Pork, beef, lamb, chicken, fish and vegetables are the most commonly found ingredients in both Chinese and Western cuisines, but making delicious and attractive dishes out of these ingredients may be a difficult task for some. The following recipes and tips help you to create healthy and tasty dishes with ease, from light meals to main courses and desserts.

Turmeric Curry Chicken and Rice

Ingredients

   Boneless chicken thigh (in pieces) 1pc
   Onion (sliced) 1/2
   Garlic (diced) 3pcs
   Rice 1 cup
   Water  1 cup
   Cherry tomatoes (halved) 5
   Fresh parsley A few sprigs

Spice Seasoning

  Turmeric powder 2tsp
  Curry powder 2tsp
  Star anise 1pc
  Cinnamon stick 1/2pc
  Bay leaf  1pc
  Salt 1/2tsp
  Coconut oil 2tbsp

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Wash and drain the rice. Add a splash of oil to the pot and fry the chicken pieces until they turn golden. Set aside.

Add the diced garlic and sliced onion to the same pot. Fry on a gentle heat for a while, then add the star anise, cinnamon stick, turmeric powder and curry powder. Combine and continue to fry gently.

Add the chicken pieces and rice to the pot and stir thoroughly. Add water and bring to a boil, then add the bay leaf, salt and cherry tomatoes. Stir well again.

Cover with the lid and cook on a medium heat for 12 minutes. Turn off the flame, cover and set aside for another 15 minutes. Open the lid, fluff the rice and sprinkle with the chopped parsley, then serve.

Found in turmeric, curcuminis a powerful antioxidant that helps protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals, as well as slow down the aging of cells. Curcumin also helps to boost metabolism and aid slimming.

Smoked Salmon, Kale and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  Kale 1 bunch
  Quinoa 30g
  Breadcrumbs An appropriate amount
  Smoked salmon 2 slices
  Water 2 bowls
  Lemon juice 2 tbsp
  2 tbsp 1/2tsp
  Olive oil 1tsp

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Wash, drain and slice the kale.

Rinse the quinoa and add to a small pan with water. Bring to a boil and cook on a low flame for eight to 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

Mix together the kale, cooked quinoa, lemon juice, salt and olive oil and place in a dish.

Add the smoked salmon slices and breadcrumbs on top, serve.

Kale is rich in antioxidants that help to lower the body’s cholesterol level and reduce the risk of contracting heart disease.

Quinoahas become one of the most popular health foods in recent years. It is rich in protein and is one of the few plant foods to contain nine amino acids.

Avocado Ice Cream

Ingredients

  Avocado 3
  Condensed milk 50ml
  Whipped cream 200ml
  Lemon juice A splash

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Remove the stone and scoop out the avocado flesh. Add the flesh to a blender, along with the lemon juice that helps prevent the avocados from oxidizing.

Put the whipped cream and condensed milk into a bowl and whisk into stiff peaks using an electric blender. Add the blended avocado to the whipped mixture.

Transfer the avocado mixture to a container and freeze for at least three hours. Add your favorite nuts as a topping and serve.

Avocadosare rich in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that help maintain a healthy heart and skin. Unsaturated fatty acids help promote the metabolism of saturated acids and reduce the formation and accumulation of fat, aiding the weight management process.

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