2013-06-12

Greek Yoghurt Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins






INGREDIENTS



1 egg
280g fat-free plain greek yoghurt
80ml vegetable oil
1tsp vanilla extract
260g plain flour
80g granulated sugar
1¼tsp baking powder
½tsp baking soda
¼tsp salt
200g berries

In a medium bowl, mix the egg, yoghurt, oil, and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and berries, and then make a well in the center of the bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the large bowl containing the dry. Mix until just blended.

Spoon the mixture into muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven set at 190C for 15-20 minutes.

Vegetables Stir-fry: Celery + Onion + Chilli

Number of Servings: 4


INGREDIENTS
- 1 celery, cut into chunks
- 2 brown onions, sliced
- 1 garlic head, finely chopped
- 1-2 mild red chillies, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp water

Add oil to the pan and stir-fry onions with garlic and chillies for 3 minutes. Add celery followed by soy sauce and cook for another 3 minutes. Add water and cook covered for 4 minutes.

Steamed Eggs as Side Dish or Dessert

Number of servings: 4


In a bowl blend 6 eggs and water or unsweetened soya milk. The ratio should be 1:1, i.e. half a cup of eggs should be blended with half a cup of water or unsweetened soya milk. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and blend well. Pour the mixture into 4 little shallow dishes/bowls. Cover with either lids or cling film.

Transfer the dishes to a steamer basket. Steam for 15 minutes.

To make it a dessert, use either unsweetened soya milk or skim milk instead of water; and add 2-4 teaspoons of sugar instead of salt.

Yummy Honey Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber that can aid weight loss effectively by keeping you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. People seem to eat less with a fiber-rich diet and therefore shed pounds. The free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin also help keep the skin wrinkle-free. In addition, pumpkin may keep eyesight sharp, reduce cancer risk, and boost immune system.


Options of mouthwatering pumpkin dishes are endless, while steamed honey pumpkin is a fast easy one among the best for the sake of health and beauty: cut half a pumpkin into pieces and place them evenly on a plate; add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 of honey that combine to ease digestion and constipation; cook in a steamer for around 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of pumpkin pieces.

Chicken with Celery, Carrots and Cashew Nuts

Number of Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
- 425g chicken breasts, diced
- 1 celery, cut into chunks
- 200g baby carrots
- 60g cashew nuts
- 1-2 hot chillies, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp corn flour
- piece of ginger in thumb size, minced

Coat chicken breasts with a mixture of soy sauce, corn flour, and minced ginger. Add oil to the pan and pan-fry chicken for 6 minutes, and then have the golden brown chicken transferred to a plate. Add a few more drops of oil to the pan and stir-fry celery and carrots for 4 minutes. Add chicken back to the pan, together with chillies, and cook for another 4 minutes. Stir in cashew nuts, before switching off the fire.