Recipes that are easy on your tummy
To keep your stomach cool and mind clear here are our few cool recipes. These recipes are not only healthy and will keep your tummy cool for the entirety of the afternoon but will also take literally 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. You can have them on the go or have them at the office. Did we mention that they are pocket-friendly as well?
MAKE YOUR OWN SALSA
Making salsa is very easy contrary to popular belief, chop a tomato, a little onion, garlic, green chilli and coriander mix that with a dash of ketchup chilli sauce and lime juice. Your salsa is ready!
A little olive oil for frying
2 tbsp tomato salsa
1 tbsp fresh coriander
Beat the egg with 1 tbsp water. On a non-stick pan pour a bit of oil and apply medium heat. Add the egg and swirl around the base of the pan like a pancake, and cook until set. There is no need to turn it over.
Place the fried egg on a board, spread with the salsa, and sprinkle with the coriander on it. Roll it up. It can be eaten warm or cold. You can also save it for 2 days in the fridge. This recipe is fast, easy, and convenient for the ones living the fast life.
SRIRACHA AND LIME POTATO SALAD
750g potatoes, halved if large
80g sour yoghurt
50g soured cream
2 tbsp sriracha
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tsp honey
6 spring onions, finely sliced
½ small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
Put the potatoes into a large pan of cold salted water. Boil them until tender for 15 to 18 minutes. Drain and leave to cool completely. Whisk sour yoghurt, sriracha, lime zest and juice, honey, half the spring onions, most of the coriander and some seasoning. Mix and toss the cooled potatoes with the sriracha-yoghurt mixture until all the potatoes are coated. Sprinkle over the remaining spring onions, and the rest of the coriander and chilli flakes, if you like.
TOFU WITH CHILLI AND GREENS
Bok Choy (about 300g), roughly chopped
300g block of silken tofu
20g of black olive
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve
Pinch soft brown sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 spring onions, julienned or finely sliced
2cm piece of ginger, julienned or finely sliced
Large pinch chilli flakes
Cooked wholegrain rice, to serve
Put the greens in the base of a shallow bowl that will fit into a large steamer with shallow water. Put the tofu on top of the greens and thickly slice. Mix a bit of vinegar, soy sauce and sugar with 2 tbsp water and pour over the tofu. Cover and steam for 5 mins or until the tofu are hot. Add the spring onion, tomato, black olive and ginger, and sizzle for a min on a small pan with oil on medium heat. Add the chilli flakes and a splash of sesame oil. When hot, pour carefully over the tofu. Serve with rice.
LEMONY BAKED BASA
Basa is a white fish from Southeast Asia that's an excellent source of high-quality protein and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Its cheap cost, mild taste, and flaky, firm texture make it popular worldwide. It's a quick and easy recipe. This recipe works well with many types of fish including betki and tilapia.
4 Basa fish fillets (or other mild white fish, about 114g each)
8 tsp butter or substitute, melted
4 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder
Sea salt, to taste
¼ cup green onions sliced thin
2 tbsp parsley chopped
Lemon wedges optional
Preheat oven to 425° F. Pat fish fillets dry and place in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Pour lemon juice and melted butter over fish. Sprinkle remaining ingredients over fish. Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.
A fresh whole fish steamed to a tender texture, seasoned with a delicious dressing, Chinese steamed fish requires little cooking skill but tastes incredible.
1 whole fish, gutted and descaled (about 400g)
2 stalk scallions, julienned
1 small piece ginger, julienned
1½ tbsp cooking oil
1 dried chilli, julienned
1 pinch whole Sichuan peppercorn
3 tbsp light soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
1 pinch ground white pepper
Have the fish gutted and descaled by the fishmonger, but keep the head and tail on for the whole look. Before steaming, give the fish a good rinse under running water then pat dry thoroughly using kitchen paper. Lay the fish on a chopping board to cut it at a 45-degree angle several times on each side. This helps to cook through quickly and allow more flavour to penetrate. The last step of preparation is to "dress" the fish with some aromatics: scallions and ginger. Cut them into thin strips and place them underneath and over the fish, as well as inside the cavity. During steaming, they lend a beautiful, subtle aroma to the fish. Be generous in volume if you appreciate their tastes.
To steam a fish whole, you would usually need a wok that is big enough to fit a plate which holds the fish. Place a small bowl in the middle of the wok (use a wire steamer rack instead if you have one). Add water to the wok. Make sure it's lower than the bowl/rack. Bring the water to a full boil, then put the fish plate on top of the bowl/rack. Cover with a lid to steam.
Steam it for 8 minutes over high heat.
Take out the plate. Carefully remove the cloudy liquid. Heat up oil, dried chilli and Sichuan pepper in a small pan over low heat. As soon as the oil starts to smoke, pour it over the fish (you may either pour the spices onto the fish or discard them). Add light soy sauce, sugar and white pepper to the same pan. Heat up until it bubbles. Pour over the fish. Serve immediately with plain rice.