Super Quick Paella

I love rice dishes and this is perfect for feeding a big group. You wouldn’t think it would be possible to make paella super quick but believe me, this is and everyone that has tried it though it was fantastic. It’s another one of those dishes that you can just use all your leftover veggies.  I use turmeric instead of using saffron to give it the yellow colour. It’s already in the store cupboard which I also use for other dishes so it’s a great alternative. I promise you this dish will not disappoint.

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SUPER QUICK PAELLA – Serves 4

Required five:
1. 400g cooked long grain rice
2. Handful of chorizo
3. 200g cooked chicken
4. Veggies (I use onions, green beans, mushrooms and red peppers)
5. 1 tsp tumeric

Store cupboard staples:
– Salt
– Pepper
– 1 cup of stock (made with stock cubes or bouillon)

What you need to do:
Step 1: Fry the chorizo until some oil is released and then add in the onions and fry gently for a few minutes. golden then add the chicken and cook through
Step 2: Add in the veggies and turmeric and fry until all browned
Step 3: Pour over the stock, cover with lid and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes
Step 4: Once green beans are soft, add in the rice, cooked chicken, salt and pepper if required and mix thoroughly and let it simmer to absorb the liquid for 5 mins.
Step 5: Serve with some crispy chorizo or a garnish of your choice

Top Tip:
For an even quicker paella use pre-made rice. You can buy these from the main supermarkets. Just make sure there are no hidden nasties added so read the ingredients before buying.

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Chorizo Bean Stew

This is a perfect one pan dish that is a nutritional powerhouse. It is packed with protein, fibre and antioxidants, and is also a great source of B vitamins and minerals too.  The mixture of beans not only make it a hearty dish but the chorizo gives it a delicious distinct flavour and adds a slight kick to it too. It is so quick and easy to make that the most difficult thing is deciding whether you want to serve it on it’s own in a bowl or over sourdough toast and topped with an egg!

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CHORIZO BEAN STEW – serves 2

Required five:
1. 1 tin (400g) of cooked mixed beans
2. Handful of sliced chorizo
3. 1 cup (250ml) Passata
4. 1 tsp pureed garlic
5. Handful of spinach

Optional:
– 1/2 tsp chilli powder

Store cupboard staples:
– Salt
– Pepper
– 1 tsp of honey

What you need to do:
Step 1: Gently fry the chorizo until is browned then add in the garlic and fry for another minute
Step 2: Add in the beans, passata, salt and pepper, and honey and simmer gently for 5-6 minutes
Step 3: Put in the spinach, mix through, and simmer for 5 minutes until wilted.
Step 4: Serve in warm bowls with a side of toasted sourdough or top with a poached egg.

Top Tip:
To veggie-fy this dish simply leave out the chorizo and add in a tsp of smoked paprika ti give you that delicious flavour without the meat. You can also add some chicken to this as well if you fancy a bit more meat with your dish.

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Amanda’s Story: From Serial Dieter To Healthy Eater

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Amanda is a 42 year old mum who has serial dieted for over 20 years.  You name the diet and she has has tried it…but failed….time and time again.  She had spent so long with a love/hate relationship with food that she had got to the point she was willing to try something totally different.  I caught up with Amanda and asked her about her experience on being on DIET DISRUPTER and how it has helped to finally ditch the diet and transform her eating habits.

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How long have you been on the DIET DISRUPTER PROGRAMME?
I have been a member for nearly 3 months now.  The programme of learning is over 4 weeks and I have taken that learning and put it into practice and it is now part of my healthy lifestyle.

What did you think before you joined the programme?
Probably a bit skeptical because I’ve tried everything. You name it I’ve tried it, time and time again but I was at a stage where I was willing to give something different a try.

What has been the hardest thing about the programme?
It’s not actually been hard. Maybe in the 2nd week the headaches were probably about the hardest thing but plenty of glasses of water and early nights did the trick. The programme has actually been so much easier than I thought.

What do you love about being on the Programme?
The fact that I’ve got these abundance of recipes now that the whole family enjoy. We were in that rut of having fish on a Monday, same thing every Tuesday, and by Wednesday we were so bored of it we’d go and get takeaway. We don’t have to do that now as we have such a range of recipes to pick from that we all love.

The DIET DISRUPTER CLUB community has also been great providing excellent support, ideas, encouragement, and we’ve some good laughs too.

