Neils Healthy Meals http://neilshealthymeals.com Quick Healthy Meals Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:12:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 https://i2.wp.com/neilshealthymeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-NeilsfaviconIcon.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Neils Healthy Meals http://neilshealthymeals.com 32 32 Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats http://neilshealthymeals.com/strawberry-vanilla-overnight-oats/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/strawberry-vanilla-overnight-oats/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:00:57 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11774 Strawberry vanilla overnight oats are so easy to make for a quick and healthy breakfast. It takes just 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients in one bowl, pop in the fridge overnight and then a no nonsense delicious pre-made breakfast is all ready for you in the morning!

Strawberry vanilla overnight oats are so easy to make for a quick and healthy breakfast. It takes just 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients in one bowl, pop in the fridge overnight and then a no nonsense delicious pre-made breakfast is all ready for you in the morning! Folks, when it comes to breakfast, […]

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Strawberry vanilla overnight oats are so easy to make for a quick and healthy breakfast. It takes just 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients in one bowl, pop in the fridge overnight and then a no nonsense delicious pre-made breakfast is all ready for you in the morning!

Strawberry vanilla overnight oats are so easy to make for a quick and healthy breakfast. It takes just 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients in one bowl, pop in the fridge overnight and then a no nonsense delicious pre-made breakfast is all ready for you in the morning!

Folks, when it comes to breakfast, we all need quick and easy don’t we?

Life is hectic enough so who wants to wake up even earlier just to have time to prepare a healthy breakfast in the morning?

Not me. So this is where these strawberry vanilla overnight oats fit in perfectly.

For example if you know you’re out early in the morning then these strawberry vanilla overnight oats are the perfect go-to breakfast.

They’re a great “grab and go” option. Easily transportable. And they ensure you get a delicious healthy breakfast to start your day, keeping you full until lunch time.

Or, if you’re like me when it’s mostly porridge for breakfast during the week, maybe at the weekend you’re looking for a change?

Well, no need to look further because this could easily ease you into your weekend, whatever you’ve got planned.

It’s just one less hassle isn’t it? 🙂

Folks, those of you who are regular readers will know its all about less is more here.

Doing less, concentrating on what matters and getting more out of life.

If you’re not familiar with that concept then you can read all about it in the 80/20 way – the simple way post I wrote.

This simple strawberry vanilla overnight oats recipe fits that philosophy perfectly.

Just 5 minutes effort the night before. That little bit of effort giving you much more time back for yourself in the morning. Helping to reduce life’s stress.

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

Strawberry vanilla overnight oats are so easy to make for a quick and healthy breakfast.

  • 120 g porridge oats
  • 250 ml skimmed milk
  • 125 g fresh strawberries (chopped + 60g for decorating)
  • 5 tbsp no fat strawberry yogurt
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning remove from the fridge, stir well, remove to two bowls and decorate with reserved chopped strawberries.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Cholesterol 7.2mg 2%
Sodium 86.3mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 18.3g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 32%
Calcium 35%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Talking of reducing life’s stress, it’s finally here!

We’ve been saving hard all year and we are off! Off on our holidays. A huge mega “trip of a lifetime” to Hawaii and San Francisco.

OK so there’s now a break for at least a couple of weeks here before I’ll return with a suntan (ha ha – hopefully) to bring you a new recipe with a taste of the Mediterranean (even though that’s not where we’re going. Poor link Neil! 😉 ).

So take care. Oh and if you enjoyed this strawberry vanilla overnight oats recipe then check out these other overnight oats recipes you might also like :-

Breakfast Banana Boost

Raspberry Bircher Overnight Oats

Bye for now! 😀

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Potato Mushroom and Onion Skillet http://neilshealthymeals.com/potato-mushroom-and-onion-skillet/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/potato-mushroom-and-onion-skillet/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:00:21 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11705 Potato mushroom and onion skillet is a perfect go-to recipe for when you're short of time and looking for a quick budget meal all in one pan.

Potato mushroom and onion skillet is a perfect go-to recipe for when you’re short of time and looking for a quick budget meal all in one pan. I guess you could say that this potato mushroom and onion skillet recipe is really just a potato gratin recipe. You might be right but I’ve made it with […]

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Potato mushroom and onion skillet is a perfect go-to recipe for when you're short of time and looking for a quick budget meal all in one pan.

Potato mushroom and onion skillet is a perfect go-to recipe for when you’re short of time and looking for a quick budget meal all in one pan.

I guess you could say that this potato mushroom and onion skillet recipe is really just a potato gratin recipe.

You might be right but I’ve made it with only the very minimal amount of butter and no cream, so it’s not quite a gratin.

However, its definitely still as delicious as a gratin, just without all the excess calories!

So I decided not to call it a gratin because that would then make it just another gratin recipe, if you get what I mean? 🙂

Conjuring up this recipe gave me an excellent opportunity to practice with my new skillet pan that I got for Christmas.

