Need another way to spice up your boring plain chicken? (Side note: you should never have boring plain chicken anyways, get some herbs and spices into your life!) However, if that is not floating your boat, or you just fancy something different for a change like we did this weekend (or you are craving a certain Maccy Ds) then this is the recipe for you!

In my head this would work, but I even surprised myself at how good it was!

Secret Ingredient = Cornflakes.

healthy homemade chicken nuggets

It took less than 5 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to cook. The same amount of time that it would take you togged ready and drive to the Golden Arches.

Serves 2

Ingredients:
200g Chicken Breast
25g Cornflakes
1 egg
Salt and Pepper
BBQ seasoning
Frylight

30g Gorgonzola
50g Fromage Frais
Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper

Method:
Pre Heat a fan oven to 200 degrees. Put some foil onto a baking tray and spray with frylight.

 

Slice your chicken up into bite sized pieces.

Crack the egg and whisk in a dish. Bash Up your cornflakes and add to a separate dish with salt and pepper and BBQ seasoning.

Dip the chicken into the egg and then coat with the cornflake crumb before putting onto baking tray.

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Pop into the oven for about 16 minutes, turning half way through to ensure even crispiness!

Whilst chicken is cooking you can make up the easiest dip ever. Microwave the cheese for about 10-15secs, (don’t overheat!!!) until melty and gooey, add the forage frais, a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste. Simples.

Such a simple and easy recipe, you could change the seasonings in the crumb as well if you like.

healthy homemade chicken nuggets

Nutritional Info for full recipe:
Chicken Nuggets:
Calories = 320
49g Protein; 21g Carbs; 3g Fat

Buffalo Dipping Sauce:
Calories = 133
9g Protein; 2g Carbs; 9g Fat

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Try them out, I bet even your kids will love them!!

Love Abi xxxx

January Blog a Day 26/31

Need to spruce up boring chicken breasts? Give this recipe a try!

(PS Apologies for the photo quality on this post – dark wintery nights do not provide the best lighting!

Spinach, Ricotta and Sundried Tomato Chicken - healthy

1 chicken breast
50g baby spinach
30g Ricotta
100g Passatta
1tsp ready chopped garlic
20g Low fat cheese – grated
Paprika
20g sundried tomatoes

Pre- heat oven to 200 degrees.

In a dry pan, wilt the spinach (i like to tear mine up so not as many big chunks). Add the ricotta and stir to melt. Season with salt and pepper. Chop the sundried tomatoes up and add to the mixture.

Slice chicken breast in even instalments; taking care not to go all the way through

Spinach, Ricotta and Sundried Tomato Chicken - healthy
Spoon the mixture into the slits of the chicken.

In an oven proof dish, combine the passatta and chopped garlic. Place the chicken on top. Sprinkle over some paprika and the grated cheese.

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Pop into the oven for 25minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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Love Abi xxx

Spinach, Ricotta and Sundried Tomato Chicken - healthy Hasselback Butternut Squash

What did I learn today?

It is really hard to take a pretty photo of a Sausage Casserole!

Heck Chicken Sausages Casserole

Unexpectedly I had an evening without clients on Friday night, which meant I had some more time to cook up something delicious rather than a quick thrown together Chicken, Broccoli and Rice meal after a late night at the gym; which although I love, can get a bit boring every night of the week!

I noticed the Morrisons near me have started selling the HECK Chicken sausages, so when a client mentioned she had used them to make a cassorole, I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner on that particularly cold evening! Heck chicken sausages are a brilliant substitute for pork sausages, which are usually really high in fat. They taste great.

Heck Chicken Sausage Casserole

My personal favourites are the Chicken Italia ones, but they also do a Smoked Paprika variety and Zesty flavour. I would recommend them all. Quite a few supermarkets now stock them, but you can also order online which I have done on a couple of occasions and then just popped them in the freezer. It is a sad day when I run out!

So; sausage casserole with a ton of mashed, steamed, sautéed and roasted vegetables was on the menu.

Heck Chicken Sausage Casserole and vegetables. Healthy

(I will do another post on my favourite way to roast vegetables so keep an eye out!)

