Valentine’s day is here! But, whilst receiving a box of chocolates or candied hearts is always appreciated, we can often overindulge in these sweet treats leaving our bodies feeling worse for wear. If you are trying to stay healthy and maintain your weight loss goals, but still want to enjoy a special evening with your partner, we may just have the answer.
Principle Dietician, George walks us through an easy-to-prepare and nutritious Valentine’s Day meal that will keep the flames of love burning bright without making your stomach feel like it’s in knots for all the wrong reasons! So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy this tasty treat packed with healthy fats, protein and love.
300g turkey breast, skinless
½ Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Clove Garlic, crushed (optional)
½ Tsp chilli powder (optional)
1 small aubergine
1 medium courgette
1 medium yellow pepper
1 medium onion
8 small tortillas
1. In a large bowl mix ½ tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and chilli powder together
2. Cut the turkey breast into thin strips (1cm) wide. Add to the bowl and stir until all sides are coated. Set aside in the refrigerator to marinate.
3. Slice the aubergine, courgette, pepper and onion into thin strips (1cm) wide.
4. Preheat oven to 190C. Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in oven.
5. Heat 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a wok, then add the turkey strips. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until browned, then add the sliced onion and remaining vegetable strips. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until vegetables is brown around the edges. Remove from the wok and place in ovenproof dish.
6. These fajitas are best served ready to wrap.
Use Quorn / tofu pieces for a great vegetarian option. Simply prepare the vegetables as above and toss them in the chilli / lemon juice and garlic mixture to coat. Cook and serve as above.
Try adding chunks of fish – fresh or tinned (preferable in spring water) as a great alternative to meat.
The vegetable and meat mixture (or just the vegetarian version) can be accompanied by other sources of carbohydrates e.g. brown rice, wholegrain crackers, and wholemeal pasta.
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