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Who is the wannabe Master Chef in the household? Now is the time for you to flourish! Practice those complicated recipes, make the mess, you have the time now! You can also consider changing the chef on a daily basis, and even give the younger household members an attempt, it will surely mix things up a bit and stray away from boring habits.
Here a 3 IMMUNE BOOSTING DINNER IDEAS have come up with that can boost your immune system, and taste buds!
Meal 1: Chicken/Vegetarian Curry with Wholegrain Rice
Curries are a great dish that can be chopped and mixed with a variety of different vegs and meats, and meatless ingredients (tofu in curry is just, wow!). We have an easy vegetarian curry recipe here so please follow it if you are a complete curry novice.
For an immune-boosting twist, try to make your curry with broccoli, spinach, onions, bell peppers, and turmeric. The part of broccoli that I love in my curries in the stem. I used to always throw this part away, but I discovered that they are indeed edible with the same broccoli taste. Cut it up into medium rectangular pieces, but cutting away the outer layer.
I suggest, always, wholegrain rice. And goes for all the grains that you digest. Refined foods are processed to become white, which is, in fact, stripping the grains of all the nutritional value! Most of it anyway. What’s the point, right? It takes longer to cook but the health benefits last longer, too.
Meal 2: Salmon on a bed of Creamed Spinach & Garlic, served with Sweet Potato and Carrot smash
I love it when a title looks fancy but the preparation is so simple! You can buy salmon frozen, but be a conscientious consumer and buy free-range salmon if you can. Want to know more about Wild Salmon -v- Farmed Salmon? Check out this article here on Healthline Wild vs Farmed Salmon
Back to the recipe, steam or poach your salmon for the healthier method. If you are using fresh spinach then you a lot, as spinach tends to reduce while it’s cooking. I have found that frozen spinach is also very good to use in this particular dish. Put it in a pan with olive oil and add garlic to it halfway through. The cream is optional, adding it toward the end. Season to taste, and my own special tip - if you add cream, add in also a hint of nutmeg.
If you need inspiration or guidance for your smash, check out this recipe here!
Meal 3: Lentils, Carrot & Tomato Pasta Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Turmeric
I do love me a good pasta salad. Pasta, in general, is my culinary weakness - so much one can do with it! Creamy pasta, tomato-y pasta, garlic-y pasta, not to mention all the different types of pasta… mmmm.. But sometimes it is nice to break up these rich dishes with a fresh pasta salad.
For this, you will need 100g of pasta and 100g of lentils. Peel and chop your carrot (just one large one) into cubes and your onion small. Add these into a pot of boiling water with the lentils and cook uncovered for about 25 minutes. Add in a teaspoon of turmeric and a few churns of black pepper. Cook your pasta separately and al-dente. You don’t want soggy pasta in a pasta salad!
Mix everything together in a large bowl adding some olive oil and a handful of pumpkin seeds. Seeds, in general, are a great way to boost your immune system. You can use instead, or add, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
These are my fancy dinner suggestions which you will find don’t mess the kitchen too much and can be quite tasty (burn-factor also reduced!)
I hope you, and your household, enjoy! Please leave a comment below on what dinners you are finding yourself eating thesis days!
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy