Yasmin Al Mulla’s Favourite Quick And Easy, Healthy Recipes

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Quick And Easy Healthy Recipes

Yasmin Al Mulla

These healthy recipes are super-quick to put together and taste delicious

Yasmin Al Mulla might be best known as the designer behind YNM, the Dubai based ready-to-wear fashion label, but as it turns out, Al Mulla is also an avid cook and dreams about writing her very own cookbook, which will feature lactose and gluten free recipes. For now though, the Emirati designer’s healthy recipes are available via her Instagram account (@yasminalmulla) and below, where she shares with us her favourite quick and easy, heathy recipes.

Quick And Easy Healthy Recipes

Couscous with mashed chickpea and a lime an avocado dressing @yasminalmulla

Couscous with mashed chickpeas and a lime an avocado dressing
“This is a very easy to make dish which is loaded with protein, low carbs and healthy fats.”

Ingredients:
– 1/3 cup couscous
– 1/2 cup chickpea
– 1 tsp. paprika
– 1 tsp. olive oil
– 1 tsp. mixed organic seasoning
– 1/2 tsp. cumin
– Chopped spring onion
– Pinch of salt and pepper
– Roughly chopped raw almonds

Dressing:
– Half an avocado
– Handful of chopped cilantro
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
– 1 tbsp. unflavoured coconut yogurt
– Half a lemon
– Your choice of seasoning
– Pinch of salt and pepper
– Water

Serves: 2

Method:
1. Add water to a medium pot with a pinch of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of mixed organic seasoning. Bring to the boil over a high heat and add the couscous. Reduce to medium-high and cook for 8-10 minutes.
2. Pour the couscous through a strainer and place it in a bowl to cool for few minutes.
3. Place the drained and rinsed chickpeas in a bowl and mash them with a fork or potato masher. Next, add the spring onion, paprika, cumin, and olive oil and mix well.
4. In a food processor combine all the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
5. Finally, place the mashed chickpeas on top of the couscous and top it with the dressing and sprinkle with extra roughly chopped raw almonds.

Quick And Easy Healthy Recipes

Energy bites with an Arabic coffee twist @yasminalmulla

Energy bites with an Arabic coffee twist
“A combination of delicious superfoods gathered into tiny bite sized pieces. With the right ingredients to boost your energy, these will satisfy your midday sugar cravings.”

Ingredients:
– 11 Medjool dates
– 1/3 cup walnuts
– 1/3 cup pistachios
– 1/3 cup coconut flakes
– 1/3 cup oats
– 1/3 cup liquid Arabic coffee
– 1 tbsp. coconut oil
– 1 tbsp. chia seeds
– 1 tbsp. flax seeds
– 1 tbsp. cardamom
– 1 tbsp. dry Arabic coffee
– Extra coconut for dusting

Serves: Makes roughly 12 balls

Method:
1. Start by adding the dates, liquid Arabic coffee and coconut oil in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Add all remaining ingredients until a sticky batter is formed.
3. Roll the mix into small balls and cover with coconut flakes.
4. Place in an airtight container and enjoy.

Quick And Easy Healthy Recipes

Avocado kale pesto pasta @yasminalmulla

Avocado kale pesto pasta
“One of my favourite recipes, this dish works as a vegan main course when you use gluten free pasta or it makes a wholesome lunch when combined with a free range grilled chicken breast.”

Ingredients:
– 1 cup gluten free pasta
– 2 small garlic cloves
– 1 ripe avocado
– 1 cup of chopped kale
– 1 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
– 1 tsp. nutrition yeast
– 2 tsp. olive oil
– Half a lemon
– Pinch of seat salt and pepper
– 1 tsp. sumac

Serves: 2

Method:
1. Add water to a medium pot with a bit of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to the boil over a high heat, add the pasta and then reduce to medium-high and cook for 8-10 minutes.
2. Pour the pasta through a strainer and add to a bowl to cool for few minutes.
3. In a food processor combine all remaining ingredients except the olive oil. With the machine running slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
4. Continue processing until the mixture is well blended but still has some texture. Scrape down the sides as necessary.
5. Add the Pesto to the pasta and mix well. Sprinkle with extra toasted pine nuts and sumac.

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