Easy tricks to make it healthy: garlic bread, creamy pasta & butterbean salad

Sometimes, there are days when you crave bad food but it’s important to stay strong & keep going: it’s so worth it. 

Embrace the changes you have made and work with it, making small alterations to the dishes that you once loved to make them "clean". These recipes are for times when you need that guilty pleasure, but without the guilt!

Do you know that if you dry fry a wholemeal tortilla that it goes firm and can be used for two of my favourite naughty treats: garlic bread & tortilla chips. 

There is nothing like the garlicky hit from garlic bread, but say no to the processed baguette with lashings of hydrogenated fat and try this!

Ingredients

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Wholemeal tortilla flatbreads or make your own cauliflower flatbreads for those who are keeping away from the carbs
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Method

  1. Toast the tortilla on both sides in the pan until starting to go golden brown.
  2. Remove and smear over the coconut oil.
  3. Crush the garlic clove and spread over the top and devour! A totally garlicky hit (you can always mix the crushed clove into the coconut oil and place into the microwave in a small bowl for a couple of seconds to remove some of the bite of raw garlic)

Tortilla chips

Dry fry the flat bread as above, when cool cut with scissors into triangles and serve with your favourite homemade dip. Easy.

Greek yoghurt makes a great clean creamy sauce that has a nice tangy quality to be used on wholemeal pasta (for the kids) or on courgetti. Try these cheats creamy pasta sauces:

Carbonara

Sauté mushrooms, diced onion, a clove of crushed garlic and home cooked ham in a teaspoon of coconut oil. Now turn the heat right down and add 3 tbsp of whole greek yoghurt (too hot and the yoghurt may curdle.) Stir the yoghurt through to combine the ingredients, warm through and serve immediately. If it does split, it's still ok to eat and tastes just as nice although presentation won't be as good.

Chicken and Tarragon Sauce

Chicken & tarragon is an awesome flavour combination. Cook a chicken breast with onion, garlic and a finely sliced courgette in a frying pan, adding 2 tsp of dried tarragon, salt and pepper. Quickly stir through 3 tbsp of greek yoghurt, to warm as above, and serve.

Butterbean side salad

Instead of potatoes I love butterbeans! I often just have this for lunch; add a can of drained tuna if you want more protein. It's so yummy and Osk loves it too!!

Ingredients

  • 2 tins of butterbeans 
  • Half a red onion finely diced
  • Half a packet of rocket lightly chopped (watercress or flat leaf parsley work well too)
  • Juice of a lemon and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to dress
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Empty the tins of beans, including the water from the tins into a microwaveable bowl and cook in microwave on high for 3 mins. 
  2. Drain and place into a serving bowl with the lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper and onion.
  3. When cooled add the rocket and serve.

Deliciously clean and great served with grilled fish. Crushed butterbeans are also great instead of mashed potatoes. Experiment with different types and combinations of beans and see which ones you prefer.

I hope you like these cheats, let me know those foods that you're craving and I'll try to make some clean alternatives for you too.