10 Minute Meal Prep:Peri-Peri Chicken and Sweet Potato

As a lover of food and fitness, I’m always looking for quick and healthy recipes to fuel my workouts and long days. Most days I don’t get home from work until around 9pm, so the last thing i want to be doing is slaving over the cooker and not eating until after 10pm. It is this exact issue that causes so many people to then make the wrong choices and reach for convenience foods. I understand, I am the biggest culprit myself,  who doesn’t love a bowl of cereal (or 4) for dinner?

This is why we prep. You see it all the time in the fitness industry and it is by far one of the most successful ways to stay on plan, eat right, feel good and save money. 

My most recent fav is my peri peri chicken and sweet potato 10 minute dinner.

 

 

All you need is:

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 400g Uncooked Chicken
  • 3 Mixed Peppers
  • 200g Broccoli
  • 1tbsp Nandos Peri-Peri Salt
  • 1tsp Coconut oil

 

Method:

  • Chop up the sweet potatoes, place in a microwavable bowl of boiling water and microwave on full power for approx 8 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile slice your chicken into thin strips and lightly coat in peri peri salt, chop your peppers and broccoli. Place 1tsp of coconut oil in a pan and fry the chicken and veg until fully cooked.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the microwave, drain and add them to your chicken and veg. Mix everything together.
  • Serve even amounts into 2 tupperwares and you have 2 days dinner sorted already (or tonights dinner and tomorrows lunch). All you have to do is pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and dinner is served! No mess, no effort. 

 

Alternatively, you can increase the quantity of each ingredient, make more and freeze the extra meals until you’re ready to eat them. 

 

For those counting macros or calories, here is the breakdown for one portion:

  • Carbs: 48g
  • Protein: 52g
  • Fat: 2.8g
  • Calories: 440kcal

 

Give this one a go, it is definitely a current favourite of mine.

Enjoy!

 

Fiona x

With a New Year comes new challenges, new adventures and a whole load of new possibilities. The best thing about getting this fresh start is that everybody is in the same mind set at the same time, it’s easier to achieve your goals when everyone is on the same page. January is a time to accept a new beginning and move on from whatever was dragging you down before. New Years Resolutions are a great thing to encourage you to become a happier you.

Here are 6 resolutions that I think everyone should give a shot!

 

1- Try Something New Every Day

Simple, yet effective. Setting yourself the challenge to do something you’ve never done or eat something you’ve never tasted will open you’re mind to so many possibilities. You will feel pride and accomplishment in yourself when you find new things you love.

 

2- Save

Buy a box that you can put money in, but cant take back out. Every day put £2 that you would usually spend on unnecessary snacks in there. By the end of the year, you’ll have £730 saved in there. Christmas bonus!

 

3- Go Your Own Way

It’s easy to get caught up following others lifestyles, doing things that don’t make you happy just to keep others smiling. Sometimes it’s okay to speak up and say what you would rather do. If nobody wants to listen, the go do it yourself.

 

4- Smile

That is all. Smile, it’s contagious.

 

5- Do a ‘Dryathalon’

You heard me. Choose a month and for that entire month… NO alcohol! Your body will thank you.

 

6- Look After You

Self care is not selfish. It’s one of the most important factors in life. If you don’t know how to look after yourself, you’re never going to be able to look after others.

 

Comment your resolutions below!

All the best for 2018,

Fiona x

My Favourite Christmas Songs | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

It is officially acceptable to listen to Christmas music, despite the fact i have been since September! Haha, you’ve been asking if i can write a post on my fav Christmas songs, so here you go! 🙂

 

1. Baby It’s Cold Outside- Dean Martin

As much as i love the original version, i also love Michael Buble and Idina Menzels cover. I acted out a play to this song in drama when i was at school, it brings back some great memories and definitely gets me in the Christmas spirit.

 

2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

It’s super fun and uplifting and who doesn’t whip out their best moves to this one. Haha!

 

3. Fairytale of New York- The Pogues

It’s not Christmas until you’ve heard The Pogues. This has always been one of my favourites and i’m sure it always will be.

 

4. Do They Know It’s Christmas-Band Aid

I love this one purely for the charitable meaning behind it. So much money is raised for charity from this song every year. It’s amazing.

