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Wholesome Eats: Chilli Roasted Corn And Sweet Potato Salad

Each week, SHESAID is teaming up with some of the most influential and creative food bloggers to bring you a variety of healthy, nutritious and most importantly – delicious, recipes from the social sphere.

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With spring just around the corner take some inspiration from food blogger Arielle Zinn (aka @cocohealth) with this chilli roasted corn and sweet potato salad recipe! “I love making a big salad like this one at the start of the week and keeping it in the fridge for easy meals,” says Arielle of the inspiration behind the dish.

“Add protein of choice like a couple boiled eggs, fish, chicken or tofu and you have a delicious meal in minutes!”

Be sure to share your #WholesomeEeats with @shesaid and @cocohealth on Instagram!

Ingredients

1 medium bunch kale

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, cubed

4 corn cobs Sprouts (I used snow pea sprouts)

1-2 tsp chilli flakes (depending on heat preferences)

Cinnamon

Paprika

Sea salt (I use Himalayan pink salt)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp coconut oil (or use more olive oil)

1/2 lemon, juice

1/2 bunch parsley, chopped

Black sesame seeds (optional)

1 can chickpeas (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C fan forced.
  2. In a bowl, coat and toss corn cobs in 1 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil), chilli flakes and a good sprinkle of sea salt. In a separate bowl, coat and toss the chopped sweet potato in 1 tbsp coconut oil, cinnamon and paprika.
  3. Spread corn and sweet potato evenly on a cooking tray and place in oven for approx 30 minutes.
  4. Whilst the vegetables are roasting, shred the kale and place into a bowl. Coat in the olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt and massage for a few minutes until the leaves begin to soften.
  5. Once cooked, remove the roast vegetables from the oven and allow to cool. Mix with all remaining ingredients (sprouts, parsley and chickpeas, if desired) and serve with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds.

Optional: a drizzle of tahini takes the flavours in the salad to the next level! Highly recommended.

Healthy Tomato and Olive Quiche Recipe

Indulge in this healthy lunch idea which is made from fresh ingredients and is easy enough for even a beginner in the kitchen. Make sure you have a shell pre-baked (it’ll make the process shorter), then you can fill it and bake the quiche in the oven!

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Ingredients

Pastry shell

1 whole egg

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup kalamata olives

2 cloves garlic

2 onions (sliced)

2 cups tomato puree

Black pepper and salt

Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Start off with the pastry shell, and bake at 200ºC (400ºF) for 5-10 minutes until it softens. Take it out of the oven, and leave aside to cool.
  2. Mash up the kalamata olives into a fine paste.
  3. Saute the garlic and onions in a medium-sized pan until they begin to glaze. Add the tomato puree and cook until the mixture has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Take the pan off the heat, then add the 1 whole egg, followed by the 3 egg yolks. Grate some Parmesan cheese over the top, then arrange the sliced tomatoes.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes until golden brown, then drizzle some olive oil over the top.

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3 Tasty Summer Salad Recipes

Enjoy a light and healthy salad this summer by experimenting with some of your favourite seasonal fruits and vegetables. We have compiled just a few tasty recipes below which are sure to be the hit at the next dinner party!

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Couscous salad

Ingredients: 300g couches, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 tomato, 2 tablespoons mint, honey, 1/2 lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

1. Pour the couscous over 300ml of boiling water. Cover the bowl then let it stand for 5 minutes for the grains to fluff up.

2. Dice the peppers, tomato and mint, then whisk through the honey and lemon dressing.

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Chef’s salad

Ingredients: 1/2 lettuce, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tomato, 1 stick celery, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 cooked chicken breast, 50g ham, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to season.

Instructions

1. Line each bowl with lettuce leaves, and top off with celery, tomato and cucumber.

2. Add half of a hard-boiled egg to each dish, and divide the ham, cheese and chicken strips as well.

3. For the dressing, combine the Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of honey, lemon and olive oil into a jar and shake. Pour it over the salad and season with salt and pepper.

