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Pesto recipe

These past couple of weeks have been VERY exciting… why? We’ve been getting a brand spanking new kitchen installed. Apart from my bed, my kitchen is without a doubt my favourite thing in my home. I love cooking (especially with Marmite) so this costly project has been very exciting.

Last weekend the kitchen was nearly finished, well I Was able to use it to cook anyway. My new double oven, hob and dishwasher reignited my passion for cooking so I spent Saturday morning flipping through my many recipe books. I decide to try a recipe from one of my favourite cook books (and TV shows), the Saturday Kitchen bible – Pesto!!

I have always wanted to make my own pesto but never quite got around to it. Now we have a dishwasher I can used my awesome food processor to my heart’s content and there’s no washing up after!

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Ingredients:

  • about 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 110g pine nuts

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large bunch basil

  • 110g grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 lemon, juice only

Next time I make this I will use double the amount of basil as I definitely thought it could use more.

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Healthy smoothie recipes

This year I decided to give myself a bit of a spring clean and get more healthy. I do generally eat pretty well but I really wanted to get more fruit and veg in so I decided to get a smoothie maker. I blogged about my Breville Blend-Active Personal Blender in my January Stamp of Approval blog post. A friend had one and was recommending it to everyone so I bought one. I’m going to sound super cheesy here but it really has changed my life. It was a bargain (only about £20) and the washing and cleaning couldn’t really be much more minimal.

I now make smoothies every other day and I do genuinely feel so much better for it. I feel healthier, have more energy and generally just feel brighter. Most of the fruit I use is frozen which means that I need to buy it so much less frequently and it doesn’t go off. I even bought frozen spinach but I do find fresh spinach to work better.

Here are some of my favourite smoothie recipes that I’ve made up over the past couple of moths:

Raspberries, spinach, avocado and pineapple

I used frozen raspberries and pineapple with a handful of fresh spinach and a whole avocado cut up. To this I filled the bottle with half fresh apple juice and half water then blended.Raspberries, spinach, avocado and pineapple - brunchandnaps.com (more…)

Super simple tortilla pizza

This meal is super quick, easy, tasty and has the potential to be pretty healthy (unless you’re a massive cheese fiend like me!) and cheap. All you need is a pack of tortilla wraps, a jar of pizza sauce , cheese and whatever toppings you want. We used the ASDA tomato and basil pizza topper which was delicious and only £1 for the jar which can be used for approximately 4 pizzas.

Toppings:

To my pizza (below) I added grated mozzarella, cheddar, goats cheese, chorizo, red onion and smoked sausage – delicious!

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to about 190 degrees and cook for approximtely 10-15 minutes on a baking tray or pizza tray. Basically just keep an eye on your pizza and you’ll be able to see when it’s ready.

Homemade tortilla pizza

Alternatively you could add some Southern-fried chicken strips, cheese and sausage as my other half did.

Homemade tortilla pizza

I love these pizzas and will definitely be making then again. Next time I’ll try one with roasted vegetables, and obviously lots more cheese!

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