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Hummus with Pita Bread and Mediterranean Salad

Posted by Angelica on June - 8 - 2012

Ingredients

Hummus

  • 2 cloves of finely crushed garlic Hummus with Pita Bread
  • 3 cups of chickpeas boiled with salt till tender
  • 3 tablespoon of Tahini
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice(1 big lemon)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Directions

  1. Drained the boiled chickpea and process it in a food processor with about ½ cup of water till coarse texture.
  2. Add in the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and process further. While processing, progressively add in the olive oil till it reaches a nice smooth texture that great for dippings.
  3. Serve with freshly baked pita bread and a cooling Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean Salad

  • 1 Cucumber (diced) Mediterranean Salad
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large ripe tomato (diced)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Toss all vegetables in a big bowl
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper while tossing gently
  3. Finally add the feta cheese and leave to chill before serving

*Tips:

– Tahini is a sesame paste which can be found in local Middle Eastern stores. You can also find canned hummus in Middle Eastern stores, but it’s really nice to make your own with fresh ingredients

– Leftover hummus are great as raw vegetable/plain crackers dips and its simple and easy to consume

– Try adding other of your favorite ingredients to your hummus like beetroot, corn, or sugar snaps. It gives a nice various color and adds more nutrients to this wonderful dip

– Chickpea/ Garbanzo beans burst with various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B,E,K riboflavin & niacin. It has low fat content and is very high in fiber. Chickpea is a highly recommended diet for those wanting a nice waistline and glowing skin

Hummus Serving

 

10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Fruit Butter

Posted by Angelica on August - 13 - 2011

Fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruits like apple, pears, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, plums, mangoes, banana or pumpkin cooked in a low heat to a paste, and lightly sweetened. This is a “kind to the body” substitute to butter, margarine or cream cheese, and tastes awesome. It is created by slow-cooking fruits and then putting the mixture through a sieve or blending it to reach the right consistency. When done well, it has the same texture as butter with a different flavor. This is different from jams/ jelly’s as the ingredients do not incorporate any thickening or preservative agents.

Fruit Basket

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh fruits of your choice Fruit Butter YellowFruit Butter Red
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey/ maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of citrus zest (orange or lemon)
  • 5 tbsp of lemon or orange juice
  • Very little pinch of salt

 

Directions

  1. Combine fruit, water, sugar, salt & honey/syrup in a stove, slow cooker or oven. Add citrus zest and juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, mashing the fruit and stirring occasionally. It would take about 20 minutes to more than an hour to become very thick depending on the type of fruits you use.
  2. Do a taste test to see if sugar is sufficient. You could add more sugar towards the end of the cooking process. Always start with less sugar. Some fruits are loaded with natural sugar.
  3. To see if it has cooked to perfection, put a spoonful of fruit butter on a plate. If no liquid seeps from the edges, it’s done. Return to a simmer to thicken more if necessary. If you need it to be smoother, puree in a food processor or blender, strain, and let it simmer again for a few minutes before taking our for storing.
  4. Store the butter in nice clean jars with lids. Let it cool at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

 

*Tips:

  1. Play with the texture of the fruit butter based on the type of fruits you use. For fruits like apples, pineapples, pears, & pumpkin, you could remove the skin to get a smoother texture. For fruits with seeds like grapes, berries & kiwis, use strainer upon cooking to remove the fine seeds. In the middle of cooking, you can remove the mixture and blend it with a blender or food processor until you’re comfortable with the consistency. Try to opt for a mixture which is perfect as a spread.
  2. If you would like a creamier taste for fruits like mangoes, pumpkins, pears, or bananas, minimize or do not use the citrus zest or juice to decrease the acidic taste.
  3. Be creative and add your preferred flavors into your fruit butter. Most commonly added are spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or flavors like vanilla, almond or coconut extract. Blending your fruit butter with yogurt will boost up the Probiotics properties.
  4. You could also use dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates to make your butter.
  5. Mix and match your favorite fruits and flavors to get a wonderful homemade fruit butter!

 

The various great ways to enjoy your fruit butters!

Various great ways to enjoy your fruit butter

  

3 Zest Salsa

Posted by Angelica on August - 5 - 2011

This recipe was discovered by accident when I was trying to come up with a Sunday salad preparation. Turns out, everyone, including me, thought it was incredible I’ve decided to share it. The 3 Zest Salsa is perfect for anyone who wants an instant refreshing zest in your mouth. It’s colorful, revitalizing, taste great and is healthy. Enjoy! Bon Appétit…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 big tomatoes (diced small)

  • Half a pineapple (diced small)

    3 Zest Salsa

  • 1 cucumber (diced small)

  • 15 grapes – Quartered and seed removed

  • 8 mint leaves grated (finely Chopped)

  • Half a red onion (finely Chopped)

  • 3 small green chillies(finely Chopped)

  • 2 tsp of brown sugar

  • 1 lemon – juiced with seeds removed

  • ½ tsp salt

  • A pinch of pepper

 

Directions

  1. Put all the diced & chopped ingredients together in a bowl

  2. Mix in the brown sugar, lemon juice, salt & pepper

  3. Cool in refrigerator and serve chill

 

*Tips: The secret ingredient in this recipe is the mint leaves. It gives a refreshing burst to the salsa and enhances the flavor. This is a great & low calorie TV snack to be served with corn chips/nachos or tortilla bread & cheese.

corn chips/nachos tortilla cheese

 

Cream of Spinach Soup

Posted by Angelica on July - 17 - 2011

*Tips: always cook vegetables in low heat as this would retain the vitamins and goodness which are essential for the body.

 

Cream of Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl of spinach leafs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cups of water
  • A pinch of salt & pepper
  • Heavy cream

Directions

  1. In a dry pan, put in the butter and sauté the onion & garlic until fragrant in very low heat. Make sure to not let it burn as it will spoil the color of the soup.
  2. When it turns light golden brown, add in water & ½ cup of milk. Add in the spinach leaves & cover the pan with a lid. Once spinach is added, it should only take about 3-5 mins to start boiling and it’s essential to turn off the heat when the boiling starts.
  3. Let it sit in the pan for another 3 mins before putting it into the blender and grinding it until it becomes smooth in texture.
  4. Put the mixture into the pan again and cook it for another 2 mins with the remaining ½ cup of milk.
  5. Garnish with a little heavy cream and serve hot.

 

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