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Light Meals for In-between Festivities

16.12.14 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad
the lighter side of Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas it’s easy to get carried away with tempting indulgences, mince pies, candy canes, Christmas ham, brandy sauce and champagne or beer! Like all things in life moderation is key. As long as our healthy choices remain habitual and the not so healthy indulgences are only occasional you can immerse yourself in the silly season guilt free!

Whether it’s endless Christmas parties, family gatherings or other festive commitments, there are plenty of situations that can lead to overeating. To help you get through this festive time a little lighter I thought I’d list three of my personal recipes for a light meals at lunch or dinner which are healthy, quick and will leave room for indulgence at lunch or dinner.

LEAN AND GREEN WRAP

Lean-Green-Wrap

 

Serves 1

 Ingredients:

  • 1 thin gluten and wheat free wrap
  • 1 heaped tbs. of goats curd
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tbs. of pistachios (shelled)
  • 2 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 spears of fresh asparagus slightly blanched
  • A generous drizzle of truffle oil
  • Cracked pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Slightly blanch asparagus cool in iced water (this helps to keep the asparagus crunch)
  2. Spread ricotta or goats curd evenly onto the wrap
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Roll and enjoy

 

HIKARI OMELETTE

Light meals for Christmas

Japanese inspired egg white omelette. Hikari means Light.

 


Serves 1

 Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. of Dulse flakes (seaweed)
  • Choice of tofu approximately 30 grams into .5cm cubes (I like a firm plain silken tofu)
  • 1 tsp. of finely cut shallots or red onion
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms sliced thinly
  • ¼ tsp. of miso paste
  • ¼ tsp. of mirin
  • ¼ tsp. of tamari sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. macadamia oil
  • ½ cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tbs. of  *kimchi (optional)

Method:

  1. Lightly beat the egg whites
  2. Gently stir through Dulse flakes, tofu, shallots, mushrooms, miso, mirin, tamari and sesame oil
  3. Add macadamia oil to the fry pan set on a medium heat
  4. Add mixture and cook through
  5. Remove from pan fold in half option to drizzle a little more tamari and sesame oil to taste
  6. Serve on the bed of spinach leaves and garnish with kimchi

*Kimchi is an Asian condiment of pickled and fermented vegetables; it is rich in vitamins and aids digestion.

 

SALMON STACK AND WRAP

Light meals for Christmas

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 wrap bread of choice
  • 150gram salmon fillet with skin on
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds raw or toasted
  • 1 tbs. of fresh ricotta
  • Chili flakes to taste
  • Truffle oil ½ tsp. – 1tsp.
  • 2 asparagus spears
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tbs. of red onion

Method:

  1. Pre heat fan forced oven to 200 degrees celsius
  2. Wrap salmon fillet in foil with a ¼ tsp. of coconut oil bake for 20 minutes with skin on, once cooked set aside
  3. Whilst Salmon is baking lightly blanch the asparagus spears. I find using a saucepan on a high heat with enough water to cover the saucepan base works well simmer for approximately 90 seconds I like my asparagus crunchy.
  4. Spread ricotta onto the wrap add additional ingredients drizzle truffle oil and chili flakes to your desired taste
  5. Wrap and enjoy!

POSTED BY: Kerrie Otto de Grancy

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