Aubergine, Goats Cheese & Spinach Shakshuka

Aubergine, Goats Cheese & Spinach Shakshuka

There are many versions of Shakshuka and, whichever one you choose, it is a meal or even a hearty snack that will not leave you disappointed.

One of my clients has recently sent me one of Ottolenghi’s recipes that was featured in his column in The Guardian earlier this year.

Firstly, I absolutely love Ottolenghi and his creative and modern twist on Middle Eastern cuisine. Secondly, I had some aubergines and did not want to see go to waste. And, to make it slightly more balanced and adopted for my clients needs, came out a delicious twist on a Shakshuka favourite, inspired by Ottolenghi.

Aubergine, Goats Cheese & Spinach Shakshuka

Aubergine, Goats Cheese & Spinach Shakshuka
Aubergine, Goats Cheese & Spinach Shakshuka


  • 2 Aubergines, peeled & cut into 1 cm round chunks
  • 2 cans of chopped tomato
  • 200 gr of goats cheese cut into 1 cm cubes (alternatively, use same amount of tofu/ tampeh or 3 eggs per person)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil,
  • 4 gloves of garlic, finely chopped,
  • 100 gr of spinach, washed and chopped
  • season with cumin or garama masala, chilli flakes, black pepper, salt
  • garnish with coriander or basil


Heat the oven to its highest setting.

Peel and slice aubergines into 1 cm thick circle chunks, put on a baking tray, spray with olive oil and season with black pepper and little bit of salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized, oven proof frying pan on a medium – high heat. Once oil is hot, add garlic and cook stirring occasionally for up to 2 minutes.

Turn down the heat and add tomato, stir for 10 minutes and season with cumin or garama masala, black pepper and salt.

Once the sauce has thickened, stir in spinach and add aubergines. Top with goats cheese and then grill for 10 minutes or until cheese has softened.

Top with some basil or coriander and serve.

Enjoy and feel free to let me know how you found it!

Avocado fruit that just keeps on giving

Avocado – fruit that just keeps on giving… Enjoy these simple recipes

Who would have thought that avocado is “a large berry with a single seed.” It is one of my favourites, although I almost exclusively use it in savoury recipes, unless mixing it into my breakfast Formula 1 smoothie.

Avocados are also a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Healthy fats should be 30% of our diet and, well, part of every meal and avocados are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids – the exact type of healthy fats we should be consuming.

Avocados are also a fabulous source of an all-mighty fibre, essential for healthy digestion, heart health as well as effective weight management. One serving of 1/2 a medium avocado packs around 5 grams of fibre.

Although most of the calories in avocados come from fat, one does not need to shy away from them – those are essential for our health and even weight management, when eaten in moderation.

Enjoy those recipes as a great healthy & balanced snack or even a meal!



  • 2-3 boiled eggs,
  • 1/2 a medium ripe avocado,
  • 1 tablespoon of low fat yoghurt or cottage cheese,
  • 1/2 lemon juice,
  • 2 Rye or Rice cakes
  • parsley or coriander as garnish
  • salt & pepper
  • chilli flakes


Boil eggs, peel and mix in a bowl with yoghurt, avocado flesh, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve on ryvita or rice cakes or even one wholemeal toast or even 1/2 medium sweet potato, as an alternative.

Garnish with selected herbs and chilli flakes.

Enjoy as a healthy snack or lunch!

Home Made Guacamole

Home Made Guacamole


  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped and reseeded,
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 chopped onion
  • juice from 2 limes
  • chopped coriander
  • salt & pepper
  • chilli flakes


Mix it all up or whizz in a blender and serve with a couple of eggs for a perfect balance of protein with healthy fats.

Serve couple of tablespoons on a wholemeal toast or a couple of rice cakes or ryvitas for a delicious snack or even a light meal

Store remaining Guacamole in an airtight container in the fridge with a stone of one or two avocados that will prevent it from going brown.


These recipes are one of many our clients get as part of their Personalised Meal Plan. If you would like help with reaching your wellness goals, please do not hesitate to reach out…

Healthy Home Made Soup

Soups – not only winter food

Soups really “hit the spot” in cold winter days, however, they could be a great healthy meal or a snack in any season.

They are a great way to pack in more nutrition especially if your children are like mine – have a limited vegetable menu. Soups are a great way to disguise all those veg that they normally would not touch.

So, I am very lucky my boys love home made soups.

Home made soups are a much healthier option compared to canned soups that are usually high in sodium and some in sugar too, like tomato soup, as well as a chemical BPA. They are easy to make and cheaper too than store-bought ones. So, win on all counts.

