Prosciutto Rolls & Salad

I came up with this lunch idea at the weekend, I love prosciutto and combining it with good quality mozzarella and peppery rocket makes this a really delicious option for lunch. Please try and go for the best possible quality mozzarella you can realistically afford, I promise it makes a difference. I’ve added a cheeky little video for you, hope you like it!

  
Serves: 1

  • 2 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 tsp mascarpone
  • Couple of torn-off pieces of mozzarella
  • 3-4 sundried tomatoes
  • Rocket
  • Handful of spinach
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Lay out the prosciutto and spread the mascarpone over them and season well, you could add a little bit of oregano at this point too. Lay on the rocket and sundried tomatoes and add the mozzarella. Squeeze over a spritz of lemon juice and roll these up into little parcels of joy, you can secure them with a little cocktail stick if you need to.

Put the spinach and tomatoes in a Tupperware container and pop the parcels on top.

Try and wait until lunchtime.

Apricot Granola out of the oven Laura of London Laura Nana

New Granola recipe

Here’s another granola recipe that I made this morning, similar flavours but a couple of new additions, I wanted it to be more fruity and nutty et voila – dried apricots go amazingly chewy when they’re cooked and replacing flaked almonds with chopped mixed nuts gives a really nice crunch.

Apricot Granola out of the oven Laura of London Laura Nana
Hot out of the oven

To make theĀ compote I regularly have with it, I use half a tub of frozen mixed berries and 1-2 tablespoons of Agave with 1-2 tablespoons of water – all in a saucepan simmered for 5 minutes or so. Taste for tartness and pop in a tupperware container to go in the fridge once its cooled, it’ll keep for a week or so. If it is a little too sharp, add more agave.

Apricot Granola with natural yoghurt and frozen berry compote Laura of London
Apricot Granola with natural yoghurt and frozen berry compote

Dry ingredientsĀ 
2.5 cups oats
Ā¼ cup flax seeds – I used Linwoods
Ā¼ cup mixed seeds
Ā¼ cup dried apricots chopped up small
Ā¼ cup seedless raisins
Ā¼ cup ground almonds
Ā½ cup shredded coconut

Apricot Granola Laura of London Laura Nana
Granola with Apricot, coconut, nuts and seeds

Wet ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp nut butter
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp agave
3 tbsp maple syrup

Granola 'Wet' Ingredients Laura of London
Granola ‘Wet’ Ingredients

Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix. Put the wet ingredients in a saucepan and heat until they all melt and mix together.

Melted down wet ingredients Laura of London Laura Nana
Melted down wet ingredients

Pour the wet onto the dry ingredients and mix really well. Put it allĀ on a lined baking sheet and into the oven at 180 for 10 minutes. Remove and turn it all over with a fork so other parts get a chance to get brown. Put itĀ back in the oven for another 10 minutes then remove, stir and leave to cool. Pop your amazing cereal in an airtight container ready to use in the morning.

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Time constraints

I had a pretty full on day today at work – back to back meetings and then some crappy traffic to slow us down on the way home. I didn’t really have much patience for cooking so chose this quick Italian salad that’s ready in 10 minutes

 

Laura of London Italian Salad Laura Nana
Perfect for those nights when you need something fresh and tasty super quick
  
Ingredients

  • 3 slices of Prosciutto 
  • 1 beef tomato cut into slices
  • 1-2 organic mozzarella balls
  • 5-6 sprigs mint
  • 10(ish) basil leaves
  • Asparagus
  • Lambs lettuce or rocket
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5tbp Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Laura of London Italian Salad Laura Nana
Ten minute meals are the way forward

Method

I split the asparagus lengthways and put them under the grill for 3-4 minutes on high, turning them over half way through. 

I finely chopped the mint and basil and put it into a bowl with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Mix well.

Arrange your tomato, mozzarella and lettuce on a plate, drizzle over some of your dressing then add the prosciutto and the asparagus and add a final drizzle of the dressing. 