 

5. Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses

The classic, and my ultimate favourite. I know every single word to this song and could probably recite it backwards i’ve listened to it so many times! 

 

Let me know your favourites down below!

Merry 4th of December!

 

Fiona X

Asos Christmas Wishlist | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

We all love an Asos haul don’t we! I took a good look through their website last night and made a wishlist of a few of my favourite items. All these things are great for either treating yourself this Christmas or wrapping up to give to your friends for the holidays! 

 

Item 1: Christmas Piggy Jumper

I often refer to myself as a “pig in blanket” over the season because of my undesirable need to eat every single food i see. So this jumper is perfect for me! £16

 

Item 2: Christmas Romper

This is different, but i like it. A cute little pyjama romper. £35

 

Item 3: Reindeer Garland 

 

For pinning up on your wall this season, i like this because it doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. Leave it up all year round! £23

 

Item 4: Leggings and Top Combo

This leggings and top combo, it’s different but cute! For someone (like me) who lives in leggings, this is perfect. £18

 

Item 5: Rose Gold Coasters

Rose Gold is the new Silver. These will look great in your home this winter. £15

 

What is your favourite item on the list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Holidays,

 

Fiona X

 

Vlogmas Day 2:

Christmas Hot Chocolate | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

I am a hot choco-holic. There’s no hiding it, and at this time of year it is acceptable to embrace it. One of my most recent addictions is ‘all things salted caramel’ I. LOVE. IT. So combine the two and we get the creamiest, sweetest, salted caramel hot chocolate!

 

 

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup carnations caramel
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2tsp finely grinded sea salt

Instructions-

1. Melt the chocolate chips slowly in a large pyrex bowl above a pot of boiling water. Once smooth add in the caramel, cream, vanilla and milk. Stir continuously for approx 15 minutes (until all the ingredients are mixed together and the mixture is smooth) Continue to heat through to your desired temperature.

2. Pour the mixture in your festive mug, stir in the salt and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce!

Enjoy!

Fiona x

Vlogmas Day 1: 

Christmas Advent | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

First of all, happy December and welcome to Blogmas day one!

Incase you haven’t guessed by the title, today’s post is all about the 24 days of advent. I have written down 24 different things that you should do this December. They don’t have to be in order, but the more of these you complete, the better you will feel about yourself. Finish off the year by being the best version of you, this will set you up for a great start for 2018.

 

Day 1. Contact an old friend

Day 2. Visit a Christmas market

Day 3. Visit family

Day 4. Have a clear out, donate old clothes to charity

Day 5. Make your own decorations

Day 6. Go for lunch at your local hospice

Day 7. See some Christmas lights

Day 8. Make a homemade gift

Day 9. Watch a Christmas movie

Day 10. Wear a Christmas jumper

Day 11. See a pantomime 

Day 12. Decorate your home

Day 13. Arrange a secret Santa

Day 14. Bake cookies

Day 15. Have a dinner party with friends

Day 16. Forgive and forget

Day 17. Show gratitude

Day 18. Play a board game

Day 19. Take a break – We all need at least one day off

Day 20. Talk to somebody new

Day 21. Write your New Years resolutions

Day 22. Show compassion

Day 23. Do that last minute wrapping

Day 24. Appreciate every single moment and everything you have, not everybody is as fortunate as you are

 

It’s day one, better get started now!

Merry Christmas,

Fiona x

What’s New?

As someone who is fairly new to the world of blogging, i cannot express how much of a stress reliever sitting down and writing a new post is for me. After starting my YouTube channel a few weeks ago i have discovered that filming videos works the same way for me. 

Anybody who knows me will know how massive a fan of Christmas i am! So, putting the 3 together, Starting from the 1st of December until the 24th of December i will be doing both Vlogmas AND Blogmas. 

Every day i will post a new blog post and i would love for you guys to let me know what you want to see. Additionally, either every 3 days or once each week (let me know what you would prefer) i will post a vlog of everything i’ve been up to over those days.

I can’t wait to start on this little project and see where it takes me.

Please let me know in the comments what you want to see on my blog, and what you want me to get up to in my videos!

Subscribe to my Youtube HERE

I’m always looking to improve my content and make my blog the best it can be, help me out by telling me what you like and don’t like about my posts. I’m open to all ideas and perceptions! 