Last year it was the spiralizer which gave you all these delicious spiralizer recipes.

This year, it’s this exciting new piece of kitchenware that will undoubtedly have an equal number of intriguing recipes coming your way!

Oh, and I’m certainly not done with spiralizer recipes yet either. Standby for a few more of those as the year goes on!

You know folks, it’s recipes like this potato mushroom and onion skillet that mean I can get home from work, cook them from fresh and still have an hour to myself before it’s time for bed!

Plus, if there’s any left over then I can freeze it for those nights I’m too late home to cook anything. It’s quickly and easily re-heated in the oven or microwave.

Potato Mushroom and Onion Skillet

Potato mushroom and onion skillet is a perfect go-to recipe for when you’re short of time and looking for a quick budget meal all in one pan.

  • 700 g baking potatoes (thinly sliced)
  • 350 ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 250 g mushrooms (finely sliced)
  • 1 medium onion (finely sliced)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 200g Fan
  2. Add the sliced potatoes, milk and corn flour to a saucepan, season, bring to the boil and turn down to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure all potato slices are cooked through.

  3. Gently heat the butter in a skillet and sauté the garlic, mushrooms and onions until soft.

  4. Tip the pan of sliced potatoes onto the contents of the skillet. Then arrange the potato slices on top of the onion and mushroom filling. Place into the oven for approximately 40 – 45 minutes until the potatoes have crisped on top.

  5. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper, sprinkle over chopped parsley and serve.

Suggested serving with green beans and sweetcorn.

Nutrition Facts
Potato Mushroom and Onion Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.4g 10%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%
Cholesterol 17.1mg 6%
Sodium 888.6mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 45.8g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 9.9g 20%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 23%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The thing that’s been taking up a lot of my time at the moment is the re-writing of all of the recipes.

The re-writing of the recipes became necessary because of the “Easy Recipe” card code being out of date and not up to google standards. That meant my recipes weren’t being optimised to show up as high as possible in google search. So I’ve gradually been moving them over to the new WP Recipe Maker card.

I’ve got just under 100 recipes out of a total of nearly 250 to re-write now. That’s not bad going since I mentioned it three months ago in the brussels sprout pesto with spiralized sweet potato recipe.

So I guess in another 3 months I should be there. 😆

Not only that, I’ve been updating a lot of old recipe posts with new photographs too. Like these one’s :-

Skinny Coconut and Vanilla Muffins

and this one

Beef Curry Casserole

Anyway, anyway there’s just one last recipe, a new easy strawberry vanilla overnight oats breakfast recipe I’ve to being to you next week before Lady Lynne and I head off on our holidays. We’re both seriously looking forward to some “down time” and relaxing time together, away from it all.

Hope you can join me next Thursday for that recipe!

Let me know your thoughts on this potato, mushroom and onion skillet below. Thanks! 🙂

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Easy Vegan Chilli http://neilshealthymeals.com/easy-vegan-chilli/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/easy-vegan-chilli/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:27 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11639 Easy vegan chilli is just that. An all in one pot vibrant and delicious easily made medley of vegetables and beans. It's just packed full of vitamins.With this quick healthy meat free chilli alternative you'll find you won't be missing meat at all!

Easy vegan chilli is just that an all in one pot of delicious and easily made vegetables and beans. It’s packed full of vitamins and with this quick healthy meat free chilli alternative you’ll find you won’t be missing meat at all! Folks. I think you’re going to love this easy vegan chilli. It’s great […]

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Easy vegan chilli is just that. An all in one pot vibrant and delicious easily made medley of vegetables and beans. It's just packed full of vitamins.With this quick healthy meat free chilli alternative you'll find you won't be missing meat at all!

Easy vegan chilli is just that an all in one pot of delicious and easily made vegetables and beans. It’s packed full of vitamins and with this quick healthy meat free chilli alternative you’ll find you won’t be missing meat at all!

Folks. I think you’re going to love this easy vegan chilli.

It’s great to have it just on or maybe within some wholemeal wraps, as Lady Lynne and I prefer.

The quantities in the recipe can easily be doubled up to make more. An ideal party sharing dish and it’s easily frozen too.

Whatever your preference as it takes less than one hour to make and it’s low cost as well, it’s a winner all round!

I’ve got those folks at Cirio to thank for sending me free samples of their chopped tomatoes and tomato passata which I used to make this tasty recipe.

Vegetables.

We’re always being told to eat lots more vegetables aren’t we?

And now it’s no longer a minimum of 5 portions we should eat daily, it’s 10 portions!!

Well I don’t know about you, but I always try to make sure I’m getting as many vegetables as I can on a daily basis.

But 10 portions? What next? Do you think they’ll add another meal to the day just to make sure we hit 10 portions? Ha ha!

