Healthy Recipes to Try in Lockdown!

How to get children to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables

If you are anything like me in this lockdown, i am BORED! Cooking fun, healthy meals keeps you busy and your body happy! Cooking new things has been keeping me going. Cooking is an essential skill and using this time to develop it is PERFECT. So, here is some ideas!

Homemade Whole-Wheat Pizzas

What you’ll need:

  1. 7 g of nutritional yeast
  2. 220 g of whole wheat flour/ plain flour if you can’t find any
  3. 240 ml of lukewarm water
  4. 1 teaspoon of honey
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix the yeast, warm water and honey together and leave for 5 minutes until foamy. Then mix in the flour, salt and oil. Keep adding flour if need be. The dough should be slightly sticky but it shouldn’t stick to your fingers.

Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a floured work surface, until smooth. Smear a bowl with a little olive oil, put the dough in, cover and leave in a warm place for 2 hours.

When the dough is ready cut in two. (This recipe makes 2 pizzas) Use lots of flour on the surface and the rolling pin. Roll out to desired shape and thickness.

For the topping:

Blend together 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, four garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Use this for the tomato paste.

Then top with whatever you like!

Cook for 15-20 minutes on a high heat.

Sugar- free Banana Bread

What you’ll need:

  1. 125 g of whole wheat flour
  2. 75 g of raisins
  3. 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder
  4. 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  5. 50 g of butter, melted
  6. 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tablespoon of milk
  9. 3 extra ripe bananas (if you don’t have ripe bananas you can still use them)

Combine the flour, raisins, baking powder and cinnamon together. Once mixed well, add in the butter, vanilla extract, egg, milk and bananas. Mix to combine. Put into a loaf tin and cook on a high heat for 35-40 minutes.

Chicken or Vegetable Tacos

What you’ll need:

  1. Corn taco shells (you can get these at Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, etc)
  2. Chicken breast (optional)
  3. Mango (optional)

For the salsa: (weights are dependent on how many people you are serving)

  1. Tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are best)
  2. Half or full lime, juiced
  3. A bunch of coriander
  4. Sprinkling of chilli flakes
  5. Salt
  6. Olive oil (tablespoon)
  7. Spring onion (2) or normal onion (1/2)

Chop tomatoes into small pieces, add lime, oil, salt and chilli flakes. Dice the onion and chop coriander finely. Mix all ingredients well.

For the Guacamole:

  1. 1 or 1/2 an avocado
  2. Bunch of coriander
  3. Lime
  4. Olive oil – tablespoon
  5. Salt
  6. Onion – half an onion
  7. Chilli flakes

Remove avocado from shell and mash up. Slice the coriander and juice the lime. Add in the oil, salt, diced onion and chilli flakes. Mix well.

For the Tzatziki:

  1. 150 g of Greek yogurt
  2. 2 cloves of garlic
  3. Tablespoon of olive oil
  4. Half a cucumber, grated
  5. Half a lemon, juiced
  6. Chopped mint

Put the Greek yogurt into a bowl, finely dice the garlic and add in. Mix well. Add in the grated cucumber. Add in the oil, mint and lemon. Mix well.

For the chicken:

  1. Chicken breast (as much as required per person)
  2. Cumin
  3. Paprika
  4. 200 g of passata or blended chopped tomatoes

Cook the chicken in a pan with a generous sprinkling of cumin and paprika. Add in the passata halfway through cooking. The chicken should be piping hot in the middle.

Put the corn tacos in the oven until golden brown!

Serve with chopped up mango!

I hope everyone is safe and well! Have fun with the food you eat! Try something new, there has never been a better time 🙂

Thank you for reading. Follow for more 🙂

Mairi x

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