What is your favourite DIET DISRUPTER meal?
Oh…it’s a tough one. I love the Butternut Squash and Green Bean Curry but the Marscapone Pasta feels like such a treat, like proper comfort food.

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What would you say to someone that is on the sidelines about joining?
Just do it. What have you got to lose? You’ll gain so many recipes, lots of friends through the community, the support is great. Just do it! JOIN HERE

What has been your biggest health change?
Ditching the obsession with calories, which for someone that has spent 20 years on various diets that really restricted calories such as the 500 a day diet, cabbage soup diet. My relationship with food has totally changed and eating without worrying about how many calories I’ve had that day has just been liberating. 2018 is going to be my year for finally ditching the diets, eating healthy and learning to love me and my body.

What has been your weight and inch loss to date?
I’m down 20lbs.  I have also lost 3 inches from bust, 6 inches from hips, 4 inches from waist and 2 inches from thighs.

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The amazing thing is I’ve done it without starving myself for the first time ever. Usually weight loss has come about through starvation then bingeing, then starving. For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with weight and losing it fast so it’s a real mindset shift for me which I am so delighted about! For me now I’m more thinking about nourishing my body. I don’t actually worry about calories. I just think if something has too much sugar or if my body is not going to respond well to it which is just a complete revolution for me.

How has this differed from any other diet that you’ve been on?
I’ve never eaten so much on a diet as usually diet for me is small portions, portion control, and not too many calories . I’ve never eaten so much lovely healthy food. I’ve never felt deprived. The fact that I can have that takeaway if I’m out with the girls and not feel guilt but then the next morning my body now craves more nourishing foods . I actually want it rather than thinking I’m back on a diet. That for me has been a complete and utter transformation. Previously on diets I would have felt restricted, deprived, binge-starved but I’ve broken that cycle once and for all.

What has surprised you the most about the programme?
I probably didn’t appreciate just how transformational this would be. From someone that over 20 years has tried everything and was a bit cynical in that you’re never going to break my sugar craving, crisp craving, takeaway habits etc.  Within the space of a couple of weeks it was gone.  Absolutely gone!

What do you eat on a typical day on DIET DISRUPTER?

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It varies as the recipes are all great.  A day of eating can include a green pear smoothie for breakfast, butternut squash and sweet potato soup with toasted seeds for lunch, handful of nuts and green apple snack, meatballs and brown rice spaghetti with tons of veg chucked in for dinner, and a wee bounty bite at night with my herbal tea. Such yummy nutritious eating!

Any last thoughts you’d like to share?
I can’t actually express how much I’ve transformed and changed my mindset. I caught site of myself in a mirror in a coffee shop the other day and actually smiled! Like properly grinned because I liked what I saw.  Pizza used to be my absolute downfall but when I went to Pizza Express for lunch on that same day all I wanted was the chicken and goats cheese salad and thoroughly enjoyed it! I didn’t even feel deprived that I never ordered pizza.  Total transformation!

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Pad Thai Prawn

This is such a delicious dish and it’s quicker and easier to make than you think. It’s a great way of getting your veggies into your email.  I love the combination of veggies and egg in this dish and every time I’m at my last mouthful I wish I had made more!

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Required five:
1. 200g rice noodles
2. 350g cooked prawns
3. Veggies of your choice (I used peppers, onion, courgette and mangetout)
4. 1 chilli or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
5. 1 medium egg

Store cupboard staples:
– Tamari
– Sesame oil
– Coconut oil

What you need to do:
Step 1: Cook the rice noodles according to instructions then leave to cool
Step 2: Scramble an egg and set aside
Step 3: Fry the veggies and chilli in some coconut oil until browned
Step 4: Add the rice noodles and tamari and mix thoroughly
Step 5: Add the prawns and mix through, turn off heat and add the sesame oil, then serve

Top Tip:
If you don’t like prawns you can easily use chicken instead or leave out the prawns and add more veg for a meat free dish.

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Roslyn’s Story: How I lost my baby weight and got in control of my own diet.

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Roslyn is mum to an 8 month old and a 3 year old who couldn’t stay away from the biscuit cupboard. Like all new mums who are sleep deprived she became more and more reliant on sugar to get her through the day.

