Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Quick and Easy: The greener, the better!

It's always a good idea to incorporate fresh vegetables into you meals and tonight is no exception! As you're all aware, I've been leading a healthy lifestyle for nearly two years now and will continue to for many years to come. This might sound strange but I prefer to cook my own food; it's fresh, unprocessed and jam packed with nutrients; take outs do not exist in my vocabulary. So, meet my dinner tonight; come on in. Please keep in mind that I'm not very good at writing up recipes of things I cook or make; I'm better at just cooking and getting it done so bear with me.

 Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive; my rule is to only buy what you need! Because I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, I tend to buy these a little at a time so as to ensure they are fresh.

 What you need: 
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Green, red and Yellow Peppers
  • Spring Onions
  • Peas
  • Salt
  • Chopped Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Rice 
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken Breast

 Method:
  1.  First of all make sure you get the rice ready. I have a rice cooker which makes life so much easier. Just pop the rice into the cooker's pot. Pour in the correct amount of boiling water, a pinch of salt and a drop of oil. Now, let it cook for about 20 minutes. 
  2. Whilst the rice is cooking, pop your baby potatoes into a separate pot and add boiling water. Let them boil for 30 minutes. 
  3. Personally I like to marinate chicken breast myself; usually spicy. I leave it for about 10 minutes so it absorbs the flavours. Place the chicken breast in a baking tray and pop in the grill at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Easy!
  4. Heat up (make sure the heat is not too much, medium is fine) a tablespoon of Olive Oil in a pan. Once hot, pour in your chopped onions and peppers. 
  5. Mix for about a minute, making sure they don't burn. Now stir in the rest of your chopped vegetables, add some salt and mix together.
  6. These vegetables cook very quickly so try not to overcook them (you'll know by change in colour).
  7. Once they are done, pop them to the side and wait for the baby potatoes to cook. 
  8. Now add the baby potatoes to the vegetable mix, lower the heat and let mixture simmer for about 6 minutes.
  9. Don't forget to check your rice! If it is ready, you're all set to serve.
It's that easy.
 & voila!
Right, I'm going to eat this now. Bon appetite!
Nokhuthula xo
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