Friday, 10 April 2015

Healthy Week | The Small Desk

I don't know about you but I go through phases of being really healthy, then not so healthy and then eating every chocolate in sight. This week I've had the week off work and thought it would be the perfect time to try out some new recipes. It has also been my birthday, therefore I haven't been healthy every day! 

I've been aware of the Deliciously Ella blog for a while now, but have never tried to make anything from it as it all looked too complicated or time consuming. However if you look carefully there are many really simple recipes with few ingredients. One of my pet peeves is looking at a recipe that has a huge long list of ingredients of which most cannot be found in your local supermarket... mentioning no names (Ottolenghi). 

One of the reasons I wanted to try making Deliciously Ella food was that I wanted to see if it made me feel better. Often after eating you can feel sluggish, tired or bloated and her recipes claim that they make you feel amazing. I can now confidently say that these recipes do make you feel healthier, brighter and even more awake! 

Day 1
Baked salmon, basmati rice and runner beans
This meal was a bit of a hack job; I bought some salmon and runner beans and then went home to realise I didn't have any potatoes like I thought, so had to have rice. After eating this meal I felt a lot better than I would have done if I'd had potatoes and this is what inspired me to start looking at Deliciously Ella's recipes.

Day 2
I think this was probably my favourite of all the recipes. The baked chickpeas really work and are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Absolutely delicious!

Day 3
For this one I would half the portions, the portion size for the rice is far too much. Also perhaps short grain brown rice would be less bloating. This wasn't my favourite, but it did taste good, I just needed a lot less of it.

Day 4
These are amazing. They are really quick to make and taste incredible. I think it is probably the combination of sweet potato, coriander and lime... mmm... mmm... I didn't have any of the fancy flours that Ella suggests, so used oil instead and it worked fine!

I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine this week if you're living in the UK. Do let me know if you try any of these recipes or are trying to be more healthy. Ella is right though, it is a lifestyle choice not a diet! Knowing me, I'll probably be back on the chips next week!
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