The weather is glorious and it’s a perfect time to fire up the barbeque and enjoy dining alfresco. But for many of us the last few weeks have meant that we were unable to get out and about and the restrictions of living in Lockdown may have bought on bouts of comfort eating. I’ve gained weight during this time and have ignored the fact that those treats all add up to a heavier me on the scales. So, with the summer weather and more opportunity to exercise outdoors, it’s time to think about healthy eating and keeping in shape. Here’s a couple of delicious recipes, that are quick and easy to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to spend in the sunshine. Both are indulgent but light on the waistline and will leave you feeling that you’ve had a scrumptious treat of a meal.
Caroline’s Healthy Burgers
Are you missing your take-aways and the convenience of the drive-thru? Try this super healthy recipe to satisfy your craving. Get the barbeque out and enjoy alfresco dining. Keep the calories down with low fat mince and a pitta alternative to a bread bun.
Ingredients: 500g lean beef mince (less that 5% fat)
I egg, 1 beef oxo cube, 1 tbsp green pesto
I med onion, diced, A few sprigs of fresh mint and thyme, chopped
Pitta breads (optional)
Method: In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Shape into 6/8 burger patties. Place on greased tray and cook at 180C for 15 minutes. Alternatively cook on a barbeque. These patties freeze well too.
Serve in a toasted pitta (optional) with a slice of cheese and a colourful mixed salad.
Caroline’s Low-Cal Raspberry & Banana Ice-cream
Trust me. This low-calorie ice-cream is seriously indulgent and so quick to make.
Ingredients: 2 bananas frozen, 400g frozen raspberries, 500g Greek 0% Yogurt, Sweetener to taste
Method: Whiz all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Freeze.
How easy was that? If you have bananas that are going black, don’t throw them away. Simply freeze and use in this recipe. Bananas that have been frozen taste sweeter which means you won’t need to add as much sweetener. You can use any frozen fruit such as strawberries of blueberries. Best of all, this ice-cream is ready to eat as soon as you’ve made it!
For the kids: use lollipop trays and freeze.
Caroline James is a best-selling author of women’s fiction. The former celebrity chef agent, lives in Lancashire and also writes food related articles and short stories. Her latest book is Hattie Goes to Hollywood. Contact: www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk