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    Exactly How To Make A Healthy Pizza With 6 Delish Topping Variations

    It can be done…

    We get it – it’s hard to eat healthily all the time. If you auto-dial or Uber Eats your local pizza place once a week, you’re not alone: according to a Euromonitor International Consumer Foodservice report a few years back, pizza was South Africa’s best-loved takeaway/home delivery fast food, with double the sales figures of any other takeaway.

    READ MORE: Umm, These Vegan Pizzas Might Even Taste Better Than The Real Thing

    The problem: our fave fast food is loaded with fat and sodium. But you don’t have to forgo this tasty and convenient meal option altogether.

    “The right toppings can transform this fattening grease bomb into a healthy meal,” says dietician Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet. “When making a pizza, use plenty of tomato-based sauce (you can add chilli, basil or chives for more flavour) and veggies,” suggests WH weight-loss advisor Elienne Horwitz. “Then lightly sprinkle mozzarella or feta over it.” Top a shop-bought wholewheat crust or cheeseless build-your-own takeaway with one of these combos.

    1. Barbecue Chicken Pizza

    You don’t have to weigh down your slice with chorizo or extra cheese to score a hearty serving of satiating protein. A reduced-fat hard cheese such as Slimmer’s Choice Cheddar, Gouda or mozzarella (around 13 percent less fat than regular cheese) and skinless white meat chicken with a coating of tangy barbecue sauce keeps you satisfied – so you won’t be tempted to polish off the rest of the pizza by yourself.

    Make it: Toss a third of a cup cubed grilled chicken breasts and two tablespoons diced red onion with one tablespoon barbecue sauce. Spread evenly over one slice ready-made pizza base. Sprinkle with one teaspoon grated reduced-fat cheese. Bake in a 190°C oven for five to seven minutes, or until cheese melts.

    Per slice: 1 212kJ, 9g fat (2g sat), 500mg sodium, 32g carbs, 4g fibre, 22g protein

    2. Ricotta-pear Pizza

    If you like your slice on the sweet side, there’s another option besides Hawaiian style (that’s pineapple and ham for the uninitiated). Try some low-fat ricotta sweetened with a touch of honey and slices of fibre-filled pear for a healthy meal that tastes like it could be dessert.

    Make it: Spread two teaspoons orange marmalade over one slice ready-made pizza base. Top with a quarter cup ricotta and spread well to cover. Top with a third of a thinly sliced Bosc pear. Drizzle with one teaspoon honey and bake in a 190°C oven for five to seven minutes, or until warmed through.

    Per slice: 1 254kJ, 5g fat (1g sat), 310mg sodium, 54g carbs, 6g fibre, 10g protein

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    3. Parma Ham And Goat’s Cheese

    Hold the sausage. “Parma ham is much leaner and provides the same meaty satisfaction without all the kilojoules or grease,” says Gans. Trade mozzarella for goat’s cheese or feta and you’ll get a mouthful of creamy goodness and 11 percent fewer kilojoules.

    Make it: Layer one slice ready-made pizza base with half a cup diced tomato and half a cup chopped rocket. Top with 14g thinly-sliced Parma ham. Sprinkle with one tablespoon crumbled goat’s cheese or feta and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with one teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and bake in a 190°C oven for five to seven minutes, or until cheese melts.

    Per slice: 1 254kJ, 26g fat (5g sat), 700mg sodium, 30g carbs, 15g fibre, 13g protein

    4. Greek Pizza

    “Feta on pizza is a really smart choice,” says Gans. “You only need a little to get a lot of flavour, which results in a huge kilojoule saving.” Then there’s a generous serving of veggies, including roasted red peppers and up more than 40 percent of your daily vitamin C.

    Make it: Top one slice ready-made pizza base with two tablespoons drained roasted red peppers, five halved rosa tomatoes, five halved and pitted kalamata olives and one teaspoon feta crumbles. Bake in a 190°C oven for five to seven minutes, or until cheese melts.

    Per slice: 1 090kJ, 12g fat (3g sat), 710mg sodium, 32g carbs, 6g fibre, 8g protein

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    5. Spinach Salad Pizza

    You could order a side salad with your pizza – or you can just pile your greens on top instead. This combo features crumbled goat’s cheese, which adds a big kick of robust flavour for a fraction of the fat you’d get from a standard mozzarella-loaded piece. And best of all, there’s zero cooking required.

