It’s that time of the week again and it’s been another great week of food and foodie gadgets!
I made a Thai curry on Monday using Blend Bros new protein sauce mix. They’re a new health brand producing savoury sauce mixes that are high in protein. A great alterative to protein shakes and a tasty way to pack extra protein into your diet. Even if you’re not looking at protein specific products the sauces are natural, healthy and really tasty so I’d still recommend them. If you haven’t seen my post you can check it out here.
I made a homemade (not so cheeky) Nandos – with a lemon, thyme and garlic roast chicken, cinnamon and paprika roast sweet potato wedges and steamed corn on the cobs. It tasted like the real deal and was a pretty healthy, clean, lean meal (apart from the Nandos hot sauce) and we polished off a whole chicken between the two of us.
It was National Coffee Day on Tuesday so I did a roundup of my favourite coffee shops in Manchester. I love my coffee (even though I do drink de-caf for the majority of the time). If you missed it you can read it here. I’ve also had so many more recommendations following the article and will enjoy working my way through them all. Get in touch if you have a favourite coffee spot!
My spiralizer arrived and I had my first attempt at making courgetti (spaghetti made from courgettes)! I’d been toying with the idea of getting one for ages but had never got around to it. It was so easy to use and in about 2 minutes it had turned 2 courgettes into long strands. I think I over cooked mine the first time though as they absorbed a bit too much water and made my pesto a bit runny – I’ve read now that apparently the courgetti only needs 2 minutes to cook. I’m looking forward to trying out other courgetti recipes and baked vegetable crisps using the chipper blade. Let me know if you have any good Spiralizer recipes!
Soul Thing sent me some of their new food supplements to try which I’ll be reviewing next week. They sell high quality supplements that are made in the UK such as Stay Flexi – a mix of glucosamine for healthy joints, Goodness – a great all round multi-vitamin packed and Love Beets – a beetroot and cherry powder packed with antioxidants. I’m trying out their L-Glutamine – described as ‘your body’s first aid kit’ and Nourish me – an alkalising and detox supplement to help with overall health and immune support. Watch out for my post and an update in my monthly Fitness post and have a little look at their lovely website here.
I found a new brunch spot at Red Bank Café in the Green Quarter. Their superfood fluffy baked egg whites with avocado and fresh hollandaise sauce were amazing! They also do breakfast cocktails such as bloody marys and espresso martinis, brew fresh coffee and open as a bar serving locally brewed beer and pizza in the evening. It’s a little tucked away but a real gem when you find it and I’m already planning my next visit…