It didn’t take long to put this together on the evening, however you could do it before you go to work on a morning in a slow cooker instead. I like to put a lot of black pepper in, but season according to your taste! You don’t need to add in the gravy granules, but I like the depth of flavour which it adds. The Worcestershire sauce is a must!

Ingredients
Heck Chicken Italia Sausages
Half a leek
50g Red onion
100g Mushrooms
1 tsp ready chopped garlic
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
200g Passatta
1 tsp low salt gravy granules
Salt and Pepper

How to:
Pre heat oven to 200degrees.
Slice the leek and red onion and soften in a pan with a splash of water, the garlic and some salt.
Meanwhile brown the sausages in a frying pan.
Chop the mushrooms and add to the leek mixture.
Add the passatta, Worcestershire sauce, gravy granules and give it a good stir. You will probably need to add a little bit of water at this point too.
Season to taste.
Put sausages into an oven proof dish and top with casserole mix, then pop in oven for about 20-25 minutes.
You may need to add a splash of water to the mix after cooking depending on how thick you like your gravy!

Heck Chicken Sausage Casserole and vegetables. Healthy

Still a working dinner….

I served mine with some colcannon mash, sautéed sprouts (LOVE them, check out my recipe here), steamed broccoli and roasted root veg. YUM.

Love Abi xxx

PS Heck chicken sausages make a mean sausage sandwich too ?

Heck Chicken Sausage Sandwich. Warburton's Bagel Slim

It is no secret that i am a huge fan of Asian food, I love all the bold flavours and different tastes which you can get from all types of meals. I probably don’t cook it as often as I should at home, tending to get into a bit of a monotonous routine with the same foods over and over again, especially when I am short on time and cant be bothered to think what to have. But this is all going to change!!

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I love that feeling when I cook something new and it turns out just as delicious as I was imagining and this was exactly the case with my Chicken Ramen Bowl which I made recently on an Autumnal Sunday afternoon. I was craving something warm and comforting, but also tasty and a little bit spicy. Perfect. It is also a one pot dish so less washing up!

img_2170Packed with flavour, protein and veggies this makes a great midweek tea or relaxing weekend meal.

img_2160You can make it as spicy as you like, and add whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. I used one nest of noodles for myself, these Blue Dragon wholewheat ones were the lowest carbohydrate option when I looked at Morrisons at 35g per serving, so check the back of the packaging before choosing yours. The lazy chef in me used the ready chopped garlic and ginger which I always have in the fridge, much prefer using this than chopping it myself and washing my hands about a million times to rid them of the smell! I used a low salt chicken stock cube, but fresh stock would work just as well.

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I promise you will add this to your meal repertoire once you try it! Even I was surprised at how easy it was! It also comes in at around 400 calories with a balanced macro profile.

Ingredients:
100g chicken
50g wholewheat egg noodles
500ml chicken stock
1 egg
1/2 tsp chopped ginger
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sriricha (hot sauce-to taste)
pak choi
50g button mushrooms
30g baby corn
30g mangetout
50g beansprouts
50g grated carrot
1 spring onion
red chilli (to taste)
fresh coriander

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How to?
1)Cover the egg with cold water (about an inch above) in a pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 5minutes to produce a soft boiled egg. (Cook for longer if you prefer more hard boiled). Then put into icey water.
2)Make the stock up in the pan, and add the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, hot sauce, half the spring onion, some of the chilli and a few coriander stalks. Add the raw chicken and poach until cooked through which should take about 8-10minutes.

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3)Remove the chicken and shred with two forks before adding back to the pan.
4)Slice the baby corn and mange tout, bak choi and the nest of noodles.
5)Cut the noodles for as long as packet indicates.
6)Taste your broth and check for seasoning/spiciness, adding more hot sauce if needed!
7)Remove the egg from the water, peel and slice in half.

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8)Serve the broth with the sliced egg, grated carrot and beansprouts for extra crunch.
9)Garnish with the rest of the spring onion, some chopped coriander leaves and sliced red chilli.
10)Enjoy!!

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Nutritional Information:
419 Calories
40g Protein; 52g Carbohydrates; 7g Fat

Something different for a midweek meal, and something to impress your loved ones with!

