It’s the new year and you’ve committed to healthy eating and to cook more at home…again. We know how hard it can be to stick to your healthy eating goals especially when you’re just eating bland boiled broccoli.
Perfect Green Smoothie
Vegetables in the morning? You’re probably thinking “no way”. Before you scroll past, hear us out. Eating a healthy nutritious breakfast will set you up for success and keep your energy levels balanced throughout the day.
A green smoothie is the best way to get your veggies in early on in the day. Although this recipe uses spinach, mango, pineapple, and bananas, you can mix and match different fruits and vegetables to find your favorite combination. New year, new you.
Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric
Cauliflower made a comeback last year, even being dubbed the ‘Vegetable of 2020’. In this recipe, the cauliflower is roasted whole, before being tossed in a creamy yogurt turmeric spiced sauce.
You can serve it whole with herbs and pine nuts or break it apart into smaller florets to help spice up your salad for lunch. Serve it in this Bamboo Salad bowl.
Cook time: 1 hr 20 mins
Spiced Turmeric Sauce:
A well known Indonesian dish, Gado-Gado is a salad of boiled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu or tempeh, lontong served with a peanut dressing. These ingredients can be prepped the night before and mixed with the peanut sauce just before eating for a healthy well-balanced lunch. Why spend your money on expensive and bland salads when you can whip this up to eat healthy!
Pro tip: you can use chunky or smooth peanut butter and blend it with coconut milk for a quick gado gado sauce instead of grinding the peanuts from scratch. This 6 Blades Blender is bound to come in handy.
Gado gado sauce:
To prepare the night before:
Preparing gado gado sauce:
3. First, place the aromatics in a food processor and finely chopped them. Preheat about 1 Tbsp of cooking oil in a saucepan. Next, stir fry the ground aromatics for about 5 minutes or until fragrant. Add all the gado gado sauce ingredients and the herbs
4. Then, bring to a gentle simmer. Do not boil or the coconut milk will turn frothy and break. It should be more at the sweet side. Add more palm sugar/coconut sugar if needed.
On the day of serving:
5. Arrange the cabbage/lettuce on a large serving platter. Topped with bean sprouts, green beans, tomatoes, potato cubes, tofu cubes, and slices of hard-boiled eggs. Pour the dressing on top of the salad right before serving. Garnish with fried shallots crisp and some crackers if you want to
Snack Time Recipes
Air Fryer Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn’t love french fries? These air fried sweet potato fries are your healthy eating alternative to Mcdonalds. To get it crispy, you’ll need to soak the sweet potatoes in cold water for an hour – but trust us, it’s worth it. You’ll get crunchy yummy sweet potato fries without the additional health risk and calories that comes from deep-fried food. Pair it with a protein of your choice or eat it alone as a midday snack.
Prep time: 5 mins
Blistered Green Beans with Garlic
Inspired by Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans (gan bian si ji dou), these green beans are shallow fried until charred and shrivelled before tossed with garlic and red pepper flakes. Pair this with a bowl of rice and a fried egg (soya sauce optional) for an easy yet comforting weekday dinner.
Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)
Like all things with cooking, it’s all about the flavour! Nasu Dengaku, otherwise known as Miso Eggplant is a popular dish that can be found at most Japanese restaurants. Miso adds a level of umami goodness and being fermented, it provides additional health benefits to your gut and digestion.
Why not try making this dish at home? All you need to do is whip up the miso glaze and grill it on a non-stick frying pan for 3-4 mins. Tasty, healthy to eat and quick. Sounds like a win-win.
Sweet miso paste for glazing:
Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts (with Bacon)
Christmas might be over, however this Brussel sprouts recipe is here to stay. Roasted with maple syrup and bacon, the sweet-salty flavors are guaranteed to make you have a second (or third) serving. Crispy on the outside with slightly charred and caramelized edges, if you’re only going to try one dish, this is it. Healthy eating has never been easier.
As you can see, healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Increase your vegetable intake by enhancing vegetable recipes with spices and fresh herbs and add different textures with crunchy nuts or by charring the vegetables. Make an effort to commit to it and soon, you’ll be telling your vegetarian friends how to eat their vegetables.
Which recipe sounds the yummiest to you? Let us know in the comments below!
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