Lots of people use the start of a new year to change their eating habits, or try the latest fad diet, but did you know you can lose weight without giving up the food you love? This is the motto from fellow food blogger, Dannii of Hungry Healthy Happy, who has recently released an amazing cook book revealing the recipes she has used to lose weight in a healthy way.
She keeps it simple, making small changes to your diet and exercising more really is the best way. What I love about this cook book is the recipes are so easy, and perfect for mid week meals. You don't need fancy ingredients that can only be purchased in health food shops, lots of the recipes contain cupboard essentials and don't take too long to cook.
I've cooked three things from the cookbook already, all of which have been a hit. The quinoa burgers (recipe below) were my favourite, probably one of the best vegetarian bean burgers I've managed to make myself. The lentil tacos (even though ours were more like fajitas) had a great authentic smokey taste to them and were perfect for a quick meal after a long day at work. The quiche which uses the a tortilla wrap instead of pastry is such a wonderful idea, which I had never thought of before, making it a much lighter meal - perfect to cut the calories from buttery pastry but you don't feel you're eating 'diet' food.
So if you're looking for a cookbook that will change the way you eat and nourishing your body, but without giving up the meals you love then I would definetely recommend this book! It has over 100 recipes, all of which can be adapted slightly to suit what you have in the house/to your taste.
You can order the book online from Amazon or pick it up in most high street book stores!
|My attempt at the Quinoa Bean Burgers from Hungry Healthy Happy|
Quinoa Bean Burgers from Hungry Healthy Happy Cookbook
Makes 4 burgers
100 g/3½ oz/generous ½ cup quinoa
40 g/1½ oz/¼ cup oats
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 x 300 g/10½ oz tin pinto beans, drained
2 tbsp tomato purée (paste)
4 sundried tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
½ red (bell) pepper, diced
juice of ½ lime
½ tsp paprika
1 Bring 250 ml/9 fl oz/generous 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium pan, then pour in the quinoa. Reduce the heat to a simmer, stir once and leave to cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Set aside.
2 Meanwhile, put the oats into a blender and blend to a floury consistency. Set aside.
3 Heat the oil in a medium pan, then add the onion and garlic. Cook over a low heat for 3 minutes until soft.
4 Tip the cooked quinoa into a large bowl with the drained pinto beans and cooked onions. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture together until smooth. Add the oat flour to the bowl along with the remaining ingredients and bring everything together with your hands.
5 Form the mixture into 4 equal-size patties then transfer to a plate, cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and set aside in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up.
6 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
7 Place the burgers on a large baking sheet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
8 Serve the burgers hot, inside a wholemeal bun or with a simple salad alongside.
Recipe and images extracted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin, photography by Jacqui Melville. Published by Jacqui Small (£20)
I was sent a free copy of the book to review, however all opinions are my own.