Alkaline recipe for dinner tonight…

Quinoa & butternut squash with feta and kale

Quinoa & butternut squash with feta and kale
Ingredients
70g quinoa
50g Kale
240g butternut squash (approx ½)
100g red onions
2 table spoons of olive oil
1g cumin
3 boullion
15g parsley coarsely chopped10g olive oil
50g feta
dash of mirin sauce
pepper
3g – sliced garlic
½ lemon juice
Method
Boil water with the boullion stock and quinoa for 15 minutes. Till the tales ‘sprout’ this is then done.De-skin the butternut squash and dice. Chop the onions into large chunks and put onto a baking tray with olive oil in a pre-heated oven 170 deg. Cook for 20 minutes.In a separate pan – boil the water with a lot of salt in it.  Dunk the kale into the boiling salty water for 2 minutes then drain.  While the kale was boiling in a pan put the olive oil and sliced garlic and leave to simmer for 3 minutes so that it infuses into the oil.  The pour this over the kale and a squeeze of lemon.Add the parsley olive oil, mirin and pepper to the quinoa and then serve the squash onions and kale by the side and sprinkle the feta over the top.

The picture above is what it should of turned out like, this is what it turned out to look like…

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The meal was delicious! The sweet roasted butternut squash and red onion melody worked perfectly with the feta cheese. Cooking the quinoa was easier then I thought and was a nice change from the usual cous cous suggestion. I did feel slightly unsatisfied so I would in future have a salmon fillet with it.

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The Alkaline Diet

Thealkaline diet is the most raved fad diet this year. With celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst and Victoria Beckham raving about it’s effects (just look at their amazing bodies) no wonder dieters are wanting to try it. This diet has been the underdog of the dieting industry for a while but the latest book ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme’ by chef Natasha Corrett and nutritionist Vicki Edgson, it has become a cookbook on every dieters self.

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What is the Alkaline Diet?

Well the ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline programme’ consists of you eating alkaline foods to keep your bodies PH between 7.35 and 7.45. Our stomach is acidic (PH 1.35-3.5) as this is how we digest our food, but the diet is designed to balance out your PH level, this in affect is meant to improve your overall health. The diet is vegetarian based consisting of fresh vegetables and some fresh fruit, nuts, grains and soy products.

It is believed that heavily acidic diets unbalance the bodies PH, promoting the loss of essential minerals. this imbalance makes people prone to illness and gaining weight.

The alkaline diet is healthy, says Marjorie Nolan, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.”It’s a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, avoiding processed foods, coffee, and alcohol, which are all recommendations for a generally healthy diet anyway”.

Here are a few examples of foods you can eat in the alkaline diet:

-sweet potatoes

-mushrooms

-grapes

-avocados

-tofu

 

In my battle to fight the bulge I think I will a recipe from the alkaline diet and see what all the fuss is about. Keep you posted readers!