2013-09-12

Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Spinach

Number of Servings: 2




INGREDIENTS

120g spaghetti
180g mushrooms, sliced
250g frozen spinach
2 garlic heads, sliced
1 hot chilli, sliced
1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp soy sauce
1tsp sugar


1. Cook mushrooms in boiling water for 3 minutes, and have them transferred to a plate.

2. Cook spaghetti in the same pan of boiling water by following instructions on package.

3. Defrost spinach and have it drained. 

4. Add ½ tbsp oil to the pan over a medium heat. Add half of the garlic and then mushrooms. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. Have them removed from the pan.

5. Add another ½ tbsp oil and the remaining garlic to the pan. Stir-fry spinach for 1 minute. Pour the previously cooked garlic and mushrooms back to the pan. Add chilli, soy sauce, and sugar, and cook for 1 more minute.

6. Stir in cooked, rinsed, and well drained spaghetti to the pan of vegetables, before switching off the fire.

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.

Roasted Vegetables Mix as a Simplest Vegetarian Meal

Number of Servings: 3; Calories per serving - 293kcal

A big bowl of colorful roasted vegetables as a Healthy and Simple Vegetarian Lunch/Dinner. 

INGREDIENTS
- 400g peeled sweet potatoes 
- 280g eggplant 
- 200g zucchini 
- 360g seeded bell peppers (red and yellow) 
- 200g baby carrots 
- 180g mushrooms cut into halves 
- 2 tbsp olive oil 
- ½ tsp salt 
- ½ tsp ground black pepper

Dice the first four ingredients, and then mix well with all the others in a big bowl. Spread mixture evenly onto a big oven dish. Roast in a preheated oven set at 200C Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes. Stir well. Roast for another 25 minutes. Do feel free to mix variety of vegetables at your choice; and of quantity you require.

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

Custard Pastry Cream as Filling for Strawberries Tarts

INGREDIENTS

300ml unsweetened soya milk

3 large egg yolks

30g sugar

20g all purpose flour

20g corn starch

pinch of salt

1tsp vanilla extract


1. Heat soya milk in saucepan over medium heat until it foams up.

2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix egg yolks, sugar, flour, corn starch, and salt.

3. Gradually whisk soya milk into the egg mixture (do not pour hot soya milk into the mixture all at once).

4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Heat and whisk constantly for a few minutes until it thickens.

5. Pour custard cream into a bowl. Stir in vanilla extract. Cover the surface of the cream with plastic wrap. Cool to room temperature before use. The custard cream can be kept refrigerated for up to three days.


***Enough for filling 2 fruits tarts, each for 6 servings.

***STRAWBERRIES TART:
- 1 sweet pastry case
- ½ custard pastry cream of the above recipe
- 300g strawberries
- 60g raspberries sauce
-- Spread a layer of custard pastry cream on the pastry case. Cut each strawberry into half, and coat all pieces with raspberries sauce. Arrange strawberries over custard pastry cream. Chill for hours before serving.

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.