Healthy and Delicious Recipes You Should Try This Week

by Dannii on May 5, 2014

Healthy and Delicious Recipes You Should Try This Week
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One of the things I often get asked about is motivation and how I stay on track. Well, I am not perfect and I definitely have off days/weeks, but what really helps to to eat clean the majority of the time is variation. I know that doesn’t work for everyone and some people find it easier to eat the same thing each day, so that they get in to a routine. That doesn’t work for me, as I quickly get bored of plain chicken breast, rice and brocolli. Making different meals most days, but still keeping them fairly quick and simple, is what works for me. I get to enjoy a variety of meals and stay healthy too.

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After the popularity of yesterday’s Mexican recipes round-up, I thought I would put together a list of the most popular recipes here on the blog. If you are new to the blog, or you just haven’t tried any recipes yet, these are a great place to start. Just click the title of each recipe and the recipe will open in a new tab.

 

Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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Mexican Coleslaw

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Homemade Healthier Nutella

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Creamy Avocado Pasta

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Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

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3 Ingredients Flourless Pancakes

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2 Minute Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

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Oven Baked Hash Browns

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Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

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My challenge to you is to try 3 new recipes this week. Maybe they could include some of the ones above, or maybe one of them could be the recipe I have posted below, or this week try making some of those recipes that you have had bookmarked for ages, but not got round to trying. You could just discover your new favourite meal.

This is the second stage of the Weight Watchers #stepintosummer challenge that I am hosting and I tried out 3 new recipes on the Weight Watchers website to keep my diet varied, but still healthy. The first one was pork loin steaks with cream mushroom sauce, which is posted below and it was a big hit. I even made extra mushroom sauce, as I thought it would go really well with chicken the next day for lunch. It was delicious. I don’t often cook pork, but I really enjoyed it and once all the fat was trimmed off, it was a really healthy meal.

I also tried turkey burgers with rice and salsa and chicken stew and rice. Dave and I both really enjoyed all the new meals we tried from the Weight Watchers website this week, but the pork and mushroom sauce recipe below was definitely our favourite. All the Simple Start recipes are great, as you don’t have to count points, the recipes are made from the wide list of ingredients that are included in the Simple Start plan.

Pork Loin Steaks with Creamy Mushroom Sauce – Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

- 12-16 large new potatoes,
- 1-2 sprigs rosemary, broken into small sprigs
- 1-2 bushy sprigs thyme, torn into small sprigs
- Calorie controlled cooking spray
- For the creamy mushroom sauce:
- 2 shallots or half a small onion, finely chopped
- 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely sliced
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 200ml beef stock from a cube
- 1 tbsp grainy mustard
- 6 tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
For the pork steaks:
- 2 tbsp crushed mixed peppercorns, especially pink and green peppercorns
- 4 pork steaks, visible fat removed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Steamed baby vegetables, to serve
1) Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut thin slices in the top of the potatoes, almost but not quite all the way through. Put the potatoes onto a baking tray and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray. Insert a sprig of rosemary and a sprig of thyme between one or two of the slices on each potato. Season, and bake for 40-50 minutes until tender and golden.
2) Meanwhile, to make the sauce, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray and add the shallots. Cook gently for about 5 minutes, adding a little water to the pan if they start to colour or stick. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the mustard powder before stirring in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the grainy mustard. Leave to stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir a little of the hot sauce into the yoghurt. Add the yoghurt mixture and parsley to the mushroom sauce and season to taste, cover and set aside while you cook the pork steaks. If you need to reheat the sauce, take care not to boil or it might split.
3) Rub the crushed peppercorns into the pork steaks along with a little salt. The steaks can now either be cooked on a bbq, or ridged grill pan, or under a hot grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side (depending on their size – they may need longer), until just tender. Serve immediately with the potatoes, mushroom sauce and steamed spring vegetables (eg baby carrots, leeks, courgettes, peas) or mixed salad

 

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There is also another competition this week, where you can win a hamper full of goodies that will have everything that you need to kick-start your Simple Start journey. For your chance to win a Simple Start food hamper courtesy of Weight Watchers, upload a picture of one of your challenge meals to Twitter using hashtag #StepIntoSummer’

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Have you tried any of the recipes above? Have a favourite? What are you looking forward to trying? Leave a comment below.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna @AnnaTheApple

Mmm the chocolate recipes sound great – love the ice cream.

