Monday, 11 February 2013

A Weekend Of Recipe Making......Feast Your Eyes

Monday morning its cold and trying to snow but luckily I am wrapped up warm on the sofa with a blanket some mint tea, and the vampire diaries no Monday blues here : )
I am also still on a food high from the weekend, I made some amazing food which was a pleasure to eat and I am here to tell you all about it.........

Saturday morning I had a client to train early morning in Brighton so I took a couple of rice cakes with almond butter for the journey and 2 apples for the journey home.

I had a gym date with Dale when I got back to Hastings which was a real muscle burner in a good way! Then it was home for lunch.

We had ryvita topped with boiled eggs and carrot sticks before heading into town to get some more bits for the flat, we get the keys this Friday!!!!!!!!!!

I had to popped into the health food shop and came out with a chocolate and cherry flapjack which was totally needed : )

We spent the day looking at sofas and getting bits and bobs then it was home for dinner.

Dinner was SO SO GOOD! I marinated some chicken strips in a BBQ sauce (review coming soon) and baked it in the oven. I served the chicken with some garlicy quinoa:

You need: cooked quinoa, courgette, peas, garlic and seasoning
To make: cook the courgette and peas in a large pan with some crushed garlic when the veg starts to colour add the cooked quinoa and season with some salt and pepper. 

This is so simple but really flavorsome and filling, I will definitely be making it again because you can team it with some many things.

Sunday I got a nice lie in which was lovely so be the time we got up I was definitely ready to make breakfast.

Egg Muffins!!!!!!
I had planned to make these so was excited to get up and get cooking.

You need: eggs, red pepper, mushrooms, herbs, seasoning and coconut oil
To make: add a little coconut oil to a pan and fry the pepper and mushrooms until lightly browned. Whisk the eggs (I used 4 eggs to make 6 muffins) with some water. Place the peppers and mushrooms in a non-stick muffin pan then top with the whisked eggs. Bake for about 15/20 minutes or until they are browned on top with no soggy middles!

Ours were enjoyed with some organic baked beans, perfect Sunday breakfast : )

Sunday turned into recipe making foodie heaven, well for me anyway............ Next up once breakfast had settled I got to making some healthy bars for me and Dale to have through the week. One of my yearly goals was to make bars and I'm sticking to it! This was a really yummy mix of flavors, I tend to just through in whatever I have mix it up and bake but I will try and tell you this in recipe form, here goes:

You need: 2 cups oats, 2 cups dessicated coconut, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 cup apple sauce,  1/2 cup of dried blueberries, 3/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup tahini, 1/2 cup syrup (I used agave), bees pollen and a pinch of salt
To make: put the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, blueberries and salt in a large bowl (it definitely needs to be a large bowl!) then mix. Then add each of the wet ingredients mixing thoroughly. Once all the dried ingredients are covered and mixed through add to a baking tray and press down. Then sprinkle with bees pollen, I pressed the pollen into the mix. Bake for 30 minutes on a medium heat. Cool, and enjoy.

Me and Dale went out for a run in the pouring rain yesterday while the bake cooled (yes in that crazy pouring rain!) and we had a big slice to reward ourselves when we got back. It was totally worth the needle like rain spiking my face, coming home to this yumminess. This made 12 bars and freezes really well so you can popped it in the freezer and take one out each night for the following day.

The next thing I made was homemade ice cream but you'll have to wait for this recipe, it will be up on the Rice Dream site at the end of the month : )

I do have one more recipe for you to feast your eyes on though and that would be last nights dinner. This was another insanely good meal, I would actually say the best thing I ate all weekend. Really it was that good. I used to love breaded chicken when I was younger (not fried, just breaded) and have to say I miss it sometimes so I decided to make my own healthy style of paleo "breaded" chicken:

You need: chicken cut into strips, eggs, almond flour, dried basil, garlic and salt
To make: I had 2 chicken breasts, cut them into strips then set aside. Mix some almond flour, basil and salt in a bowl. Mix 1 egg, a little water and a crushed garlic clove in a separate bowl then dip each chicken strip in the egg mix and the almond mix then lay on a parchment lined baking tray. Cook for 15 minutes turn then cook for a further 5/10 minutes or until cooked. 

I didn't measure the ingredients its just as much as you want. More if you want a thicker coating and less if you want it light,

We had our chicken with steamed broccoli and carrot chips. I made the carrot chips by lightly steaming them then sauteing in a little coconut oil, turmeric and turmeric and tamarind coconut sugar curtisy of Vivapure. There was also some sweet chilli dipping sauce on the side (again review coming soon). I was stuffed afterward but I am already looking forward to eating this meal again!

I gave myself an hours rest then had to try the ice cream obviously, ha ha ha
Oh yes this is so good and I can tell you its vegan and oh so yummy.

I do believe my weekend was a foodie delight, what do you think? Any of the above you'd like to try or might think of making? I can guarantee you wont be disappointed : )


What was your foodie heaven this weekend?

Just in case you missed it mine was the paleo breaded chicken!!!!!!!


  1. Food heaven was rhubarb crumble on Sunday evening. Made the morning swim all the more worth it! ;-)

    Have a great week!

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    2. I love rhubarb crumble!

  2. Wow you have been busy! Well I've just made Italian style beef and liver meat balls and they were amazing! So yum :-)

    1. Indeed I have! Oooo they sound interesting x

  3. Oh no word that is so many recipes!
    Well done on running in that rain- those coconut bars look fab though so I am sure they made it worthwhile.

    1. Thanks! It was hell but the bars gave me comfort on my return!!

  4. It looks like you have been having a blast in the kitchen!

    1. Ha my tastebuds have been singing!

  5. I've made paleo breaded fish and chicken before and really liked it, I will have to make some again! I like the look of that BBQ sauce too!

    1. Yum I will definitely have to try it with fish : )