Why eating healthy is important for Business Productivity – Part 1


VAASA wish for all our members to be happy and healthy.  We all know that healthy and balanced food is important for a great lifestyle. Sometimes work gets in the way and our heart sinks at the thought of having to prepare dinner.

VAASA have found you some delicious South African meals that are simple, quick to prepare and cook.  Here are 3 recipes for meals that take between 15 minutes and about half an hour prep and cooking time.  They are quick, healthy and delicious. ENJOY.

Rooibos Chicken Fruit Kebabs. 15 mins prep, 20 mins cooking – serves 6

Rooibos tea mixed with ice cold fruit juice creates a delicious marinade that will make your mouth water!  Prepare the marinade the night before and save yourself the prep time.


4 rooibos tea bags

½ litre red grape fruit juice (can use apple or berry for slightly different flavour)

300 g mixed dried fruit

1x tablespoon lemon zest

1x tablespoon orange zest

Stick cinnamon

3 cloves

800g boneless chicken thighs cubed

30ml virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Method for Marinade: Pour 400 ml boiling water onto the tea bags. Set aside to brew until strong.  Take out teabags and mix all remaining ingredients into the tea. Cover and leave in the fridge for as long as possible (overnight is good).

Method for Kebabs: Thread the fruit and lamb alternately onto skewers.  Grill lightly (or braai), until the chicken is cooked and tender


Grilled beef sausage with tomato salsa.  15 min prep and 15 mins to cook – serves 6


12 beef sausages

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Fresh rosemary and thyme

Salt and pepper to taste


300g mixed chopped tomatoes (for a slightly different taste try 1 x can chakalaka)

50 g peppadews

½ red onion finely sliced

½ cucumber finely sliced

Olive oil for drizzle


olive oil for drizzling

40g fresh mixed herbs (dill, basil, parsley), chopped

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Lemon juice to taste

Method for sausages:  Drizzle the sausages with olive oil, and season, scatter with the rosemary and thyme and grill in oven until cooked and golden. Remove and set aside.
Method for Salsa:
Toss together ingredients; season and drizzle with olive oil.
Method for salad dressing
:  Blitz herbs, garlic and mayo in a blender, slowly add olive oil until mixture thickens; add lemon juice to taste and season.
Serve sausages topped with salsa and drizzled with dressing.


Chicken and Broccoli Pasta that takes only 25 minutes!  Serves 4


1x tablespoon olive oil

400g chicken thigh pieces skinless, deboned, cut into strips

1 clove garlic minced

½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes

800g tinned tomatoes

1 teaspoons sugar

250g broccoli florets steamed until tender and sliced

1 handful basil – roughly torn

½ cup parmesan cheese grated

Method: Heat the olive oil in a deep sided pan. Season the chicken and brown on both sides. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for a further minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and sugar. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper. Cover partially with a lid and let it bubble away quite vigorously for about 10 minutes.

In the meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water up to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain but remember to reserve 1 cup cooking water for later.  Mix the broccoli into the pasta sauce.  Empty the drained pasta into the sauce and toss to coat. Add some of the cooking water to thin the sauce down as the pasta will continue to absorb liquid when mixed with the chicken.
Add a generous handful of basil and half of the Parmesan cheese. Fold through to combine with the sauce.  Serve immediately with additional Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.