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Since moving to the UK, I have always been forced (for lack of a better word) to create my own Tex Mex deliciousness. I’m not fond of the El Paso or Discovery brands that line the shelves of the UK supermarkets. Most of those “authentic brands” are made in Denmark, not Texas or Mexico. Thankfully, we are able to source our own ingredients to make as close to traditional Mexican and Tex Mex as possible.

Last night’s meal, while originally going to be tacos, turned into a platter of healthy, tasty goodness: shredded chicken breast (from a leftover roast chicken), homemade black beans, homemade salsa, a tortilla and Total Greek Yoghurt (in lieu of sour cream). The sour cream in the UK is more of a pouring cream vs the sour cream in the states which is set. I find that Total Greek Yoghurt is closer to the US style of sour cream, just as tasty and much healthier.

Tasty Tex Mex

So, not only was our Tex Mex creation good for the waistline, it was also easy to make and easy on the pocketbook.

* I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. *

In my quest to eat healthy and get fit, I have been eating a lot of Total Greek yoghurt for breakfast. One of my favourite things to eat is an adaptation of the recipe for Magical Breakfast Cream from Mireille Guliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.  

MBC ingredients

In my recipe, I use Total 0% Greek Yoghurt, fresh lemon juice, honey, ground almond and ground bran flakes.  According to MyFitnessPal it only has 268 calories.   A very healthy breakfast after a morning walk.

Lemon

The lemon is a great morning pick me up.

Honey

The honey sweetens it and adds a bit more luxuriousness.

Bran Flakes

And the bran flakes add crunch. This is one of my favourite breakfasts.

Additionally to mix things up, I’ve enjoyed Total Greek’s 0% Yoghurt with Strawberry with a bowl of Bran Flakes on the side this week.

Total Greek with Strawberries

Total Greek Yoghurt in the morning is a perfect way to start the day.

* I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts over the next week. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. *

When I was asked to review Total Greek Yoghurt, this was the first recipe that came to mind. Nigel Slater’s (Pistachio) Yoghurt Cheesecake. I’ve made it a few times and every time it just gets better.

Cheesecake ingredients

As I am on a health kick at the moment, I cut out the pistachios to save a few calories and pennies at the same time. In my opinion, you don’t miss the nuts. This recipe was originally printed in the Guardian as part of a spring menu, but here’s my version:

Yoghurt Cheesecake
Serves 8

What you’ll need:
20 cm pie or cake tin

Biscuit base:
10 digestive biscuits
50 g butter (melted)

Cheesecake filling:
75g butter
75g golden caster sugar
500g mascarpone
2 egg yolks
6 heaped tbsp Total Greek Yoghurt*
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
30g sultanas (or dried cherries) – chopped
50g ready to eat dried figs – finely chopped

Crunch up biscuits until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in biscuit. Tip into 20 cm pie or cake pan and press down lightly. Refrigerate while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

biscuits crunched

With a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the mascarpone, egg yolks and yoghurt. Stir in vanilla extract.
With a large spoon, fold in the chopped figs and sultanas until well mixed.
Tip filling onto refrigerated biscuit base and smooth out. This is not meant to be perfectly flat like a baked cheesecake, but more like a creamy topped pie.

Folding fruit
Filling Cheesecake

Finished cheesecake

You can either serve immediately as a pudding or leave to stiffen in the refrigerator overnight.

Dig in

This is an amazing healthy option for traditional cheesecake. You won’t need a topping or coulis. It’s just clean tasty goodness. I can’t wait to dig in.

* I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts over the next week. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. *

I am getting myself back into shape. But let’s go back to the beginning…

On and off throughout my life since adolescence I’ve battled weight issues. I managed to get thin in high school, only to gain the freshman 15 (and more!) into college. Then in my late twenties, I got thin again. This lasted for a few years and then I moved to the UK. As I adjusted to a new live in a new country, I fed my insecurities with the deliciousness that is comfort food like stodgy meat and potato based food or tasty puddings and cakes. Then I got pregnant and had to adjust to a new way of life so I turned to food once again. But back in February I looked at myself in the mirror and did NOT like what I saw. I’d really let myself go and it was time for a change.

I recently read (for the second time) Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat. This was the kick start I needed. I could do this, for real this time. I wanted to get fit.

I consciously changed my eating habits, not by extreme dieting but by cutting down on the calories. I didn’t cut out my favourite foods, I just ate less of them. I even got social with my regime by downloading a fitness app to my phone to help me keep track of what I ate and the cardio exercise I did. And although I’m only halfway to my goal, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since February.

One of the changes I made to my diet was eating more yoghurt.

Totalyoghurt

A very healthy recipe my husband and I put together was a Spiced BBQ chicken with Total Greek Yoghurt, cucumber, beetroot and pita on the side. This meal feels indulgent, but is very low in calories.

chickenwithyoghurt

The Menu: The chicken was skinless, marinated with cumin and smoked paprika and grilled served with diced cucmber, diced beetroot with fresh coriander sprinkled on top, a dollop of Total Greek yoghurt, one pita grilled and sliced in half  and garnished with fresh mint from our garden.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up flavour, in fact over the past few months we’ve found the opposite. I definitely feel better about myself for the change in diet. But as I said before, the metamorphosis is only half complete… (watch this space)

** I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts over the next week. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. **

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