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Creamy Spinach Lentil Recipe

A go-to soup for when the family is feeling under the weather is a must-have, and if you’re sick of the standard chicken style, then you must try this one.

Made from healthy spinach and lentil seeds, the soup can be customised to included some crunchy vegetables and healthy sweet potato.

RELATED: Zurek or Polish Ryemeal Soup Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups lentils

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

1 red onion (diced)

2 spinach leaves

1 tomato (chopped)

2 celery sticks (diced)

2 carrots (diced)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 potato (chopped)

2 cups baby spinach

Parsley and thyme

Salt and pepper

2 cups vegetable stock

Method

  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil, then saute the onions, celery and diced carrots for 10 minutes – mix well.
  2. Add a splash of white wine into the pan for extra body and flavour. Then add the potatoes, lentils and vegetable stock and keep mixing.
  3. For some extra flavour, now add the parsley and thyme. Allow the entire mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes before removing the herbs.
  4. Add some more mashed potato into the mixture to make it thick and creamy, or just wait for it to reduce. Splash some red wine vinegar, then mix well before serving.

Image via Pinch of Yum

March 31, 2015

Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy lunch idea which won’t take hours to prepare? Bruschetta is a filling meal or snack which allows you to add your favourite toppings, and is a tasty variation from the classic tomato recipe. Cut the recipe in half if you want to try this delicious meal as a snack throughout the day or night.

Ingredients

12 slices French baguette bread

1 tablespoon butter (softened)

2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler (or grill) to 180ºC or 350ºF. Then spread a thin layer of butter (or even avocado if you wanted a healthier alternative). Then arrange the slices of bread on a tray lined with baking paper.
  2. Cook bread for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted, then leave out to cool down.
  3. Chop up the strawberries and arrange on each piece of bread. Then pop them back into the grill for an extra 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. This will caramelise the entire dish without completely melting it down.

Recipe and image via All Recipes, Home Is Where The Boat Is

July 24, 2014

Quinoa And Chickpea Salad Recipe

Nutritious, tasty and super easy to prepare and serve – making it a perfect guilt-free lunch.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa

2 cups baby spinach

1 can (400g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/3 cup celery, finely chopped

1/3 mint, finely chopped

1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

200g canned tuna, drained (optional)

Method

  1. Place quinoa in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil, then lower heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
  2. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine spinach, chickpeas, celery, mint and tomatoes, and mix well.
  4. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork, then add  to salad mix. Add dressing of your choice and stir well to coat ingredients.
  5.  Divide salad between 2 large bowls. Serve on its own or flake some tuna over the top.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

July 22, 2014

Breakfast, Lunch, and Pampering (cont’d)

Lunch Panic

Is your lunch hour more stressful than the rest of your day? Do you wander around the food halls or cafes at lunchtime trying to find a sandwich that isn’t jam-packed with fat and calories? That innocent looking foccacia or salad doesn’t always fit the healthy bill, but it’s something all you can find. All you need are a few simple rules so that your midday meal doesn’t become a fatty nuisance.Choose wholemeal bread over white bread for your sandwich. This goes for baguettes and Turkish as well. Don’t even think about a ham and cheese croissant as croissants are made with butter and have over 200 calories on their own. Pretty scary stuff.

Don’t buy a pre-made sandwich, always get it made up. Say no to butter and high-fat dressings such as mayonnaise. They pile on too much mayo anyhow and all you taste is bread and mayonnaise? Ask for more salad instead. 3. Go for pasta for lunch. It is full of good carbs and will keep your energy levels high for the rest of the afternoon. Remember to stick to pastas with tomato based sauces. Carbonara is a no-go.

If you can find a decent salad around? go for that. Try not to pile on fatty dressings though. Why not bring a tin of tuna, rocket lettuce, a tomato, some cucumber and a little olive oil and make your own.

Never grab hot chips to fill you up. Instead buy a jacket potato and top it with low-fat cottage cheese or baked beans.

Head to the Asian section of the food-hall and grab some steamed rice and add steamed vegies that you bring from home. This ensures that the vegetables haven’t been soaked in fatty oil.

Home Health

Health Spas have been around for centuries and they all aim to offer one thing – a tonic for the stresses and strains of our busy and stressful lives. Everything from nutrition, pampering treats, soul-enhancing therapies and exercise are all part of a day at a spa. Often, it can be an expensive and time consuming experience so we often don’t give our minds and bodies the detox they need. With cost and time in mind we decided to discover how to reap the benefits of a health spa in the comfort of your own home or breaking the bank. Here goes:

March 26, 2002

Breakfast, Lunch, and Pampering (contd)

Hair Treatment

Stop off at your local chemist and purchase a hair pack. If you don’t want to leave the house – lather on your existing conditioner and wrap your hair in a hot towel for up to 20 minutes. Rinse well and voila you will have soft, silky hair.Body Treatment

Fill a cup with coarse sea salt (any good supermarket sells it) and moisten it with water. It should form a sticky paste that will be easy to rub all over your body. Start at your feet and work up your body, use upward strokes only. Rinse the salt off with warm water, vigorously towel-dry your skin and go to bed immediately. You will probably sweat profusely because your body is shifting unwanted toxins.

Foot Treatment

Smooth oil or moisturiser onto the soles of your feet and kneed them firmly with your thumbs, working from the outer edges to the centre of the soles in small, circular motions.

Exercise

Go for a long walk around your neighbourhood to help boost your circulation and invigorate your body. Walk at a pace that will leave you feeling slightly breathless. Mud Mask

They’re messy to use, but mud masks are effective deep-cleansers, as they contain negatively charged ions that attract positively charged impurities. Sponge the mask onto damp skin, leave it on for the specified time and then rinse it off in the shower. While you’re removing the mask, work over your body with a face-cloth to intensify the cleansing process.

Healthy lunchtime snack

Steam some vegetables and add to brown rice. Make sure you drink as much as 3 litres of water during the day and have peppermint tea or chamomile instead of coffee or normal tea.

March 26, 2002