The first time I did this in the gym I had lots of people wondering how in the world I was holding a plank for so long. It is well into comfort eating weather now, but comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. I don’t know what it is about a big bowl of noodles, but it instantly makes me feel better. If you want to be kept up to date on my new healthy and delicious recipes like this, then please subscribe to the blog mailing list (it takes 30 seconds) and you will get sent the new recipes straight to your inbox. I tried the noodles by themselves first, as I wanted to know how much flavour they had on them already and I was really, really impressed – very tasty. I think most people think of SlimFast as just bars and shakes, but these noodle boxes show that they are much more and I have been creating lots of dishes that these noodles can be incorporated in to, this was just my favourite.
There were so many styling props that I wanted to bring back with me, light bowls and plates, but I just didn’t have the space in my luggage. 1) Put a little oil in a pan and add the tofu, shallots, garlic and ginger and gently cook for 5 minutes. I’m obsessed with Thai food and I’ve recently discovered the deliciousness that is Asian noodle soups so this to me looks INCREDIBLE!
Oh my goodness what a lovely bowl of soup – I didn’t know about SlimFast noodles until now, I will have to check these out! I am trying to add lots of ginger to my meals at the moment, keeps me healthy through winter. In the time it takes to watch your favorite cat videos on YouTube, you can make a nutritious, home-cooked breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Forget flavored oatmeal packets and go au naturel with this oatmeal that’s reminiscent of a cobbler. Avocado toast is all the rage, but adding a poached egg takes it to a new level and completes the trifecta of nutrition: protein, fats, and carbs. A stack of homemade flapjacks doesn’t take that long—and these are high protein and free of gluten.
Fabulous as it is, quinoa takes some time cook, and while some people have said it can be nuked, most microwaves take more than 10 minutes. When properly prepared, tofu is anything but blah—and this version provides as much protein as a scrambled egg. This healthy, autumn-inspired oatmeal combines pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla to give it a pie flavor, then tops it all off with dried cranberries to natural sweetness. Morning sandwiches can be so much more than a smashed bacon, egg, and cheese eaten behind the wheel. Toss your favorite breakfast meat (or skip it if you’re vegetarian), salsa, eggs, and cheese in a mug, zap for 2 minutes, and season to taste.
A delicious dinner for one, this noodle bowl gets all the flavors of your fave quick-cook noodle cups without the icky additives. Rather than topping a salad with bagged croutons, whip up this Tuscan version with toasted pita bread.
Colorful and crunchy, this salad is just what the doctor ordered when leafy-greens-based varieties are boring you out. Not only good for guacamole, moist desserts, and rich smoothies, avocados are designed to be stuffed! Stuffed with tasty, healthy ingredients, quesadillas are an easy way to get a quick lunch on the table. Italian and Mexican favorites team up for a mashup that’s better than anything mixed by a DJ. While this recipe uses liquid eggs, substitute two whole eggs instead since the cholesterol and fat from the real thing aren’t bad for you. The addition of cashews—a good source of bone-building phosphorus, energy-producing magnesium, and other minerals—makes pesto incredibly creamy.
As if the ingredients alone weren’t enough to draw us in, this meal is also speedier than Usain Bolt (OK, may not).
There’s a reason why rice and beans are so popular: They’re inexpensive and easy—but they can be boring.


