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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Great reasons and recipes to help you spice up your life

Chilli peppers can boost your fat burning potential
Chilli peppers can boost your fat burning potential
Salsa

Chilli peppers are a magical food. They contain an active compound called capsaicin, which has the potential to stimulate the metabolism, increase fat burning, reduce appetite, and fight inflammation.

The more teary your eyes and the more runny your nose then the better the effect will be. However, it also has the ability to burn your face so be careful when handling raw chillies.

That's the boring part - now time for the fun part … recipes!

Chilli Con Carne

Healthy food does not have to be bland nor boring. Spice up your life with this delicious yet wholly nutritious chilli con carne recipe that is super easy, delicious, and healthy.

All you have to do is bung all the ingredients into a pot and simmer for half an hour.

INGREDIENTS

• 500g lean mince

• Vegetables to bulk (peppers, mushrooms, onions)

• 3 chopped tomatoes

• 1 tablespoon mixed herbs

• 1 teaspoon of hot chilli powder

• 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

• 2 teaspoons of cumin

• 3 cloves of crushed garlic

• 1/2 teaspoon of salt

• 1 teaspoon of pepper or cayenne pepper for an extra kick

• 2 tablespoons tomato puree

• 1 carton of chopped tomatoes or passata

DIRECTIONS

Now this is where it gets really tricky so pay close attention...

1. Brown mince and onion first or else just throw all ingredients into a large pot and mix together

2. Cover and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes

Serve on a bed of stir-fried green veg (for an uber health kick) and a handful of rice, topped with a dollop of natural yogurt.

Salsa

Healthy food has a bad reputation for being tasteless and bit drab. But this could not be further from the truth.

Stop putting your taste buds through the ringer and instead try out this salsa recipe to add some spice to your life.

The beauty about this recipe is that it is very versatile. All the quantities can be modified to suit your liking, but start off with the suggested amounts, and then the next time you make the salsa (there will be a next time believe me), you can add more chilli if you like it spicier, add less garlic if you are going out in town that night and will be getting up close and personal with others etc. etc.

INGREDIENTS

• 6 tomatoes (diced)

• 1 small onion (chopped)

• large handful of coriander (chopped)

• 1 red or green chilli (finely chopped)

• 2 gloves of garlic (minced)

• Juice of lemon or lime

• Salt

TIPS FOR MAKING SALSA

1. Use ALL of the coriander including the stalks, that is where the flavour is at

2. Use ALL of the chilli, don't be a wuss and de-seed it, use the seeds

3. If you are making very large batches of salsa then a potato chopper is super handy for chopping the tomatoes

4. If you have a mini food chopper, the chilli, garlic, and coriander can be pulsed with it, it's dead handy and saves all the fiddly chopping

The salsa can literally be eaten with anything. That is not an exaggeration. Load it on top of burritos, tacos, nachos, chilli con carne, breast of chicken, or serve it as a dip at your next party to become quickly known as the best host(ess) in town.

It is also an amazing breakfast accompaniment, and goes surprisingly well with bacon, eggs, and avocado. Try it, you will love it!

5 Layers of Heaven

If you want to make instant new BFFs at your next party then bring this 5 layers of deliciousness.

Grab a wide serving dish or pie dish and simply layer with the following:

1. Mushed up refried beans (can be bought by the tin)

2. Mushed up avocado (make sure they are ripe)

3. Creamy layer can be either sour cream (full fat version), creme fraiche (half fat version), or half creme fraiche and half natural yogurt (low fat version) mixed with a tablespoon or 2 of taco powder (can be bought by the packet)

4. The world famous salsa left

5. Grated cheese of your choice Serve with some vegetable crudités or with tortilla chips.

May your food never be bland or boring again. Keep it spicy!

Karen is a nutrition coach and personal trainer and runs online nutrition programmes. See www.thenutcoach.com or email karen@thenutcoach.com

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