Superfood-recipes

Indian Spiced Quinoa With Chicken Recipe

Most of the world’s quinoa comes from the mountain regions of Peru and Bolivia where it originated from thousands of years ago and it is a nutritious seed which contains more protein than any other grain it is often compared to.   This is one of the reasons why it has been labelled as a superfood. Quinoa is high in fibre to keep your digestive system regular and is great for keeping your blood sugar levels in check.  It contains nine essential amino acids, iron, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and much more so consider adding some quinoa to your diet today to reap the benefits of this superfood.

RELATED: See how quinoa compares to other healthy grains here

This Indian spiced quinoa recipe is healthy, easy to prepare, full of flavour and you can have it on your dinner table in less than 35 minutes.

Ingredients:

Peanut oil

1 tbsp black mustard seeds

12 fresh curry leaves

2 tsp garam masala

3 long chillies, seeds removed, thinly sliced

1 large onion, diced

1 ½ cups quinoa

½ cup green split peas

3 cups chicken stock

1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken

80g baby spinach, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil over a medium heat and cook mustard seeds until they begin to pop.
  2. Add curry leaves, garam masala, chilli and onion and cook until onion is tender.
  3. Add quinoa and split peas then stir to coat in spice mixture.
  4. Add stock and 1 cup of boiling water then simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes.
  5. Add chicken and spinach and heat until chicken is heated through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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September 21, 2014

Super Muesli Recipe

Start your day off right with Michelle Bridges’ muesli recipe, packed with nutrition and flavour, with none of the nasties of store-bought muesli.

Store-bought muesli can often contain lots of added sugar – it’s much better to make your own. The sweetness here comes from the cranberries and mango, while the flaxseed and wheatgerm really crank this up into ‘super’ territory. 

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 5 minutes. Calories per serve: 392

Ingredients
2⁄3 cup (50 g) bran
1⁄2 cup (45 g) traditional rolled oats
1⁄4 cup (35 g) dried cranberries
20 g dried mango, chopped
2 tablespoons raw wheatgerm
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1⁄2 mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup (250 ml) low-cal milk

Method
1. Combine the bran, oats, cranberries, dried mango, wheatgerm and flaxseed in a bowl. Divide between two serving bowls. Add fresh mango and milk to serve.

Tip: You can make a big batch of this super muesli and store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to one month (346 cal per 100 g/1 cup).

Variation: Replace the mango with 1⁄2 cup drained apricot halves in natural juice and 50 g raspberries (400 cal per serve).

What’s your go-to breakfast?

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February 6, 2014

Chicken Salad with Beans and Peas Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares an easy chicken breast recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods that doubles as one of your new go-to midweek dinner ideas. It’s healthy, full of incredible flavours and leftovers make a great next-day lunch.

Just the one superfood in this recipe, but so many other good things alongside it. The mixture of peas and beans gives heaps of fibre and iron, while the chicken gives a meaty texture without overloading the calorie count. Add the delicious dressing and you’ve got one hell of a tasty salad.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 380

Ingredients
250 g skinless chicken breast, trimmed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
100 g green beans, trimmed
100 g snow peas, trimmed
½ cup (60 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (70 g) no-fat Greek-style yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ garlic clove
400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Method
1. Season the chicken with black pepper. Lightly spray a char-grill pan with olive oil and heat on medium–high. Cook the chicken for 4–5 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes, adding the snow peas and frozen peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water. Drain.

3. Process the yoghurt, mint and garlic together until smooth.

4. Thickly slice the chicken. Arrange the beans, peas and chicken on a serving plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

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February 5, 2014

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares on our favourite comfort food dinner ideas: classic cauliflower cheese with a healthy, low-calorie twist.

Cauliflower and cheese – what a flavourful combination. With the addition of broccoli, you get a double whammy of cruciferous goodness as well. The cheese provides protein and calcium, but use a low-calorie version to avoid too much fat.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 10 minutes. Cook: 45 minutes. Calories per serve 388

Ingredients
700 g cauliflower, trimmed and broken into large florets
1 large head broccoli (300 g), trimmed and broken into large florets
2 1⁄2 tablespoons cornflour
2 cups (500 ml) low-cal milk
1 cup (120 g) grated low-cal cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

2. Steam the cauliflower over a large saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and steam for another 4 minutes or until just tender. Place in a 5-cup (1.25 L) capacity ovenproof dish.

3. Meanwhile, combine the cornflour and 1⁄4 cup milk in a jug. Place the remaining milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Whisk in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Stir in half the cheese until smooth. Season with black pepper and nutmeg. Pour over the cauliflower and broccoli. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cayenne. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

4. Serve with the salad leaves alongside.

What’s your favourite comfort food dish?

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February 4, 2014

Lamb and Asian Greens Stir Fry Recipe

Stir-fries are one of our go-to quick dinner ideas, and we love this Michelle Bridges recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods, ready in under 30 minutes!

