Salmon & Quinoa Fishcakes: The Energy Guide – Dr Libby Weaver

The Energy Guide

The Energy Guide by Dr Libby Weaver is published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99

 

Salmon & Quinoa Fishcakes

Prep ahead:
• Steam sweet potato and salmon
• Cook quinoa
Cooking time:45 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes

 

 

Salmon & Quinoa Fishcakes
SALMON & QUINOA FISH CAKES
Serves: 4
300 g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
500 g skinless salmon fillet
½ cup (100 g) tricolour quinoa, rinsed well (see Glossary)
1 cup (120 g) almond meal
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon red curry paste
100 g green beans, trimmed and thinly sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded (see Glossary)
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
salad greens and lime wedges (optional), to serve

Fish cakes are a great healthy staple. These have extra protein
from the quinoa, meaning they’re particularly satiating. Serve
them with additional greens or one of the salad recipes in this
book. The fish cakes can be frozen (cooked or uncooked) in an
airtight container for up to 3 weeks.” p. 148
Steam the sweet potato for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove from
the heat and mash.
Steam the salmon for 10–15 minutes until it flakes easily. Remove
from the heat and flake the salmon, discarding any bones.
Meanwhile, cook half the quinoa in a saucepan of boiling water
for 20 minutes or until soft. Rinse and drain well.
Place the sweet potato, salmon, cooked quinoa, almond meal,
egg, curry paste, beans, kaffi r lime leaves and lime zest and juice
in a bowl and mix well to combine.
Divide the mixture into four portions and form into patties.
Sprinkle both sides of the patties with the remaining quinoa
to lightly coat.
Melt the coconut oil in a large deep frying pan over medium heat
and cook the fi sh cakes (in batches if necessary) for 5 minutes
on each side or until golden and cooked through. Serve the fish
cakes on salad leaves with lime wedges, if you like.

Post Script: Antoinette – Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson

Antoinette

Antoinette

Keely DiPucchio & Christian Robinson

Simon & Schuster Australia

Simon & Schuster Kids

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781481457835

 

Description:

Raised in a family of talented bulldogs, Antoinette the poodle wonders what makes her special. She gets the chance to prove herself and find what she’s good at when puppy Ooh-la-la goes missing.

 

My View:

This is an adorable book that shouts “Read out loud.”  “Read to a child.”  “Enjoy.” There is such a beautiful sense of fun and innocence here, the illustrations and the words are fun, full of energy and cute.

There are many messages in the book that a child will absorb; about friendships, confidence…about individuals having different talents/abilities.  All have merits. But I think you should just read this book for the simple pleasure and fun of reading a delightful, entertaining book (and for being able to say Ooh- La- La many times).  🙂

 

Post Script: Fast Your Way to Wellness – Lee Holmes

Fast Your Way To WellnessFast Your Way To Wellness

Lee Holmes

Murdoch Books

ISBN:9781743366363

Description:

A simple, supportive and sustainable approach to intermittent fasting (IF), featuring balanced meals that use nutritious unrefined wholefoods to boost energy.

90 nutritious recipes to help you get the most from your fasting days and supercharge your energy and weight loss.

 

Lee Holmes presents a simple, supportive and sustainable approach to intermittent fasting (IF), featuring balanced meals that use nutritious unrefined wholefoods to boost energy. The IF diet is based on a 500 calorie (2092 kilojoule) restriction for women and a 600 calorie (2510 kilojoule) restriction for men. Among its many benefits, intermittent fasting helps the body shift from a sugar-burning machine into a fat-burning machine. Lee demonstrates that fasting can be even healthier with the right food and ingredient choices, putting you on the path to achieving good health, increased vitality and weight loss. Fast Your Way to Wellness contains 88 fasting recipes to take you all the way through from breakfast to lunch and then on to dinner. A number of different fasting methods are provided so you can choose the one that fits in with your lifestyle. Lee supplies information about the science of fasting, what it is, how it works and the enormous health benefits associated with it. You’ll find tips on how to start your first fast, incorporating exercise into your routine and how to monitor results and adjust as you go. There’s a shopping list and an intermittent fasting calorie- calculator to assist if you wish to add certain ingredients to recipes or mix and match. All of the recipes are free of gluten, wheat, processed sugar and yeast, and many are also dairy free. Each dish includes a serving amount and indicates the number of calories per serve, and there are also handy shopping, preparation and cooking tips.

 

 

My View:

It will not surprise regular readers of my blog that I am a fan of Lee Holmes series of Super Charged Food themed books – I found Heal Your Gut particularly useful and this new book provides more every day recipes that are kind to the gut, supportive of IF : “Intermittent Fasting is all about getting in sync with the natural biological processes and cues of your unique body.” P.13

This books provides you with a handy tool box of tips and tricks including an ingredient calorie guide (which I found particularly useful – it allows me to quickly assess my ingredient choices e.g. a chart that compares the calories of different types of roasting vegetables or steaming vegetables, or crunchable vegetables, or flavour ingredients or different fats , proteins, dairy and egg and a variety of flours  etc. This is so useful – a very easy and visual way to determine your food choices.  The 5/2 diet is explained, guidelines and advice provided so that even shift workers can participate in this style of energy boosting regime.  There are meals plans for both men and women (yes the calorie requirements are different) and even a hormone friendly IF plan for women.  This is not a one fit for all plan but a method of that can be adapted to fit most people needs and lifestyles. This is a great resource.

 

Author bio:

Lee Holmes holds an Advanced Certificate in Food and Nutrition and is a certified holistic health coach (IIN), yoga teacher, wholefoods chef and bestselling author of the Supercharged Food series, which includes Eat Your Way To Good Health; Eat Yourself Beautiful; Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian; Heal Your Gut; Supercharged Food for Kids and Eat Right for Your Shape. She is a columnist for Wellbeing Magazine and is the Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert. Her articles have appeared in leading Australian newspapers and journals, as well as The Times and The Daily Express in the UK and The Huffington Post in the USA.