Smoked-salmon

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Looking to make some healthier changes in your diet this summer? Rather than skipping breakfast and choosing meals which won’t sustain your body for the day, we have compiled a list of five options that will promote weight loss and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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Poached eggs

While the eggs themselves might feel difficult to poach at first, this is actually a quick and easy breakfast everyone can enjoy. Stick to wholemeal or multi-grain bread which is packed with added nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Oatmeal

A bowl of oatmeal with a few sliced vegetables and low-fat milk is another great breakfast option that won’t have you binge-eating by the early afternoon. The oats help to fill your stomach without feeling too bloated, also.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Chia pudding

Choose a healthy chia pudding which is loaded with fibre, omega 3 and protein to provide your body with energy all morning. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top to naturally sweeten the meal.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Green smoothie

A green smoothie might seem like an obvious choice, but it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals which are so good for you! Be careful with your portions since this might actually cause weight gain.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Smoked salmon and avocado

Not only is smoked salmon easy to prepare (it’s mostly pre-cooked) but it’s so good for you! The protein will keep your body full and will give enough energy to last all day long.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

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July 30, 2015

3 Easy Hor D’oeuvres For Your NYE Party

If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, throw away the sit-down dinner menu and whip up some easy and delicious appetizers to excite your guests. These recipes are also vegetarian-friendly!

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Onion and goat cheese tartlets

Makes 20

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

4 red onions, thinly sliced

2 sprigs fresh thyme

3 sheets shortcrust pastry

3.5oz fresh goat’s cheese

Butter

Salt and pepper

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Heat olive oil in a pot. Add the onions and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, cooking over medium heat and stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes. The onions on the bottom should become quite dark but not burnt – when it darkens, remove from heat and allow to sit for 3-5 mins for the onions on top to sweat and soften those underneath. Stir well, return to the heat and continue to cook for about 10 mins until the onions are completely soft and dark, golden brown, removing the pot from the heat occasionally to allow further softening. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  3. To make the tart cups, lay pastry sheets on surface and cut into circles (2 inches diameter). Grease a muffin tray or tartlet cooking cups with butter. Fit pastry circles to cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool.
  4. Spoon equal amounts of caramelised onion into tartlets. Top with a small slice of goats cheese and garnish with thyme to serve.

Note: To speed things up, purchase pre-made tartlet cups from the supermarket.

Olive and sundried tomato crostini

Olive and sundried canapes

Makes 12
Ingredients
1 long baguette
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
4 oz cream cheese
2 garlic cloves
4 oz kalamata olives, pits removed
7 oz jar sun dried tomatoes
10 basil leaves chopped
Olive oil
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Combine cream cheese and feta in a mixer until smooth.
  3. Slice the bread into 1/4 inch slices, place on a baking tray and splash with olive oil. Toast in oven until golden.
  4. Put garlic cloves, olives and sun-dried tomatoes in bowl of food processor. Pulse until coarsley chopped but not pureed. Slice basil in ribbons and stir into tapenade.
  5. Roughly spread the olive and tomato tapenade onto crostini and serve.

Smoked salmon on rye

Smoked salmon canapes

Makes approx. 24

Ingredients

1 loaf rye bread, lightly toasted

5 oz crème fraiche

5 oz light cream cheese

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh dill, 1tbsp finely chopped

8 oz smoked salmon

Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Using a cookie cutter, cut out circles (1.5 inch diameter) from the lightly toasted rye bread. Alternatively you can cut into halves or quarters.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix crème fraiche, cream cheese and lemon juice together until smooth. Fold through dill and chives, and add a pinch of salt. Using a teaspoon, dollop a small amount onto the rye toast.
  3. Slice smoked salmon into strips and roll up. Place one on top of each canape. Garnish with sprig of dill.

Images via seriouseats.com, garnishwithlemon.com, goodtoknow.co.uk

December 27, 2014

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Bites

Create a delicious afternoon snack or appetiser by combining healthy salmon and cucumber into bite-sized pieces.

Not only does this recipe take less than 5 minutes to prepare and serve, but it’s also really healthy for the entire family! Serve with your favourite cheese and fresh dill for a truly unique flavour.

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Makes 10

Ingredients

3 ounces smoked salmon

1 small bunch fresh dill

4 ounces cream cheese (or any other cheese you prefer)

1/2 cucumber

Method

  1. Wash, dry, then slice the cucumber into 10 slices. Lay them out onto a large dish, then place some dill to make the first layer.
  2. Cut your cheese and place it over the dill – it should be nice and thick if you want some body on each cucumber. If you’re using cheese from a tub, spread a generous amount over the dill.
  3. Finish with 2-3 pieces of smoked salmon. Sprinkle some fresh black pepper over the top for extra flavour.

Image and Recipe via The Pescetarian and The Pig

December 14, 2014

Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

A breakfast sandwich? This delicious meal might bring negative connotations such as high in sugar, high in fat, and even worse: packed with preservatives. Create this healthy alternative which boasts protein, good fats, and even tastes great as a lunch or dinner meal!

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Ingredients

Thinly sliced rye bread

Butter at room temperature

Dilled mayonnaise

Salt and black pepper

Thin slices of smoked salmon

Microgreens

Edible flowers

Lemon for garnish

Method

  1. Set your oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Cut the bread into small rectangles or triangles (whatever you prefer). If you like your bread a little crisp, pop it into the toaster or oven for just a few seconds.
  3. Spread some dilled mayonnaise onto each slice of bread, then top off with a slice of smoked salmon.
  4. Add your greens and make sure to season with sea salt and fresh black pepper. Garnish with an edible flowers for presentation, and serve with a wedge of lemon to bring out the flavour in the salmon.

Image and Recipe via The View From Great Island

October 30, 2014

Quick and Easy Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

The core of this pasta sauce is the smoked salmon – one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Not only is this ingredient great for the heart, it can also reduce inflammation in your joints, and is therefore great for preventing and aiding arthritis. Omega-3 is also said to improve your memory and combat issues like depression, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. This pasta sauce is so easy and takes less 10 minutes to cook. It is a great alternative to popular cream-based pasta sauces, and is packed with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients

7oz pasta

4oz smoked salmon

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2oz baby spinach leaves

5 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves or thirds depending on their size

3 mushrooms, button mushrooms – finely sliced

Method

  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add crushed or finely chopped garlic and mushrooms. After a minute (but don’t let the garlic burn!), add the tomatoes, followed by the smoked salmon and spinach leaves.
  3. Boil water in a saucepan and add pasta. Cook until al-dente, or “firm to bite”.
  4. Drain pasta and stir through sauce.

Image via seafoodfromnorway.co.uk

September 8, 2014

Mother’s Day Brunch: Chive Omelettes With Smoked Salmon

French-style omelettes flavoured with chives and filled with slices of silky smoked salmon make the ultimate Mother’s Day brunch (served with fresh Mimosas of course!).

Serves 2. Preparation time: 10 min

Ingredients

100g Tassal Smoked Salmon slices

3 eggs

30ml cream

1 Tbsp water

2 tsp chives, chopped

2 tsp butter

1 spoonful creme fraiche, to serve

Lemon wedges & a sprig of dill, to serve

Salt & pepper, to taste

Method

1. Lightly beat eggs, cream, water, chives, salt and pepper.

2. Heat a 20cm non-stick pan. Pour in egg mix and cook, stir gently with spatula, drawing back the edges.

3. When starting to set and turn golden (but still a little runny on top), top with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

4. Fold over the omelette onto itself. Serve with a lemon wedge and garnish with a sprig of dill.

Eggs? Pancakes? What’s your favourite brunch dish?

May 7, 2013