Pesto Butterbeans with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes and Feta

Breakfast, Dinner

Quick, easy, nutritious and effortless is what this dish combines.

Beans get such a bad rap from keeping students alive during college to being in a typical greasy fry. However beans are a great and cheap protein source so I always keep a stock of tinned chickpeas, butter beans and kidney beans in my cupboards. You can instantly make hummus or bulk up a curry in minutes by rinsing and draining them.

This bean dish is perfect for a quick evening meal or brunch option. Serve alongside some hummus or chunky bread like sourdough to mop up the pesto. Crispy bacon or chorizo would also work great with the beans.

Serves 2.Pesto Beans with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes & Feta, Delalicious

  • 1 x 400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g kale, de-stalked and roughly torn
  • 4 tsp green pesto
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 50g feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Place the beans in a large saucepan or frying pan with 2 tablespoons of water over a medium heat. Once the water begins to evaporate, add the kale and stir continuously to gently cook.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, stir through the pesto and tomatoes until well combined.
  3. Serve with the feta sprinkled over the top.

Happy cooking,

Sinéad

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5 Minute Granola

Breakfast, Snack

Granola is easily my favourite breakfast option. It’s such an easy meal, just top the granola with some fresh fruit and yoghurt and you are set for the day. Oats are a great option for the morning as they packed full of slow release energy.

This recipe for granola is perfect for someone who doesn’t have an oven or like when I was travelling around New Zealand and cooking on a portable gas stove as I lived out of my van. The even better thing about this granola recipe is that it literally takes 5 minutes and breakfast is sorted for at least a week.

I love how you can vary granola in lots of ways imaginable so your breakfast bowl is always packed of fresh flavours. Add any nuts, dried fruit, seeds or spices like cinnamon, turmeric or even ginger to your granola.

Why not try my other favourite granola recipe too.

5 Minute Granola, Delalicious

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 200g jumbo oats
  • 2 tbsp nuts (peanuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds)
  • 2 tbsp dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, coconut, apricots)
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan or wok over a medium heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until coated in oil.
  3. Stir continuously to ensure no burning for 5 minutes until the oats are golden.Granola, oats, breakfast, brunch, Delalicious
  4. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  5. Serve with some fresh fruit and yoghurt.

Garlic and Bacon Home Fries

Dinner, Snack

Garlic, bacon and crispy potatoes – a few of life’s simple pleasures.

I was recently overseas at a wedding with a large group of my friends. As we arrived late to our rented house the night before the wedding, come morning we had no food in the house. A quick trip to the local supermarket for supplies with the thoughts of what to cook my friends that would be quick, easy and filling for the long day ahead. Initially I planned a large frittata but then we somehow managed to forget the eggs at the checkout so here I was left looking at potatoes, bacon, spinach, tomatoes, onions and garlic with the stares of fifteen hungry friends.

Hence this recipe for home fries served with fried garlic onions and a salad of spinach and tomatoes was created. These potatoes would also work great alongside grilled meat, a pie or frittata.

The happiness around that table ensured this recipe had to be shared so please enjoy and share with your friends.

Serves 6 as a side.

Garlic & Bacon Home Fries, Delalicious

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, skin on
  • 100g bacon lardons/rashers/streaky bacon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Halve the potatoes and cook on high in the microwave for 8 minutes. This gently cooks the potatoes which allows a much more crispier but still fluffy finish in the oven.
  2. Preheat an oven to 200°C and place the garlic, bacon and olive oil in a large baking tray or ovenproof dish.
  3. Chop the potatoes into chunks and add to the ovenproof dish.Garlic and Bacon Home Fries, Delalicious
  4. Combine all the ingredients together and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until crispy. Stir the potatoes once or twice to ensure an even colour.
  5. Before serving, squeeze the garlic cloves from their skin and return to the dish.

Baked Oat & Berry Pots

Breakfast, Snack

Is this recipe breakfast or dessert? How about both? Now that’s how every morning should start!

Oats are my favourite way to start the day. They are such a versatile ingredient that you never get tired of oats; start with some granola, porridge, overnight oats, add to a smoothie or try these baked oat and berry pots.

A cross between a souffle and porridge may be the best way to describe these without any of the stress. Use your favourite nuts and berries and you won’t go wrong.

For more Delalicious oat recipe inspiration click here.

Serves 2.

Oat & Berry Pots, Delalicious

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 6 walnut halves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp jumbo oats
  • 2 tbsp regular oats
  • 8 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp frozen or fresh berries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  1. Whisk the eggs and nut butter together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the walnuts, oats and milk and continue to whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into two ovenproof ramekin dishes.
  4. Bake in the oven at 180C for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly. You can also cook in a microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  5. For the berry coulis: stir the berries and water together in a small bowl. Place in microwave for 1 minute on high or simmer in a saucepan over a low heat for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
  6. To serve: spoon the yoghurt and berry coulis over the cooked oat pots.

