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Gluten Free Pancakes With Sausage Scrambled Eggs| Afrolems Collab

By on May 13, 2015

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This week I was asked by the lovely afrolems  to come up with a breakfast recipe! She also encouraged me to be a little playful and creative with it so I rolled up my sleeves and got straight into it! I must admit when it get’s to Breakfast, I don’t really think through it.. a smoothie or porridge can satisfy me, at the same time It can get a little repetetive (as a result of impatience and sometimes laziness). So for this I wanted to try something a little fun and different.

I decided to try recreate a childhood favourite, plantain and omelette. I wanted to give it a little twist by making the plantain into pancakes! As a self proclaimed Pancake lover I thought it’ll only be right to try and combine the two and serve it with sausage scrambled eggs. I think It’s a great recipe for breakfast and Brunch so let’s go ahead and get started!

What you’ll need:

A Whisk, Mixing Bowl/s, Food Processor, Non Stick Frying Pan.

Ingredients: Pancakes: 6 Serving: 3

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-1 Large Ripe Plantain (or Overly ripe)

– 1 Cup of Gluten Free Flour (Or Flour of Your Choice)

– 1 Large Egg

–  1/4 Tsp of Baking powder (optional)

– 1 Tablespoon of Honey/Sugar (Optional)

–  1/4 cup of Milk

– 4 tablespoons Olive Oil

– Pinch Of Salt

– 1 Large Tablespoon of Melted Butter/Margarine.

 

Method: Pancakes

1. Slice your plantain into pieces, Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper and a table spoon of honey/sugar, mix well.

2. In a food processor add the plantain, drizzle some olive oil as this will help with the consistency and allow the plantain to be smooth, it’s essential if your plantain is not overly ripe. Blend for a minute then add in your egg, milk then melted butter and blend till mixture is completely smooth.

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3. Grab a bowl and add your cup of  sieved flour, I used gluten free flour but of course you can use any of your choice and your baking powder mix with your whisk and combine with plantain mixture.

*Tip if you find your plantain mixture a little to thick you can add a little bit of milk to help with the consistency.

4. In a frying pan (or pan of choice) add tablespoon of butter or Oil using a ladle scoop the mixture and add to the pan.

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5. cook on medium to low heat on each side for 2 minutes. Once all the batches have been done we’ll leave it to cool and move over to our scrambled eggs.

Scrambled Eggs:

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3 Large Eggs

2 Frankfurters Sausages (Chopped)

Half an Onion, Chopped

5 Cherry Tomatoes, Halved/Quartered

Pinch of Salt (or Maggie)

1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper.

100ml of milk. I Used LactoFree milk so this is great for lactose intolerant foodies like me 🙂

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Method Scrambled Eggs:

In a bowl combine 3 eggs with milk, a pinch of salt and whisk.

1. In a frying pan add a tablespoon of butter/margerine followed by your onions, sausage and tomatoes a sauté for a minute or 2.

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I like the Smokiness from the sausage as it gives the eggs a nice flavour, you don’t even need salt!

2. Add your egg mixture and cook lightly for a minute or 2 and then it’s done!

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Combine with your pancakes and then serve 🙂

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Bon apetite 🙂 X

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How I plan on getting my summer body?

By on April 19, 2015

Detoxing! and exercising ofcourse! but honestly this is the secret to a flatter tummy! (I’ve done it before so i’m doing it again) haha! and speaking of detox It feels like it was just yesterday when I did my first D.I.Y Detox recipes!

Using those recipes in my daily routine especially the flavoured water, changed my habits for the good and had my skin feeling more hydrated and clearer. But moving onto things I needed something to get me in gear, especially as summer is lurking round the corner! So that means a flatter stomach and more energy to get through the day and most importantly my workouts. So here it is… The Teami blends skinny detox and colon cleanse (as pictured below) and not to forget the cute yellow tea infuser..

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What does it involve? Some special herbs (they have a range of teas from, energy to relax and even pro-fit but I opted for skinny and colon cleanse instead). And Like any normal tea you’ll need hot water (or honey for taste if you wish).

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The Skinny tea (as pictured above & below) costs $29.99 which is £20 here in the UK. It’s a loose tea so I do recommend getting a tea infuser, I got a yellow one (which costs $8.49/£5.65). I drink this every morning and all you need is a teaspoon so it’s looking to last for ages.

