Christmas came and was gone faster than I could hum and mum my jingle bells song . As much as I love the festivities, I'm relieved that it's all over. Another month of such indulgence and I'm afraid, I completely need a new wardrobe! Like most people I know, I gained a bit of weight during the holiday. All those Christmas cookies, pralines, family and friend lunches and dinner left a noticeable mark on the weighing scale. And I need to loose it before Easter and the chocolates that come with it, arrives!
One of the gifts I got for Christmas was a recipe book by Jamie Oliver I got from FF. It contains recipes that look both delicious and healthy. I never count my calories, but good ol' Jamie is a step ahead and do the counting, just to prove his point. Each dish in low in calories . That's the least of my concern though, what I am after is , how the dishes turn out to be. I've tried three dishes from this book, making some minor alterations as I go along, using and replacing ingredients that are available in my place. So far and all of them were delicious. Never knew, eating healthy could be this fun!
Baked Sweet Potato and Rice Laksa
1 lemongrass stalk
4 cloves garlic
1 thumb sized ginger, peeled
1 big red chilies, seeded
2 stalks, spring onions
1 and 1/2 tsp. chopped coriander paste
140 ml coconut cream
Chicken Bouillon cube/paste
750 ml water
200 g rice, preferably a mixture of white and wild rice
800 g sweet potato, peeled and cube
4 chicken thigh, with bones, skin removed
1 tbsp. unsalted roasted peanuts
6. Carefully put chicken and sweet potato cubs over rice. Drizzle with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and baked in a preheated oven ( 180°C) for 1 and 1/2 hours.
Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with chopped onion leaves/ coriander leaves and chopped roasted peanuts .