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Nicoise salad

Ingredients: 200g potatoes, 1/2 lettuce, 1 can white tuna, 3 tomatoes, 40g black olives, 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

1. Peel and boil the potatoes until soft and tender. Drain well, then dice into quarters.

2. Arrange the lettuce on the bottom of each bowl, then add the tuna, tomatoes, potatoes and olives. Garnish with olive oil and cracked black pepper. Red chilli flakes also add a kick of flavour to this traditional dish.

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5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

Tired of wasting all of your money on food and drinks? So are we! Prepare your own healthy meals at home to save some extra cash, plus you will know exactly what’s included in your food. We have tracked down five easy lunch ideas under $5 for those who don’t mind being a bit thrifty.

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BLT Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 rashes bacon, 2 slices wholemeal bread, Iceberg lettuce, 1/2 ripened tomato, 1 teaspoon mayonnaise or tomato sauce.

Who can resist a classic BLT Sandwich, yum! We love them so much that we even provided a recipe on SHESAID, but this one is even better (and will save you some extra money as well).

5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: 1/2 kg chicken mince, olive oil, butter lettuce, 1 tablespoon chilli flakes, 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Use chicken mince instead to save a little extra money (plus, it’s so quick and easy to cook – even for beginners in the kitchen). Season with chilli flakes, then transfer into a bed of lettuce.

5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

Couscous Salad

Ingredients: 1/2 cup couscous, 1/4 cup crumbled feta, olive oil, lemon juice, 1/2 red grapes

A delicious couscous salad is perfect if you’re watching your weight, but still want to feel satisfied after your meal. Enjoy with crunchy red grapes and crumbled feta cheese over the top for extra flavour. Replace the grapes with cherry tomatoes or olives if they’re not your thing.

5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Ingredients: 2 beets, 2 tablespoons walnuts, 1 cup mixed greens, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, crumbled goat cheese

Try this light spring/summer take on a traditional salad for a healthy lunch or dinner meal. Perfect for those who are vegetarian, make sure to add some of your favourite seasonal vegetables into the mix.

5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

Turkey Pesto Panini

Ingredients: Leftover bread, 1/2 cup pesto, 1/3 cup mozzarella, 1 cup chopped turkey, 2 tomatoes, 1/2 avocado

Make use of that panini and leftover turkey for this yummy snack for lunch time. Place all of the ingredients into a lunch press and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

5 Healthy Lunch Recipes Under $5

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5 Tasty Ways To Cook Quinoa

Include this healthy wholegrain, superfood into your weekly diet to benefit from the large volumes of calcium, vitamin E, and did we mention that it’s also gluten-free?

Even though quinoa is so healthy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that is tastes bad. If you want to start cooking with quinoa, pair it with these tasty dishes which are nothing to be feared.

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Black bean wrap

Use one cup of dry quinoa with boiled black beans, feta cheese, and avocado for a quick snack which is perfect if you’re on-the-go. The meal is filling enough for dinner or lunch, and is best stored in an air-tight container for freshness.

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Chicken

Quinoa can be used in lieu of rice or couscous, without the extra fatty feeling on your hips. This particular meal uses spicy charcoal chicken breast, fresh vegetables and fluffy quinoa – yum!

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Egg and broccoli breakfast bowls

Treat yourself to a luxurious Sunday brunch made with spinach, fried eggs, broccoli and fluffy quinoa. It’s the perfect alternative to a standard porridge dish.

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Butternut squash salad

If you’re giving your body a bit of a carbohydrate detox, then a salad is always a great option. This beauty combines roasted squash, quinoa, capsicum and coriander for an aromatic dish which works well as tomorrows leftovers.

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Quinoa bars

Indulge in delicious breakfast bars with all of your favourites including chocolate chips, fruits, muesli and healthy quinoa. Prepare the bars the night before, and store them in the fridge for that fresh crunch.

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Tuna And Couscous Salad Recipe

Rather than relying on takeaway as your number one option for lunch, why not prepare a delicious tuna and couscous salad the night before?

