So let’s say you’re stuck for ideas for a main dish, and at the same time, you need something quick to prepare, yet healthy, so here’s 3 ideas for you to impress your dinner guests!
Usually, I like my meals simple, tasty and healthy at the same time. You might have come across many who preach that tasty food are normally unhealthy, but here, I beg to differ!
Did you know that apart from steaming, baking is another healthy cooking method? Being Asian and of Chinese-origins, I am very used to wok-fried food. The oven, to me, used to be an equipment just for cake-baking, or perhaps the occasional pizza-making!
It was when I moved to the UK, and having to do my own cooking, I discovered the wonders of oven-baked food! So why is baked food healthy, especially when you compare it with frying? Firstly, it helps you avoid using additional fats (like using cooking oil to grease the pan), which in turn lessen the calorie intake. Apart from that, by baking, it leaves the nutrients intact, while preserving the juiciness of the meat, especially when you bake the meat over a medium heat, which helps you avoid overcooking/burning the outside while the meat inside is still raw.
In addition to the advantage of being healthy, baking allows you more time to get prepared while the food is baking. For example, if you are having guests coming over, you might need some time to prepare yourself too on top of preparing the food. So, the moment you pop the food into the oven, you can safely spend 15-20 minutes leaving it alone baking in medium heat, while you grab your shower, get dressed and perhaps put on some make-up if you don’t need 30 minutes or more to get that done.
Oh, and before I forget, here is a tip for those who likes to spend less time in scrubbing and cleaning your baking tray: line your tray with aluminium foil! This is an invention I can’t live without! Imagine all the time saved from scrubbing the sticky grease off your tray after baking and you’ll definitely thank me for this tip!
So, if you have not tried any meat-baking recipes, here are three recipes to get started with.
Ingredients (serves 2):
Serving suggestion: As a side, you might want to pair it with mashed potatoes, and drizzle the juice from the tray on top of the potatoes before serving!
So this is a Chinese-dish inspired recipe, a bit similar to the BBQ pork-ribs that you might find in Chinese eateries.
Ingredients (serves 2):
Serving suggestions: You might want to boil some pak choi to serve with this dish. The leftover sauce should compliment the vegetable nicely.
I know, I know, bacon might not be such a healthy food, but I think we’re allowed to treat ourselves to bacon once in a blue moon, don’t you? :)
This is inspired by a light lunch I had over at my Scottish friend’s place. He had pan-fried it instead of oven-baked it, which tasted yummy! So I had tried it by baking it instead, which works really well too. Another idea is to put them on skewers to BBQ when the weather gets hot!
Ingredients (serves 2-4):
Serving suggestions: This can act as an excellent finger-food. Just place one toothpick on each piece to make it easy to serve. Tabasco sauce works really well with it too!
There you go, fun and yummy recipes to bake with! So, why not get yourself rolling and be prepared to fill up your kitchen with the wonderful aromas while baking! Happy baking!
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An adventurous foodie lost in one of the gastronomic capitals of the world and loving every moment of it! I like to cook too, making my adventures in France very fun and enjoyable as I eat, taste then try or innovate recipes to share with you! My motto: Diet starts Tomorrow!
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