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5 Days – 5 Meals: Chilli Beef with Nachos

Chilli Beef with Nachos
Won’t be long before days get shorter and nights become colder. Chilli beefs with an extra kick is sure to keep you warm inside. Low carb and high in protein. The chilli make enough for 2 people. Condiments such as the ceese and sour cream be tailored to suit each person’s needs.

Difficulty: Novice Chef

Cooking time: 40 mins

Serves: 2

Nutritional info (based on 1 person)
Calories: 575
Carbs: 16
Fats:24
Protein: 67

Ingredients

500g Premium Beef Mince
100g tomato puree
1 tbsp of Chilli powder, paprika, turmeric, Cajun gymchef spice
4tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ punnet cherry tomatoes
½ bulb of garlic
1 chilli
1 onion
1 lime
3 peppers
125g mushrooms
2 mini wraps (32g each)
40g mozzarella cheese (each)
40g sour cream (each)
40 hot salsa
Jalapeños

Method

1. Preheat a large pot over a medium heat

2. Roughly chop the vegetables into bite sized chunks and season the meat with salt and pepper.

3. Turn up the heat of the pot and when it starts to smoke add in the mince and all of the vegetables and allow them to cook for 5 mins.

4. Turn the heat back down to medium, add in all of the spices and give it a good mix until well combined.

5. Add the tomato puree and mix well again.

6. Add 250ml of water and the balsamic vinegar. This should loosen the mixture up if it becomes to stodgy.

7. Turn the heat down low, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and let simmer for 30 mins until all of the vegetables have softened.

8. Season the wraps with the same spices again and bake on a tray in the oven for 5 minutes until they begin to brown. Then take them out and cut in half, then in half again and so on until they resemble Nachos.

9. At the very end take it off of the heat and squeeze in the lime juice.

10. Divide into two bowls and top it off with the sour cream, cheese, salsa and jalapeños.

5 Days – 5 Meals: Fans Choice Meatzza & Sweet Potatoes

Difficulty: easy

Cooking time: 20 – 30 mins

Serves: 2

Nutritional info (based on 1 person)

Calories: 505

Carbs:39

Fats: 11

Protein: 47

Ingredients

2 Fans Choice Meatzza’s

150g Strong Roots

1 Red or White onion

2 Peppers

125g mushrooms

2 tbsp Cajun gymchef spice

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven on the highest gas mark.
  2. Measure the sweet potatoes onto a tray and place them on the top shelf in the oven straight away.
  3. Slice up all of the veg into chunky bite sized pieces and place them onto another try with the gymchef seasoning.
  4. Move the sweet potatoes down and put the veg tray into the oven along with the meazta.
  5. Turn the oven down to 5 or 190 degrees Celsius and cook for 20 – 30 minutes

Perfect Sweet Potato Fries

Right so let me just say that what constitutes as perfectly cooked sweet potato fries or any potato fries for that matter entirely depends on each person individual preferences. Some prefer crisp and crunchy while others prefer soft and smushy. Personally I like both as long as they taste good. But put a gun to my head and make me choose then it’s without a doubt crispy for me.

Methods of cooking will determine the final outcome of flavour and texture. Deep fried in oil will always guarantee crispy delicious golden fries but that about all you will get. Plus the nutrional value becomes irrelevant as soon as anything is cooked in large amounts of boiling hot grease.

If you want to achieve really tasty and delicious fries that are also beneficiary to your health then I suggest roasting is the best way to go. By roasting the fries you can load up on loads of extra flavour.

Traditionally, roasting anything invloves cooking food in an oven using fat (usually in the form of oil) and dry heat to render and soften meat or vegetables. The combination of fat and heat reduces moisture and causes the natural sugars in the food to caramelize and turn dark giving it a really rich intense and sweet flavour. When roasting, food is almost left uncovered and the food is cooked from the outside in.

Baking on the other hand is similar to roasting in terms of the dry heat method. However, fat is not used on the food and are often cooked “dry” covered with foil in order to retain the moisture.

