Hey lovely people,
So in keeping with my new healthy approach to eating... and well... life... I have decided to share a couple of my favourite healthy recipes along with the cost of the ingredients. I feel that we are all encouraged to live healthier lives and eat more fruit and vegetables. However, I find that it is often overlooked that eating better often costs us double the price of a standard weekly shop, so sometimes it's not that people don't want to, it's just that they can't afford to eat better.
On that note, these recipes will not only be healthy, but cost effective.
Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Halloumi
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced
1 large roasted pepper from a jar, thickly sliced, or a handful of ready-roasted sliced peppers
500ml vegetable stock
small bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
zest and juice 1 lemon
large pinch sugar
250g pack halloumi cheese, cut into 6 sliced
1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a medium saucepan. Cook the onion and pepper for a few mins, then add the quinoa and cook for a further 3 mins. Add the stock, cover and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 mins or until soft, then stir through half the parsley. Heat the grill.
2. Meanwhile, mix the lemon zest and juice with the remaining parsley and oil, and a large pinch of sugar and salt. Grill the halloumi until both sides are golden and crisp. Serve the salad with the grilled halloumi and the dressing poured over everything.
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil - £1.50 (250ml)
Sliced Red Onions - £0.50 - 225g
Roasted Red Peppers - £1.40 - 480g
Great Scot Scot Quinoa - £2.18 - 300g
Vegetable Stock Cubes - £0.40 - 120g
Parsley - £0.70 - 31g
Lemons - £0.30 - each
La Doria Fine Sea Salt - £0.50 - 500g
Halloumi - £2.00 - 250g
Total Cost - £9.48
Cost per person - £3.16
I think you'll agree that £3.16 for a delicious, healthy meal isn't asking too much. I've used Asda for purchasing the ingredients, but by all means check your own local supermarket.
So you've wolfed down that delicious meal, now you want to wash it down with a delicious and super healthy smoothie.
Mango & Banana Smoothie
(makes 1 litre)
1 medium mango
500ml orange juice
4 ice cubes
1. Cut the mango down either side of the flat stone, then peel and cut the flesh into chunks.
2. Peel and chop the banana.
3. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, then process until smooth and thick. Keep in the fridge and use the day you make it.
Large Mango - £0.75
Banana - £0.68
Orange Juice Smooth - £1.00
The Ice Co Ice Crush - £1.00
Total Cost - £3.43
Cost Per 250ml serving - £0.85
So there you are my lovely readers. Two delicious and cost effective recipes to help you become a healthier and happier person. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!
Take care lovelies. x