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Simple and Easy To Prepare Desserts

Simple and Easy To Prepare Desserts

Carbs, carbs, and more carbs – in this day and age when numerous people want to get fitter, one of the best (and certainly not the easiest) ways of getting rid of excessive fats is to stay away from carbs.

If your aim is to steer clear of carbs, there is a possibility that you are avoiding having desserts – well, I’ve got great news – you don’t have to.

From cookies, to home-made pies, even to ice creams – now, there are healthier versions you can actually prepare yourself at home. If you’re not a master in the kitchen, you don’t have to worry either; because these recipes are simple enough and would not require much time to cook and prepare.

Probably one of the favourite desserts of all time for anyone across the globe is the chocolate chip cookies. Why wouldn’t anyone like it? The crumbly, chewy goodness is just so hard to resist. Many kids and kids at heart definitely love this tasty treat.

Here’s how you can make healthy chocolate chip cookies in your own kitchen:

What you would need:
• 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
• ½ cup of coconut sugar
• ½ cup of coconut oil
• ½ cup of whole wheat flour
• ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• ¾ cup of ground rolled oats
• ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons of butter
• 1 large egg yolk

How to prepare and cook:

1. First, preheat the oven to 350°F and begin coating the baking sheet with the non-stick cooking spray.
2. Then, grab a medium sized bowl and mix the ground roll oats, salt, whole wheat flour, and baking soda together. Stir well.
3. Next, get another bowl and beat the butter, egg yolk, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract together. Mix until the batter becomes creamy.
4. Combine the creamy batter with the mixed dry ingredients and make sure that everything is mixed well. Be careful as not to over mix the ingredients.
5. Then, get the dark chocolate chips and mix it with the batter.
6. Get a spoonful of the batter and put it on to the sheet on even portions, repeat as necessary.
7. Slightly flatten the cookies on the sheet.
8. Put in the oven and bake for around 12 to 15 minutes, until the top and the edges look brown and solid.
9. Let it sit for another two minutes on the sheet before moving them.
10. Move the cookies to a rack to let them cool down.
11. Store the cookies in an airtight container to preserve freshness.

Your healthy chocolate chip cookies will take less than an hour to be prepared and fully cooked.

Another enticing dessert that’s hard to say no to is the delectable chocolate cake. Believe it or not, you can bake your very own, low fat chocolate cake at the comforts of your own kitchen. Take note that flourless cakes don’t necessarily translate to healthier cake or totally gluten-free cakes. So, your best bet would be to stick to a recipe that would give you less calories.
Here’s how you can make a low-fat, low calorie chocolate cake:

What you would need:

• 1 cup of unsweetened baking chocolate or dark chocolate chips
• ½ cup of unsweetened organic cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 2 whole large eggs
• 1 ¼ cups of coconut sugar or 1/3 cup of honey
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• ½ cup of hardened coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to prepare and cook:

1. Preheat the oven at 350°F.
2. Apply non stick cooking spray to a 8 or 9 inch pan.
3. Get a medium bowl and sift the baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, and baking chocolate.
4. On another bowl, mix the coconut sugar or honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and eggs together. If you have chosen dark chocolate chips instead of baking chocolate, add it to this mixture, too.
5. Combine the sifted mixture to the wet ingredients and mix it well until it becomes smooth.
6. Put it in the oven to bake for around 35 minutes. You may want to test if the cake is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick at the centre of the cake – if the toothpick is clean once you pull it out, then it’s good to go.

It’s true that you have to muster a whole lot of discipline if you want to take good care of your body; but that doesn’t mean that you have to completely give up all the good things – like desserts.

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Wonderful Kitchen Hacks

Wonderful Kitchen Hacks

If you are someone who loves to work around in the kitchen, chances are, you are always seeking new ways to make cooking (and everything connected to it) easier or quicker.

Just as with other things in life, you can learn new things every day in the kitchen.

Whether you are a pro with excellent cooking skills, or a newbie trying out and exploring your skills in the kitchen, cooking or kitchen hacks can be a great deal of help when it comes to putting together your amazing food creations.

Below is a list of the most well known and useful kitchen hacks that may come in handy on your next visit to the kitchen:

• Make green bananas ripe quickly by putting them in the microwave oven. Yes, if you just can’t wait for your sweet bananas to ripen, put them in the microwave for around five minutes at 350ºF.
• You may view your microwave as an appliance used mostly for re-heating leftovers and occasional baking – but did you know that you can use your microwave to cook your eggs no matter how you want them cooked? Fried eggs, scrambled eggs, and hard boiled eggs can all be achieved through the use of your trusty microwave oven.
• Speaking of eggs, make your sunny side fried eggs perfectly round by frying them inside an onion ring.
• Another useful hack is using a spoon to peel the shell of a hard-boiled egg.
• Cooking bacon through the use of a waffle maker instead of a frying pan will give you evenly cooked bacon.
• To keep your homemade cookies perfectly fresh even in storage, put a slice of bread with them in an airtight container.
• Apply non stick cooking spray on measuring cups prior to measuring sticky ingredients such as syrups or honey to avoid the tough task of removing them.
• It could be difficult to fry fish since they have a tendency to stick to the frying pan. To avoid this problem, cook the fish on top of lemon slices. Not only would your fish not stick to the pan, you can also get additional flavours to your fish!
• These are just some of the most popular kitchen hacks you might find useful for your next cooking experience.