But seriously, I think it’s just best to try and eat as many veggies as possible and not have to “hit” a specific daily goal. It’s like they’re making food into a competition isn’t it?

At least with eating this easy vegan chilli we are trying aren’t we?

It’s nearly there with just over half of that veggie requirement and you could easily add some more if you wanted to, although it’s pretty filling as it is!

Easy Vegan Chilli

Easy vegan chilli is just that an all in one pot of delicious and easily made vegetables and beans.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 large carrot (diced)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g frozen sweetcorn
  • 235 g tomato passata
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  1. Gently heat olive oil in a large casserole dish / saucepan.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes until just beginning to soften.
  3. Add carrot and continue to sauté for a further 3 minutes. Keep stirring the vegetables whilst cooking.
  4. Stir in the spices then add the tins of beans, chopped tomatoes and sweetcorn.
  5. Add Passata, season to taste and stir everything well together and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  6. Divide into bowls garnished with coriander.

Different types of beans can be substituted for the black beans.

Can be frozen.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.2g 14%
Sodium 123.4mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 43.9g 15%
Sugars 20.9g
Protein 7.9g 16%
Vitamin A 52%
Vitamin C 102%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’m loving seeing the lighter mornings and evenings here in Scotland!

Believe it or not I’m even beginning to think about some salad recipes.

I said “think”, because we’ve only just got through Storm Doris and whenever I mention bringing a new salad recipe to the blog it seems I jinx everything and we’re right back to soups!

Anyway that’s enough waffle for now. Let me know what you think of the easy vegan chilli recipe and please join me next week when I’ll be attempting to bring my first skillet recipe to Neil’s Healthy Meals. I got one for Christmas and I’ve been practicing with it, so hopefully……. 😉

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One Pot Chicken Dhansak http://neilshealthymeals.com/one-pot-chicken-dhansak/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/one-pot-chicken-dhansak/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:00:05 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11547 One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make. Filling and providing a huge amount of your daily protein requirement it also comes in at only 437 calories too!

One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make. Filling and providing a huge amount of your daily protein requirement it also comes in at only 437 calories too!   If you’re a lover of a good curry then you’re going to love this […]

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One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make. Filling and providing a huge amount of your daily protein requirement it also comes in at only 437 calories too!

One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make. Filling and providing a huge amount of your daily protein requirement it also comes in at only 437 calories too!  

If you’re a lover of a good curry then you’re going to love this one pot chicken dhansak recipe.

It’s just packed full of flavour and I’ve managed to get that flavour from a handful of store cupboard spices rather than an endless list, which I’ve seen in some comparable dhansak recipes.

There’s hints of cinnamon and chilli here and the spices aren’t overpowering keeping it a mild curry suitable for anyone!

Regular followers of Neil’s Healthy Meals will know that I’m all about making my own recipes from scratch, and in doing that I also want to make them as easy as possible for anyone to follow along and to try to make their own from scratch too.

This one pot chicken dhansak is designed to do just that. I believe that it’s restaurant quality too because it’s as near as the chicken dhansak that was my staple “go-to” curry whenever my friends and I went out to our local curry house in Dundee.

Ah, those were the days! 😉

When I went out for my first ever restaurant curry I’d just started work as a Kitchen Porter, part time, at a local hotel in Dundee in order to fund my university studies beer money.

Looking up and down the curry menu I had no idea as to what to order. It was so exotic and new to me, with options like “sag aloo” and “chicken jalfrezi”.

I settled on a chicken dhansak because it sounded really tasty and because I recognised the ingredients!

I could see it was a lightly spiced red lentil based dish. And of course it had chicken!

That probably wasn’t very adventurous of me but it became what I would order every time, just because I loved it so much!

So I’m hoping today that when you give my one pot chicken dhansak recipe a try you find it just as delicious as I did that first time.

Of course this one though is much more healthier made with far less oil that you would normally find in a traditional Indian restuarant curry. Not that I’m against one of those once in a while, but Lady Lynne and I like to eat curry every week so it has to be a healthier version or we wold be the size of houses! 😉

One Pot Chicken Dhansak

One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make.

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 6 cardamom pods crushed with skin removed
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ¼ cinnamon
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 6 tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 300 g red split lentils
  • 600 ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 750 g chopped chicken breasts
  • Freshly ground coriander
  1. Gently heat oil
  2. Add spices and gently fry for about 1 minute until the seeds start to pop, stir to prevent any burning of these spices.
  3. Add the onion and ginger and garlic paste and cook until the onion is softened for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until softened for about 10 minutes and keep stirring regularly.
  5. Carefully remove these cooked ingredients to a blender or use a stick blender to blitz to a paste and then return to the pan.
  6. Add the lentils and chicken stock, bring the curry to the boil and once boiling turn down to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils have softened. Add extra boiled water from a kettle if necessary then add the salt to taste.
  7. Add the chopped chicken and cook the chicken within the lentil mixture for about 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Serve garnished with chopped coriander.