Laura of London Italian Salad
Get stuck in

Clean cheating: A confessionĀ 

Ok Sunday, finally the best day of the week arrives, we had the lovely and newly married Kavish and Keyasha round for lunch having just arrived from South Africa this morning. Obviously they need a good meal after such a long flight!

Cue clean cheating, clean eating with a couple of rogue additions to make life easier and to make it a little more palatable to people who are not yet initiated into the world of clean eating! Little do they know they’ll be my guinea pigs for the day šŸ˜œ

 

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‘Naughty’ snacks

We started off with some snacks, I baked some pittas in the oven for ten minutes sprinkled with cinnamon and made my sweet potato crisps, we also had some of those new Pringles nachos which were yummy with a dip made of spicy chilli sauce mixed with mayonnaise. 

 

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A delicious Sunday Roast

For main I roasted a leg of spring lamb. In a sauce pan, I melted coconut oil with cumin seeds, curry powder, chilli powder and salt. I sliced 4 garlic cloves lengthways and put them in slits I cut into the meat.  Then poured the spice sauce over the top. 

Then, I lined a roasting tin with foil and added sliced onion, carrots, parsnips and any other veggies I could lay my hands on! I poured in a glass of red wine and a glass of water added the leg of lamb and popped in my meat thermometer and off it went to oven heaven at 180 degrees. 

I do not roast my meats in the oven based on time. I only ever use a thermometer, in my experience this provides a much more accurate result. 

We only have one hob working at the moment so making a roast is an interesting challenge, I par boiled peeled potatoes for 10 minutes then did the same with peeled parsnips. I lined another tin with foil and added a tablespoon of coconut oil and melted it in the oven. Then I added some salt, drained the spuds and roughed them up a bit before adding them to the roasting tin for 1 hour, turning them every 20 minutes. 

I put the parsnips in another roasting tin with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a tiny bit of coconut oil. I set aside to roast later. 

I split Brussels Sprouts in half and lightly fried them on high in a little coconut oil to char them, then added a small amount of water and put the lid on to steam them through. 

Then I boiled up some carrots and green beans and left them plain because of the flavours going on with the lamb and the to-be-gravy. I roasted the parsnips for about 20 minutes before everything else was ready. 

I took the lamb out when my thermometer went off and left it wrapped up to rest, strained the liquid from theroastung tin into a saucepan and boiled it down to concentrate the flavours with a pinch of salt and pepper. Once the meat had rested, I sliced it up and poured any meat juices into the gravy. Everyone had seconds and thirds so I can only assume it was a good feed. 

 

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Sweet potato brownies with chocolate sauce and ice cream
  
For dessert I made Deliciously Ella’s sweet potato brownies adding flaked almonds for texture and with melted 75% dark chocolate sauce and a little bit of shop bought vanilla ice cream. I wanted to see if serving a healthy/clean dessert with dinner guests would work. I think it did (you’ll have to ask the guestsšŸ˜œ) but I definitely wouldn’t do it every time – every now and then we all need a little bit of naughty but I’m glad I tried it. 

 

laura of london clean brownies laura nana
Sweet potato brownies with chocolate sauce and ice cream
Having written this post, I’m not sure I agree with the title anymore, I don’t feel like I’ve really cheated because I don’t feel guilty and it’s not really a confession but you get my drift…

A Simple Little Smoothie To start a good Sunday

We’ve got family over for a roast dinner today so for breakfast I want something that’s going to be a good healthy boost and keep me going whilst I cook. 

 

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simple smoothie ingredients
In my smoothie I’ve added one satsuma, one Granny Smith, two strawberries, a handful of frozen raspberries, bee pollen, milled flax seed and water. 
 
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Blitz away
 
It’s deliciously fresh and tasty, not to mention the health benefits, especially when adding things like bee pollen and flax seeds to really pump up the nutrients. 

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smoothie, clean eating, breakfast