VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I like to think I generally lead a fairly healthy lifestyle but the beginning of a new year is always a good time for a boost! Most people over indulge at Christmas - for some reason this year we ended up with four Christmas puddings which Rupert and I love, but they do then need to be eaten, and then there's the brandy butter, and so it goes on.
So my idea of a kick start is a “Mainly Dry January" – having never considered doing "Dry January" before I do feel this is a step in the right direction. There will be inevitable blips – Emily’s 25th birthday, a great mate’s 50th, staying with mum, it’s Friday (any excuse) ... but so far pretty good. Limited alcohol consumption is then coupled with healthy eating which I love and don't find difficult. This was supper last night….oven baked cod with ginger and chilli, served with quinoa, kale, blueberry and orange salad – yum yum!
Oven Baked Cod with Kale, Blueberry and Quinoa Salad - serves 2
2 cod fillets, 1 chopped fresh chilli, 1tsp chopped ginger, 100g quinoa, small handful blueberries, 100g chopped kale, zest and juice of 1/2 orange, olive oil, salt, pepper
Place each cod fillet in a foil parcel and drizzle with a glug of olive oil - add chopped chilli and ginger, and season - seal each parcel and place on a baking tray. Bake for 15 mins at 180C. Meanwhile cook the quinoa as per the instructions on pack, and at the same time steam the chopped kale. Once cooked combine the quinoa and kale, and dress with olive oil and the juice of the orange - then add the blueberries. Dish up the salad, top with the cod and add some orange zest to finish before serving.
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