Healthy harissa meal

  • Toss butternut in garlic, olive oil & salt – roast in oven at 180c for 35 minutes, turn halfway through.
  • Put Broccolini in an oven proof bowl with water and put in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Put harissa chicken pieces in a pan with garlic & olive oil, sprinkle harissa spice over and cook.
  • Serve with feta & beetroot.

Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary & Sage Chicken Kebabs

There’s nothing better than char-grilled chicken kebabs at a Braai (Barbecue), but the ones you buy in store are often covered in a sticky, sugary marinade. So this is a lighter, healthier way to make your own chicken kebabs at home.

What you’ll need:

  • 4-5 Chicken breasts cut into bits that you can ‘skewer’, dont get them too thick or they may not cook in the middle
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • 1 Minced clove of garlic
  • Wooden skewer sticks (Cut these to fit the size or your grill pan or braai before you skewer the chicken onto it)

The ‘How to’:

  1. It’s best to let this marinade overnight in the fridge before cooking. If you’re short on time, 2-4 hours marinading should do the trick.
  2. Make the marinade mix:
    • In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper, rosemary, sage and garlic.
  3. Place the cut pieces of chicken into a zip lock bag or tupperware. Pour the marinade into the bag. Seal & ‘smush’ around to get all the pieces of chicken covered.
  4. Put into the fridge to marinade overnight.
  5. Cut your wooden skewers to fit the size or your grill pan or braai before you skewer the chicken onto it.
  6. After marinading, push the pieces of chicken onto the skewers and grill until cooked.
  7. Enjoy with a side salad!

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Make-ahead, creamy macadamia butter & cinnamon oats

In winter months I want something warm to kick-start my day – bring on the oats! What I love about oats is that I can make them ahead and just reheat in the microwave when I get to work. Convenience is often what gets in the way of making healthy choices so the easier the better!

Make-ahead, creamy macadamia butter & cinnamon oats

Oats are a breakfast staple! They’re rich in a specific type of fibre called beta-glucan which is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol. They’re also a source of protein.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle
  • 1 heaped tsp. Macadamia butter (or almond butter)
  • Stevia to sweeten (optional)
  • Rice & Coconut milk or normal milk

Method:

  1. Add the oats and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Pour the cooked oats into a jar. Get a heaped tsp. of macadamia butter and dunk into the middle of the hot oats. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the oats (as much as you’d like). Add 4 drops stevia. Mix, mix, MIX!

 

When I get to work I pop the jar in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute, then add the milk, stir and enjoy. I hope this gives you another option to make healthier breakfast choices!

Sugar Free Fern | Creamy Macadamia Oats