My Easter Dinner Menu

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Lobster Salad with Mango Sauce

Cod Meunière with Chopped Egg Béchamel

Dessert – Baked Eggwhite Custard and Palmier

Thai Vegetarian Dinner Menu

Mushroom, Bamboo Shoot, Carrot and Tofu Soup

Veggie Salad

Spicy Chopped Mushroom and Fried Tofu

Fried Eggplant with Sweet Basil Leaves

Stir-fried Minced Mock Beef (made with Soy) and Basil

Dessert – Shredded Coconut on Bread

Dietary, lifestyle changes can significantly reduce triglycerides

Dietary and lifestyle changes significantly reduce elevated triglycerides (a type of blood fat) — which is associated with heart, blood vessel and other diseases — according to an American Heart Association scientific statement

Changes such as substituting healthy, unsaturated dietary fats for saturated ones, engaging in physical activity and losing excess weight can decrease triglycerides by 20 percent to 50 percent, according to the statement’s authors. The statement is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Recommended dietary changes for those outside the normal range of triglycerides include limiting:

  • added sugar to less than 5 percent to 10 percent of calories consumed – about 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories per day for men.
  • fructose from both processed foods and naturally occurring foods –less than 50 to 100 grams per day
  • saturated fat to less than 7 percent of total calories
  • trans fat to– less than 1 percent of total calories; and
  • alcohol, especially if triglyceride levels are higher greater than 500 mg/dL

All patients with triglyceride levels in the borderline to high range (150-199 mg/dL) or greater are also encouraged to incorporate physical activities of at least moderate intensity (such as brisk walking) for a total of at least 150 minutes per week, because these activities may contribute an additional 20-30 percent triglyceride-lowering effect. Combining all of these lifestyle measures is likely to have the most pronounced effect – 50 percent or greater in reducing triglyceride levels.

Although the cutoff for elevated triglycerides remains at 150 mg/dL, a new optimal level of 100 mg/dL has now been set to acknowledge the protective benefit of lifestyle in metabolic health.

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Thai-style Steamed Whole Fish

Ingredients

1 grey mullet
1 sprig Chinese celery (chopped)
1 stalk lemongrass
2 lime leaves
2 slices galangal
2 salted plum
2 cups chicken broth
80 g ground pork
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
Cilantro and bird chili for garnish

Method

  1. Steam the fish for about 10 minutes.
  2. Pound the lemongrass and section. Shred lime leaves.
  3. Sauté pork with salted plum, celery, lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal in a pot with some oil. Add chicken broth. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Season the broth with salt and sugar.
  4. Add pre-cooked fish and bring to a boil. Remove to a serving deep-dish. Garnish with cilantro and bird chill before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine