No need to be intimated!
Your health is one of your most important assets. And as the recent Coronavirus outbreak has shown us, having a strong immune system is one of the critical factors in keeping all kinds of illnesses at bay. Maintaining an active lifestyle and observing a well-balanced diet are two of the best things you can do to boost your immune system.
Cooking at home can help you eat healthy—from picking out the best ingredients to controlling the proportions of seasonings and servings. At that point, it merely becomes a matter of finding healthy recipes that are equal parts tasty and nutritious.
Fortunately, you don’t need to be an experienced chef to cook up healthy meals to tickle your taste buds. Here are five recipes for simple yet nutritious meals that you can make in your own kitchen. The best part of it is that you can make them with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket!
Brown Rice Champorado
Add a healthy twist to a classic breakfast staple! This Brown Rice Champorado recipe substitutes the traditional white rice for a more nutritious alternative: brown rice. To better complement the unique texture of brown rice, this recipe also calls for coconut sugar, coconut milk and walnuts. Thankfully, this recipe is flexible enough that you can skip on these ingredients if you can’t find them or if you prefer other flavors.
Chop Suey With Chicken Strips
Chop Suey is a common mealtime favorite. This recipe of Chop Suey with Chicken Strips is affordable, easy-to-make and only takes an hour and half of preparation. Cauliflower, carrots, red bell peppers and Baguio beans give this dish a good share of Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorous with a crunchy texture. It’s perfect for the whole family, especially for pregnant and lactating mothers!
Eggplants are a great source of fiber, potassium, Vitamins C and B-6 and antioxidants, making them the perfect fit for a healthy diet. Ensaladang Talong is a Filipino salad that tosses together roasted eggplants, fresh tomatoes and onions in a vinegar-based dressing. The dish only takes 30 minutes to make, given that the only cooking that’s really needed is simply roasting the eggplants.
Want something a little fancier but still easy to make? Look no further than this recipe for Turmeric Fish. Turmeric, also known as yellow ginger, is best known for its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The resulting dish is a delicious combination of turmeric, dill, siling haba, onions, lemon juice and other herbs that go on a cream dory filleting resting on a bed of sotanghon.
Ampalaya is rich in Vitamin C, which plays a significant part in preventing diseases, helping bone formation and healing wounds. It’s also high in Vitamin A, folate and fiber, making it an ideal veggie for healthy eating. Ginisang Ampalaya is a mix of sautéed ampalaya slices, egg, tomatoes, onions and garlic, bringing nutrition and flavor to the table.
If the ampalaya is a little too bitter for your taste, consider soaking them in water before sautéing.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy
It’s never too late to take your first step towards a healthier lifestyle. While you may feel like cooking your own food is a challenge on its own, the recipes above are simple and straightforward without sacrificing nutritional value. At the end of the day, your health is well worth the effort!