    Make it: Toss one cup baby spinach with half a cup sliced red grapes, one teaspoon toasted pine nuts, one tablespoon crumbled goat’s cheese and one tablespoon light balsamic vinaigrette. Top one slice of a ready-made pizza base with the salad.

    Per slice: 1 200kJ, 10g fat (3g sat), 590g sodium, 45g carbs, 6g fibre, 8g protein

    6. Cheesy Fennel

    and courgette pizza Fennel is one of the ingredients that give Italian sausage its very distinctive taste. Sprinkle it, fresh or dried, onto your pizza and you’ll get the flavour you crave minus all that unwanted fat and bloat-inducing sodium.

    Make it: Sauté half a cup diced fennel, three-quarters of a cup grated courgette and a pinch of chilli flakes with one teaspoon olive oil in a small pot over medium heat for five minutes, or until fennel softens. Spread over one slice ready-made pizza base. Sprinkle with two tablespoons reduced-fat grated mozzarella cheese. Bake in a 190°C oven for five to seven minutes, or until cheese melts.

    Per slice: 1 090kJ, 12g fat (3g sat), 370mg sodium, 32g carbs, 6g fibre, 11g protein

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    3 Comforting Soups That’ll Boost Your Immune System

    Cold weather begs for warm, steamy dishes and these comforting soups will give you enough variety in texture and flavour so you don’t feel bored. Also, you can whip up a couple and freeze them for work lunches. Score! Start with a good-quality chicken or vegetable stock (plus, some chilli, garlic and onion) and build up from there.

    Soup stars

    Get your kitchen tools ready and you’ll be off creating flavourful, comforting soups in no time.

    Smeg Hand Blender

    This retro-styled hand blender does it all, including mashing, blending and chopping.

    Haden Jug Blender

    Jug blenders make it easy to dump soups into and blend in a blitz.

    Kambrook Smartlife Soup Maker

    Blades whirr and break down veg, while a heating plate makes it easy to create your soups in one container.

    Comforting soups that boost immunity

    These vegetable soups are jam-packed with immune-boosting veggies. They’ll ward off illness and have you feeling like your strongest self. Here’s why.


    This white veg is high in nutrients, despite its lack of colour. And just one serving gives you 58% of your daily allowance of vitamin C. It’s also high in fibre, feeding your gut’s healthy bacteria and dialling up digestion.


    The benefits of spinach are so large that it’s considered a superfood. And for good reason: from flushing out the free radicals that lead to cancer to enhancing your body’s essential functions, spinach is an all-rounder queen.


    Butternut is a powerful source of vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E. From taking care of your hair, skin and nails to boosting immunity, butternut is great at souping up your meal’s nutritional profile.

    Cauli Soup

    This dreamy, creamy soup boosts immunity, thanks to healthful ingredients.

    Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 40 minutes mins

    Course SoupCuisine Healthy

    1 large onion chopped1 clove garlic chopped1 red chilli finely chopped1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil1 head cauliflower chopped2-3 cups vegetable stockparsely for garnishing
    In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic and chilli in the olive oil.Add the cauliflower, cover with stock and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft.Blend with a hand blender until creamy. Garnish and serve.

    Keyword Cauliflower soup

    Spinach and broccoli soup

    Bitty and bright, this soup is a super-healthy dose of nutrients.

    Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 35 minutes mins

    Course SoupCuisine Healthy

    1 large onion chopped1 clove garlic chopped1 red chilli finely chopped1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil1 head broccoli roughly chopped1 bag baby spinach divided in half3-4 cups vegetable stock1/2 handful fresh basil
    In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic and chilli in the olive oil. Add the broccoli and half the bag of baby spinach then cover with vegetable stock. Cook over medium heat until broccoli is soft, about 30 minutes.Remove from the heat. Add the rest of the baby spinach and some basil and blend with a handheld blender. It’ll go bright green. Serve with some chopped spring onions and extra basil. Garnish with extra chilli (optional).

    Keyword miso soup, spinach and broccoli soup

    Spicy butternut soup

    Love butternut soup? The spicy kick in this one punches up the flavour even more.

    Prep Time 10 minutes minsCook Time 1 hour hr

    Course SoupCuisine Healthy

    1 medium-sized butternut chopped1 large onion chopped1 tbsp masala curry spice1 chilli chopped1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil1 cup vegetable stock1/2 tin coconut creamcoriander for garnishing
    Preheat the oven to 180° C. Place all the ingredients, besides the stock, coconut cream and coriander, in a roasting pan and roast for 40 minutes until cooked through and slightly charred. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.Squeeze the sweet, soft garlic flesh out of the cloves and place with the rest of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Add the cup of stock and coconut cream.Using a hand blender, blitz all the ingredients together and reheat until the desired temperature is reached. Garnish with coriander.

