That’s why we’ve got some really healthy, really delicious and really easy to make recipes that you can whip up any time of the year!
Having lived in China for a year, I got to sample some of the best, authentic Chinese cuisine. The Chinese diet epitomises Yin and Yang – a perfect balance of flavours; sweet, sour, spicy… Dishes are small and made to share so you can order a multitude of dishes and enjoy the variation!
A fond favourite in China is ‘Egg and Tomato’. Sounds strange but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! It soon became a regular dish from late weekend brunches to gourmet evening dinner.
Egg & Tomato
This dish is extremely healthy as it contains heaps of veg and protein.
2 tomatoes, chopped in medium sized chunks
2 spring onions, sliced round
1 garlic clove
Cooking oil salt, pepper, sugar, cornstarch
1. Stir together 1 tsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Add 2 tbsp of rice wine and stir.
3. Heat the oil, add the sliced spring onions and stir fry.
4. Add the eggs and scramble until they’re tender but firm. Remove and set aside.
5. Add a little more oil if needed and stir fry the tomatoes.
6. Add the garlic, ¼ tsp sugar, the cornstarch and stir until the mixture has thickened slightly.
7. Add the eggs back, mix up and serve!
Try this great take on a traditional fry up!
Come Pancake Day and the world goes crazy for sugar and lemon. Pancakes seem an indulgence as we always seem to overeat but the recipe can actually be very healthy and eaten as an alternative to bread which seems to consume everyones diet…
Use gluten free flour instead of normal, plain flour – it completely eliminates the bloated feeling and tastes exactly the same as normal, plain flour.
To make 6 pancakes, you will need:
125g gluten free flour
A bit of butter for frying
1. Put all the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
2. Crack the egg in the middle and pour in a quarter of the milk.
3. Whisk/fork the mixture until you have a lump free paste.
4. Continue to add the milk until the consistency is just right – not too thick, not too thin.
5. Add a knob of butter to the frying pan and when it starts to foam, pour some of the mixture in.
6. Swirl the mixture around the pan so it’s coated, nice and round.
7. Cook until golden brown, toss and cook some more.
8. Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture and until your tongue starts tingling!
The pancake itself is healthy so don’t ruin it by filling up on ingredients that will make you into a couch potato. If you fancy a sweet treat, add some fruit. Bananas, strawberries, orange slices are all lovely. Savoury pancakes are great too. (remember what we said about replacing bread?) How about adding a mixture of scrambled eggs, onions, low fat cheese and fresh tomatoes? Dinner sorted.
You’ll be pleased to hear that dark chocolate has various health benefits – for your body and brain! How about melting some dark chocolate and adding it to your bloat-free pancakes?
It has been shown that eating dark chocolate decreases blood pressure and reduces the risk of blood clots. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, especially Flavanols. Flavanols support cellular and metabolic activities throughout the body, they crush inflammation and slow down ageing. Dark chocolate also contains Phenylethylamine (try and say that), the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel ‘in love’. Phenylethylamine promotes the release of endorphins so whilst you’re on the way to looking younger and healthier, you’ll also be feeling happier.
Remember our favourite motto though, ‘Everything In Moderation’! Too much of anything is bad so enjoy food but exercise well too – if you consume more than you burn, you’ll be saying goodbye to a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Written by Dr. Noel Duncan