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nutmeg

Nutmeg Roasted Root Veggies

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

2 large parsnips, cut in half and then cut in half again lengthwise
6 carrots, cut in half and then cut in half again lengthwise
2 teaspoons oil
1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
Sea salt to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Prepare vegetables by placing in a large shallow baking dish.
3. Toss the vegetables with the spices, oil and salt.
4. Place the baking dish into the pre-heated oven and cook
uncovered for 20 minutes or until desired doneness.
5. Flip occasionally being careful not to burn slices.
6. Remove vegetables from the oven and place on a serving plate.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 98 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbs, 1g protein

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grass-fed-steak

7 Steps To The Perfect Steak (and Chicken) Everytime

Step 1: Bring meat to room temperature, approximately 30 minutes out of the refrigerator.
Step 2: Heat the grill to high heat with the lid closed.
Step 3: Season with salt, pepper (and cayenne if you like it spicy) and coat with butter. Sage, rosemary and Thyme also go very well with steak.
Step 4: Place the steak on the grill and close the lid. Do not move the steak until it is well marked and has a light char, about 3 minutes.
Step 5: Turn steak 90 degrees for another 3 minutes.
Step 6:Flip the steak with tongs and base the hot surface with butter. Cook steak for another 3 minutes, flip 90 degrees and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
Step 7:Continue to flip until desired doneness achieved, basting the meat with butter each time you flip.

TIP: 3-3-3-3 Method: 3 minutes turn 90 degrees 3 minutes flip and repeat.

Choosing high quality ingredients is also extremely important. I place a great deal of importance on choosing grass fed beef that has some evidence to be healthier than grain fed beef, so if you can always try and go to your local butcher who can point you in the right direction. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a local butcher that you can turn to then I find that Muscle Food are the next best alternative with their Irish grass fed steaks and they are very cost effective. You can find a list of Muscle Food discount code sites from Google. However my favourite Muscle Food voucher code site is this one which often has some good exclusive deals and Muscle Food discount codes.

Different Meat and Steaks, Different Cook Times

(times reflect steak at medium-rare)
Boneless Steak 8 – 14 minutes, 12 – 18 minutes for medium, turning once.
Bone-In Steak 7 – 14 minutes, 11 – 18 minutes for medium, turning once.
Flank Steaks: 8-10 minutes
Tenderloin Fillets: 10-12 minutes
Rib Eye & NY Striploins: 10-12 minutes
Steak Kebabs: 8-10 minutes
Chicken Breasts: 12-15 minutes (6 minutes per side)
Chicken Kebabs: 8-10 minutes
Fish Fillets: 4-6 minutes
Shrimp: 5-7 minutes

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thaishrimpbowl

Thai Shrimp Bowl

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 bag frozen uncooked shrimp
thawed 1 tablespoon oil
divided 6 cups cabbage
chopped 2 cups shredded carrots (long strips)
3 peppers (all colors), cubed.
1⁄2 cup onion
chopped 1 tablespoon garlic
minced 1⁄4 cup chopped green onions, green part only
1⁄4 cup water
1⁄4 cup peanuts, chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped Hot pepper flakes to taste

Sauce Ingredients:
2 tablespoons gluten free tahini
4 tablespoons brown rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1⁄2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped (optional)

Directions

1. Prepare all of your vegetables before beginning the stir-fry by washing, chopping, shredding and placing in separate bowls.
2. Place all of the sauce ingredients into the base of your blender.
3. Process on high to combine all the ingredients, which will create a smooth sauce. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside.
4. Place half the oil into a large wok and warm over medium-high heat.
5. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp are cooked throughout. Remove the shrimp from the wok, cover and set aside.
6. Place the remaining oil into the wok; place the garlic and onions into the wok and stir for 1 minute.
7. Add the cabbage, carrots, peppers and water. Cover and simmer over medium-high for 5 minutes or until desired softness.
8. If water has accumulated from stir-frying with the lid on, drain unwanted water.
9. Add the sauce and cooked shrimp to the vegetables and combine well.
10. Add the green onions, sesame seeds, peanuts and fresh cilantro and stir well. Serve immediately.
11. Serve with lemon slices, red pepper flakes and additional sea salt to taste (optional).

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 418 calories, 21g fat, 31g carbs, 26g protein

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vegmusclemeal

Vegetarian Muscle Meal

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoon tarragon chopped
14 oz 400g can puy or green lentils rinsed and drained
1⁄4 cucumber
diced 1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Zest and juice 1 orange
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Directions

1. Cook quinoa according to package, drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, sauté shallot for a few minutes until softened. Add in tarragon, stir well and remove from heat.
3. Stir in shallot and tarragon into quinoa along with the lentils, cucumber, feta, and onions.
4. Stir in orange juice, zest and rice vinegar.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 286 calories, 9g fat, 39g carbs, 16g protein

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chicken

Whole Lemon & Herb Roast Chicken

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 1.5 Hours Total Time: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

1 whole chicken (2 1⁄2 – 3 1⁄2 lb)

1 large handful of mixed fresh herbs (ex. rosemary, sage, parsley)

1 lemon

preferably organic Sea salt (optional) and cracked black pepper

1-2 tablespoons oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Finely chop herbs and zest lemon and cut into wedges. Mix together with salt & pepper.

2. Brush a roasting rack with oil and place in a roasting pan.  Lay chicken on roasting rack with the legs facing away from you. Separate the skin from the breast (opening of the neck) without breaking it. Push in herb mixture to coat each breast.

3. Rotate chicken to have the legs face you. Score the skin (but not the meat!) and separate the skin from the meat. Push herb mixture into the opening and rub on thigh meat.

4. Sprinkle remaining herb mixture over chicken and rub with oil. Pop lemon wedges into the cavity.

5. Roast chicken for about 1 1⁄4 to 1 1⁄2 hours. Chicken is done when juices run clear, or an internal temperature of 170F.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 241 calories, 15g fat, 1g carbs, 37.5g protein

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