RELATED: Healthy Nicoise Tuna Salad Recipe

This recipe is packed with protein, flavour, and will keep your stomach full for hours to come. Add some of your favourite seasonal vegetables into the mix for a delicious meal, which is also perfect for dinner.

Serves 2

Ingredients

150g couscous

1/2 can sweet corn (drained)

1 tin tuna

1 red pepper (diced)

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp olive oil

Juice from 1/2 lime

Method

  1. Add the couscous into a pan of boiling water, and leave for 5 minutes. Drain out the excess water and transfer the couscous into a bowl.
  2. Add the red pepper, sweet corn and tuna into the mixture.
  3. Whisk the honey, lime and olive oil then pour it over the entire dish.

Image via Taste

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips Recipe

Swap the potato chips for a healthy zucchini instead. Why? Not only are they half the calories, but they taste the same, if not better!

There’s no time than now to take advantage of zucchini season and test out this dish with family and friends.

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Ingredients

3 large zucchinis

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 crumb wholemeal bread crumbs

1/2 Parmesan cheese

Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (392ºF), and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Slice each zucchini into thin rounds, and season with the pepper, salt, and even some freshly chopped garlic. Brush on some olive oil over the top before cooking in the oven.
  3. Combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the zucchini.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Image via The Kitchn

The Best Meals Made From Leftovers

There is no denying the fact that leftovers aren’t always the most glamourous of meals. But they sure save some time after a long day of work!

Although, does anyone else agree that some meals just taste better the next day? Below are just a few quick and easy meals to warm-up and enjoy if you don’t have much time on your side.

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Curry

Not only do the flavoursome ingredients of a yummy red curry marinate overnight, but they actually taste so much better! Warm them up over a hot stove, and serve with fresh rice and a glass of dry white wine.

The Best Leftover Meals 

Lasagne

Any type of lasagne tastes good on the second day, and there is no denying that fact! Serve with a side of fresh vegetables and you have a winning lunch or dinner meal.

The Best Leftover Meals 

Lentils

If you aren’t a fan of piping hot lentils, then enjoying them for leftovers is the second best option. The lentils themselves actually double in size, and the consistency of the entire soup is deliciously thick and filling.

The Best Leftover Meals 

Meatballs

Fry them, bake them, or simply pop them in the microwave for 2 minutes – meatballs taste good any way you choose to prepare them! Especially if they were baked in a tomato and garlic sauce which tastes amazing the next day. However, you might need some gum to cover up the garlic afterwards..

The Best Leftover Meals 

Casserole

Casseroles take no less than 5 minutes to prepare for lunch the next evening, and they taste exactly the same as they did the previous day. The past filling is especially warm and fluffy, which is perfect for those cold winter days!

The Best Leftover Meals 

Pizza

There’s just one food that taste good all the time, and that has to be pizza. If you’re warming in up the next morning, don’t waste your time with the oven or microwave which can turn it into a soggy mess. Simply lay it flat or an empty frying pan, and cook for 5 minutes. This way, you have a deliciously crunch pizza snack.

The Best Leftover Meals 

What are some of your favourite leftovers?

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Healthy Ham and Pasta Frittata

A healthy frittata dinner makes for delicious leftovers for lunch or even dinner the next day, since it can be served warm or cold.

Our favourite dish combines wholemeal pasta with delicious Parmesan cheese, and a handful of spinach for extra texture and flavour. This recipe will take about 20 minutes to prepare, and serves up to four people.

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Ingredients

1.5 cups wholemeal pasta

4 tbsp Parmesan cheese

4-5 slices of ham off the bone (you could also use bacon)

5 eggs

3-4 parsley leaves

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente. Then remove and set aside to cool down.
  3. Whisk the eggs until they are of a smooth consistency. Then add the Parmesan cheese, ham, and parsley. Feel free to also season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Combine the pasta and egg mixture, then transfer into a pan and cook for 20 minutes.