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    3 Best Father’s Day Menus To Prepare This Weekend

    Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re anything like my family, you probably haven’t quite nailed down the details of how you’re going to celebrate your dad/father figure/mom who is both mom and dad, or whichever special person you’re choosing to make a big deal of on Sunday. Here, three Father’s Day menu ideas, filled with recipes to keep your tummies happy this weekend, whether you’re going for a breakfast, lunch or dinner affair.

    So if, like me, you think you might book at a restaurant, good luck finding a spot at your favourite place – way more organised people booked all the best seats weeks ago!

    But it’s fine, nothing says I love you like a home-cooked meal. And whether you’re sitting around an elegantly laid table or squished onto couches in the lounge, there’s nothing better than sharing food with the people you love.

    I love a buffet-style breakfast, where you can try a bit of everything – a flapjack here, a muffin there and oats in between. Here are a few recipes to make and set out on the table for guests to serve up as they want.

    Happy Healthy Flapjacks

    Serve these to keep everyone full and wanting more.

    Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes mins

    Course BreakfastCuisine American

    1 cup cassava flour1 tsp baking powder2 bananas smashed2.5 cups almond milk1 tsp coconut oil100 g blueberries100 g raspberries100 g strawberrieshoney to taste1 lime
    Place the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir in the mashed banana.Add the almond milk until it reaches a runny consistency.Spoon tablespoons of batter into a large frying pan greased with a little coconut oil – the flapjacks should be similar in circumference to a coffee mug.Cook until golden. Stack up and serve with berries, honey and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

    Keyword flapjacks, healthy

    Overnight Oat Breakfast Bowl

    Allow your guests to jump in on spoonfuls of delicious goodness

    Prep Time 2 minutes minsCook Time 1 day d

    Course BreakfastCuisine American, Healthy

    80 g rolled oats2 pinches sea salt300 ml water200 ml almond milk3 tbsp almond butter divided50 g flaked almonds and chopped walnuts roasted2 tsp honey
    Add the oats and salt to boiling water and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring.Add the milk, bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat. Allow it to cool for one hour, then store it in the fridge overnight.Slowly reheat the oats, adding a bit of water and 2 tbsp almond butter. Serve with nuts, honey (or coconut sugar) and 1 tbsp almond butter.

    Keyword healthy, overnight oats

    Bagel With Scrambled Eggs, Cream Cheese And Salmon

    Your family will go crazy for this moreish breakfast

    Prep Time 10 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes mins

    Course BreakfastCuisine American, French

    1 bagel halved and toasted1 tbsp low-fat cream cheeseChives finely snipped2 ribbons smoked troutsalmon roe (optional)3 eggssea salt flakes and pepper1 tsp cold butter
    Spread each half of the toasted bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle with chives. Have the trout ribbons and salmon roe ready.For the scrambled eggs, add the eggs to a bowl, season with a pinch of sea salt flakes and white pepper, and whisk with a fork for 20 to 30 seconds.Smear a layer of butter over the base of the pan (reserve the remaining butter to add at the end of cooking).Add the eggs to the pan over medium-low heat. It’s important to get the heat right – you want the scrambling to happen slowly, but not so slowly that it never progresses from a custard and not so quickly that it sets instantly into an omelette. Stir slowly, covering the base of the whole pan – nothing will happen for two to three minutes. (This may take longer on an electric plate.)When the eggs begin to thicken, start stirring more rapidly. If it starts to thicken too quickly, remove the pan from the heat for a moment (keep stirring), then return once under control.Once it’s almost at the consistency you want, remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining butter to stop the cooking process – the eggs keep on cooking in the pan even once off the heat.Immediately spoon over the bagel halves and finish with the trout ribbons and roe.

    Keyword bagels, breakfast

    Egg Muffins

    These moist breads double up as starters for hungry visitors

    Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 45 minutes mins

    Course BreakfastCuisine American

    2 small handfuls fresh spinach chopped4 button mushrroms chopped4 large eggs40 ml milk1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheesesalt and pepper, to taste
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray four or five muffin cups with non-stick spray.In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add spinach leaves and chopped mushrooms. Scoop into the prepared muffin tins almost to the top. Sprinkle cheese on top. Then give each one a touch of salt and pepper.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until egg is cooked through. Easy way to check the egg: touch the middle of the muffins… If they are still wet and gooey, they’ll need a little more time in the oven. They should feel cooked through.

