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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 28 May 2010, 23:10 
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Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup

This is a great lunch to take to work if you have a microwave and also freezes well in individual portions.

Chop and fry an onion with some garlic.
Add a tin of tomatoes, fewer red lentils than you would think some water and stock (I used Marigold Bouillon). Add ground cumin and coriander (I roasted and ground my own) dried chilli flakes to taste and some sun-dried tomato puree. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Makes about three portions.

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2010, 17:10 
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I was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. I now take fruit to work, generally chop up lots of small fruits with general stuff, however I make too much to eat in one portion,

so what do I put it in to keep fresh for the next day, my mum says orange juice????

any offers for fruit salad.


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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2010, 19:37 
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freshly squeezed orange or lemon - or even lime! - juice would keep it from discoloring and it would be fine in the fridge overnight. Suspect apple juice [from a carton] would be OK too - but it might brown it a bit, as it seems to be brown-ish itself.

As I find apple juice is a bit of a headache-inducer I try to avoid it, so can't be sure (never having tried it) that it would work. but I know the citrus juices are good for this purpose.

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2010, 09:40 
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If you mind about the fruit looking brown (it can be offputting) then I'd stick with citrus juice. I'm pretty sure apple juice would make it look more brown, since apples themselves go brown.

However, the brown colour in and of itself isn't a sign that the fruit is bad - it's just oxidisation of the sugars in the fruit. So yo could try it and see if it works.

Orange juice would probably be fine, but for fruit salad I'd be more inclinded to use lime (my favourite) or lemon juice. From a bottle is fine - it doesn't need to be freshly squeezed.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 23:00 
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cestina wrote:
Has anyone got a tried and tested recipe for doing something tasty with tofu? I've tried various marinades but to me it still tastes of nothing.... The pre-seasoned one is ok(ish) but much more expensive.

I feel it would be very good for me if only I could get it to taste like something....I've been using the firm so far. I've now bought a packet of silken tofu but am not sure what the difference is going to be. It talks about using it to make a non-dairy milkshake on the packet?

Not so much a recipe as an area to look in to. I had some Korean dumplings today that were filled with tofu and they were great. I bought them thinking they were chinese ones filled with pork but I'll definately get them again. Alas making dumplings is a bit of a faff, so probably not much help unless you live near a Korean supermarket.

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2010, 18:56 
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A slightly different take on Prawn Cocktail.

I invented this myself this evening, it is fairly low carb.


Warm a dollop of no fat yog in a pan.
Add a squidge of tomato puree.
Add a crushed garlic clover.
Add a dash of Lee and Perrins and a dash of sherry.
Add some grated cheese.
Warm gently.
Add prawns and continue to warm.
Eat.

It was very nice, although I do now reek of garlic, probably a good thing I live alone!

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 Feb 2011, 17:15 
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cestina wrote:
Has anyone got a tried and tested recipe for doing something tasty with tofu? I've tried various marinades but to me it still tastes of nothing.... The pre-seasoned one is ok(ish) but much more expensive.


This recipe is from "Moosewood Restaurant New Classics" and I love it. The book has four or five quite nice tofu recipes in it.

Lemony Baked Tofu

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I usually leave that out)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 tablespoon minced scallions
1 fresh green chilli, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.

1 cake of firm tofu.

Cut the tofu horizontally into four slices. Mix the marinade ingredients. Pour half of it into a baking dish that's big enough for the tofu slices to lie flat, but quite closely together so that none of the marinade is wasterd. Put the tofu in and pour the rest of the marinade on top. Bake at 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C for 45 to 60 minutes, turning with a spatula after 30 minutes (although I don't always turn it). It will start to brown at the edges.

This is great warm or cold, as a snack on its own, or with rice, in a slad or a sandwich.


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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 Feb 2011, 17:53 
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For anyone looking for Korean restaurants or supermarkets, the best place in the SE is New Malden in Surrey. I know it may be too far for some, but my Korean friends all go there for anniversary meals and to stock up on ingredients.

I've only been to one of the restaurants, but the food was fantastic. Not for those with a sweet tooth, though, as the Koreans don't really go for desserts. But then, if you're on a diet, that may be a good thing! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 Feb 2011, 18:06 
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Hmm, the Lemony Baked Tofu looks tempting but I like neither coriander nor chillis. Any ideas for substitutions that might work?

I've just bought another packet after months without trying any because I have discovered the very useful Rose Elliot Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook in which she gives a recipe for tofu mayonnaise which looks promising and one for a tofu spread which I also plan to try.

I've always loved her books ever since I bought Your Very Good Health in 1981. My Fontana paperback copy of it is disintegrating now. I also have Recipes with a Foreign Flavour and The Green Age Diet, all packed with healthy eating ideas. I'm particularly enjoying the pictures in the latest one - there are none in the others.

Sadly it's a library book so I feel an Ebay/Abe/Amazon search coming on......

