15 Jan 2013

A week of healthier and veg packed dinners

Following all of the Christmas feasting, I've been trying to get more fruits and veg into my diet.  Usually I'm terrible - I think sometimes I might not be getting five a week, let alone five a day, and I know how bad for me that must be.  I've been eating fruit for breakfast and either a fresh soup or an Innocent veg pot for lunch at work, and here's what I've been having for dinner.



Baked salmon with lemon | green beans with chilli and soy sauce | roasted vine tomatoes

I haven't eaten salmon in ages so I'd forgotten just how much I like it.  I just baked this with lemon juice alongside the on the vine tomatoes, and it was lush.  I steamed the green beans and then added soy sauce and chilli flakes - a copy of something I tried in a restaurant once - it makes them taste extra special.


Stuffed Portabello mushrooms | pesto pasta salad 

This was a bit naughty because of the cheese, but what else do you stuff a mushroom with?  I mixed together some low fat soft cheese with chopped garlic and dried herbs and added a generous dollop to the mushrooms before topping with a sprinkle of mozzarella and then baked them in the oven. I was trying to avoid carbs this week ( I did manage to go the whole week without bread) but I could't think of what else to put with these so it ended up being pasta with red pesto mixed with salad leaves and halved cherry tomatoes.  This was really nice and I had lots of pasta left over for lunch the next day.  


Garlic and lime chicken breast | roasted mini peppers | asparagus

The garlic lime chicken was a recipe I found here ages ago and had been meaning to try.  It was quite easy and although it didn't turn out quite how I expected, it was really nice and had loads of flavour.  I roasted some Tesco taste the difference sweet mini peppers in olive oil and steamed some asparagus.


Basic potato curry | steamed broccoli

Although a regular curry sauce wouldn't be all that healthy, this one doesn't have any naughties in it.  Granted it doesn't taste like a proper curry, but it was nice and spicy and I felt very virtuous having just this with broccoli.  I followed the recipe here it was okay.  I think I'll try a potato curry again with a different recipe.   


Prawns and scallops in chilli and tomato sauce | roasted balsamic onion salad


I thought I'd love this meal, but I didn't really enjoy it.  I love prawns and scallops and I always like a tomato and chilli combo, I think I just missed rice or bread or something to go with this.  Red onion roasted in balsamic vinegar tossed into a salad is one of my favourite side dishes, but it just didn't seem to go with the prawns.  I'd make both of these again but separately I think.

There's only 5 days' worth of food here as on Saturday we had dinner as Ikea.  I had their lamb shank and it was lovely - I was very surprised.  On Sunday we'd sort of run out of all the healthy food so Dan cooked us a pizza - ooops.  Oh well, 80 / 20 rule or whatever it is.

I hopped on the scales on Monday and had lost 1.5lbs.  I'm very pleased with that considering I didn't follow a particular 'diet' and I ate snacks between my healthy meals as well as blipping at the weekend.  I'm going to aim for another good week next week, even at the weekend!

What should I eat next week?  Do you have any suggestion for super healthy meals - low fat or low carb?  

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21 comments:

  1. oh my they all look so yummy. I often find healthy meals unappealing but these dishes I would defo eat xx

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  2. Don't try and cut down on carbs otherwise you will get food cravings. (chocolate was my downfall) Eat enough of the right foods and you won't feel like giving in to any cravings etc and eating healthy will become so easy :)

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    1. Thanks for the tips. I'm not cutting carbs completely, mainly bread and trying to cut back on my love for potatoes - I could live on buttery mash for ever!

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  3. Have you tried Salmon teriyaki? It's so easy to make and one of my favourite ways to cook salmon (Chicken teriyaki is also just as good).

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    1. No I don't think so, I shall have a google to see how to make it :)

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  4. That potato curry looks amazing... where did you get the recipe from??

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    1. The link is in the post - poss I should make those clearer :)

      Here it is -

      http://www.manyfacesofpotatoes.com/uk/recipe/easy_peasy_bombay_potato_curry/

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    2. Sorry didn't notice the link lol thank you :) xx

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  5. They all look so delicious, I find that using a variety of colours makes food more appealing to me even if it's something boring like stir fried veg.

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  6. these look so good! my kinda food too :D
    hareem x

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  7. Yum, so many delicious meal idea! I can't get over how those stuffed portabello mushrooms look - YUMMMMM!

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  8. The scallops and prawns look lovely!!

    www.thebeautymist.com

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  9. This is the kind of food people should eat everyday, looks lovely and that's coming from a vegetarian with multiple food allergies :)

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  10. Love these food ideas! I need some more healthy ideas like this for when I go to uni in the next couple of months, because I don't want to pile the pounds on from eating microwaveable crap all of the time!

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  11. The salmon and Chicken dishes both sound so yummy! Well done for losing 1.5lbs. I've been trying to cook healthier too and this post has given me loads of meal inspirations. One of my favourite meals is Kikkoman teriyaki marinated steak with boiled potatoes and a ton of vegetables. Stir frys are really good too x

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    1. Mmmm that sounds good, I love me some steak :)

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  12. Well done you for being healthy, I really should eat more fruit and veg! I absolutely love salmon, would probably have it every day if I could! xx

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  13. If you go to morrisons the nu, me range does soup, sweet potato chunks, and instant bulgar wheat, cous cous and quinoa meals, if you go to tesco the food doctor range is good. also in holland and barrat they do vegetable souffles in the freezer which are mega veg packed :)

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    1. I don't live anywhere near a Morrisons sadly (I often wonder what I'm missing!) but I'll look out for the others. Thank you x

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  14. I have a little tip for the potato curry - pick up a jar of Pataks korma paste (not the sauce, that one's yuck, I think they sell both at Home Bargains), brilliant stuff, not too bad for you and so easy to use! I prefer the korma over the rest of their range but I think that's just personal opinion (and my BF swears by the tikka masala!). Make sure to use low-fat coconut milk with it, rather than the full-fat stuff (Chinese supermarkets are best - and cheapest - for this), and I usually make mine with chicken and spinach as both are low-fat high-protein choices that still taste good and keep you full for the rest of the evening, though if you wanted a veggie option then potato, chick pea and spinach would work just as well :)

    Hope this helps!

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