    Keyword breakfast, egg muffin, muffin

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    Now that it’s getting colder, I’m all about hearty lunches with a beautiful fresh salad on the side. And a little sweet treat to end it all off.

    Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad

    Prep Time 15 minutes mins

    800 g mixed heirloom tomatoes2 avocados sliced1/2 red onion finely sliced1 handful fresh basil torn2 tbsp olive oil1/2 lemon juice and zest1 tbsp sherry vinegar1 tbsp honeysalt and pepper to taste1/4 clove garlic minced

    Lentil Bolognaise

    This fragrant meal is so delish, you won’t miss the meat.

    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 15 minutes mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine Italian

    olive oil2 onions diced2 medium carrots diced2 celery sticks diced4 cloves garlic crushed4 cups cooked lentils1 tsp origanum1 tso thyme3/4 cup red wine3 tins chopped tomatoes1 tbsp tomato pastesalt and pepper to tastecooked spaghettifresh basil leaves to garnish
    Add a good splash of olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat.Add the onion, carrot and celery and fry until the onion is almost translucent. Add the garlic and fry for a few more minutes. Be careful not to let the veggies burn.Add the lentils and mix them into the veggies. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the herbs.Add the wine, chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well.Turn the heat to a gentle simmer and reduce the liquid. You want a thick sauce that will coat your pasta well.Once you’re happy with the consistency of the sauce, season well. If the sauce is a little bitter from the tomatoes, you can add a sprinkle of sugar.Serve over spaghetti, garnished with a few basil leaves.

    Keyword bolognaise, lentil bolognaise

    Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Ganache

    Prep Time 10 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, French

    170 g coconut sugar200 g cassava flour12.5 ml baking powder180 ml pureed cooked apples125 ml sunflower oil125 ml almond milk5 ml vanilla essence125 ml coconut cream plus extra100 g dark chocolate (90 percent)50 g coconut sugar to taste1/2 tsp vanilla essence
    For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 190˚C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until combined. Be careful not to over-mix.Divide the mixture evenly between cupcake cases and bake for +/- 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before removing and placing on a cooling rack.To make the ganache, heat the coconut cream on the stove until just before it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and add the dark chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla essence and sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. If you would prefer the ganache to be sweeter, add more sugar until you’re happy with the taste.Once the cupcakes are cool, generously ice with the ganache.

    Keyword chocolate ganache, cupcakes

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    For Father’s Day menus and for supper, go big or go home, I say. A curry with all the fixings, a flavourful salad and the perfect sweet ending.

    Chopped Salad

    Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 5 minutes mins

    Course Main Course, Salad, Side DishCuisine Healthy

    A good chunk of red or green cabbage, thinly sliced2 carrots grated1 red or yellow pepper1/2 red onion finely choppedhandful coriander roughly chopped1 medium-hot chilli finely chopped1/2 cup nuts chopped and toasted2 tbsp white sesame seeds toastedFor the dressing4 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp lemon juiceAgave syrup to taste1 tsp wholegrain mustardsalt and pepper to taste2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.Place all the dressing ingredients in a Consol jar and shake to combine.Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

    Keyword chopped salad

    Rich Chickpea Curry

    Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine Indian

    olive oil2 onions chopped5 garlic cloves crushedbig knob of ginger grated3 tbsp butter chicken spice1 tbsp ground cuminchilli flakes to taste3 tins chickpeas drained2 tins chopped tomatoes pureed 1 tin coconut milksalt, pepper and sugar to taste
    Pour a big splash of olive oil into a pot and heat on a medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and fry for a few minutes until just translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a couple more minutes.Add the spices and chilli (if using) and stir into the onion mixture.Pour in the chickpeas and stir until covered by the onion-spice mixture. Fry for a few more minutes.Pour in the puréed tomatoes and coconut milk and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper – and sugar (if you want to add a touch of sweetness).Cook on a medium-low heat until some of the liquid has evaporated and a thick sauce has developed. The longer you let it cook, the richer and more delicious it becomes.Do a final taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Serve with rice, a chopped tomato, onion and coriander salad, poppadoms and rotis.

