Monday, January 6, 2014

Baby Sumo's Top 12 Healthy Recipes for 2014!

If one of your New Year's Resolutions for 2014 is to eat healthier, lose weight, start cooking more or go on a diet, then you are at the right place ;)

Top 12 Healthy Recipes for 2014

Here are a few of my favorite healthy (and delicious!) recipes which I have carefully compiled to help you on your quest. Click on the title or caption below each photo for the full recipe.

1. Breakfast - Overnight Oats
Whatever you do, don't skip the most important meal of the day. If you wish to increase your intake of fresh fruits and fibre into your diet, then try this recipe for overnight oats with fresh fruits and nuts. This can easily be prepared the night before (soak the oats in milk) and then simply add your favorite fruits and nuts in the morning.

Overnight oats with fresh fruits and nuts

2. Egg White Omelette with Sliced Avocado
Eggs are also great for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch - for a low-fat breakfast, you can try this egg white omelette with bacon and avocado. Egg white contains almost no fat, no cholesterol, and contains about 17 calories in a large egg. It is often prized as a low-fat, high protein food. You can skip the bacon if you want, but a little bacon won't hurt, right?

3. Homemade Hummus
Hummus is a Middle Eastern food dip or spread made from cooked chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. The chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fiber and the tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas.

We often dip our toast in the morning in hummus, in lieu of kaya or butter/jam and also a spread on wraps. Another favorite dip of ours is guacamole - easy peasy to put together!

Homemade Hummus

4. Japanese cold soba noodles with quail's egg
One of my favorite things to eat for lunch is Japanese cold soba. Not only is it easy to prepare, it is also healthy, light and refreshing for our hot weather. Contains no oil at all. You can also make your own soba-tsuyu (dipping sauce), making it possible to control the saltiness of the sauce.

Japanese cold soba with quail's egg

5. Salads
When we mention healthy / clean eating, salad is the natural choice for most people. Two of my favorite salads from last year are the strawberry and avocado salad as well as the avocado, pear and rocket salad with Parmigiano Reggiano, both dressed with a honey vinaigrette.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain more vitamins than the equivalent weight of oranges. Avocados are also high in potassium, folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Strawberry and avocado salad with honey dressing

Pear, avocado and rocket salad with Parmigiano Reggiano

6. Pesto-glazed chicken breast with pesto spaghetti
Chicken breast is our preferred cut as it is leaner and healthier. Try coating it with pesto and roasting in the oven and you will have one super delicious dinner. Since we make our own pesto, we love having it with pasta too! It makes a great accompaniment to the chicken or as a dish of its own for a quick, healthy lunch.

Pesto-glazed chicken with pesto spaghetti

7. Fusilli pasta with tuna, sweetcorn and quail's egg
This is another great way of serving pasta - the cooked pasta is lightly coated with extra virgin olive oil and tossed with the other ingredients (tuna, shallots, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn and quail's egg). Healthy, balanced and light.

Fusilli pasta with tuna, sweetcorn and quail's egg

8. Fish
We all know eating fish is good for you. An easy, healthy way of cooking fish is to bake it in the oven. There is also very little cleaning up to do afterwards. WIN! My three favorite fish recipes are oven-baked fish with lemon and dill , oven-baked salmon trout in teriyaki sauce and oven-baked salmon fillet with soy sauce and dill.

Oven-baked salmon trout in teriyaki sauce

9. Desserts
Eating healthy or going on a diet doesn't mean that you have to skip desserts altogether. As far as cakes go, this Castella cake is pretty healthy. This Japanese sponge cake is made of eggs, sugar, bread flour and honey and contains no butter/oil.

Castella cake

Another favorite healthy dessert of ours is this easy roasted banana with honey, lime, nuts and dried fruits. This is a great (sweet) treat for kids too!

Roasted bananas with honey, lime, nuts and dried fruits

10. Oven-baked Crispy Cornflakes chicken
Who says you cannot eat fried chicken when you are trying to lose weight? Just go for the healthier option and oven-bake instead of deep frying in lots of oil. With oven-fried chicken, you use a lot less oil and the chicken is coated in yogurt and either breadcrumbs or cornflakes to give it a crispy outer layer.

Crispy cornflakes chicken

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  1. Yes, one of my 2014 New Year resolutions is to eat healthier and lose some weight.
    Actually that is my New Year resolution every year, but I can never make it. lol.

  2. Nice! I also want to eat healthier this year ;) Thanks for the compilation.

  3. Moderation is the key!

  4. Hi Yen,

    I think you are right... I tends to eat better food at home because we always cook with good quality ingredients :D


  5. with recipes like these, it'd be delicious to eat healthy! :D egg-white omelet with avocado for meeeeee :D

  6. I didn't realise that castella cake was not so bad for you! I must give it a go! :)

    1. It depends on what your goal is - if it is to cut down on fat, then Castella contains no butter/oil. It still has eggs and sugar but for a cake, the amount is quite decent.

  7. Hi Yan,
    Healthy and delicious! A perfect match!

  8. Happy New Year Baby Sumo!
    Love that pesto spaghetti, Japanese Soba & Baked Salmon you cooked! ;-)

  9. Yen, I always enjoy seeing your IG feed because you are constantly cooking (and sharing) delicious foods! I love this roundup!

  10. What a lovely compilation Yen!

  11. I see I have landed at the right place, Yen!


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