Stir-fries are a natural when you want a healthy meal fast, plus they’re an easy way to pack in vegetables: This recipe includes onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and 2 cups of spinach per serving—that alone provides about a third of the daily recommendation of vitamin A, plus loads of vitamin K and some potassium, nutrients that are important for healthy eyes, bones, and heart health.
The beauty of it is it incorporates movement into your planks so the mental side is diminished as you are constantly changing it up. With your body leg supporting lift your top leg, keeping the top leg straight bring it to the front of your body and tap your toes on the ground. A hearty noodle dish is about as comforting as it gets and my healthy twist on it means you can keep it low in calories too.
I am always a fan of any meal that has everything mixed together, but noodles are just extra comforting and now with this recipe, they are extra healthy too. The ultimate taste test goes on Dave, as he is a little fussy, and he loved them and had them for lunch 2 days in a row. They come all the way from Thailand and are just a few of the souvenirs that we brought back (I will get round to finishing up my Thailand recaps) and this is the first time I have used them. I always struggle to get tofu nice and golden like you have, so will have to give it another go! I would have probably passed these noodles by or been put off by them,, but I think I’ll try them now.
Roasted Piquillo peppers come from Spain, and are available in the imported foods section of most grocery stores. But let’s face it, with minimal free time and other priorities taking up space in our schedules (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there), spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of our to-do lists.
With fresh peaches, chopped pecans (or your nut of choice), and cinnamon, it will satisfy your sweet tooth so much that you may find yourself making it for dessert. But they still taste amazing and fluffy, thanks to bananas, oats, vanilla, and of course blueberries. Toss the vegan staple with cheesy nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and paprika (buy smoked for even more flavor), and even egg lovers will enjoy it. Rice noodles provide the bulk of this vegetarian-friendly bowl that uses boxed butternut squash soup as the base for fast cooking. There’s the usual good-alone-but-better-together suspects expected in something called “Mediterranean”: tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and olives, which are key since the fats in them help your body absorb the nutrients in the veggies. Crunchy coleslaw mix and dried ramen noodles (swap in crunchy rice noodles for a healthier option) are tossed with avocado for healthy fats, edamame for protein, and mango for vision-protecting beta carotene. Mix it with avocado and cheese—we’d take it one step further and toss in some peppers, onions, and maybe some greens—and cook in a pan. Try canned salmon mixed with creamy, slightly nutty cannellini beans, veggies, and fresh herbs for a super easy meal that’s as delicious on its own as it is in a pita, or with whole-grain crackers.
Remove the pit and fill the center with a mixture of tomato, feta, onion, and herbs, and it’s a filling meal that’s pretty enough to serve at a brunch—after all, not every breakfast-meets-lunch recipe should take hours to prepare. This Tex-Mex version pairs black beans and corn with salsa, cheese, and red pepper flakes in a flour tortilla for a filling, fiber-packed meal, especially if use whole-wheat tortillas.
Add whatever herbs—fresh or dried—appeal, since all have different flavors and health benefits. Smear heart-healthy avocado and mayo on a tortilla and roll up with lettuce, provolone, and tomato. Make the sauce in a food processor, spiralize zucchini (or use a vegetable peeler), and combine the two, then dig in!
Leftover brown rice works best for this but, if you’re in a pinch, microwaveable rice stands in well. Season with paprika, cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon (yes, cinnamon; it adds warmth) for maximum taste, and saute for just minutes in butter. Once they’re golden and crispy, top with refried beans (or any basic beans), lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, avocado—this is one recipe to have fun with and see what combinations you can create. Cooking the broccoli with a Parmesan rind infuses cheesy flavor into every spoonful, and a touch of soy adds umami—that savory “something” that you can’t quite describe but taste hints of (in a good way).
Using your favorite store-bought salsa speeds things up, and there’s not even any dicing or chopping involved. Use a whole-wheat pita as the crust, and top with barbecue sauce, red onion, mozzarella, and precooked chicken (leftover or rotisserie from the store work well).


Planks are a total body workout and this 10 minute version is easy to tack onto the end of your workout, do during a lunch break, when you wake up, while watching TV or before going to bed. You actually don’t need to do anything with these noodles, and they are delicious straight out of the box. Being totally honest, I forgot about them and only found them the other day when I was clearly out the junk room. It’s also the first time I have cooked with tofu (that might be the more shocking statement). The only thing about these healthier noodles is that sometimes you have to drain them, but it’s great how they have virtually no calories or carbs! I also like the sound of these noodles as well – it means you can go BIG with the fillings without being weighed down by carb noodles. But keep the cheddar (the two tablespoons per serving here keeps this gooey and rich and provides almost 10 percent of your daily calcium), then add eggs for staying power, chopped chives to lend a slightly oniony flavor, and garlic, which makes everything taste better.
Cook them in your preferred milk with dried berries, then top away with nuts, nut butter, seeds, and fresh fruit.
Toasted bread is topped with spicy arugula, a good source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot. Pea shoots taste like, well, peas, and are rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid, but use spinach if you can’t find them.
Like pizza and mashed potatoes, frittata tastes just as good cold as it does hot, so go ahead and double the recipe and have the other half for breakfast. This recipe is soft, creamy, and crunchy, but view it as a starting place and play with other fillings. Toss with fresh lime juice and a homemade honey lime dipping sauce that tempers the heat of the crustaceans.
This pureed soup packs vitamins C, A, and B6, plus phytochemicals that may fend off cancer. Stuff all that goodness back into the tater shell and top with cilantro, avocado, salsa, and Greek yogurt.
While the salmon sears on the stove, toss arugula with a lemon-olive oil vinaigrette, cubed avocado, and Parmesan.
Use ground lean beef or turkey, and top with your favorite fixings like sour cream, corn, avocado, or fresh-squeezed lime juice. Here at HRH you will find my random musings on sport, food and living better all the while I try to figure this crazy, amazing life. I had seen the adverts for the new SlimFast Noodle Box and was intrigued to try them, so when they challenged me to see what recipe I could come up with that uses the noodles, I jumped at the chance. The noodle pots are made with SlimTaki® noodles which are made from konjac, the Asian root vegetable that contains virtually no calories and zero fat and sugar.
I was a little scared of cooking with it, although I don’t know why as it is so easy, so always bought the pre-cooked stuff. Then add an egg, salty ricotta (it has more protein than cottage cheese), Parmesan, and thyme, and it’s a sandwich like no other. Toss in green chile peppers for heat, black beans for protein, and you have a full meal in no time. It calls for hummus, which I think is weird in soup, and and initially that was scary to me. Your heart will thank you, since two servings of fatty fish weekly may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. If tofu isn’t your thing, then you could swap it for chicken, beef, prawns or salmon, or just stick with the veggies. No matter what meal of the day—including make-and-take breakfasts and lunches—this is fast food that health experts would approve of.



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