May Favourites 2020

Favourite food product of the month:

  1. Mayver’s Organic Tahini Spread – Unhulled
  2. My Own Nutritious Vegetable Soup – recipe provided
  1. Mayver’s Organic Tahini Spread – Unhulled
Image credit: Mayvers (www.mayvers.com.au)

This sesame spread is a great alternative to the conventional nut spread because I do have an allergic reaction to peanuts and nut-related products. It is also naturally cholesterol, gluten and dairy-free. I used to spread chocolate or cook an egg with my bread but this has been a quick way to fuel my energy before my workout. This retails for 9.90 SGD for 385g at the local supermarket. Yikes! It’s a burn in my wallet but for the better. 🙂

Tahini spread with a slice of wholemeal bread taken by me.

It has a strong aroma of the roasted sesame and it tastes relatively bitter probably comparable to the bitterness of a bitter melon/gourd as it contains no added sugar. For those who cannot accept any bitter taste, it is definitely not for you. And it is also not protein-packed as compared to peanut or almond butter. Overall, I enjoyed this spread a lot that I am on my second tub of spread. There is also another version which is the Mayver’s Organic Tahini Spread – Hulled = without the husk so this would be less bitter.

  1. Homemade Nutritious Vegetable Soup

This has been my comfort food that I eat once every week and it is healthy and easy to cook. I’ll be sharing my recipe here.

A bowl of nutritious vegetable soup taken by me.

My recipe for nutritious vegetable soup (1 serving)

Total cooking time: 35 minutes.

For the soup stock:

  • A handful of dried anchovies. (you can use chicken carcass or any type of meat bone).
  • ¼ of yellow onion (optional)
  • 3 thin slices of young ginger (optional)

For the ingredients:

  • 100g of marinated* minced pork (you can use any type of meat)
  • 1 carrot (chop the carrot into thin slice but not too thin)
  • 3 small washed white potatoes (chop into small chunks)
  • A bunch of Napa cabbage (you can add more vegetables of your choice)
  • 1 egg white

*The minced pork is marinated with sesame oil, a pinch of salt, pepper, egg yolk and corn starch.

Put the dried anchovies into a small soup stock bag (if available). If not, put it directly a small pot along with the yellow onion and ginger.

Fill the pot with approximately 500ml of water. Allow it to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Once the soup has simmer for 15 minutes, lower the heat and remove the dried anchovies, yellow onion and ginger.

Add the carrot, white potatoes (you can choose to peel off the skin but in this case, I kept the skin intact to prevent any nutrients lost) and napa cabbage into the pot and allow it to boil for 15 minutes.

Add some crystallised sugar and salt to enhance the taste of the soup.

For the last 5 minutes, add in the marinated minced pork and ensure that the meat is cooked.

Once the meat is cooked, drizzle the soup with the egg white. Turn off the heat.

Put the soup into a bowl and serve with a bowl of rice or without it! Optional: garnish with some spring onion.

Tada! you are done! I think it is simple dish to cook during rainy days.

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