Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Sainsbury's Healthy January Challenge + Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe

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So it's time to wake up and embrace February! I cannot quite believe that we are another month into the New Year and a whole month away from Christmas. January was a busy month for me because I kick started my continued fitness mission, and as I write this I am 5 whole weeks into my exercise plan and of course clean eating. When I say clean eating, I mean that I am preparing all of my own meals and trying to eat as healthily as I can.

I always love what I eat, and for me that is exactly why it is such a sustainable habit. I don't feel like I am depriving myself of treats and I don't really get any cravings to speak of, because I am still indulging. Just in a different way. 

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The key to succeeding in health mission is to make sure you are enjoying what you are eating. For me that really is the most important factor. 

In January I was really excited to take part in the Sainsbury's Healthy January Challenge, and the aim of the game was to get creative with a few of the new exciting prepared vegetables (Think Courgetti, Boodles, Butternut Squaffles, Coursagne and Swagiatelle!) that are now being stocked at your local Sainsbury's stores. Of course this was right up my street, and I couldn't wait to get shopping and trying out a few different ideas in the kitchen. 

So here is my first recipe (and one I highly recommend!)

Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe

Butternut Squash Lasagne

Ingredients
- Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 2 Chopped Carrots
- 3 Fresh Chopped Garlic Cloves
- 500g Lean Steak Mince
- 1 Tin Chopp-ed Tomatoes
- 2 Beef Stock 
- 200g Cottage Cheese
- 1 Pack of Sainsbury's Butternut Squash Lasagne Sheets
- Grated Parmesan 
- Grated Cheddar 

Method
- Melt the Coconut Oil in a large pan.

- Roughly chop the onions and the carrots, add to the pan with the Coconut Oil and chopped Garlic Cloves, saute until soft.  

Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe

- Add the mince to the pan and brown off with the other ingredients. Drain the excess fat.

Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe

- Add the chopped tomatoes, crumble the Beef Stock and simmer (add water if needed).

- Simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables, meat and additions are cooked thoroughly. 

- Prepare a baking dish, spoon a layer of the meat mixure into the bottom of the dish. Top with a layer of Butterut Squash Lasagne Sheets. 

Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe
 
- Add a layer of cottage cheese (I only did this one layer in my dish). Repeat process until you have used up all of the meat mix.

Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe

- Add the Grated Parmesan and Cheddar to the top of your lasagne. Bake in the oven for half an hour at 190 degrees C until nicely browned on top.Butternut Squash Lasagne Healthy Recipe
- Serve with Veg and enjoy! I served this with some baked broccoli and it went down a real treat.

The second creation I cooked up could be enjoyed as a sweet treat or more of a savoury breakfast. They both went down a real storm in our house (with the other half and myself anyway! Leo is a little bit fussy when it comes to my healthy bakes). 

Butternut Squaffles Sainsburys

First up we have Butternut Squaffles with Peanut Butter and Banana.

You will need:
- Sainsbury's Butternut Squaffles
- Meridan Peanut Butter
- 1 Banana 
- Rowse Honey

Butternut Squaffles Sainsburys

Simply bake the Butternut Squaffles for 20 minutes in the oven. I flipped them over 10 half way through to make sure they were evenly cooked. Spread the Peanut Butter on the top of them, add the Banana and drizzle some honey over the top. Place under the grill and serve warm.

These were so tasty!

Butternut Squaffles Sainsburys

Finally we have Butternut Squaffles with Poached Egg and Avocado.

You will need:
- Sainsbury's Butternut Squaffles
- 2 eggs
- Half an Avocado 

Butternut Squaffles Sainsburys

Simply bake the Butternut Squaffles for 20 minutes in the oven. I flipped them over 10 half way through to make sure they were evenly cooked. With a few minutes left on the Squaffles, Poach the eggs. Place on the Squaffles and put the Avocado half on the side of your plate.

Quick easy and filling.

These are just a few ideas I had, but the they are such versatile foods with so many possibilities. I am going to try the lasagna with sweet potato sheets next, it is one of my favourite recipes right now because it is so simple, but so tasty! Full of good ingredients and suits me down to the ground. 

I hope you enjoy the recipes and definitely check the new prepared vegetables and carb alternatives out at Sainsbury's!





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