Food Preparation Recipes

High-Protein Breakfast: Tofu Scramble with Spinach

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

This easy to prepare breakfast combines the nutritional goodness of spinach and tofu to deliver a healthy dose of protein to vegans and vegetarians early in the day. Spinach is a very healthy green vegetable that is packed with vitamin A, vitamin E and other beneficial antioxidants.

Preparation

In a shallow pan over high heat, sautee tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil for two to three minutes. Add spinach, tofu, lemon juice and soy sauce. Reduce from the heat or turn to low and cook leave for five to seven minutes. Stir occasionally and add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

The tofu scramble and spinach is a high protein breakfast, giving you 350 calories and 26g of protein. If you want, you can tweak the recipe to make it more flavorful, by adding more lemon juice or more soy sauce. This recipe incorporates breakfast foods and they’re sure to satisfy any hungry friend or relative, no matter whether they’re vegan or vegetarian.

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Avoiding cross-contamination for allergy sufferers.

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Cross contamination is a massive problem for anybody with coeliac disease. Believe it or not, a tiny breadcrumb that falls into a plate of pasta can have a huge negative effect. Many effects of coeliac, eating gluten, can cause long-term damage, especially if some of these effects are; internal bleeding, stomach and mouth sores, vomiting, short-term paralysis and in serious cases, stomach cancer. Avoiding cross-contamination for allergy sufferers is easy by following simple changes.

Select certain cookware as gluten-free only – especially shed iron. Having one designated utensil for gluten free only while the rest can touch wheat and gluten.

Keep separate spread dishes. If you spread bread, or muffins, or anything, you will probably want to consider maintaining and allergy-free butter dish, because try as you could, accidents happen, and crumbs get into your butter. Even small, tiny crumbs. Those cause damage too.

Keep in mind to serve the gluten free food first followed by the gluten food to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

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The best diet plans to reduce your calorie intake

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

If you’ve decided it’s time to lose weight, you’re probably counting calories. While its simple to track everything you eat and add it up at the end of the day, actually reducing your calorie intake is something entirely different.
Track everything. Buy a small memo book or notepad that will be used exclusively for recording everything you eat and each items corresponding caloric content. Keep track of your intake for a week and the look at the journal to determine which food choices weren’t the best and which ones you were happy with. You will be able to see exactly where you can cut some calories and exactly what your weaknesses are.
If you’re having a hard time cutting calories, or reducing your intake, you can seek professional help, or just talk to a friend who is also dieting. There are times when you will find food items that have the same amount of calories, but one of the items has “smarter” calories. For instance, selecting foods that are high in fibre of protein can make your body work harder to process them. These foods can burn as much as 15-20 extra calories a day. Additionally, eating high protein or high fibre foods will make you feel fuller, much faster.

Go to your cupboards, open the doors and remove every box or can of prepared food, put everything in a bag, and set it aside. Products that are designed to sit on a shelf for a long time are loaded with fat, sodium, and as a result, calories. Of course they tasted good, but they are filled with chemicals and preservatives that have names that most people can’t pronounce. It makes perfect sense to stop eating these foods. When you’re counting calories, don’t forget to include the beverages you drink. Fizzy drinks and juices have a lot, and believe it or not, so do coffee drinks too.

Know about portion sizes. You should follow the suggested serving size that the producer of a food item provides. When you start doing this, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fewer number of calories you’re consuming.

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Nut Allergies: Still a long way to go

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

We all have that one friend who has a serious nut allergy right? It’s been a big issue here in the UK for a number of years and it’s sad to say that restaurants aren’t quite up to speed. Don’t get me wrong your big chains are usually pretty hot on this allergy, but many restaurants are still very behind. Too many state the menu listing ‘may contain nuts’ and that’s fine but half of them probably don’t include it and it would be nice if more restaurants could be precise, after all they should know what’s going into each item. The whole ‘may contain gluten or may contain nuts’ is usually laziness, but some restaurants are scared to say something definitely doesn’t contain nuts because one bad employee could cost them thousands of pounds in a court case. We do hope though that there will be a more positive and less skeptical approach from restaurants in the future.

