Some of my happiest childhood memories were created over a pot of steaming hot delicious soup.
My dad would very seriously take his soup mug, walk out through the front door and place it in the mail box to cool it down in the icy winter weather to the utter delight of me and my siblings. His joke was just as good as the first few spoonfuls of hearty bean soup accompanied by the crispy warm “Vetkoek” that was baked earlier during the day.
I guess soup to me is what chocolate is to other people.
On a lighter side of a heavy winter soup is my version of a chicken and veggie soup with noodles made from zucchini hence the name “Zoodles”.
Oh excuse me, did I mention that it is gluten-free and low-fat as well?!
Enjoy this quilt free light meal as a filling lunch.
Save this recipe! it is a lifesaver when you are short on time and it taste fantastic.
Naanzza better know as Naan pizza is not only loaded with flavour but so easy to make that you hardly need to know how to boil an egg to pull this off. You can dress up this Naan pizza with added ingredients or you could keep it simple by using your left over chicken meat to whip up a super scrumptious cheesy lunch.
Peanut butter and celery, on their own not so good, together, absolutely great!
“Ants on a log” a popular childhood snack known as peanut butter on celery stalks with raisins on top, was recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois in the 1950′s, only discovered by myself somewhere in the late 2000′s, still harbouring some feelings of being cheated out of something I never knew existed….
My favourite version is the “Ants on vacation” which is without the raisins.
Pack it in a plastic jar and you have a great healthy snack on hand. Perfect for the little ones to enjoy while you travel and even better for you as a “pick me up snack” late in the afternoons before those unscheduled meetings and deadlines at the office.
Celery has a high content of fibre and one stalk has less than 10 calories. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and good fats. Both celery and peanut butter have qualities to encourage feelings of satiety, thus a great snack if you are watching your weight.
Thank goodness, as much as I like all the social events and party foods that goes with it, my body is screaming for something healthy and nutritious.
If living healthy and losing weight was on your New year’s resolution list than you will happy to know that you could expect a whole lot more healthy eating recipes from this blog in 2014. We are going big on flavour and even bigger on low-fat, healthy and much more gluten-free recipes!
Well, this is my take on my favourite healthy take away dish – Chicken strips, veg and spicy rice.
We don’t have Nando’s franchise in Bethal ( hinting for someone to rescue us :) ) so, when the craving hits I have to make my own Chicken strips, with veg and spicy rice. My family loves it mainly because it comes with rice :)
Now what is better than a juicy spicy chicken breast and the comforting flavours of veggies in a lovely rich tomato relish?
Feel free to substitute the white rice for brown rice to make it even more healthier, but since it is a “Take away” I don’t mess with the originality of the recipe too much.
How about a super sexy, crunchy, creamy, craving for more dip for your New years party?
Think that’s a mouth full, then try this delicious low-fat creamy Avocado, Tomato, Cottage cheese and Watercress dip. It is fresh, funky and full of flavour that will have your guests begging for more.
Also ideal to have as an appetizer at your next pool party!
Besides being colourful and great tasting it is also healthy and a great low-fat alternative.
This dip is very versatile, and just like your little black dress that is ready to be dressed up or down for the New Year’s eve’s festivities this dip can also have a complete makeover by adding or changing some of the ingredients.
Boy, oh boy! These Tuna and potato fish cakes will blow your mind.
This is a family favourite that I often make for lunch. It is very low in fat and a very balanced lunch when served with a crisp lettuce and tomato salad on the side.
The one ingredient that gives these fish cakes their lovely sweet and aromatic taste is the fennel tips.
If you have never had fennel with fish then I suggest you put it on your bucket and grocery list!
Fresh Fennel could be hard to come by so don’t hesitate to use the dried fennel instead. Try Cape Herb & Spice’s Dill Tips they are freeze dried, the flavour is insanely intense and lift these simple ingredients to new a new level of great taste.
Use normal cake flour to dust the fish cakes but if you want to cut out the gluten in this recipe you can use gluten free flour instead.
There is a certain sense of excitement in the air as everybody waits in anticipation for Christmas day to arrive. If you’re not in the Christmas mood yet then this cookie recipe might just be the answer to lift your spirits.
Be prepared to have all your senses awaken when this citrus aroma full’s your kitchen.
This beautiful cookie has a lovely tart icing topping that compliments the crisp texture of the cookie, that is unlike your average Low GI cookies that tends to be a bit softer.
As the year comes to an end we are get lazier to stick to a healthy eating program and I’m finding myself craving all kinds of unhealthy foods…in my case pizza, because I LOVE pizza!!!
This innocent little Tuna melt have the perfect crispy bread base, with a good portion of protein from the tuna, plus it’s hot and gooey with melted cheese, sounds like pizza to me! But, this Tuna melts contain fewer calories than your pizza slice and the rye bread is much healthier than the white wheat flour base of a pizza.
I deliberately use mozzarella cheese as it contains less sodium and fat than your average cheddar cheese. There is also no need to butter the bread since we are using mayonnaise.
This makes a great lunch or light supper especially when you are on holiday and don’t have a lot of ingredients at hand.