One of my main philosophies of healthy living is that food should not only be nourishing and provide what our bodies need to perform at their best, but it should also taste great. I'm not a fan of processed "diet" foods, preferring to cook meals that the whole family can (usually) eat, from mostly fresh ingredients.
Sweet Chilli Prawns
500g green prawn cutlets (that's the peeled ones with the tail still intact)
200g snow peas, trimmed
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into segments
1 red capsicum, sliced into thin strips
1 bunch of baby Bok Choy, sliced into approx 4cm lengths
1 tbs lime juice
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp minced chilli
2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 tbs peanut oil
Combine lime juice, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, chilli and garlic in a bowl and add prawns. Mix well and put aside to marinate while you prepare the veggies. Heat half the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Drain the prawns (reserve the liquid) and cook for 2-3 minutes until pink. Remove them from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and add onion, cooking for 1 minute. Add the other veggies and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until they're cooked to your liking. Return the prawns to the pan, adding the reserved marinade. Cook 1-2 minutes until simmering.
Serve with steamed rice and/or extra veggies.
Makes 16 serves
Vanilla Buckwheat Waffles
2 tbs buckwheat flour
1 tbs plain flour
2 tsp Xylitol or other sweetener
30g vanilla whey protein powder
2 tbs natural or vanilla yoghurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 egg whites
Mix the dry ingredients in a fairly large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the yoghurt, milk, vanilla and egg yolk. Combine into the flour mix and beat until smooth. Use a metal spoon to fold the beaten egg whites through the batter - it's easier if you do this in two steps, using half the egg whites, folding it through, then adding the rest.
Cook in a waffle-maker until done to your liking - I cooked mine for 2 and a half minutes. About half a cup of mixture makes one waffle for my gadget, but that might differ from brand to brand.
Serve with banana, berries or other fruit, a dollop of natural yoghurt and a little honey or syrup.