How to stay healthy with minimal effort

Our resident dietitian, Gabi Lasker, has been rather busy of late and therefore hasn’t had much time for cooking. Considering that, as well as the water crisis in Cape Town, she decided to make healthy, quick meals that required very little effort and as little washing up as possible. 

 

Have a look at some of her meal ideas below:

 

1. Poached salmon and smooth cottage cheese salad:

I love this combination and could enjoy this meal everyday actually! I bought the ready made poached salmon from Woolworths, fat-free smooth cottage cheese and added it to a bulky salad of mixed greens, sweet peppers, sprouts and avocado. I enjoyed this with some Provitas on the side and scooped up a good combination of the ingredients. This could also be delicious with some quinoa or buckwheat as a base instead of the Provitas (It would be nice and easy to make a bigger batch of one of the grains and add it to a few meals for the week).

 

2. Mexican style salad

I love Mexican flavours so much and it is such a tasty way to make a salad come to life! I use tinned corn, quinoa, coriander, baby spinach, tinned black beans, chopped tomato, jalapenos, salsa, mashed avocado and grated mozzarella.

 

Such yummy flavours and a great balanced, easy meal! You can also make corn/ wholewheat tortillas with these fillings.

 

3. One pan – shakshuka

 

 

 

4. Omlettata

Always a great way to get veggies into a meal and so quick and easy! Sautee’ veggies of choice in a pan until soft. Pour whisked eggs over the veggies and cook on low heat for 3 mins. Then put the whole pan in the oven under the grill for another 2-3 mins to get crispy on top. Serve with a slice of seeded/rye toast or a side salad. Easy peezy!

5. Pasta 

Pasta is always an easy meal because it takes so little time to cook. I also love using the Woolworths spinach and cauliflower noodles as an alternative, which takes only one minute in the microwave! Add some protein like chicken strips/beef strips or some mozzarella or ricotta cheese and then vegetables, tinned tomatoes and some herbs and you are sorted with a quick, easy, nutritious meal.

6. Stir-fry

My favourite thing about stir fry is that it is only 1 pan of mess, so it leaves very little to clean up. It also takes about 15 minutes in total to whip together so when cooking for one it is a great easy choice. It also tastes really good the next day or two for lunch/supper round 2.

 

Choose a grain e.g. wild rice/quinoa/wholewheat/buckwheat noodles, choose 3-4 veggies and soya, ginger, garlic and onion for flavour. Chicken/tofu are my favourites to add to stir fries but also try Haloumi or beef strips to change things up.

Thank you Gabi for the healthy meal inspiration, these will definitely come in handy on the days we’re short on time or just having a lazy night.

 

For a personalized meal plan and more healthy lifestyle tips, tricks and recipes visit Gabi’s website www.gabilaskerdietician.com/book-online to book a consultation.

 

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 82 603 4689
E-mail: gabi@gabilaskerdietician.com
Web: https://www.gabilaskerdietician.com/
Address: BUC gym, Unit 305, 3rd Floor, The Point Mall, 76 Regent Rd, Sea Point

RECIPES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

As a young adult in the 21st century, cooking healthy, picturesque meals has become a prerequisite for everyday life.

 

Most of us would love nothing more than to whip up the latest Nigella feast but between our 10-hour work days and the abysmal traffic that holds us captive for hours on end, we just don’t have the time. Even Jaimie’s 15-minute meals end up taking longer than they should and we usually don’t have all of the ingredients either!

 

In this post, we list a few recipes that can be made quickly, won’t break the bank and will be sure to look incredible and garner you the ever-important ‘likes’ that will make your meals Facebook and Instagram official!

 

Let’s start with some simple salads, shall we?

 

Quinoa Salad with Feta and Chia Seeds

This healthy and delicious Quinoa Salad is tossed with feta, toasted chia seeds, tomatoes, and mint. So much fresh flavour is in this easy side dish!

 

 

 

Courgette, Feta and Butter Bean Salad

A crisp and light green salad to accompany a braai or a main dish.

 

 

 

Jewelled pilaf

A salad that is bold enough as a light meal or a shining side.

 

 

Green Bean & Avocado Quinoa Salad

This monochromatic salad has fun with all kinds of flavour and textures, thanks to fresh green beans, avocado, mint, rocket and pistachios.

 

 

OK, salads done! Let’s have a look at some delicious mains…

 

Grilled Chicken with Caramelized Lemon and Tahini Dressing

A zesty summer favourite that serves four and can be made in under 30 minutes.

 

 

 

Hake nuggets with potato chips

No more local Chippy for you or your mates, this one is a winner!

 

 

Fast Fiesta Mexican Ravioli

This 20-minute, 5 ingredient Ravioli dish will become a firm staple after just one helping.

 

 

The Ultimate Gourmet Bacon and Cheeseburger

The home-made burger that’ll make you forget about Burger King and MacDonald’s forever.

 

 

Parmesan crumbed pork schnitzels

A quick and simple meal that’ll impress even the biggest neigh sayers.

 

 

 

Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated or on special occasions only!

 

Peanut Butter-Banana V’ice Cream

No dairy. No eggs. Yet a flavour and texture everyone will love.

 

 

 

Nutella mug cakes

Have your cake and have it fast!

 

 

 

Easy pear and Caramel Trifel

Enjoy this decadence on your own in individual portions or make a huge bowl and share the love.

 

 

3-ingredient desserts

Summer desserts as easy as 1, 2, 3!

 

 

 

There you have it, a few sure-fire winners that will not only be quick to make and taste amazing but they’ll definitely get the thumbs up from all your guests, in person and online!

 

Bon Appétit,

The Point Team x

 

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www.fifteenspatulas.com

www.rhodesquality.com

www.picknpay.co.za

www.loveandlemons.com

www.food24.com

www.geniuskitchen.com

www.spar.co.za

www.delish.com