Healthy recipes to yummy dishes
PAP.SG shares healthy recipes to good health
Did you know that our politicians can whip up a mean dish or two at home? And healthy ones at that?
Four members ― ranging from one of the most senior party leaders to one of the newest Members of Parliament ― chipped in with recipes of their favourite dishes for a collection of recipes launched by the People's Action Party Seniors Group (PAP.SG) on Oct 15.
Four other PAP activists also contributed to the "Recipes from the Heart" collection which is aimed at promoting healthy living among senior citizens by giving them ideas on how to prepare healthy and delicious meals.
All the recipes come in a card form and are translated into Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. They are available online at the PAP.SG website (https://www.pap.org.sg/pap-sg/latest/news/recipes-from-the-heart) as well as at all PAP branches.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong shared his sliced fish mixed rice porridge which takes only 40 minutes to prepare and cook. His advice? Use less salt to reduce high blood pressure and put in more fish instead.
Jalan Besar GRC MP, Dr Lily Neo's hearty beans and vegetable stew is full of fibre which helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
PAP.SG chairman Halimah Yacob's low-fat sayur lodeh uses sunflower or olive oil instead, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
Mr Darryl David, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, recommends his lentil, raisin and cashew rice pilaf but reminds everyone to eat in "controlled portions" and to avoid processed food as much as possible.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched "Recipes from the Heart" at the Singapore Flyer where members of the public got to try the eight dishes.
Mr Lee said tasty food can also be healthy. "You want to eat healthy, but you don't have to eat boring," he said. "Cholesterol down, blood sugar down and live a long and healthy and happy life."
Madam Halimah, who is also the Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, added: "These recipes are dishes that can be enjoyed together as a family. Healthier options such as brown rice, and having less sugar in their meals help families be aware of choices available for healthier meals."
This article was first published in the December 2016 issue of Petir Magazine.