Healthier Diet = Happier Living

Harmony / September 9, 2015

Aiming for harmonious living is partly about looking at what we put into our bodies and aiming for foods that work in harmony with our bodies. Diets can often sound boring, lifeless and depressing but the truth is, there is plenty of food that tastes great, is easy to make and is good for us. Here are a few suggestions for delicious and healthy recipes you can try.

Grilled Branzino Fish with Lime & Herbs

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Branzino isn’t a well-known fish but is becoming a popular choice. It is fished in Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Egypt and Turkey as well as recently in Canada. Many of the American fish experts are rating its taste but also because it is both sustainable and inexpensive. It is also an easy fish to cook whole, as shown in this recipe. By simply rubbing the fish with olive oil then seasoning with salt and pepper, it is ready to go on the tray. Cover one side with basil, cilantro and lime and cook on a high heat until the skin is crispy and the flesh is opaque and flaky.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wraps have become a popular alternative to bread in recent years and are often found paired with Mexican flavours or sometimes just plain salads. Combining the wrap with Thai chicken brings a bit of spicy flavour and something a little different to the dinner table. Yet the recipe is also relatively simple – put olive oil in a pan and heat it, add ground chicken and brown it. Next, add flavours such as red curry paste, ginger, garlic, peppers and a coleslaw mix if you want then heat again. Lastly add some hoisin sauce and green onion then layer into the wraps and serve.

Grilled Artichokes

Many people have discovered the benefit of artichoke but find the actual cooking of them somewhat tricky. But with secret tips from top chefs, it is a remarkably simple task and comes down to steaming rather than boiling. Conventional wisdom says to boil the artichoke them grill them but by steam them until they are almost cooked, then grilling, a far better result is achieved. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper when grilling for extra flavour.

Quinoa Avocado Spinach Salad

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Mention salad and people often frown or shuffle off into another room. But by finding a salad recipe that packs a punch and has plenty of nutritional value, there is a real benefit to the no-meat menu option. This idea uses quinoa at the heart, cooked as per instructions on the packet. Make a dressing using garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Next up, roughly chop some spinach, half some cherry tomatoes and dice up the avocado. Add everything together, toss with the dressing and add green onions. Serve immediately or refrigerated overnight for extra flavour.

Zucchini Noodles and Grilled Shrimp

Creating zucchini noodles – often known as zoodles – means that you get a gluten-free base for a meal that is filled with goodness and lots of taste. By combining with shrimp, a simply but tasty dish can be achieved. The dressing uses basil, almonds, garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon zest. Next, heat the shrimp and season then add two spoonfuls of dressing. Make the zoodles and sauté for a minute or two then add the dressing. Finally, combine the two with cherry tomatoes and add the rest of the dressing if required.