    Keyword comfort food, curry

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    Lemon Meringue Pie

    Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 50 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, French

    coconut oil1/2 cup almond flour1/2 cup desiccated coconut6 Medjool dates1 cup brown sugar1/4 cup Maizenapinch salt1 1/2 cups water3 lemons juiced (1/2 cup)6 large free-range egg yolks keep the egg whites for the meringue2 tbsp lemon zest2 tbsp coconut oil 4 egg whites1 vanilla pod seeds 1 tsp lemon juice1/2 cup brown sugar blitzed in a food processor until fine
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a tart dish with some coconut oil.Add the base ingredients to a food processor and blitz until combined. Press into the tart tin to form a base.In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, combine the sugar, Maizena, salt, water and lemon juice. Cook until it just starts to bubble.While the sugar mixture is heating up, in a small bowl combine the egg yolks and lemon zest. Whisk to combine.As soon as the sugar mixture just starts to bubble and turns translucent, temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring in a ladleful of the hot sugar mixture while whisking the egg yolks. Once combined, add all the egg yolks to the sugar mixture. Cook until it just starts to bubble.Once it bubbles, turn off the heat and add in the coconut oil. Whisk until it melts. Set aside.After the lemon curd is off the heat, make the meringue. Pour the egg whites into a bowl attached to a stand mixer and whisk until bubbly, then add the vanilla and lemon juice. Continue mixing and once the egg whites are fluffy, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time until stiff and glossy.Pour the curd into the crust, top with the meringue and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meringue is lightly golden.

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    This Tinned Tuna Nicoise Salad Is The Ultimate Quick Dinner Or Work Lunch

    Whether it’s a Monday, following a weekend of errands, or it’s just been a long week, sometimes the urge to get creative in the kitchen goes MIA. That’s why this tinned tuna recipe is great — minimal prep, maximum nutrition and flavour. Talk about #BowlGoals…

    “This is definitely a workday lunch solution waiting to happen. Make it in a lunchbox like this: potatoes, beans, tomatoes first, then herb thickener. Top with tuna mix, then the lettuce and a whole egg. If you do it in this order, the lettuce will stay crisp,” explains Lucy Tweed, creator of this recipe and author of Every Night Of The Week.

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    What To Do Instead Of Spending Hours In The Kitchen Tonight

    This recipe is so quick and easy, you can devote the time you would’ve spent preparing dinner (and lunch) to get mindful instead. Research has found that 30 minutes of meditation a day is enough to stave off anxiety and depression.

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    Tinned Tuna Nicoise Salad Recipe

    Whether it’s a Monday, following a weekend of errands, or it’s just been a long week, sometimes the urge to get creative in the kitchen goes MIA. That’s why this tinned tuna recipe is great — minimal prep, maximum nutrition and flavour. Talk about #BowlGoals…“This is definitely a workday lunch solution waiting to happen. Make it in a lunchbox like this: potatoes, beans, tomatoes first, then herb thickener. Top with tuna mix, then the lettuce and a whole egg. If you do it in this order, the lettuce will stay crisp,” explains Lucy Tweed, creator of this recipe.

    Prep Time 10 minsCook Time 7 mins

    Course SaladCuisine French

    Servings 4 people

    1 Pot1 Salad Bowl
    3 Tbsp Herb thickenerTuna Mix2 185g tins tuna in oil, drained3 Tbsp Flat-leaf parsley, chopped3-4 Tbsp Gherkins pickled with dill, chopped2 Tbsp Red onion, finely chopped2 tsp 2 tsp Baby capers, chopped3 Tbsp Dill, chopped1 Tbsp Olive oil1 Tbsp Lemon juiceSea salt and freshly ground black pepperSalad8 Baby potatoes, boiled in very salty water until tender, then sliced250 grams Green beans, tails trimmed, blanched4 Whole Tomatoes, sliced4 Boiled eggs, peeled and halved lengthways2 Baby cos lettuces, trimmed, washed and quartered
    Boil your eggs and potatoes. 7-minute eggs work well at sea level; add a minute or 2 if you’re on the Highveld (seriously, altitude impacts your boiled eggs). Drain, cool and peel eggs; slice eggs and potatoes.For the tuna mix, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.Same for the salad ingredients.Divide the salad and tuna mix among four bowls and drizzle with the herb thickener.

