Thursday, 16 January 2014

Vegging out

Despite having the best intentions of starting 2014 healthily, I've done nothing but eat all the wrong things and drink copius amounts of beer. Well I'm finally kicking myself into gear and thought I'd share some of my food porn along the way. Starting with a lesson on vegetables.


When I'm eating healthily I try to cut down the bad carbs, and fatty foods and fill up with veg. On weekdays I stick to being vegetarian with occasional fish but in general I rinse the Quorn products as they're low in calories and versatile enough for me to make almost anything I fancy. I limit myself to one helping of carbs a day and if possible I'll make that something like a sweet potato, brown rice or couscous, then everything else I eat will just be a ton of veg and some fruit for snacks.

I don't often follow any particular diet so I'm not advising you to do as I say, but this is the one weight loss method I've found that works best for my body as well as trying to be as healthy as possibly and stopping myself ever being hungry. I've dieted enough over the last ten years of my life to know what's good and what's not and portion control so it's all about common sense.

Back on topic, the vegetables I chose to use for my dinner tonight were courgette, butternut squash and sprouts which I cooked in three different ways to accompany a Quorn escalope.

garlic sauteed courgette // rosemary and red onion roasted butternut squash // mustard and parmesan sprouts

Garlic sauteed courgette - This is the quickest of the three veg to prep and cook, I thinly sliced the courgette, heated up a teaspoon of light Flora and minced garlic in a pan then fried the courgettes on each side until nicely browned.

Rosemary and red onion roasted butternut squash - I chopped the butternut squash into cubes and roasted them in a drizzle of olive oil for twenty minutes, then added diced red onion and dried rosemary and cooked for another twenty minutes.

Mustard and parmesan sprouts - The first step may not be necessary, depending on how crunchy you like your veg, but I began by part boiling the chopped sprouts, only for a few minutes, then I chucked them in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and fried them on a very low heat for roughly ten minutes. Once plated I sprinkled parmesan on top.

Three standard vegetables that can be quite boring but with a bit of a twist they are twice as exciting and way more delicious. They don't take long to prepare or cook and don't require anything you probably don't already have in your fridge, not to mention presenting them nicely on the plate definitely makes them more filling. 

I'm a firm believe that variety and being inventive with your meals is one of the best ways to stick to a healthy diet. For me, I find I get bored easily with food and if it's not exciting I'd rather just eat whatever rubbish is closest and quickest to make. Enjoying the cooking process and taking the time to plan meals is a big help.

8 comments:

  1. I am determined to start my healthy kick when I go back to university! These look so tasty :)

    Katie xx | Katies World

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    1. Do it! I always regret not sticking to diets and healthy eating so this time I'm determined to make the change, the older I get the harder it will become. :)

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  2. I really need to start eating and trying more veg! I dislike fish so I eat a lot of chicken but try to eat soups too. The butternut squash sounds good!

    Tara xo

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    1. You should look on Pinterest for healthy recipes, (although some American ideas of "healthy" are quite amusing) there's so much on there! xx

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  3. This looks really good, I really need to eat healthier but ehhhh!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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    1. Haha it's hard to be motivated to eat healthy when there's so much tasty, bad food about!

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  4. These look gorgeous I love veg cooked like this x

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  5. These look gorgeous I love veg cooked like this x

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