Food|Healthy eating|Lifestyle

Sharpening My Cooking Skills at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio

Lucky, is a girl who wins not one …. but two cooking experiences at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio in Sandton.  As a fit foodie, the opportunity to sharpen my cooking skills is the experience that dreams are made off.  Exaggerate much, I here you are ask but we will come back to this shortly.

The first time I won was during the #RuleYourHealth campaign collaboration between ever so gorgeous Babalwa Mabona and Discovery Health.  I won an experience for two to attend the “All About Chicken” cooking class.

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Date Night

The second time, I won a cooking experience for 3 friends and I with Whirlpool during their Heritage Day campaign.  When asked what my fav heritage dish was, I responded with a “Bunny Chow”.  Yip, it’s my absolute fav and let me just add that I do make a mean bunny chow.

Back to my Discovery experiences.  On both occasions at the Healthy Food Studio, we arrived at the extraordinary Discovery Health building and made our way up.  A warm welcome and then we got to watch the sunset while people sipped on wine and I had a cuppa java.  There were some delicious snacks to munch on while we mingled.

 

 

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Girls Night out with Whirlpool

 

After a quick introductory, we were dressed in chef hats and aprons.  We moved to the exquisitely designed and equipped kitchen that it fitted with appliances from Kitchenaid, Smeg and Whirlpool.  All the food is supplied by Woolworths.  Let’s just say that the experience at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio is an all-encompassing one.

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I’m a huge Whirlpool fan and love the opportunity to cook with their state of the art appliances.  I’m still waiting for the opportunity to use the Whirlpool JetChef which I have heard such amazing things about.

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Whirlpool JetChef

We took our places at our cooking stations and the qualified chefs then commenced with the themed classes.  The classes at skills based and you will definitely leave having learnt new skills.  The more experienced cooks in the room will hone their already impressive cooking skills.  It’s a team effort from all in attendance and a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.  The recipes utilised on the night are also emailed to you at a later stage so that you can put your new-found skills to the test when you cook your favourite dishes from the night.

Once all is said and done, everyone (except the chefs and staff) make their way to the dining room to eat dinner together.  Sampling the dishes cooked on the night, is a fantastic way to end the experience, which also helps everyone determine their favourite dishes of the night.  The cooking class is a wonderful experience irrespective of whether it is Date Night, Girls Night Out or Flying Solo kinda opportunity.  It’s the opportunity to learn new skills, improve existing skills while socialising and meeting new people.

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Fit Like Mummy – The Self-proclaimed Queen of Meal

Im a home cook who cooks 3 meals a day despite being a working mom by day and blogger by night.  Food is my passion and cooking for others is my way of expressing my love.  The kitchen is indeed my happy place and if I can spend my days teaching people how to meal prep and cook healthy but delicious food, then I will be living my best life to the fullest extent. I’ve changed my life and improved my health by making small but sustainable changes and so can you.  Until my dream (which I mentioned in my opening statements) becomes a reality, cooking classes like these and my live Sunday meal preps on Instagram will have to do.  So, meet me on the gram every Sunday afternoon when I meal prep like a boss.

 

 

 

 

Food

Chicken & Cashew with Baby Pak Choi

Chicken & Cashews with Baby Pak Choi

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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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
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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


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Cranberry & Chia Seed Power Balls

Cranberry & Chia Seed Power Balls

  • Servings: 20-25
  • Difficulty: easy
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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.

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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