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TIred of boring Salads? Why not put some zing in your next meal and try some inspiration from Asia.

This low calorie tasty dish is a great meal to serve up on a sunny day. 

Prawns are an excellent source of selenium, vitamin B12 and a good source of  niacin, iron and zinc.  If you have high cholesterol, eating prawns with their shells a la Asian style, inhibits the absorption of the cholesterol.

King Prawn Asian Inspired Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

4 cups mixed salad leaves washed and dried

1 stalk of celery sliced in thin bite size sticks

1 shredded carrot

1/4 Spanish onion thinly sliced crescents

1/2  Red capsicum thinly sliced.

1/4 Avocado

10 large cooked king prawns

Dressing

2 tspn Macadamia oil

1 Lime juice (8 tspns)

2 tspn tamari (salt reduced soy sauce)

1 tspn palm sugar

3 cm lemon grass

2 tspns mint

1 tblspn flat leaf parsley

3 cm large red chilli deseeded (optional)

Method

Arrange salad leaves on two plate.  Top with celery carrot, onion & capsicum.

Slice the avocado into slices and arrange on one side of each plate in a fan.

Place prawns on top of salad.

Dressing

Pour oil, juice, tamari in jar with lid.

Finely chop lemon grass, mint, parsley & chilli.

Add palm sugar and herbs to jar.  Close and shake vigorously to combine.

Drizzle dressing over salad.  Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.

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Quick tasty tuna filling & dairy free pesto sauce

Tasty tuna filling

This recipe is great to make and keep in the fridge for a few days, to make a quick sandwich.  Adding the vegetables into the mixture stops them from falling out of your sandwich too so easier to handle.

If you want to make it a lower calorie dish, add chopped basil leaves and minced garlic and omit the oil and pesto.

Ingredients

1 425g can tuna in spring water

¼ Spanish onion finely chopped

1 stick celery finely chopped

¼ red capsicum finely chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon natural yoghurt

1  tspn flaxseed or extra virgin olive oil

2 tspns pesto sauce (cheese free recipe below)

1 tspn toasted pine nuts

Method 

Drain water from tuna.

Add to bowl and break into flakes

Add the vegetables, then the wet ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together

Serving Suggestions

Generously spread onto wholegrain bread or dollop on to the middle of a wrap

Add rocket, baby spinach, snow pea sprouts, or shredded lettuce

Add cucumber rounds or strips

Eat as an open or closed sandwich or rolled up in mountain bread or wrap.

Or

Simply use it as a dip with crackers or vegetable sticks.

Pesto Sauce

Pesto is such a versatile sauce and keeps well in the fridge or can be frozen if making larger quantities.  Brush on mushrooms and grill, stir through pasta or use as a spread instead of butter to add more flavour and reduce your intake of cholesterol and saturated fats.

Ingredients

1 bunch fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic

½ cup pine nuts toasted

extra virgin olive oil  (about ½ cup)

Wash & dry basil leaves discarding leaf tips at the top of / and the stems

Mince the leaves in a blender. Add other ingredientls

Lastly drizzle in the oil until desired consistency achieved.

NB:  If you want an authentic pesto add 1/2 cup finely grated reggiano parmigiano.