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Eat Well for Less: Ham and Cheese Bites

Everyone is always after quick, nutritious, filling snacks. So this one shared on Eat Well for Less ticks all those boxes. 

If you want to give these a go here is the recipe, you can totally make this your own, add your favourite herbs, veggies etc. These are gluten free, dairy free (if you use dairy free cheese) and nut free.

These freeze well or keep them in the fridge for 3 days. I think they are fab for packed lunches.

Don’t forget to watch the rest of the series – BBC1 Thursdays 8pm. Or get it on BBC Iplayer.

Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites
Yields 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
159 calories
13 g
111 g
7 g
11 g
3 g
144 g
188 g
2 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
144g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 111mg
37%
Sodium 188mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
11%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 180g quinoa, cooked in water and left to cool
  2. 6 spring onions, chopped
  3. 6 tomatoes, chopped
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 1 tsp mustard powder
  6. 120g ham, chopped
  7. 120g grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.
  3. Chop the veggies, ham and grate the cheese
  4. Break the eggs into a bowl, beat.
  5. Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
  6. Grease a muffin tin.
  7. Spoon the mix in then heap it up on the top, making mountains.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes.
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calories
159
fat
7g
protein
11g
carbs
13g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

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Beetroot, Courgette and Cheddar Pesto Pinwheels.

I love a bargain and I love using up leftovers. This recipes combines both! Using some puff pastry I found reduced to 16p and the veggies that were in need of being eaten quick. This was a bit of a gamble as I haven’t cooked a whole heap with beetroot but the sweetness of the beetroot really works and it gives these a beautiful colour.

Beetroot is packed with the phytonutrients: Betalain, a good antioxidant, this gives them their red colour.  They also contain a good amount of folate, manganese and potassium plus provide fibre. 

Although puff pastry isn’t something I would recommend people eat everyday, this recipe is packed with veggies and makes a good alternative for lunches. 

 

Dietitian UK: Beetroot, courgette and cheddar pesto  pinwheels

Beetroot, courgette and cheddar pesto pinwheels.
Yields 10
Quick to make, easy for luncboxes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
55 calories
2 g
8 g
4 g
3 g
2 g
47 g
65 g
2 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
47g
Yields
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 65mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 roll of prebought puff pastry
  2. 1 tbsp tomato puree
  3. 1 tbsp pesto
  4. 2 grated beetroot
  5. 1 medium grated courgette
  6. 80g grated cheddar
Instructions
  1. Let the puff pastry defrost enough to be unrolled.
  2. Spread on the tomato puree and pesto, mixing them together as you spread.
  3. Grated over the beetroot and courgette making sure the whole sheet of pastry is covered.
  4. Grate the cheese on top. Just a thin layer is fine.
  5. Roll up.
  6. Slice into 10-12 pieces and place on a lined baking tray.
  7. Bake at Gas Mark 7 for 20 minutes,
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calories
55
fat
4g
protein
3g
carbs
2g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Savoury Muffins: now you can have your cake and eat it for lunch.

Sssh until last weekend I was a savoury muffin virgin! Why had no-one introduced me to these lovelies before? I made them on a whim. My kids are really not fans of sandwiches, in fact I’m wondering  about just doing away with bread altogether in our house (my husband may have something to say about that one). So I’m always on the lookout for new lunch combos. Otherwise my kids will turn into crackers….. well they are already a bit crackers to be honest 😉

This little stunner of a recipe hits a bonus point. It is a great way to get extra vegetables in. 

I cooked these up and had to actually stop the small people from eating them all. 4 of them went as a bedtime snack!

Dietitian UK: Jboy with Spinach Muffin

On Monday I send them with a packed lunch to a playgroup with my husband and this week EVERYTHING in their packed lunch was eaten. So my new theory is muffins make the world a better place.

 

Dietitian UK:Spinach Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
152 calories
15 g
26 g
8 g
4 g
2 g
61 g
287 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 287mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
10%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 225g self raising flour
  2. 100g cream cheese
  3. 150g fresh spinach or 6 lumps of frozen spinach (I didn't weigh it)
  4. 1 egg
  5. grated nutmeg
  6. 150ml semi skimmed milk
  7. 60ml oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. Measure the flour out.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese and spinach with the grated nutmeg.
  4. Now add the egg and the milk with the oil.
  5. Mix to a lumpy batter.
  6. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.
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calories
152
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
15g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/