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 May 2011, 00:09 
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Agadashi tofu is very nice. However seeing as it's deep fried probably not a good thing to bring up in a healthy eating thread. I was watching a cookery show where one of the contestants used panko breadcrumbs for the coating and all the judges went in paroxysms (sp?) of delight.

I also had some very firm tofu in a thai green curry which was excellent. However not very helpful for you if you hate even small amounts of chili. If not you could try buying/making a very mild curry paste

I wonder if it would taste good in a tom ka soup. It's a soup that definately doesn't need the chilis or coriander to taste good.

I'm afraid I don't have any tried and tested recipes for any of these and my love of east asian cookery makes my suggestions a little one sided.

As another alternative to meat have you tried pressed ricotta/paneer? It's a doddle to make at home, just milk and lemon juice.You can use it in a similar way as you would cubed chicken breast. If it's firm enough it holds its shape very well in sauces and can be fried as well. I'm currently suffering from a severe paneer addiction which I suppose is at least a cheap habit to feed. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 13 May 2011, 10:02 
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Thanks for all these ideas Lydia. Is that what paneer is? I didn't know that and will certainly give it a try. I love ricotta tho I have to be careful to have pasturised as otherwise nasty things go on inside me :-( Our local Italian shop used to have unpasturised and it was delicious and a disaster at the same time.....

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PostPosted: 13 May 2011, 11:12 
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Technically ricotta is the curds collected from whey left over from making cheese whereas paneer is made from complete milk. I think however (anyone please enlighten me if I'm wrong) that the end product is exactly the same. Paneer is then pressed into a lump. The longer you press it the more solid it becomes You can use normal pasturised milk from the supermarket and also you bring the milk to the boil when you make it so it should be nasty free.
Because it doesn't melt it can also be marinated and put on kebabs in the same way as halloumi.

There's plenty of recipes on the interweb but in a nutshell.
1. Bring a pan of milk to the boil.
2. Take it off the heat and then add enough acid (lemon juice/tartaric acid/yoghurt) to make it curdle.
3. Strain it through cheesecloth
4. Put the cheese in the cloth on a plate with a heavy weight on top for at least 4 hours (I like to leave mine weighted in the fridge overnight to make it very firm).

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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2011, 16:16 
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There's going to be a food day at work next week and I've said I'd bring in some sausage rolls. But as there is a vegetarian on the team I wondered if anyone had a recipe for vegetarian sausage rolls? She does like cheese and onion ones but I thought she might like a change from them for once.


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 Post subject: Re: Healthy Eating Recipes
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2011, 16:22 
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Naturally I don't have anything useful like a recipe to hand, but spinach and feta is nice as a filling for sausage rollesque items

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This is the filling I usually put in my "sausage" rolls. It quite tasty and goes really well if you have a salsa or a sweet chili dip. It's also extremely easy to make.

4 slices of wholemeal bread
400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 courgette
1 medium sized carrot
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
115g cashews
225g oats
2 large pinches mixed herbs
4 spring onions, finely sliced
150g grated cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
salt and pepper

Process first six ingredients until very finely chopped. Place in large bowl. Add oats, mixed herbs, spring onions, cheese, egg, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Let mixture sit for 30 - 40 minutes in the fridge.

(Obviously I've left the pastry out.)

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Ooh I want to try that! I worship at the altar of the mighty chickpea, so this looks fab. And at this very moment I remember I no longer have access to an oven. I poked through my recipes and it appears I don't have any for spinach and feta rolls. Rubygates, if you should happen to make some and they turn out well, maybe you could post the recipe? :-D

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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2011, 15:18 
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Thanks for that blue1, that recipe sounds lovely.

Well if I make some I'll let you know though I'll probably wimp out and buy some ready made ones :lol:


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Lydsy wrote:
Ooh I want to try that! I worship at the altar of the mighty chickpea, so this looks fab. And at this very moment I remember I no longer have access to an oven.


Have you tried falafels Lydsy? No oven required just a hob. I'll post the recipie if you want.

Hope you give the recipe a shot RubyGates, let me know how it goes if you do.

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I luuuuuuurve falafels in a slightly worrying and possibly illegal way. :)

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Here's 2 new recipes we've tried recently and will be added to our standard repertoire:

Tortilla Stack (serves 4)
2 cups diced pumpkin
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion finely diced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon tomato paste
300g salsa sauce
400g can mixed beans
4 flour tortillas
3 cups cups of spinach
3/4 cup grated cheese

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Spray a 22cm cake tin with oil. Cook pumpkin for 6-7 mins in boiling water. Drain

2. Heat oil in pan. Cook onion until tender. Add coriander and cumin. Cook fir a few more minutes.

3. Add pumpkin and cook for 2-3 mins. Stir in paste, salsa and beans. Cook for a few more minutes.

4. Place one tortilla in the cake tin base. Spoon one-third of the bean and pumpkin mix over. Top with one third of the spinach. Cover with another tortilla. Press down lightly.

5. Repeat layers twice more ending with a tortilla. Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and the top tortilla is golden. Rest for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

(I leave the cheese out, use a bit less spinach and sometimes add red pepper and it's still yummy)


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