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Tomato, Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin Recipe

Gratins are fabulous any time of the year because they can be made with almost any ingredient, and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Our recipe takes inspiration from a classic French dish mainly revolving around eggplant, tomato, and of course zucchini. The result is a creamy main meal with a slight crunch around the corners, and packed with colour and taste.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium eggplant

1.5 tablespoon Herbes de Provence

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 medium zucchinis

2 ripe tomatoes

1/2 cup freshly ground breadcrumbs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC), and sprinkle some olive oil over a pan lined with baking paper.
  2. Slice the eggplant into diagonals and lay each slice over the tray. Brush with oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt and Herbes de Provence.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the eggplant is soft in the centre. Take them out to cool.
  4. Slice the zucchini and tomatoes, and spread them out evenly over the eggplant. Seeason with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Arrange each slice so that the previous row is still visible, this will allow them to cook evenly.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, olive oil, and grated cheese before cooking in the over for 30-40 minutes. Remove only until the top is golden or the centre is nice and soft.

Image and Recipe via Food Beest, Blogher

5 Seafood Recipes Under 15 Minutes

Most seafood dishes are quick and easy to prepare and don’t require any additional maintenance either. Prepare a healthy lunch snack or pre-dinner appetiser with fresh seafood and some crunchy veggies without spending half the morning in the kitchen! We share some of our quick and tasty seafood recipes which are perfect for even beginners.

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Oysters Rockefeller

Time: 15 minutes

A delicious appetiser containing creamed spinach, a few cloves of garlic, and that signature Mozzarella for premium body and taste. This is the perfect dish for those picky eaters, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser with guests.

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Cajun shrimp

Time: 10 minutes

Who does’t love a classic sweet and spicy dish with a side of crisp white wine? You only need some butter, cajun seasoning, parsley, and of course the shrimp to create a wholesome meal. Serve with a side of arborio rice, and crunchy vegetables as well.

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Shrimp ceviche

Time: 10 minutes

A gluten-free dish packed with crunchy green vegetables and avocado for a guilt-free meal which is deliciously healthy. For extra taste, allow the shrimp to marinate in the fridge overnight and serve with a side of fresh tortilla chips.

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Avocado and salmon rolls

Time: 15 minutes

If you cannot get enough of sushi, create your own at home with salmon, avocado, and cheese paste. Combine the cream cheese with freshly chopped chives, then mash in the avocado. Arrange the paste into each slice of salmon, and combine together with a toothpick before serving.

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Sardines with chilli and lime

Time: 10 minutes

A fresh salad dish inspired by the meals at Le Pain Quotidien which are savoury and sweet at the same time. Choose from a wide range of vegetables including celery, peppers, and parsley which make this meal perfect for those hot summer days.

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Winter Couscous Salad Recipe

A delicious winter salad is just what the doctor ordered, and anything with couscous certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Our favourite salad recipe is packed with flavour including fresh vegetables, and sweet cranberries for that wholesome taste. This recipe serves 6-8 with a little leftover for lunch tomorrow!

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Ingredients

1.5 cups couscous

1 tbsp olive oil

1 shallot (diced)

1 fennel bulb (diced)

2.5 cups butternut squash (peeled, seeded, diced)

3 tbsp fresh sage

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried currants

1.5 cups apple juice

1/4 cup canola oil

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp parsley

Method

  1. Boil a pot of water, then add the couscous and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander, and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the shallot for 1 minute, then add the diced fennel and cook until it softens.
  3. Add the butternut squash, sage, cranberries, currants, and apple juice, and cook for 15 minutes. Season as you like with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture into the bowl with the couscous, but keep 1/4 cup of the apple juice for the vinaigrette.
  4. In another bowl, combine the apple juice, canola oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the couscous and parsley, then let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. It will make everything taste so much sweeter.

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Make Your Own Cheese Platter

Who can resist a delicious cheese platter? If you’re entertaining at home, create this delicious platter which is simple and oh-so-tasty for any type of weather we’re experiencing. Plus, it’s really not as complicated as you think!

Serve with deep-red wine such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon which are beautiful when paired with fruit and cheese.

