the healthiest of dinners to consume.
I don’t intentionally eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as I love all meat. However, sometimes if I’m on a particularly tight budget one week, vegetarian and vegan options can often work out a little cheaper.
I’ve experimented with curries in the past and never managed to achieve the same diverse taste and moist texture like those from the local curry house. Albeit, the common purchased curry has often been made by an experienced chef and includes richer ingredients that often increase the saturated fat content of the dish.
Shredded goose and orange
With all this sunshine a salad is a perfect dish for lunch and dinner. To be honest I eat salads throughout the year, I love how versatile, fresh and tasty they can be. I particularly enjoy a warm salad! A good friend introduced me to a warm brie salad, perhaps not the healthiest choice, but it opened my eyes to mixing hot and cold ingredients. Not only are the easily prepared they can also be packed with lots of nutrients. But be careful to not laden yours in high fat packaged dressings.