Midweek Food Inspo | 17/10/18

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10-MINUTE CREAMY PEA AND SPINACH PASTA

 

It takes literally 10 minutes to prepare, so no excuses – you can do it! Very few ingredients are needed for this recipe, a super tasty and cheap student meal. Upgrade your pasta skills and add some healthy greens.

(Serves 1)  

  • 1 serving of pasta 

  • Handful of spinach 

  • Handful of peas (either fresh or frozen) 

  • Juice of half a lemon  

  • tbsp natural yogurt 

  • 1 tsp olive oil 

  • Salt & pepper to taste 

 

  1. Cook pasta. Bring a pan of water to boil and simmer pasta for 7-9 minutes. If using frozen peas, cook them in with the pasta.  

  2. Once cooked, drain and add yogurt, olive oil, juice of a lemon, peas, spinach, salt and pepper to taste.  

  3. Give it a stir and enjoy! 

 

MEATBALLS WITH FETA  

A Greek-style dinner for those who fancy some meat. You can use ready-made meatballs for this recipe to speed up the process of cooking if you’re in a hurry. Serve with rice or baked potatoes. So good and so simple.

(Serves 2)  

  • 6 meatballs  

  • 1 onion, finely chopped 

  • 200g can of chopped tomatoes  

  • 1 clove of garlic 

  • Stock cubes 

  • 1 tsp ground cumin 

  • 30g low-fat feta cheese, crumbled 

  • Rice or baked potatoes to serve 

 

  1. Cook the meatballs in a non-stick pan for 6-8 minutes, then add the onion and fry a further 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Add the tomatoes, garlic, cumin and stock cubes with 50ml water and cook for 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook some rice according to pack directions. 

  3. Serve the meatballs on a bed of rice and garnish with the feta cheese.  

 

COCOA & AVOCADO MOUSSE

 

It may sound a bit odd to put avocado in your dessert, however, give it a go and you will notice a difference not in taste, but in texture. A creamy, healthy and very chocolatey treat for those who like experimenting in the kitchen. It contains healthy fats, loads of magnesium and natural sweeteners. Enjoy!  

(Serves 2) 

  • 1 banana 

  • 1 large avocado 

  • 40g cocoa powder 

  • 75ml almond/hazelnut milk  

  • 6 dates, pitted 

  • 2tbsp honey 

  • Pinch of salt 

 

For the chocolate sauce: 

  • 50g cocoa powder 

  • tbsp honey 

  • tbsp coconut oil 

  • tbsp coconut milk 

 

  1. Soak the dates in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. 

  2. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend it into a smooth mixture (or simply use a stick blender to obtain a similar result). Keep chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.  

  3. To make the chocolate sauce, simply melt coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder together, and then whisk in the coconut milk.  

  4. OPTIONAL – serve with roasted almonds and a dollop of coconut yogurt.  

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