Clean Eating Alice – Butternut squash and feta frittata

​One of my favourite things about Christmas, is getting into my new cookbooks and learning some new recipes. I got a number of different types of cookbooks for Christmas, from a bit of hummingbird bakery to vegan cookbooks and one that I was most looking forward to was ‘The Body Bible’.  After a brief flick through all of them to just get a bit of inspiration for this weeks lunches, I stumbled upon this butternut squash and feta frittata and I was sold. 


It’s been perfect this week for being back at work fully and getting back on the wagon. I’ll admit, I’ve had to tweak the method slightly as I don’t have a pan that I can use on the hob and in the oven, but it was still delightful and super easy to make.
Ingredients

1 Butternut Squash (roughly 400-500g)

1 Red Onion

2 Red Chillies

150g Feta Cheese

6 Eggs

1 Garlic Clove

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Cider Vingear

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c

2. Chop the butternut squash into chunks and finely chop the onions. In a pan, heat half the coconut oil then add the chopped vegetables. Leave for roughly 10 minutes stirring occassionally so it doesn’t stick.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the crushed garlic clove, vinegar and finely chopped red chillies.  Once the squash is starting to soften, add the mixture to the pan.

4. Take a oven proof casserole dish and the rest of the coconut oil, place in the oven for a couple of minutes to melt, then remove and ensure the sides and bottom are well coated to avoid it sticking.

5. Once everything in the pan is all mixed, add it to the oven proof dish. 

6. Beat the eggs together then pour over the vegetable mixture.

7. Crumble on the feta and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven, until the mixture no longer wobbles in the middle.

8. Leave to cool and it should come away from the sides without needing to force it and cut into portions.


Nutritional Information

Serves 5

Calories: 221

Protein: 12.7g

Carbohydrates: 16.9g 

Of which is sugars: 4.3g

Fibre: 2.4g

Fat: 12.6g

Of whichis saturated: 6.3g

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Mary Berry’s Homemade Custard

​Its been a little whole since I’ve done any baking and I’ve really missed it! So I decided last weekend it was time to make a proper winter pudding, spotted dick and homemade custard. Whilst the pudding wasn’t my favourite I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make custard. I found this recipe on the bbc good food website (which is always a go to when I need a bit of inspiration) and its from the queen of baking herself, Mary Berry, so it was going to be the only recipe I would trust for my first attempt.
Ingredients

4 Egg Yolks

30g Caster Sugar

2 Tbsp. Cornflour

1 Vanilla Pod

570ml Whole Milk

55ml Single Cream

Method

1. Add the milk and cream  to a saucepan, cut open the vanilla pod, scrape out most of the beans and add these and the pod to the mixture. Slowly bring them to a simmer over a low heat.

2. Remove the vanilla pod.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour until you get a smooth mixture.

4. Slowly pour in the hot milk mixture to the eggs, constantly whisking to avoid curdling.

5. Pour back into the saucepan and slowly heat until thickened, stirring regularly.

6. Once thickened, it’s ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Serves 4

Calories: 217

Protein: 7.9g

Carbohydrates: 15.9g 

Of which is sugars: 14.7g

Fibre:  0.0g

Fat: 11.7g

Of which is saturated:  6.2g

​Gluten free and gluten full cheese and pancetta muffins

I have to start with some apologises, it has been far too long since I last updated you all, but everything has just got a bit on top of me since starting a new job and getting into some new routines. But, never fear, I think I’m getting there!
As mentioned in my previous post I mentioned that I had made numerous things to take into work to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. I have made these muffins a couple of times and attempted to make them gluten free but they didn’t really work, so unlike the peanut butter cookies, I didn’t have the  confidence to only make them gluten free just in case the same thing happened again. Luckily, they didn’t, previously they were far too dry, crumbly and just had a really unpleasant aftertaste which the gluten full ones definitely didn’t have. So you can guarantee that when I was taste testing these I was hyper critical. This time, I was rather impressed that I couldn’t really tell the difference between them and I was happy to take them into work. They went down really well! I am determined to help change the way some people view gluten free baking which means I’m really picky about which recipes I take into work, so I’m happy to have a savoury option to take in. 

Ingredients

1 Pack Lean Pancetta

1 Cup Grated Mature Cheddar

1 Cup Whole Milk

1 Cup Gluten Flour

1 Cup Gluten Free Flour

2 Tbsp. Salted Butter

1 Tbsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Salt

½ Tsp. Xantham Gum

2 Eggs


Method

1. In a frying pan, cook the pancetta lardons until cooked through then leave to one side to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to  175°c and grease 12 muffin tins/cases.

3. Over a medium heat, melt all the butter then allow to cool to room temperature.

4. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together, then add the butter, cheese and  bacon lardons and divide the mixture into 2 separate bowls. Ready for the gluten and gluten free versions.

5. In a separate bowl combine the flour and half of the baking powder, salt and sugar. Add this to one set of the bacon mixture.

