The Chilli Challenge
Pumping Mavellous took 5 can’t cook won’t cook men and converted them into budding chefs. Nick and Tricia one of the Heart Stars set the challenge to make a chilli and serve to the people attending the mens health event in Blackburn. The chilli was a vegetable chilli made with Quorn and cost £3.27 to make. Once cooked the chefs made wraps with lettuce, tomato, low fat cheese and sour cream with a ladle of chilli. I think some of the chefs were a bit surprised how good there food was. The food was received with delight by the people at the event.
The challenge comes where they take all the ingredients home and cook it for there family. The family then scores them on taste and presentation and the winning score wins a £30 food voucher with 2nd prize winning £20 and 3rd prize winning £10.
The idea behind the event was to try to show people that cooking is easy and effortless and you can cook on a budget with fresh healthy ingredients with no added salt for just over £4 for a family of 4. The recipe was heart healthy and contained no added salt, very low fat and lots of fresh ingredients.
The lucky winners of the Pumping Marvellous “Healthy Christmas Dinner” raffle.
From left to right Rod won 3 weeks worth of food and 2 weeks worth of juice detox from Soulmatefood who are supplying the nutrition needs to the British Olympic 2012 teams. Nick from Pumping Marvellous and Tom who won the first prize for his family of the ”Healthy Christmas Dinner” supplied by Asda. Unfortunatley the 3rd prize winner couldn’t attend but won two months worth of gym membership. Over £900 was raised for Pumping Marvellous, East Lancashires Heart Failure charity.
Good idea and we hope it succeeds
We found this post and we instantly thought it was a good idea, simple but obvious. It is the first step on the education ladder to creating expert patients and expert carers.
Arnot Health is offering a series of monthly educational classes for adults with or those who know or care for someone with congestive heart failure. The classes are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 27 in the Petrie East Conference Room at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira New York State.
Participants will be served a different soup and salad using low-sodium recipes. Recipe books and coupons will be provided.
The following topics will be presented in the series:
» Oct. 27 — What is heart failure?
» Nov. 17 — Managing heart failure with other chronic conditions
» Dec. 15 — Helping to manage your disease with diet
» Jan. 19 — Emotional aspects of the chronic condition
» Feb. 23 — Heart failure medications
» March 22 — Exercising to promote a healthy heart
Healthy Eating Recipe for Heart Failure Patients
Main Course – Chicken Tikka Masala
This recipe represents 6 servings
3 tablespoons of 0.1% fat natural yoghurt
2 teaspoons of crushed fresh garlic
2 teaspoons of crushed ginger
1 tablespoon of red chilli paste (you can use dried chilli powder and mix with a little water and lemon juice to make a smooth paste)
450g / 1lb of chicken breasts (skinless) diced into small chunks
1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 medium strong onion – chopped
1 tablespoon of fenugreek leaves (methi) alternative is ground fenugreek / methi
4 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
2 tablespoons of low-fat creme fraiche
1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves
Mix the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, black pepper and chilli paste together in a bowl. Once this is mixed drop the chicken into the bowl and cover the chicken with the mix. Cover the bowl with food wrap and place in the fridge for at least two hours.
Heat the oil in a large pan to a medium heat and fry the cumin seeds for around 30 seconds and then add the chopped onion. Keep on a medium heat and brown the onions. Once done remove the onions and place in a small bowl.
Remove the chicken from the fridge, wipe off the excess yoghurt and sear the chicken pieces on a high heat in the frying pan. You are looking to just sear the chicken so just cook for 5 mins. Once the chicken has been browned then add the rest of the yoghurt and spice mix along with the onions which you put aside. The reason for adding the yoghurt mixture to the seared chicken is that you will struggle to sear the chicken with all the yoghurt in the frying pan. Stir all this in and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in the fenugreek, tomato puree, garam masala, cumin and coriander powder.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the liquid as reduced to a think paste. You will need to stir this to ensure it doesn’t burn.
At the very last minute stir in the creme fraiche and fresh coriander leaves.
On serving squeeze fresh lemon juice over the dish.
The dish should be served with either boiled basmati rice or split a pita bread and add the tikka pieces with fresh sliced onion and fresh sliced tomato. Why don’t you try some Raita in the pitta as well
Brand spanking new iphone app
The British Heart Foundation has come out with a brand Apple iphone app so if you have an iphone click this link to get this free app – i have it and it seems to be really useful.
This is the British Heart Foundations description of their “app”
Our app offers you a growing selection of Heart healthy recipes all checked by our BHF dieticians. Learn how to make tasty and varied meals suitable for anyone who wants to eat healthily. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or are trying to reduce your cholesterol, there’s a range of delicious recipes just for you.