Finding a few nice recipes to make in the festive season can be stressful when there’s a lot of options out there. We’ve done the deciphering for you and picked out 3 of our favourite easy-to-make recipes from the “Recipes of Life -  Cooking for One or Two” cookbook. These simple recipes can be prepared at home for friends or family or yourself.

The Benevolent Society wishes you a safe, happy and healthy festive season!

Asparagus, Tomato and Ricotta Frittata

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Celsius fan forced). Grease a 1.5 litre capacity (6 cups) oven dish with cooking oil spray.
2. Whisk together the asparagus, peas, eggs, rice, ricotta, tuna and basil.
3. Pour into the prepared dish and top with diced tomato. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving with salad or vegetables.

Cooking oil spray
6 asparagus stems (canned), chopped
½ cup peas
2 eggs
1/3 cup reduced- fat ricotta
200g chilli flavoured canned tuna
2 teaspoons basil (fresh or dried), finely chopped
½ tomato, diced

Best served Salad or Vegetables such as steamed broccoli

Iced Red Berry Mocktail

Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: nil

1. Combine berries, watermelon and cranberry juice in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour into wine glasses and top with soda water.
4. Serve with strawberries (optional).

150g Frozen berries
100g watermelon (if not in season use additional mixed berries
½ cup cranberry juice
1 cup soda water
Fresh strawberries, sliced (optional)

A healthy tip!

For optimal health you should consume no more than 2 standard drinks a day. Usa a mocktail like this one as an alternative to an alcoholic drink.

Modern Trifle

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: nil

1. Combine the yoghurt, vanilla essence, hazelnut meal and brown sugar.
2. Place berries in a glass and top with yoghurt mixture.
3. Serve with biscotti.

400g low fat natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
4 tablespoons hazelnut meal
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup mixed berries, or any other fruit
4-6 slices biscotti* (optional)

Biscotti: Twice-baked Italian almond biscuits. It can be found in the biscuit aisle at your supermarket.

A Healthy Tip!
It is very important that we keep our brains active to prevent or delay memory loss. Some good ways to keep our brains active include: taking up a new hobby, reading and writing, playing cards or doing crosswords.