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Monday, 28 August 2017

Five Different, Easy But Delicious Healthy Dinner Recipes

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Hello hello! A foodie post from me, but a healthy foodie post. I wanted to write a blog post today about some new favourite healthy meals, I often write about breakfasts and healthy deserts but very rarely write up dinner and lunch options. Dinner is something I know most of us struggle with, my Mum is always asking me to use Pinterest to find new, quick and easy recipes to mix things up. I’m gonna help you today with a few different, easy but delicious healthy dinner recipes. P.S, whilst I've got you, click here and sign up to my new newsletter. It goes out every Friday morning full of random bits and bobs just for newsletter subscribers. I'd love to have you!!!
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Today I wanted to use the Flavour Generator by HelloFresh to show you some of the best recipes. The concept of the Flavour Generator is pretty epic, you basically put in what you like and what you fancy and it generates loads of different options for you, that way, you'll never not know what to cook for dinner. One thing I've found? Most of the ingredients they use are ones you'd have in your house anyway too, they use versatile ingredients! Most of the below mix up similar ingredients, making it much easier! I don't like recipes that use too many random ingredients but these are things you'd probably have in anyway. All these recipes are super easy to make but don't sound easy so you'll definitely get some serious points for whipping these up.

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I love cooking things from scratch, its such a good way to keep refined sugars low, salts low and just use as many fresh ingredients as possible. The Em rule? I always add a side of broccoli!

So, here are a few of my favourite healthy lunches and dinners inspired by the guys at HelloFresh. Feel free to open up this blog post anytime you need some ideas.


1. Mexican black Bean and Buckwheat Bake - This sounds fancy but it's actually really easy to make. I've taken the cream and the cheese out to make it even healthier but feel free to keep it in!

You will need:
1 Red Pepper
Garlic Clove
Ground Cinnamon
1 Yellow pepper
Vegetable Stock
1 Red onion
1 Green Chilli
Black Beans

1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees, chop your peppers into tiny pieces and cook on the top shelf of your own for 15 mins until slightly crispy.

2. Boil water in a pot with the stock, add the buckwheat. Boil until it starts to come out of the water then place a lid on the pot. Leave on the lowest heat for 10 mins before removing.

3. Peel the onion and garlic and chop finely. Then do the same with the chilli.

4. Add your onion, garlic and chilli into a frying pan and cook for 5 mins until soft.

5. Add cumin, paprika and cinnamon then cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse the black beans then tip in the pan. Stir together. Cook for one minute and remove from heat until buckwheat is ready.

6. Put the whole mixture into the oven and bake until golden. Tuck in!

Full recipe online here with photos too. 


2. Paella With Veggies and Olives - Rice is seriously underrated and seriously tasty. It's so easy to whip up. My cheat with rice is to buy a pre-cooked bag, whip it in the microwave and then cook all the veg separately to put in it. If you're wanting something a little more fancy, try this quick and healthy paella.

You will need:

1 onion
1 yellow pepper
2 garlic clove
Ground tumeric
Cherry tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
Black olives
Smoked paprika
Vegetable stock

1. Cut the onion in half and chop up. Do the same with the pepper, garlic and olives.

2. Fry the onion for 5 mins until soft then add pepper and turn the heat up slightly. Add in smoked paprika, turmeric and garlic then cook for another minute.

3. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees for later. Add the rice to the pan and stir it around so it gets a nice coating of spices and then add water and the vegetable stock pot.

4. Stir everything together and bring to a gentle simmer (ensuring the stock has dissolved!). Simmer the paella for 15-20 mins until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is ‘al dente'.

5. Whilst the paella is cooking, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and put them on a baking tray, then bake for 15 mins.

6. Once the rice is cooked, squeeze lemon over, add the olives and the tomatoes then stir!

Full recipe online here.

3. Healthy Paprika Chicken Dippers - I used to make my own healthy chicken dippers at Uni with chicken breast so I had to include these! They taste naughty like nuggets but you're just eating chicken breast so getting all your protein.

You will need:
Dried thyme
Olive oil
Plain flour
Baby leaves
Chicken breast

1. Bash the chicken with a rolling pin or frying pan until 2cm thick, cut each of the flattened breasts into six or seven long strips, or chunks if you fancy nuggets!

