Ground Beef Quinoa

Quinoa has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete Protein. F A C T! Now why isn't quinoa gracing your plate yet? These itty bitty seeds contain more iron per 100g than brown rice, also containing Zinc, Potassium and Magnesium, some important micronutrients. But of course, apart from its impressive nutritional value, quinoa is delicious and can be cooked in a variety of ways. It seems I too have become a self proclaimed quinoa addict, can you blame me? Here's how to make this gorgeous dish, no fuss.

Melon Yoghurt Bowl

Exams are finally over, I've finished my first year of Dietetics, woohoo! Where has the time gone? It feels like yesterday I was walking into a room full of strangers for Induction. But I must say, it felt so good sitting my last exam yesterday, now I'm off for the summer. FREEDOM! I've really enjoyed first year, Human Nutrition and Dietetics is a very challenging but interesting and rewarding course. Hopefully I've passed the exams to get into the second year. This is my first long summer in years but it's also my last and so I plan on travelling around the UK quite a bit, eating lots and trying new things. And of course, I'll be delving back into the world of Dental Nursing, I have kind of missed working full time. Anyway, let's talk yoghurt bowls; easy, quick, versatile. Melon anyone?

Our first recipe video with the BBC: Ginger & Maple Syrup Royal Cheesecake

Who doesn't love a good Royal wedding between a commoner and a Royal? So Great Britain, Happy Royal Wedding Day! In celebration of the royal wedding, we bring you this delicious Ginger and maple syrup cheesecake, one that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Its super easy to make and this time instead of typing up the recipe, its on video for all of you to see. We had a great time filming this video and I am so grateful to be working alongside the BBC. I won't bore you any longer, I mean the recipe is what you came here for:

My first Vegan Burger at Anna-Loka Cardiff

Today I sat my first of three exams and I'm so glad that it's out of the way. Being a self confessed foodie meant that there was only one way to celebrate, food of course. I am not Vegan but I quite like sampling all kinds of foods. After bumping into a friend of mine and fellow Dietetics student (she's Vegan) in Anna-Loka, she suggested that I give a Vegan burger a try. Hands down the best post exam treat in the history of exam treats. Um, is there even such a thing? Anyway, I had the Anna-Loka Rodeo burger which consists of a seitan patty topped with an onion ring, vegan cheese, gherkins and tomato smothered with BBQ and burger sauce with a side of sweet potato fries. Phew, that was a mouthful!

Sweet Potato Muffins

No mess and quick to make, these Sweet Potato and Banana Muffins are quite the combination. They are slightly fluffy and moist with no added sugar, their sweetness is from bananas and of course sweet potatoes. Probably one of the easiest recipes to follow, no oil or butter required. Just thought I'd let the natural ingredients do the talking for a change. I'm not quite sure what it is about Spring and summer that makes me want to eat a lot of mashed starches. I'm talking butternut squash, pumpkins and of course sweet potato. Now, why don't you give this one a try.

Parsley Chicken & Vegetable Medley

With exam season in full swing, quick meals are the only way to go and that's how this 20 minute recipe came about. To achieve a burst of flavour, make use of fresh herbs and don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. How did I learn what herbs complement each other? By chucking them all in and hoping for the best. Give it a try, you'll get it just right for your taste buds. I often use Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Basil in my cooking but with this dish, I'm focusing on my two favourites, Parsley and Thyme. An effortless and family-friendly dish that showcases healthy ingredients; one that won't disappoint on the flavour front.
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