Foodie Round-up: The January new year healthy edition

foodieHappy 2013 — can you believe January is here already? Of course, it’s the traditional time to start afresh and improve our lives in lots of ways. A healthier diet is at the top of the list for a lot of us. Whether you are on a mission to lose weight, or you were struck down by one of the plethora of nasty bugs, that seemed to plague most of the UK over the Christmas period, as promised here are a few recent recipes from the Food Blogging Empire that should have you feeling lighter and brighter in next to no time…

MaisonCupcake starts off the day perfectly with a Chocolate Detox Drink, and ChildcareisFun has a great Flu Fighting Banana Smoothy. Who knew cinnamon had so many bug fighting properties?

The BreakfastLady inspires us to start the day with a Post Christmas Fruity Breakfast packed with citrus fruit, and if you need even more healthy breakfast inspiration how about making HomeMadebyFleur’s Parsnip Lime and Warm Spice Muffins?

According to my Gran, nobody was ever over-weight or sick during the War, and if that’s anything to go by then Utterly Scrummy gets us on the right track with a World War 2 Rations Family Meal Plan

Asian food is usually my go to when I am feeling either under the weather, or having over-indulged.  CookieandKate has a lovely Miso Noodle Soup recipe, and MyCookingHut has an equally tempting Chicken Rice Noodle Soup. Sticking with the Asian theme, LavenderandLovage has a delicious Chinese Garlic Ginger Honey Chicken and all at 200 calories – bargain!  Make sure you leave room for some antioxidants with HalfaPotofCream’s recipe for Stir Fried Pork with Hoisin and Greens too!

Time for a few vegetarian recipes for those embarking on a new meat free existence: How about a Yellow Split Pea Farro Salad from LeekSoup?  Or a beautiful Roasted Veggie Salad from Foodalogue? Or perhaps Spinach, Mushrooms and Egg on Toast (you could I suppose substitute the poached egg for a fried one on your more decadent days?) from MorethanToast… And AMummyToo has some great low-fat recipes this month, including a hearty sounding Slow Cooked Low Fat Lentil Curry (a recipe by Actually Mummy) and an indulgent Broccoli Cheese Pasta Recipe

Can’t quite let go of some things on your new regime, like a big fat juicy burger for example? Well look no further than ViewFromtheTables Mushroom Burgers or SophiesFoodieFiles Smoked Tofu Burger perhaps? DizzylovesIcy shows us how to do great healthy Mexican food too with their Black Bean Tostadas with Pink Pickled Onions...

Mussels are good for you, and AModernMother shows us how to make them properly.   Chicaandaluza features a beautiful looking healthy Skate Wing with Prawns if you really want to push the boat out(!)

100Cookbooks has a Spiced Sultana Cake which is both dairy and egg free,  and just in case we need to reiterate the point that chocolate is good for you, check out TheHealthyEpicurean and her Antioxidant Chocolates

And finally, because we all need a recipe for the days when we say “sod it, the diet starts tomorrow”, I will leave you with AllthatImEating and her incredibly dangerous recipe for Zillionaire’s Shortbread.

February’s Foodie Round-up falls just in time for Valentine’s Day, so if you are planning any special dishes for what is supposedly the most romantic day of the year, they would be most welcome on the linky below!

PS. If you happen to be on the look out for some baking activities to do with the children, look no further than LifeatTheZoo’s ABC of Kid’s Baking, I had to give it a mention, it’s just fantastic!



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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children. Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!

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7 Responses to Foodie Round-up: The January new year healthy edition

  1. The View From the Table 08 January 2013 at 10:21 #

    Thank you so much for featuring my big old veggie burger on the round-up. Loads of excellent blogs here too, good work! Sarah x

  2. All That I'm Eating 08 January 2013 at 13:29 #

    Thank you for featuring my Zillionaire’s Shortbread! Loads of great ideas here.

  3. Sarah, Maison Cupcake 08 January 2013 at 15:56 #

    We might not stick to it, but we all start out with healthy recipes in January! Thanks for including me 🙂

  4. Sophie 08 January 2013 at 16:38 #

    Thanks for naming my vegan parsnip smoked tofu burgers from my blog: Sophies Foodie Files! Thanks a lot! I hope you will love them as much as I did! 🙂

    Many greets from a foodie from Belgium!!!

  5. Emily (@amummytoo) 11 January 2013 at 17:36 #

    Thanks very much for the mentions. And happy new year!

  6. Helen 14 January 2013 at 09:23 #

    Thanks for the link re my Lentil Curry. My Weightwatchers pointed recipes are getting a lot of views this month – wonder why…? 😉

  7. Sally (Recipe Junkie) 29 January 2013 at 10:07 #

    Added this smoked mackerel salad for February’s valnetine’s round up – it’s lovely and light, and very easy so you can spend more time curling your eyelashes ior whatever you want to do, although will probably make it with smoked trout to make it a bit more special (for no extra effort) on Valentines.