Eat for life and pleasure
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Tandoori vegetables with cucumber yoghurt
GI News readers are always on the lookout for healthy ways to enjoy a moderate serving of potatoes. Here’s a very tasty option using yoghurt and chickpeas to substantially reduce the overall GI of the meal. It’s a complete meal in itself, but you may like to enjoy it as an accompaniment to tandoori chicken or lamb cutlets.
Serve 4 as a main (6 as a side dish)
Time to make: 45 minutes plus marinating time
400 g (14 oz) pontiac potatoes, washed and cut into 2 cm (3/4 inch) slices
200 g (7 oz) low fat plain yoghurt
4 tablespoons tandoori paste
300 g 10½ oz) eggplant (aubergine), cut into 3 cm (1¼ inch) thick slices
100 g (3½ oz) green beans
Vegetable oil spray
400 g (14 oz) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Lebanese cucumber, grated
100 g (3½ oz) low fat plain yoghurt
- Microwave potato slices on high (100%) for 3–5 minutes, until half cooked. In a small jug, whisk together the yoghurt and tandoori paste.
- Set aside 2 tablespoons of tandoori mix for later, and use the remainder to coat the eggplant and potato. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Coat beans with reserved tandoori mix and marinate all vegetables for a further 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF). Line a roasting dish with baking paper and spray with oil. Add eggplant and potato; bake for 20 minutes. Add beans and cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine cucumber and salt and set aside for 5 minutes. Squeeze out any excess liquid. Mix with the yoghurt.
Energy 978 kJ/ 233 Cal; 3.4 g fat (includes saturated fat 0.4 g); 7.5 g fibre;12.8 g protein; 33.4 g carbohydrate
GI Express: Chicken, broccoli and basil red curry stir-fry
If you wanted to reduce the fat a little, try coconut-flavoured evaporated milk instead of coconut milk. It still makes a very tasty dish, although the flavour isn’t quite as authentic.
Cooking time 8–10 minutes
Vegetable oil spray
300 g (10½ oz) chicken thigh fillets, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons red curry paste
¼ cup (60 ml) water
½ cup low fat coconut milk
2 heads (approx 350 g/12 oz) broccoli, cut into small florets
½ cup picked basil leaves
4 green (spring) onions (shallots), thinly sliced
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Steamed basmati rice
Heat a wok on high heat and spray well with vegetable oil spray. Add chicken and red curtry paste. Fry for 1–2 minutes until paste is fragrant. Add water and coconut milk and simmer for 2 minutes. Add broccoli and toss. Cook for 3–4 minutes until broccoli starts to soften. Add basil leaves, green onions and soy sauce. Cook a further minute. Serve with steamed rice.
Nutrition analysis per serve
Energy 1739 kJ/ 414 Cal; 12 g fat (includes saturated fat 4.4 g);5 g fibre; 22.5 g protein; 50 g carbohydrate
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