Fresh Zucchini Salad with Avocado, Feta, and Mint – Delishar

This is one yummy salad! It may not look much but man does it take you by surprise! The husband liked it so much I was rewarded by a big wet kiss on the cheek right after dinner! Sometimes, the simplest, cleanest food… gives the best texture and flavor profile! Oh and did I mention that it’s healthy too?

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 large zucchini, sliced thinly with a veg peeler or mandoline
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp dried rosemary 
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, toss zucchini and lemon juice together and let it sit for 15-20 mins.

Add rosemary to oil while waiting.

Toss together oil, and the rest of the ingredients with the zucchini, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

Bon appetit!!

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Fresh Strawberry Yoghurt Chocolate Muffins (Low-fat) – Delishar

Every week there comes a time where my hands get itchy. That urge to bake becomes really really strong, it’s like I am in addict, and baking/cooking has became my drug. Along came the rules and regulations… The husband and I are trying to get in shape. So baking becomes a nemesis, but I need my fix, and fixing I did.

I made a much healthier alternative to the regular chocolate muffins. Organic wholemeal flour was used, and olive oil was used instead of butter. I used this brand of wholemeal flour because the texture is really fine, unlike the others I saw in the supermarket.

However, I did use sugar instead of natural sweeteners. You can substitute sugar for splenda, or honey (1/2 cup). From start to finish, the whole recipe only took me 30 mins, and no mixer is needed! That’s like icing on top of my drug. That doesn’t quite make sense, but you get the idea. 🙂

Ingredients (Makes 8-9 regular muffins)

  • 1-1/2 cup organic wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup chopped fresh organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup low fat plain yoghurt 
  • 2 tbsp low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 190C. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugars, cinnamon, and salt.

Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture.

In a measuring cup, mix milk, yoghurt, oil, and vanilla extract.

Pour wet ingredients into the well of dry ingredients.

Mix those ingredients together until it is about combined. Not more than 8-10 strokes. Do not over mix or your muffins will be hard and dry. 

Then very roughly fold in your strawberries. Mixture should remain lumpy. 

Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop batter into muffin tray with muffin cases.

Bake for about 20 mins or until skewer comes out clean. 

Let cook for 5 mins in pan before removing to cool completely on wire rack .

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