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If adding fruit to a salad if a fairly new thing to you, then start off with this Grilled Peach, Corn and Feta Salad. The peach adds a really light and fresh taste that pairs perfectly with the creamy corn and feta.
According to the weather gods, or the people that know their stuff about the weather, we are getting a 6 week heatwave soon (also known as summer to the rest of the world that doesn't make a big deal about nice weather). As I look out of my kitchen window at an unseasonably grey, rainy and horrid July day I am not counting on it, but in case we do, I have a delicious summer salad recipe for you all that would be perfect for a hot July day!
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Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a good weekend? Hopefully with some sun! We had a super lazy weekend that didn't go according to plan, but sometimes lazy is good, right? Saturday was our 16 year anniversary, so after we dropped my mum off to travel home (she had been staying with us for the past 10 days), we went to our favourite breakfast spot to celebrate. This is Dave's breakfast of pancakes, as mine wasn't particularly photogenic, as it was veggie hash. They also do the BEST mochas.
We were meant to be going to our friend's daughter's 1st birthday party, but as I was getting out of the shower that morning I pulled my back and shoulder and was in agony - so those plans went out of the window. Instead we spend Sunday doing pretty much nothing except sitting on the sofa watching Netflix. We have finally started watching the new season of Orange Is The New Black, so we have some catching up to do.
After the epic breakfast the day before, I needed a super green smoothie to balance it all out.
But then lunchtime came and Dave suggested nachos and I just couldn't say no to that. We kept them lighter by just using a little cheese, making the salsa and guacamole ourselves and using 0% Greek yoghurt instead of sour cream - you seriously can't taste the difference, but you save yourself a ton of calories and fat.
As you can see, even the cats were having a lazy day. It's what Sundays are made for!
After all those nachos, we wanted something a little bit lighter for dinner, although some feta cheese still managed to make its way in to the bowl. I have no idea how that happened, I blame Dave, but it was a delicious addition to add a bit of creaminess. Thinking about it, next time I make this I might add some walnuts for some extra crunch.
I try to keep my recipes as seasonal as possible, although I never claim to be perfect with that - we just have to do the best we can sometimes. However, in the summer months you can always guarantee there are lots of salads being eaten in our house. Not only are they great for lunches and dinners, but they go down very well at summer parties and BBQs, especially when they are something a little bit different like this.
Weight Watchers #WomanKind
This month, to celebrate the #WomanKind campaign that I am working with Weight Watchers on, I am going to be sharing a few of my favourite recipes that are ideal for BBQs and picnics, to keep in with the theme of summer celebrations.
The #WomanKind campaign is all about being kind to our bodies, not punishing them with restrictive diets. When I first started losing weight all those years ago, the thought of going to a BBQ filled me with fear, as I wondered what I would eat and if I would undo all my hard work. One meal isn't going to do that and I have since learnt to relax more and be kinder to my body and enjoy those times with friends. What I also do now is take something along with me, like this salad. It's a nice way to help the host out and also you know that there will be something lighter there for you to fill your plate up with, whilst you still indulge in all the other BBQ treats.
If you have some sunny weather where you are, I would appreciate it if you could send some towards Manchester because I want to enjoy some warm weather whilst I can. I feel like baby is getting bigger by the second and I know I am just going to get more uncomfortable as the weeks go on. We are coming up for 6 months pregnant now - exciting!
I am still indulging in things like cake and biscuits, but trying to make sure that I get enough fruit and veggies and protein. Speaking of babies, I have started writing for Baby Centre as their new mummy-to-be writer, and you can read all about my top tips for morning sickness over on their blog.
How to make Grilled Peach Salad - Serves 2:
Grilled Peach Salad
- 200 g mixed salad leaves
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 0.5 lemon (juice only)
- 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 peaches
- 8 tbsp cooked corn
- 1 small red onion sliced
- 40 g light feta
- Halve the peaches and remove the stones and put under a medium grill for 10 minutes and then slice.
- Add the lettuce leaves, corn and red onion to a large bowl and add the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and salt and pepper and mix well.
- Divide the lettuce between 2 bowls and top with the peach slices and feta.
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Looking for some new recipes to try that include peaches?
Fruit Chicken Curry from Munchies and Munchkins
Peach and Lime Salsa from Hedge Combers
Grilled Halloumi and Peach Salad from Kitchen Sanctuary
Peach Iced Tea from Hungry Healthy Happy
Peach Smoothie from Hungry Healthy Happy