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Christmas Eats Easy one-pot beef & couscous

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Couscous is basically tiny beads of semolina mixed with flour and the grains are usually really light and fluffy meaning you will have more space in your tummy for an extra plate.

Who else is tired of the rice for Christmas Lunch tradition? Here is a fast and easy “not rice” recipe that will blow your family and friend’s palates away.

Couscous is basically tiny beads of semolina mixed with flour and the grains are usually really light and fluffy meaning you will have more space in your tummy for an extra plate.

For those that do not want to resume at the gym Jan 1st, 2018….this is a better alternative to rice.

But please check the label of your couscous brand to be sure it is regular and not whole grain.

Whole grain couscous contains about the same calories as rice if not more.

Yield: Serves 4

Cooking Time: 30mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 1 cup onion

  • 4 cups vegetables (You could use bell peppers, carrots….)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 cups Couscous

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 3 cups chopped cooked beef

Instructions

  • Grease sauce pan with oil.

  • Add onion and vegetables, season with salt and black pepper then stir fry till soft.

  • Add couscous and chicken stock, mix properly, cover saucepan and leave to simmer till couscous is cooked.

  • Add cooked beef and mix properly.

  • Leave to cook for another 2mins.

  • Serve with a bottle of wine because it is Christmas day!

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UN FAO: Food prices jump in January.

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Food prices rose in January, and has become stronger for vegetable oils and sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 164.8 points last month against 161.8 in December.

In spite of the rise, the index was still 2.2 per cent below its January 2018 level.



The FAO dairy price index jumped 7.2 per cent from December’s value, ending seven months of declines.

FAO said limited export supplies from Europe, caused by strong internal demand, was the main driving force behind the increase.

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FAO’s vegetable oil price index rose 4.3 per cent from the previous month, while its sugar index rose 1.3 per cent and its cereal index made marginal gains on December.

The meat price index was largely unchanged.

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FAO lifted its latest world cereal production forecast for 2018 to 2.611 billion tonnes, slightly higher than the December reading, reflecting upward revisions for maize, wheat and rice.

“Much of the projected growth is associated with expected increases in Europe, where beneficial weather has so far shored up yield prospects while also sowings are forecast to expand, largely driven by attractive prices,” FAO said.

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Cells that could prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension found by American scientists.

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An American scientists has discovered a group of cells in the small intestine that slows down metabolism and increase fat accumulation.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature  may lend a clue to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and hypertension.



Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US found that mice lacking those cells called intraepithelial T lymphocytes or natural IELs could burn fat and sugar without gaining weight.

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When those cells are present, they suppress a hormone that speeds up metabolism and conserves more energy it gets from food.

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Such a mechanism used to be an evolutionary advantage when food was scarce in ancient time, but “with the food so abundant,this energy-saving mechanism can backfire and lead to unhealthy outcomes,” said the paper’s lead researcher Filip Swirski from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Swirski’s study can eventually contribute to cardiovascular disease and other metabolic ailments.

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