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

Spicy Mango and Kale Salad

Are you looking for delicious and healthy recipes to help you lose weight? Give this spicy mango and kale salad a try!

Ingredients:
1 serving of vegetables (kale, leeks, brown mushrooms)
1 portion mango diced
1 garlic clove
1 chili pepper
Fresh ginger
Cardamom pods
Coconut oil
1/4 cup (50 mL) of vegetable broth
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Clean, wash and coarsely chop the kale and leeks. Clean the mushrooms and cut them into quarters. Halve the chili pepper lengthways and deseed, then cut into small pieces. Peel and finely dice the garlic and ginger. Heat the oil, sauté the garlic, ginger and leek until translucent, and add the chili and cardamom. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes. Then add the kale and cook for another 3 minutes. Finally, deglaze with vegetable broth and simmer for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Finally, add half of the diced mango and enjoy the rest of the mango for dessert. Enjoy with a protein of your choice!

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

This refreshing summer salad is the perfect appetizer or side dish on a hot summer day!

Ingredients:
6 cups of cubed watermelon
3 green onions, sliced
1 English cucumber, cubed
4 oz Crumbled feta
Fresh basil
2 Tbs. Olive oil
1 Tbs. Lime juice
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
In bowl whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper to make dressing. In a large bowl combine the watermelon, green onions, cucumber, feta, and fresh herbs. Add the dressing to the bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

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!

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.

Egg and Asparagus Salad

Looking for fresh salad to enjoy? Well we have the perfect recipe for you! Give this egg and asparagus salad a try and let us know what you think. If aniseed is not your cup of tea feel free to exclude it.

Ingredients:
1 serving of green asparagus
1 tsp. white onion
1 hard-boiled egg
1/4 cup (50 ml) vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper, pinch of aniseed (optional)

Preparation:
Peel the asparagus and cut into 1.5 inch (4 cm) pieces. Heat a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions briefly. Then add the asparagus and the vegetable broth. Cook until everything is al dente and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt, pepper and aniseed. Set the mixture aside to cool. Peel the hard-boiled egg and cut into bite-sized pieces. Once the salad is cooled, add in the egg and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
Enjoy!

Wild Garlic Soup

With spring right around the corner, it is the perfect time to incorporate seasonal produce such as wild garlic into delicious dishes such as this soup.

Ingredients: 
1 serving of leeks
1 cup (250 ml) vegetable broth
25g wild garlic 
1 serving of cream cheese or feta
Ghee
Salt, pepper
Lemon juice or apple vinegar

Preparation:
Cut the leeks lengthwise and wash well. Then slice finely and cook in the ghee over medium heat until the leeks start to gain some color. Deglaze the pan with the broth, cover, and simmer. Wash the wild garlic and cut into fine strips. Put a small handful of the cheese aside and the rest along with the wild garlic to the broth. Add everything into a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and vinegar or lemon juice to taste. Serve immediately with the remaining cheese and toasted rye bread for a delicious lunch or light dinner.

Baked Beans On Toast

Beans are a great plant based protein source and a perfect ingredient for an easy and delicious breakfast.

Ingredients:
Beans (stick to one type only)
Rye bread
White onion
Tomato, red bell pepper, or pumpkin
Smoked paprika
Cumin
Chili powder
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
In a pan, saute the onion, tomato, bell pepper, or pumpkin with a little water until very soft. Add in the spices and beans well until heated through. Toast the bread. Put the beans on toast and serve the extra vegetables as a side dish. You can also add a delicious mash-up avocado. Enjoy!

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickling is an excellent way to preserve vegetables, including mushrooms! Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of fresh mushrooms
Fresh thyme
1 chili pepper
1/4 cup (65 mL) white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt

Preparation:
Clean the mushrooms. Cut the chili into rings and remove the seeds. Add the vinegar and spices to a pot and bring to the boil. Then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool. Then pour into a clean jar that can be sealed. Pour the olive oil over the top and allow the mushrooms to soak for at least 3 days in the fridge. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

In honor of National Pizza Day our recipe for a cauliflower pizza crust! Not only is it super easy to make but can be customized to fit many different meal plans.

Ingredients:
2 pounds cauliflower florets, riced
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Rice the cauliflower in a food processor until it has the texture of breadcrumbs. Cook the cauliflower in a pot of boiling water for four to five minutes. Drain the cauliflower and pat dry. The dryer the cauliflower, the crispier your pizza crust. Mix the cauliflower with the eggs until well combined. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spray with olive oil. Pat the cauliflower mixture into the pan and spray the top with olive oil. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until golden brown. Top with your favorite sauces, toppings and enjoy!

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