Have a great day,

Fiona x

Children in Need Rainbow Pudsey Cupcakes

In honour of Children in Need coming up this week i decided to make these cute little rainbow Pudsey cupcakes. They are super easy, fun and quick to make, of course, they also taste amazing. I would love to see you guys give these a go at home and tag me in pictures of your finished cakes!

 

 

You will need:

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 130g self raising flour
  • 150g softened butter
  • 20g cornflour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 4 different food colourings of your choice
  • Icing sugar and yellow, blue, green, black and red food colouring (or pre rolled icing)

 

Method:

Preheat your oven to 160°c and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

Mix together the dry ingredients, beat in the eggs and butter, then mix in the vanilla extract and milk. Separate the mixture evenly into 4 different bowls. In each bowl gradually add in a food colouring until you get your desired colours. Take one table spoon from each coloured mixture and add it to your cupcake cases. Run a fork through the middle a couple of times to get a marble colour effect. Place on the middle shelf in the oven and leave to bake for approx. 15 minutes (or until a cocktail stick comes out clean) Once baked place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

 

For the icing:

You can either, cut pre rolled yellow icing into circles matching the size of the cupcake surface, using the black icing roll out small circles for one eye, a nose and a mouth. Use plain white icing to draw on the eye patch then cut a circle from the green, blue and red icing to make the polka dots on the patch.

Alternatively, you can add 2 table spoons of water to 150g of icing sugar and mix together until smooth. Take 1 table spoon from the mixture and separate it into a different bowl, repeat this in separate bowls 5 times (you should have 6 bowls in total and the one you started with should have the most mixture left in it) In the biggest bowl mix in a few drops of yellow food colouring until you get a strong colour. In each of the smaller bowls repeat this step with red, blue, green, black and leave the remaining bowl white. Use the yellow icing to fully coat the surface of each cupcake, using the black add one eye, a small dot for the nose and a smiley mouth 🙂 Draw on the eye patch with the white then use the red, blue and green to make polka dots.

I originally went for the pre-rolled idea, i cut out all my shapes then left them for so long that they went hard and cracked when i tried to mould them. So if you’re going to go for this one, make sure to stick them to the cakes straight away!

 

Children in need is an amazing charity used to help children living in poverty. Please take a few minutes to donate a couple of pounds at Donate to Children in Need. Every donation, no matter how small will help. 

Send me your cupcake pictures to @FionaMeiklePT on Twitter.

Subscribe to my youtube channel  FionaMeikle to see the video on how to make these coming out on Tuesday! 

Have a great week!

Fiona X

 

Learn to Live

I once had what most would consider a ‘normal job’. Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot, I’m glad I was given the opportunity to gaze into the life of a ‘normal person’. The experience was eye opening. However, the biggest lesson I learned was that it just wasn’t for me. I wasn’t happy, the day to day workload overwhelmed me massively and being sat at a desk for 8 consecutive hours every single day broke me. Where this life suits the majority, it did not suit me. So I moved on. My point? If you’re not happy with who you are, change.

 

Remember, 

 

1. Having a dream is not an obligation

People always talk about their dreams, their goals, their intentions. They wont ever be fully satisfied or settled until they achieve these desires. More often than not, these are long term dreams, a way to finish a life, where they want to be when they are ‘older’. So fine, if you have something you’ve always wanted to do then why not go for it? But always work with what’s in front of you, be careful of long term dreams. If you’re always looking too far ahead, you’ll lose sight of the opportunities jumping out in your peripheral.

 

2. Everything is down to luck

You did not chose to be born, but you are considerably lucky to be here. Realising that everybody came into the world the same way will humble you, nobody has ever chosen their upbringing, intellectual ability or their aesthetics. Everything is down to luck. You cannot truly take credit for all your success nor blame others for your failures. You were lucky to make it this far, respect all the people you were lucky to have help you along the way.

 

3. Empathy

Empathy is intuitive but also something you can work on intellectually. We all have the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, if you don’t then work on it. Reflect on how you would feel to be occupying the same position. Then react accordingly.

 

4. Don’t seek happiness

We didn’t evolve to be consistently content. Unfortunately we lost that gene along the way. Live in the moment, appreciate every second and don’t overthink. We have a tendency to define ourselves in opposition. We focus on the bad rather than the good, the things we don’t like rather than the things we do. Take pride in your appearance and abilities. In return, happiness will seek you.

