Monday, 28 July 2014

Sweet Potato Spinach and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Happy Monday Folks!!

How was your weekend?
After rummaging through my cupboard on Saturday to find my packet of quinoa sitting there all alone feeling dejected I decided to cook it. I actually cooked the whole packet and kept the rest in the fridge after preparing my delicious Saturday meal which was quinoa with prawns and vegetables.




Ingredients

1 packet of quinoa
1 packet of spinach
2 sweet potatoes
packet of cranberry sprinkle
salt & seasoning


Instructions

 For The Quinoa 

to cook your quinoa follow the instruction on the packet of your purchased quinoa
once cooked set aside and prep your the spinach and sweet potato



 For the Sweet Potato

peel the sweet potato and cut into square shapes
place in a pot and boil for 8-10mins 

peeled sweet potato

cut into shapes

ready to be boiled

 For the Spinach

remove from packaging and wash
place spinach in a wok with a drop of oil and allow spinach to simmer for about 3mins till it turns green and changes colour slightly
remove and place in a bowl and set aside

Final Prep

place cooked sweet potato in a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa,cranberry seeds and the spinach and mix together gently
season with black pepper and little bit of salt
this delicious meal can be served hot or cold

Voila !!!


Sweet Potato Spinach and Cranberry Quinoa Salad




Don't be deceived by the small and tiny grains, quinoa is very filling and delicious!!

Have you ever had Quinoa?

How did you make yours?  Let me know in the comments box.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Link Credit: 12 things you should know about Quinoa 
http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/06/12-things-you-should-know-about-quinoa/




Sunday, 27 July 2014

Cucumber Lime & Lemon Infused Water

Water! Water! Water!

Are you drinking enough water?
Do you dislike the taste of water?
Infused water is a good way to get you drinking more water
Infuse your water with your favourite fruits and increase your water intake
Your body needs water or fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration


Cucumber , Lime and Lemon Infused Water 



Cucumber , Lime and Lemon Infused Water 

Spaghetti With Minced Beef Sauce

Spaghetti, Bell Peppers, Chopped tomatoes,Onions, Seasoning and Minced Beef

Vegetable Prep

Minced Beef Sauce


Dinner is served

My Healthy Lunch Prep for the Week - Part II

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Last week I shared my lunch prep for the week.


If you missed the blogspot, have no fear! Here is the post

http://yems-smoothies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/my-healthy-lunch-prep-for-week.html

This week I will be sharing my lunch prep again. I would like to encourage to find time and make your packed lunch for a few days and see how you feel and like it?


In my humble opinion home made lunches are@

  • Cost effective
  • Fresh
  • Healthier
  • Hygienic
  • Quality
  • More productive
  • And enables better time management

Here is my packed lunch for the week.


Salad Base Prep  - Salad leaves and sweetcorn

Salami Salad, Cod Fillet Salad, Sweet Potato & Vegetables & Frankfurter Salad

Salami Salad, Cod Fillet Salad, Sweet Potato & Vegetables & Frankfurter Salad

Salami Salad, Cod Fillet Salad, Sweet Potato & Vegetables & Frankfurter Salad


Have you decided to make a change and create time to start bringing lunch to work once or twice a week, or make a transition away from the office canteen food options? 

Try it and I can assure you that the results will be worth it.  
Do you bring your lunch to work? If so, what are your favourite things to bring?


Let me know in the comments box.

Have a lovely working week ahead.

Banana Mango & Pineapple Sunday Smoothie

Happy Sunday!!

Ingredients
  • frozen mango
  • frozen pineapple (tinned)
  • frozen banana
  • water from the tinned pineapple


Instructions
  • place frozen fruits into the blender and blend till smooth
  • serve cold and garnish with any fruit of your choice



frozen pineapple, banana & mango

Banana, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

                                   
Ready to blend

                                 
Fancy Smoothie 

Have a lovely Sunday!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Quinoa With Prawns/Shrimps & Vegetables

 Hope everyone is having a good weekend?

This weekend has been a relaxing one for me. 
What have you all been up to ?

I fancied a light but very delicious meal today and rummaged through my cupboard for ingredients. I have had this pack of quinoa for a little while and decided to cook it today.