‘My major downfall is usually skipping lunch because I didn’t have time to make anything then reaching for sugary snacks after the nursery run which then continued into the evening.  Honestly… I felt horrible. I felt bloated, my clothes were tight and my mummy tummy was getting bigger by the day!’

However, four weeks after starting DIET DISRUPTER she not only got in control of her own diet but she lost all her baby weight too – 10lbs down, 4″ off her waist and 2″ off her thighs and she feels amazing about herself.  Here is Roslyn’s story.

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I WAS READY TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Roslyn was looking to make some changes and wanted to become less reliant on sugar and come off that sugar rollercoaster she found herself trapped in. When she came across DIET DISRUPTER she saw it as a sign and thought that she had nothing to lose so wanted to give it a go.

‘I decided enough was enough and had already decided to stop drinking for a month to try and de-bloat a bit. That’s when DIET DISRUPTER popped up on my page – it was fate! Previously, my approach to dieting would be to calorie count and go hungry to try and shift some weight. After I got results, I would then go back to ‘normal’ and a couple of months later do the same again…  I wanted to stop that cycle so I was ready to try something different’

WHAT IS DIET DISRUPTER?

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DIET DISRUPTER is different to any other diet.  It’s not really a diet as it disrupts all the normal dieting protocols by encouraging you to ditch the diet i.e. calorie counting, starving yourself, fad juicing diets etc and eat tasty meals using tried and tested recipes. The focus is on building a diet that suits you as an individual, focusing on foods that nourish and fuel your body and make you feel energised and full of life.

DIET DISRUPTER is an online programme where it will guide you through a process to help you identify a way of eating that suits you and will completely change your mindset towards food.  >>FIND OUT MORE>>

Week 1 of DIET DISRUPTER is all about prepping your body for week 2 by increasing water intake and decreasing caffeine, processed foods, and sugar intake. ‘Although this was meant to be a ‘normal’ week with increased water and decreased caffeine/processed food to make week 2 easier, I have really noticed a difference. My 3 key achievements that week gave me the motivation needed to go into week 2:

1. Keeping a food diary – I’ve not been finishing off the kids dinners/extras like I usually do and have thought about every single thing I am eating.

2. Water – I have been very strict in having my 2 litres every day. On a normal day, I would have easily had 3 diet cokes a day and would turn to this when thirsty (like a craving), this has already gone and I am now thirsty for water. I have reduced to one Diet Coke a day!

3. Weight loss – I weighed after the first week and have lost 4lbs. Feeling good about this but a clear indication of how bad my diet was prior to starting!

Week 2 of DIET DISRUPTER is the RESET phase.  This is where inflammatory foods, and stimulant are eliminated from the everyday diet. Inflammation can cause health problems, interfere with digestion, and encourage weight gain. This includes caffeine, gluten, wheat, and sugar.  For some it’s the most challenging week as cutting out sugar and caffeine can bring on withdrawal symptoms.

‘Week 2 definitely had its ups and downs and the first few days were difficult . I had to stop myself so many times but was aware my bad habits were just habits and could easily be fixed.  I had a headache for 2 full days from sugar and caffeine withdrawals but after day 3 things were great and overall energy levels increased! I didn’t feed my cravings which I think really helped’ 

After the RESET phase Roslyn’s dedication was paying off… ‘7lbs off in two weeks and 2 inches from my tum, so chuffed!’

Week 3 is the NOURISH Phase where the focus is on nourishing the body with nutrient dense foods that suit your body.

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‘I have enjoyed trying new foods and cooking. The meals includes a lot of things I have never tasted never mind bought before but find a lot of the recipes have similar ingredients so having the cupboard full of the key items really helped. The ideas from the community group and having that encouragement really helped. I’m a better cook than I thought! 

Week 4 is the BALANCE phase where you learn how to make this into a sustainable long term healthy lifestyle and over 4 short weeks Roslyn has adopted this approach.

‘My approach to food has completely changed. I plan ahead, I check the ingredients of food before buying and most importantly, I see food as fuel for my body now. I will not completely cut out the things that I love – takeaway, pizza, alcohol, chocolate but I will enjoy it when I have it and then get back to healthy eating afterwards. I’ve been caught up on train of takeaways previously but I now feel in control of my own diet.

THE RESULTS!

When Roslyn first started DIET DISRUPTER she wanted to make amazing changes.  Four weeks after and she has done exactly that. Roslyn is 10lbs down, lost 4″ off her waist and 2″ off her thighs and feels amazing about herself.