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Gluten Free – Word is spreading

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Ten years ago barely anybody knew what gluten was, what a coeliac was or what coeliac disease was. Now awareness has been raised and it’s thanks to many coeliac charities. More people have found that they have a gluten intolerance and it means that restaurants have had to keep up to ensure they’re able to meet the requirements of coeliacs. Britain, America and Australia are very well quipped with many restaurants listing gluten free (GF) options on their menu, but it’s now more common to see these options in Asia, Africa and throughout Europe. The fact is ‘gluten-free’ is now recognised across the globe and it’s great to see more companies meeting the demands of coeliacs, making sure they’re able to eat out and enjoy a meal without any discomfort after. Nobody has to ‘risk it’ any more, especially in the UK as there’s always a gluten free option nearby.

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Making Kangaroo Burgers

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:52 am

Kangaroo meat isn’t exactly easy to find in the UK but it is possible if you know where to look. A reputable butcher will know where to source this popular meat and he or she may even have a regular order, so find out when their deliveries are or see what they have to say. When you’ve got the minced kangaroo meat, simply cook it as you would a normal burger. By this we mean pushing it into patties and grilling on a griddle until it’s slightly pink in the middle, like you would a beef burger. For a real Ausie touch add pineapple and a fried egg before sealing the deal with a bun. For a tasty side we recommend halloumi cheese, guacamole and salad rather than chips as this will make the meal a bit lighter, more summery and easier to enjoy.

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Starting the day right

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 6:41 am

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one breakfast dish that seems to be a bit of a trend right now is avocado and eggs. To some, this meal may sound quite strange, but it goes down a treat, plus it’s packed with protein and healthy fats. You simply cut the avocado in two and bake until the two peices are nice and soft, then empty the eggshell so that the raw yolk and white sits where the pip would be. Then place in the microwave for 30 seconds to cook the egg through. And that’s it, you can then season this tasty dish with salt and pepper and serve with a fresh glass of orange juice. There you have it, a simple healthy lunch that won’t leave you feeling bloated before you head to the office.

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Tuna Steak – Why’s it so expensive

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Tinned tuna is one of the most popular fillers for sandwhiches, wraps and salads because it tastes great and because it’s cheap. So why is a tuna steak so much more expensive than tuna out of the tin? It’s the same fish right? Well, not exactly. Tuna shouldn’t be generalised, there are different types. The white type that you get in brine, spring water or sunflower oil is usually albacore or skipjack. These are not expensive type of tuna and they certainly don’t make for great steaks. Fresh tuna is BlueFin or Yellowtail and these do make for great steaks, which is why they are much more expensive. So there you have it, the next time you pick up tuna steaks you won’t be shocked at the price.

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Carrot Soup

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 10:09 pm

In today’s modern climate with jobs running from 6 till 10 at night, many home owners are now seeking alternatives to enjoy healthy food that requires little to no preparation. Low and behold soup makers have definitely made their mark on preparing decent meals for lunch or dinner using fresh vegetables and for a relatively low cost.

One of our favourite recipes is the carrot and red pepper soup. This particular recipe is very easy to make and prepare and doesn’t require any sort of skills to make the perfect example every time.

To begin, chop up roughly 250g of carrots. They should be about 5p coins sized. Then chop up 100g worth of onions and 75g of red peppers in a similar fashion. Add a chicken stock cube and fill with boiling water up to the waterline. Turn on the soup maker onto the smooth setting and wait for the programme to complete.

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Good Food can really cheer people up at a party or event

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Arranging good Catering Services for an event is really fundamental, no matter how much sweat you have shed, if the food preparation is not worthwhile then the event will completely go flop. You must seek good quality catering service so that guests feel elated consuming the foodstuff and even after the event is over, their mouth turns watery thinking about the food. An efficient caterer is capable of handling all sorts of events no matter how big or small, how formal or informal, or how luxurious or average they are asked to conduct. So right before investing you need to make sure that the money you are spending should be well spent, not only the foodstuff has to be high quality, the cookery service has to be hassle free. The event should be full of mirth and satisfaction and the guests invited must be contented to their heart right after tasting the food.

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