Trio-bean salad with garlic-dijon mustard vinaigrette and salmon fillet

I find vegetables and beans to be a pantry essential, because they are so versatile. I always have a good stock of these items either in a frozen, canned or fresh version. They are great for days you are not kitchen ready but want something nutritious, satisfying and quick.

You can cut up a bunch of raw or cooked vegetables , season it with oil and herbs to create a nutritious meal accompaniment or serve along side fish, eggs, cheese( mozzarella) or meat as a main course.

Trio beans

Beans on the other hand , is a nutritional power house . A good source of complex carbohydrate, protein, B vitamins, iron, potassium and fiber. Beans can be adapted in various ways, cooked in a tomato sauce, they make a good pizza base alternative check linkhttps://healthfulnonye.com/2018/08/06/black-eyed-beans-plantain-pizza/

Can be cooked as a pudding ( Moi-Moi) A west African dish made with black eyed beans and seasoned to perfection( future post) And can also be cooked plain and paired with bunch of vegetables to create a nutritious and satisfying meal, another way of switching up a boring salad.

Here in this recipe, I have combined 3 types of beans, the cannellini beans, the red and black beans with purple cabbage, cucumber, mixed peppers, red onions, and carpers with spiced extra virgin olive oil, added fruit for a touch of sweet and savoury and a dash of lemon juice to bring all the ingredients together. beautifully garnished with fresh herbs ( mint, parsley and basil) Incredibly refreshing!

I cooked up a pack of whole trio bean then halved it. feel free to use the canned version ( it’s easier)

purple cabbage

This purple vegetable contains chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant that destroys disease causing free radicals and also packed full of fiber. Any other cabbage or cruciferous vegetable will work well , I love a pop of colour on my plate . So, have used the purple cabbage. If you are anything like me you would be going for the pur.. ply( if there’s any word like that). The choice of sweetness can also be adapted to your preference, I used ripe kiwi, I would imagine raisins can be used instead.

Capers ( from tesco)

The addition of capers to this salad is a no brainer and would strongly recommend , don’t miss it! You know that hit of lemon juice and salt and a vegetal touch? the things you’d want to add to any meal. You’ll get that and more by adding capers to this salad. There’s also no need for salt in this recipe, Carpers done the job! (Ace)

what if I don’t have capers?

That’s Ok! a pinch of sea salt , black pepper and lemon will be fine.

So, in a nutshell, this colourful bowl makes a nutritious main meal served with grilled salmon for a hit of omega 3 and additional protein source.

Salmon good source of protein and omega 3

The salad has a burst of meditterenean flavours ( so refreshing) , rich in soluble fiber, which helps control blood cholesterol level. Research suggests that LDL ( bad cholesterol ) is reduced by 10% and this is obtained by consuming 10g of soluble fiber ( 1/2 -1.5 cup of beans) nearly equivalent to the mix of vegetables and beans in this recipe . great!

Trio bean salad with salmon fillet

Finally, the balance of complex carbohydrate and protein in this recipe means steady source of energy supply( no spike in blood glucose) instead of the sudden energy surge that happens when you eat simple carbohydrate. So, will help you stay full for longer. My first hand experience with diabetes has shaped my food theory and I tend to make food choices based on how a particular food type whether in combination or on it’s own will impact my blood sugar and over all energy level. So half of the time I spend time studying about a particular food type before introducing it to my adventurous palate , hope you find this useful too.

happy reading! let’s put it together now!


INGREDIENTS
-1 salmon fillet ( pan seared or grilled)
-1/2 Pack mixed beans ( boiled and drained) or a can of trio bean
-1 green pepper chopped

– 1 red bell pepper chopped.
-1/4 purple cabbage chopped
-1/2 cucumber diced
-1 red onions diced
-2 tbsp capers

-1tbsp each of chopped fresh parsley , mint & basil leaves.