I usually alternate between either a vegetable soup or a chicken bone broth soup.

Bone broth in particular has been found to have incredible benefits on our health:

Zingy Formula 1 shake with celery juice

Zingy Celery Juice Formula 1 Wellness Shake

If you love green smoothies, you will love this one:


  • 2 scoops Formula 1 vanilla
  • 1-2 scoops PDM – Protein Drink Mix
  • Handful of spinach 🌱
  • 1 kiwi 🥝
  • 1/2 green apple 🍏
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 300 ml cold water or juice of a whole celery

Method and benefits

You would never eat all those vegetables and fruits for breakfast, but in a smoothie you are packing in so much goodness.

Herbalife Nutrition ensures body gets all important complete plant based protein (18-24gr), fibre (5-10gr) and all the essential nutrients on top of benefits of all the added plants – so you can actually call it a MEAL!


Products you will need

Protein Drink Mix – use instead of milk with F1 or as a high protein snack
Overnight Protein Oats with Herbalife24

Overnight Protein Oats with Herbalife24

This is a recipe that everyone loves and I receive so many requests for, so, here it is… Enjoy as a breakfast, or, ideally, after your Formula 1 healthy breakfast – as a mid-morning snack. My husband loves it as an after dinner healthy snack, so, take your pick…

It is perfectly balanced, with fibre coming from oats, protein, vitamins and minerals from our cutting edge Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength shake (20 gr) with a distinctive chocolate flavour and healthy fats from almond or peanut butter…

What You Need

  • 125 ml of Dark Chocolate Almond/ Soya Milk (under 45 calories per 100ml) or Coconut Milk (Under 25 calories per 100 ml),
  • 30 grams of porridge oats (preferably organic, plain),
  • Rebuild Strength/ Protein Drink Mix (PDM) – 2 scoops per serving (10/15 gr protein)
  • 3 almonds or 1 teaspoon of plain almond/ peanut butter (no sugar/ salt).


Blend 125 ml of Dark Chocolate Almond or Soya Milk or Coconut Milk with 2 Scoops of PDM or 2 Scoops of Rebuild Strength (in the USA – 1 Scoop of Rebuild Strength) and pour over 30 grams of Porridge Oats.

Store in the fridge overnight (or make in the morning and allow 2 hours before eating) and serve for Meal 2 with 3 almonds or 1 teaspoon of plain almond or peanut butter.

One pot turkey chilly with rice

One Pot Turkey Chili with Rice

Serves: 4Prep: 10 minsCook: 25 mins

Nutrition per serving: 295 kcal/ 9g Fats/ 21g Carbs/ 31g Protein


  • 10 oz. (300g) minced turkey fillet
  • 1/2 cup (115g) rice
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup (60g) red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup (85g) sweet corn, drained
  • 1/3 cup (30g) grated cheese (optional)


  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin,
  • 1 tsp sweet pepper,
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper,
  • 1/2 tsp salt,
  • 1/3 tsp ground pepper


Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic, cooking for 3-4 minutes.

Next, add the meat and fry for about 5-6 minutes until cooked throughout.

Add spices, mix, then add the dry rice and mix again.

Next add the chopped peppers, beans, corn, canned tomatoes and broth. Mix and bring to the boil. Simmer covered on low heat for about 17-20 minutes.

Add grated cheese, cover and heat for another 2 minutes until the cheese melts, then serve.

Dairy free option: cheese in this recipe is optional, so if you prefer a dairy free meal, just skip the cheese or replace with a vegan version.

Enjoy this balanced and delicious recipe that you can enjoy as lunch or dinner and that whole family with love!

Immune Booster Formula 1 Shake with Apple, Ginger and Lime

Immune Booster Apple, Lime, Ginger & Formula 1 Shake


  • 2 scoops of Herbalife Nutrition Formula 1 shake: Vanilla, Banana Cream, Strawberry Delight or Summer Berries would all go well.
  • 250 ml of non-fat milk OR 1-2 scoops of Protein Drink Mix (Vegans – use 250 ml of soya milk)
  • 1/2 an apple, diced,
  • 1/2 a fresh lime or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • Optional: 3-5 ice cubes

Blend all well together and enjoy as a healthy breakfast, snack or replacement to any other meal.

All our Formula 1 Shakes are Vegan and Gluten Free.

