Healthy Meals From Around The World: 5 Clean Recipes
Thanks to my stepmom, who is of Chinese-Malaysian descent, many of my dishes are Asian-inspired. She got me started in the kitchen in my early teens, and I've continued to make her proud. I love incorporating Asian flavors into my clean recipes and making healthy versions of traditional Chinese and Malaysian dishes.
Because I love them so much, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes with you. Along with Chinese and Malaysian flavors, you'll find Thai, Japanese, and Mediterranean tastes. Enjoy them with your eyes as well as your mouth!
1 / Malaysian Curry Prawns
This is a highly requested dish in my family. I love coming home to the smells of garlic, Malaysian curry, steaming-hot coconut milk, and prawns. Prawns are high in protein and low in fat. Pair them with some brown rice and steamed veggies for a balanced and very tasty meal.
- Heat coconut oil in large pan over medium high heat.
- Add fresh garlic.
- Rinse prawns and lightly salt and pepper.
- Add prawns to pan and sprinkle with curry powder.
- Sauté for 2-3 minutes until all prawns are well-seasoned.
- Add coconut milk and turn heat to low.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
Serving Size 4 Servings
2 / Singapore Chicken Rice
Singapore's national signature dish is chicken rice. To most dieters and competitors, this recipe probably sounds bland and all too familiar. But Singapore chicken rice has one special component: the sauce. The yummy sauce ties all the ingredients together and sets the recipe apart from your usual chicken and rice fare. I took a crack at this recipe, thanks to my stepmom, and I came up with an even healthier version with a few minor adjustments.
- Prepare brown rice with 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup water; add half of the sliced ginger to rice while it cooks.
- Bring water in a cooking pot to a boil, reduce to a low rolling boil and add chicken breasts. Cook for 8 minutes or until done.
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat and add sesame oil, fresh garlic, and remaining ginger.
- Stir continually until garlic begins to crisp. Add soy sauce.
- When chicken is done, cut it into bite-sized pieces.
- To serve, put 1/2 cup of brown rice, 4 oz diced chicken, and 1/4 of sliced cucumber in a bowl. Top with garlic mixture.
- For added spice, top with Sriracha or chili paste.
Serving Size 4 Servings
3 / Thai Spicy Beef Salad
One of my all-time favorite summer salads is this Thai Spicy Beef Salad. It's clean, fresh, and loaded with flavor! So fire up the grill and impress your meat-loving guests with this zesty, protein-packed salad.
- 1/2 lb Lean Steak
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 4 cups mixed Greens
- 1/8 cup each: Fresh Mint, Basil, and Cilantro
- 2 Green Onions, sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 tsp Lemongrass Paste or fresh Lemongrass
- 1 tsp Low-sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Chili Flakes
- 2 tsp Fish Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Stevia in the Raw
- Season steak with salt and pepper and grill to desired temperature.
- In a small bowl, mix greens, mint, basil, and cilantro.
- In another small bowl, mix lemongrass, green onions, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili flakes, and Stevia.
- Slice steak and place on top of greens.
- Pour dressing over greens and steak.
- Toss lightly and serve.
Serving Size 2 Servings
4 / Japanese Sushi Bowl
Sushi is my usual meal option when I'm dining out because I can usually stick with simple, clean sashimi, substitute brown rice, or have cucumber-wrapped rolls. I was determined to recreate a sushi bowl at home on my low-carb day, and this little recipe was the result. Even the rice-lover at home was impressed by the cauliflower "rice." The key is to add some zesty flavors to the cauliflower when making the rice—it's much more palatable that way.
- In a food processor, add steamed and chopped cauliflower, shredded carrots, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, and cayenne to make the "rice."
- To serve, place cauliflower rice, 3 oz of smoked salmon, 1/2 avocado, and cucumber.
- Eat with chopsticks or use seaweed sheets to wrap rice, fish, and veggies for a mini hand roll.
Serving Size 3 Servings
5 / Mediterranean Fish
This is a great dish to prepare family style on a big platter for everyone to share. It's bursting with Mediterranean flavors and has become a new favorite of mine. Use fresh fish! For a complete meal, serve it with brown rice.
- Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, fresh garlic, and whole tomatoes.
- Cover and let simmer for five minutes, or until tomatoes begin to soften.
- Add chopped onion, bell pepper, olives, capers, chicken broth, and salt and pepper.
- Cover and let simmer another five minutes, or until tomatoes are broken down and onion and bell pepper have softened.
- Add cod to pan, cover, and poach for about 5-7 minutes.
- In the last minute, add spinach to top.
Serving Size 4 Servings
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