Vietnamese Tết Celebrations

Happy Vietnamese Lunar New Year 2023… year of the Cat! 

The Lunar New Year (Tết) is the biggest holiday in Vietnam. Did you know that Tết has the same cultural gravitas as Christmas and New Year does here in the United States.

As always, we’d like to celebrate our Vietnamese clients and colleagues with a recipe. This recipe has been submitted by Ulli Angeloni at MB head office. Ulli is a big fan of South East Asian cuisine and lived in Vietnam for several years. She also initiated the Metabolic Balance program’s translation into Vietnamese alongside Health Coach Trần Lan Hương.

This dish (nem lui hue) uses stalks of lemongrass to impart a mild lemongrass aroma to the meat. Its fibrous stalks double perfectly as skewers.

 Simply barbeque the skewers or fry them with coconut oil in a pan.

Vietnamese food is always well paired with fresh and bright salad leaves and herbs like mint and cilantro.

 Skewer ingredients:

1 pound of ground pork or chicken

1 tablespoon of finely minced garlic

1 tablespoon of finely minced shallot

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Salt to taste

12-15 stalks of lemongrass

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except the lemongrass stalks) in a bowl and mix with your hands or a fork to combine. Cover and allow to sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or overnight), allowing the flavours to develop.

Peel the outer layer of the lemongrass stalks. Rinse in water and dry.

Take one handful of the ground mixture and wrap it around the end of the lemongrass stalk, gently pressing and moulding the meat around the stalk. Repeat with the remaining meat and place on a baking sheet.

Grill over coals or gas grill for about 6-10 minutes until cooked through. Make sure to rub the grill with a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil to ensure your skewers don’t stick to the grate.

Enjoy!

*This recipe is adjusted to be compatible for Metabolic Balance participants in Phase 2.*

Don’t forget to tag Health Coach Trần lan hương when posting

Chicken Curry

This delicious curry is packed full of delicious flavors and perfect for any lunch or dinner!

Ingredients (1 serving):
1 portions of vegetables (ex: mushrooms, leeks, onion or cauliflower)
1 chicken breasts (according to your protein weight)
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of mild or medium curry powder
1 tsp of Garam Masala
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1 cloves of garlic
Vegetable stock

Preparation:
If you are using cauliflower, parboil the florets and keep the water you boiled them in. Heat the spices in a dry pan until fragrant. Add garlic and the vegetables and coat with spices. Add some oil (if using – phase 3), and pour in some vegetable stock to deglaze the pan. Cook covered for a few minutes until spices and liquid are well combined and the vegetables are coated evenly. Add the diced chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked, stirring regularly. Add more vegetable stock or water for a looser sauce. Serve with some toasted rye bread to mop up the juices. Enjoy!

Photo: Metabolic Balance Canada

Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

With summer now in full swing, it is ice cream season! This recipe is a healthy and delicious ice cream option. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

1 serving of fresh or frozen pineapple

1 tablespoon of coconut milk

Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Pinch of ground cloves (optional)

Preparation:

Cut the pineapple into small chunks and then add to a small blender along with the coconut milk and a small pinch of cinnamon and cloves. Blend everything together until you achieve a smooth consistency. Put the finished mixture into a container or mold and freeze to enjoy later or serve immediately.

Strawberry and Arugula Salad

This tasty combination of arugula and strawberries is perfect for the summer!

Ingredients:
1 serving of monkfish (or a protein according to your plan)
1 serving of arugula
1 Tbsp. of chopped onion
1 serving of strawberries
1 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
Oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash the arugula and pat dry. Wash the strawberries and cut them into slices. Peel the onion and then cut into fine strips. Mix the balsamic vinegar with salt and pepper and a little oil. Season the fish with salt and pepper and then cook in a pan with a little oil in a pan for about 2 minutes per side. Spread the arugula on a plate, add the strawberry slices and onion and sprinkle with the vinegar dressing. Place the fish next to it or on it and enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Bites

Chocolate is not only delicious but also has known health benefits. Today we have a healthy and tasty chocolate dessert for you that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Ingredients:
120g walnuts
65g cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt
220g dates

Preparation:
Chop up the walnuts using a food processor. Add the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well combined.  Pit the dates and chop into quarters. Then add the dates to the walnuts and process until the mixture starts to come together. Take tablespoon sized portions and form them into bite sized balls or press the mixture into a tray and after chilling cut into small squares. Enjoy!

Photo: Unsplash

Avocado Kiwi Spread

This creamy and delicious spread is perfect for the summer! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of a mixture of seeds (ex: pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
1 serving of kiwis
1 serving of avocado
1 serving of toasted rye bread

Preparation:
Toast the grain mixture in a dry pan and then let it cool down. Remove the peel of the avocado and the kiwi. Puree kiwi with avocado and a third of the seed mixture. Place the spread on the bread and sprinkle the remaining seeds over it. Eat a few seeds first and then enjoy the bread!

Apple Scrambled Eggs

An apple a day keeps the doctor away . . . So it is perfect to eat them for breakfast as apple scrambled eggs. 

Ingredients:

1 portion of eggs
1 apple
Splash of water
Salt 
Vanilla
Cinnamon 

Preparation:
Wash and core the apple and chop or grate it. Heat a pan and cook the apple for a few minutes until soft. Whip the egg with a splash of water and season with vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the egg over the stewed apple and let it set. Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. Enjoy!

Arugula Salad with Mango Dressing

This delicious salad is a perfect side dish and packed full of bold flavors!

Ingredients:

1 serving of vegetables (olives and arugula)
1 Tbsp. of chopped shallots
1 serving of mango
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Pureé the olives with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Peel the mango, remove the flesh from the core and cut into small cubes. Purée some of the cubes with the dressing, set aside the rest. Add the shallots to the dressing. Wash, clean and dry arugula. Mix with the mango cubes and the dressing. Pair the salad with any protein according to your plan – a fish fillet or tofu are two delicious options.

Photo: Unsplash

Asparagus Salad with Avocado and Parmesan

Asparagus is an amazing vegetable that pairs beautifully with lemon and parmesan in dishes such as this salad.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil
One bunch of green asparagus
1 shallot
1 small piece of Parmesan
1 lemon
1 avocado
1 small green chill pepper
Salad or salad mix of choice
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Rinse the asparagus under running cold water and cut off the ends before cutting into bite-sized pieces. Peel the shallot and cut into very fine rings. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Add the asparagus into the same pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until al dente. Season to taste with salt and pepper, remove from the heat and set aside. Slice the parmesan thinly. Cut the lemon in half, and juice the lemon. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and remove the flesh. Cut the avocado lengthwise into slices and sprinkle with a little lemon juice. Remove the seeds from the chili pepper and cut into very fine rings. Add the remaining olive oil, lemon zest and chili to the lemon juice in a jar. Season with sea salt and pepper and shake with closed lid to a dressing. Arrange salad, avocado, asparagus, onion and parmesan in a deep plate and season with the dressing.