Sunday, 11 January 2015

Thai-Style Aromatic Chicken Stir Fry Recipe.

If you had a look at my 6 goals for 2015 post you would have seen that I wanted to cook at least 2 healthy meals a week. Well the first week of 2015 has went well and I thought I would show you one of the recipes that I made. 

I made a Thai-style aromatic chicken stir fry from a recipe that I found in one of my the many recipes books that my mum has collected over the years. This recipe came from a book called '50 free original recipes by Slimming World' which she found in a charity shop.

This recipe serves 4 people and is ready in 30 minutes. Its a quick, simple and a flavour-packed stir fry best cooked minutes before you sit down.

Ingredients needed:

Low calorie cooking spray, 
4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts which needs to be cut in to strips,
2 tbsp very finely chopped lemon grass,
4cm piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated,
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed,
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped,
2-3 lime leaves, very finely shredded,
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips,
100g mangetout, halved lengthways,
1 cucumber, deseeded and cut into thin strips,
1 carrot, peeled and cut into strips,
100ml of chicken stock
2 tbsp of soy sauce, 
Chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Right lets get on with the recipe itself. 

Spray a large non-stick wok or frying pan with the low calorie cooking spray and heat until hot. Add the chicken and stir-fry over high heat for 4-5 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm. 

Re-spray the pan with the cooking spray and add the lemon grass, ginger, red chilli, lime leaves, red pepper, mangetout, cucumber and carrot. Stir-fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes and than return the chicken to the pan with the stock and soy sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes and scatter over the coriander leaves.

I did this with noodles but the book did recommend pak choi or shredded cabbage.

I loved this recipe, it was so simple even for someone who can't cook like me. What do you think of this recipe? Do you think you might give it a try? 

Do you have an recommendations for simple healthy recipes?

Hope to see you soon
Love Melissa xx


Saturday, 3 January 2015

6 Goals for 2015


Welcome to 2015!

I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year. How great is that quote by F.Scott Fitzgerald it just screams motivation.

 If you had a look at my 4 things I learnt in 2014 post, I mentioned I was going to do my 2015 goals. I'm normally not a fan of setting resolutions as I normally never stick to them. This year I wanted to set myself goals rather than resolutions as I think goals sounds more motivating. I didn't want to do your typical goals like save money as I always want to do that so I've came up with just simple things that I want to achieve over 2015. These are my 6 goals:

Goal 1. Run the Great North Run without dying.

For people who don't know what the Great North Run is, it's a half marathon that is done in the North East of England raising millions for all types of charities. I decided to run for the Guide Dogs as after working with the Visual Impaired Tennis team in Newcastle I've seen first-hand the work and importance of Guide Dogs for the blind giving them the independence they need to have a normal life.

The goal is for someone that someone being myself run the Great North Run in a good time and sensible time for a beginner. I know I'm not going to be breaking any record but crossing that line and raising £275 is the main goal. I've done my first training run on the 1st January which I'm proud of. If you want to keep updated with my progress I'm going to do a training dairy every Friday. Everyone have your fingers crossed and wish me luck as I'm going to need it.

Goal 2. Try at least one new restaurant a month.

I love trying new food, even though I'm going to try and eat healthy this year, Newcastle is filling up with new and upcoming restaurants a lot being healthy new restaurants which is right up my alley. So I want to try to go to a new and different type of restaurant a month, if I can get to more than one a month than great but I'm starting with one a month. With Newcastle Restaurant Week coming up soon I'm hopefully this will help me explore Newcastle a lot more.

Goal 3. To capture life little moments.

There is always that little life moment that you wish you had captured with a camera instead of on your phone or that you didn't catch at all. That happened a lot this year specially when I was at summer camp in America, when I was at Wimbledon with Street Games so this year I want to capture life moments with my camera but also document them somewhere other than online. While I was watching Lily Pebbles December favourites video she mentioned that she had made a scrap book throughout 2014 but it was a lot more like a photo album with decorations and it got me thinking that's what I could do as I'm not the most creative person in the world. She choose to do a scrapbook called The Project Life, she talks all about it in her How to start a Project Life Scrapbook video. 

2015 is going to be a busy year and I know this is great way to document the year so when I want to look back I can.

Goal 4. Use a healthy recipe at least twice a week. 

I know the basics of cooking but I want to cook something that I'm proud to eat not something like a fry up or something with chips. I also got a Blend-Active for Christmas from my mum after seeing how easy they are to use, so this is something I want to try and use at least twice a week if not more. 

My mum is trying to eat healthy as well so this makes me think it’s going to be a bit easier to achieve. I have always been person that isn't scared to try something new so trying recipes is going to food to do on my days off. I've put at least once a week as having two jobs it is easier for my mum to cook for me but I'm going to give it a good try.

Update: I cooked my first healthy meal, that meal was a Thai-style aromatic chicken stir-fry. (Photos might be coming up in an upcoming post) 

Goal 5. To keep my blog active and make a schedule.

I know this is one that every blogger will write but I really want to make this my little place to go in the internet. I'm hoping that my training diary will help motivate me to blog about my journey but also give me ideas of things to blog about. 

I'm hoping that once I get a new blog layout and banners I will fall back in love with my blog and want to keep it up. I have a plan to blog 3 times a week with one of them being my running journey, which is going to be hard but I know I can do it. 

Goal 6. Keep loving myself for who I am not what I think people want me to be.

2014 was a year that I started to love myself for who I was rather than what I thought people wanted me to be. With massive thanks to the The Friendly Development Charity, I've learnt that beauty comes from within instead of what you see in the mirror. 

2013 and the beginning of 2014 I was in an unhealthy place where I was massively underweight and was exercising more than I was eating. By the end of 2014 I got myself to a healthy place but in 2015 I want to keep my weight at the healthy weight it is but also keep the exercise balance. 

I'm one of these people that will hardly make an effort with my appearance unless it's a night out, not for any particular reasons but I want to chance that. I love that I'm not one of the people that depends on make-up but in 2015 I want to try and make a bit more of an effort, if that’s with just straightening my hair rather than putting it in a messy bun or put a little effort into my outfit than I’ll be happy with that.

These are my goals for 2015, I believe these goals are achievable. What do you think of my goals? Are they achievable? Why not tell me about your goals and what you want to achieve in 2015. 

I hope you have a good 2015,
Speak to you soon

Love Melissa xx

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