Stay Strong This Winter With Warming Healthy Foods

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When the festive season comes around it is all too easy to dip a finger in every pie, literally, but today we want to give you some healthier food options that will fuel a healthier and happier body. Treat yourself with these warming healthy foods.

There are plenty of warming and healthy recipes you’d can try during the winter time, such as an amazing traditional Puerto Rican plantain [mofongo], a warming pumpkin soup, and even a fun roasted chicken with veggies. 

The recipes we are sharing today are simple and will keep you healthy and strong all season long, whether it be a midweek meal to please the family or a weekend treat that won’t make you feel guilty. 

Spicy chicken tacos

These simple and spicy tacos will be the best option for a family get together or even a small family dinner on a Friday night. Full of veggies and flavour, this is a healthy alternative to your Friday night takeaway. 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 chicken breasts, sliced thinly 
  • 1 sachet taco seasoning 
  • tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 large beef tomato 
  • ½ jar jalapeño slices 
  • 2 large avocados 
  • 1 bunch coriander 
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 16 soft corn tortillas 
  • 1 head romaine lettuce 
  • Sour cream 
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  1. Put your chicken in a tub and add the taco seasoning and olive oil. Leave for 1 hour or overnight. 
  2. Once marinated, heat up a frying pan with some oil and add the chicken. Fry until dark and crispy. 
  3. Heat your corn tortillas over a flame or in the microwave. 
  4. Make your salsa by chopping your beef tomato, half of the coriander, and half of your jalapeños. Mix together and squeeze on half of your lime. 
  5. To make your guacamole, mash your avocados, add the rest of the lime, coriander, and chopped jalapeños. Season with a little salt. 
  6. Slice your romaine lettuce thinly. 
  7. Serve everything on a platter and allow people to assemble their own tacos! 

Buffalo chicken salad bowl 

What could be better than a bit of buffalo chicken? Even when you are on a diet it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on big flavour. This spicy topped salad is a great way to enjoy the flavours you love with less fat. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped 
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce 
  • 2 tbsp butter 
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • Romaine lettuce 
  • Red onion 
  • Tomato 
  • Garlic and herb croutons 
  1. Add the hot sauce, butter, and honey to a pan and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Set aside. 
  2. Slice some red onion very thinly. 
  3. Chop your tomato. 
  4. Slice your lettuce thinly. 
  5. Pan fry your chicken for 6-8 minutes until cooked. Once cooked, add the buffalo sauce and mix. 
  6. Assemble your salad by adding all of the veggies followed by some croutons and finish with your buffalo chicken. 

Meatball courgette boats 

Meatballs are a staple food for many households, but meatballs doesn’t always have to mean spaghetti. These easy courgette meatball boats are medicine you need for a carb loaded weekend. 

Ingredients: 

  • 500g beef mince 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan 
  • 1 tbsp golden breadcrumbs 
  • 1 tbsp basil 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 2 courgettes 
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes 
  • 200ml tomato sauce
  • Shredded cheeses – cheddar, mozzarella,Parmesan 
  1.  Mix your beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Parmesan, and basil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Shape into meatballs and chill for 1 hour in the fridge. 
  3. Slice your courgettes lengthways in half and scoop out the seedy middles. Drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle on some mixed herbs and chilli flakes. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven. 
  5. Once chilled, add the meatballs to a tray and grill under the broiler for 10 minutes until browned all over and cooked through. 
  6. Remove the courgettes and add some meatballs to each. 
  7. Spoon over some tomato sauce and add some shredded cheese. Bake for 10 minutes until melted and bubbling. 
  8. Remove and serve with a fresh salad. 

Garlic butter steak and greens 

This easy leash steak recipe will give you everything you need from a comfort meal but also many amazing greens to fuel your day. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 rump steaks
  • 3 tbsp butter 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 sprig Rosemary 
  • 1 sprig thyme 
  • tbsp chopped parsley 
  • 100g tenderstem broccoli 
  • asparagus 
  • 100g green beans 
  1. Allow your steaks to come up to room temperature, and then season with salt, pepper, and add some oil. 
  2. Add to a smoking pan and cook to your liking. When you flip over to the second side add Rosemary and thyme on top of the steaks and allow those oils to boil flavour the meat. 
  3. Steam your veggies. 
  4. In a pan, add your butter, finely chopped garlic, and parsley. Melt and simmer for a couple of minutes. 
  5. Serve your steak on a plate with the veggies and pour over some of your garlic butter. 

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