Let me know what you think.

Love Abi xxx

Beef Steak with a citrus marinade and Chimichurri dressing- M&S Spirit of Summer
Okay, so one of my clients Shaf had been telling me about this steak for weeks and how good it was, boy do I wish I had listened to her sooner and bought it. It is incredible. If you like steak you have to go buy it. Do it. Now. I have stocked my freezer as with it being a spirit of summer product I am worried about it being taken off the shelves some time soon! It is absolutely delicious, melt in the mouth. The chimmichurri dressing comes separate for you to pour over after it has been cooked, and it is 100% worth the fat macros. Super tasty.IMG_0668

Sea Salt and Caramel Chocolate – Lindt 

I mentioned last month that I dont think a day goes by where I don’t have some sort of chocolate, i always have one bar open in the cupboard. I usually try and stick to the darker stuff as excellence_sea_salt_caramel.pngI know that it is better for me, not only in terms of calories but the high cocoa content as well. I bought this bar at the same time as the Coconut flavour, and i can safely safe that ne
ither of them lasted very long in my house. I love the salted caramel flavour combination which is everywhere nowadays so i don’t really know why it took me so long to try this one out. I think I was expecting a layer of smooth salty caramel within the bar, but instead it is actually crunchy almost toffee like pieces. The saltiness comes through though and like every Lindt product the chocolate just melts in your mouth. I will be repurchasing.

Chocolate Brownie Combat Crunch Protein Bar – Musclepharm
A new flavour protein bar from one of my favourite makes. These were a saviour whilst travelling on holiday and whilst I was in hospital. They are reminiscent of an actual chocolate bar rather than a protein bar. I don’t think they have overtaken my number one favour which is cinnamon, but they come pretty darn close. WAY nicer than the quest chocolate brownie bar. It is like a brownie encased in a chocolate coating. The macros are so good as well, only 210 calories; 20g Protein; 25g Carbs (12g fibre) ; 7g Fat.
They have a few other new flavours out as well. I tried the Birthday Cake one = big no no from me. But I need to get my hands on the ‘Cookies and Cream’ and the ‘Chocolate Coconut’ ones at some point.

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Peri Peri Chicken Soup –  New Covent Garden Soup Co
I am not normally a huge advocate of soups. I know a lot of people think they are great if you are trying to lose some weight as they (*some) contain a low amount of calories. But in this case low calories = low in protein and I like to make sure to get a good source of protein in at every meal. If my clients do like soup for lunch then I usually recommend that they add some cooked chicken or make sure they have it alongside a protein shake for example.IMG_0671

However, whilst I wasn’t 100% last week it was what I was craving so a visit to Morrisons and a quick look in the fresh soup aisle and I decided on this flavour. I like all things spicy, it was fairly low in calories and wasn’t the absolute worst in terms of protein content. It tastes delicious with plenty of chunky pieces of chicken per serving. Half the carton is supposed to be a serving but in all honesty I definitely could have eaten it all as I was still pretty hungry afterwards. If you do enjoy soup then I would recommend this flavour, but I would also advise looking at the nutritional labels of your favourites to see what they contain before buying. I like this brand and have been known to use their mushroom soup as a sauce for some dishes in the past as well.
One serving = 93 calories
6g Protein; 10.5g Carbs; 2.1g Fat.

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I finalllllly invested in a new camera to help improve the quality of my blog and videos, and what better time to test it out than on holiday. I went for the Canon G7X Mark ii, and I am loving it. I do still feel a bit like a photography virgin, and I still have no idea what over half of the functions do but think I am slowly getting there and I was pretty impressed with some of the photos which I was able to snap whilst away. Fingers crossed you start to see a slight improvement soon as I begin to use it more and more for work purposes over the coming months.

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Just a couple of my favourite snaps from my travels.

Most of the other items which I have been loving this month were in Bali (BTW their version of a Twister lolly is WAY superior to ours!) so unfortunately not the best examples to give here! But I will be back with a full list once again next month! Remember if there is anything which you think I need to try then be sure to get in touch and let me know!

Love Abi xxxx