Before you go ahead and read my recipe here are 12 things you should know about Quinoa. http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/06/12-things-you-should-know-about-quinoa/

Ingredients

1 packet of Quinoa
2 bell peppers diced
I packet of prawns/shrimps
cooked corn on the cob( I did not have tinned ones at home)
1/2 ginger finely chopped
1/2 garlic finely chopped 
3 carrots finely chopped
1 lime
salt & seasoning

Bell Peppers, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Quinoa, Seasoning, Prawns, Lime, Garlic & Ginger
  Instructions

 For The Quinoa 

to cook your quinoa follow the instruction on the packet of your purchased quinoa
once cooked set aside and prep your vegetables and prawns

Cooked Quinoa

 For The Bell peppers, Carrots, Garlic & Ginger

once your quinoa is cooked
chop bell peppers, garlic, carrots and ginger finely
heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large wok
              add chopped garlic & ginger and fry for 2mins add clean prawns/shrimps cook                                                  until it's brown on  both sides
once browned add bell peppers and carrots
Stir until brown and soft

Chopped Carrots, Bell Peppers, Garlic & Ginger
Garlic, Ginger & Prawns
                                   
Veggie Mix with Garlic & Prawns

video

Once your veggie mix is cooked, add the quinoa into the mix and stir nicely

Quinoa mixed with carrots, garlic, ginger & prawns
                         
                                                           
                                                  Plate up and garnish with  lime

Prawn Quinoa With Bell Peppers

Don't be deceived by the small and tiny grains, quinoa is very filling and delicious!!

Have you ever had Quinoa?

How did you make yours?  Let me know in the comments box.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Link Credit: 12 things you should know about Quinoa 
http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/06/12-things-you-should-know-about-quinoa/





Fruit Tips #3 Storing Your Fruits For Smoothies


Bananas, Raspberry, Strawberry & Sandwich bags

Bananas, Raspberry & Strawberry


Bananas, Raspberry & Strawberry



Bagged and ready to be frozen

 
Spinach frozen for green smoothies

Prep for mango, pineapple and banana to be frozen
Banana, Raspberry & Strawberry  Smoothie
                           


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Apple Carrot Orange & Ginger Smoothie


The sun is still shinning in the United Kingdom which makes a great change and another excuse to have a delicious smoothie.

I have a nice mix of summer fruits for you today.

Ingredients
  • apple
  • carrots
  • ginger
  • honey(optional)
  • water
  • oranges
Apples, Oranges, Carrots, Ginger, Honey & Water


Apples, Oranges, Carrots, Ginger, Honey & Water

                                 video

Delicious with that gingery taste 


Instructions

  • peel the skin off your oranges and cut into small pieces,wash your carrots cut them into small pieces
  • wash your apples and ginger and cut them into small pieces
  • place all your fruits into the blender, add a teaspoon of honey and add water
  • blend until smooth
  • serve cold




Thick and Tasty

Cheers


Green Smoothie On the Go For Breakfast


Top of the morning to you all,

Wishing you all a Wonderful Wednesday!!

I was in such a hurry this morning that I had to make my breakfast smoothie a " takeaway/ on the go smoothie".

Ingredients

  • cucumber
  • kale
  • dates (as a sweetener to combat the bitterness)
  • water 
Cucumber, Dates, Kale & Water




Instructions

  • wash the kale, chop the cucumbers and place in the blender
  • add the dates and lots of water
  • blend till smooth
  • pour in glass and enjoy

Ready to be blended


Delicious & yummy


Ready for the GO!!

On the move with my green smoothie for breakfast!


Don't be afraid to try a green smoothie!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday :-)


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Banana & Pineapple Smoothie


This is a really refreshing smoothie for a hot summers evening.

Ingredients

  • banana
  • pineapple
  • coconut water (optional)



Smiley Banana and Pineapple

Instructions

  • peel the skin off the pineapple and banana and place into the blender, add a splash of coconut and blend till smooth
  • serve cold and garnish with a lemon


Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Cheers

Lamb Kebab Salad


Hello,

I hope everyone had a lovely Tuesday.

So today I am adding a small portion of meat to my meal in the form of minted lamb kebabs with a nice rich salad.


Ingredients

  • bell peppers
  • cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • salad leaves
  • red onions


Salad leaves, Lamb, Mushrooms


Lamb, Mushrooms,Tomatoes, Olives, Salad Leaves,Bell Peppers


Have a lovely evening.


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