Delicious Nutritious Meals With A Twist….The relationship you have with food is one of the most important relationships you will ever have in your life. Food comforts, supplies energy and vitality and even has the ability to bring people together. All cultures eat specific foods, all people have specific tastes, likes and dislikes. Your relationship with food is very personal.
What is important when it comes to enjoying a meal is to bring your senses to life. Visually, the food must look gorgeous and alluring, inviting you to taste. The olfactory senses should be aroused and your meal needs to smell good. Most importantly, the taste must be delicious hitting all the salt and sweet centers of your tongue.
Of course, besides satiating your appetite, food should also be nutritious and make you feel great after consumption. After all, what is the point of eating a stack of specific foods (such as junk food) which automatically hit all the pleasure centers of the brain but leave you feeling tired and irritable for hours afterwards? You should own and be an authority over your own health. Authority Health will give you top nutritional tips and will guide you along your health and wellness journey.
The key to eating and enjoying delicious food as well as gaining health and wellbeing is to combine healthy, colorful and tasty ingredients that are packed with nutritional benefits. Here are 2 interesting recipes that are packed with goodness but hit all the pleasure centers at the same time while filling you up and making you feel great:
For something warm:
Shakshuka – This Middle Eastern delight of Tunisian origin is a delicious, triumphant meal which allures the eyes with its warm rose, orange, red and yellow hues and smells delicious once cooked. It is a big, filling dish best served with others.
1. 4 eggs
2. 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
3. 1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped
4. 1 Tin Diced Tomatoes
5. 1 Fresh Tomato, medium sized, chopped
6. 2 tbl quality Italian Tomato Paste
7. 1 tbs Fresh Lemon Juice
8. 2 tsp cumin
9. 2 tsp paprika
10. 2 tsp coriander
11. 1 tsp cinnamon
12. 1-2 tsp brown sugar, to taste
13. Salt and Pepper, to taste
14. 1 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
15. ¼ Cup water
Serve with: Fresh Chopped Parsley, Greek Yogurt and Warm, Toasted Crusty Bread.
1. Heat the oil in a large pan or skillet, which has a lid, and add the onion and garlic. You may need to add a little extra olive oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to look glossy and soften.
2. Add the coriander, cumin, paprika and cinnamon and stir all the time making sure they don’t stick to the pan. Leave it to cook until everything starts to brown. Slowly add water as they begin to stick to the pan avoiding the onions and garlic to burn.
3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and lemon juice. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Wait for 10 minutes allowing the flavors to combine, stirring occasionally.
4. Gently push four indentations into the sauce using the back of a large spoon making sure there is enough space for the eggs to cook directly on the pan and not the tomatoes. This is very important. Crack an egg into each one – try not to break the yolk. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the eggs to cook for around 5 minutes. The eggs can be a little soft in the middle once cooked.
5. Once ready, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley over the top.
6. Serve with Greek yogurt and lots of crusty bread to spread the sauce over.
– Eggs are a great source of protein and contain the very important Vitamin B12 that the body cannot manufacture. Each egg has only 75 calories, low levels of fat along with iron, minerals, vitamins and carotenoids.
– Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin K1, folate (B9) as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, naringenin and chlorogenic acid. It is even said that cooked tomatoes are healthier than raw tomatoes because of its higher lycopene levels. Studies suggest that there is a link to lower risks of coronary heart disease in conjunction with higher lycopene levels. It is also said to have great antioxidant effects within the body.
For something cold:
Strawberry Salmon Salad – An absolute favorite of mine, this meal is a real winner! The visual appeal is high mainly because of the juxtaposition of the reds of the salmon and strawberries and greens of the arugula and avocado.
1. Strawberries, large handful chopped
2. Rocket Leaves/Arugula, washed and dried
3. Smoked Salmon/Lox, broken off in pieces
4. Caramelized/Candied Pecan Nuts
5. Avocado, diced.
6. Small Buffalo Mozzarella Balls
7. Balsamic Reduction
8. Serve with Italian bread and olive pesto or extra virgin olive oil.
1. Lay down your rocket leaves/arugula as the base
2. Cover the leaves with strawberries, lox and caramelized pecan nuts
3. Add the avocado and mozzarella balls
4. Drizzle balsamic reduction over the salad
Serve with fresh Italian bread and olive pesto paste or dip in extra virgin olive oil.
– Strawberries are often overlooked for their health benefits. They are really good for eye health, boost immunity, boost brain function and contain Vitamin C. They also promote weight loss due to its many nutrients that stimulate metabolism and cause appetite reduction.
– Arugula lowers glucose levels and help with bone health.
– It is well known that salmon has high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and is really good for your overall health as well as concentration levels and mood.
– Pecan nuts are high in healthy unsaturated fat and can lower bad cholesterol. They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals as well as folic acid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. As these are caramelized take it easy with how many you decide to add to your salad although they do provide a delicious tang!
– Avocado is a healthy fat that improves mood, digestion, helps with bone health and promotes beautiful, healthy hair.
– Buffalo Mozzarella is high in fat and a delicious treat. It contains protein and is relatively low in cholesterol.
– Balsamic Vinegar contains a powerful antioxidant called polyphenols. These fight cell damage and boost our immune system. It also has the potential to protect against heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.
– Olives reduce inflammation and are known to reduce heart disease. They are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, iron, copper, calcium and sodium.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. Find ingredients that appeal to you and look up fun and inventive, original recipes that will inspire you. Find the meals that suit you, your taste-buds and your waistline best!