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Clean Eating Fish Pie

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I know I haven’t done any Christmassy recipes yet (I promise they are to come!) but I am already planning the meals that will get me back on a healthy track when gloomy January comes around. This fish pie will help you overcome the post-Christmas slump when the sight of a mince pie or nan’s christmas cake is enough to make you heave in your sweatpants which are all that fit you right now (Mean Girls joke, sorry)  Keep this recipe on hand for a light, satisfying recipe that is filled with nutrient rich fish and vegetables. Continue reading

The Green Smoothie

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The Green Smoothie

I have been making these smoothies for about 5 months now as I find them the easiest way to get all the right fruit and veg into me in one quick and painless drink! It fills you up for quite a while so if weight loss is what you are after then you could use one green smoothie to replace one meal – though I would never under any circumstances suggest you do any of those “detox” diets where all you drink is smoothies; it is not likely to last long and would be verrrry boring! Instead, when I am trying to be slightly more healthy, I have a good breakfast, followed by a green smoothie for lunch and remain satisfied till dinnertime. Here is one of my current favourite recipes; remember there are no rules when it comes to what you put into your smoothie just as long as the amount of veg outweighs the amount of fruit you put in. Fruit is still full of sugar so think of it as a way to make the veg taste a bit better in order to get it into you! I freeze sliced banana, spinach and kale so that it both lasts longer and makes the smoothie nice and cold.

My Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of frozen Spinach
  • Handful of frozen Kale
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Juice of one Lemon or Lime
  • 1 tblsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. Honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Grated Ginger (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Cover ingredients with water and blend until smooth
  3. Drink and feel healthier in seconds 😉

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Red Thai Laksa

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This Thai Laksa is on of the easiest dishes to put together, making it one of my favourites! It’s also a great way of using all that veg that is still in the fridge despite best intentions throughout the week. It is so versatile so throw in whatever you have, however below is how I best enjoy mine.

This recipe may seem like it has a lot of ingredients but not only are they items we often have in the kitchen anyway, they are also very inexpensive to buy. Continue reading

Caramelised Pear And Puy Lentil Salad

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I have not posted in so long, it has been insanely busy with a new job and house and settling into work and everything else 🙂 Also I tend to be cooking out of cookbooks lately and always feel bad about recipes not really being original that I don’t want to post them! But anyway today I am doing just that. So recently I bought the cookbook, Honestly Healthy.  Continue reading

Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Marshmallows

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So what do you do when you have ten million marshmallows?? Well, instead of risking diabetes I made some chocolate biscuit cake and threw them in there! (Then I ate the cake so defeated the original purpose). I can’t take credit for the biscuit cake recipe; it is my granny’s and is the best I have ever had, the biscuits stay crunchy unlike biscuit cakes with digestives in them I find. There is also an egg stirred in at the end. Don’t be scared, I have been eating this for 24yrs and I am fiiiiiine 🙂 Continue reading

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

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Marshmallows are one of my (many) favourite sweets. This recipe makes about 30-40 medium sized marshmallows that are soft, squishy and melt perfectly in hot chocolate. Now I know having the weather we have at the moment (as in today) hot chocolate may seem like a strange choice but keep the recipe on hand, it will probably snow next week 😉 I made these marshmallows vanilla flavoured and kept it simple but that shouldn’t stop anyone from jazzing them up a little; maybe some chopped pistachios or even a drop of Malibu and rolled in dessicated coconut for some Summertime inspired pillowy goodness….  Continue reading

Ciara’s Weekend Treat : Rhubarb Crumble

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Yay it’s rhubarb season!! I have always preferred rhubarb pies and crumbles to the regular apple versions. I can’t wait to try out Rachel Allen’s Rhubarb and Custard Pie soon, sounds like my dream pie…. Anyway, this rhubarb crumble is not exactly the way your nan used to make. But that is probably a good thing for your waistline 😉 Instead of the usual white flour, sugar and butter combo to create the crispy crumble topping I have used oats, ground almonds, a little bit of skimmed milk and a tiiiiny itsy bit of brown sugar (I think it would be classified as breakfast without it so I had to!!) There is no refined sugar in the stewed rhubarb however, I sweetened it with orange juice, zest and some honey. Continue reading

Orange and Honey Drizzle Cake

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It looks like Spring has finally decided to show its face in Ireland; and, although it snowed last week and may indeed snow again next week, today I am embracing the sunshine and light breeze 🙂 In a perfect world with perfectly timed seasons this would be my Springtime cake, it’s light and moist with a crunchy and slightly sticky crust. Yum! Although the normal drizzle cake is lemon which I love also I think oranges work really well and go better with the honey flavours than lemons would. Continue reading

Chocolate-Orange Créme

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Now I have to admit before I begin; I do not like mixing chocolate with any kind of fruit….ever. Not raspberries, never bananas and you’ll never catch me dipping a strawberry into any kind of chocolate fountain. Do not get me started on those evil little strawberry cream chocolates in a box of Roses, ick. However, I am partial to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. So, I created my own Terry’s chocolate orange créme. It started out as more of a posset because I thought of it after making Lemon Posset for Christmas Dessert but I think the term “posset” really should just refer to creamy citrus-style desserts, it just seems wrong for some reason to call a rich chocolate-y cream “posset”. So I decided not to. Continue reading

Healthy Pancakes With Raspberries And Orange Syrup

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These pancakes do not taste as if they are trying to be “healthy” – they are full of flavour, protein and healthy fats. Because I am trying to get fit for the Great Limerick Run (only the 10k, let’s not get ahead of ourselves) I am trying to eat really filling, satisfying and tasty breakfasts that will keep me going till lunch. I am really happy I found this one because if time permitted I would make it every day! Try adapting to your own tastes, use walnuts instead of almonds to get some Omega 3 into you or try blueberries or strawberries instead of raspberries. Berries have amazing health benefits so the more the better! Continue reading