The Power of the Shake

This shake combination of 2 x scoops F1 Nutritional Shake Mix, 2 x scoops of PDM (Protein Drink Mix), together with 1 x Formula 2 Vitamin & Mineral Tablet for Women (or Men), provides:

  • 24 grams of plant protein, key element in immune health
  • 6 grams of fibre, add Oat Apple Fibre for an additional 5 grams of fibre
  • Following vitamins and minerals that support immune function:
    • 130% NRV of Vitamin A
    • 240% NRV of Vitamin C
    • 150% NRV of Selenium
    • 130% NRV of Zinc
    • 280% NRV of Vitamin D
    • 110% NRV of Copper
    • 130% NRV of B6 & B12
Three Bean Avocado Salad Recipe

Three Bean Salad

This is an absolutely fab recipe, truly another one of my favourites.

It is one recipe that could be very useful in this current health crisis caused by coronavirus and used as a healthy alternative to things like canned baked beans, notorious for their both salt and sugar content that can only compromise your immunity further.

It is delicious , one of my clients favourites and allows you to stock up and store ingredients in your pantry and freezer.

It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians alike.

Recipe is also perfectly balanced with optimum amount of plant proteins that one meal should have, great amount of fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. This is what you need:

the three bean salad

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 1)

200g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed,

200g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed,

1/3 handful fine green beans, chopped, (if frozen, steam for 10 minutes beforehand)

1 shallot/small onion, finely chopped,

1/2 avocado per 1 teaspoon of olive oil for healthy fats if you have no avocados,

1/2 lemon, squeezed

Ground black pepper.

Fresh or dried coriander or other herbs


Combine the chickpeas, kidney beans, green beans and shallot/ onion together in a bowl.

Add the avocado or olive oil and squeeze the lemon over the salad.

Season with ground black pepper and coriander to taste. You can add some other fresh herbs too if you like!


You can make several portions of this meal, store in the fridge and consume over 3-5 days.


healthy and balanced Shakshuka recipe

Shakshuka – Poached Eggs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish and made from simple, healthy ingredients. It is a vegetarian dish.

Shakshuka literally means “a mixture” and, whilst I have seen many versions of it that sound equally delicious (like Green Shakshuka), the traditional version uses tomatoes, onions and spices as the base with eggs poached on top.

It is absolutely delicious and here is the version I recommend my clients to try as a balanced and nutrient packed meal that can be enjoyed for breakfast or any other meal. I prefer it mid morning or for lunch :

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 1)

½ chopped small red onion

1 crushed or chopped garlic clove

½ a red or yellow or green pepper

2 sliced mushrooms

1 teaspoon of olive oil

200 gr tin of chopped tomatoes OR 1 x large (or 2 medium) fresh tomatoes, chopped

3 whole eggs

Black pepper

Tablespoon of chopped fresh coriander

2 chopped spring onions

½ teaspoon of cumin,

½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper,

pinch of paprika


In a smaller frying pan (so it all is cooked compactly) fry the garlic, onion, mushroom and pepper until they are all soft.

Add one tin of chopped tomatoes and all the spices. Bring to the boil, then give it a good stir.

Make three wells and crack in three eggs, one in each well.

Cover the pan and cook for further 8-10 minutes.

Season with black pepper and scatter the fresh coriander & spring onions over the top to finish.

Bon Appétit

turkey bolognes with sweet potato

Vegetable packed Turkey Bolognese with sweet potato

This is one of my favourite meals as I love heart health promoting potassium and fibre rich sweet potato with virtually anything. Whilst you can serve bolognese sauce with a spiralised courgette as the latest culinary trend for those in need to reduce starchy carbohydrates and manage their weight more effectively, I find sweet potato instead a lot more satisfying.

Here is a great make over turkey bolognese recipe that contains three times less saturated fat than beef, packed with vegetables for extra fibre and nutrients. Vegetarians and vegans can instead use quorn.

WHAT YOU NEED (Serves 4)

400 gr Turkey mince ( or size and thickness of palm per person)

4 teaspoons of coconut or olive oil,

1 onion,

1 large carrot

1 red peppers,

2 tablespoons of tomato purée, 

1 can of chopped tomato,

200 ml water,

2 handfuls of chopped spinach,

4 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed or halved,

2 teaspoons of ground cumin

Chilli flakes to taste

1 x low salt Kallo cube

black pepper


Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion, carrots and peppers and cook until just soft.

Add the mince and cook until browned, then add the tomato purée, chopped tomato, generous amount of black pepper, cumin and 1 x low salt Kallo cube dissolved in water. Cook for another 10 minutes.

Towards the end – add spinach until wilted.

Serve with mashed sweet potato or on a jacket sweet potato, sprinkled with some chilli.

This recipe is full of protein, fibre and nutrients and, if you follow the serving sizes, it is ideal as a balanced and low calorie lunch or dinner that whole family will enjoy!

Bon Apetit!

