Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a glorious summer! Here in the midlands we have been very lucky and been having a nice hot summer. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier and try and get a bit fitter so I thought I would show you the dinners I have been having. Obviously, “healthiness” is very personal and subjective to each individual so always do your own research but most importantly make sure to have a joyful and delicious time whilst making all this food 🙂
Monday – Spicy Black Beans with Spinach served with Sweet Potato
This recipe was taken from one of Deliciously Ella’s cookbook and is very easy and delicious. The black beans and spinach are part of her buddha bowl recipe but I decided to serve mine with sweet potato rather than rice simply because I wanted to use my sweet potato up but either is good! The black beans are cooked with tomato puree, garlic, miso paste and chilli flakes and then spinach is stirred through to wilt it down. This dish is full of flavour and character! I would defiantly recommend trying out some of her other recipes too.
Tuesday – Peanut Mixed Veg Stir Fry with Soya Noodles
On Tuesday I wanted to try out Aldi’s Gluten Free Soya Bean Spaghetti so made a stir-fry with them. The packaging on them says they are spaghetti however they are purely made of just soya beans so can be used as either spaghetti or noodles. To make the sauce to go with them I simply mixed Peanut Butter with Miso Paste, Soya Sauce, White Wine Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder and a splash of water. This was a surprisingly filling dish and I actually really enjoyed the noodles and would defiantly have them again.
Wednesday – Roasted Broccoli and Hummus Salad
Roasted Broccoli is honestly one of the favourite ways to eat broccoli. Sometimes, I feel that when broccoli is boiled or steamed, it can loose some of its taste and texture but roasting it enhances it flavour and keeps a bite to it. I simply roasted mine with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder and ginger powder. I served the broccoli as a salad on a bed of watercress with homemade hummus, mixed seeds and pomegranate seeds.
Thursday – Instant Pot Biryani
I recently got given an instant pot for my birthday so have been trying it out to see what I think. So far I’ve been loving it but I’m going to write a full review soon. In this biryani I used onion, celery, courgette, peas and sultanas and flavoured it with lots of different curry spices. The instant pot made it very easy as I could just put everything in one pot and leave it be whilst I got on with other things.
Friday – Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables
I’ll be honest, this recipe was to use up everything in my fridge but I think making a quinoa dish is great for this! I boiled the quinoa in vegetable stock and fried the onion, courgette and green peppers in garlic and ginger powder. Once everything was ready I mixed in some peas and topped with pomegranate seeds and mixed seeds for a bit of sweetness and crunch.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I had for dinner over the course of the week whilst I was trying to eat healthier and feel fitter. I exercised on 4 days of the week doing 2 big workouts and 2 smaller workouts. I also went out for dinner on one of the nights and went to my mum’s for dinner the other so I counted these as cheat days. With everything it’s all about balance and I’m not claiming to know everything about health and fitness so I would just eat what makes you feel best and healthy.
Let me know if there is any recipes you like to have when trying to get fitter in the comments below!