Why eating healthy is important for Business Productivity – Part 2

Last week we shared some great healthy eating tips with a few amazing and easy to follow recipes. This week we’ll be covering three more delicious recipes for you to follow!

Bacon, Cheese and Sweetcorn Macaroni – takes about 20 minutes in all.  Serves 4-5

An all-time favourite with a crunchy twist.  You can use frozen mixed veggies if you want to add some tasty colour!

Ingredients:

250g streaky bacon chopped

30ml olive oil

1 large onion finely chopped

400g mushrooms thinly sliced

400g frozen sweetcorn

300ml water

300ml milk

125ml cream

250ml mature cheddar cheese (or to taste)

100ml parsley chopped

250g macaroni or penne pasta – cooked, seasoned and oiled

2 packets instant cheese sauce

3ml oregano

Pinch nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese finely grated to sprinkle on afterwards

Method: Fry bacon in a heated saucepan and lightly brown while its own fat is rendering. Add the olive oil and onion and sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté until they release their juices. Pour in sweetcorn and allow to tender.
Whisk together the milk, water, sauce powder, oregano and nutmeg and add to the saucepan. Stir until it boils and thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in the cream, 250 ml grated cheese, the parsley and the cooked pasta and toss lightly.
Season to taste and serve with finely grated cheese.

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Pork Steaks on Cauliflower Mash – Banting friendly and takes about 15 mins max! Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 pork neck steaks

50g diced pancetta

2-3 leeks thinly sliced

500g cauliflower florets steamed until tender

15ml butter

1 garlic clove crushed

2 sprigs thyme

60ml dry white wine

30ml sherry

250ml cream

30ml butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Method: Season pork steak with salt and pepper.

Heat a little olive oil and 15ml butter in a frying pan until bubbling. Add steaks and fry each side over moderate heat for 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside to rest.
Add the Pancetta to the pan and fry until crispy. Add the leeks, garlic and thyme and sauté until glossy and softened.  Add the wine and sherry and fry until this liquid cooks away.  Add the cream and gently cook until reduced and thickened to desired consistency. Season to taste.
Cauliflower mash:  Drain cauliflower and squeeze any excess liquid out.  Add 30ml butter and mash until smooth and season to taste.
Place the pork steaks on a bed of mash and pour generous amounts of sauce all over.

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Stuffed Mushrooms – delicious light meal that serves 4 and takes about 15 minutes

Ingredients:

8 flat brown mushrooms

125g back bacon, finely chopped and quick fried

4 slices multigrain or low GI oats and honey bread

1 jar chilli and garlic salsa

1 large granny smith apple peeled and grated

100g mild chilli cheese grated

8 teaspoons cream cheese

Method: Pre-heat oven to GRILL.  Lightly drizzle a little olive oil over cleaned mushrooms and place on a baking dish.  Place a teaspoon of cream cheese on each mushroom.  Crumble bread into a bowl and combine bacon, salsa and apple.  Pile the mixture onto each mushroom over the creamed cheese.  Tope with grated cheese and place the baking dish into the pre-heated oven until the cheese on top is melted and mushrooms tender.  Serve immediately.

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Happy and healthy eating for improved productivity!