For the chickpea burger:
As we enter into the last quarter of the year, I’m sure everyone must be revving (their tummies) up for end year festivities and feasting! Did you know that in Singpore, the largest percentage of babies are born in the last quarter of the year? That means that not only will there be a crazzzzy amount of weddings and Christmas parties and corporate D&Ds to attend, there will lots of birthday parties as well! I totally advocate going all out and surrounding yourself with the love of family and friends any chance you get but parties don’t mean you have to stress about the food. I honestly feel that the food should compliment the party. Most parties have food that’s way too rich and ‘jelat’- inducing and instead of having a good time, you feel awfully bloated and greasy and lethargic. That’s not what parties should be like! Food at parties should invigorate you and allow you to have a great time with your family and friends!
So before you pick up the phone to call for pizza to settle your next party, here are some alternatives to hosting a healthy, colourful and totally delicious party! 😀
Backstory: I have cellgroup most weeks and you know when a group of young adults get together, we want to FEAST and we want to FEAST well. But I realised that after yet another pizza takeout, everyone would get so bloated and lethargic and when my cellgroup leader talks I uhm.. feel a little bit like snoozing :/! So when it was my turn to host dinner and cell at my place, I happily told everyone we would be having “pizza” at my house! 😀 Hehheh.
Everyone works of course and nobody has any time to cook so this is the fastest, most fuss free way to throw a nutrition filled party ever.
The first thing I did was to order a bunch of salads from Dressing Room Salad Bar which is an online salad delivery service in Singapore selling a whole range of delicious salads! Fiona, the girl who runs it, started it out because she’d seen for herself how her mother, who is a cancer survivor, managed and improved her condition through nutritious, natural means! I love it when people believe so much in the importance of nutrition!
For quick and easy reference, here’s my timeline for the party:
3 days before: Confirm with Fiona the salads I want (Try to let her know as early as possible because sometimes certain fruits are are out of season and she would ask if you want to replace it with something else)
1 day before: buy fruits and disposable tablecloth / thaw the crabmeat
On the day itself:
6:30pm: Fiona arrives with the salads! Ask my brother to open the door and collect it coz I’m not home from work yet -.- They are wonderfully packed and so fresh and not soggy at all!
6:45pm: Get home from work and cut the fruits
7:00pm: Blend tofu and cream cheese/ crabmeat. Top with mozzarella and shove it into the oven together with broken florets of cauliflower
7:02pm: Blend avocados, banana and cocoa powder into a creamy sauce
7:15pm: Lay out the tables
7:25: Remove crabmeat creamcheese dip from oven
7:30: The gathering begins!
Have you ever seen anything so lovely and green and nutritious for a party? I ordered 10 salads for my group. Dressing Room Salad Bar does 8 standard salads and everything else is customizable so I got all 8 standard ones and 2 customizable. My friends had a hard time deciding what they wanted so I took the liberty to choose for them. Hurhur.
So gorgeous! And vibrant! 😀 Totally livens up the gathering up SO MUCH. Usually party food is all.. brown :/
Anyway, here are the salads we got!
1. Greek Salad- greens, tomatoes, pepper, olives, feta, herb infused olive oil
2. Chicken Caeser Salad- greens, bacon bits, onion, parmesan, cheese, croutons, chicken
4. Oriental Miso Salad- greens, carrots, mandarin orange, egg, baked tofu, soba, chicken & Japanese miso dressing.
5. Fruitte Spinach Salad- spinach, strawberry, orange, apple, walnuts & yoghurt mint sauce
6. Japanese Sesame Shrimp Salad- greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, soba, shrimp & Japanese sesame dressing
7. Thai Fish Salad- greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, peanuts, brown rice, dory fish, coriander & thai sweet chili dressing
Check out the party table! Isn’t it goreous and just a riot of colour? 😀
On the menu we have:
1) TEN nutritious salads,
2) a crab and cream cheese dip
my awesomest friend Zining made once and I fell in love with it. Just
that it’s really rich so I replace half the creamcheese with silken tofu
to lighten it– nobody could tell there was tofu! 😉 )
3) Roasted Cauliflower
(even hard core veggie haters loved it though I didn’t put any salt on seasoning on it)
4) A watermelon “pizza” with “sauce” and “toppings”
This was my pièce de résistance since I’d promised pizza. Heheh, I just didn’t say what kind!
5) Crispy, crunchy delectable toasted “chips” for the dip made from chia seed mountain bread
bread is sad and untasty straight out the of the packet and is a
miserable excuse for a wrap but toast it lightly on a non stick pan for 2
min and it can rival the world’s best chips.
