Lunch

Cancer risk: How dangerous is our food?

Food Standard Agency has informed the possible cancer risk caused by eating acrylamide containing foods. Acrylamide can bind to our DNA, cause mutation and lead to cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, evidence from animal studies has shown that acrylamide in food could be a potential risk to cancer, but the results have been mixed or inadequate in human studies,”

Pumpkin Soup

Importance of pumpkin is huge when it comes to fall, not just because we harvest a lot of pumpkins during the fall months but also because of the significant role it has to play on occasions like Halloween and thanksgiving. There are plenty of ways to cook the pumpkin after Halloween, but this nutritious and comfortingly delicious soup is my family’s favourite.

Black bean veggie burger

Any day can be a burger day, but what if we can make it with healthiest ingredients instead of red meat. Although meat burgers are nutritionally good, they contain nasty stuffs like preservatives and are usually high in saturated fat and salt. You can cut down these considerably by making the burger from scratch using good lean meat. Yet I find my veggie burger very satisfying as I know exactly what and how much is going in it.

Moroccan spiced Couscous and chickpea cake

Couscous comes handy when we need a quick lunch or snack and we all look for quick fixes sometimes. It will be more of a joy if we can make it healthy for our family. These tasty couscous cakes are easy to pack and that makes it ideal for packed lunches or snacks. It will perfectly go with any stew or curry. 

Ingredients

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.

How to make a traditional medieval period meal: Spicy beef roll with olives

Get creative and medieval in the kitchen with this beef recipe. Ideal healthy and nutritious lunch or a delectable party centrepiece - read tips for lunch options.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 14th July 2014. Please click on the link below to read: 

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

Thai chicken rice for an easy and healthy dinner

A healthy & fragrant, fuss-free meal that aids digestion and helps to maintain healthy sugar level.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 12th May 2014. Please click on the link below to read:

Vegetable Vermicelli Noodle Upma

Vegetable vermicelli noodle upma is a popular healthy recipe from India. Its officially spring and you may want to spend more time outdoors. Make this for lunch- it is quick and easy. You can even pack it for a picnic, but don't forget to take some plastic plates and spoons :)

Barbecued Spicy Sea Bream and King Prawns with Salad

Spicy and healthy barbecue recipe.

Ingredients

Sea bream -2- cleaned and marinated for at least 30 minutes in fridge.

200gm King prawns - cleaned and marinated for the same time.

Spicy marinade- Mix 1/4 tsp turmeric powder + 1 tsp chilli powder + 2 tsp coriander powder+ 3/4 tsp salt + 2 tbsp lemon juice.

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