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With Christmas over, some of us are definitely feeling the need for a bit of a detox.  We have put together some recipes to help you do just that!

Baked Sweet Potato with Greens

This is fantastic option for anybody looking for a bit of stodge, with bags of flavour that’ll keep you full up for hours.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pricked sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (stemmed and chopped)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • Cayenne
  • Lemon

Directions:

1) Heat your oven to 190 degrees.

2) Bake your sweet potatoes for around 45 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and the insides are tender

3) Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.

4) Add chopped onion and keep over a medium heat for around 6 minutes, until soft.

5) Add your chard and fry for around 5 minutes, stirring constantly until it turns a vivid green and appears wilted.

6) Add salt

To Serve:

1) Split the potatoes in two

2) Top with your prepared vegetables

3) Add fresh avocado

4) Season with more salt, a squeeze of lemon and cayenne.

Chicken in Quinoa

A great dinner for all the family, this tangy and unusual dish is certain to give you a pick-me-up for the evening, as well as aiding a deep natural sleep afterwards.

Ingredients:

  • A large chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup quinoa (any colour)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Directions:

If you’re brilliantly organised and have enough room in the fridge, it’s best to marinate your chicken overnight to really bring the flavour out of this scrumptious meal.

1) Cut the breast into strips, and rub in garlic, salt, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and pepper to taste.  Leave the chicken either overnight or for at least an hour.

2) Place the quinoa and some water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce to a simmer and cover.

3) In about 15 minutes, the quinoa will have absorbed all the water.  Place it in a separate bowl and let it cool down completely.

4) Chop the chicken into small cubes and toss with the quinoa, cranberries, almonds and dressing.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spicy Roast Cauliflower

Particularly good for vegetarians, this cancer-busting superfood is bursting with flavours and will give off a wonderful fragrance that fills the whole house.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 whole sage leaf
  • A good handful of pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp honey, warmed slightly
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • A teaspoon of salt

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 190 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) Place the cauliflower in a large bowl and cover it with the sage leaf, and pine nuts.

3) Whisk the olive oil and honey together, and then stir in the minced garlic and salt.

4) Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet you prepared earlier

5) Pour the mixture over the cauliflower

6) Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring after 20 min.

Serve immediately.

Caterpillar Shake

It’s all well and good buying expensive smoothies and bucket loads of fruit from the shops, but this quick and simple shake contains enough anti-oxidants to combat even the darkest of January hangovers at a snippet of the price.

Ingredients:

  • 2 good handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coconut water
  • Ice
  • Maple syrup to taste

Directions:

Simply place all these oxidant-busting ingredients into your blender and blitz it until a smooth texture is achieved.  It’s great for a quick breakfast shake and guaranteed to improve your mood!

Posh Eggy Bread

Egg on toast like an obvious choice of dish for a sturdy detox breakfast, but the real difference here is the tomato.  As well as helping your gut to neutralise its PH, tomato also targets oxidants in the blood to instantly give you a boost – not to mention providing an abundance of vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices crusty bread, toasted
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 small tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing

Directions:

1) Toast your bread until crisp, then use your hands to rub in some garlic and oil

2) Fry your eggs exactly how you like them

3) Sear your tomato halves by simply placing the fruit’s raw flesh face down in the frying pan, for around 2 minutes.

4) Transfer the tomato halves and eggs onto each piece of toast and season with salt and pepper

We hope you have fun making these recipes – do please post a picture of your finished product below so we can admire your handiwork!

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