Baking with fat – think of cakes and pastries. Fat is added into the mixture along with other ingredients. This time the dry heat and fat react in a way that forces the mixture to rise rather than carmelize. Food is covered and cooked from the inside out.

Sweet Potato Fries

These are so simple and the method below will without any doubt will create perfect fries each time. Many people I have spoken with who have tried to make sweet potatoefries in the oven always have the same complaint – that the fries don’t go crispy enough and that they always end up being to soft and limp.

The reason that they go soft and limp is because of too much moisture retention due to lack of heat in the oven and the airflow between them is not enough either. Essentially the potatoes are stewing in there own juices getting soggy.

First things first – for crispy fries you need to cut then up small. By small I don’t mean shoe string. Cut them up so that one large potato isn’t just 5 big wedges. Cut the potato in half and then half again and then in half again until a finger in length and size.

Quantities

For every 250g of fries I use 10g of coconut oil. I find this ratio works really well.

Spices

Paprika, Tumeric, Cayenne, Sea Salt & Pepper and sometimes Cinnamon.

Herbs

Garlic, Thyme, Rosemary

Preheat the oven to 180°C

Put all of the veg and spices into z bowl or large tray. Melt the oil, pour over and give a good mix. Didn’t over fill the tray. Make sure there’s enough space for adequate air flow. Space them out, use two trays is necessary and rotate them in ghe oven from top to bottom every 30 mins or so.

Place in the oven and cook for 45-60 mins minimum. After that it’s a matter of personal preference.

Final word

With everything in the kitchen practice makes perfect. Learn from previous mistakes and then try again next time. Everything can be tailored and adjusted to suit the situation. Quality of food, the type of oven – gas or electric can have a huge impact when attempting a recipe. Recipes are only guidelines so try to figure out how you can do it better next time before giving up after the first time.

Shane

Mocha Overnight Oats – chocolate & coffee flavored porridge

Just a quick FYI. This is not a paid endorsement/advertisement by any of the companies mentioned. Should I ever be so lucky to be in a position to be paid to test food I’ll be sure to scream it from the highest rooftop 🙂 This is just my way of sharing some knowledge. 

Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel. All great great in their own right, even better paired together.

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Having oats for breakfast have become a staple of my diet recently so I have been tried and tested some different flavors just so I could mix things up from day to day and keep the first meal of the day exciting. These Mocha Overnight Oats are by far a game changer and I urge anyone reading this post to give them a try. Especially if you love the taste of coffee… and chocolate… and caramel…. together!! There’s a choice of hazelnut which has yet to be done but definitely looking forward to that sometime soon.

As can be seen in both pictures the main player is the flavored instant coffee made by Beanies. Aldi had them in stock a few weeks ago for €3 each (side note: props to Aldi recently, they have been killing it (in a good way) with their food options as of lately. Somehow whenever I think about an idea for food I would like to try/create Aldi happen to be selling it the very next week).

I enjoy coffee and usually drink espresso straight. Becoming accustomed to the strong bitterness is a required taste however should you develop a habit over time the bitterness soon becomes a lot milder and in no time tastes like sweet nectar when it meets the lips. The coffee (Beanies) itself is already slightly sweetened which takes away some of the bitterness left in your mouth although its worth playing around with quantities until the right balance is achieved. In saying that the addition of protein powder or flavor drops etc. will  add sweetness too.

Leaving the house at 5:00am to train before work is tough enough without having to prepare meals in advance. Therefore making these the night before and having them ready to go after a shake is a huge time saver. From a flavor perspective leaving the oats to soak up overnight allows the coffee and chocolate to marinade and come through which produces a much deeper flavor more so than if heated up.

Again it is important to mention that the quantities are based on my own requirements and should be adjusted to fit your own lifestyle and needs.

Ingredients 

85g Oats

20g Protein

12g Peanut butter powder

5g Raw cacoa powder

2 tsp Beanies coffee – 1 chocolate & 1 caramel (you decide)

Method

Mix everything and add in some water or milk until just about covered, mix and leave overnight. That’s the simplicity of overnight oats. Hope you enjoy this one. Any tips please feel free to share as I am always on the hunt for new things.

 

Shane.