I’m not the healthiest person in the world, I really like Dominos Two For Tuesdays.
And I really like ice cream. And double cheeseburgers from McDonalds and pasta and cheese and pizza. Oh and curry. And Chinese.
Ya get the gist.
After NYC and Trek America it felt a little bit like I was getting on the podgier side and like my insides might have forgotten how to digest anything that wasn’t beige and covered in a healthy smattering of grease and fat, so I’ve spent the last week or so really trying to up my veggie intake.
I’ll be honest from here on out, there’s no ingredients in any of these that you probably don’t already have swinging about in your cupboards or fridge drawers. There’s no ingredients that you’re not exactly sure what they look like. No chia or cacao nibs or almond milk or other trendy Bloglovin and Pinterest food thingies. Just your average Tesco Espress kinda stock. Because i’ll go as far as avocado and even quinoa, but after that, nah ta, I’ll stick with what I know.
And besides, all this healthy stuff seems to cost a small fortune, and I’d rather spend my money on the ASOS sale, so that’s that.
(No offence if health is your thing, it’s just not mine, and that’s OK too).
Here’s what I’m eating right now…
1. BLUEBERRY AND BANANA PANCAKES
So, I tried this no-flour recipe for the first time last Sunday and OMG IT’S GOING TO BE MY NEW WEEKEND STAPLE FOREVER.
I just mashed a medium banana with the back of a fork and then whisked in two eggs. I added a tipple of vanilla essence and an 8th of a teaspoon of baking powder, but apaz you can create these brunchin’ delights without either of these two ingredients.
Then I lined my pan with a trickle of olive oil (or use coconut if you’re megz on it).
It’s best to make these pretty small as they can be messy to flip – so two tablespoons of batter into the pan is enough for one and I found that I could cook three or four at the same time. As soon as the batter went in, I added a few blueberries to each one (or you can add choc chips or raspberries or nuts or whatevs), and then flipped them once they felt firm on the underside.
They legit have the texture of normal pancakes, although you can defs taste the banana. I finished with a dollop of syrup. SO EFFING GOOD. I’ll be trying them with a side of (grilled, duh) bacon next time.
2. SWEET POTATO HALVES
I Instagrammed these and mentioned them on my Friday Favourites at the beginning of the year and they went down seriously well, so I thought I’d bring them back because YUM.
Take one big sweet potato and microwave it for 5 mins until it’s starting to soften and then bring it out and split down the middle. Top with a teaspoon of pesto on each (I use the reduced fat one), and a little bit of cheese (mozzarella, cheddar and goats all work dreamily) and then add a couple of chips of chorizo and chilli if you fancy it.
Stick under the grill until the cheese starts to bubble and serve on a bed of rocket.
Best. lunch. Ever.
3. STRAWBERRY AND WALNUT SALAD
Another one that you *might* have spied on my Friday Favourites, but ah, so light and summery and quick (and veggie, if you’re that way inclined).
Fill a bowl with rocket, chopped walnuts, fresh strawberries and a few hearty chunks of goat’s cheese and then finish with a drizzle of balsamic dressing (or, if ya feeling fancy, a nice balsamic syrup-y glaze). Yummerz.
Serve with cold wine and sunshine, obvs.
4. WATERMELON JUICE
OK, so this isn’t food but it’s my new favourite non-alcoholic drink of ALL TIME.
We ordered it when at Jack’s Wife Freda in NYC and decided we had to master it ourselves when we got home. And it’s so simple and refreshing and perfect in the hot weather. I necked a glass after going for a run the other week (just a humble brag about how fit I am, no biggie) and it was the most refreshing thing to ever exist.
Stick a couple of ice cubes and some de-seeded watermelon in a blender and whizz. My watermelon came de-seeded, but had some little beige not-quite-seeds in which I left in and the blender seemed to sort them out.
Serve your yummy pink chilled goodness over some more ice cubes and prepare to make your mouth seriously haps.
Or add rum or gin or vodka or summin.
5. CHICKEN, TOMATO AND MOZARELLA BAKE
This recipe was something I made up in my head last Saturday and is based very loosely on a dreamy brunch I had at The Breakfast Club recently.
I basically stuck two chicken breasts in an oven dish along with a tin of chopped tomatoes, fresh chilli, garlic, salt, pepper and red onion and put it in to cook for half an hour.
I also cut up two sweet potatoes into squares and microwaved them for 3 minutes before tipping into a baking tray lined with a drizzle of olive oil and tossed the potatoes about in them, and put these in for the same amount of time as the chicken.
Then, for the last few minutes, I switched on the grill instead and topped the tomato-chicken concoction with mozarella and turned the potatoes over until they were browning and crisping on all sides.
Best served with a big bowl of smashed avocado and lime and a happy dollop of sour cream.
SWEET, SWEET HEAVEN.
Anyway, I’m running desperately low on healthy-ish dinner and lunch ideas, so plz plz plz do hit me up with your favourites. I’m so excited to expand my palette a bit more. Uh huh. Sure.