Method
Mix all ingredients and set aside then make the dressing🔽


-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
squeeze of fresh lemon juice,

Mix all ingredients together and set aside

-1 ripe kiwi or fruit of choice( raisins) – -1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and white or black pepper.
– Add dressing to the salad mixture, cover and fridge for a couple of mins to let all the ingredients come together.
-Then serve with salmon for extra punch of protein and omega 3 or on it’s own.

Enjoy!

Cardamom- Garlic-ginger chicken stir fry

Here’s a stir-fry recipe that takes just 20mins to put together, you’ll love it! an example of flavour explosion that you won.’t forget in a hurry, It  is Citrusy, minty, spicy, musty, herbal and sweet . thanks to the cardamom, ginger, garlic and chili , you will taste all of these flavours in every bite!  Plus the crunch of the baby corn and mangetout!( snow pea)  All these in 20 minutes!  Enjoy!

I would recommend using coconut aminos in this recipe, as it is a healthier alternative to your regular soy sauce, it is soy and gluten free ( great for people with soy and gluten allergy) and has a low GI which means your blood sugar is not spiked ,it is also packed with 17 different amino acids the building block of protein which is vital for body building and repair. Great stuff!

Remember the idea behind healthy cooking and eating lifestyle is to as much as we possibly can , eat in ways that promotes the best health for us and this might mean reading ingredients label, understand how the contents might impact us. Then swapping to closest alternative and this is what I tend to practice, again this might not be for everyone. That being said, I have used worcestershire sauce in this recipe because that’s what I had at hand ( ran out of coconut aminos)

I have also used a lot of ginger in this stirfry , this is mainly to do with my choice of base , chinese lettuce! have you ever wanted salad but didn’t want it cold? looking for a hug in poor ol salad?? this exactly how to get that much needed hug in a salad, all the flavours will mask the presence or the absence of the base. This is a go to bowl when you’re trying to stay light ( tracking your makros) or not very active. If you don’t like ginger, that’s OK!  You can still try it but go easy on the amount of ginger that you add to it. You might just end up loving it!  

Can’t manage spicy food? don’t worry just de- seed the chilli once you have cut the chili in half; and then cut them into thin strips.

Don’t have cardamom?? Ok! ginger and garlic are a good pair and would still give you a flavour burst, but the combination of cardamom, ginger and garlic in this stir fry is what makes it unique. again nothing is set on stone , cooking is all about being creative, feel free to play around with what you have at hand.

Other serving suggestions( depending on your health goals): steamed coarse bulgur wheat, quinoa, cauliflower rice, salad, brown rice, or white rice.

Let’s get cooking!!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 cardamom seeds
  • 1 onion grated
  • 100 grams chicken breast strips
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2.5cm ginger peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pack stirfry kit ( tender stem broccoli, baby corn, mangetout and bok choy/ pak choi)
  • 2 pcs fresh red and green chilies, thinly sliced.
  • 1\2bunch of chinese lettuce sliced( optional base)

Method

  1. Place a pan over medium-high heat.Add olive oil on pan.
  2. Allow oil to heat up a bit then add garlic, onion, cardamom and ginger Cook until fragrant. 3mins( save some ginger for later)
  3. Then add the chicken and cook on each side until nicely firm (about 10mins)
  4. Add worcestershire sauce and all the vegetables and Stir fry until chicken is fully cooked.( 5mins) then add the remaining ginger and stir for another 2mins
  5. Take off the hob and serve with base of choice!

enjoy!

click link for printable recipe https://sites.google.com/site/healthfulnonyecom/cardamom-garlic-ginger-chicken-stirfry

Chicken chow mein

Here’s a 15mins easy week night dinner idea that is deliciously satisfying, a healthier twist to the original Chinese chicken chow mein.
interestingly guilt free and under 500kcal . Healthy eating is not at all boring, it involves a bit of getting creative, for me it means eating the world, the more diverse, the more nutrients you harvest and the healthier you get. you can still enjoy your favourite comfort meal by simply swapping the ingredients to healthier alternatives closer to what you are used to .