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Cheese

Pick 4 main cheese varieties which will serve as the foundation of the entire platter. It’s important to have soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and finally hard cheeses which all work beautifully together – especially when paired with a hearty glass of red wine.

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Bread

Bread is so crucial when creating a yummy cheese platter. It’s important to choose a variety which isn’t too overpowering (or filling), and compliments the cheese and other extras. Don’t choose bread which has been infused with olives and cheese – this is way too much! Less is always more, so choose crusty bread or crackers instead.

Extras

Here you can experiment with almost any extras such as olives, sweet jam sauce, crunch nuts, and even cold cuts. Fruit is also a popular choice since it brings a level of sweetness to the entire palette, so red grapes and green apples should always be sliced neatly on the side.

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Yummy Vegetable Juice Recipes

Don’t avoid vegetables altogether if the bitter taste is enough to make your taste-buds cringe! There are a variety of ways to disguise your greens by juicing with some yummy fruits instead. Add orange, strawberry, apple or even banana to your juice – and you won’t even taste the kale!

RELATED: 10 Easy Ways To Hide Veggies For Picky Eaters

Citrus Beet Juice

Ingredients

1 large red beet

2 oranges

1 large pink grapefruit

1/2 lime

1 apple

4 carrots

Method

  1. Peel and chop the beet, oranges, grapefruit, apple and carrots. Mix together in your favourite juicer, and add some ice if you enjoy your juice cold.
  2. Squeeze the lime when you’re done, and mix with a spoon before serving. If you don’t like the taste of pulp, simply squeeze the oranges and strain the pulp before including them in the juice.

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Kale Juice

Ingredients

Handful of kale leaves

Handful of baby spinach

3 carrots

1 cucumber

1/2 lemon

2 granny smith apples

Method

  1. Combine all of the fruits and vegetables together in your favourite juicer. Add an entire lime if you prefer your juice on the zesty side.
  2. Remove and strain if you don’t enjoy a juice with lots of body and pulp. If the flavour is true strong, simply add a few splashes of water to dilute the flavour.

Healthy lunch ideas: Yummy Vegetable Juice Recipe

Images and Recipes via Family Gone Healthy

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

The next time your meal is tasting somewhat lack-lustre, sprinkle some feta cheese over the top if you love it’s salty texture. Just a few cubes of this delicious cheese is bound to have your taste buds yearning for more, and create a taste sensation!

Try just some of the following snacks if you want something savoury throughout the day.

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Cucumber feta bites

There’s no denying that cucumber and feta cheese are a match made in heaven, so create these delicious crackers the next time you’re in need of a quick snack.

Use a chopped cucumber as a base, a spoonful of Greek yoghurt for the filling, then top-off with some walnuts for added protein. Serve with a lemon slice for extra zest!

Feel free to slice a cucumber, add the yoghurt and walnuts instead, then roll-up with a toothpick as a tasty appetiser.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Spinach feta grilled cheese

Bring a little life to your toastie by substituting that yellow cheese for some feta instead. Add a few baby spinach leaves in your focaccia, then grill for 2-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Feta and scrambled eggs

Not only are eggs delicious at any time of the day, but they are packed with protein to keep your tummy full (and hopefully snack-free). Add some crumbled feta cheese into your eggs and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Enjoy with a side of leafy greens and kale for a healthy, guilt-free meal.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Feta-cheese pizza

Instead of using mozzarella cheese on your next pizza, add some feta instead. The saltiness of the feta cheese is a match made in heaven with capsicum (especially red), and the smell is amazing!

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

Watermelon feta salad

Bring some life to your watermelon by seasoning with mint, sliced red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. The sweet and savoury flavour are delicious, and ideally made for the warmer months of the year.

Yummy Ways To Cook Feta Cheese

How do you enjoy feta cheese?

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Delicious Ways To Cook Green Beans

Green beans are an excellent source of dietary fibre, and can be cooked in a variety of different ways. Keep a pack of frozen green beans in your fridge for a quick stir-fry, or even add into your favourite soup for a boost of Vitamin A, B, and an excellent source of Folate.

