Eat yourself pretty: the recipes

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Daily sunscreen, hi-tech moisturisers and cleansing are all great for your skin, but your skin’s biggest beauty BFF is actually the food you eat. Here are few recipes that pack an anti-ageing punch.

Whole-grain pancakes with honeyed blueberries & strawberries

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that help maintain your skin’s elasticity, as do strawberries, which also contain loads of vitamin C, an important building block of collagen. Oats help to reduce inflammation, a major cause of ageing in the body.

Whole-grain pancakes with honeyed blueberries & strawberriesServes 4
1 cup honey
1 star anise
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 1/4 cups oats
1/2 cup wholewheat flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp grated fresh lemon peel

1. Place the honey and the star anise in a small pot and heat until simmering (but don’t allow to boil). Remove from heat and stir in the blueberries and strawberries. Allow to cool. Remove the star anise.
2. Meanwhile, combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, egg white, butter, and lemon peel. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the oat mixture, stirring until just moistened. Coat a large non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Spoon four 1/4 cupfuls of batter into the pan and cook until the tops begin to bubble, about 2 minutes. Turn the flapjacks and cook for 1 minute longer, or until. Keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
3. Divide the flapjacks between plates and top with the honey, blueberries and strawberries.

Spinach with raisins and almonds

Spinach helps fight inflammation and free-radical damage – precursors to fine lines and wrinkles – while almonds contain beta carotene (vitamin A), which is essential for healthy, strong nails. They are also high in an amino acid called arginine, which can increase lean muscle and burn fat, giving you a sleeker physique.

Spinach with raisins and almondsServes 4
1/2 onion, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1kg Swiss chard, centre ribs removed and leaves chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup whole raw almonds, roughly chopped

1. Cook onion with 1/4 teaspoon salt in 2 tbsp oil in a large, heavy-based pot over medium heat, stirring, until softened. Sprinkle with paprika and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add chard in batches, stirring until wilted, then add raisins and water. Cook, covered, until chard is tender, about 7 minutes. Season with salt.
2. Cook almonds in remaining 1/2 tbsp oil in a small heavy frying pan over medium-low heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over chard and serve.

Beef fillet with chocolate-chilli sauce

Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and a potential mood elevator (and we all know that feeling good is a great way to get glowing skin). Opt for chocolate with 80% cocoa solids or more to get an extra dose of antioxidants and avoid excess sugar. Lean red meat is an excellent source of iron, which is essential for healthy skin and hair.

Beef fillet with chocolate-chilli sauceServes 2
400g beef fillet
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

For the sauce:
125ml beef stock
65ml red wine
1 small red chilli, finely chopped
70g good quality dark chocolate
40ml reduced fat cream
15ml rosemary, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to season

1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the fillet on a board and rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place a large frying pan over a high heat for about 2 minutes, then add the fillet and brown on all sides, turning frequently.
2. Transfer to a roasting pan, cover with foil and place in oven for 10 minutes (for medium-rare) or until desired doneness. Wrap fillet in foil and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.
3. To make the sauce, place the stock, wine and chilli in a saucepan and simmer until reduced by half. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Add the cream and rosemary. Season to taste.
4. Cut fillet into thick slices and serve with the sauce.


Written by

Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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    Yummy, I’m going to get the ingredients for the pancake tomorrow.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Beef fillet with chiili chocolate…sounds devine!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    But it has Eggs… I’m Vegan… Any replacements?

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Oooo Pancakes recipe sound DIVINE, Surely gonna try This one…

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Good tips or alternative to religiously keep a bag of almonds as a snack in your bag! Vitamins on the go.

    7 years ago •

  1. Williamson

    lovely recips am definately going to try

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I must say it looks delicious,I’m looking forward to trying this recipes out,thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Whole-grain pancakes with honeyed
    blueberries & strawberries no 1 says no them,you people must try them

    7 years ago •

  1. paulina

    I am going to try all of them, because it looks divine can u just imagine how they will taste can’t wait thanks for the recipe’s.

    7 years ago •

  1. gerrit

    These recipes looks so great, i have to admit i love all of them, but i will make a point out of it to try the spinach one first.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    All of these sound delicious! Will def be trying these

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Yummy, I’d love the beef fillets and chilli chocolate,wonderfull recipes

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.. As the Saying goes, cliche but its true

    7 years ago •

  1. Robyn Bronkhorst

    This article is amazing! And so true, we all consentrate on the outside with moisturing creams and cleaners ect but neglect the fact that beauty comes from within. So going to be giving these recipes a try for sure.

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    will try the beef fillet receip, looks too easy

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Yummy!!! They all look fab! I have tried the Choc Chilli sauce with steak before and it was great with a glass of Pinotage.

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Always wanted to try the chilli chocolate combo!

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    Yummy! Not often I see 3 recipes in one article that I absolutely cannot wait to try :)

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Thanks for the recipes, I will be trying them out! :)

    7 years ago •

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