Healthy Start To New Year And Gousto Giveaway Winners

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Healthy freshly made carrot-apple juice

Healthy freshly made carrot-apple juice

At last all the busyness of the Christmas and New Year season is over! It was all so much fun going to friends’ parties and also parties at home. It was almost like endless cooking and eating. While the past couple of weeks had been so full of joy and fun, it’s good to get back to my usual life routine. I had been missing my juices so the first thing that I really want for the new year is my favourite carrot and apple juice (pictured above). That’s simply the best… healthy and refreshing! For more about freshly made juices and their high benefits or even the type of juicer to get, please check it out at my Health section.

Talk about healthy food, Gousto delivers good quality, healthy ingredients with recipes given where you can easily cook a healthy meal at home. For those who don’t have much time to cook or don’t really know how to cook, I must say Gousto gourmet boxes would suit you very well (only for UK). I cooked 2 awesome dishes from Gousto’s gourmet boxes some time ago. The recipes are very easy to follow and the food comes out very delicious, and healthy, too. You can check that out at Chicken And Quinoa Rissoles With Almond Broccoli and Salmon, Broccoli And Dill Quiche.

The 2 Lucky Winners

Recently I ran a giveaway on my blog, Gourmet Box Giveaway by Gousto, sponsored by Gousto, for 2 lucky winners. I’m really thankful to Gousto for the sponsorship. Here’s my announcement. They are:
1.   Ricky
2.   Choclette
Congratulations to both the winners. I really hope both of you will enjoy the gourmet box when you get them. I’m sure you will. Have fun cooking and eating!

Best ikan bilis sambal

Best ikan bilis sambal

Right, back to my healthy cooking and healthy eating. I love simple, easy and quick cooking. I cooked my best sambal ikan bilis the other day. Well, this one is not simple and easy though. But once you have it, you can keep it in the fridge and eat it for many days although mine can’t last many days……*grin*. My daughter said it’s the best, too. It was SO good with rice. In fact, anything! But the very sad thing is I did not jot down the recipes…..*BIG sigh*. I was physically exhausted after all the parties and just wanted something spicy and delicious to perk up my appetite. I didn’t think it would turn out nice. When have I been so negative huh! But to my great surprise, it was just too delicious for words…..right spiciness, right aroma and right taste. What a great regret for the start of the year! A lesson learned. Seems like I never learn my lesson because this is not the first time….*big sigh*. Am I alone? If you are grinning at this point, you just make me feel better….haha.

Ikan bilis sambal with salmon and snow peas

Ikan bilis sambal with salmon and snow peas

Ikan bilis sambal with baby carrots, fried eggs and meat ball.

Ikan bilis sambal with baby carrots, fried eggs and meat ball.

See what I ate the ikan bilis sambal with. Like I said, it’s good for anything! Even just the sambal and rice, nothing else, is enough to bring lots of smiles. Now that’s very Malaysian…..hehe. My family has been eating a lot more rice with my sambal! There’s only a little left so I need to cook it again soon. This time I MUST get it right because I only have one portion of the ikan bilis left. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Baked trout with tender stem broccoli and rice

Baked trout with tender stem broccoli and rice

I love to cook more fish for my family. So, we will continue to eat more fish. It’s so healthy. Trouts here are very fresh. You can tell by the eyes and they are not expensive. It’s very easy to cook. I always bake it at 200 degrees Celsius for about 10-12 minutes. Usually I sprinkle some salt over it before baking. It tastes very delicious. The only downside is that there are a lot of bones so need to be careful. I enjoy picking out the bones actually. I know where the bones hide….*smiles*. A meal like this one here takes about 15 minutes. That’s simple and quick, yet healthy and delicious.

I do hope that you are eating healthy and doing your regular exercises. And if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start. It takes time, effort and discipline but it’s all worth it at the end of the day. A little changes here and there will go a long way. Please don’t make excuses. The common excuse that I hear all the time is, “I don’t have time”. But if we really know that health is the most important, I’m sure we will make time for it. I know it’s very important to be busy making money but all the more important is to have the health to enjoy it.

Do take care. Til then see you in my next post!

Quote of the day……

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

- Billy Graham

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suituapui  on January 7th, 2013

Congrats to the winners.

Oooo…good ol’ nasi lemak. Yours look soooo good! Can’t say I missed that when I was in NZ but then again, I was only there for a while.

somewhere in singapore  on January 7th, 2013

Congratulations to the winners!!!

I loves fish, hehe…

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on January 8th, 2013

I love that baked trout!

Juliana  on January 8th, 2013

Congratulations to the winner! The dishes look awesome Mary.
Happy 2013 and have a great week!

Blackswan  on January 9th, 2013

It’s supper time! I can never resist a good sambal. Congrats to the winners! U did great, Mary!

Mich Piece of Cake  on January 10th, 2013

Your ikan bilis looks delicious, I would eat it with anything and everything!

Mich Piece of Cake  on January 10th, 2013

Oops commented using my old website earlier… still not used to :)

Katerina  on January 10th, 2013

Congratulations to the winners! The dishes are awesome Mary!

Nami | Just One Cookbook  on January 11th, 2013

Congrats to the winners! I have never tried sambal before (but I heard about it tons of times) and wish to try it very soon!

tigerfish  on January 11th, 2013

I really like your “fish” rice plates! Just the kind of meal I enjoy with fish and veggies. Salmon, trout, ikan bilis (plus sardines) are my regular go-to fish to cook at home too. The ikan bilis sambal looks too good.

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes  on January 13th, 2013

The sambal ikan bilis is the best ….more rice please!

Mistletoe  on January 17th, 2013

Hi Mary,

Ikan bilis? Hmm…that reminds me of somebody. Haha. I must try your ikan bilis with sambal sauce some day. Actually I don’t even know what sambal sauce tastes like. They sell it in the stores here in jars but I’ve never tried it. Quite curious actually. I’m sure your ikan bilis with sambal tastes delicious. I’m not a huge fan of anchovies but I’d like to give this dish a try one day. Btw, your trout is huge. Lol. In not used to seeing a whole trout like that with head, tail, and skin on. We usually buy fillet when we buy fish b/c of the kids. Just made trout the other day. Kids loved it…I was a happy Mommy b/c I know fish is so good for them. Another mouth watering post, Mary. Congrats to your winners!

TasteofBeirut  on January 20th, 2013

Congrats! all these dishes look so delightful. I have yet to taste a sambal and I am eager to try, finally!

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