Who doesn’t love a good roasted chicken!? There are hundreds, no probably thousands of great recipes for roasting the world’s favourite ingredient. People roast chicken over a fire, in clay ovens, on barbecues, vertically, on roasting spits, and of course at home in an oven. For this Skinless Tandoori & Italian Spiced Roast Chicken with Vegetables , I made a marinade inspired by my favourite Italian herbs along with Pakistani/Indian flavours. I debated on whether to use a roasting rack or not, which allows equal browning, plus it allows the drippings to accumulate under the rack. It wasn’t necessary for this recipe, for which the chicken was skinless and I made a rack of vegetables. Also, I wanted the marinade to go over the vegetables and man was it worth it. The result was a succulent and delicious chicken with beautifully flavoured veggies. Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients. It’s actually quite easy- had a blast making this recipe up and experimenting with it as always. To keep this recipe heart healthy, you must use skinless chicken, zero fat or low fat yoghurt and eliminate the oil entirely if you wish. Try it out! The flavours are so good you don't need any excess fat! If you like this recipe also try out Murgh Mussalam (A stove top chicken roast).
I am actually quite fond of beans and peas even though people tend to fear having too much of them for ahem… certain reasons. I think they’re filling, packed with flavour, and best of all, they are nutritious. Black beans are a super food to me because they are so good for you and best of all, aren't expensive! They're a great source of protein, fibre, iron, and multiple other necessary vitamins. They are great for people trying to regulate their blood sugar levels and they are also the highest in antioxidants out of the bean family I believe. I started off making this as a soup but the longer you keep this in the slow cooker/ on the stove, it becomes more like a heart warming, perfect for winter, vegetarian stew. This is especially true if you mash up some of the veggies and beans (I didn’t but you can!). So enjoy this over the weekend with some whole grain biscuits/buns if needed and let me know how it turned out. It is SUCH an easy recipe to prep and forget about as the slow cooker does its job, however, you can always make it stove top of course. The real benefit to making this soup/stew? You won't feel guilty when you go for seconds.
I already put up a recipe for super cheesy macaroni pie in the summer,but a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to try and make a less indulgent version of mac and cheese so I came up with this. When you or your kids are craving macaroni pie, try this recipe out next time. Whole Wheat Macaroni Pie with Minced Meat is more nutritious than your average pie. Don’t confuse that for healthy though! *wink*!
For every person that likes eggplant, there are 3 who don’t… at least in my circle! My husband always says how much he dislikes eggplant; however, he said he would try this curry, because he had only ever had grilled eggplant for the most part and I promised this would be different. Quite different…! For those who are big on texture in food, this is a hit or a miss dish. Squishy, almost mushed up egg plant is paired with tender cubes of potatoes and they come together to make this simple and easy vegetarian curry. He only eats eggplant in this form now :) There are many versions of this combo, and I will post a recipe for 1 with the inclusion of tomatoes as well, but for now, let me know what you think of this eggplant and potatoes curry
We have been thinking a lot about health and the impact food has on various conditions and illnesses. As we're getting older, our friends, family or even we are facing various concerns where health is concerned. You know you're getting older when part of your discussions now include whether goji berries are better or maca powder. So here at KC, we have already been including weekly posts re- raw/vegan food, but now we will also include heart healthy recipes along with tips and posts on all things food and health related along with recipes and posts. Join us in our journey to a better lifestyle. Here are A.K's tips for those of you who are insulin resistant or know people who might be pre diabetic. W.P
People with insulin resistance will eventually become prediabetic and then might get type 2 diabetes. The following changes in your diet and lifestyle will make a lot of difference in your health. In order to avoid all this, it’s best to take control now. I am not going to tell you what not to do, instead I am going to tell you what you should do.
Your health is partially in your hands, and the rest is controlled by genes. Make sure to eat well, exercise enough, take the right supplements, avoid stress and sleep enough. All of these factors play a role in keeping type 2 diabetes at bay.
Here are a few changes that you can incorporate into your daily routine. I am giving you a few healthier options that are more suitable for people with insulin resistance and who are prediabetic. Of course there are a lot of other changes you can make, but for now, start with the following.
Good for you Even better for you
Fat free Milk Unsweetened almond milk
Whole wheat bread Rye bread
Peanut Butter Almond Butter
Canola oil Extra virgin olive oil
Roasted nuts and seeds Unroasted nuts & seeds(walnuts, almonds, macademia nuts, flax seeds, pumpkin)
All fruits Berries, cherries, peaches, plums, pears and apples
Eggs 8 Omega 3 eggs in a week
Supplements to Have
Biotin (2,000-4000 mcg daily)
Evening primrose oil (500-1000 mg twice a day)
Alpha-lipoic acid (300 mg twice a day)
Multivitamin & Minerals
Magnesium (200-600 mg)
Chromium (500-1000 mcg)
Calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D
Fish oil (100-400 mg)
Cinnamon (500mg twice a day)
Eat every 4 hrs
Eat small snacks that are rich in protein such as almonds.
Eat 2-3 hrs before bed.
Eat protein at every meal especially for breakfast.
Exercise for at least 2.5 hrs per week.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. The above is information that I have collected from various sources for your benefit and for this post.
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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