Friday, 13 July 2012

Guest Post: Weight Loss for Busy Mums – Five Great Recipes

Whether you want to lose baby weight, watch the weight of your children or spouse, instituting a healthy meals routine is vital.  For this approach to work, you need to have some easy to cook, tasty and nutritious meals at your fingertips.  These five healthy low calorie recipes can be the basis of your mission to lose weight and create healthy meals, which are delicious to eat.

1 Spiced lentil and ginger soup (75 calories)
Serves 6        Ready in 1 hour

Spiced lentil and ginger soup

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Thumb sized piece of peeled grated ginger
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon medium curry powder
  • 150 g red lentils, rinsed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat natural yogurt
  • Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan and sauté onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for 2 minutes 
  • Stir in the curry powder and ½-cup cold water and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the lentils, tomatoes and 6 cups of cold water, season and simmer until lentils are soft for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with a little low-fat natural yoghurt.
2 Spinach and ricotta pie   (190 calories)
Serves 6        ready in 50 minutes

Spinach and ricotta pie

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 250g  spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 250g ricotta
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 100g feta cheese crumbled
  • 4 sheets filo pastry
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft
  • Add the spinach and cook for 5 minutes, stir regularly
  • Place in a sieve and drain off liquid.  Leave to cool
  • Whip the egg, ricotta, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper
  • Stir in the feta and spinach and onion mix
  • Heat the oven to 200C/fan or gas mark 6
  • Drizzle a little oil into a 20cm baking tin
  • Line a 20cm baking tin with the filo pastry, leaving an overhang
  • Put the spinach and cheese mixture onto the pastry.  Cover pie with overhanging pastry and brush with oil
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown
  • Serve hot or cold
3 Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurts and salsa  (195 calories)
Makes 6 burgers

Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurts and salsa

  • 2  400g  cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 200g fresh salsa
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons mild chilli powder
  • Juice ½ lime
  • Small bunch chopped coriander
  • 150 ml low-fat natural yogurt
  • 6 whole meal baps, sliced avocado, and salad leaves to serve
  • Heat grill to high
  • Put beans in a bowl and roughly mash. Add the breadcrumbs, chilli powder, ½ the coriander, egg and 2 tablespoons salsa, salt and pepper and mix well
  • Divide into 6 and form into burgers. Place on a non-stick baking tray and grill for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown
  • Mix the remaining coriander leaves with the yogurt, limejuice and black pepper
  • To serve, cut the buns in half and top with salad leaves, avocado slices, a burger and the yogurt and limejuice mix
4 Chicken and hummus pitas (270 calories)
Serves 4        Ready in 35 minutes

Chicken and hummus pitas

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and  black pepper
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 large whole wheat pita breads
  • 1 small carton hummus
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • Preheat oven 220c/gas mark 7
  • Mix oil, paprika, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl
  • Rub oil mix onto chicken and place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes
  • Cool and cut into strips
  • To serve, halve the pita breads, open and spread humus inside.  Stuff with chicken, tomatoes, cucumber and yogurt
5 Grilled Steak and Peppers  (280 calories)
Serves 4            Ready in 35 minutes
Grilled Steak and Peppers

  • 4 tenderloin steaks about 4 ounces each, fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into inch sized chunks
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 3 medium sweet peppers, cut into slices
  • 3 tablespoons hoi sin sauce (from Chinese shops)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Mix sweet peppers, red onion, hoi sin sauce, olive oil and red wine and string onto skewers
  • Rub steak pieces with salt and pepper
  • Thread vegetable mix and steak pieces onto 4 skewers, alternating steak pieces and vegetables
  • Place under the grill and cook to your liking (15-20 minutes)
There are times when we need support to get us focused on what we know to be a sensible course of action and the wish to lose weight and stay healthy is no different.  People who need help to change an unhealthy preoccupation with food need not struggle to cope alone as The Therapy Lounge offer hypnotherapy in London which changes this harmful way of thinking.   The course of treatment, which the weight loss hypnosis programme offers, will permanently alter your attitude to food and will leave you free to concentrate on creating delicious, low calorie food with lasting health and lifestyle benefits for you and your family. 

~ This is a guest post on behalf of The Therapy Lounge.

*Disclaimer: I received a payment for publishing this guest post. 


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Carol Givens said...

Thank you for giving the procedure of recipes. Really all this recipes will surely help to reduce weight loss and also will help to control other physical problems of the body. But not only diet there are also other ways to reduce weight like Caralluma Fimbriata which is available in rural parts of India it helps to suppress the hunger.


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