A Mother’s Day lazy lunch – Chicken and Blood Orange Tabbouleh Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Chicken breast fillet
  • 3 Blood oranges
  • 1 pinch Chilli flakes
  • 1 small bunch coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 200g Bulgur wheat
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400ml Water

Method:

  1. Start by cooking the bulgur wheat. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into a small saucepan along with the cinnamon and heat gently until starting to sizzle. Add the bulgur wheat and stir.
  2. Continue to cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the bulgur wheat smells toasted and fragrant. Add the water and a pinch of salt and bring to the boil.
  3. Cover with foil or a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat down as low as it will go. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off the heat. Leave to steam for 5 minutes before fluffing up the grains with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  4. Cut the chicken into very small bite-sized pieces. Place in a small bowl along with the zest of 1 blood orange and the garlic powder, chilli flakes and a good pinch of salt. Mix together well.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken pieces over medium heat until cooked through.
  6. In a large bowl mix together the cooled bulgur wheat, the blood orange chunks and the juice of 1 blood orange, the herbs and the spring onions. Taste and season if needed and add a drizzle of oil if liked. Serve with the chicken on top or mixed throughout if preferred.

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango salad and a honey lime dressing.

This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.

 

Ingredients ( 6 servings as a side dish)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Honey Lime dressing (optional)
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

For the fruit:

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mango
  • Extra chopped mint, for garnish-optional

 

Method

  1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  1. To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.
  1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until well combined. Garnish with additional mint, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

 

Note: use your favourite fruit in this salad. Blackberries, peaches, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, grapes, etc. are great options!

 

Beetroot and Chickpea Salad

Whether you roast/boil it whole, blend into a classic soup or drink as juice, beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 400g cooked beets, quartered
  • 400g cooked chickpeas
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 100 gram (large handful) spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed.
  • 90g low-fat feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • pinch of black pepper

Method

  1. Place beets, chickpeas onion and spinach leaves in a large bowl.
  2. In a small screw-top jar, add olive oil, vinegar, mustard and garlic and shake to combine to make dressing.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad vegetables and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with feta and walnuts and, season with black pepper and serve immediately.

Garlic Mushroom Qunioa

An easy, healthy side dish that you’ll want to make with every single meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 punnet mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

 

Method

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, chilli and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in quinoa until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan, if desired.

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 large of sweet potato, diced
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered, seeds removed and diced small
  • 2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cm of ginger, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves of cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp of masala
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Handful of coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C.
  2. Cover the sweet potato with the masala and oil, combine well then add to a heated tray and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes (or until cooked), turning once.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients (except coriander) in a large bowl, add the sweet potato hot or allow to cool. Mix well.
  4. Add the coriander just before serving.
  5. Enjoy on its own, with a side of greens or alternatively with grilled fish or chicken.

Exchanges

1 cup salad = 2 starch + 1 fat + 1 veg

Quinoa with roasted pumpkin, zucchini and basil pesto

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 600 g pumpkin  cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 baby zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon
  • Small bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons pesto depending on your taste

Method

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
  2. Combine pumpkin and red onion with a little olive oil.
  3. Season with ground pepper and a little cinnamon.
  4. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  5. Sauté the zucchini lightly in a pan over the stove.  You don’t really want to roast this as they only take 2 – 3 minutes to quickly cook in a pan. Season lightly and set aside.
  6. Remove vegetables from the oven.
  7. Add the quinoa, zucchini, parsley and pesto. Taste and add adjust accordingly.

Serve as is or garnish with garden herbs, and feta.

Basil Pesto Chicken and Hummus Couscous

For the chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of basil
  • 1 handful cashews
  • 2 glugs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Blend pesto ingredients and add to the chicken while frying.

For the hummus and couscous

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tin chickpeas
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 30g feta
  • cumin, coriander and dried chilli
  • 1 cup dry couscous

Method:

  • Hummus: Blend chickpeas, olive oil, feta and spices.
  • Cook couscous in 2 cups water (pour boiling water over dry couscous and cover for about 20 minutes until cooked).
  • Mix the hummus and couscous and add some extra chickpeas.

Exchanges:

1 chicken breast = 3 fats + 3 protein

1/2 cup couscous = 1 starch + 1/2 protein + 2 fats

Broccoli and Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

Serves 6 as a side or 3 as a main

  • 400g broccoli
  • 1/2 a punnet of strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 avo
  • 2 sprigs of spring onion
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Steam the broccoli for about 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly toast the seeds in a sprinkling of salt and cumin.
  3. Chop all your veggies.
  4. Toss in 1 tbsp olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Exchanges:

1 serving = 2.5 cups  = 2 veg, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit

Healthy Starches

A lot of people are confused about carbohydrates and are unsure of how to work them into a healthy diet and this can be so frustrating!

So to put the confusion to rest…Carbs can be divided into complex carbs and simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white bread and flours, are processed foods that are stripped of their nutrients, wheat germ and bran during the refining process. They offer little nutrition, are low in dietary fibre and are a source of refined simple sugars.

In contrast, complex carbs retain their nutrients, wheat germ, bran and the kernel. They are a source of dietary fibre and are digested more slowly in the body, they also provide vitamins, minerals and are important to the health of an individual. The majority of carbohydrates should come from complex carbohydrates (starches) and naturally occurring sugars, rather than processed or refined sugars.

The table below illustrates great sources of complex carbs that can be incorporated into your healthy diet.

COMPLEX CARBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See links below to recipes that incorporates healthy starches into your healthy meal plan 🙂 

BREAKFAST:

Birchers Muesli

Banana oat pancakes

LUNCH:

Quinoa chickpea and everything nice salad

Lentil & Beetroot salad topped with caramelized onions

DINNER:

Chickpea and vegetable curry

Butternut aubergine bake with a garlic herb vinaigrette

ENJOY 🙂

Sundried Tomato and Basil Hummus

Ingredients

  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 80g sundried tomatoes
  • 150ml  olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of water
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 1 juicy lemon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of tahini
  • 1.5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 red chilli pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
 Method
  1. Toss the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Serve with crackers or crudites. EASY 🙂