Below are just a few different ways to steam, bake, puree, or boil green beans for a tasty meal at any time of the day.

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Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Whip-up a delicious summer salad with cherry tomatoes, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and white feta for a fresh taste. Boil the green beans under they are tender, then strain and finely chop some delicious cucumber over the top.

Delicious Ways To Cook Green Beans

Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries

While this option may not be the healthiest alternative, it’s definitely one to try out! Try a fresh Parmesan cheese if you love it’s distinct taste, and sprinkle with some sea-salt for extra Mediterranean taste.

Delicious Ways To Cook Green Beans

Shrimp and String Bean Pesto Pasta

Why not add a few chopped string beans into your pasta for taste and texture. Lightly boil the beans so they still hold some of their signature crunch.

Delicious Ways To Cook Green Beans

Baked Green Bean Fries

Hold back on the calories and serve some green beans for a healthy alternative to traditional potato chips. Bake with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and lightly simmer until they are golden brown in colour.

Delicious Ways To Cook Green Beans

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Healthy Herbed Bistro Fries 

Who isn’t guilty of indulging in a few baked fries every now and then? Not only are these delicious healthy herbed bistro fries easy to make, but they are baked to save you from the extra calories!

Sprinkle some of your favourite chopped herbs over the top for a delicious seasoning that the entire family won’t be able to resist.

RELATED: Healthy Baked Asparagus Fries Recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds red potatoes (cut into small wedges)

1/2 cup chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 cup chopped fresh thyme

Salt for seasoning

Olive oil to drizzle over the chips

Method

  1. Place the chopped potato wedges into a large bowl of ice water, this will make it easier to remove all the starch and allow the potatoes to have a crispy texture.
  2. Scoop them out with a ladle, then transfer them directly over to a tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Season with olive oil, rosemary, and thyme before baking in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Season with salt for a tasty treat.

Image and Recipe (modified) from The Good Stuff Cookbook

Oven-Roasted Roots Frittata Recipe

Ever find it difficult to stick to your daily serving of greens and vegetables? Not only are frittatas a delicious lunch-time meal, but they work with almost any filling you give them! Although this recipe better suits autumn/winter veggies, you can still experiment with your favourites for an irresistible midday snack.

RELATED: Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Ricotta Frittata Recipe

Ingredients

600g autumn/winter vegetables (shallots, onions, carrots, squash, pumpkin, parsnip, celery, beetroot, and potatoes for the filling).

1 large garlic clove (chopped)

3 tbsp olive oil

7-8 large eggs

Mixed herbs (parsley, chives, thyme)

20g Parmesan cheese

Sea salt and cracked pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC, and while that’s heating up peel the shallots or onions and slice into halves.
  2. Peel the carrots and cut into small slices, deseed the pumpkin/squash then cut into 2-3cm cubes. Do the same to the parsnip, celery, and beetroot before cutting the potatoes slightly smaller (1-2cm cubes).
  3. Load the vegetables into an oven-proof dish and garnish with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper before tossing well. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are tender and beginning to caramelise.
  4. Beat the eggs with a handful of chopped herbs, seasoning with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables, then carefully place the Parmesan cheese over the top. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes or until the egg starts to colour.
  5. Leave to cool, then transfer to a chopping board before cutting into thin slices.

Image and Recipe courtesy of The Telegraph

Brown Rice, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Brown rice is the healthy alternative to white rice. Because it is unrefined – unlike white rice – brown rice still contains whole grains and natural vitamins, fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium, often lost in the refining process of white rice. It has a low glycemic index, meaning it releases energy slowly, allowing you to stay full and energised for longer. Asparagus is also rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as fiber and folate. If this tasty salad wasn’t healthy enough, goats cheese is also low in fat and healthier than other cheeses made from cows milk.

