Bearfaced Groceries Delivery and Sweet and Savoury Healthy Recipes
It is the beginning of a new week and that means one thing – start the week as you mean to go on. Eat well, stay hydrated, keep active and have fun. I was so excited when I was contacted by Bearfaced Groceries recently to collaborate with them on a blog post. I love the ethos behind their brand and what they offer. I absolutely love searching for fresh produce at grocery markets when I have the time! However, I must admit I am a creature of habit and tend to edge towards supermarket alternatives because it seems ‘easier’. Since working with Bearfaced Groceries I have discovered that their ready-made boxes, packed full of goodness, are a healthier, cheaper and a more convenient way of shopping and selecting produce.
Bearfaced Groceries are Manchester based, focusing on the aspect of sourcing real food from real people. They work extremely hard to find out where their food comes from and where it is sourced from. They also like to work closely with the suppliers and farmers that supply the food in order to select high quality, high welfare produce to feed their customers with. This is refreshing to know that they are passionate about their food and what the customers consume and enjoy! On a business level, it is also extremely lovely that they work closely with other suppliers and farmers, which is definitely the stepping stones for building a closer community.
Although sometimes I source my food from supermarkets I always look out for food that contains no additives, no artificial ingredients and no preservatives. I always search for real food and sometimes it can be challenging. Bearfaced Groceries have ticked all of these boxes and have individually picked the best produce for you.
‘We want to save you the time and stress of the supermarket and inspire you with easy and nutritious recipes to put the joy back into your mealtimes. No big brands, no hidden additives, no short shelf lives, no misleading offers, no corporate jargon and no fat cats! Come and experience what grocery shopping should be like.’ – Bearfaced Groceries.
JUST REAL FOOD.
When I received my box of goodness I was so impressed! The smell of fresh produce filled the room and I couldn’t wait to dig in. All of the food came well packaged and wasn’t damaged in transit. I selected the Gluten Free Bear Essentials Box which is priced at a great range and the box was filled with all of this yummy, fresh produce.
I have created some recipes below which feature some ingredients from the box. I hope you like them!
Juicy Stuffed Potatoes
Items used from the box to create this meal: broccoli, carrots, 1× 500g Grass Fed Beef Mince (5% Lean), onion & potatoes.
- 4 handfuls of peas – pre-boil these prior to cooking
- 2 handfuls of black beans – rinsed and drained
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 1 diced carrot – pre-boil this prior to cooking
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1 stem of celery, thinly sliced
- 1/2 a courgette diced
- 1/2 of a large onion, diced
- Potatoes – precook these in the microwave for 6 minutes and then pop them in the oven for an hour on gas mark 5, whilst you prepare the mince dish
Seasonings for the mince and vegetable dish
- 2 cloves of garlic or 2 tablespoons of ground garlic
- 1 tbsp of ginger
- 2 tbsp of cumin
- 2 tbsp of basil, turmeric, oregano, coriander and paprika
- 1/2 tbsp of salt and pepper
- x2 pinches of coconut sugar, or another sugar alternative
- 2 tbsp of tomato puree
- 2 tbsp of curry powder
- Pre-cook your potatoes in the microwave for 6 minutes and then oil them up, add some seasonings of your choice – I chose salt and pepper and then pop them on an oven proof dish and then leave them in the oven for 60 minutes on gas mark 5, or until golden and crispy.
- In one pan, brown the mince on a low heat and drain the excess liquid that is left behind.
- In another separate pan, fry the diced onion in coconut oil until caramelised on a low heat.
- Remember to pre-boil your peas and carrots prior to this.
- Add all of the spices above ^ to the onion mixture and stir for 1 minute, no longer, you don’t want to burn the spices!
- Add the onions and spices into the mince mixture and add the diced courgette, sliced pepper and sliced celery and cook for 10 minutes.
- When the courgette is tender, top the mixture with the tinned tomatoes, black beans, carrots and peas and allow to simmer for 20 minutes on a low heat.
- Remember, to check your potato and taste the recipe as you go, you can change the seasonings to your preferred taste.
- Once the mince mixture has been simmering for a while and your potato is cooked and soft, top the potato with the mince mixture and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Absolutely delicious!
If you want to eat the mince mixture a few days after, remember to heat it thoroughly and enjoy with quinoa, cauliflower rice, brown rice, more potato or with rye bread and broccoli (like I did) experiment!
Stewed Apples Infused with Cinnamon and Orange
This recipe is super quick and easy and can be stored in the fridge for 4/5 days. I added the stewed apples to the top of my morning zoats (oats with added grated courgette/zucchini), which were delicious! Find my zoats recipe here – Pimp Your Oats, Zoats Style – You could also add the stewed apples to a crumble recipe, on top of yoghurt or ice cream or enjoyed on some toasted bread with a drizzle of honey. You can re-heat this recipe if you would prefer it warm, either in the microwave or in a pan. The list is endless!
Items used from the box: oranges and apples.
- 5 apples, red or green, this doesn’t matter it will just alter the taste slightly
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 1 orange
- 20g of butter or coconut oil
- A sprinkle of sugar, I used coconut sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
Chop up your 5 juicy apples into tiny pieces and remove the core, the smaller the chunks the thinner the consistency will be, if the chunks are bigger the consistency of the stewed apples will be slightly denser. Place the apples into a pan with the 20g of butter/coconut oil, the zest of the orange, the juice, the honey, 2 tsp of cinnamon, the sprinkle of sugar and the pinch of salt and cook on low for 15 minutes. It’s that simple! Be sure to stir it as it cooks.
