Do you want fit, fast and delicious food? Then you’re in the right place. We’ve teamed up with Zoo Kitchen - a new Youtube channel for foodies - to show you that cooking doesn’t have to be time consuming and healthy food doesn’t equal boring.
With a new video every #TastyTuesday, Jessica Zoo will show you super-quick, easy and healthy recipes that will make your mouth water. So remove the cobwebs from the spatulas - whether you’re a full-time mum or have a fully-fledged career, it’s time to get back in the kitchen. We’re kicking things off with a HEALTHY BROWNIE RECIPE.
This healthy brownie recipe is perfect for chocolate lovers who need a fix without the guilt. Only using natural, healthy ingredients and free from sugar and flour, these are a great every day treat even for those that are watching their weight. If your sweet tooth is having a tantrum, you can always swap 1 tablespoon of stevia for sugar and we promise we won’t tell anyone!
INGREDIENTS (Makes 20)
1 can of chestnut puree (400g)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Small packet (150g) of ground almonds
4 Tbsp Cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
50g walnut pieces
2 Tbsp of granulated stevia
Each Brownie contains 120Kcal
9.1g of Fat
4.2g of protein
5.5g of Carbohydrate
1) Switch the fan oven on at 180 degrees
2) Separate the eggs in 2 bowls. Whisk the egg whites with a small pinch of salt until the form peaks, then leave aside.
3) Add the melted coconut oil, stevia, vanilla and sieved cocoa to the egg yolks.
4) Mix in the chestnut puree and mix until smooth.
5) Mix in the ground almonds - the texture should be thick and cakey.
6) Gently incorporate the egg whites in two parts with a fork or wooden spoon to keep the bubbles intact.
7) Break the walnuts into pieces and gently stir them in.
8) Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, grease it with coconut oil and sprinkle almond flour.
9) Pour the mixture and even out with a spatula.
10) Bake the brownies for 20min (max. 30)
11) Leave the borwnies to cool in the tray for 5min before you cut them and gently place them on a cooling rack.
These brownies are best enjoyed cold, without guilt!
BREAKFAST AT FIVE AT THE BRIDGE:
This morning I had a late start getting to work and decided to go and get some breakfast. I drove to Hampton Court to a cafe where I had been meaning to try the breakfast. I posted about a lunch I ate there on my fashion blog a little while ago now, their sandwiches are totally delicious, packed full of filling and really good value for money.
Today was a chance to give the breakfast a go and, on a rainy Monday morning, I couldn’t think of anything better to do. The cafe has a view of Hampton Court Palace, tucked just away down a side street. There are tables outside which are usually frequented by people sipping coffee and smoking: it’s the perfect place to sit on a warm day. Today, however, I sheltered inside by the radiator as classical music played and did some people-watching. Sometimes you even find the odd tourist that has strayed away from the castle who has, lucky, stumbled into Five at the Bridge.
The cafe is a true find. It is a fairly normal cafe, more polished than a greasy spoon perhaps but nothing overly modern or trendy. The breakfast menu has what you would expect to find: English breakfast, pastries, scrambled eggs on toast etc. and found it hard to decide which dish I wanted to try the most.
The dishes are all prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients and the meat comes from the top-class butcher’s down the road. In fact, Five at the Bridge was actually once profiled by a quite-famous reviewer in a national broadsheet. He declared the lunch he ate to be one of the finest he’d had all year, so I was really eagerly waiting for the poached eggs on toast that I had decided to order for my Breakfast.
The food came quickly and was hot and looked delicious. I know from my own experience how hard it is to cook a perfect poached egg. I rarely (if ever) achieve the desired outcome but, oh my… the chef at Five the Bridge had. Soft, fresh and still a little runny, but not too much, the yolk was perfection. They were undoubtedly the best poached eggs I have ever eaten. I relished every mouthful. The toast was crisp and with just enough butter to compliment the tasty, tasty eggs which were finished off with a light seasoning. After I had finished I knew I could eat another portion, which is dangerous. I left the cafe knowing I would be back again for more and couldn’t stop talking about what an amazing breakfast I had eaten all day.
I was camping in Sussex in the summer and went for a walk to a local pub. The food on the menu sounded so good. I had a really nice and simple salad but it was the sandwich that my brother had which made my mouth water. The triple layered sandwich had wedges of smoked cheese, tomatos, beef, garlic mayonnaise and to top it all of a layer of ghurkins which made it perfect. When I got back home from the holiday I went out, brought the ingredients and tried to replicate the sandwich but it it was nowhere near as good.
The second picture is of some Thai fish cakes that Russell had. Those looked pretty tasty too.
HOME MADE QUICHE FOR DINNER:
For dinner I had a home made quiche. One was vegetarian with courgette, onion, mushroom and feta cheese filling. The other had ham and egg for a filling. Both tasted so fresh and light and so much nicer than one brought in a supermarket.
HIDING IN A CAFE ON A RAINY DAY:
It was pouring with rain on a Saturday a few weeks ago and so I decided to spend lunchtime in a cafe called Chair and Chai in my town. I had never been in there before but wanted to try it rather than the usual over priced Costa or Starbucks.
I sat in the window as the rain poured down outside and watched different people as they ran into the doorway of the cafe to shelter from the down pour of rain on a warm day. The menu had the usual items, paninis, sandwiches, salads. I chose to eat a goats cheese and tomato salad and Russell chose mushroom risotto. Both were fresh and light while filling us up at the same time. The staff were so friendly and there was a family atmosphere. I am definitely going to go back.