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Spicy Mexican Chicken

I’m always hunting for super easy and tasty food to cook as I love cooking but let’s face it nobody likes slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end after a busy day at work! So if you ever get home from work and don’t know what to cook. Or if you are you rushed for time and find it difficult to find inspiration. Try my super quick and tasty spicy mexican chicken recipe. If you don’t like spice, you can exclude the chilli powder

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Ingredients you’ll need to serve 2 people:-

  • Mixed Peppers (4)
  • Chicken Breast (2)
  • Red Onion (2)
  • Paprika 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cayenne 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder 1 teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder 3/4 teaspoon – amend quantity according to spice level you prefer
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Olive Oil 3 tablespoons

Instructions:

  1. Cut the mixed peppers into long slices
  2. Slice the chicken breast into long slices
  3. Chop the red onions
  4. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper or foil and place all the above chopped ingredients on the tray
  5. Add all the spices and give it a good mix so all the ingredients are covered with the flavours
  6. Bake in the oven for 20mins at 220 degrees and serve with warm pita bread

This dish is super flexible and can be paired with most things to suit your taste

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Protein-Packed Banana Bread // GF & DF

I love having a good bake but really struggle to find the time these days. It always get pushed to the bottom of my list because we don’t really eat that many cakes or biscuits in our house. I am also trying to ‘clean’ up my diet – removing refined sugar because too much sugar can raise your blood fat and increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes, in addition to filling your mouth with cavities. It also has no nutritional value. We all know sweet treats are full of things like sugar, flour and chocolate – all of which contain sugar! But I’m going to share a sugar free, flour free, gluten free and dairy free recipe with you which should satisfy your cravings for something sweet. This recipe is packed with protein, balanced with complex carbohydrates and can be easily made gluten free! The wonderful thing about protein is, it works hard to keep blood sugars stable which really prevents sugar cravings – if you’re protein intake is low, try to add some/more to each meal as it can help reduce cravings and mindless snacking.

If you love banana bread as much as we do and want to increase your protein intake to ward off sugar cravings. Here’s a perfect way to do it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup of oat flour (gluten free if needed – I blended oats in my nutribullet)
  • ¾ cup plant based protein powder (or any type you like)
  • 1 cup of plain coconut yoghurt (full fat or 0% greek yoghurt can also be used)
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Place bananas in mixing bowl and mash until you have a thick consistency
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix really well
  4. Grease your loaf tin with coconut oil or line with parchment paper
  5. Pour the batter in your loaf tin and bake for 35 minutes
      1. Using 0% Greek yoghurt it will take around 25 minutes to bake 

     

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Serving size: 1 slice/square
Calories: 75kcal F:1g C:9g P:12g

The bread turned out delicious! It was moist, dense, and just how a banana bread should be. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea x

Almond Butter Overnight Oats

If you’re pressed for time in the morning this is a great time saver as you can prep it the night before

What you’ll need:

Oats:

  • 120ml of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 x tablespoon almond butter 
  • 1 x tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 x tablespoon agave nectar (honey can be used as an alternative)
  • 1 x teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 x scoop of optimum nutrition chocolate whey protein
  • 40g of rolled oats 

Topping:

  • Sliced banana, blueberries, strawberries or any fruit
  • Flaxseed or additional chia seeds
  • Protein granola

How to make it:

  1. In a small bowl/ mason jar add the almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter and agave nectar and stir together to combine
  2. Stir in the oats and press down with a spoon to make sure all oats are immersed in the almond milk
  3. Stir in cacao and whey protein powder (you may need to add a little bit of milk depending on the consistency you prefer)
  4. Cover securely with a lid and set in the fridge overnight
  5. In the morning, open and garnish with whatever toppings you like

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