    Keyword fish, healthy, salad

    Kelleigh Korevaar

    Kelleigh is the Managing Editor of Women’s Health. When she’s not convincing her colleagues to try the latest TikTok trends, you can find her planning a holiday that never leaves the group chat, binge-reading or eating her way through Cape Town. More

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    You Have To Make This Protein-Packed Shandong Chicken Recipe Tonight

    “Every comfort food dish in every country ultimately comes down to carbs’ n’ sauce,” says Lucy Tweed, author of cookbook Every Night Of The Week. And this Shandong Chicken recipe has this in spades.

    But beyond the carbs n’ sauce you’ll also need protein. Luckily, it doesn’t matter what size chicken you choose so go with what you have, but Lucy tends to veer towards 1.2 kg that she prepares herself. And if you’re up for it, you’ll be doing that too.

    “I like to think that appreciating the food we eat extends beyond simply knowing an ingredient to the handling of it (although I grew up on a working farm so I have had the benefit of experience from a young age). But if it’s not for you, just ask your butcher to do this for you,” says Lucy.

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    Make The Most Of Your Meal Prep

    Whether you decide to handle the chicken yourself or you get your butcher to do it for you, we’re going to help you make the most of your meal prep.

    Play one of these podcasts while your chicken cooks in the oven — and learn some mindful strategies while finishing off your meal. Master chef or mindful chef?

    The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

    The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos offers science-based strategies for enhancing happiness and wellbeing. Their “Burnout and How to Avoid It” episode is 39 minutes long; just in time to hear your oven timer go off!

    Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

    This podcast is for anyone who wants to become more self-aware and silence their negative self-talk. Check out the 35-minute episode “Brené with Karen Walrond on Accessing Joy and Finding Connection in the Midst of Struggle.”

    On Purpose with Jay Shetty Podcast

    This podcast features interviews with some of the most insightful people in the world. “Gwyneth Paltrow Interviews Jay Shetty ON: Daily Actions to Build Life-Changing Habits & Training Your Mind to Break Old Patterns” is a must-hear!

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    Shandong Chicken Recipe

    “Every comfort food dish in every country ultimately comes down to carbs’ n’ sauce,” says Lucy Tweed, author of cookbook Every Night of the Week and creator of this recipe. And beyond the carbs n’ sauce you’ll also need protein; it doesn’t matter what size chicken you choose, but Lucy tends to veer towards 1.2 kg.

    Prep Time 15 minsCook Time 45 mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine Chinese

    Servings 6 people

    1 Saucepan1 Deep Baking Dish1 Frying Pan
    1 Whole Chicken, spine removed and pressed flat* you can ask your butcher to do this for youSauce125 ml Soy sauce3 Tbsp Honey5 cm Knob of ginger, peeled and left whole3 Whole Spring onions, white parts roughly chopped, green tops reserved for garnish1 Whole Onion, quartered3 Tbsp Chinese black vinegar1 Tbsp Chilli bean paste1 Tbsp Chicken stock powderNoodles2 Tbsp Olive oil2 Bunches Water spinach, cut into 10cm pieces6 Whole Garlic cloves, sliced500 gram Fresh rice noodles (or use dry noodles cooked according to the packet instructions)1 Tbsp Sesame oil
    Preheat the oven to 200°C.Finely slice the green spring onion tops lengthways or on a very sharp angle and put in a glass of iced water so they curl up. Completely unnecessary when it comes to flavour but such a fun accessory.Warm all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan with 125ml water.Put the chicken in a deep baking dish lined with baking paper and pour the sauce over the top.Place in the oven for 45 minutes (and put on a podcast). Lucy puts a piece of foil over hers at about 25 minutes because the skin can really take that self tan look too far! Not tight, just literally rest the foil on the top. Untucked.While that’s happening, get the noodles ready. In a large frying pan over medium heat, add the oil and cook the spinach and garlic slivers until the garlic just starts to brown. You can use ordinary spinach as a substitute but it isn’t as silky in texture.Add the rice noodles and 3 tablespoons water to loosen them. Toss this well and dress with the sesame oil.Cut the chicken into pieces to serve. (The hardest bit is the thigh bone but you can leave this part whole if you like. Everything else you can snip at the joint.)Slice the now candied ginger to serve on top, along with the curly green tops of the spring onions.

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    The Only Loaded Nachos Recipe You’ll Ever Need

    Summer nights are for fun food. And this recipe has that in scoop. This is definitely a “do try this at home” kinda dish and once you’ve made it once, you’ll never want to try another loaded nachos recipe again.

    Best part? We’re well aware most people would’ve already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions or goals. And we’re here to help you get back on the right track (or even find a new goal). Without taking more of your precious time.