2. Put a slug of oil into a frying pan on a medium to high heat. Let it get really hot. Put the flour in anther mixing bowl with thyme and paprika. Season with really good pinch of salt and pepper and then mix together with the chicken strips. Toss with your hands and make sure they’re coated. Wash your hands!!! When the pan is hot, add half the chicken to the pan and cook until golden all over - 2-4 mins on each side. Transfer to a baking tray and then serve with homemade wedges and salad. 

Top Em tip: another good way to do this is to put the chicken in a plastic baking bag with the mixture and then bake the nuggets for 30 mins, they taste delicious.

Full recipe online here.

4. Home-made potato wedges - I love carbs and personally don't see an issue with them, you can make your own healthy wedges or chips without them being bad for you.

You will need:

Sweet Potato or potatoes, whichever you prefer.

1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees. Chop your potatoes into the size and width of your index fingers - don’t peel them, leave them crispy! 

2. Pop the wedges on a baking tray lined with baking paper and then drizzle over some oil, a pinch of salt and half the thyme. 

3, Pop them on the top shelf of the over and roast for 30-35 mins. Do check them and turn them over after 25-30 mins.

Full recipe online here. 


5. Aubergine Tagliatelle - Can be served with brown rice or pasta, whichever takes your fancy! I love aubergine, anyone else? I put it in anything and everything!

You will need:

1x echalion shallot
2x garlic clove
1x aubergine
180 grand wholewheat pasta
0.5 bunch of flat leaf parsley 
20 grams of sun-dried tomatoes
0.5 tsp of chilli flakes
1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1. Pre-heat your grill to high and put a large saucepan of water on to boil for the pasts. Chop the shallot. Finely chop the parsley. Peel the garlic. Chop the sun dried tomatoes and then half the aubergine into half moons.

2. Pop the aubergine on a baking tray and drizzle with a little oil then put in your grill and cook for 12-15 mins.

3. Put a pan on medium heat and add the shallot, garlic, tomatoes and chilli flakes. Cook for 4 mins.

4. Cook the pasta or your rice!

5. Add the tomatoes to the garlic and shallot mixture and season with black pepper. Let it simmer on a medium to low heat for 5 mins until you have a thick sauce then stir in the aubergine.

6. Combine with your pasta or rice and enjoy!

Full recipe online here. 


6. Speedy Stir Fry - There are loads of stir fry recipes on the flavour generator, including a speedy steak sit fry, a chicken stir fry and even a turkey stir fry. I love stir fries as they are so quick but full of nutrients. Here's my favourite!

You will need:

Rice or noodles
Green beans
Been sprouts
Spring onion

1. Cook the chicken in a pan (or the oven if you like it super juicy).

2. Add the vegetables until golden with the seasoning 

3. Add your noodles or lay on top of rice.

Full stir fry recipes: online here. 


7. Stir Fried Kale And Coconut Chicken - I get really bored of plain chicken so I'm always open to ways to spice it up a little! 

You will need:
Basmati rice
2 garlic cloves
1 bunch of coriander
25 grams of coconut
Handful of kale
1 chicken stock
1 ginger
1 lime
2x chicken breast

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Boil the water for the rice (or do what I do and buy Uncle Bens and whack it in the microwave for 2 mins before serving).

2. Peel and grate the ginger and garlic and zest the lime, pick the coriander leaves from their stalks and roughly chop them. Put the chicken breasts a mixing bowl with half the ginger half the garlic, all the lime and all the coriander.

3. Put a frying pan on a medium heat and add the coconut, toast until golden, 4-5 mins and then transfer it to a small bowl.
4. Now cook the chicken then transfer to an ovenproof dish once cooked.

5. Pour the dissolved stock pot into an ovenproof dish and wrap it tightly with foil. Then, put it at the top of the oven for 16-18 mins.

6. As the chicken cooks, cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl, mix in ketjap manis, coriander leaves and olive oil - this is the dressing.
7. Stir fry the kale for 2 mins and then add the remaining ginger and garlic with a splash of water. Cook for a further 2-3 mins and add soy sauce over the top if you wish.

8. Place the rice on your plate and then add the chicken, dressing, kale and coconut!

Full recipe online here. 

So there we have it, a quick look at 7 lovely dinner recipes which you can easily mix up, whip up or have for lunch and dinner! I hope this has helped, you should definitely use the Flavour Generator! 

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Do you like dinner and lunch times? What do you eat? What's your favourite thing to whip up?

Lots of love, Em x

*Thank you so much HelloFresh for collaborating with me on this blog post. As always, it's 100% my honest opinion.

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