Cooking at home need not be complicated. Try this simple yet nutritious two-course meal – a savoury main and a healthier dessert – that is great for everyone in the family, including pregnant mums with gestational diabetes.
These recipes and nutrition advice are contributed by Rddhi Naidu, senior dietitian and programme manager at Novi Health medical clinic.
Baked Dijon salmon
Salmon is a good source of protein and omega-3.
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp parsley
½ tsp red chilli flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp black pepper powder
Salt, to taste
2 salmon fillets
1. To make the marinade, mix Dijon mustard, olive oil, pepper, lemon juice, parsley, chilli flakes, garlic, pepper and salt.
2. Rub marinade all over fillets. Cover with plastic foil and leave fillets in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. When 20 minutes has passed, pre-heat oven to 180 deg C for 5 to 10 minutes. Place fillets skin side down on a lined baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Serve salmon on a pile of cauliflower rice and some salsa for added tanginess.
This creamy dessert is made without added sugar and is a good source of protein. This recipe serves 2 persons.
4-5 medium-size strawberries
1/2 cup low-fat milk (use soy milk or lactose-free milk if you are lactose intolerant)
1 packet/tube soft egg tofu
1. Blend strawberries with milk. Add tofu and blend till smooth.
2. Portion out into small bowls or cups.
3. Leave pudding in the fridge for 15 minutes and serve cold.
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