Crustless Quiche with butternut squash, sweet potato, spinach, mushrooms and eggs

Crustless Quiche with Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Spinach, Mushrooms & Curd Cheese

I have found an inspiration for this gorgeous Quiche online and have made it my own by adjusting few ingredients and balance of macro nutrients. It is as tasty as it is pretty when you look at it. Preparation is very simple and it represents a fully balanced, but low-calorie meal ready in 30 minutes or slightly more if cooking for 2 or more people.

You will need the following ingredients per person:

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Pancakes with a difference… for any day not just a Pancake Day

The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has been around since the 15th century, when certain produce, especially perishables like eggs and butter, had to be used up before fasting began a day later in Lent. Saying that, anything else could go in, therefore, pancakes could possibly be made with anything, not just eggs, butter and flour.

And I like that idea a lot.

Hence, I had an idea of spicing up my pancakes a bit and, when researching for savoury pancake ideas, I could see I was not the only one.

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Poached Egg Parcels

Eggs are a great source of protein, around 6 grams per egg, and all nine essential amino acids. They could also be an excellent source of choline and selenium, and a good source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. Poached eggs are a great way to enjoy them.

I have never attempted poaching them until recently, however, have not done very well as they need to be very fresh and freshly bought does not necessarily mean fresh. I even got a special pan, but did not like the fact that eggs were sticking to it. Then some swear by adding vinegar to the water – I can not think of anything more revolting then for my eggs to taste of vinegar.

So, I am forever thankful to the maestro everyone knows, called Jamie Oliver, for coming up with poached egg parcels idea.

By adding some veggies to it, they are quite an exquisite experience. I tried them today for the first time and they are a winner! I made egg muffins before, but this was even quicker and less messy.

  • place a piece of cling film over a glass, cup or a small sieve
  • break an egg into it
  • add some chopped veg (I used spinach and red pepper)
  • add salt, pepper and even chilli flakes to taste
  • close the parcel and place in hot water
  • for one egg alone – they are perfect at boiling for 3 minutes; 4 minutes or longer with veg
  • take them out of a wrapper once done and enjoy on its own as a snack or as a part of a balanced meal

For more protein, I would suggest 1 egg and 2 egg whites per parcel (around 16-18 gr protein) and extending cooking time to 5-6 minutes.

My boys already ordered some today after school with cuts of turkey rushers in it. I bet it would go great with some smoked salmon too.

So, they are fun to make and delicious to eat.


Herbalife Nutrition Healthy Snacking

Snack on this… Try these 20 Healthy Protein Snacks

Healthy snacking is an important part of our diet and lifestyle for many reasons:

  • It prevents us from being too hungry and over-eating for lunch or dinner by helping keep blood sugar levels stable;
  • It is an opportunity to sneak in some veggies or fruit to increase our nutrient intake of vitamins, minerals and fibre;
  • Keeping our lean muscle on throughout life depends, apart from exercising, also on eating enough protein, therefore, balanced, protein snacks are a great way to help us reach our daily protein requirements.

When creating meal plans for clients, snacks play an important part for all the reasons mentioned above.

For a snack to be considered healthy, we need to take into consideration both energy it gives us (we want just enough calories to keep hunger at bay until next main meal) and balance (low in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fibre, which all nourishes, but combined, also keeps blood sugar levels stable).

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Salmon with Spinach and Asparagus

I saw this recipe at Tasty and really fancied making it as it was incredibly simple to prepare, literally it took a few minutes and once it is baked, all one had to do is to enjoy it…

I can see this dish being great for one person but also to impress a few guests too as a choice when entertaining… It was very tasty, simple and did I mention also quick to prepare?

The link to Tasty explains the recipe in full, but, if you prefer to stay on this page, here it is:

  • Oil the baking dish and toss in it some spinach and asparagus and add some salt and pepper and mix it all together.
  • Put fillets of salmon over it, break one egg per person over the spinach too and add more salt and pepper to the fish and egg (Next time I may add some chilli flakes too)
  • Bake on 200 C for 30 minutes and then serve with some lemon juice over the salmon
  • Enjoy, it is an order!

I added some asparagus for better balance of veggies and fibre as there isn’t much in spinach unless we eat a huge amount of it…I used ocean caught salmon from Waitrose as we all know the dangers of farmed salmon by now. Now you just have to try it yourself!

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Watermelon Protein Snack Smoothie

If you read any of my earlier posts, I think you will get the sense of a recurring theme – protein is the king. Meals and snack with the right balance of protein are essential to our well being as protein is a macro nutrient, nutrient we need in large amounts, as it performs major roles of building and maintaining lean muscle and maintaining normal bone, amongst other roles.