Simply cut a large watermelon into rounds ( I asked the uncle at the fruit stall to do it for me. He thought I was doing a science project -.-) then I cut it into triangles myself. Blend 1 banana, 1 avocado and 1 tsp cocoa powder together for the “sauce”. Spread the sauce on top, and top with creamy, delicious mango, bluberries, strawberries and nuts and seeds of your choice 🙂 DIY and customizable!
And let the FEASTING begin! 😀
My cell leader loves the salads haha.
I had such a good time and I’m sure my friends did to! Best of all, everybody felt really good after that! Nobody felt like they were dying in a puddle of grease and I’m sure they all met their fruit and veg intake for the week. Haha.
Till next time,
p.s SPECIAL THANKS to Fiona for being so accommodating and acceding to my requests and salad customizations at such short notice! 😀 You’re the best, babe! Keep doing what you are doing! 😀
Hello everybody! Yay to pretty rainbows in a jar!!!For this week’s mealprep I’m trying to include more raw fruits and veggies in my diet! Raw fruits and veggies have the highest concentration of nutrients and my diet has had a dearth of nutrition recently (been eating out a lot the past few weeks) So I decided to make supplementary nutrient packed salad jars to go along with whatever else I might find for lunch! 🙂
Here’s my grocery haul for this week- it’s cost me about $30 and it’s for 20 meals and 5 snacks! 🙂
Baby spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, granola (gift from a friend- thank you Connie! 🙂 ), lemons, apples, purple cabbage, mangoes, carrots, broccoli, avocado, papaya and unsweetened almond milk!
This, together with leftover meat (salmon, chicken & thin slices of beef (for last week’s shabu shabu dinner) ) will form the basis of my meals for this week! I also have leftover rice and curry veggies etc courtesy of my dear mother and her fabulous cooking. Haha. (Free food!)
Anyway! I’m really excited as well because I purchased 6 of these mason jars from Howard’s Storage World! It cost $24.95 iirc and they are 500ml each!
I’ve been wanting to explore the world of canning and making my own jams etc but for this week, I thought they were perfect for salads in a jar!
Meal prep time! I took a picture at 8:55pm because I wanted to se how much time I took to prep food in a week!
Shredding/ dicing 1kg of carrots!
Drying the romaine lettuce so they don’t get soggy when you store them. I really should invest in a salad spinner!
Cutting and soaking ALL my veggies for the week.
AND HERE WE GO!!!
I use cocos coconut oil to cook. It’s a Singapore based company and uses the cold pressed method to extract the oils. I highly recommend coconut oil to cook because it has one of the highest smoke points of most oils and therefore doesn’t turn carcinogenic so fast. However, oil is oil so just because it’s ‘healthier’ doesn’t mean you can pour half a bottle into your food and call it a day! Everything in moderation!
For this week, I’m freezing broccoli and carrot soups to use as a base for the week ahead. So whenthe weekday rolls around, I merely reheat the soup base and add in chicken or fish or toufu etc, pack it into my thermal jar and bring it to work!
While the soup is boiling away I wash and dry the new mason jar!
NOTE: if you are disinfecting the mason jars for the first time, I highly recommend not using extremely hot water. I poured very hot water (close to boiling) into a glass jar to disinfect it and the glass base TOTALLY shattered through. I washed all of the in 1 part cold water, 2 parts hot water and dishwashing soap.
Yeah, so now I only have 5 -.- #storyofmylife
Making hummus! 🙂 I adapted the recipe from here!
This was the only canned chickpeas I could find at cold storage that was just stored in water. Everything else had a lot of preservatives or salt so please check carefully before you buy!
Cypressa tahini (roasted sesame paste) is one of my favourite brands! It has nothing at all inside except roasted white sesame seeds ground into a paste! 🙂
Do you remember my garlic grinder from my Tokyo shopping haul?? Used it for the first time today and it’s so cute! Like a toy in the kitchen! I like! Haha
No more chopping garlic!!!
Look how smoothhhhh and gorgeous the hummus is ! 🙂
I forgot to buy corn (wanted to roast them) so had to make do with this that I found in the cupboard. This packaged corn is actually brined in a sugar and salt solution (see ingredients list) so be careful with eating too much! Always try to choose unpackaged food as much as possible!
Just layer everything in the jar. Isn’t it gorgeous? 🙂 ALWAYS place your liquids at the bottom and your hard veggies over and the lightest veggies like lettuce right on top to prevent them from getting soggy!
From the bottom:
layer 1: hummus
layer 2: purple cabbage (hard veggie to soak up liquid)
layer 3: chickpeas and corn (for crunchy texture!)
layer 4: super sweet ripe mango chunks! (I love fruit in my salads)/ grapes
layer 5: more purple cabbge to soak up moisture from the mango
layer 6: romaine lettuce
layer 7: assorted nuts for added crunch!
here’s a really helpful infographic on how to layer and store your salads!
I made 5 for the week ahead!
