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April Healthy Dinner Option

Get Moooving - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creamy Pasta

Ingredients

125g spiral or bowtie pasta (3 cups cooked)

1 tbs plain flour

1 1/2 cups low-fat milk

185g can tuna in spring water, drained

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped

1/2 cup low-fat cheese, grated

freshly ground or cracked black pepper

 

Methods

1. Bring a saucepan full of water to the boil over medium heat.

2. Add pasta, cover, and cook for 12 minutes or until soft.

3. Strain pasta, discarding the water. Return pasta to the pan.

4. Add the flour and mix to coat the pasta

5. Add the milk and bring to the boil.

6. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens.

7. Add the tuna, peas and basil. Cook for a further 2 minutes.

8. Add the cheese and cook until cheese has melted.

9. Season with pepper.

10. Serve warm

For more recipes and healthy eating advice visit www.livelighter.com.au

 

March Healthy Dinner Option

Get Moooving - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients

2 Cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp ginger, grated

1 tbs reduced-salt soy sauce

freshly ground or cracked black pepper

2 small skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, thinly sliced

3/4 cup unsalted cashews

Olive or Canola oil spray

1/2 cauliflower, roughly chopped

1 head broccoli, cut into florets

2 tbs honey

2 tbs oyster sauce

200g snow peas, ends trimmed

410g baby corn spears, drained

4 small spring onions (including green tops), cut into 2-3cm pieces

Method

1. Combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, pepper and chicken in a small bowl; set aside to marinate while vegetables are prepared

2. Heat non stick work or large fry pan to high. Add cashews and dry fry for a minute or until browned; remove from pan set aside

3. Chop cauliflower very finely or place into the bowl of a food processor and process with blade attachment until it looks like couscous. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl, cover and cook on HIGH (100%) for 6-8 minutes until cauliflower grains are tender. Keep covered and set aside.

4. Meanwhile, spray pan with oil and heat to high. Add half the chicken (with its marinade) and stir fry for 2 minutes until browned. Set aside and repeat with remaining chicken.

5. Re-spray pan, add broccoli and stir fry for 3 minutes, until just tender.

6. Add honey, oyster sauce and 2 tablespoons of water to the pan along with snow peas, corn, spring onions and chicken including any juices for another 3 minutes till heated through.

7. Divide cauliflower and chicken stir-fry between plates and serve sprinkled with cashews.

Hint

Cover dish, refrigerate and marinate chicken for as long as time permits, from 30 minutes to overnight.

Do not discard the broccoli stalk; use a peeler to remove hard outer layer then dice the remaining vegetable and add to stir-fry.

Variations

For more heat add a chopped red chilli to the chicken marinade.

Substitute chicken for kangaroo steak, lean port, beef or tofu

Use any combination of vegetables such as asparagus, bean shoots, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery. Chinese vegetables, green beans, mushrooms, onion, spinach, water chestnuts and zucchini.

For more recipes and healthy eating advice visit www.livelighter.com.au

Activity Profile - Nordic Walking

Get Moooving - Saturday, February 07, 2015

Join accredited Nordic Walking instructors for a one hour 'come and try' session. Nordic Walking is easy and fun exercise that can be enjoyed by almost everyone.

Sessions will be held on:

Monday 9 February 2015

Victoria Park Lake, Western Park

10.00am - 11.00am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 23 February 2015

Victoria Park Lake, Western Park

10.00am - 11.00am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm

For more information contact Nordic Walking Australia on 1300 667 342

 

February Healthy Dessert Option

Get Moooving - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Ingredients

200g seedless grapes

2 cups no-added-sugar apple and blackcurrant juice

Methods

1. Divide the grapes amongst 4 disposable plastic cups. if you have popsicle moulds, you may end up with more as the moulds come in varying sizes

2. Secure lids on moulds or insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight until solid

3. Stand at room temperature for a few minutes before removing from mould

Variations

Place any combination of finely diced fruit into mould including: mango, blueberries, strawberries, seedless watermelon, rockmelon, kiwifruit, drained canned peaches, apricots or pineapple in natural juice, and passionfruit pulp. Top with unsweetened fruit juice such as orange, pineapple or apple and cranberry.

For more recipes and healthy eating advice visit www.livelighter.com.au

 

Activity Profile - Tai Chi in the Park

Get Moooving - Monday, February 02, 2015

A qualified instructor will take you through slow, gentle and tranquil movements which enable harmony in mind and body for improved mobility, suppleness and mental alertness. Classes suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Friday 6 February 2015 - Mactier Gardens, Tatura  12pm - 1pm

Friday 6 March 2015 - Mactier Gardens, Tatura  12pm - 1pm

For more information contact Council's Active Living Department on (03) 5832 9431

 

January Healthy Dinner Option

Get Moooving - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ingredients

Olive or canola oil spray

8 Chicken tenderloins

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 lemon, juiced

2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed

450g Japanese, Kent or Butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 5mm thick slices

420g no-added-salt brown lentils, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

150g baby spinach or mixed leaves

250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

Method

1. Spray a barbecue, char-grill or griddle with oil, pre-heat to medium-high

2. Place chicken in a small dish with 1/2 the crushed garlic and lemon juice; stir to coat and set aside to marinate

3. Place asparagus on heated grill and cook for 7 minutes or until lightly charred, turning occasionally. Remove from heat, cut into 3cm triangles and set aside

4. Respray grill and cook pumpkin for 2-3 minutes each side until charred and just tender. Remove from heat, cut into 3cm triangles and set aside

5. Respray grill and cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side until cooked through

6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine lentils, remaining 1/2 garlic and balsamic

7. To serve, divide spinach or salad leaves, tomatoes, lentils with dressing, asparagus and pumpkin among serving plates.

8. Sprinkle with parsley then top with chicken; serve immediately.

For more recipes and healthy eating advice visit www.livelighter.com.au

Activity Profile - Pool Parties

Get Moooving - Friday, January 09, 2015

Slip, slop, slap and splash at the Activities in the Park Pool Parties!

 

There'll be music pumping, free BBQ and plenty of games.

Bring along your bathers, towel, hat and sunscreen.

Tatura Swimming Complex 

Sunday 11 January 2015

1.00pm - 3.00pm

 Merrigum Swimming Pool

Friday 16 January 2015

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Mooroopna War Memorial Pool

Friday 23 January 2015

1.00pm - 3.00pm

 *Outdoor pool admission $3.00

 

Seasons Greetings

Get Moooving - Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Healthy Communities Team!

Hiatus

Get Moooving - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Activities in the Park program runs from 1 October to 31 March 2015. The program wil break for a two week period over Christmas, from 22 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.

 

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Get Moooving - Monday, December 15, 2014

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