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Winter salad of goat’s cheese, quinoa, beetroot and pomegranate

Last week, bored of my food, I pledged to be more adventurous with my meals – yet still eat healthily while keeping preparation and cooking time to 30 minutes or less. Click on the link to read last week’s blog post: Do you have mealtime déjà vu?

This week, I found myself devouring recipe books and websites for ideas to get me out of my mealtime rut.

Here’s how my week of eating panned out.Healthier Mummy food challenge

Breakfast: One of my complaints in my last post was that I was eating too much porridge. Last week, I still ate porridge on five out of the seven mornings. *Coughs, embarrassed*. But, in my defence, I have been preparing it in a different way – using water instead of milk, and serving it with a hefty dollop of low-fat Greek yoghurt with my berries and seeds. Honest, it’s like eating a whole new breakfast! I also tried Weetabix on two days, and it was tasty. But you know what? I prefer my new porridge. Next step: try some porridge variations.

Lunch: My boring old wholegrain bagel only emerged from the freezer on two out of the seven days, so I see this as quite a success.

On two more days, I ate a salad that I had prepared the night before using quinoa, one of my favourite ingredients of the moment. And I noticed that I felt brighter and more energetic on those afternoons than after eating my bagel. I think it’s because quinoa is a high protein grain, and protein helps prevent blood sugar spikes that lead to afternoon slumps and sluggishness. (See the winter salad recipe below.)

And for another two days, I bought a chicken and noodle soup from the nearby Asian café, which was delicious. Probably not quite as healthy – but at least it wasn’t a bagel.

For lunch with my toddler at home, I ate soft-boiled eggs, wholemeal toast soldiers and salad. I had forgotten how delicious eggs eaten in this way can be, plus they’re really good for you, containing good quality protein and lots of vitamins.

Dinner: I did fall off the new food wagon a couple of times – specifically when my husband was out and I couldn’t be bothered to cook anything at all. I’m afraid I ended up reaching for my usual foods those nights.

Here’s my new fave dinner below. Enjoy!

Winter salad of goat’s cheese, quinoa, beetroot and pomegranate 

goats cheese, beetroot, pomegranate and quinoa salad

It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to prepare, and keeps you feeling full for ages, which I love.

Serves 2

120g raw quinoa or mixed grains plus quinoa
2 small raw beetroot, or 1 large, peeled and grated
125g of soft goat’s cheese
1 pack of Parma ham (optional)
1 snack pot of fresh pomegranate seeds (from the chiller section of your supermarket) or a whole pomegranate if you have time to prepare them
Bag of salad leaves
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, optional
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dressing

Method

Boil the quinoa in a saucepan according to your pack instructions. This will take somewhere between 12 and 20 minutes.

While it’s cooking, arrange the salad on the plates and top with the grated beetroot.

Roughly chop the goats cheese and Parma ham.

When cooked, drain the quinoa and divide between the two plates. Sprinkle over the chopped goats cheese and Parma ham, and top with the pomegranate plus 2 tsp each of pumpkin seeds. Dress with a swirl of balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil. Enjoy.

 


Comments (50)

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    Jo

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    I absolutely agree with you on the boiled eggs and soldiers. I think I used it one day when DS was about 6 months old simply because I had nothing else in the fridge and I’d never tried anything but scrambled eggs for him but he’d tired of that. W both tucked in and it took me back to weekends with my nan. Such a great comfort food and wholesome too.

    Definitely going to try the Thai noodles. Sounds yum!

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      healthiermummy

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      Yes, you’re right. Boiled eggs do take you back to your childhood, don’t they? Going to try to eat them more regularly.

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    Jo

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    Sorry. Meant Thai rice not noodles!

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    mummy of two

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    It’s nice to have a change isn’t it. Like the sound of the prawn fried rice.

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    Amanda

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    It all sounds yummy… it is hard making changes when you are used to doing something a certain way so well done you!!

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      healthiermummy

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      Thank you, I’m trying very hard to break my old habits but it’s not easy.

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    Mum of One

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    That Thai Prawn rice looks delicious. I might give that a whirl this week as Mr B loves prawns.

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    Hellie's Corner

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    It’s great to try new recipes, it’s so easy to just cook the same dishes each week. Your kids are great, most would have been put off by the beans rather than the rice or omelett!!

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      healthiermummy

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      Thank you, you’re right. My girls are pretty good with their veg (my toddler is another story though.)

