Bored of Plain Chicken?
When 'eating cleanly', it can be hard to find the inspiration for tasty, enjoyable meals. It can easily seem as though your only options are a big slab of chicken with some vegetables on the side and after a while this does get extremely dull.
In order to combat this issue and give you guys a bit more excitement when it comes to your evening meal, I have thought about some healthy but, tasty options you could try to spice it up a little.
Although we just said plain chicken can get tiresome, there are many things you can do with it to make it more exciting
Throw in as many different ingredients as you want and mix up some crazy sauce to set your taste buds on fire. I love mixing soy sauce, chilli sauce and lemon juice to create a vibrant tangy flavour.
2. Chicken Kebabs
Slice up your meal and skewer them in between roasted vegetables. Soak them in a marinade of your choice and brew up a sauce for dipping. I love dipping mine in a satay sauce- peanut butter, chilli sauce and lemon juice.
Cut yourself up some chicken, roast some vegetables, grate some cheese and throw in some salsa. Load up a tortilla wrap with all your delicious fillings and sink your teeth in. You can even grill it to make a tasty heated wrap.
4. Stuffed Chicken
Putting gorgeous food delites inside your chicken can make you feel so much better when you bite into it. Butterfly the breast and stuff it with mozzarella/feta, pesto sauce and tomatoes. Cook in the oven and serve with grilled peppers and courgette. You won't regret it!
Turkey is pretty much similar to chicken with what you can do, but it is leaner and slightly cheaper as well. There are also different forms of turkey you can buy
You can buy very lean turkey mince, meaning you can make tasty, guilt free burgers. Mix up your own spice infusion and add it to the mince, forming patties and leaving them to chill in the fridge. Cook them in the oven or on the hob and serve with your choice of accompaniments.
2. Turkey Schnitzel
Buy yourself some turkey steaks and coat them in egg. Blend up some bread crumbs to cover the steaks and light fry them in oil for a breaded sensation. For a lower carb option, instead of bread crumbs, try grinding up some nuts and seeds of choice.
Flavour your turkey mince however you like and fry lightly on the hob. At the same time, put your vegetable of choice in the oven (pepper, aubergine or courgette -middles removed) to soften them slightly. Remove from oven and stuff with the mince, adding cheese, more vegetables, olives, couscous- the works. Put back in the oven until pipping hot.
If you are feeling a light and healthy meal, sea bass is a great option. It takes 5 minutes to fry and with a dash of lemon juice, tastes really fresh. Serve up with a mix salad and some roasted vegetables.
Salmon can sometimes feel like a bit of a plain, boring dish, but if you roast it in the oven with a layer of pesto on top, it adds a lot of flavour and goodness to it. Other options include adding chilli sauce for a more spicy/tangy sensation. Coat the top with nuts and seeds and serve with couscous and vegetables
If you don't have much time on your hands, then tinned mackerel is a quick, easy option. Simply spread it onto a piece of toast, add tomatoes, sprinkle with cheese and put it under the grill for a few minutes. Perfect.
4. Tuna Steak
This fish tends to feel much more meaty than any white fish and so if you want something more substantial, this could be your answer. Cook through or sear the tuna and serve up with a tangy soy sauce, chilli sauce, honey glaze.
Whilst red meat isn't traditionally healthy due to it's high fat content, there are some homely, comforting meals which we all miss when on a diet. Well now you don't have to.
1. Spaghetti Bolognese
If you want to keep your spag bol low carb, opt for vegetable pasta. Simply grate up some courgette and carrot using a Julienne Cutter and swirl it up on your fork between your meat sauce like you would normally do, but without all the calories.
This warm dish doesn't have to be a heart attack waiting to happen. Opt for low fat cheese to cover the meat and instead of pasta sheets, layer pieces of grilled aubergine, courgette and pepper. Tastes and looks great and still has that homely feel, just in a healthy way.
Occasionally you do just have to treat yourself to a chunky piece of meat, but when doing so there are options. Considering it is only a once in a while dinner option, you might be able to afford to spend a little more than usual. Opt for a very low fat, lean steak and cook to your preferences. Serve with ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce - your choice and enjoy!
There are so many things you can do with eggs and although they are thought of as a breakfast meal, there is no reason why you couldn't have them at any point in the day.
This tastes just as good as it looks and the best thing is you can add whatever you want to it. Mix up some eggs, add in spices and vegetables and top with some grated cheese. Put in the oven for 30min and serve with some salad.
Like the frittata you can have any flavour combination you want. I like to add vegetables (pepper, tomato, courgettes) to my omelette mixture and as it is cooking, sprinkle with cheese. Serve with any meat of your choice and some salad.
Who said you have to eat dinner food at dinner? If you eat your wholesome meat and vegetables at lunch, sometimes you can afford to have something a bit naughty for dinner. The other day I had MyProtein golden syrup pancakes, topped with Hogbutters protein peanut butter, summer fruits, honey and yoghurt. Every ingredient was totally healthy, even though it didn't feel that way and it tasted delicious and was just what I needed after a long exam period!
I hope this piece has helped to give you a few more options when it comes to food. Any of these meals can be eaten at any point in the day and are a sure fire way to keep you looking and feeling good without getting bored and cheating on your healthy eating regime. Good luck and do get in touch with any of your favourite meals!