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‘I have shifted my baby weight and maybe even a bit more…just in time for his 9 month milestone. My clothes fit (if not too big now!) and I feel confident. Even my skin and hair look better too!’ I’m feeling 100 times better than I ever thought I would. 

‘The encouragement from the Private Facebook Group was great.  Everyone old and new share ideas, thoughts, struggles and success stories – it’s what kept me going. I would have failed on day 1 without this group.

‘DIET DISRUPTER will change the way you look at food. You will de-bloat, shake off bad eating habits and get rid of sugar or caffeine addictions in a matter of days. The recipes provided include everyday  meals that your whole family can enjoy and are delicious!!  

‘Although this is a 4 week plan, you will want to continue your new eating habits after this. Its more than just a 4 week plan, it’s a complete lifestyle change’

Get in control of your diet…

If you would like to learn to eat in a way that suits you, diet differently, change your habits and lifestyle, and feel amazing about yourself and in your clothes then JOIN DISRUPTER TODAY and take the first step on making that change.  Don’t wait another month!


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Posh Pot Noodle

Do you remember good old pot noodles? They were quick, easy, and so convenient. Well, so are my posh pot noodles, except mine are a jar full of goodness. They don’t take long to prepare and when you are ready for them you just take them out the fridge, pour hot water, wait a couple of minutes, and voila! I use brown rice vermicelli as it’s a good source of complex carbohydrate and veggies that are full of vitamins and minerals.

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POSH POT NOODLE – Serves 1

Required five: 
1. 1 disc brown rice vermicelli
2. 50g cooked chicken or prawns
3. Veggies of choice (I use grate carrots, spinach, spring onions, chilli)
4. Teaspoon of sesame seeds
5. 1 heaped tsp bouillon or 1 stock cube

Store cupboard staples:
– Sesame oil

What you need to do: 
Step 1: Cook the vermicelli as stated on pack. Once cooled you can start layering your jar
Step 2: Put the noodles at the bottom, then your carrots and spinach
Step 3: Add the cooked chicken, top with spring onions and chilli
Step 4: Add the bouillon and sesame oil. If not eating until later you can store in the fridge until you’re ready to use
Step 5: When eating, pour boiling hot water over the top ensure bouillon or stock cube is all dissolved.  Sit for 2 minutes then eat!

Top tip: 
When vermicelli is cooked run it under cold water to cool.  It will prevent the noodles from going soggy. If you’ve made your own bone broth it would be perfect. Just don’t add the bouillon or tamari and just heat the bone broth separately and then pour over your noodles.

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Chilli Pork Burgers

Burgers may be viewed as fast food but I’m going show you a healthy spin with my  delicious Chilli Pork Burgers.  I do love a good burger and for me it needs to be juicy, tender, and full of flavour. The benefit of making your own burger is that you know exactly what ingredients are in it, you can tweak it to your liking, and serve it as you wish.  Those of you who follow me on social media will know I love my food fiery hot, however, if you don’t like spicy food or are adapting this recipe for kids just leave out the chilli or substitute it with some herbs instead.

I keep my burger healthy by serving it on a gluten and wheat free pitta along with a side of my Recipe High Five Spicy Slaw.  If you fancy it even lighter you could have it naked (no bun or pitta) and simply serve it with salad.

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CHILLI PORK BURGERS- Serves 4

Required five:
– 500g pork mince
– 1 small finely chopped onion
– 1/4 cup of ground almonds
– 1 medium egg
– 1 tsp of chopped fresh chilli’s or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

Store Cupboard Staples:
– Salt
– Pepper
– Coconut oil for frying

What you need to do:
Step 1: In a bowl add in the pork mince, chopped onion, ground almonds, chilli,egg, salt and pepper and give it a good mix with your hands ensuring all the ingredients are combined.
Step 2: Using your hands, form into either 4 medium sized or 8 small round patties.
Step 3: Heat some coconut oil in a pan and when hot place the patties into the pan.
Step 4: Cook for 5-6 minutes  on either side  making sure it’s well browned and cooked right the way through.
Step 5: Assemble your burger as you wish and serve with some Recipe High Five Spicy Slaw

Top Tip:
The ground almonds help make the burger really tender. If you don’t have ground almonds simply use breadcrumbs.

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