‘You are what you eat’, as we are so often told! Eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet is key to health and happiness! So, if you’re a little unsure on where to start your health kick or you simply want to add some new delicious recipes to your arsenal, you’re in the right place. We’ve teamed up with nutritional expert Charlotte to bring you 3 super-simple, easy and yummy recipes.
1. Pitta Pizzas
Who loves a pizza party? We do! These pitta pizzas are quick and easy to make and taste amazing! No take-away menus required!
Ingredients - to serve 4
4 Wholemeal pittas
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
3 tablespoons water
Selection of pizza toppings e.g.
Tuna, ham, sweetcorn, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pineapple, olives, spinach leaves
100g cheese of choice – cheddar and mozzarella work well
How to make your pizzas
Warm the pitas for 30 seconds or so in a toaster
Mix the puree with water and mix well
Spread the tomato puree mix on the warm pitta breads
Select your toppings and spread them out on top of the tomato puree
Add grated cheese to the top, spread it out and pop under the grill for 5 minutes or until they have browned a little and the cheese melted.
2. Chickpea and Kale/ Spinach One Pot
Healthy, balanced, very quick and you only need to use one pan for this dish, so that means less washing up!
Ingredients – to serve 2
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ a stock cube
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
½ a teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tin of chickpeas drained and rinsed
½ a tin of sweetcorn
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 handful of fresh kale or spinach
How to make your one pot dish
- Add the olive oil to a pan and slowly heat
- Add the stock cube, garlic, paprika and oregano and stir well for a few seconds on the heat
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together well
- Bring the mixture to the boil with a lid on and then turn the heat to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens a little and the kale/spinach has wilted.
- Serve with some brown rice or a wholemeal pitta bread
3. No Added Sugar Apple Crumble
All the taste, none of the guilt!
Ingredients – makes 1 crumble to share
50g chopped dates
½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping:
85g wholemeal flour
85g rolled oats
60g butter or soya spread
Zest of half an orange
How to make your crumble
Preheat the oven to 180℃
Peel all the apples to start
Add 50mls of water to a pan and bring it to the boil
Chop the apples into fairly small chunks and add them to the boiling water as you go (this allows you to get a good mix of well-cooked and harder, more chunky apples in your final dish).
Once all the apples are in the pan, add the cinnamon, ground clove and the dates and turn the heat down slightly. Add a lid to the pan and cook for another 10 minutes or so (you can add a little more water to the pan if necessary).
Once some of the apples are nice and soft, turn the heat to a simmer and remove the lid. Allow any remaining water to evaporate out of the pan and then remove the apple mixture from the heat and add to the bottom of a crumble dish (roughly 20 cm by 20 cm in size, but any will do).
For the crumble topping:
Add the butter, oats and flour into a bowl with the orange zest and mix together using your fingers (or pulse the ingredients together in a food processor).
Once the mixture is a similar texture to breadcrumbs and is mixed all the way through, pour on top of the apples and give the container a little shake to make sure it fills in the gaps.
Pop the crumble in the oven for around 20 minutes or until it goes a nice golden brown on top. Once cooked serve warm with a dollop of natural yogurt and a little orange zest to top.