Healthy Living

For the majority of American families, homemade meals are becoming a thing of the past. Two of the major reasons are that people feel they simply do not have enough time, since they are living extremely busy lives and also not knowing what to cook, especially meals that are healthy.

Celebrity chef James Lissiman walks us through simple but delicious meals that can be prepared within 15 minutes and cater to vegetarians, vegans, meat lovers and more.

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Freerange Chicken Schnitzel Brioche Burgers with Crunchy Apple Slaw and Dijon Aioli

Brioche buns are fantastic! Soft, springy and mildly sweet.

Today I’m making chicken schnitzel brioche burgers with apple slaw and Dijon aioli.

These burgers are healthy and delicious and are really easy to make, and let’s face it, everyone loves a good burger!

The key component of these burgers is the apple slaw.

Made with a base of red cabbage, CABBAGE is an excellent source of vitamin K, C and B6 and is a great source of fibre. It’s a great nutrient booster and is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals.

The other great thing about cabbage is that it’s a great source of folates. What are folates you say? Well folates ore one of the essential components of the body’s DNA.

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Carrot, Miso and Lentil Soup with Coriander Pesto

I love this soup. Packed full of flavour and goodness, it’s a great meal that is easy to make and simple to re-heat the next day.

Carrots are an impressive superfood packed full of Vitamin A which helps protect our skin from sun damage, helps to rid the body of toxins and helps to prevent premature wrinkling and blemishes.

The beta carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant and helps to slow down the aging of cells.

The other important nutritional component of this dish is miso.

Miso is a protein rich paste made from fermented soybeans. It is believed to stimulate digestion and energise the body.

It is also rich in essential minerals and because it’s a fermented food, miso is a fantastic probiotic which helps the body maintain strong gut health promoting mental and physical wellness.

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Beef Fillet and Sauteed Button Mushrooms in Miso, with White Bean and Coriander Mash

Beef fillet or Fillet du Boef in French.

Such a fantastic tender cut of meat. A cut such as this, in my books demands respect.

On some of the Private Yachts I’ve worked on, I’ve had various guests insist on having their eye fillet well done. Now as far as I’m concerned, that’s cruelty to animals!

Beef itself is great source of iron and protein. Why is this protein good?

Well it contains amino acids which are essential to build and repair muscle tissue.

Now muscle mass is important, as it helps us to stay physically active, but it also produces enzymes and hormones that help to prevent illness.

Protein has also been linked to weight loss, since it satisfies your hunger, and keeps you feeling full hours after your meal.

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Spinach Omlette with Char Grilled Capsicum, Cherry Tomato, Rocket and Parmesan Salad

Now although the word omelette has its origins in France, the Spinach omelette or “NARGESI” is actually Persian.

This Iranian dish is traditionally made with eggs, fried onion and spinach spiced with salt, garlic and pepper.

Eggs are a fantastic source of protein.

Nutritionally protein is one of the most important elements in our diet and eggs provide the highest quality protein, and apart from being the most versatile and best source of protein in our diet, it is also the least expensive.

Today I’m going to show you how to make the perfect spinach omelette topped with a delicious summer salad. This dish is easy, and delicious, and is power packed with a variety of great nutrients.

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Grilled NZ Salmon with Caramelised Fennel and Buckwheat Salad

Salmon is a nutritious and versatile fish, whether it’s fresh, smoked or cured, it is a fantastic source of Omega 3 fatty acids which help to keep your heart healthy.

Salmon is also great for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones.

Buckwheat on the other hand is a great source of protein containing all the essential amino acids and antioxidants that the body requires.

Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, making it an ideal substitute for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens.

Today I am going to combine both of these superfoods into a delicious and nutritious power packed salad.

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Stirfried Ginger Chilli Prawns with Quinoa Fried Rice

Who doesn’t love a good stir-fry!

I certainly do, and today I’m tweaking the humble stir-fry and giving it a modern nutritious twist.

Quinoa was known for thousands of years as the “gold of the Incas” as they believed it increased the stamina of their warriors.

It was also referred to as the “mother of all grains” and was believed it to be sacred.

Quinoa is well known as a superfood, but why is it actually good for you?

Well for one, quinoa is gluten free and has almost twice as much fibre as other grains.

As well at this it contains all nine of the essential amino acids, and is high in minerals like Iron and Magnesium.

Today I am going to show you how to make Stirfried Ginger Chilli Prawns with Quinoa Fried Rice.

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