6. In a fresh bowl, mix the gluten free flour, xantham gum and remaining baking powder, sugar and salt then add to the second bacon mixture. With this mixture if it begins to look a lot thicker/drier than the gluten version just add a bit more milk to ensure the mixture doesn’t get too dry once baked.

7. Spoon the mixture into your prepared tins (I use a different type so it’s easy to remember which are which), only fill them about 2/3 full to give them room to rise.

8. Bake for roughly 20 minutes or until they begin brown.

9. Leave to  cool on a wire rack then enjoy!

Nutritional information

Serves 12

Calories: 209

Protein: 9.3g

Carbohydrates: 18.7g

Of which is sugars: 1.4g

Fibre: 0.8g

Fat: 10.6g

Of which is saturated: 6.0g

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

​With everything going on more recently, it’s been ages since I did any baking to take into work.  But being as I’m changing jobs I thought it was about time I got my mid-week bake back on. I’m glad I did as I got spoilt rotten by the people at work and I’m not even moving that far away! 

I decided to  make a couple of different things as there are some people who prefer savoury over sweet and some people who are gluten free. 

I’ll share all the recipes but today I thought I’d start with my favourite which is a tweak to the hummingbird bakery recipe to make some gluten free peanut butter cookies. These went down a storm with both gluten full and gluten free folk and out of a batch of 28 that was made, I only came away with 2 bring home. Which I naturally polished off as I couldn’t have them sitting in the cupboard, that would have been nothing short of blasphemy. 
These are pretty straight forward to make, they just take awhile for me as I can only fit 1 baking  tray in my oven at one time, so it takes me a lifetime to bake them all, but they are worth it.

Ingredients

340g Gluten Free Flour

225g Salted Butter

240g Peanut Butter (this time used smooth but crunchy adds amazing texture)

80g Dark Chocolate (chopped)

200g Caster Sugar

200g Light Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

2 ½ Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

½ Xantham Gum

½ Tsp Salt

½ Tsp Vanilla Extract

Method

1. Preheat the oven to175°c. In an electric mixer, whisk together the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy.

2. Turn the mixer down slightly and add the eggs one at time.

3. Once fully incorporated add in the flour, gum, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract and mix together then add in the peanut butter and chocolate chunks and thoroughly mix again.

4. On some prepared baking trays put a good dollop of the mix, ensure there is enough space between them when they spread out on the tray, depending on which tray I use I can either fit 5 or 6 per tray.

5. Put in the oven for 10 minutes until they start to spread out and go slightly brown but they should still look a bit soft in the middle as this will keep them gooey and soft. Leave them on the tray to cool, if you transfer them to a wire rack as this point they will fall apart.

6. Once cooled and set, enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Calories: 201

Protein: 3.3g

Carbohydrates:  22.5g

Of which is sugars: 13.4g

Fibre:  0.7g

Fat: 10.7g

Of which is saturated: 4.8g

Protein Packed Stuffed Breakfast Peppers

I don’t think there’a any meal I put quite as much time into thinking about as breakfast. I know people always say that it’s the most important meal of the day, but honestly I think it’s just my favourite. There’s such a variety of what you could have, hot or cold, sweet or savoury. I think for anyone who saw the picture of my birthday breakfast the other week at one of my favourite restaurants (Annie’s burger shack in Nottingham, they also offer EVERY option on their menu as veggie or vegan, as well as catering for gluten free) you would have seen that my ideal breakfast is a mix of sweet, savoury, hot and cold. Who says you can’t have it all?
Back to reality in terms of what do I want for breakfast this week, I spent a few hours looking on pinterest and flicking through my various cookbooks and I thought that I would have a go at some stuffed peppers. What I found really appealing about this is there’s no need to follow a strict recipe, you can just fill it with what you like and tweak as you go to your personal preference. However, if you do want some inspiration, why not try my protein packed stuffed peppers. Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast, whether it’s before a run or ready to drop in your bag to take to work.

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Ingredients
6 Peppers, chopped in half
6 Eggs
12 Tablespoons of Water
100g Feta Cheese (I like the one that some with sundried tomatoes)
150g Tinned Sweetcorn
155g Lean Smoked Bacon Lardons
2 Shallots, chopped

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Method
1. Preheat the oven to 150°c
2. Take the chopped shallots and bacon lardons and gently fry off in a pan until just cooked and the shallots have softened then leave to one side.
3. Take the  halved peppers and scrape out the insides until you have a nice cup to hold your filling as so. This does take a little while if you’re prepping enough for the week, but be patient!

