This week on the blog I have been lucky enough to have a chat to one of the experts at Health for Life Kitchen where you can find heaps of great allergy free recipes and information on living a healthy allergy free life.
Sarah Leung is a Holistic Nutritionist, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and the owner of Healthy Energy. Sarah's going to share with us her yummy gluten and dairy free chocolate and orange mousse recipe but before we get onto that I wanted to get to know her a bit better.
Can you tell me a bit about what you do and how you help people in your business?
I like to call myself a holistic health innovator. I am a nutritionist and dietitian by trade but my true mission goes way beyond that. Having practiced as a nutritionist and dietitian for a few years, I see first hand that while diet is extremely important, it is also crucial to balance with a healthy mind, positive attitude and a strong body. My business provides innovative holistic health packages incorporating nutrition, massage, Chinese medicine and yoga. Healthy Energy is all about providing a professional, down to earth and fun environment inspiring people to embrace their health.
Do you have a type of eating plan or diet you follow and recommend for other people?
I don't have 'a type' of eating plan because there is never a one size fits all and I have never given the same advice to clients even though they came for the same issue. I respect the fact everyone is different and it will be arrogant to assume that every one should eat the same way. For example, I see a lot of people with food intolerance including gluten intolerance and fructose/lactose malabsorption, some need to be on gluten free diets, some can tolerate a low gluten diet and some have no issues with gluten at all. However, I do have a few principles that are common in every eating plan I advise, it has to be minimal in processed and refined sugars, use whole food and cook their own food as much as possible.
What are your favourite ingredients to cook with?
I love food in general and I am not picky at all! I love trying new things because I get bored eating the same thing all the time. If I have to chose, I love cooking with prawns because they are so versatile (from stir fry to rice paper rolls to pasta dishes) and flavorsome. I also love sesame oil and soy products (tofu of any kind, yuba, soy milk and miso etc.). You see, I am a true Asian!
What do you always have in your pantry?
Sesame oil - you only need a drop or two and it brings the dish to the next level
A few herbs and spices - spring onion, coriander, mint, basil, garlic, onion, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon... I love herbs in my food and I don't like using packet sauces. I aim for 2-3 herbs in my dishes if possible. Many herbs and spices offer medicinal properties and they just make the dish so much more interesting and pretty.
Dry noodles - egg noodle, udon noodle, soba and rice vermicelli. Homemade noodle soup with tofu or chicken with spring onion and coriander is my go-to meal during winter or when I don't have time to cook. Heat up some stock, cook up some noodle, add some greens, pan fry the chicken and garnish with spring onion and coriander. It is so easy and is totally achievable in 10 minutes.
Frozen homemade stock (usually vegetable or chicken stock) - I dislike the thirst after using store bought stock or stock cubes and I like to be able to pull out some homemade low sodium stock when I want to make noodle soup, soups or risotto. This takes a bit of planning and cooking in advance but it's worth it.
Okay, now I know this is what you're looking for - Sarah's Chocolate and Orange Mousse recipe!
Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free (does contain soy)
125g organic silken tofu
100g dairy free dark chocolate
1 tbsp orange juice
1/2 zest of orange
1 tbsp natural jam in any flavour
cocoa powder for dusting
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