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Chicken Dhansak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.8g 24%
Cholesterol 71.2mg 24%
Sodium 865.7mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Sugars 6g
Protein 36.7g 73%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Well folks it’s March next week and whilst that might not mean anything particularly important other than a new month starting, for Lady Lynne and I it does finally mean that the month of our next epic holiday has arrived!

I know, I know, stop banging on about it Neil! I will, sorry. Suffice to say we just can’t wait!

Anyway, please do join me next week, where I promise I won’t make a mention of this holiday and anyway I’m sure you’ll be far more interested in the new easy vegan chilli I’ve got coming your way. 😉

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Baked Potato With Coronation Turkey http://neilshealthymeals.com/baked-potato-with-coronation-turkey/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/baked-potato-with-coronation-turkey/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:00:36 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11475 This baked potato with coronation turkey recipe makes for a delicious quick healthy meal. Based on the original coronation chicken classic with fresh and lightly spiced flavours its also a great way of using up leftover turkey too.

This baked potato with Coronation turkey recipe makes for a delicious quick healthy meal. Based on the classic Coronation chicken with fresh and lightly spiced flavours it’s a great way of using up leftover turkey too. Folks, I know I know! I probably should have brought you this Coronation turkey recipe just after Christmas as […]

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This baked potato with coronation turkey recipe makes for a delicious quick healthy meal. Based on the original coronation chicken classic with fresh and lightly spiced flavours its also a great way of using up leftover turkey too.

This baked potato with Coronation turkey recipe makes for a delicious quick healthy meal. Based on the classic Coronation chicken with fresh and lightly spiced flavours it’s a great way of using up leftover turkey too.

Folks, I know I know! I probably should have brought you this Coronation turkey recipe just after Christmas as an excellent way to use up that leftover turkey!

You see I just thought what with the turkey and leek pie recipe, two turkey recipes at the same time might have been too much?

Anyway, Lady Lynne and I eat this Coronation turkey all year round and it’s also delicious as a sandwich filler too. So really it can be eaten at any time and not just when there’s leftover Christmas turkey.

Oh, and, of course, you can make it with chicken instead of turkey. It’s just I choose to make it with turkey as that’s often cheaper!

I don’t think people would have considered using turkey for this recipe when it was originally conceived as a celebratory meal for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

In fact it probably wasn’t even available, chicken was rare enough as I have read.

You see foods like turkey and chicken were still very much rationed then. Even though the 2nd World War had ended  7 years before in 1945, rationing didn’t end here in the U.K. until 1954!

SO this year as the Queen celebrates her 65th year on the throne I think we should pause and realise just how lucky we are for all the amazing choice of foods we have in the shops, when back then they didn’t. Nor are we at war!

Anyway, I digress as usual!

Make your Coronation turkey filling whilst your baked potatoes are baking in the oven.

I serve this recipe usually with a light salad of spinach and tomato leaves. That’s all we need as it’s quite filling!

Baked Potato With Coronation Turkey

This baked potato with coronation turkey recipe makes for a delicious quick healthy meal.

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 2 turkey breasts
  • 80 g frozen sweetcorn
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 3 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp madras curry powder
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopper coriander
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C Fan
  2. When oven is a desired cooking temperature place potatoes on a shelf in the middle and allow them to cook for 45m – 1 hour until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  3. Meanwhile, whilst the potatoes are cooking make the Coronation Turkey.
  4. Grill the turkey breasts, allow them to cool and then dice them.
  5. Cook the sweetcorn and allow to cool
  6. Place the turkey, sweetcorn, onion, mayonnaise, curry powder, mango chutney and coriander into a bowl. Season with the black pepper and mix together. Place in the refrigerator until the potatoes are cooked.
  7. Cut the potatoes in half, fill with the Coronation Turkey and serve with steamed vegetables or a salad.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Potato With Coronation Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.8g 18%
Cholesterol 40.3mg 13%
Sodium 138.7mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 46.2g 15%
Sugars 6.7g
Protein 16.1g 32%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 75%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Well we’ve started booking our trips and activities in Hawaii and San Francisco for our March holiday of a lifetime.

Whale watching, Haleakala sunrise (thanks Spoons for your help with suggestions!) and Pearl Harbour all to come first in Hawaii.

Then San Francisco with Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge and loads more planned. My camera will not be leaving my hands!

But anyway, there’s just over a month to go, so I’ll try and keep myself grounded for now and hope you can join me for next weeks brand new one pot chicken dhansak curry recipe!

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Strawberry Valentines Pancakes http://neilshealthymeals.com/strawberry-valentines-pancakes/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/strawberry-valentines-pancakes/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:00:46 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11371 These strawberry valentines pancakes are light and fluffy and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to surprise your loved one with this healthy brunch on valentines day.

These strawberry valentines pancakes are light and fluffy and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to surprise your loved one with this healthy brunch on valentines day. Strawberry Valentines pancakes are just THE perfect way to surprise your special other half this Valentines day! There’s no butter […]

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These strawberry valentines pancakes are light and fluffy and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to surprise your loved one with this healthy brunch on valentines day.

These strawberry valentines pancakes are light and fluffy and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to surprise your loved one with this healthy brunch on valentines day.

Strawberry Valentines pancakes are just THE perfect way to surprise your special other half this Valentines day!

There’s no butter or sugar used. Just plain flour, some low fat cream cheese, low fat strawberry yogurt and eggs. Minimum calories, minimum fuss and no guilt!

Using a spray oil with a non-stick frying pan / skillet is the easiest and best way to ensure your pancakes don’t stick whilst cooking too. Plus then they’re not then saturated in unnecessary fats!

Even the sauce is just a handful of fresh strawberries blitzed together adding that final touch of velvet luxury.

You can guarantee that you’ll be thanked by your other half for this delicious and healthy foodie surprise!

I have to admit that I’m not the greatest when it comes to remembering specific times of the year to create recipes for, like Valentines day!

I mean it’s not that I forget what time of year it is (Lady Lynne would be absolutely furious if I did) it’s just that there’s the “blogging schedule”, you know? 😉

When Lady Lynne suggested a strawberry Valentines pancakes recipe, for this time of year, I loved the suggestion, but panicked more about how it would fit into the schedule!

You see as a Project Manger by profession, everything is scheduled! Menu’s, weekends and of course a years worth of recipes. Aka “blogging schedule”! The only thing I don’t schedule is holiday activities. No I actually do manage to relax then and let Lady Lynne do her wonderful stuff!

So these strawberry Valentines pancakes nearly threw the blogging schedule out of the window!

Fortunately I was able to switch a few recipes around, and I’m really glad that I did otherwise these delicious pancakes could have been missed, and you seriously don’t want to miss these folks!

The other thing about this strawberry Valentines pancakes recipe is that it gave me an opportunity (not that I need one) to cook on my cast iron skillet that I got for Christmas!

It brought about fond memories of cooking on a griddle.

I used to make pancakes with mum and we coated them with lemon and sugar – total yum! This is a much healthier recipe though. That’s not to say that we don’t occasionally indulge with a little lemon and sugar from time to time; all in moderation on the 80/20 eh?

Strawberry Valentines Pancakes

These strawberry valentines pancakes are light and fluffy and so easy to make. 

  • 70 g plain flour
  • 75 g reduced fat strawberry yogurt
  • 50 g reduced fat cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • Low fat oil spray
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz to a smooth paste (there shouldn’t be any lumps)!
  2. Spray a skillet / non-stick pan with the low fat oil spray and heat until the oil bubbles and is smoking lightly and then turn down the heat.
  3. Pour 60ml / ¼ cup measure of the pancake mixture onto your skillet / non-stick pan, cook one at a time.
  4. When the centre begins to bubble flip over to cook on the other side and once cooked place on a wire rack whilst you cook the rest.

Nutrition Label is per pancake.

The strawberry sauce I made for this recipe is just a handful of strawberries blitzed together in a blender with nothing else added.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Valentines Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.2g 8%
Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
Cholesterol 88.1mg 29%
Sodium 57.8mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 6.6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 4.2g 8%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Well folks I cannot wait until tomorrow for the start of another weekend away climbing mountains.

After the success of our previous Meall Chuaich, Drumochter trip, Mike and I are heading back to the same bunkhouse in Newtonmore to conquer some of the other Munro’s in that area.

So, enjoy these strawberry Valentines pancakes with your loves ones and please join me next week for a super easy baked potato filling recipe.

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Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake http://neilshealthymeals.com/cherry-bakewell-loaf-cake/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/cherry-bakewell-loaf-cake/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:00:27 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11305 Cherry bakewell loaf cake is an easy and delicious budget cake with all the flavours of a bakewell tart. Topped with a layer of icing sugar it's perfect for sharing with friends.

Cherry bakewell loaf cake is an easy and delicious budget cake with all the flavours of a bakewell tart. Topped with a layer of icing sugar it’s perfect for sharing with friends. Well folks now that we’ve got January out of the way I thought it was safe to bring you this cherry bakewell loaf […]

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Cherry bakewell loaf cake is an easy and delicious budget cake with all the flavours of a bakewell tart. Topped with a layer of icing sugar it's perfect for sharing with friends.

Cherry bakewell loaf cake is an easy and delicious budget cake with all the flavours of a bakewell tart. Topped with a layer of icing sugar it’s perfect for sharing with friends.

Well folks now that we’ve got January out of the way I thought it was safe to bring you this cherry bakewell loaf cake recipe.