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Caramelized Orange and Banana Pancakes

Breakfast, Snack

I am a self-professed pancake lover!! I would happily eat them every day if I could. These pancakes are what I like to call special occasion pancakes. You are not going to make them every day but when you do, you are in for a serious treat!

Pineapple would work great caramelized on top as a variation to orange and banana.

If you need anymore pancake inspiration try one of my other recipes. After all Who Doesn’t Love Pancakes!!

Serves 1.

Pancakes, Banana, Orange, Delalicious

  • 1 egg
  • 2 medium over-ripe bananas
  • zest of 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50mls milk or buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or ½ tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek-style or natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp seed mix (linseed, poppy, chia, sesame, buckwheat groats)
  1. Whisk together 1 banana, eggs, orange zest, baking powder and milk until smooth.
  2. Add the flour and whisk again until well combined.
  3. Melt 1/3 of the coconut oil on a non-stick pan over a medium heat.
  4. Place 1/3 of the pancake batter on the pan and cook through. Flip over and continue to cook.
  5. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter making two more pancakes. Keep pancakes warm as you caramelize the fruit.
  6. Melt the butter and brown sugar together in the frying pan over a medium heat until it begins to bubble. Slice the banana into slices and cut the orange into three.
  7. Place the fruit onto the pan and spoon over the syrup. Cook for 2 minutes on a high heat until evenly browned.
  8. To serve: spoon yoghurt between pancakes to create a tower. Top with the caramelized fruit and sprinkle over the seeds. Spoon over any remaining syrup from the frying pan.

Who Doesn’t Love Pancakes!!

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I love, love, love pancakes!! They are made for any meal of the day and are great as a sweet or savoury option. You can have them thin, thick, dripping in melted chocolate or my favourite filled with natural yoghurt and berries!!

Here are a few of my favourite recipes:

  • Banana Pancakes – great for pre/post exercise or as a lazy brunch option.
  • Buckwheat Pancakes – made for savoury options. Layer with mashed avocado, smoked salmon and a drizzle of creme fraiche.
  • Zesty Banana & Oat Pancakes: I recently made shared the recipe for these on my Instagram story and they were a real hit!! Great for anyone who isn’t the biggest fan of banana too as the orange zest helps to disguise the taste.
    Serves 1.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp oat flour or milled linseed
  • zest of half an orange
  • coconut oil
  • Toppings: natural yoghurt, orange segments, nuts, seeds
  1. In a bowl or measuring jug, whisk the egg and banana together.
  2. Add the milk and oat flour and whisk again.
  3. Grate in the orange zest and whisk once more.
  4. Ideally allow to sit in the fridge for as long as you can wait to allow the mix firm a little.
  5. Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and melt 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil.
  6. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture on the pan and swirl around to create an even layer.
  7. Allow to cook for 1 minute on one side and flip over.
  8. Allow to cook through on the opposite side and remove from pan.
  9. Complete with remaining mixture, you should make 3 pancakes.
  10. To serve: stack them up with yoghurt and orange segments. Sprinkle some nuts and seeds of your preference over the top.

Avocado & Tomato Loaded Garlic Bread

Lunch, Snack

This recipe takes only minutes to make and is a great option for brunch, lunch, as a starter or an easy snack option at any time of the day. The quality of bread used will make a huge difference so try to use homemade or locally produced where possible and wholemeal or sourdough would be my preference. This recipe was made whilst staying in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay where I stayed in a Rancho – basically a hut shared with it’s owners and other guests amongst the sand dunes hence the rustic and possibly sandy looking backgrounds.

Serves 2.

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, sliced
  1. Mix together the garlic, oil and herbs in a small bowl. Spread the oil mix over one side of the bread.20170126_154215.jpg
  2. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and once heated, place two bread slices oil side down on the pan. Grill for 5 minutes until the garlic crisps. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining bread.wp-image-1660133219jpg.jpg
  3. Top the bread with the sliced avocado and tomato.

How to Stay Healthy with JUST EAT

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JUST EAT have asked me to find the healthy side of takeaways. I will be letting you all in on my discoveries over the next six months so lots of eating on my part and lots of places for you to add to your list of favourite takeaways.justeat_apptile-logo-1As you all know my food blog Delalicious focuses on providing you with healthy, wholesome and easy recipes to make at home. As a sportswoman and Physiotherapist, I’m keen to stay healthy and in shape to ensure I work and play to my potential. Some people might think I never eat out or allow a chip pass my mouth, they do and especially after winning a big football match but it’s not my everyday food choice!! Healthy and takeaway aren’t two words that usually go hand in hand but I’ve discovered that they can; so read on to see how I managed to eat healthily using the JUST EAT app for one week.