So far it’s has helped a lot with my bloating, it’s also given me a bit more energy (which is needed especially for working out). Best of all I’ve lost a bit of weight within a week! and seen a difference with just drinking it on it’s own! ahhh! *ps more updates to come!

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Skinny tea, Using the Tennessee glass mug I got from amazon.co.uk for £7.54 (Love them)

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The Colon cleanse as (pictured above) costs $24.49 which is £16.39 and is to be taken every other day. It’s the first one I tried of the two and saying it helps with bloating is an understatement, it’s amazing as it also helps a lot with the digestion process and getting rid of unwanted stuff.

I opted for the two as I wanted one for every day and one I can take when I want a major cleanse (i think it works well that way.. in my head anyway)! But so far i’m loving it. The shipping was fast and most of all their price is very reasonable considering how well it works!

*Pseach tea bag should infuse for 3-5 minutes before drinking and visit their (website)  (www.teamiblends.com) for more info.

They also offer 10% off purchases anytime so use this code KEZIA10 at the checkout! 🙂

Any way loves happy detoxing! and if you do try let me know how it’s going for you mwah Xx

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Fitness Friday: Quick Meal Prep

By on April 17, 2015

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Hey loves! so earlier this week I shared with you guys this photo (above) of my meal prep on Instagram. As it was a rather busy week It was only right to prepare everything beforehand especially now that I’m trying to be super healthy having binged all week on pizza and burgers haha.

For this meal prep I made grilled cod fillets with a citrus kick, I used oranges as I wanted to play around with flavours and it turned out pretty good! I also made mango salsa with a hint of mint, some garlic and herb quinoa lastly a delicious tomatoes sauce.

First thing first The fillets, I got a bag of 6 fillets for £5 at my local fish monger! Bargain! (So head to the frozen aisle or best at your local fish monger as they usually have good offers). The best way to get full flavour when marinating your fish/meat/chicken with little salt or spices, is to marinate it over a period of time, being a few hours of overnight! (just a little tip). So below are the list of ingredients and directions! 

For the Grilled Cod Fillets:

Bag of Frozen Cod Fillets (which left to thaw overnight)

1 1/2  Tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil

1/4 Teaspoon of Organic Soy sauce

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper.

Spring onion

Pinch of paprika

Half fresh orange (squeezed)

Half lime/lemon (squeezed)

Chopped Fresh dill or Parsley.

Cooking Method

Wash and drain the fish I like to wash mine in lemon water but you can use water on it’s own and pat dry with a paper towel .

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together then drizzle over the fish. The best way to do this is to use a sandwich bag so place the fish in a sandwich bag drizzle the marinade rub gently but well tie and leave to marinate in the fridge best overnight or for a few hours.

In a griddle or frying pan over medium to high heat add tablespoon of oil, make sure the oil is hot before you add the fish. Place and allow each side to cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Alternatively you could use the grill.

 

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Quinoa

Garlic & Herb Quinoa

Cooking time 10 to 15 minutes.

Great alternative to rice I usually cook quinoa on it’s own, but being in this playful and experimental mood  I decided to try something new with garlic and herbs. 

So what you need is:

– 1 Cup of quinoa (2-3 servings dependent on portion size)

– 2 1/2 cups of Low fat Vegetable stock or simply water

– 2 whole Garlic Cloves

– Fresh Herb of Your choice I used Bay leaves and a sprinkle of marjoram.

– Pinch of salt (this is optional)

Rinse your Quinoa well, place in a small or medium sized pan and add two cups of vegetable stock or water. Add you garlic, this is a great way to infuse the quinoa without it over powering it. Followed by your bay leaves and herbs, and of course salt but I usually skip this out but then again this is optional.

 

Mango Mint Salsa
Mango Mint Salsa

Mango and Mint salsa.

My must have in any meal prep salsa. I’ve used this in wraps, as a dipping sauce and it’s perfect with grilled fish particularly salmon but this time i’m switching things up and using it with my cod fillets. I like the sweetness from the mango and cooling zing from the mint this particular one is perfect with lamb (Recipe coming soon so stay tuned).