    You Can “Read” While You Make This Loaded Nachos Recipe

    If you promised you’d read more this year but have found your bookshelf doing little more than collecting dust, this is for you. Meet your new BFF — Blinkist. This app condenses non-fiction books into 15-minute audiobooks. So, you’ll be able to get at least one or two in while nailing this nachos recipe. Reading challenge, sorted!

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    Beef & Bean Loaded Nachos Recipe

    Loaded nachos are one of those dishes so delicious you can’t really choose a stand out ingredient. Between the guac, cheese, chips, beans, meat and more, with every layer you add, the more moreishs it becomes.This loaded nachos recipe might be the exception, though. The star of this show is the cheese. It’s a souped-up béchamel — saucy, stretchy and delicious. You’ll never want to make nachos any differently after trying this recipe.

    Prep Time 10 minsCook Time 30 mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine Mexican

    Servings 6 people

    1 Frying Pan1 Oveproof Dish
    1 tbsp Olive oil1 kg Beef mince1 tbsp Dried oregano2 tsp Ground cumin2 tsp Smoked paprika1 tsp Ground coriander1 Onion, chopped3 Garlic cloves, crushed1 tbsp Tomato paste (concentrated puree)400 g Tin black beans, drained and rinsed400 g Tin chopped tomatoes2 tbsp Sea salt100 g Corn chipsBig dollop of sour creamCheese Sauce500 ml Béchamel sauce mix125 ml Milk200 g Grated cheddar125 g Grated mozzarellaGuacamole3 Small avocados, roughly choppedJuice of 1 limet tsp Sea salt1 tbsp Spring onion, green part only, chopped1 tbsp Coriander, chopped1 tbsp Pickled jalapeño, choppedTomato Salsa2 Roma tomatoes, chopped1 Golden shallots, chopped1 tbsp Olive oil1 tsp Red wine vinegar1 tsp Sea salt1 tsp SugarOptional IngredientsA margarita Although this could be classed as essential
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat and brown the mince for 5 minutes or so, breaking up any large lumps as you go.Add the spices, onion and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes until the onion has softened.Add the tomato paste, black beans and tinned tomatoes. Half-fill the tomato tin with water and swish it around, then add to the pan. Season with the salt.Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes so it reduces a bit. Meanwhile, for the cheese sauce, make the béchamel, adding the milk slowly until the sauce is smooth. Fold in the grated cheese until melted and combined. Mmmm.Transfer the mince mixture to an ovenproof dish and nestle the corn chips on top.Drop spoonfuls of cheese sauce over the meat and corn chips.Bake for 10 minutes until golden and bubbly.While that’s happening, make the guacamole by combining all the ingredients in a bowl.Ditto for the tomato salsa.Eat the nachos with the guacamole, tomato salsa and sour cream.

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    This Vegetarian Recipe Makes The Perfect Movie Night Snack

    There are many ways to enjoy this Boland water plant. This Asian-inspired vegetarian snack recipe wins every day. Here’s what you need to know about the South African delicacy.

    What Is A Waterblommetjie?

    Waterblommetjies (literally water flowers) are native to the Western Cape and grow in ponds. They grow in winter so if you’re eating seasonally like Ilse Van Der Merwe, creator of this recipe and author or Simply Seasonal, reserve this recipe for the cold, wet months.

    But how are these flowers actually eaten, you ask? Well, the most common way to use waterblommetjies is in the ultimate comfort food; a bredie. The delicate and earthy flavour of these little plants balance out the rich, fatty flavour of the lamb in the stew to make a tummy-warming meal.

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    The Ultimate South African Vegetarian Snack Recipe Ahead

    And although bredie has been waterblommetjies’ claim to fame for centuries, this vegetarian snack recipe is sure to put it on the map as crispy, saucy, proudly South African snack. Now, all that’s left is to choose what you’ll be binge-watching tonight.

    Waterblommetjie Tempura With Aïoli And A Soy Dipping Sauce Recipe

    Chef’s Note: The two dipping sauces are a must, but if you’re only going to make one sauce, make the soy and ginger one.We all love a good shortcut and if you need one this is it: you can also use store-bought ponzu sauce as is, as a substitute.Want more proudly South African recipes? Get a copy of Simply Seasonal by Ilse Van Der Merwe.

