Friday, 8 July 2016

Body FX Cookbook + Asian Tuna and Stirfry Vegetable Recipe


It's official.. I am a published author!!! A few months ago I was asked to prepare a recipe for a new cookbook and i'm excited to share the recipe with you today and the new cookbook. 


Body FX Cookbook


The book contains 16 really healthy recipes with ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. and I have to say, they all look amazing and I can't wait to try some out!!

Check out my recipe below for Asian Tuna and Stirfry Vegetables - it's perfect for low-carb non workout days (if that's your thing) or lazy dinner, ready in 5 minutes days (if that's more your thing):


Tuna steak and stirfry veg



Ingredients
2 tuna Steaks
4 sprays 1 calorie oil spray
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 red chili - sliced
1 clove garlic - chopped finely or crushed
Stir fry vegetables - pre-packaged or decide on your own (carrots, bean sprouts, onion, chili, edamame beans are all good choices)


Method:

  1. Slice the chili and crush garlic
  2. Place tuna steaks in a shallow bowl or small lunch box
  3. Cover with soy sauce, garlic and chili
  4. Leave to marinade for at least half an hour but ideally overnight
  5. Heat a griddle or frying pan until very hot - add 1 tsp of oil or 2 sprays of low cal oil spray
  6. Once pan is very hot place tuna steaks - fry on each side for 3 mins (or less if you prefer rarer)
  7. Meanwhile, in a separate pan heat the remaining oil - once heated add the veg and stir fry for 5 minutes until all veg has softened. Stir in more low sodium soy sauce to preference.
  8. Pile vegetables on a plate and place tuna steak on top
  9. Enjoy!

Calories per serving (based on Asda Edamame Bean Stir Fry veg) : 194 calories

For more yummy, nutrient packed recipes download your FREE copy of the Body FX Cookbook here.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Botanist New Menu Launch


If you've been reading my blog for even a little bit you'll know one of my most favourite places in Chester is The Botanist. So I was really excited to be invited to the launch of their new menu*. 


The Botanist Chester



We arrived on a Tuesday evening and as usual, we felt really welcomed. I ordered my new favourite cocktail, Thai Chilli Crush and some Padron peppers to start. 


The Botanist Chester


Hannah, our waitress was really friendly and helpful. Due to not eating gluten at the moment, I asked if she knew which dishes didn't contain gluten and she bought over a really helpful list, do all restaurants do this? It definitely made life easier.

I ended up going with the chicken hanging kebab, it's something I've had multiple times before but it's so good - covered in sweet chilli, ginger and garlic butter - is there any better combination? Also, I dream of the seasoned chips! To make sure I tried something new from the menu I also opted for a side of summer slaw with cranberries, sultanas and lemon. It was so yummy and I could kid myself that I was eating healthy!!


The Botanist Chester

The Botanist Chester

The Botanist Chester


Andy went for chicken liver and rum pate to start which came with an amazing chutney. Before I went out I reached out on twitter for suggestions and Andy went for the highly recommended crispy salt and pepper beef salad - which looked yummy and came with a beautiful sweet chilli dressing. Finally, he finished with the chocolate chip cookie dough dessert (seriously, this guy never eats more food than me!). I cheated a bit with gluten and tried the cookie dough - it was amazing!! 


The Botanist Chester


The Botanist Chester

The Botanist Chester


I finished my meal with a pot of English Breakfast tea which came with the sweetest milk jug which I wanted to take home with me. Seriously, where do I get one? 


The Botanist Chester


The Botanist Chester

The Botanist Chester


The only teeny tiny complaint, and I say this only because I believe in giving a balanced review. Andy found a bit of wood in his salad - that looked a bit like a thing that's used to label plants. When we mentioned it to the person who collected our plates he was very apologetic but then later the manager came over and said: "there's nothing in the kitchen or the whole building that looks like that". It didn't really feel like an apology, however, since then I have had a full apology and the little incident was dealt with really well afterwards. 

Honestly though, it was a small blip and doesn't at all reflect every great experience we've had at The Botanist including this time. The rest of the staff were really friendly and helpful as ever. 

*The meal at The Botanist was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. 
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