Food stylist, photographer, blogger and author Terri-Anne Leske knows good food.
The proof is in her latest book, Carrotsticks and Cravings – titled after her popular food blog of the same name. Both are filled with noms she serves her own family and friends. Give them a try, too!
Why she loves it: Her veggie-packed version of spaghetti and meatballs brings back childhood memories, thanks to the rich tomato and freshness from the zoodles.
Why you should try it: Homemade meatballs are always a hit with kids, and Terri-Anne recommends adding in spiralised carrot or beetroot to the noodles. Find the recipe here.
An easier alternative: Everything at Kitchen by Food Rebel is preservative-free. Try the Zoodle Bolognese ($18), which comes with an umami (savoury) meat-laden ragu. (28 Stanley St, Singapore 068737)
Why she loves it: This easy-to-make meal is perfect for the midweek.
Why you should try it: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis. “It’s one that ticks the boxes for the whole family!” Find the recipe here.
An easier alternative: Only available at Shimbashi Soba’s Great World City outlet, its Salmon Salad Soba set ($19.80) features salmon slices and chilled soba, served with a refreshing green salad topped with avocado mustard dressing. (#B1-01 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994)
Why she loves it: Who doesn’t love fried rice?
Why you should try it: This healthier brown rice version is jam-packed with veggies. You can also add in chicken strips, minced meat or even prawns. Find the recipe here.
An easier alternative: The Kopitiam foodcourt franchise has two “Healthy Kopitiam” outlets, where stalls sell four “Healthier Choice” dishes each. These have been approved by the Health Promotion Board and come with a choice of brown rice.
Why she loves it: She adores this salad, filled with herbs, for its fresh Asian flavours and amazing taste.
Why you should try it: “This salad is great for entertaining,” shares Terri- Anne. Plus, it plates beautifully because of its bright colours, and is tasty enough to leave your guests wanting more. Find the recipe here.
An easier alternative: Grain Traders’s El Hibaro bowl ($16) hits the spot with an Australian beef steak parrillada (barbecue) that’s topped with salsa verde, charred veggies and a wafu (Japanese-style salad dressing) tomato and bean sprout salad on white sushi rice. (#01-01/02/03 CapitaGreen, 138 Market St, Singapore 048946)
Why she loves it: A vibrant green soup made with broccoli, kale stalks and spinach leaves, Terri-Anne loves because it’s healthy and full of flavour.
Why you should try it: “Because it’s packed with goodness, the soup is especially great when someone at home is sick,” says Terri-Anne. It’s also quick to make-ahead and freeze. Find the recipe here.
An easier alternative: Head down to Marks & Spencer at Wheelock Place for its range of chilled soups (from $8.90). Light, easy-to-reheat and in various flavours, each tub serves two. (#01-K2 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880)
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder (Issue 287), September 2017
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