And to end off with some not so pretty pictures- This is how they look stored in my fridge with my soup jar all ready to go for tmr 🙂
Cutting washing, cooking and CLEANING UP (I think cleaning up takes up half the time because I mop the kitchen floor and every thing as well) takes about 2 hours! 2 hours in exchange for highly nutritious breakfast and lunch and snacks for the week ahead sounds like a pretty good deal to me! 🙂
and here’s how part of my freezer section looks like! Soup for the week, frozen precut veggies/ veggies for my morning smoothies etc!
Have a great week ahead everyone! Stay healthy and happy! For any questions, leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! 🙂
I have lots of (instagram, haha) friends who are gluten intolerant or on a wheat/sugar free diet either out of choice or because their bodies cannot handle it. So here’s a recipe for all of you out there looking to eat a little healthier and swap plain nutrientless flour out of your diets!
Made from broccoli, chia seeds and coconut flour, this burger is low GI, contains no added sugar and is packed with fibre and protein. Coconut flour is a great substitute for people who can’t/ choose not to eat carbs because it’s gluten free, virtually carb free and really high in fibre (coconut flour has the highest fibre count of all flours) and even protein! Also I love mini food because they are just cute and so easy to eat! I love packing them in my bento boxes! 🙂
(this makes 8-10 mini burgers)
For the burgers:
5 broccoli florets
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon chia seeds soaked in 2 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons no sugar added yoghurt
(optional. I omitted them for this recipe but on hindsight, I think a pinch of some would have been nice)
– Preheat oven at 180 deg
1. Wash and rinse broccoli head and cut into florets.
2. Pulse 5 large florets in a food processor till it becomes flour-like with no large bits
3. Squeeze excess water out using paper towels/ cheesecloth/ tea towel
4. Place broccoli in a bowl/ blender cup
5. Add coconut flour, a tablespoon of the soaked chia seeds, egg, yoghurt,herbs and spices
6. Blend mixture till smooth (about 15 seconds)
7. Spoon batter into a mini muffin tin
8. Place in oven for 6-8 min or until the batter solidifies/ toothpick comes out clean
9. Pop out from muffin tray and leave to cool.
For the ingredients:
1. Slice onions into large rings
2. Saute in a pan/ pot over low fire till dark and sticky, stirring frequently.
1. Place salmon on skin side on a hot pan.
2. Let it sizzle away till 80% cooked then remove from fire and leave to rest.
(Just realised I’m hopeless at writing recipes. Either that or the kind of food I make is so idiot-proof there’s nothing much to say about it haha)
When the ‘burgers’ have cooled, sliced each into half and place brie cheese and salmon on the base. Top it off with black pepper/ chili flakes and caramelized onions. Poke toothpick through to keep everything in place.
P.s Oh, I know lots of you have been asking me to provide calorie counts/ nutritional information of all the recipes I post. That it’s extra work aside, I REALLY DON’T encourage looking at your food as a number or being too nitpicky about a DIET or whatnot. My general rule is that if it’s whole and natural, it’s going to be good for you, SO JUST EAT. 🙂 However, I do know that the carb/ protein/ fat counts are important for some looking for balance and counting macros so I’m including the breakdown for this recipe to see how it goes. 🙂
I use the nutritional calculator from myfitnesspal.com. Please just take each as an estimate as you never really know about such things. Also I try to find the item closest to what I used but sometimes it goes really out of whack. Like an egg has only about 70mg of sodium but I don’t know why I couldn’t find ‘egg’ on mfp ( I usually can) . So i used ‘poached egg’ which i suppose, the person added salt to.
I think it’s really funny that it ‘serves 8’ when it actually served one- me 🙂
In health and happiness 🙂
Hola! It’s day 2!
Today I’ve had loads of errands to run. So I was out of the house from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. So while the food is plated in the photos, they were actually eaten from containers on the go. I know, so unglam right. But the plated photos are for the time I write the recipes!
Let’s check out day 2:
Breakfast: Green Apple Peanut Butter Soya Bean Milk Spinach Smoothie
Not one of my favourites. I’m blending the green apple because it’s allowed on the 21DSD. It wasn’t yucky, still okay but meh. Food can be better. I’m going to add back the fruits after today because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fresh, wholesome, natural food.
Mid Morning Meal: Carb Free Salmon & Prawn Sushi and Miso soup
I LOVE MISO SOUP. Especially homemade ones that you can control the saltiness. THere’s just something SO comforting about a piping hot bowl of soup, wakame and tofu. This is a super easy dish tooo. 3 minutes and 3 ingredients are all you need. Make a large batch at the start of the week and freeze for the week. Reheat in the mornings and bring to work in a thrmos. It’s so good in a freezing office, I promise.
The sushi is actually carb free because I didn’t use rice. I used.. jeng jeng jeng…
Haha. Yes, you read me right! When you boil and blend caulflower, it makes a great rice substitute for those trying to shed weight, go carb free, or paleo.
