Cuisine: Nut Free

Protein Sponge Pudding With Protein Custard

On a cold day (or any day really!) nothing beats a warm sponge pudding covered in hot, sweet custard. It has to be one of my all time favourite comfort foods, so when Bulk Powders sent me a lovely bundle of their products to try out I knew I wanted to try & re-create this tummy warming pud into a high protein, healthier version.

Super Easy Turkey Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a Mexican restaurant favourite, and one of my favourites! But the standard recipe calls for full fat beef mince, high sugar tomato sauces and oodles of melted cheese. Whilst it sounds delicious, its not something you should be indulging in too often. My recipe keeps all the flavours, but with a few clever tweaks halves the fat and calories so it can be enjoyed mid-week! I tried this recipe out on my partner who instead of taking a few bites to ‘try’ it, finished the entire thing and insisted we had it the next day too – I wasn’t complaining as the entire thing takes no more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

Easy Thai Spiced Potato Cakes

These flavoursome Thai spiced potato cakes (as per the name) are ridiculously easy to make and are so tasty. With the base being some cold mashed potato, a little onion and egg they are transformed by Blend Brothers Thai Jungle Curry Savoury Blend. Fragrant lemongrass, ginger and cumin with just a subtle hint of chilli, it contains all the delicious Thai flavours you need to create these potato cakes. The blend also contains natural pea protein which boost the protein content. Extra flavour and extra protein – what’s not to love!?

Cinnamon Bun Baked Oats

It’s no secret that I love cinnamon flavoured things, so when USN kindly sent me a tub of their new Lean-8 protein powder in vanilla cinnamon bun flavour I was rather excited. I have already created a High Protein Cinnamon Roll recipe, so I decided to cinammonise (that’s the technical term) my baked oats recipe.

If you’ve never tried baked oats then you are seriously missing out! They are super simple to make, but are insanely delicious. Especially when the weather is wet, cold and miserable as they are like a warm cuddle (a high protein one) in a bowl. Wave goodbye to your usual protein shakes from a shaker, and embrace the new way to get your protein in!

Healthy Thai Spiced Baked Chicken

I know I say this about every recipe, but this has to be one of the most simple yet most delicious recipes to date. No matter what your level of cooking skills, you’ll be able to create this tasty Thai Spiced Baked Chicken. It’s all thanks to some juicy chicken thighs (which I get from Muscle Food) and Blend Brothers Thai Jungle Curry Savoury Blend (which you can get here).

High Protein Mexican Fried Rice

What has come over me, another veggie recipe! This one, although it is designed to be a side dish, could quite easily act as the main event, especially if you are a vegetarian as it’s surprisingly high in protein. How? Well that’s all down to Blend Bros very tasty high protein savoury blend. It’s full of flavour, but is also enriched with pea protein, thus boosting the overall protein content. As always with my recipes, its incredibly easy to make and you can even use up some left over rice, or cook some in advance so you can whip up this dish even quicker at meal times! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Honey & Wild Berry Post Workout Recovery Smoothie

So why the name? In this recipe I will not only show you how to make a delicious post workout smoothie, I’ll also explain how it could help you recover better. Now please note I’m no expert, but I do have many years experience in the sports nutrition industry and an equal number of years suffering the pain of DOMS (that’s delayed onset muscle soreness for those who are not familiar with the term!) so I have tried various methods to aid with my recovery.

When we exercise we are putting our bodies under stress. Not only do our muscles rip and tear during the process, dangerous free radicals are released within our bodies. Exercise is a very powerful tool to strengthen our bodies, but we need to give it the correct support to repair and recover in order to gain muscle strength.

To keep it simple, after we workout our muscles require amino acids (protein) to aid with tissue (muscle) damage, and we need to refill the glycogen (carb stores) we’ve lost through exercising. (Please note there is FAR more to it than this and plenty of variables, but in the interest of keeping things simple this is as far as I will go).

Que the protein shake! In this recipe I have chosen to use a fast-acting whey protein as this smoothie is designed to be consumed post workout – my favourite is Smart Protein’s Elite Whey Isolate in vanilla.

As for the carb source I have chosen honey, a simple carb which will be digested quickly. But not just any old honey, I’ve used Steens Raw 15+ Manuka honey.
Not only extremely delicious, Steen’s honey is different to others as its cold pressed. This means the natural amino acids & enzymes found in the honey are not damaged by heating it. It also leaves the phenolic compounds in the honey, which have an antioxidant effect – another great benefit to the recovery process!

Speaking of antioxidants, this brings me onto my choice of the mixed berries for the recipe; namely blueberries, blackberries and cherries. These berries are high in antioxidants which are thought to help to fight the harmful effects of free radicals which have been linked to cancers and other health problems.

So less of the science lesson and more of how to make this tasty and recovery boosting smoothie!