When I say “safe”, I don’t mean that there’s anything dangerous about this cake, well except that it is amazingly tasty! 😆

No, what I mean is that January’s usually that month where everyone’s on a health kick. So now that it’s over let’s relax a little and enjoy some cake!

Actually, I probably could have brought you this recipe in the middle of January because they say it’s usually by about the middle that New Year’s resolutions and those “temporary” health kicks are chucked out of the window!

However, there is of course a different way to healthy living.

If you’re reading this you know we’re all about living the 80/20 way here where there’s no need to go on a diet. No need EVER.

All you need to do is eat relatively healthily for 80% of the time and have a regular exercise routine, then you can afford to indulge a little on nice things like this Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake!

Yeah, yeah I know, I bang on about 80/20 constantly but it honestly works.

It’s really hard for me in January not to unleash a huge rant about all the diets and miracle weight loss products that suddenly appear and grab people’s attention and unfortunately their hard earned cash too!

Sure you might experience a temporary weight loss on these diets, but it’s not sustainable is it? And you can’t, and surely don’t want to, have spend the rest of your life on such miserable food restricting regimes?

OK I’ll stop now. I’ve said my piece. 😉

Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake

Cherry bakewell loaf cake is an easy and delicious budget cake with all the flavours of a bakewell tart. Topped with a layer of icing sugar it’s perfect for sharing with friends.

  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp . baking powder
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 85 g ground almonds
  • 150 g glace cherries
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 175 ml skimmed milk
  • For the topping: –
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and grease a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin.
  2. Sift all of the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, caster sugar, ground almonds and glace cherries into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients the eggs, oil and milk. Mix together.
  4. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold all of the ingredients together either using a spatula.
  5. Pour cake mixture into loaf tin and bake for 35 – 40 minutes until risen and golden brown.
  6. Check the loaf has cooked by inserting a wooden skewer / cocktail stick into the centre which should come out clean if cooked then remove from the oven.
  7. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before removing and transferring to a wire baking rack.
  8. In a measuring jug make the icing by whisking together the icing sugar and water and pour on top of the loaf then decorate with flaked almonds and any spare glace cherries.
  9. Store in an air tight container or slice into 15 slices and freeze.

Calories are per slice

Slices of this cake can be frozen

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.1g 11%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Cholesterol 21.6mg 7%
Sodium 63.7mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 36.5g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Sugars 21.9g
Protein 4.4g 9%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 9%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Right, where was I? Oh yes, ha ha Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake.

I’ve always loved that unique sweet almond taste of cherry bakewell tart and my first attempt at re-creating those flavours were these delicious cherry bakewell muffins I made at the time of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games nearly 3 years ago! (Wow have I really been writing this blog for nearly three years now?).

So today I’m sure you’re going to love this sliced sharing loaf cake. It’s great to share with friends as I did with my work colleagues recently who kindly gave it their seal of approval by making it vanish in literally minutes……… 😀

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Tuna Cashew Pilau http://neilshealthymeals.com/tuna-cashew-pilau/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/tuna-cashew-pilau/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 04:00:19 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11242 This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

This tuna cashew pilau recipe is so easy and it’s budget friendly too. It’s made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do! I can practically guarantee you folks that this tuna cashew pilau will completely satisfy those feelings of hunger. Not […]

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This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

This tuna cashew pilau recipe is so easy and it’s budget friendly too. It’s made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

I can practically guarantee you folks that this tuna cashew pilau will completely satisfy those feelings of hunger.

Not only that because its so easy and quick to make you’ll not be tempted to reach for quick fixes whilst it’s cooking!

Also, unlike many traditional Indian dishes I’m using the very minimal of oil here too helping to keep this excellent dish low in calories and low in fat.

Those of us who are cost conscious can also heave a sign of relief as I’m using tinned tuna, frozen peas, a handful of nuts and basmati rice, which shouldn’t break the bank at all!

There’s a lot of my recipes recently that are falling into the same category of one pot or casserole related aren’t there?

It’s not just because it’s winter that I’m all about those kinds of quick healthy meals.

No, it’s more like I’ve got in a stride because I pretty much have just one hour to prepare something from scratch for our dinner before each of us tries to grab an hour to watch part of a box set together or I can do some blog work.

I’m not complaining, I’m sure you’re just as busy as we are, and if you are I hope that you can make use of this tuna cashew pilau recipe to give you a great meal and some time back for relaxation too.

Memories of Tuna Cashew Pilau

Making this tuna cashew pilau brought about fond memories for me! Let me explain…….

This was originally put together as a camping meal possibly one of the first one pot decent camping meals my friends and I had in our early teens as we rattled about Scotland in our beat up second hand cars sleeping in tents in temperatures and weather I wouldn’t dream of doing so in now!

Before this nutritional excellence we had what we affectionately termed “orange” and “white”. This was basically beans or something in tomato sauce, served with rice or pasta!