    Prep Time 15 minsCook Time 20 mins

    Course Appetizer, SnackCuisine South African

    Servings 6 people

    1 Blender1 Whisk1 Small mixing bowl1 Wide pot
    Aioli2 Egg yolks30 ml Lemon juice10 ml Dijon mustard1 Clove Garlic125 ml Canola oilSalt and pepperSoy Dipping Sauce45 ml Soy sauce45 ml Fresh lemon juice15 ml Finely grated fresh ginger2.5 ml Sesame oil1-2 Whole Spring onions, finely slicedWaterblommetjie Tempura500 grams Fresh waterblommetjies70 grams Cake flour60 grams Cornflour±180 ml Soda waterCanola oil, for deep fryingSalt and pepper, to taste
    For the aÏoli, blend the yolks, lemon juice, mustard and garlic in a small blender with an open spout (or tall cup with a stick blender) and season with salt and pepper. Add the oil in a thin stream while blending continuously, until a thick mayonnaise is achieved. Set aside.For the soy dipping sauce, whisk all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.For the tempura, rinse the waterblommetjies under running tap water, then bring about 1 cm of water to a simmer in a wide pot.Add the rinsed waterblommetjies, cover with a lid, and steam for 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and drain off the excess water. Set aside to cool slightly.In a mixing bowl, mix the cake flour and cornflour, season with salt and pepper and add the soda water. Mix with a fork or whisk – some lumps should remain.Heat 4–5cm of oil in a wide pot to 180°C (most of us don’t have a thermometer for this, so test a few drops of tempura batter to see if it sizzles). Dip each waterblommetjie into the batter to cover all sides, then place carefully into the oil. Fry in batches on both sides until golden (they won’t get very dark because of the cornflour) and fully cooked, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot, with the aÏoli and the soy dipping sauce on the side.

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    This Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe Is Perfect For A Special Occasion

    Got a dinner party on the cards? Maybe you’re having your family over? Or perhaps you just wanted to indulge with a delicious Sunday lunch (and use the leftovers for meal prep). This slow-roasted lamb shoulder recipe will be the star of any show and it’s pretty damn fuss-free.

    Need more motivation to make this meal? Here are 4 benefits of eating lamb:

    Lamb is rich source of high-quality protein (and we all love protein that packs a punch).

    It’s an amazing source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Now those are some seriously important vitamins and minerals.

    Eating lamb regularly may promote muscle growth, maintenance, and performance. So you can hit the gym hard and then eat this meal rest assured you’re fuelling yourself the right way.

    It helps prevent anaemia (and we all know how common it is for women to suffer from this). Now you can eat yourself healthier.

    Sold? We thought so. Now try this flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shoulder recipe below. Want more delicious recipe just like this one? Try out the cookbook Simply Seasonal by Ilse Van De Merwe.

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    Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder On Herbed Couscous With Mint And Peas

    Lamb, mint and peas, they are a pretty solid trio you can rely on to deliver flavour in any recipe. This lamb is a great partner for the minted peas.Pro tip: Start the lamb early because it needs quite a few hours in the oven.

    Prep Time 15 minsCook Time 7 hrs 30 mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine French

    Servings 6 people

    1 Deep roasting tray
    ±12 Pickling onions, peeled but kept whole4–6 cloves Garlic, peeled but kept whole±2 kg Whole lamb shoulder5 ml Dried origanum250 ml Dry white wine250 ml Water500 ml Couscous500 ml Boiling water±30 ml Extra virgin olive oil250 grams Fresh or frozen peas10 ml ButterSalt and pepper, to taste20 grams Fresh mint, finely chopped (reserve some for topping)20 grams Fresh Italian parsley, finely choppedJuice and finely grated rind of a lemon
    For the lamb, preheat the oven to 220°C and place the onions and garlic in a large deep roasting tray. Place the lamb shoulder on top, scattering with origanum and seasoning with salt and pepper all over. Add the wine and water to the tray, then cover with a lid (or with foil). Roast for 30 minutes, then turn down the heat to 120°C and roast for another 6–7 hours until very tender and falling from the bone.About 30 minutes before the lamb is ready, place the couscous and boiling water in a bowl and season with salt. Cover with a lid or a plate and leave to steam for about 5 minutes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, then add the mint and parsley, lemon juice and rind and olive oil. Stir well and add more salt if needed. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.Briefly cook the peas in boiling water and drain, then stir through the butter and season with salt and pepper. When the lamb is ready and completely fall-apart tender, transfer it with most of the pan juices (if the pan juices are too much, pour into a small jug and serve on the side) to a large serving platter along with the peas, scatter with a few whole mint leaves, and serve with the couscous on the side.

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