Food

Chicken & Cashew with Baby Pak Choi

Chicken & Cashews with Baby Pak Choi

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients

  • 8 chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 baby pak choi, quartered
  • 5 green onions, chopped, green and white parts separated
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 red chillies (cut into rings)

Directions

  1. The sauce: in a small bowl whisk the stock with the oyster and hoisin sauces, then the garlic. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or a wok over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown. When cooked place in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the pak choi, white part of green onions and peppers to the same skillet; cook until the stem of the pak choi and peppers are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. Return cooked chicken to skillet along with the sauce, the green onion tops, red chillie and the cashews.
  6. Cook until sauce thickens, and everything is heated through, about 2 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice or noodles
  8. Sprinkle chopped cashews, fresh red chilli, coconut and dhania on the top (optional)


Food

Chocolate Bark

  • Servings: 1 sheet
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup nuts, roasted and chopped (almonds, macadamia, cashews)
  • 1/4 seeds (pumpkin, chia, sunflower seeds)
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicon mat.
  2. Break chocolate into pieces
  3. In a double boiler, add chocolate pieces, coconut oil and butter. Allow to melt mixing slowly.
  4. Pour chocolate into the baking tray and even out.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped nuts and seeds over the chocolate.
  6. Pop the tray into the freezer to set.
  7. When set break into pieces and serve.
  8. Store in the fridge as it will melt quickly


Food

Cranberry & Chia Seed Power Balls

Cranberry & Chia Seed Power Balls

  • Servings: 20-25
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients

  • 3 cups oatmeal (dry)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 40g chopped dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Melt the peanut butter and honey in a pot on a low heat.
  2. Once completed melted mix well
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and combine
  4. Roll into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge


Food|Healthy eating

The Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds Explained

Chia seeds (salvia hispanica) have become one of the most popular superfoods in the fitness and health community. They’re easy to digest when prepared properly and a very versatile ingredient that can be easily used in recipes. The benefits of chia seeds are indeed plentiful.

Related image

History of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds were originally a best kept secret but has gained popularity in recent years.  These tiny black and white seeds have a long history. They were grown in Mexico and South America, chia seeds are said to have been used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers.  Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.  They were also known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance while running long distances or during battle.

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds.

They give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night and are supposed to be great for weight loss. This is apparently due to the fact that they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid.  Chia seeds are also excellent for avoiding dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat.

Obtained from www.riseorganics.co.uk

But Wait, There’s A Down Side

Chia seeds contain compounds called phytates that block the absorption of certain nutrients. These anti-nutrients are the reason that many ancient cultures soaked and fermented grains and seeds prior to eating them.   There is also some evidence that soaking and rinsing the seeds may help reduce the levels of these compounds.  The good news is that when used in moderation there isn’t a need  to worry too much about their phytate content.

Uses For Chia Seeds

Depending on the required texture, there are several ways to use them in the kitchen :-

  • Egg substitute
  • Healthy puddings
  • Thicken gravies and sauces
  • Homemade energy gel
  • Bread chicken or fish
  • In meatballs
  • Grain free crackers

My Fav Chia Seed Recipes




 


These are just a few of my fav chia seeds recipes, but pop over to my Instagram account to see why my cupboard is always stocked with Chia Seeds