Gorgeously good for you recipes
Here at Grape and Grain Catering Co, we’ve kick-started the new year with a healthy plan in mind! We’re saying goodbye to mince pies and brandy butter and hello to healthy and tasty recipes. Our executive chef has put together some mouth-watering recipes to bring energy and vitality to your new year menu.
Sweet potato, spinach, raisin and pomegranate salad
Nutritious and flavoursome, this healthy meal is a delicious option for lunch or dinner. Top with nuts, chicken or salmon, it will satisfy your taste buds, leaving you full and satisfied.
• 1 sweet potato
• 1/2 cup of bulgur wheat
• 1 lemon
• ½ cup of raisins
• ½ cup of pomegranate seeds
• 2 large handfuls of spinach
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• A pinch of cinnamon
• A handful of fresh parsley
Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
1. Boil the kettle and soak the raisins in hot water for 30 minutes.
2. Chop the sweet potato into cubes, leaving the skin on. Place on a baking tray with a sprinkling of olive oil, salt, cinnamon. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes.
3. Cook the bulgur wheat using one cup of boiling water. Add a sprinkling of salt and lemon juice to the water as it boils.
4. When the sweet potato is cooked, take out and leave to cool.
5. Place the spinach into a large bowl, along with the juice of one lemon, drained raisins, a drizzling of olive oil, the cooked bulgur wheat and a sprinkling of salt – give the whole lot a mix to ensure all the oil and lemon dressing coats everything.
6. Finally, top with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds to serve.
7. Optional extras: nuts, grilled chicken or salmon.
Cacao, coconut protein balls
For the perfect snack, try these tasty healthy protein balls! Filled with a powerful mix of goodness including micronutrients, fibre and vitamins, they will slowly release energy throughout the day. If you love coconuts as much as we do, these protein balls will be the perfect, yet healthy, alternative to fix those sweet cravings!
• 12 Medjool pitted dates
• 1 cup of almond butter
• 1 cup of desiccated coconut
• 1/3 cup of coconut oil
• 1/3 cup of cacao powder
• 1/3 cup of organic oats
• 1 tablespoon flax seeds
Method (No cooking needed)
1. Process the dates, almond butter, coconut oil, cacao powder and flax seeds until the mixture comes together.
2. Transfers into a bowl and mix in the oats and 1/2 cup desiccated coconut.
3. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls with your hands.
4. Place the other ½ cup desiccated coconut in a shallow dish and roll the balls in this to coat them.
Blackberry and apple crumble smoothie
This bright purple smoothie is perfect for bringing a bright boost to those cold winter mornings.
• ½ cup of frozen blackberries
• 1 apple (cored and sliced)
• ½ cup of milk (or dairy-free alternative)
• ½ cup of natural yogurt (or dairy-free alternative)
• 1/3 cup of organic oats
• ¼ cup of flaked almonds
• 1 teaspoon of honey
1. Place the blackberries, apple, yoghurt, oats and almonds in a blender.
2. Add the milk a little at a time, to achieve a smooth consistency.
3. Pour into glasses and serve.
4. Top with fresh mint as an optional extra.
Our tips to keep you fighting fit over the next few months.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
It’s tempting to reach for tea or coffee first thing in the morning but the healthiest option is a glass of fresh water. Mix it up by drinking it hot with lemon but aim to drink at least two large glasses of water before your day begins. For extra flavour try adding cucumber and fresh mint.
Prepare, plan and save leftovers
By ‘cutting corners’ or cleverly planning’ ahead you can save time, money and still be healthy. It’s so easy to rustle up an extra portion of a tasty stir-fry or warming soup for lunch or dinner the next day. The perfect way to stay away from naughty temptations.
Remember that not all fats are bad!
Healthy fats are not only a major source of energy but they contribute to glowing skin and shiny hair. Healthy sources of fats such as nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil and avocados boost your immune system and contain essential fatty acids that are vital for maintaining a healthy body.