Check it out. Looks like rice right? Loads of fibre, vitamins, minerals, almost zero calories and no grain carbs that can make some people feel bloated and sick.
Just put it on seaweed like you ordinarily would and roll!
I packed this is a cooler tub and the soup in a thermos and had a jap lunch on the go 🙂
Lunch: Creamy Broccoli Carrot Soup, Sutchi Fillet with lemon, rosemary and garlic herb butter
Broccoli soup from the big batch I made on Sunday night for the week. Sutchi Fillet you can buy frozen from NTUC. I wrap it in aluminum foil in the morning and place it in the oven to bake while i get ready. By the time I’m done, it’s ready to be put into a container and into my lunchbag.
Dinner: Yong Tau Foo
Hello again everyone!
So! I was trying to figure out how to write this food log thing and just decided to write it in chronological order. I’m actually on day 4 of it already and I never realised how much sugar is in everything! If anything, I really recommend this ‘detox’ just to raise your awareness on the presence of sugar in most food products
The one thing I cannot stand though, is that this detox removes all fruit except green tipped banana and green apples. I can understand why it does that because at the end of the day, fruit is fructose and can trigger the same sugar imbalances and cravings but I am used to almost 4-5 different types of fruit everyday, so this has been pretty hard on me.
(Not because I really miss the sugar but.. I miss the soluble fibre. HAHA)
I’ve actually tweaked the detox diet to suit me a little more. The original diet recommends a removal of all fruits except bananas and apples but I figured if I came across a papaya or mangoes (they are in season now), I wouldn’t beat myself up if I consumed them. Also, I’m allowing myself brown rice and wholegrain seeded multigrain buns and the like. Just sticking to the basic principles of no white sugar, white flour etc which is awesome because ‘cept for the fruits parts this is almost similar to the way I usually eat. (Score!) so it’s actually not much of a ‘torture’ for me. Wish I had logged the first time I tried this sugar rebalancing thing a year ago. Now, THAT was hell. 🙂
Anyway! On to day 1! All the photos taken with my Iphone as a quick log so no fancy schmancy anything 🙂
Monday 27 May
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Spinach Smoothie
My FAVOURITE veg smoothie of all time and a GREAT way to start the day. There is just something amazing about peanut butter and banana together! Makes you just feel high and happy and LIFE’S GOOD. Be careful about the peanut butter you choose though. Most peanut butters are packed with unwanted sugars and crazy things. Check out this comparison:
I’m not sure if it shows clearly but you can see that Adam’s Peanut Butter on the left, which I THOROUGHLY recommend, contains only peanuts and less than 1% salt. While the other brand (and most brands of peanut butter), contains corn syrup (sugar!) soy protein concentrate (why?), sugar (more sugar?!), hydrogenated vegetable oils (so bad for you), salt, minerals and vitamins. In the front though, the peanut butter on the right markets itself as ‘healthy’ as it has ‘ZERO PERCENT TRANS FAT!’ My mom bought it because she was trying to eat ‘healthier’. Help your parents and kids make more informed choices!
I also got this from the manufacturer’s FAQ page about its peanut butter. Names have be omitted.
What are the ingredients in (company’s name) Peanut Butter?
(company’s name) Peanut Butter complies with U.S. Standards of Identity for
peanut butter by containing more than 90 percent select roasted peanuts.
It also contains extremely small amounts of vegetable oil stabilizers,
which improve smoothness and prevent the natural peanut oils from
separating from the product and rising to the top of the jar. To enhance
the flavor, the Peanut Butter also contains sugar and salt.
Sounds quite okay right? But no, there are better, more natural options out there! Without the added sugar, peanut butter is a GREAT and TASTY source of protein and healthy fats for you so it’s awesome (and so yummy!)
I blended it with peashoots and spinach and unsweetened almond milk. Blend with 4 cubes of ice at the end and it’s a creamy dream to have in the morning. MHMM.
Mid Morning Snack: Hot Creamy Broccoli Carrot Soup and Cod + Green Tea
Dinner: Thunder Tea Rice at Changi City Point
Met a couple of dear friends at Changi City Point for dinner and had a good chat over one of my favourite hawker meals.
So that concludes day 1! Hope this has been helpful. There was probably some sugar in chili sauce here and there and the restaurant food but I wouldn’t stress over it. It didn’t affect me much and I went to bed happy 🙂 Eating right and eating well doesn’t have to be dull and dreary and to the point of starvation. In fact, you can eat a whole lot of unprocessed, real yummy food and your body would know what to do with it. Nourish your body and everything will fall into place!
No exercise for me today :/ I’m trying to work on it for heart health and bone density but yeah.. hehheh.
Good morning world! Have a happy healthy day today!