Sung Choy Bao – Chicken / Pork Lettuce Wraps

This Asian-inspired dish –  Sung Choy Bao aka Chinese Lettuce Wraps – has it all. It’s delicious; it’s healthy; it’s low in carbs; it doesn’t take much effort to prepare; anyone can attempt it and get fantastic results; and the complexity of the flavors makes it perfect for entertaining friends either casually or as part of a really sophisticated evening . You can even make it well ahead of time, so you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen when your guests arrive. So, if you want to maintain your healthy lifestyle or your weight loss program while entertaining, this dish is a really great choice. You can make it using chicken or pork. Here, we made it using pork shoulder.

The amounts given below will serve two people as an appetizer, or four people as a little something to welcome guests when they arrive.  It would serve one person if you wanted it as an evening meal. Scale up the quantities as needed if you’re entertaining a lot of guests.

Ingredients (serves 2 – 4 people)

  • 2 little gem lettuces
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or light olive oil
  • 9oz / 250g of pork or chicken,  finely chopped (or buy it minced/ground if you prefer)
  • 8oz / 220g of canned water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot,  finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Thai fish sauce

Method

There are a few simple steps to cooking the dish.

1. Fry the shallot and garlic for a minute or two in the oil over a medium heat.

2. Add the pork/chicken, the chilli, and the five spice powder and cooking for about a further five minutes

3. Add the water chestnuts and cook for another minute

4. Finally add the soy sauce and the fish sauce, stirring continuously, and continue cooking until the liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze on the meat and water chestnuts

5. Cool, and then put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.

To serve, spoon into leaves of baby gem lettuce, and eat with your hands.

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Eat An Egg A Day To Help Your Weight Loss

Whether you’re overweight and looking to lose weight, or you’re looking to get healthier and lower your percentage body fat, sometimes controlling your appetite for unhealthy food can be hard.  In fact, some of the fittest people start fantasizing about unhealthy food when they’re trying to get in perfect shape.

Now, this tip might not seem like it will work, but for many people, it really does.  All you have to do is eat one whole fresh egg per day. Prepare it any way you want, but boiling it or poaching it is a great way to have a single egg. Or, if you want to add extra egginess without piling on the calories, try this omelette recipe that uses one whole egg, with extra egg whites.

We don’t fully understand the science that makes this tip work – how your body regulates its appetite is incredibly complicated.  It really does seem, though, that when you eat an egg at some point during the day (ideally in the morning), it can massively help you reduce the cravings for unhealthy food later in the day.

If you’re not currently eating a whole egg every day, why not give it a try and see if it helps? You might be surprised at the benefits.

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How To Make Broccoli and Cauliflower Super Tasty

Here are two recipes for vegetable side dishes that you can make as part of an evening meal – one broccoli, and one cauliflower. They are really delicious, as well as being super healthy. If you think broccoli and cauliflower are boring (or if you think you don’t like them at all) please give these recipes a try.  They work great served together as accompaniments to pretty much any simply prepared fish, meat, or chicken.

If you make these dishes, you’ll find them so tasty that you genuinely won’t miss potatoes, rice, pasta or other carbs.  That makes them fantastic options for weight loss or as part of a healthy lifestyle. They’re simple to make – the only thing you have to do is watch is your timings. The cauliflower takes 40 minutes in total, and the broccoli takes 7 minutes. These dishes are good enough to make for friends if you’re doing some casual entertaining. They’re not fine dining, but they are higher quality vegetable side dishes than you’ll find in 90% of restaurants.

Ingredients (per person)

  • For the broccoli dish
    • Broccoli (I used a purple sprouting variety here, you can use any type)
    • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • For the cauliflower dish
    • Cauliflower cut into florets
    • 2 teaspoons of light olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

For the broccoli, place in a bowl, and sprinkle of the chopped garlic. Steam for 7 minutes (note that this timing is for a sprouting variety of broccoli with thin stems; you’ll need to steam for upt to 15 minutes if you’re using a variety with thick stalks).  Obviously, you will put the broccoli on to steam 7 minutes before you’re ready to serve.  Season with salt and pepper.

For the cauliflower, place the florets in a bowl steam for 15 minutes.  Then, remove from the steamer, and toss in the olive oil on a roasting tray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.  Roast in an oven for 25 minutes at 430F (220 C), turning once during cooking to make sure the florets roast on all sides.  Total cooking time for the cauliflower is 40 minutes, so you’ll need to work out your timings for whatever you’re serving with it accordingly.

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5-Minute Spicy Mackerel & Zucchini Salad

Sometimes, people struggle when trying to thinking of what to have for a quick, healthy, easy-to-prepare lunch.  So, they often resort to eating a sandwich (usually made with commercially prepared bread).  A sandwich isn’t a good everyday choice if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle because of the high carb content and high calorie content of the bread. It’s especially not great if you’re using bread bought from a supermarket, which is particularly unhealthy.

This dish takes less than five minutes to prepare, and it’s designed to satisfy your appetite every bit as much as a sandwich (if not more so). If you can slice a few ingredients, you can make this – absolutely no cooking skills are required. The creamy, punchy, yoghurt-mustard dressing, combined with the oily fish, is what makes this dish so tasty and so filling. Swapping out sandwiches (or anything with bread) at lunch-time; and replacing them with a healthy, but satisfying, low calorie salad like this, is a great way to help you lose weight.

Remember, after lunch, see if you can fit in some exercise. Even if you’re busy, you might be surprised what you can fit in to your day if you try. Here’s how to get started if you think you don’t have time exercise, or aren’t use to taking exercise.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 125g/4oz can of mackerel (drained)
  • 1 zucchini/courgette (or other summer squash), finely sliced
  • 1 red chili, finely sliced
  • 2 dessert spoons of natural yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons of of Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Prepare the ingredients and place in a serving bowl.  To dress the salad, add the yoghurt and mustard and mix thoroughly. Finish with freshly ground black pepper.

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5-Minute Tuna Crunch Salad

Sometimes, you’re really short of time when preparing lunch or dinner. This is a dish for one of those times. It’s a crunch salad that’s fresh-tasting, healthy and low in carbs; and it really couldn’t be easier or quicker to prepare. From start to finish, this dish is ready in five minutes.  If you can slice a few ingredients, you can make this. The ketchup is the magic ingredient that adds a touch of complexity to the flavors here.

Why not use the time you saved preparing this dish, over making a more time-consuming meal, to do a bit of extra exercise?! See How To Start Exercising if you don’t currently do much exercise.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 180g/6oz can of tuna (drained)
  • 1 sweet pepper (I used green here, you can use what color you like), finely sliced
  • 1/2 a red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 green chili, finely sliced
  • 2 dessert spoons of natural yoghurt
  • 1 dessert spoon of tomato ketchup
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Prepare the ingredients and place in a serving bowl.  To dress the salad, add the yoghurt and ketchup and mix thoroughly. Finish with freshly ground black pepper.

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Steamed Cumin Chicken With Mushrooms and Carrots

This tasty, super healthy chicken recipe makes a great evening meal as part of a healthy lifestyle or weight loss program.  Steaming the chicken breast keeps it amazingly moist, and really brings out the chicken flavor. It will take you less than 25 minutes, from starting to prepare the dish to serving it. Anyone can make this dish – no cooking skills required.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 150g skinless chicken breast
  • 2 carrots chopped into chunks
  • 4 chestnut mushrooms (or any other kind you like) sliced
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • A handful of cilantro (coriander leaves), roughly chopped

Method

Prepare carrots and mushrooms, and put them in a bowl.  Lay the chicken breast on top. Add the lemon juice, and sprinkle on the cumin seeds and season with salt and pepper. Steam for 20 minutes.  To serve, slice the chicken into pieces, and stir though a the coriander leaves. Adjust the seasoning – if it doesn’t seem to taste of much, add more salt, and perhaps a little extra fresh lemon.

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Steamed Salmon With Red Onion, Yellow Pepper, Lemon & Garlic

 

Here’s another  quick lunch or dinner recipe that couldn’t be easier to make.  Please squeeze the lemon juice freshly, rather than using lemon juice out of a bottle.  This dish is so simple that the ingredients have to be really fresh to get the best flavors. Even if you have no cooking experience,  you can make this one – no skill required. All you have to do is chop up the ingredients, put them in bowl and steam them. This a super healthy low-carb dish, and it’s especially great as part of a weight loss program. It will take you less than 20 minutes, from starting to prepare the dish to serving it.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 150g salmon fillet
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely choped
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the ingredients, put them in a bowl.  Steam for 15 minutes.  When you serve the dish, taste it for seasoning. If doesn’t seem to taste of much, add more salt, and perhaps a little extra fresh lemon.

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