Prawn Chilli

Serves 4
10 mins prep
35 mins cooking

Ingredients:
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Green Peppers, chopped
2 tbsp Chipotle Paste
2 x 400g Canned Chopped Tomatoes
400g Can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
250-300g Raw King Prawns
2 Limes, zest and juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges
1 Avocado, roughly chopped

Serve with rice

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion and peppers for 5 mins until soft.

2. Stir in the chipotle past and cook for 1 min.

3. Add the tomatoes and black beans. Simmer for 20-25 mins until the sauce starts to thicken.

4. Add the king prawns and cook for 3-4 mins, until they have turned pink and are cooked through.

5. Sir in the lime zest.

6. Serve with rice and lime wedges topped with the avocado and lime juice.

Notes:

– Onion has an exceptionally high level of the flavonoid quercetin, a strong antioxidant which can block the formation of cancer cells.

– Peppers have high levels of beta-arotene, which the body turns into anti-viral, immunity-boosting vitamin A.

– Tomatoes are full of vitamin C. They are also packed with lycopene, a type of caroenoid, that helps to prevent cancer. Tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – necessary for the production of vitamin A. This helps to maintain a healthy thymus gland, which plays a vital role in immune response. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to protect the body from toxins.

– Prawns contain high levels of immune-essential minerals, including zinc, which we need to produce the enzymes that keep cancer at bay, and to help develop other disease-fighting cells.

– Limes are also high in vitamin C and are an effective immune stimulant.

– Avocados are rich in vitamin E and vitamin B

(Source: The Top 100 Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh)

Things That Cause Lymphatic Stagnation

This weekend was probably the first weekend since the op where I’ve taken my eye off the ball in terms of my diet, going out for pizza and drinks with the girls, having bacon sandwiches for breakfast and afternoon tea with cake. I did get a couple of healthy meals in but on the whole, I was no where near as good as I have been.

It didn’t take long for my arm to feel the effect. Cramping pains around my elbow and occasionally in my hand and fingers. I know now I should have been more mindful about what I was doing. More than anything else, the link between what I eat and drink and how well my arm is doing is a reflection of how good my lymph flow is, with alcohol and sugar being the biggest culprits.

Im not going to cut these things out completely but I think I will have to plan my weekends a bit better in future, making sure that I still get my 5 a day, drink plenty of water and don’t have too many treats all in one go.

Things That Cause Lymphatic Stagnation

White sugar, white flour, white rice, refined table salt, processed meats, greasy and fatty foods, too much alcohol (apart from the occasional glass of red wine), dairy products, artificial additives, preservatives, colourings and flavourings.

(Source: Wise Geek and Gorgeous Skin)