What I found the hardest thing about this blog post was actually stopping myself from taking a portion of my curries, fish pies or stews out of the freezer the night before and giving my chopping board and knife a rest for the week….I know how sad but I do love to cook! But I also love to eat so this post was very easy to complete.

Monday: I had a light training session this evening so I decided to try out Chopped. Everybody raves about the place and I can see why, they have a wide array of salad combinations with DIY options and choices specific to meet your training needs. I opted for the Pulled Pork Salad with the Soup of the Day which was Mushroom – not my favourite but it is pot luck. Smoothies are also on the menu – I would highly recommend the Peanut Butter smoothie (it hit the spot after training)!! The best bit was that I when I went to collect my food after ordering online via the app, there was a queue of people a mile long to order but I got to jump straight to the top….waiting would not of been the ideal when your starving after work!!

Tuesday: After a gym session, I was ravenous and needed something fast. A great little place called Jolin’s Vietnamese Coffee House has popped up near my house and I got some gorgeous Vietnamese Beef Salad and Prawn Fresh Summer Rolls which had me nearly booking a flight to Vietnam they were so good. Jolin took such care in my order, as she cooked the beef right in front of me to ensure maximum freshness and taste.

Wednesday: I was racing around all day between work, football and blog stuff. Green Beards was my saviour as I was passing through Donnybrook and they have such tasty salads, smoothies and protein balls to choose from; I was in heaven! As you know salads can so easily go soggy but Green Beards have mastered this by using glass jars and layering the ingredients ensuring the delicate greens are on top away from any liquids. I opted for their Quinoa, Chickpea, Aubergine & Pomegranate Salad, a Honey Badger smoothie for after training and I picked up a few protein balls too. All their packaging is reusable, which earned them extra brownie points from my inner eco-warrior.

Thursday: Had a half day from work and decided something light and filling was needed to keep my energy levels going. Tolteca was the answer, I literally ordered on the app just as I left work and the delivery guy arrived as I pulled into my house. I opted for their Barbacoa Burrito Bowl with extra guacamole…. you can never have enough!!

Friday: The weekend had finally arrived and Aoki Sushi was my choice. They have a really big selection of all kinds of sushi, sashimi, noodles, ramen, teriyaki…the list goes on but I opted for a chefs special Sushi and Sashimi selection (it’s massive so I had plenty for lunch the next day) and a Teriyaki Salmon with extra vegetables instead of rice. Everything was light, fresh and really filled me up!

Saturday: Brunch is the only answer for Saturdays and Póg answered the sirens from my hungry belly. The Póg breakfast menu has tons of choice so it was tough to whittle down my decision. In the end I went for the Breakfast Parfait (with frozen yoghurt!) and the Nut Butter Toast Breakfast all from the comfort of my bed. The toast is deliciously good, I was there trying to savour each bite of the slice when I discovered a second layer with another slice…let’s just say I was a very happy girl!

Sunday: After a tough match, comfort food was on my mind and Camden Rotisserie answered the call as they know how to create the perfect succulent roast chicken. They have a wide choice of sides, protein only options and salads to choose from. I went for the Butterflied Chicken with a Goats Cheese Salad. All the food was cooked to perfection and full of flavour …. if you haven’t already, you need to experience the chicken! The portions are massive for one person so I had plenty of leftovers for my lunch in work the next day.

So, as you can see there are plenty of healthy options available on JUST EAT; so get ordering! If I’ve left your favourite healthy takeaway option out let me know in the comments below and I’ll try squeezing it into my next review.

Keep an eye out for my next post in December or follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some more healthy eating inspiration!

The Best Way To Start Your Day!!

Breakfast, Snack

Homemade granola is the easiest and possibly most tastiest thing you can make. It can be enjoyed at any hour of the day, will save you a shed load of money compared to bought cereals and is simply the best way to start your day! I love to enjoy it with some seasonal fruit and a good dollop of natural yoghurt!!

If you don’t have an oven then fear not. My 5 Minute Granola recipe has you covered in minutes!20170702_111432 - Copy (2).jpg

 

  • 10 tbsp oats (jumbo/porridge/gluten-free/organic)
  • 2 tbsp of each pumpkin, sunflower, chia, poppy & sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp milled linseed
  • 2 tbsp mixture of raisins, cranberries & chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp nuts (chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews)
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the honey and melted coconut oil well together.
  3. Place all of the dry ingredients excluding the dried fruit in a large mixing bowl and mix through the melted oil and honey and until it is well coated.
  4. IMG_1620Spread the mixture evenly on a baking tray lined with parchment and place in the oven until it’s nicely browned, add the dried fruit when you begin to stir the mixture.
  5. Make sure to keep a close eye on it as it can easily burn and ensure to stir the oat mix so that it browns evenly!!

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6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before placing it in a large jar to be enjoyed every morning…that’s if there’s any left by then!!

*Customise the mixture of nuts/seeds/dried fruit to your liking, believe me you can’t go wrong!