Heart healthy

Buckwheat and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto often brings that comforting feeling to mind. This hearty buckwheat and mushroom risotto is no exception. Buckwheat is a wonder grain in a sense as it comes with numerous health benefiting qualities. It neither comes from a grass family nor closely associated with wheat as the name suggests.

Autumn comfort soup in a bowl

Autumn reminds us about comfort eating somehow. The reason could be lack of sunshine or cold wet days. Usually when we choose food for comfort, we tend to choose fatty, sugary and salty foods. But unlike many other so called comfort foods this soup is highly nutritious and healthy. 

Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts

Although the british growing season is over, we can still buy asparagus from supermarkets. This delicate green vegetable is very low in caloires and is packed with vitamin A, C & E, folic acid, potassium and iron. Walnuts are high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and it is in a highly beneficial form. They contain high amount of plant based omega-3 fatty acids, protein, magnesium, phosphorus and fibre. 

Curried butternut squash soup

This simple and easy to make soup is an irresistible combination of aromatic spices and sweet and nutty squash. Butternut squash is an excellent source of orange colour providing beta-carotene, an antioxidant. They can protect our body from free radicals.  On top of that, they provide good amount of vitamin C, B5 and B1, folic acid, potassium and fibre as well. Both cumin and fennel seeds are good for the health of digestive system.

Pineapple and cranberry salsa with tarragon

Immune boosting, low calorie food packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and digestion aiding compounds.This recipe is ideal for Hay fever management. If cranberries are not in season, use 1/4 cup dried cranberries as they are high in sugar. 

Salad is very vibrant and fresh tasting and it will make you feel good and better.

Spicy roasted aubergine dip

This is the simplest aubergine recipe I have ever made. The creaminess of roasted aubergines goes well with charred chilli and tamarind. It is simply irresistible as a dip or as an accompaniment with cooked fluffy rice.

Ingredients

1 Large aubergine
1 Red dried chilli
Tamarind, (raspberry sized ball)
Salt, to taste
Olive oil to brush

Method

Watermelon and cantaloupe ball salad with coconut milk dressing

Every year, from the first day of spring onwards, we all foresee a picnic and wait for the perfect sunny day. This is what I made recently when we went for the first picnic of the year. It’s the cool, refreshing, sweet effect of this salad is the main tempting thing and your family will be asking you to make it for every picnic.

Spaghetti with swiss chard and peas

This is a light and nutritious recipe that is perfect to enjoy any sunny evening. Swiss chard and mint I used in this recipe comes from my small back garden. There are plenty of them at the moment and my mind is in a constant process of finding ways to use them up. The beautiful red and yellow stalks of swiss chard added extra bite to my recipe, but you can use store bought swiss chard if you don’t grow them.

Serves 3

One pot comfort meal: Slow cooked Chicken Cacciatore with Penne recipe

A healthy & comforting warm dinner that is ideal for sharing and incredibly easy to make; and it comes with slow energy releasing carbohydrates.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 19th June 2014. Please click on the link below to read:

Minty Melon Drink

Very refreshing, cool drink. Ideal for picnics and BBQs.

Ingredients

Mint leaves – few sprigs
Honey dew melon – 2 Cups
Juice of half a lemon

Method

Blend everything together. Decorate with Mint Leaves and serve chilled.

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