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4. In a large mix bowl, beat all the eggs together. Add all the water and beat until full incorporated. Add in all the feta (draining any oil beforehand if you buy the feta in oil and sundried tomatoes like I do) and sweetcorn and mix again.
5. Lay all your peppers onto a greased oven tray to prevent the bottoms sticking/burning to the pan, try to balance them so when you pour in the mixture it won’t spill, this may take a bit of fiddling about.
6. Add the shallot and lardon mixture to your eggs, if you do it earlier the heat may start to cook the eggs slightly, so try to leave it as late as possible.
7. Fill your peppers with the mixtures, ensuring that they don’t spill over and place in the oven.
8. Cook for roughly 20 minutes, depending on the size of the peppers. Keep a check and once the filling starts to look firm take them out and leave them to cool.
9. If you’ve made them a head of time, just give them a couple of minutes in the microwave until warmed through (timings will vary depending on the size of each pepper) then enjoy.

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Nutritional Information
Serves 6 (2 halves per serving)
Calories: 228
Protein: 17.3g
Carbohydrates: 11.7g
Of which is sugars: 8.0g
Fibre: 3.5g
Fat: 11.8g
Of which is saturated: 3.9g

Sausage, Onion and Potato Omelette

After having porridge nearly every morning for breakfast at work for a couple of months, I’ve decided I need a change. I still love porridge, especially how quick and versatile it is, but I’ve been thinking I could do with having something a bit different and maybe with a bit more protein in it to help set up my day. Flicking through a cookbook I was given nearly a year ago for some inspiration, I came across a recipe for a sausage and potato omelette that I thought would be a good one to try. It’s similar to the frittata I made not that long ago so I knew I was on the right tracks.

It doesn’t take too long to make and is super easy to batch bake on a Sunday ready for the week ahead. Just make sure you have a good frying pan with a heat resistant handle so it can be placed under the grill.

Ingredients

2 Potatoes
1 Onion
1 Pack of Sausages (I went for gluten free turkey sausages)
10 Cherry Tomatoes (which I forgot about to include in the picture)
6 Eggs
1 Tbsp Mixed Herbs
12 Tbsp Water
1 Tbsp Oil
Pinch of Black Pepper
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Method

  1. Peel the potatoes and chop into rough big cubes and boil until soft. Drain and leave to cool at one side.
  2. Grill the sausages until cooked through and set to one side to cool.
  3. Add the 6 eggs and the water together in a large bowl and whisk together until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Once the potatoes and sausages have cooled cut into smaller bite size pieces.
  5. Heat a frying pan with half the oil, once hot add the potatoes and cook until they are starting to go crispy then add the onions and continue to cook until browned without burning.
  6. Remove the potatoes and onion and add the remaining oil to the pan, ensure all sides are coated then add the potatoes, onions, sausages and tomatoes and stir so there’s an even mix of ingredients across the pan.
  7. Pre heat the grill onto a high heat.
  8. Add the egg and water mixture to the pan and leave to cook on the hob for 3-5 minutes until the bottom of the omelette is good.
  9. Remove from the hob and place under the grill to cook for roughly 10 minutes until the top of the omelette

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Nutritional Information

Serves 5
Calories: 362
Protein: 26.1g
Carbohydrates: 40.7g
Of which is sugars: 4.3g
Fibre: 5.3g
Fat: 10.9g
Of which is saturated:3.2g

Gluten Free Avocado Brownies

I’ll be honest; I’m not someone who’s a massive avocado fan. I don’t mind a bit of guacamole but I won’t eat it in a salad or on toast. I keep seeing all these recipes to make various chocolaty goods with avocado, so I thought I’d give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I really couldn’t taste any avocado in the brownies but found they gave it a really nice texture and one I preferred over the buckwheat brownies I’ve made previously when attempting gluten free baking.

This recipe is so easy to make as well as it only required 1 baking tin and a food processor which is always a positive because, as much as I enjoy baking I do not love the washing up that inevitably ensues. I was rather chuffed with how fudgy and rich these brownies turned out, having only had relatively inconsistent success with gluten free baking, I was dubious as to how much I would genuinely enjoy these or if I’d end up eating them just because I’d made them and not wanting to waste them. But, thankfully, I really like these and would definitely consider making them again, despite being moreish you can’t eat too many due to how rich they are.

 

Ingredients

2 Eggs

100g Dark Chocolate

1 large Avocado

1 Cup Cacao Powder (You can use normal cocoa powder but you may want to reduce the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you like it)

½ Cup Caster Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 Tbsp Water
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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰c. In a food processor blitz the avocado until it’s completely smooth, you may have to stop and clean down the sides a couple of times to avoid any bits.
  2. Add the baking soda, eggs, sugar, cacao powder and 1 tablespoon of the water and thoroughly mix.
  3. Melt the chocolate then add to the mixture and blitz until the chocolate is fully worked through. If the mixture is looking a bit thick then add the second tablespoon of water.
  4. Tip the mixture in a greased baking tin and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Check the brownies regularly with a skewer and once it comes out clean remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool before removing and finishing on the wire rack.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve, I like mine with a dusting of icing sugar.image

Nutritional Information

Calories: 217
Protein: 5.9g
Carbohydrates: 25.6g
Of which is sugars: 18.3g
Fibre: 5.7g
Fat: 10.8g
Of which is saturated:4.6g

 

Recipe slightly tweaked from here 🙂