Healthy Baked Beans with Chicken
This is another super quick recipe that can be altered depending on the ingredients you have in your cupboard. I enjoyed mine with some whole grain rice & quinoa, steamed kale and some chopped fresh tomatoes. But don’t panic! You could enjoy yours on toast, with a side of white rice, a side of steamed vegetables, quinoa, on a potato or as a side dish for a salad. This recipe is extremely diverse; you could swap the butterbeans for chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans or even lentils. You could leave the chicken out and add spinach and eggs for a breakfast time recipe or add prawns! This doesn’t need to contain any fish, dairy or eggs! Just make the recipe without them.
Ingredients used from the box: farm fresh chicken breast fillets, super juicy vine tomatoes and onion!
- x2 chicken breast fillets
- 1/2 diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves crushed, or two tbsp of readily crushed garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1tbsp of basil
- 1tbsp of paprika
- 1tbsp of mixed herbs
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- A pinch of coconut sugar (you can use your own sugar alternative, this is just what I had available)
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- Fresh tomatoes to serve
- 1 tin of butter beans (or your choice of legume! Get creative)
- In one pan, fry the diced onion in some coconut oil (or an oil of your choice) on a medium heat until caramelised.
- In another separate pan, cook your chicken thoroughly on a low heat, this is to make sure that it is cooked properly before adding it to the tomato mixture.
- Once the onion is caramelised, add all of the spices, the tinned tomatoes, the butter beans and simmer for 10 minutes on a low heat.
- When your tomato, onion and butter bean mixture has simmered, add your chicken and simmer on a low heat for an additional 10-15 minutes… Remember! Taste the tomato deliciousness as you go, you might want to add more salt or more pepper to your preferred taste.
Pan-fried Salmon with Pilau Infused Quinoa and Stir Fried Vegetables
If I had to choose a favourite, this would be it! I am a HUGE lover of fish, quinoa and vegetables and I knew I had to create a recipe that incorporated all three of these concepts. The salmon was fresh, juicy and packed full of delicious flavour. The quinoa and vegetables are packed full of nutrients, colour and bring this whole dish together. On this particular day, I made lots of vegetables and quinoa to ensure I had enough for tomorrow’s lunchtime meal and dinner if I was out and about. The salmon, however, was cooked for the evening meal and no other meat or fish was cooked for the next day. The quinoa can be swapped for rice, pasta or even cauliflower cous cous.
Ingredients used from the box: salmon fillets, tomatoes, broccoli, onion and carrots.
- 1 small onion diced or half of the huge juicy onion diced provided from Bearfaced Groceries
- 1 courgette, diced
- 5 carrots, peeled and diced
- 5 mushrooms – (closed cup mushrooms, small)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1/2 broccoli head, chopped into small pieces
- Tomatoes to garnish and add sweetness
- Sliced lemon
- 1 chicken stock cube or your own fresh stock – for the quinoa
- 3 tbsp pilau seasoning
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 cups of quinoa – red, or white quinoa, (I used one cup of each)
- In one pan fry the diced onion in some coconut oil on a low heat until caramelised.
- Once the onion is caramelised add in your mushrooms and allow to cook for a further 7 minutes.
- Whilst the onions and mushrooms are cooking prepare your quinoa and pop it in the microwave or in a pan. This should be cooking whilst you prepare the rest of the food. Check your quinoa packet instructions for full guidance. When I add the water to the quinoa, this is where I add my chicken stock cube for extra flavour.
- Add the carrots, broccoli, peppers, courgette and pilau seasoning to your onion and mushroom mixture and allow to cook on low for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender (I like my vegetables to have a little crunch, if you want them softer cook them for longer, this is your personal preference).
- Whilst the quinoa and vegetables are cooking – prepare a griddle pan with some coconut oil ready for your salmon. Place the salmon skin side down onto the pan and cook on low for 10 minutes or until the flesh of the salmon is a light pink shade and firm to touch. If you want the skin to be crispy like mine, leave it in the pan and don’t move it around! Be patient.
- Add your cooked chicken stock quinoa to the vegetables and give it a good stir, (taste test! And if you want to add more seasoning you can).
- Serve your quinoa beside the salmon with sliced tomatoes and add a touch of lemon juice for extra zing & enjoy!
As you will have seen from my previous blog post – Relax! – The 3 Things I Do To Unwind I am a huge lover of baking and cooking because it helps me unwind and relax. I have enjoyed every moment of creating these recipes and experimenting with wholesome produce, which is fresh from trustworthy suppliers. Having food prepared in a box and delivered to your door makes the selection and cooking process so much easier and takes the stress out of ordinary food shopping. A huge thank you to Barefaced Groceries for collaborating with me on this blog post. I hope you all love it.
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If you do re-create any of these recipes please credit me and tag me in the images! I would love to see what you have done and if you have changed the recipes to suit your preferred taste. Your taste buds will thank you for these recipes!
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I hope you all have a wonderful week! I head to Singapore on Wednesday but I will still be around on social media and I should be posting on my blog whilst I am away. I can’t wait to have some time-out and relax with my family. If you’re not getting away anytime soon, be sure to make the most of your surroundings and do something fun. Appreciate the small things – the weather, the fresh air, delicious food, family, friends and the ability to be active. Thank you for stopping by to read this blog post.