Our expectations and indeed our demanding of some decent camping food soon came after the tuna cashew pilau!

No longer were we prepared to accept tinned food as we began to taste some of the very best things that Scotland had to offer. Like in Skye where we had fresh salmon cooked in foil in a real fire with a slice a lemon and parsley. Oh so posh! (And amazing!)

So today enjoy this one pot delicious staple. It’s not changed much over the years, it’s just a delicious as I remember it!

Tuna Cashew Pilau

This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it’s budget friendly too. It’s made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

  • 125 g cashew nuts
  • Low fat cooking oil spray
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp and ½ medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 300 g basmati rice
  • 850 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 80 g frozen peas
  • 2 x 160g cans of tuna spring water (drained)
  • Freshly ground chopped coriander
  • 20 halved cherry tomatoes (optional)
  1. Dry fry the cashew nuts in a large frying pan until golden and lay aside to cool
  2. Heat the spray oil in the frying pan until it begin to bubble, turn down the heat and sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  3. Stir in the garlic paste for about a minute then stir in the curry powder a few seconds.
  4. Stir in the rice then immediately add the stock, lemon juice and frozen peas. Allow the contents of the pan to come to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the stock has been absorbed stirring occasionally to ensure the rice doesn’t stick to the pan. Add more liquid if required.
  5. Once rice is cooked turn off the pan and stir in the tuna and cashew nuts.
  6. Season to taste and serve with the coriander scattered over topped with the halved cherry tomatoes.

This recipe is freezable.

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Cashew Pilau
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.4g 33%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%
Sodium 69.3mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 80.8g 27%
Dietary Fiber 5.2g 21%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 13.6g 27%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 32%
Calcium 7%
Iron 36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Can you believe it’s already February next week?

I was looking at my recipe schedule to see what I’ve got coming next week and I couldn’t believe it. Where has January gone?

Anyway as it’s over soon and as we’ll be past that “Christmas guilt” phase I thought we could have a cake next week? What do you think, is that OK?

Well the thing is too, I need to bring you a new cake recipe so we can say good bye to the Christmas cranberry banana muffins recipe picture that’s still staring at us on the right of the page there!

So, cake it is (a cherry bakewell loaf cake) then. Have a great weekend!

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Sweet Potato and Kale Hotpot http://neilshealthymeals.com/sweet-potato-and-kale-hotpot/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/sweet-potato-and-kale-hotpot/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:00:26 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11171 Sweet potato and kale hotpot is a hearty all in one quick healthy meal. It's perfect for winter as you'll find this low cost vegan stew is packed full of vitamins that help keep colds and flu away!

Sweet potato and kale hotpot is a quick, hearty all in one healthy meal. It’s perfect for winter as you’ll find this low cost vegan stew is packed full of vitamins that help keep colds and flu away!   This sweet potato and kale hotpot is a big hug in a bowl. It’s a superb […]

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Sweet potato and kale hotpot is a hearty all in one quick healthy meal. It's perfect for winter as you'll find this low cost vegan stew is packed full of vitamins that help keep colds and flu away!

Sweet potato and kale hotpot is a quick, hearty all in one healthy meal. It’s perfect for winter as you’ll find this low cost vegan stew is packed full of vitamins that help keep colds and flu away!  

This sweet potato and kale hotpot is a big hug in a bowl.

It’s a superb winter warmer and I’m extremely grateful to Cirio who sent me free samples of their peeled plum tomatoes for me to use in this recipe.

Their peeled plum tomatoes add a rich and sumptuous deep tomato taste to this easy healthy one pot casserole!

It’ll take you less than an hour to prepare and cook this vitamin stuffed meal for 4.

Not only that it’ll not break the bank and any leftovers are ideal for freezing.

It’s easy and nourishing recipes like this sweet potato and kale hotpot that Lady Lynne and I are living off at the moment.

In fact, it’s not just at the moment, it’s always. That’s what I do here!

There’s a reason for not cooking with expensive meat cuts or exotic ingredients.

Every penny we save by cooking from scratch and living the frugal 80/20 life goes towards our saving for our future (pensions and investments) and our big holidays……..

Sweet Potato and Kale Hotpot

Sweet potato and kale hotpot is a hearty all in one quick healthy meal. Packed full of vitamins that help keep colds and flu away!

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (sliced)
  • 1 400 g can cirio plum tomatoes
  • 400 ml vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp tomato passata
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 150 g chopped curly kale
  • 500 g peeled and chopped sweet potato
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Gently heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish or pot, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes stirring so as not to allow the garlic to burn.
  2. Add the green pepper and sauté for a further minute.
  3. Add the tinned plum tomatoes stock, tomato passata and mustard. Combine all the ingredients well and allow to come to the boil, then turn down to simmer.
  4. Stir in the kale and cook for about 2 minutes until the kale is soft.
  5. Then add the sweet potatoes and allow the hotpot to simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are just soft, but not falling apart.
  6. Season to taste and serve

Great served with couscous.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato and Kale Hotpot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.2g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Sodium 1163.9mg 48%
Total Carbohydrates 40.2g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8.2g 33%
Sugars 11.8g
Protein 5.7g 11%
Vitamin A 125%
Vitamin C 150%
Calcium 13%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hawaii and San Francisco 2017

Talking of big holidays. It’s booked!! 😀

We paid our final deposit last Saturday and in March we will be heading to Hawaii for 10 nights and then returning via San Francisco staying there for 4 nights.