I find organic Edamame spaghetti/noodle to be a better pasta alternative, it is gluten free(great option for those with gluten allergy) ever since I discovered it, it’s been a keeper. if you click on featured recipe in my home page you will find another Edamame spaghetti recipe with a much detailed information about the nutritional content (it will be worth checking).

https://healthfulnonye.com/2018/08/05/organic-edamame-spaghetti-in-cherry-tomato-sauce-with-pan-seared-salmon-fillet/

Having said that, shirataki noodles also works very well with this recipe. it might be worth trying other alternatives out there, sure there are a lot of them now. Any noodles will do this job so well! So the next time a craving for Chinese food strikes , whip up this recipe in just 15mins and you will be glad you did.

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So, Let’s get cooking!

Notes: feel free to try other vegetables( baby corn, fine bean, bean sprouts etc , frozen versions will work just fine too. play around with meat types as well. This recipe is also adaptable to vegetarian or vegan.

Difficulty: easy

INGREDIENTS-

  • 100g chicken breast
  • 80g organic edamame spaghetti (cook according to instruction on pack)
  • 1/2 Pack of mushroom ( washed and sliced)
  • 100g Bok choy/ Pak choy
  • 1 Carrot ( peeled and sliced)
  • 2 Cloves garlic-Red and green pepper( deseeded &chopped)
  • 1 Scotch bonnet (optional)
  • 1 onion /shallot/spring onion
  • 1 cm fresh ginger ( peeled and grated)
  • 1 Teaspoon soy sauce or coconut amino
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Method
1- Heat oil in a skillet and stir fry chicken, onion,  garlic, and ginger till fragrant


2- Add remaining vegetables, soy sauce and pepper. reduce heat and cook for 3mins to soften vegetables
3- Add spaghetti to the vegetable mix,  stir well and cook for another 3mins Then turn off the hob and  Serve just enough and enjoy

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Printable recipe- click on link https://sites.google.com/site/healthfulnonyecom/chicken-chow-mein

Mixed seafood coconut curry

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We are exploring the versatility of curry dishes this season (cold nights) It is incredibly comforting and satisfying and pairs well with just about any base.
This mixed seafood coconut curry will wow your taste buds and have you going for more. It is also a good idea for valentine eat in.


The combination of fresh scallops, giant shrimps and fish pie mix finished with squeeze of lemon for that tarty, sweet and fresh touch is everything and more, it makes this curry extra special and one to treat a loved one to this valentine. Lemon in this recipe gives this curry a crisp, clean flavour that allows other ingredients to shine.
The citric acid from lemon reduces the fishy smell, So, don’t ruin the night, throw in some lemon wedges (some people find it unpleasant. ha-ha) keep it crisp, fresh and fruity! Another good news is that your meal will be ready in under half an hour, even when you make your own curry paste from scratch. Which is less than the waiting times in most restaurants, it is worth trying! serve with rice, chapatis, whole wheat wraps, fries, bulgur wheat or quinoa and you will be golden!
My husband’s favourite ever, he is a big fan of hot and spicy! Year round and this curry ticks the box.
Ok! Let’s get cooking!!


INGREDIENTS

  •  2 Onions, 3 celery sticks
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 5 fresh green chilli and red birds eye chilli.
  • 2 packs fish pie mix
  • Scallops and giant shrimps
  • 1tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2tbspns garam masala
  • 1 tin of light coconut milk
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • few sprigs of fresh coriander or parsley


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METHOD

  1. Blend the Onions , celery, garlic, ginger tomatoes and pepper . 
  2. Heat  oil in a skillet add the mustard and curry leaves and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add the blended veggies and cook  for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Mix in the chilli powder and turmeric together with a splash of water, then add the seafood mix, coconut milk and season, bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked and the sauce has reduced. 
  5. Garnish with  coriander or parsley leaves ,lemon wedges and Enjoy with base of choice. 
garnish with parsley or coriander
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Served with generous heaping of vegetables and coarse bulgur wheat
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Served with parsnip chips and cress… Oh that scallop!

Printable recipe: click on the link https://sites.google.com/site/healthfulnonyecom/mixed-seafood-coconut-curry