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2 Dannii

That recipe was a huge revelation for me. I have it at least 3 times a week.

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3 Mary

Am planning on leaving this page open in my browser for the week! :)
I think it’s very important to mix up meals and try new things. Until I started reading blogs I was stuck in the same 7 meal rut. I enjoy cooking (and eating!) so much more now and no two weeks are the same.

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4 Dannii

I used to be the same, but it got so boring. Learning to love cooking definitely helps.

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5 Maria @ runningcupcake

Those brownies look amazing! Too many good links here to look at them all at once!

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6 Dannii

The brownies are my favourite I think.

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7 Morgan @ Peaches, Please

Hey Dannii, there are some really neat, creative recipes up there! I’m particularly excited to try the pancakes. I also really like the “try three new recipes” challenge. I know everyone is surprised when food bloggers get stuck in an eating rut, but if I happen to make cake and ice cream one week for the blog, I can’t eat that for dinner every night…

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8 Dannii

It can definitely be easy for food bloggers to get stuck in a rut, or only eating our own recipes. I am making an effort to make other bloggers recipes and to share them with my readers too.

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9 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

The homemade Nutella looks gorgeous and so much healthier than the original. Trying new recipes is a great idea to get more creative and out of a rut in the kitchen.

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10 Dannii

The nutella is amazing. Really good in smoothies too.

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11 Heather

I love your idea of trying 3 new recipes this week! I have already tried one (a crockpot Thai basil chicken recipe), and I have tried 2 of the recipes you listed (the 2 minute chocolate ice cream and the creamy avocado pasta. Yum!). I think my next one of yours will be the brownies!

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12 Dannii

The brownies are epic. Enjoy!

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13 Janice Pattie (@FarmersgirlCook)

What a lot of delicious recipes, thanks for sharing.

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14 Dannii

Thanks :)

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15 Amelia

Healthy mac and cheese? :o

I love that you do healthy versions of comfort food. Thank you :)

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16 Dannii

Thanks :D That is what my cooking is all about!

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17 Alison

The pork and mushroom sauce looks lovely – definitely something that my husband would like as he is quite traditional and fussy with his meals.

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18 Dannii

It was a big hit with my husband.

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19 Fiona

I have just put some bananas in the freezer to try the ice cream tonight. Is it sad that I am excited? lol

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20 Dannii

Not sad at all. It is such a great and simple dessert.

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21 Vicky

I am new to your blog, I only discovered you yesterday on Instagram through the #weightwatchers, so I am going to try at least one of your recipes this week. I think it might have to be those brownies. Brownies are my weakness.

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22 Dannii

Welcome to the blog :D Happy to have you here!

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23 Debbie

Did I read that you were working on a recipe book? That would be great if you are, as I really enjoy your recipes.

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24 Dannii

I am working on it. Watch this space :D

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25 Sarah

Loving all the chocolate recipes, will need to give the healthy nutella a try :-)

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26 Dannii

Definitely try it. Kids love it too.

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27 Barbara

I have tried everything except the avocado pasta, as I am not a fan of avocado, and I loved them all. I must say though, the mac and cheese was the favourite and my grandson even asked for seconds. He had no idea that it had cauliflower in it.

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28 Dannii

Yay – happy to hear it is kid approved.

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29 Hayley

The nutella and the pancakes look amazing!

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30 Dannii

Thanks :)

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31 Ruth

I am thinking of signing up to Weight Watchers, but I am torn between that and Slimming World? Have you done both? Any advice on the pros and cons?

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32 Dannii

I have done both and I much prefer WW. On SW, I found that I was just eating pasta and potatoes for the sake of it and there was not enough emphasis on vegetables.

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33 Lucy

The pork and mushrooms looks really good. I signed up to Weight Watchers last week when you posted the first challenge and I have lost 4lbs in the first week. Thanks for giving me the motivation to start :)

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34 Dannii

You’re welcome and well done on the 4lbs – that is awesome.

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35 Jo

I made some of your nutella this morning actually. My kids love it – I haven’t told them it is a healthy version, but they obviously can’t taste the difference.
Any other kid friendly recipes?

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36 Dannii

That’s awesome :D The macaroni and cheese is kid approved so I have been told.

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