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Showing posts with label Appetizers / Side / Others. Show all posts

2014-11-12

Orange Couscous

Number of Servings: 2





INGREDIENTS:

- 100g couscous
- 150ml hot vegetable stock
- zest and juice of 1 orange
- 50g sultanas or raisins
- 50g dried apricots, chopped
- 50g dried cranberries
- 50g chopped almonds
- 1tsp chilli powder
- ½tsp dried herbs
- salt and ground black pepper
- 1tsp light olive oil


1. Soak couscous in hot vegetable stock with orange zest and juice for 10 minutes.

2. Then, add in all other ingredients except oil and mix well.

3. Coat bottom of an oven dish with olive oil. Pour in the couscous mixture. Wrap with foil.

4. Cook in preheated oven set at 150c for 20 minutes.

Serve hot!

2014-07-12

Roasted Green Beans

Number of Servings: 4-6





INGREDIENTS:

- 600g green beans, trimmed

- 1½tbsp extra virgin olive oil

- 6 garlic cloves, grated

- salt and pepper


Place all ingredients in a big bowl and toss very well. Spread onto a baking sheet or shallow baking pan. Roasted in preheated oven set at 220C for 25 minutes, until beans are slightly shriveled and have brown spots.

2014-04-12

Pumpkin Soup

Number of Servings: 2



INGREDIENTS

- 1 small brown onion
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 small carrot
- ½tbsp olive oil
- ⅛tsp salt
- ⅛tsp ground black pepper 
- 210g pumpkin puree
- 1tsp Italian herb seasoning
- 375ml chicken stock

Finely chop the vegetables.

Add oil in a soup pot preheated to medium heat, add the vegetables together with salt and pepper, and let them cook for 6 minutes or until translucent. 

Add the pumpkin puree, herb seasoning, and chicken stock, and let the mixture come to a boil, turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. 

Serve hot!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Number of Servings: 4





INGREDIENTS:


- 400g brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed and quartered
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole and crushed
- 1tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 2tsp brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. Add all ingredients in a baking dish and give them a good toss.

3. Roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy around the edges. Keep your eye on them because they caramelize quickly due to the brown sugar.

Serve right away!

2014-03-12

Honey Lemonade

To make 1 glass of tasty lemonade......



INGREDIENTS


50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice ( ~ 1 lemon )

1tbsp honey

240ml cold water or cold sparkling water



JUST MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND ENJOY!

2013-09-12

Drunken Chicken

SO DELICIOUS!!!



1. Buy a bottle of Drunken Chicken Marinade in Chinatown.

2. Leave chicken in boiling water until cooked (around 15 minutes).

3. Have the chicken drained, let cool, and dried on kitchen paper.

4. Have the chicken bathed in Drunken Chicken Marinade, and refrigerated overnight.

5. Enjoy!

Vegetables Stir-fry: Romaine Lettuce + Onion

Number of Servings: 4



INGREDIENTS

- 2 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped

- 2 red onions, sliced

- 1 garlic head, finely chopped

- 1 tbsp olive oil

- 1 tbsp soy sauce


Add oil to the pan and stir-fry onions with garlic for 2 minutes. Add a few tablespoonful of water and cook covered for 4 minutes. Add romaine lettuce and then soy sauce. Cook for another 4 minutes.

Low-calorie Zucchini Roasted with Garlic

Zucchini, also known as courgette, is a very low calorie vegetable that contains neither saturated fats nor cholesterol, and therefore it is a common vegetable included in weight loss and cholesterol control programs by dieticians. As its peel is a good source of dietary fiber, it also helps reduce constipation and protect against colon cancers. Besides, zucchini is rich in some kinds of antioxidants that help eradicate harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species from the body, and so it plays a role in slowing down aging and various disease processes. 

Here comes a simple recipe of zucchini: brush a big oven dish with a thin layer of olive oil; cut two zucchinis/courgettes into 2 or 3-cm slices and place them evenly in the oven dish; mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil with enough chopped garlic; spoon the garlic mixture onto each surface of courgette pieces; roast in the preheated oven set at 200C Gas Mark 6 for 35 minutes. This is definitely a delicious dish for good of both general health and weight loss. Alternatively, cook with the same ingredients in a different way – Steamed Courgettes with Garlic.

2013-08-12

Steamed Courgettes with Garlic

Garlic is one of the most valuable and versatile foods that is widely recognized as health enhancing supplement. The chemical called allicin, which is produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised, is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. Allicin may be of practical value for weight control as well. More importantly, it is said that one milligram of allicin has a potency of fifteen standard units of penicillin. 

Not only is it an anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, it is also rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium. Garlic helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improves poor circulation, detoxifies the body, and boosts immune system to help fight infections. Besides, it can be added to almost any savory dish for the most delicious flavor and aroma. If bad garlic breath is a concern, drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will get the problem solved.

Garlic can be easily included as part of healthy life, especially when it is used for cooking vegetables that are everyday necessities. Here comes a simple recipe of zucchini, also known as courgette, which is low in calories and rich in water content: cut two courgettes into 2 or 3-cm slices and place them evenly in the steamer basket or on a plate; mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil with enough chopped garlic; spoon the garlic mixture onto each surface of courgette pieces; cook in a steamer for around 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of courgette slices. This is definitely a delicious dish for good of both general health and weight loss.

Vegetables Stir-fry: Iceberg Lettuce with Garlic and Fermented Beancurd

Number of Servings: 4


INGREDIENTS

- 1 iceberg lettuce, chopped

- 1 garlic head, finely chopped

- 3 cubes of fermented beancurd

- 1 tbsp olive oil

Add oil to the pan and sauté garlic and bean curd until aroma. Add lettuce and cook for 5 minutes.

2013-06-12

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.