 

5. Have gratitude

Have readiness to show appreciation and return kindness. Find the quality to be thankful and recognise affection. Know if you show gratitude to others, you will receive it in return.

 

6. Finally, fill an empty existence

Sometimes days can feel long and empty. We find ourselves stuck in the same routine day in and day out. Get up, go to work, go home, dinner, bed. It is so easy to fall into this trap, feel like theres no way out and accept that ‘this is life’. But that’s just your perception. Fill your empty days by undertaking tasks you enjoy. Do something that makes you feel responsible. Go to the gym, classes, find a hobby, invite a friend over, go out for dinner. Do what makes you happy, give yourself something to look forward too. Fill an empty existence and enjoy every second.

 

Fiona x

I’ve Been Nominated!!!/Blogger Appreciation

I decided to mix things up a little this week. I was going to write a post about my favourite halloween/horror movies. However, after making some new friends over the past few weeks, i couldn’t resist writing a little appreciation post about them all. As i’m writing this a notification appears on my phone ‘You’ve been nominated’ 

I have been nominated for an award. Specifically, the ‘Versatile Blogger Award‘. Thank you SK for the nomination. It truly means a lot. Please check out her blog whenever you have the time!

The next step for me is to simply state 7 facts you may not know about me, then put forward a minimum of 10 other bloggers i think should also be nominated for this award. So scroll down to the bottom of this page to see my list of bloggers, i will link their blogs to their names so please make sure to check out their pages! 

My 7 Facts:

  1. I love being creative. Wether it’s web design or doodling on the back of my hand, i love it..
  2. Smoking and drugs are my biggest turn-offs. Sorry, but i would rather not get involved.
  3. I try not to take life too seriously, i laugh when i can and appreciate every moment.
  4. I have a secret love for Saturday night TV. I love the feeling of cosying up and watching X-Factor.
  5. I am AWFUL at texting back.
  6. I have a passion for cereal
  7. I want to visit so many places around the world, but take my time doing it. 

 

I’m asked often why i decided to start my blog. Honestly, I don’t know the answer. It is something i’ve wanted to do for a while. I have so much to say, and i just want the world to hear.

One of my first posts was all about one single year of my life. The post Life Has It’s Way of Surprising us went crazy. I was contacted by charities, asked to write articles about my experience, i was receiving messages from strangers telling me i have changed their perspective of life. Thousands of people saw this post and i still receive messages about it today. People cried reading my blog and in return, i cried reading every single reply. The result was both so overwhelming and also so rewarding.  Knowing that i had touched people in this way made me feel pride in myself. I felt a sense of accomplishment, and so, the posts continued.

As the weeks went on and my weekly posts were published i began talking to some other bloggers online. They would share and comment on all my posts and in return i would do the same for them. The tweets and comments i was getting from them made me realise how insanely supportive the blogging world is. There is never any negativity, everybody wants to help each other grow and we are all genuinely just there for each other. If anyone needs a hand with a post or generally just needs some chat, we know who to ask. We have our own little group chat of bloggers which starts with a ‘Good Morning’ and ends with a ‘How was your day?’ every single day. I see my bloggers as an escape from the real world, we don’t have to talk about anything serious, i just know they are there when i need them.

Before i was nominated for the versatile bloggers award i was planning to link them all at the end anyway. So here are 30 bloggers i think you should all go and love as much as i do, I nominate you all…

Jess

OkamiAmmy

Kayla

KxtieBlog

Judanna

Dominique

Kirsty Maynard

Marys Life

Pae Reviews

Kris Marie

Shannon Avery

Caitlin

Kind Culture

The Fussy Feeder

Becca Hargate

Bex Chappers

Exclusory

Pretty Style of Living

RilesMtShali

RantEatSleepRepeat

HebahPervaiz

Travelling Wanderer

A Journey Like Never Before

Bee Boo

SimplyShaiz

Our Little Mountain Tribe

SaynThings

Taslyn Matina

Sophie Hearts

 

Please have a look at as many of these guys as you can. They all have great content. I hope you all have a fab week and amazing Halloween! 🙂

Fiona x