RELATED: Miso Glazed Fish with Sesame Brown Rice Recipe

Ingredients

Serves 6 

1 1/2 cups long-grain brown rice

2 tsp salt

2 tsp vinegar or citrus juice

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 pound asparagus, trimmed

2 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 shallot, minced

1 tsp grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice

4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (1 cup)

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Bring 3 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add rice and salt to water and cook until rice is tender, stirring with a fork occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Drain rice, transfer to a baking paper-lined tray and spread evenly. Drizzle rice with vinegar or citrus juice and let cool.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and arrange evenly in a line, as best you can. Cover and cook for 2-5 minutes until bright green but still crisp. Uncover, increase heat, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook until tender and well browned on 1 side (approx. 5 minutes). Using tongs, rotate asparagus spears to ensure all are cooked evenly. Transfer to plate and let cool completely. Cut into 1 inch-long pieces.
  3. Whisk olive oil, shallot, lemon zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in bowl.
  4. Transfer cooled rice to large bowl. Add asparagus, goat cheese, almonds and 3 tablespoons of parsley and dressing; toss to combine. Keep remaining parsley to serve.

Image via coldlife.com

A Busy Girl’s Guide To Staying Healthy

A full schedule can really push your diet and exercise routine to the bottom of the list. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little discipline, you can combine a healthy lifestyle with a busy one. Here’s how:

1. Set an alarm
Getting up early is highly praised habit of healthy and happy people. Don’t wake up with only enough time to put on your clothes and brush your teeth before you’re out the door. Use your mornings efficiently to prepare for the rest of the day. Think of all the things you can achieve with an extra hour in the morning! Exercise, prepare your lunch, or just sit and read to clear your mind before the day ahead.

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2. Eat a good breakfast
I know you have heard this before, but eating a large, healthy breakfast really is the best way to start your day. It kickstarts your metabolism and gives you the energy to make it through the morning until lunch. Optimize your breakfast by eating carbs and low GI foods.

3. Choose lunch carefully
While it’s often healthier and certainly more economical to pack your own lunch, we understand that busy girls don’t always have the time for this. Therefore, when it comes to lunch, try selecting the healthiest option. Don’t go for the burrito today – eat a sandwich instead. Swap those noodles for some sushi or get the turkey sub instead of meatballs! Whatever you do – stay away from the fast food!

4. You only need 30 minutes of exercise a day
I really envy those people who love exercise (come on, do you really?), but most of us struggle to find the motivation. Just remember that doing something is better than nothing, and it only takes 30 minutes to get a decent workout. Walk, run, skip, stretch, do pilates – just do something! A great way to sneak some exercise into the daily grind is simply to walk. Walk to the train station or bus stop instead of driving, don’t get a cab two blocks, don’t eat lunch at the closest cafeteria – try the one five minutes down the road. Especially those of you working at a desk – use those breaks to stretch your legs and get your blood pumping.

5. Download a meditation app
A healthy mind is key to your wellbeing. You only need five or ten minutes to sit-down, relax and center yourself, and it could turn your whole day around. Try these on for size.

6.  Prepare
Take an hour or two out of your weekend to cut up vegetables to snack on  during the week. Make a meal plan and do your grocery shopping. Cook a large soup, curry or pasta dish that will provide leftovers for a few more meals. Incorporating healthy-eating into a busy schedule is all about using your time efficiently!

7. Swap coffee for herbal tea
Even the best of us sometimes need a coffee in the morning. But for those of you having more than one or two every day – make one of those a green tea. Herbal teas are full of antioxidants that cleanse your body, and will also keep you more hydrated than coffee.

Delicious Hemp Seed Tabouli Recipe

If you haven’t tried tabouli before, this is the perfect homemade recipe which is quick and easy to prepare for a lunch or dinner snack. This high protein dish is delicious when served raw, and is perfect for those who are vegan, gluten free, nut-free and refined-sugar free- so there are absolutely no excuses why you shouldn’t try this for yourself!

Ingredients

1 cup fresh parsley

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1/4 tsp sea salt

4 medium yellow vine/jersey tomatoes (chopped)

1 cup shelled hemp seeds

2 tbsp hemp oil (or olive oil)

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine the parsley, mint and sea salt into a food processor with an ‘s’ blade until finely minced.
  2. Empty the herbs and salt into a large mixing bowl before adding the tomatoes, hemp seeds, hemp oil (olive oil) and lemon juice. Mix well, then serve immediately or pop into the fridge for a refreshing lunch meal.