So what you’ll need is 

– 1 large fresh tomato peeled and pitted.

– Quarter onion red or brown finely diced

– 1 mango ( used half) skin off and diced

– 1 Clove of Garlic, minced.

– 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

– Half of a lime.

– 3 fresh mint leaves chopped.

– Salt & Black pepper.

Combine and Mix all in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

 

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Tomato Sauce

Lastly is the tomato sauce and mixed veg! I’ll admit the tomato sauce was very similar to my chicken tomato stew blog post I did (here) and omg it was oh so delicious (I’ll have an updated recipe for you guys soon). In the meantime you’ll need:

– 2 fresh tomatoes (Blended, with 1 scotch bonnet/habanero peppers, deseeded to remove spice if you wish)

– 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric / Curry powder (You can use any of your choice I use River Dun’s  or Rajah)

– 1 Small onion chopped

– Pint of Homemade Chicken stock or Alternatively Knorr do really good chicken & vegetable stocks.

– Salt to taste (Optional)

– and of course Low fat cooking oil or spray.

In a pan/pot add your oil over medium heat, wait for a minute or so then add the chopped onions, ensure the oil is hot enough so drop one onion just to see if it doesn’t sizzle it’s not hot yet. 

Once the onions are in sprinkle the curry powder, stir, some all purpose seasoning i use aromat (this is optional) once the onions have browned a little add the blended fresh tomatoes and scotch bonnets. Stir lightly, let it cook for 2-3 minutes then add your chicken stock cover then leave to cook for 15 minutes.

Note: If you are using the knorr chicken or veggie stock, add it to 400ml of hot water mix well then add to the tomato mixture.

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Mixed Veg

I used organic vegetables like broccoli, carrots and green beans. Tesco & Asda here in the UK have fresh broccoli my go to for 50p! and it’s last you for a week! so what i like to do is chop them up make them look pretty and cook them fresh with any meal i’m having.  Ideally I like mine fresh (as I think it tastes way better) so i just ensure everything is on hand prior to cooking.

So there you have it loves! Hope you found this useful X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Breakfast: Delicious Protein Pancakes!

By on April 7, 2015

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I loveee pancakes! more so protein pancakes, it’s become my new thing. I love the idea of eating pancakes with something a little beneficial like protein & healthy fats to contribute to my summer body process Lol. I also like to think of breakfast as the only time to indulge during the day, so given in to your sweet cravings is more than ok and for me this stops my sweet cravings through out the day. So yes, this is one of my simple yet delicious pancake recipes, so enjoy!

What you’ll need:

Utensils

1. Measuring cups to measure flour.

2.Measuring Spoons for liquids

3. Whisk

4. Sieve

5. Measuring Jug

6. Bowls for dry & Wet ingredients.

7.Ladle to pour pancake mixture over heat

8. ..and of course a plate to serve 🙂

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Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Spelt Flour (This is relatively high in protein)

1/4 Cup of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (60ml)

 1/4 teaspoon of Baking powder (optional)

 2 Tablespoons of sugar or sweeter like Stevia

 Pinch Of Salt (optional, you can skip this process if using salted butter)

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (optional)

30g  Melted Butter (Unsalted)

300ml Milk (Could substitute for water)

1 Large Egg

Fruits of your choice

Maple syrup or agave nectar or any toppings of your choice!

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Directions: In a large bowl, combine all your dried ingredients like the flour, protein powder, salt sugar, baking powder. Use the sieve, to sieve through the dried ingredients to combine them well and most importantly to diminish any lumps.

In a separate bowl combine liquids like melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and eggs (if you really want to go all out with the protein theme, then leave the yolk out and use just the egg whites, but ofcourse that’s optional) then whisk.

Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients use a whisk to combine everything together.

Over medium heat, add a knob of unsalted butter to the pan then pour your mixture using a ladle or a jug and cook on both sides for a minute or so. Once all is done, add your toppings then serve 🙂 Healthy Spread Alternatives: Peanut butter, Bananas or any fruit of course.

anddd thats it! the joys of simple breakfasts! 🙂

*ps if you could have any toppings over you pancakes what would it be? mines nutella heavenly nutella! haha x

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Healthy Brunch | Mackerel Spinach & Sweet Potato Omelette

By on January 18, 2015

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As one of the most requested recipes to date (aside from my jollof rice recipe) this recipe has a great combination of protein, carbs & healthy fats. (So far a lot of you have tried it and agreed on the taste too) Happy days!! I love having it for breakfast or for a late brunch as it’s so delicious &  filling, so don’t be deceived by the size!  So if you’re looking for something healthy, tasty & filling this recipe is  worth giving a try!

