Category: Main Meals

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.

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.

Fennel & Pomegranate Raw Slaw

This is a fantastic alternative to your typical ‘leafy’ salad. Crunchy raw veggies combined with sweet pomegranate, its perfect to serve with some grilled meat or fish.

Broccoli Bread

Healthy Mediterranean Pesto Chicken Pasta

Healthy Tuna, Sweet Potato, Cumin & Coriander Fishcakes

I LOVE fishcakes. But I often find they are more potato than fish and can lack flavour. This recipe uses sweet potato not only for its awesome health benefits but also for its delicious sweet flavour, which goes perfectly with the salty tuna and warm cumin. I often have these for lunch as they are really quick and easy to prepare. You can even eat them cold!

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chilli

This recipe came from a ‘chuck it all in a pan and see what happens’ type moment when I wasn’t sure what I wanted for lunch. I had defrosted some chicken breast mince (which I get from Muscle Food) and headed to the fridge for some inspiration with what to do with it. I had some onions, a yellow pepper which had seen better days and half a pot of chipotle paste. I always have a tin of chopped tomatoes in the cupboard so I thought I’d give a chicken chilli a bash. Mighty glad I did as it was damn tasty!

Healthy Mexican Quesadillas‏

I adore Mexican food. All those fresh ingredients and spices. But it can often be pretty heavy on the fat and calorie front. In this recipe I’ve lightened up the ingredients to make it an everyday meal that still has all the tasty Mexican flavours.

Low Carb Prawn & Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower ‘Rice’

This low fat, low carb healthy prawn and vegetable curry is quick and simple to make but is packed full of flavour and protein! I like to serve this curry with my legendary cauliflower ‘rice’. Perfect for those on low carb diets, you can enjoy a big plateful of food with minimal calories!

Fat Free Creamy Mushroom Steak Sauce

Creamy, rich and delicious this creamy steak sauce gives all the flavour with only a smidgen of the fat and calories of standard steak sauce.

I really enjoy a good steak and none more than the stunning range from Muscle Food. From classic beef steaks to exotic steaks like kangaroo and horse! I’m slowly working my way through them all.

Healthy Red Thai Chicken Curry

My healthy red thai curry is the perfect mid-week dinner. It’s super quick and simple to make but really tasty and healthy too! What’s not to love about that?

Healthy Chilli With Protein Pasta

Nothing beats a big plate of warm chilli. Either piled high on some protein pasta like I have done here, or served cold in a wholemeal wrap, chilli is a firm favourite for many of us. But it can also be loaded with fat! My recipe uses extra lean mince and plenty of veggies which makes it much lower in fat and calories.

Healthy Slow Cooked Beef Curry

This is the perfect lazy recipe. All you need to do is a little chopping, throw everything in your slow cooker (or saucepan) and leave it alone. There is no need to stir it, sing to it or tend to it in anyway until it’s cooked.

Healthy Smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? My all time favourite is a thin crust BBQ chicken pizza loaded with toppings and lashings of BBQ sauce. So, I wanted to create a tasty BBQ pizza without a zillion calories and a load of saturated fat.

I had some of Muscle Food’s gorgeous smoked chicken breast in my freezer and I always have a bottle of Walden Farms sugar free BBQ sauce in my fridge, these are the hero products in this recipe!

So here is what to do. Don’t be alarmed by the number of steps, it really is easy but does take a bit of time so maybe one for the weekend?

Quiona Tortilla/Flatbread/Wrap/Chapati’s

These wraps resemble Indian chapatis in look and texture but have a distinctly nutty taste. Quiona is naturally high in protein and gluten free so are perfect for those on a gluten free diet or those looking to increase their protein intake. The addition of chia seed powder adds a healthy dose of fibre as well as omegas 3, 6 & 9 – healthy & delicious!

Coconut Chicken Skewers with Salt & Pepper Kale Crisps – GUEST RECIPE from Dan Francis

I’m Dan, 31, proud parent, Ambassador for Skinny Chimp, supported by NRGfuel and TurnKey supplements. Full time has engineer and also model as well, if you’ve been following me on social media you’ll no abit about me, if not then there’s not much to no, I’m very transparent, hard working, proud parent and hugely into my fitness and health,

I chose this recipe for a few reasons, if you’ve been following me you’ll no I’m currently seriously injured with possible herniations in my spine with muscular damage (a re occurring injury that I won’t bore you with details) so I’m currently laid up at home and have been for the past 3 weeks, I’m a flexible dieter and count and track my macros, that doesn’t however mean I eat crap foods, I eat a highly nutritious, tasty diet and track everything, micros and macros! I plan my meals weekly and pre cook foods the night before to take to work but being at home I’ve got a lot more time on my hands so the one thing to keep my mind busy, keep me focused on the diet is being more creative in the kitchen, making quick easy delicious meals that will take me less than 30mins to prep and cook (pretty much the required time I need to be on my feet for every few hours as per doctors orders) and that’s how I basically came up with this! Just figured the coconut flour would be perfect on my chicken and that it would taste amazing made into skewers and BBQ’d (on my grill) topped with some highly nutritious veg, was as simple as that, just being creative and thinking about what I’m eating

Healthy Turkey Koftas with Fat Free Tatziki Dip

Traditionally made with lamb these healthy turkey koftas are made with lean turkey mince so they are low in fat. They are absolutely delicious eaten hot with a spoonful of cool fat free tatziki dip or perfect to pack cold for a picnic or in a lunch box. My favourite way to eat these is in a toasted wholemeal pitta, covered in tatziki and piled high with salad.

Healthy Chicken Peanut Korma

This healthy chicken peanut korma is rich, creamy aromatic and delicious! It combines classic Indian spices for an authentic taste but much lighter in saturated fat than a standard korma as quark or extra light cream cheese is used instead of cream! You can put your weekly curry back on the menu even if you have weight loss or physique goals!

Instead of traditional rice why not try serving your korma with baked sweet potatoes or my cauliflower rice for a low carb option!

Low Carb Broccoli ‘Rice’

Savoury Protein Crepes

These savoury protein crepes are extremely quick and simple to make. They are very versatile as you can add your own flavours by using different herbs, flavoured cottage cheese and add your own fillings! I chose to fill mine with then filled with grilled chicken, crispy bacon and fresh avocado. A perfect meal in itself or add a big side salad for a more substantial meal.