THIS trip of a lifetime, like our LAST trip of a lifetime, the African Adventures in Uganda and Zanzibar has been a long time in the planning (and saving for).

We have so much planned. Whale watching, climbing Haleakala and visiting Alcatraz are just a few examples!

As you can image both Lady Lynne and I are so excited. When you work long hours, it makes it all the saving and foregoing expensive cars and other material stuff worthwhile in the end.

It proves you don’t have to be rich or well off to enjoy the best that life has to offer. This is how “you really CAN have your cake and eat it”.

Well I’m off to scrape us both off the ceiling now and prepare for next week’s tuna cashew pilau, which funnily enough is another superb one pot easy tasty low cost quick healthy meal!

Catch you next Thursday! 😉

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Spicy Lentil Burgers http://neilshealthymeals.com/spicy-lentil-burgers/ http://neilshealthymeals.com/spicy-lentil-burgers/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:00:27 +0000 http://neilshealthymeals.com/?p=11103 These delicious spicy lentil burgers are not only packed full of taste but they're low calorie and low fat too. Vegetarian and easy to make, they won't cost you much either!

These delicious spicy lentil burgers are not only packed full of taste but they’re low calorie and low fat too. Vegetarian and easy to make, they won’t cost you much either!  Folks, I’m hoping to prove to you today that just because these spicy lentil burgers are meat free and it’s not the middle of […]

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These delicious spicy lentil burgers are not only packed full of taste but they're low calorie and low fat too. Vegetarian and easy to make, they won't cost you much either!

These delicious spicy lentil burgers are not only packed full of taste but they’re low calorie and low fat too. Vegetarian and easy to make, they won’t cost you much either! 

Folks, I’m hoping to prove to you today that just because these spicy lentil burgers are meat free and it’s not the middle of summer (well certainly not here in Scotland anyway!) you can still enjoy a really tasty burger.

Also the thing with some vegetarian burgers is the amount of work that has to go into them in order to make them.

Not so with these spicy lentil burgers!

Minimal store cupboard ingredients and a couple of fresh peppers and these spicy lentil burgers are another excellent low cost quick healthy meal that’s on the dinner table in less than one hour!

Plus following on from the low cost and saving money theme that I started in the sweet potato garlic and chorizo soup recipe I thought I’d continue with January being a month of healthy low cost recipes too.

You can serve your spicy lentil burgers with fries if you wish.

However, Lady Lynne and I find that there are REALLY filling and just a simple side salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and sliced red onion is all we need to accompany.

Spicy Lentil Burgers

Delicious easy vegetarian spicy lentil burgers. Packed full of taste, low calorie and low fat too.

  • 160 g red lentils
  • 1 medium sized onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 yellow pepper (finely chopped)
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Low fat spray oil
  1. Put the lentils in a pot and cover with 400ml boiled water. Bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Empty the lentils into a sieve and allow to drain, then place them in a bowl and mash them up a little.
  3. Add the onion, peppers, flour, coriander, spices and mix together.
  4. Stir in the beaten egg and season with salt and pepper.
  5. The mixture will be wet and using your hands you’ll be able to shape it into 6 burger patties. If it’s too sloppy add a little more flour.
  6. Spray a large non-stick pan with the spray oil and cook each burger patty over a medium heat on either side turning whilst cooking to prevent burning.
  7. Remove each cooked burger to warm oven to keep warm as you cook the others.
  8. Serve on burger buns with iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and sliced red onion.

The lentil burgers can be refrigerated overnight, once made into patties prior to cooking.

 

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Lentil Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Cholesterol 26.7mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 29.5g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 9.3g 19%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 144%
Calcium 4%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

In summary I think that not only have I proved here that these spicy lentil burgers are an easy, cheap and healthy meat free burger alternative and you don’t need a BBQ to do them!

In fact talking of BBQ’s folks, I have to be honest in that ours hasn’t come out of the garden shed for 2 years.

Every time we plan a BBQ when it actually is summer the weather turns and we end up grilling the burgers instead!

Talking of the weather (which I frequently do on this blog) it’s currently ghastly. If you’re suffering from the same winter storms and gales that we are then you might want to tune in for next week’s delicious new vegan sweet potato and kale hotpot. Another recipe that’ll not break the bank!

Catch you then folks! 🙂

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