I’m a huge fan of stir-fries. They are quick to prepare, adaptable so you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and the cooking method means they are not drowning in oil. Here I’ve used gai lan, but you can substitute ordinary broccoli as well; just cut it up quite small so it cooks through quickly.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 421

Ingredients
75 g dried pad thai rice noodles
1 teaspoon peanut oil
250 g boneless lamb loin, trimmed and thickly sliced 1 bunch gai lan (Chinese broccoli), cut into chunks, leaves and stalks separated
100 g snow peas, halved on the diagonal 5 spring onions, cut into 5 cm length
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 teaspoons dark soy sauce
3 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 egg
sliced fresh red chilli, to serve

Method
1. Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. Drain well.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok on high. Stir-fry the lamb, in two batches, for 2–3 minutes or until browned. Set aside.

3. Reduce the heat to medium–high. Stir-fry the gai lan stalks and snow peas for 2 minutes. Add the spring onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the noodles and sauces and stir-fry until the noodles are well coated. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and crack an egg into the middle. Cook, stirring the egg, for 1 minute, then return the lamb to the wok with the gai lan leaves and stir-fry until hot and the leaves have just wilted.

Tip: When stir-frying Asian greens such as gai lan, choy sum or bok choy, separate the leaves from the stalks and only add the leaves at the end as they take no time to wilt.

Variation: For a vegetarian version, replace the lamb with 200 g firm tofu, cut into cubes (407 calories per serve).

What’s your favourite stir fry recipe?

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February 3, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

This recipe for sugar, dairy and gluten-free chocolate cake is packed with superfoods and is a piece of cake to make (pun intended!).

This healthy chocolate cake recipe is an adaption from a Nigella recipe, but changed to suit the parameters of my diet: soy, dairy, sugar and gluten free – and organic where possible. It also has a low glycemic index.

My favourite thing about this recipe is the amount of good things in it; particularly the coconut oil, cocoa powder and almond meal.

Pure, virgin coconut oil is nature’s best source of lauric acid, high in vitamins K and E which is great for your heart and cholesterol, fights bugs to keep you healthy, and has amazing properties for your skin and hair.

Cocao powder is super high in antioxidants (flavonoids), has phenethylamine which works as a mood elevator and has the ability to reduce the risk of blood clots, boost cognitive performance and lower high blood pressure.

Almond meal is packed with protein, antioxidants, monounsaturated fats (the good ones), and vitamin E, magnesium and potassium and is great for digestion.

This makes a small cake, so double the quantities if you’re using a regular cake pan.

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons cocao powder
1/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Small pinch salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 egg
Small shake desiccated coconut

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170°C, oil and paper a small (11cm) cake tin.

2. Sift cocoa and whisk with boiling water, add vanilla extract and leave to the side to cool (not in the fridge, if the mixture is too cold it will affect the coconut oil later).

3. Combine almond meal, salt and baking power in a small bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, oil and egg, and beat with an electric mixer. Make sure the coconut oil is liquid. Whisk until creamy. With the beater on a low setting, slowly add the cocoa mix and almond mix. If too runny, add a dash of desiccated coconut.

5. Pour into the cake tin and bang the tin on the tabletop to even out the mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes (or an hour for a larger cake). I find the best way to check if the cake is ready is to see if the sides of the cake have come away from the tin slightly, and to skewer the centre, it should still be slightly moist. Just try not to open to oven unless you have to – it makes the centre of the cake sink.

6. Remove from oven, leave to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes, and then remove from tin and leave to cool on wire rack.

What’s your favourite healthy dessert recipe?

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

October 7, 2013

Delicious Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Think of this superfood smoothie recipe from Amy Crawford, holistic health and wellness practitioner, and founder of The Holistic Ingredient, as the ‘any time of day smoothie’ – a healthy smoothie that’s packed with essential nutrients and tastes divine! It’s creamy from the avocado and is such a gorgeous shade of green – plus it also makes a fantastic dessert swap, just use less milk for a pudding-like consistency.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice), more if you like a runnier consistency
2 big handfuls of organic English or baby spinach
1/4 avocado
A few sprigs of parsley
1 scoop of pure whey protein or a raw egg
1 heaped tablespoon five:am natural no added sugar or Greek Style yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt)
1 dessertspoon chia seeds
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder
1 small piece of fresh ginger and turmeric (2cm piece)
2 teaspoons maple syrup, raw honey or sweetener to taste

Method

1. Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until really smooth and creamy. Pour (or scoop!) into a glass or cup and sprinkle with whatever your heart desires, like goji berries, granola or seeds.

Tip: If you can, leave it for 15-20 minutes prior to eating to allow the chia seeds to soften.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

September 30, 2013

Raw Cacao Superfood Truffles

Chocolates truffles that are good for you? Yes! Maz Pugoy of Sydney’s organic, raw and superfood cafe Sadhana Kitchen shares her recipe for cacao truffles that are 100% guilt-free and taste amazing!

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Ingredients – makes 15-25 truffles depending on how big you roll them

1 cup almonds

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup hemp seeds

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup shredded coconut plus extra for rolling

1 tbs coconut oil

1/2 – 3/4 cup brown rice syrup (depending on how sweet you want them)

2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. First, soak the almonds and cashews (refer to this nut soaking chart for soaking times).

2. ?Place all ingredients except for the last three in a food processor and mix until the consistency of almond meal (very fine crumbs).

3. ?Slowly add coconut oil, brown rice syrup and vanilla until a sticky dough forms.?Transfer to a large mixing bowl and shape into balls by rolling between the palm of your hands.?

4. Finish by rolling in shredded coconut and place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Which recipe would you like to see get a healthy makeover?

January 18, 2013