There are many sources of protein, like dairy, meat, eggs, fish, pulses, nuts. For the amount of protein we need on a daily basis (1 gram per 1 lbs of lean muscle is the figure I go with, unless we are building leans muscle, in which case the ratio is more 1.5:1) – it is a good advice to try to get at last 50% of it from vegetarian sources. Soya is a complete protein unlike beans and other plant sources. This means it has the same amino acid chain as meat proteins do, but it is a lot easier to digest as it comes from plants, making it a truly super form of protein.

So, here is another example, whilst my boys were happy with a watermelon chunks for their snack, I had to be a little bit smarter for myself and used a few chunks with Protein Drink Mix to make 15 grams of protein under 150 calories Watermelon Protein Snack. Absolutely delicious. Never tried it before using watermelon and I surely will again!

Watermelon is not just full of water, it also helps water be absorbed faster. It is also dense in nutrients. Little goes a long way as it still is a source of sugar, so, whilst healthy, slice is enough, around 1 cup (1 cup is 154 grams, 46 calories and 9.6 grams of sugar). 🙂

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Soya Bean Dip

We all know how amazing humus is: dip some carrots or cucumber into humus and you have a great mid morning and mid afternoon snack. My only issue, when creating a meal plan for my clients and personalising their protein, most struggle reaching their targets if they start including humus every time as humus, whilst made out of chick peas that does contain protein, it is not exactly a lot of protein, only 2-3 grams if we wish to keep it around 100 calories, even if it is a low-fat humus.

So, I had an idea… instead of chick peas, how about making a similar dip with boiled from frozen green soya beans as 80 grams are around 11 grams of protein and only 100 calories.

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Courgette and Feta or Goat’s Cheese Curls

Whether we need to lose weight or just mintain healthy metabolism and energy, science proves that eating  five smaller meals in proper balance and frequency is of what makes the difference. It certainly works for my weight management clients. Proper balance is reached where snack has on average 10 grams of protein and is under 150 calories. This is one of those examples. 3-4 courgette strips with a small cube or slither of goats or feta cheese, seasoned and then curled and baked for 10 minutes and served on its own or even 1-2 egg whites for even more low calories protein. This is very tasty and very easy to make. Also, could be a great party finger food. Enjoy! 🙂

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Vegetable Omelette… when omelette is more than an omelette

I love the simplicity and nutritional density of a simple omelette, but I also love colour and vibrancy in my meal and sometimes, I just don’t want a cold salad on the side with my omelette, so, here is an idea… Just chop up as many veggies as you have whilst your whisk a couple of eggs with a couple more egg whites on the side (two eggs are just not enough for a protein requirement, unless you serve an omelette with some cottage cheese or a low-fat thick yoghurt) with some salt and pepper… Just lightly saute vegetables on a little oil for a few minutes, pour eggs mix and voila, within minutes you have a delicious omelette worthy of a king! Enjoy!

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Turkey & Mushroom Mince Burger

For change, here is a burger with a difference… 500gr of turkey mince and 300gr or mushrooms finely chopped up with an onion and the whole clove of garlic and spices (salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, turmeric, steak spice).

10 burgers per mix with 32 grams of protein and 200 calories per 2 burgers. Kids adore them as they are soft, juicy and absolutely delicious! Add vegetables/ salad and enjoy this meal under 350 calories and enough protein and fibre for sustained energy, no fat storing!

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Egg and Vegetable Salad

If someone told you “egg and vegetable salad” I don’t think you would be able to picture that it can actually taste as well as look good. This is one of the salads I made over the summer and, as I love all the vegetables on there (sprinkled a bit with some salt and pepper and a little helping of olive oil) and included one whole egg and two egg whites (so that I get decent amount of protein that main meal should have) – it was absolutely delicious, it has an insane amount of fibre combined with decent amount of protein, which makes it a simple, delicious and yet clean and balanced meal that will stabilise your blood sugars, keep you fuller for longer and really make you feel good about the choices you are making.

Bon Apetit!

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Get Spiralising

This was a very simple lunch today… I spiralised 1 courgette each for my husband and myself, mixed in some peas that were left after dinner last night, vegetarian sausages and red Thai curry sauce into it. Very, very delicious. 20gr protein under 350 calories.

Spiralised courgette can be used instead of pasta as courgette are very low in calories (well, it is a vegetable afterall), high in nutrients and moderate amount of fibre. Just add some protein, perhaps another one or two vegetables and perhaps some clean sauce and you are getting a deicious meal that, if pasta was used instead in the same amount it would be in hundreds of calories.