Drinking alcohol out of fruit makes it healthy… right?
Make this fun fruit mocktail recipe if you want to impress your friends (without packing on the extra calories). This pretty pink recipe is perfect for the spring/summer season since it’s sweet, will quench your thirst, and tastes yummy with a side of cucumber!
4 cups watermelon cubes
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 knob fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1 seedless cucumber, sliced
1 cup club soda
Candied ginger for serving
- Place the watermelon in a blender and blend until pureed and liquified. Pour the contents through a fine mesh sieve, saving all the watermelon juice in a large pitcher.
- Add the sugar, water, ginger and vanilla beans plus the empty pod to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat while whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to simmer for a minute or two until it becomes syrupy. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- To assemble the drinks, add crushed ice in a cup. Pour a few ounces of the vanilla ginger syrup into the cup, then add 4 or so ounces of watermelon juice.
- Pop the cucumbers in the cub and add about 2 ounces of club soda. Taste and adjust the drink to your desired taste – more syrup or juice, or more club soda. Stir well to mix. Serve!
Image and Recipe via How Sweet Eats
Find yourself choosing another expensive takeaway option which is full of preservatives? Plan your lunch meals at home by prepping food the night before – this method will keep you organised and less likely to snack on sugary food throughout the day. Below are just three lunch recipes which help to fight-fat, and are quick and easy to prepare.
This popular Spanish dish is best served cold, and made from a primarily tomato-based froth. Enjoy with your favourite seasonal vegetables, and season with red chilli for an extra kick of flavour.
1 red onion
1 cucumber, peeled
1kg roma tomatoes
1 small red chilli
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 red capsicums
2 slices white bread (remove crusts)
150ml tomato juice
50ml red wine vinegar
100ml olive oil
- Chop the onion, and remove the seeds from the cucumber before chopping lengthways.
- Combine the onion, cucumber, tomato, chilli, garlic, capsicum and bread into a large blender. Mix well before adding the tomato juice, vinegar, oil, sugar and salt.
- Serve with croutons and chopped coriander.
For a refreshing summery treat, incorporate watermelon in a classic salad. Add some pieces of avocado since this is a healthy dose of good fat.
Red onion, thinly sliced
Cotija or feta cheese
Sprouts or small salad greens
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno, sliced
Salt and pepper
- Cut the watermelon into cubes and then add salt, pepper and lime before putting it aside to marinate.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, then drizzle over the watermelon. Sprinkle some cheese over the top.
Black beans and rice
This filling meal takes only 20 minutes to prepare, and allows you to add some of your favourite vegetables for added flavour and texture.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup uncooked white rice
1.5 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3.5 cups canned black beans, drained
- Set the stove to medium heat, then add onion and garlic into the olive oil until they are golden brown. Now add the rice and cook for an extra 2-5 minutes.
- Combine the vegetable broth and bring the entire mixture to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes before adding the spices and black beans.
Images and Recipes via SBS, Kung Food, Love and Lemons, All Recipes, Naturally Ella
Next time you’re feeling hungry, try this quick and fresh recipe which is perfect for summer. Watermelon and goats cheese bring a unique taste of flavour to an otherwise conventional dish, but feel free to add any other fruits or vegetables if you like.
For the dressing:
2.5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1/8th teaspoon salt
A pinch of fresh black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the shrimp:
280g shelled and deveined large shrimp (or 24)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
Salt to taste
For the salad:
8 cups chopped romaine
4 cups diced watermelon
120g soft goat cheese
- Using a small bowl, combine the vinegar, water, shallots, and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Add a touch of olive oil, then keep stirring until combined.
- It is best to cook the shrimp on a grill, so start off by soaking the sewers in water for 30 minutes so they don’t tear.
- Then season the shrimp with salt and mix with garlic for extra flavour. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- For the salad, prepare a large bowl and toss the romaine with the dressing. Then chop up the watermelon, goat cheese and finally add the shrimp when they have cooled down. Drizzle a touch of olive oil before serving.
Recipe and Image via Skinny Taste