Happy World Vegetarian Day! It is time to ditch the meat and dish up a fresh, tasty and sustainable veggie plate. Why not try my Satisfying edamame, carrot, sugar snap peas, egg and tenderstem broccoli red fried rice (recipe here) this evening! I’ve shared the full recipe here for you to follow.
This is really easy, everyday dish which is great for sharing or, if you prefer, you can make smaller portions and use it as an accompaniment. Either way, it is delicious, comforting and full of nutrients to give you lots of slow burning energy.
Not to be preachy but with the UN backing moves to reduce meat consumption to end world hunger, it is really important that we take a serious look at our diet and how we can incorporate mostly plant-based foods. With so many delicious vegetarian options available to us now, there is no excuse not to eat well and sustainably. Check out my book for some great vegetarian recipes: http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook
Love, Ching x
I would hate for anyone to think that healthy food = bland, flavourless salads and small portions! My philosophy could not be further from this. When we are all trying to eat healthy it is even more important to ensure that the food we prepare is full of flavour and packed with goodness to help keep hunger pangs at bay for longer. In my latest cook book, Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health, I dedicate a whole chapter to pickles and salsa’s. They are quick to make and can be enjoyed as a snack or an accompaniment to a main meal, soup, salad or even a stir fry and will certainly add some extra zing!
I am always blown away by the colour and vibrancy of my Spicy beetroot, edamame and radish pickle (recipe here). The spicy pickle will make your taste buds tingle, is naturally sweet and high in vitamin C, fibre and potassium. Edamame beans have become very popular over the last few years. They are full of protein, fibre and many vitamins and minerals and are now very easy to get hold of. We must not neglect to mention the lovely radish! They are ideal for pickles as they soak up flavour and have great detoxifying properties. Take a look at my book http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook for the full breakdown of nutritional values but at 35 cals per portion (50g), this is a great alternative to a boring regular leafy salad.
There is something about the Rugby World Cup that appeals to me. With so much unrest in the world, we should take any opportunity we have to celebrate and enjoy a group of unique countries joining together in a common goal and union. A real excitement has settled over London and even I have been swept up in the passion of the sport. It is hard to entirely bestow my allegiances to one country. With England, USA, South Africa and Japan in the cup, there seems to be a team associated to many different areas of my life! Of course, there is one country that I am secretly rooting for but I will keep that one quiet ;)
How about tucking into these tasty pork ribs whilst sitting in front of the game? These Umani Miso Ribs (recipe here) are crispy on the outside but soft and tender on the inside. Yum!
Have a great Rugby World Cup!
Love, Ching x
If, like me, you are always in a hurry in the morning and don’t always give yourself enough time to sit and eat a hearty breakfast, then how about breakfast on the go? Instead of stopping at your local coffee shop and snacking on sugary pastries or cereal bars, grab yourself a blender and enjoy a delicious shake. A liquid breakfast can pack quite a protein punch and give you an amazing antioxidant boost. There are lots of ideas in my book Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health but one of my personal favourites has to be my Nutritious nutty coconut green shake (recipe here). It is a nut feast which will deliver a whole host of nutrients and keep you full until lunch. With spinach, avocado, cashew nuts, flaxseed and coconut milk, the shake is brimming with vitamin A and C, iron, magnesium and healthy fats. If you are down the gym first thing in the morning, then add some protein powder to help with recovery and muscle building.
Treat yourself to a BPA free shaker bottle and you can have yourself a healthy breakfast whilst travelling to work! Happy eating :).
Love, Ching x
OK, so I live and breath food and love to promote all its natural benefits but don’t underestimate how a humble glass of water can also enrich your body. We should all being drinking water, preferably at room temperature, throughout the day. It helps to improve the skin, rids us of toxins from the blood and keeps us looking glowing and youthful! If you find the taste of water bland and struggle to drink enough during the day, how about trying an infused water? Not only will you be keeping hydrated, you will have the added benefit of being enriched with vitamins and minerals. One of my favourites is my cleansing cucumber, lemon and parsley water. Just add 2 slices of cucumber, 2 slices of lemon and a sprig of parsley to 300ml of filtered water and mix well. It couldn’t be simpler! There are many more ideas in my book Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health.
As a long time tea lover, I have also come up with some great recipes that incorporate tea leaves or fruit and herbs - another great way to take on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Either as an iced tea on a warm day or a warm cup on a cold day, there is something for everyone, minus the caffeine! Many of the ingredients you probably already have in your store cupboard. Try my fresh mint, coriander and lemon peel tea for a comforting alternative. Start with 300ml of hot water, add 4 sprigs of fresh mint, 2 coriander stems with leaves, sliced into 5cm pieces and 2 pieces of fresh lemon peel and then simply stir in a teapot and steep for 1 minute. Strain into a mug and drink! More ideas in my book if you need some inspiration http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook.
Unfortunately, wine doesn’t help hydrate you but is still one of my other favourite drinks! As a small tip, keep it to a minimum and try and look for wines with ‘no added sulphites’!
Love Ching x