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    Em @ snowingindoors

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    That fried rice looks lovely, I’m always on the search for lovely things to do with rice

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      healthiermummy

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      Me too. Rice is such a useful and versatile food. And the kids like it too.

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    Mammasaurus

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    Yummy – loving the sound of the thai prawn rice particularly. We cook one new meal a week here, we really enjoy it and make sure it’s something we do together, my husband and I, as cooking was something we used to do together all the time pre-kids. I think it’s kind of nice to keep a love affair with cooking alive and kicking :) x

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      healthiermummy

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      It’s such a lovely idea to cook with your husband. And sounds like you’re really good about sticking to the one new meal a week thing.

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    Keri-Anne

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    I love the sound of the Thai chicken! I will be trying that this week x

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      healthiermummy

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      So glad, hope you enjoy it.

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      healthiermummy

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      Yes, I love the bright colours too.

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    Kate Williams

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    That Thai prawn rice looks delicious!

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    Actually Mummy...

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    I love the look of the winter salad – you are a healthy eater!

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      healthiermummy

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      Thank you, I do try to eat healthily, most of the time at least.

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      healthiermummy

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      I’ve only just discovered him but will look out for more of his books, I think.

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    Laura Halls

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    ooh the Thai Chicken looks lovely.

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      healthiermummy

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      Yes, it was really tasty!

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    Jenny

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    I have that Nigel Slater book but haven’t look at it in ages. I must dig it out for some inspiration.

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      healthiermummy

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      I’m going to try some more recipes from the book too. Hope you get inspired!

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    Louisa

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    I especially like the look of the winter salad. I love beetroot and goats cheese. My mom tried one of Jamie Olivers’ 30 minute meals and nit took them an hour and a half to make!

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      healthiermummy

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      That’s very interesting re Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals. Thanks for the tip! I think he cooks a starter, main and pud in that 30 minutes so I think I’d probably get myself all stressed out and take a lot longer too.

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    Charly Dove

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    That winter salad especially looks utterly divine – craving it now :)

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      healthiermummy

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      Me too. Will be planning it for one night next week!

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    Kirsty

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    The winter salad looks utterly delicious. Well done for trying new things. I have been doing the same this week but I do find it difficult with a young one as he is not so keen on being adventurous and I then feel food is going to waste. At the same time I also want him to be adventurous with his food so I will persevere!

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      healthiermummy

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      It’s so hard trying to be adventurous with a less-than-keen child, I agree. Luckily my eldest two are pretty adventurous so I tend to cook their meals with them in mind, rather than with my fusspot youngest.

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    The Egyptian Mummy

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    I love quinoa, but always seem to bugger it up when I try making it! Also a big fan of goat’s cheese and pomegranate on salads. Have you ever tried using pomegranate molasses as a dressing? Delicious!

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      healthiermummy

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      No, not tried pomegranate molasses. Where would I find that? Thanks for the tip. And I just follow the packet’s instructions for cooking quinoa.

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    Kate Thompson

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    That winter salad looks delicious !!! It’s soul destroying cooking for yourself IMO, not an easy thing to do. I like eating what the kids eat midweek too, otherwise I would be waiting until bedtime!

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      healthiermummy

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      If you can eat with the kids during the week, that’s great. And you’re right -cooking for one is soul-destroying, unless you can tell yourself you’re making extra for another night too.

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    Swazi

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    How inventive some of these recipes are – well done.
    I’m guilty of doing the same old meals all the time, but I do try and vary it a bit.

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      healthiermummy

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      Well done for varying it. You should give me some tips!

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    Shell Louise

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    I need to change things around because we’re all getting bored of the same old things. The chicken salad sounds lovely :)

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      healthiermummy

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      It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when you have kids. We love the chicken salad, so do give it a go.

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    Kara

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    I love the look of the winter salad, will have to try it!

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      healthiermummy

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      So pleased you like it, I’m a big fan of it. Let me know how you get on.

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    Ninja cat

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    Brilliant recipes !

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      healthiermummy

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      Thank you, glad you like them.

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    Rebecca

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    Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward to trying the Thai prawn fried rice this evening!

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      healthiermummy

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      Let me know how it goes. I’m looking out for any variations too if you have any up your sleeve!

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    Holly

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    These are fab Carole thank you for sharing.., love your honesty too xxx

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    Emily (@amummytoo)

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    That winter salad looks SO good. Well done with breaking new recipe ground :)

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      healthiermummy

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      Thanks for your lovely comment. It can be hard to shake yourself past the cook books!

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