Image and Recipe via Oh She Glows

Kale, Sweet Potato and Hazelnut Salad Recipe

Create this delicious lunch meal by adding your favourite vegetables, nuts and fruits to really customise this fulfilling dish. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the starchy potato since they are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, copper and even vitamin B6 which is essential for producing red blood cells.

Ingredients

80g kale, stalks removed

40g red quinoa

40g black quinoa

100g sweet potato

15g roasted hazelnut, mashed

10g toasted coconut

15g goji berries

100g hazelnut dressing

10g salt for cooking quinoa

40g coconut oil

1/2 ripe avocado

Hazelnut dressing (optional):

40g roasted hazelnut

5g maple syrup

25g red wine vinegar

75g olive oil

2 tablespoons hazelnut oil

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC and pop the coconut in for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, then combine with the roasted hazelnuts before setting aside.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and then cut into small cubes (2-3cm). Toss into a bowl with 20g of coconut oil, salt/pepper and then put them into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Combine the red and black quinoa into a pot with water and 1 teaspoon of sea-salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 12-15 minutes.
  4. Chop the avocado into cubes, remove the stalks from the kale and cut into 2cm chiffonade.
  5. Combine the kale, sweet potato, quinoa, avocado and hazelnut dressing and massage softly with coconut oil. Top with roasted hazelnuts, coconut flakes and goji berries before serving.

Image and Recipe via Sous Style

DIY Fish Sticks Recipe

Fish fingers are incredible popular with children and an easy win at the dinner table. The problem with store-bought fish fingers is they are often high in sodium and can contain up to 25 ingredients. In this homemade recipe there are just six.

Serves 4

Ingredients

400g fish, cut into 2cm chunks or strips

1/2 cup plain flour

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

2 cups breadcrumbs

Olive oil spray

Method

  1. Roll fish strips in flour.
  2. Mix egg and milk together and dip fish in it. Then roll fish in breadcrumbs.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  4. lay fish in lined baking tray and spray with oil.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

Grilled Peach And Burrata Salad Recipe

Tired of having the same old, plain salad? Spice it up by trying out this grilled peach and burrata recipe, which is simple and easy to recreate. If peach isn’t in season, feel free to use another sweet fruit, which will also work just as well. Onto the recipe!

Ingredients

1 small red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 peaches or nectarines (sliced in half, pitted)

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cups argula

1 ball burrata cheese

Method

  1. Prepare the caramelised onions by first heating the olive-oil over low heat. Spread them carefully in a single layer across the pan, and let them cook slowly for 20-30 minutes. When onions are brown, add a touch of the balsamic vinegar and cook for just a few more minutes. Then set aside.
  2. For the glaze, combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar into a saucepan over medium heat. As the mixture starts to simmer, turn down to a low heat and cook for 10 minutes before setting aside to cool down.
  3. Brush the peaches with olive oil, then heat up a pan over medium heat and sizzle until they are brown. This should only take a few minutes, then set aside.
  4. Layer the argula, peaches and caramelised onions to create the salad. Then slice the burrata into small pieces before adding the balsamic glaze.

Image and Recipe via Two Red Bowls

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Want to try a nutritious meal which is perfect for the colder weather? This homemade tomato soup is made from scratch at home, so you have complete control over what is going into your meal. Add a touch of basil for a fresh taste, and enjoy for dinner or simply on-the-go!

Ingredients

4 tomatoes (peeled, seeded and diced)

4 cups tomato juice

14 leaves fresh basil

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Add the tomatoes and tomato juice in a large pot over medium heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes, before adding the basil leaves.
  2. Stir in the heavy cream and 1/2 cup of butter, then season with salt and pepper to your liking. Keep stirring until the butter has completely melted. Serve with a side of toasted bread.

Image and Recipe via All Recipes, Jenny Steffens

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