28 July 2014

Healthy Chicken Nuggets Alternative (gluten free)

Gluten free healthy chicken nuggets recipe. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Gluten free healthy chicken nuggets recipe. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk


Gluten free healthy chicken nuggets recipe. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Gluten free healthy chicken nuggets recipe. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Yes, you read that right, healthy chicken nuggets. Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of a love/obsession for some good ol' nuggets. But, sometimes you need to find a bit of balance, and heading to Maccies for a weekly nugget session probably isn't the best idea. So, I've made this cheap, simple alternative that is actually tasty, and it means that I don't need to leave the house to get my chicken fix. Best of all, it only takes five minutes to prepare, so it's yummy, simple and quick.

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

- 2 chicken breasts
- Gluten free breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 clove of garlic
- Ground black pepper

Method: 

1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
2.) Cut the chicken breasts into reasonably sized chunks.
3.) Crack the egg into a bowl.
4.) Finely chop or crush the garlic. Adding garlic to the recipe gives the nuggets a more defined flavour. Plus, it's an easy way to sneak some goodness into your kids' meals!
5.) Whisk the garlic into the egg.
6.) Put some breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. I used premade ones because I (sadly) don't have a blender. You could blend some de-crusted wholemeal bread to make healthy breadcrumbs; these won't be gluten free if you do. Add some ground black pepper to the breadcrumbs.
7.) Dip each chicken nugget in the egg mixture. Wipe off any excess. 
8.) Roll the eggy chicken cubes in the breadcrumbs. You don't need a thick covering at all, so it's best to do this quickly. We found it useful to do this in a sort of assembly line.
9.) Put on a baking tray. 
10.) Cook for 12-14 minutes. 

What's your go-to favourite fast-food?



21 July 2014

Scrummy Vegan Spinach Pasta

This is one of my favourite staple dishes when I want something which both fills me up and is packed with vitamins. The best thing about it is it's versatility - you can add or remove most of the ingredients to vary the taste without any detrimental effects on the overall taste of the dish. This dish is suitable for vegans. Spinach is an incredibly good source of protein, and packed with vitamins and minerals essential for your body to function correctly. One serving of this contains roughly 225 calories (crazy for an evening meal!).

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):


1 medium red onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
3 handfuls of wholewheat pasta
1 large carrot
2 cups spinach
Mixed herbs
Salt and pepper to flavour
Fri-lite or extra virgin olive oil

1.) Boil some water in the kettle, enough to cover your pasta.
2.) Whilst you wait for the water to boil, finely chop the onion and garlic. Peel and grate the carrot. At this point you can add red pepper, which gives the sauce a slightly more crunchy texture and sharper taste. 


3.) Put fri-lite in a pan and heat the pan. Once the oil is heated place the chopped onion, garlic and carrot in it to simmer. 
4.) Once the onion is soft (usually after two minutes or so) add the chopped onions, salt and pepper. 
5.) Put the pasta on to boil for 10-12 minutes. Top tip: put some salt in the pan prior to placing the pasta in. This prevents the pieces of pasta from sticking to one another. 
6.) Leave the sauce to simmer for ten minutes. It's best to put it on a very low heat for this, as it is relatively easy to burn. 

(Awful picture of me, apologies!)
7.) Once the sauce is on to simmer boil some water for the spinach. It is important to put the spinach into the pan first so that you ensure you use as little water as possible; only use enough water to cover the leaves.


8.) Leave to boil for 5 or 6 minutes or until wilted. 
9.) Drain and mix into the sauce. 
10.) Drain the pasta, split into two servings. Pour the sauce on top and enjoy!

There is spinach there, I promise!

**DISCLAIMER**
All photos are property of Sophie Hartley

17 July 2014

OOTD: Summer Loving


Outfit of the day - walking in Devon. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Outfit of the day - walking in Devon. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Outfit of the day - walking in Devon. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Let's face it, I'm by no means a 'girly-girl'; never have been, never will be. But, this outfit was just perfect for a day trip in Devon on which I really wanted to embrace my inner femininity. Light and breezy, I felt so summery and carefree in this simple number.

I find summer outfits far harder to coordinate than winter ones, but I just love this one! This crop top and high waisted skirt both come in at a really snazzy deal on ASOS. The zip detail on the a-line skirt makes the piece striking, whilst adding a touch of symmetry to the outfit which otherwise is lacking. Moreover, the material is thin, meaning that I don't have to sweat it out whilst soaking up the rays.

My converse are a must-have for my wardrobe. Personally I hate the look of clumpy trainers, but the sheer amount of walking I do means that my converse are vital. They also transform this outfit into something casual and appropriate for a holiday walk with the family - a good pair of heels would make this into something I could dine or club in! 

What's your go-to simple summer outfit?



7 July 2014

End-of-the-week noodles

End-of-the-week noodles. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk


End-of-the-week noodles. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

End-of-the-week noodles. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

End-of-the-week noodles. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

End-of-the-week noodles. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I'm still in (sort of) sunny Devon, so after a hella long cliff walk yesterday I really needed something deliciously carb-filled, yet still nutritious for dinner. This recipe was the end result. This is a great meal for using up leftovers, as nearly any vegetables can be thrown in to add flavour or alter the nutritional benefits of the dish.