Low Carb Coconut Flour Crusted Chicken

This recipe was created on one of my low carb days when I was having a craving for chicken nuggets. I do have a healthy chicken nugget recipe (you can find it here) but this uses oats, so I needed to find a lower carb alternative. That’s when I remembered Sukrin’s fantastic Coconut Flour. It does have a subtle coconut flavour, but this isn’t overwhelming so I thought I would give it a try, and I’m glad I did as it was so delicious!

It’s quick and easy to make, as with all my recipes – so give it a try!

Low Fat Banana Protein Waffles

I absolutely adore fresh, warm waffles drowned in syrup. So I had to come up with a healthier, protein packed version (of course!) so I could enjoy them whenever I wanted.

These waffles are made in a silicone waffle mould rather than a waffle grill. I got mine from a department store but I’ve seen them in lots of cookery shops and on the web. Otherwise just use a cupcake tin, they will taste just as delicious.

Mexican Pibil Pulled Chicken

I know what you’re thinking, what the hell is Mexican Pibil? Traditionally it is a Mexican slow roasted pork dish which is cooked with orange juice and chilli (amongst other things). This results in a warming gently spiced sauce – sounds good right! Traditionally the pork is slow cooked over a fire pit, which isn’t the most convenient of cooking methods but it produces the most incredible flavour. So how did I do it? Well actually I didn’t. The clever folks at Blend Brothers have created a range of delicious high protein sauces, one of which is Mexican Pibil. Full of all the same delicious flavours as the traditional recipe, but minus the suckling pig and fire pit. It’s also infused with protein, so you can cut back on expensive meat and still hit your protein quota! I swopped the pork for chicken in this dish to bring the fat content down, but by using a whole chicken and roasting it on the bone, all the juicy pull-ability is kept. I chose to serve mine in a wholemeal wrap with salad, but it’s also great with some steamed rice or even cold the following day over a crisp salad.

Smoked Chicken, Chick Pea & Avocado Salad With Zesty Lemon Dressing

This is a quick, simple and clean tasting salad that you can knock up in a matter of minutes. I highly recommend the smoked chicken breast from Muscle Food. You can use plain cooked chicken but the smokey flavour really gives this salad a lift.

Blackberry & White Chocolate Protein Cheesecake

Now why blackberry cheesecake I hear you ask? Well because I love cheesecake and I have more blackberries in my freezer than I know what to do with! A gentle morning walk picking a few token blackberries turned into a 2kg hoard because, well I can’t turn down free food! So here is how I created this Autumnal creation and what you need to create your own.

High Protein Chunky Vegetable Soup

That’s right, vegetable soup that’s high in protein. Not something you often hear in the same sentence is it? Now let me just start by saying I’m personally not a vegetarian, in fact far from it. I’d probably prefer to lose a limb than give up meat. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to mix up my meals and hit my protein quota from different sources . I was also conscience that many of my savoury recipes are unsuitable for veggies, so this one is for you my friends!

Thank’s to Mumma Chef I had a tonne of home grown veggies that quite honestly I had no idea what to do with and were slightly past their best. It was also a very chilly Autumn day and I was really craving something warming like soup. So I rolled up my sleeves, dug out my tin of Blend Brothers high protein sauce, and got cracking creating this delicious High Protein Chunky Vegetable Soup!

Healthy Mexican Chilli Nachos

I’m a HUGE fan of Mexican Food. Burritos, Fajitas, Enchiladas you name it, I’ve devoured it. However, Mexican food despite being utterly delicious, isn’t renowned for being the healthiest of cuisines. One of arguably the the most tasty, but most unhealthy of the lot is chilli cheese nachos. With an average portion containing more than 1,000 calories and over 100g of fat, its usually something saved until a cheat meal. Until now! With a few clever swops and the help of Blend Brothers Mexican Savoury Blend I have created the same mouthwatering flavour, but for nearly half the calories, a smidgen of the fat content and MORE protein!

Here’s what you will need, and how to make them…

Perfectly Cooked Salmon With Chia Seed Dressing

I adore salmon in any form. Cold smoked, hot smoked, pan fried, steamed… you get the point. But my absolute favourite way to eat it is baked and topped with chia seed dressing.

One of the reasons for this is obviously the incredible flavour, but also that it’s ready in less than 30 mins. That includes the preparation and cooking of both the salmon and dressing.

It can be hard to get the timing right with salmon fillets, if you under cook it then it can be slimy, and over cooked its nasty and dry. Hopefully following these simple steps you will have perfectly cooked salmon covered with a delicious and healthy dressing.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

When you are seriously craving a cheat meal or kiddy food (in fact if you have kids make them these!) and you would gladly give your right arm for some junk then stop and try this recipe first!

Succulent chunks of chicken breast encased in a crispy coating – other than some decent ketchup to dunk them in nothing else is necessary!

They are SO simple to make and have very few ingredients so give them a try.