Ingredients: To serve 4

– 4 Eggs (1 Egg White)

– Almond milk (optional)

– 1 Onion

– 1 can of Mackerel Fillet

– Sweet Potato

– Tsp of Chilli or cayenne pepper

– Spinach (handful)

– 4 x Mushrooms

– 2 carrots

– Tsp of Salt & Pepper

– Tsp All purpose Season

–  1 Avocado

– 2 x Gluten free Rye bread

– Chia Seeds

Click this link to watch how to make this amazing recipe! 🙂

Don’t forget to comment below and let me know what you think! Xx

 

 

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D.I.Y Detox Drinks

By on January 13, 2015

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Watch Video Here

To kickstart January in a healthy form I’ve chosen my favourite detox drinks for weight loss and just general well being. Like most things each of the recipes below can be taken in moderation and part of a healthy balanced diet to see results. I, in particular like to take these in between meals (like my teas, detox water, cranberry juice) or first thing in the morning like smoothies which can also be used as snacks in between meals.

Do be aware of any allergens that some of these ingredients may contain and consult a doctor if you do suffer from any before opting for one or more of the recipes below. If in doubt remember water is and always will be your best friend :).  Below are a list of the ingredients & Benefits featured in the video.

Berries & Orange Detox Water: Great replacement for fizzy & sugary drinks!

-Blueberries (handful) < These bad boys are great anti-oxidants and are high in vitamin A & C.

– Strawberries x 4

– Orange x 1

– Stevia (sweetener) x 1 Teaspoon

– Glass of water

– Ice (Optional)

 

Citrus & Mint Water: aka flat tummy water

– Lemon x 1 (Taste Best without skin, great fat burner speeds up metabolism and aids digestion)

– Mint Leaves x 3

– Half Cucumber (These are great for eliminating bloatedness)

– Kiwi (Provides the most amount of vitamin C, including Vitamin K which prevents high blood pressure & blood clots)

– Stevia x 1 teaspoon

 

Lemon & Ginger Detox Tea: AKA My Weight Loss drink!

– Lemon x 1

– Ginger (Thumb size) or half a teaspoon of ginger powder

– Cayenne pepper (aka supper food ) I use this in a lot of my cooking.

Let’s just break down it’s list of benefits: 

  • First off it is a digestive aid that stimulates the digestive tract, which increases the flow of enzyme production & gastric juices.
  •  it also helps for relieving intestinal gas (Good bye bloating) & aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). 

– Turmeric (Great alkaliser helps maintain a healthy and functioning immune system)

– Raw Honey

– Hot water

 

Cinnamon Green Tea: The simplest & if not best detox drink to get your hands on! 

– Organic Green Tea bag (Specifically Organic as it has a lot more effect & doesn’t have any caffeine)

– Cinnamon stick

– 3 Mint leaves

– Raw Honey x 1 tablespoon

 

Green Detox smoothie: For great skin and well being!

– Organic Kale (Handful) 1/2 cup

– Organic Spinach 1/2 cup

– Grapes x5

– Apple x 1

– Chia seeds x 1 teaspoon

– Lime 1/2

– Ginger (Thumb size amount)

– Honey x 1 Tablespoon

 

Carrot Cleanse Smoothie: My go to smoothie for cleansing!

– 2 Organic Carrots (Contains Vitamin A, which is vital for good skin & better eye sight.. deffo helps with the skin)

– 1/2 cup Organic Kale (supper food high in fibre water & Vitamins)

– 1/2 cup Organic Spinach

– 1/2 Lemon Juice

– 1/2  grapefruit

– 1 Orange

– 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

– 1 Tbsp Honey

Last but not least Cranberry Juice.This supper  juice as I call it is rich in antioxidants & vitamin C. It is great for the bladder and does a good job flushing out toxins from the body.

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