Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | Tuesday, 13 December 2022
In November, Bachelor of Health (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) students competed in our second annual Endeavour Cook-Off event. Current students competed for a top-three spot, with the brief being recipes that support fertility.
The fierce (and tasty) competition was hosted and judged by Sophie Porter – our Head of Department for Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Kate Carr – Endeavour Lecturer and Clinical Nutritionist, and Jason Roberts – internationally renowned chef, author, and brand ambassador.
It’s safe to say that all of our contestants brought their A-game and truly did us proud. The passion and dedicat… Okay, stop us before we get too emotional! Let’s get to the recipes.
Served on a bed of:
To serve, place the pancakes on a bed of leafy greens and top with thinly sliced avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon. Sprinkle with pepitas and hemp seeds, then add some mint leaves for presentation.
Nutritional notes: This recipe is rich in B9, B12, Omega 3, Protein and antioxidants, all of which support fertility.
Allergy information: Vegetarian and vegan-friendly*, gluten-free
*For a vegan option, omit the egg and replace it with scrambled tofu.
Serving size: 3-4
Nutritional notes: The congee element of this dish provides a rich source of complex carbohydrates and protein. Nine essential amino acids (grains and legumes) combined with omega 3 and 6 (quinoa) support circulation, which boosts fertility. By soaking the grains and legumes, phytates content reduces significantly which allows for better absorption of nutrients.
The third place medal was split in two between Feda Hassan, who whipped up a Mediterranean spiced salmon, and Hannah Dean, with her fertility-booster chicken patties.
Serving size: 1
To plate, place the couscous on a plate, top it with Mediterranean spiced salmon, and add a handful of rocket on the side. Top this with roasted asparagus and 2-3 thin lemon wedges. Put some zesty minted yoghurt in a small bowl or directly on the side of the couscous.
Nutritional notes: Salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids that boost fertility in men and women. It also increases selenium, which contributes to the formation of healthy sperm. Chickpeas contain calcium (bone health and enzyme regulation) and magnesium (RNA and DNA production).
Serving size: 4
A ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and olive oil will result in a thick dressing – if you prefer a thinner dressing, use large quantities. Add a tbsp of dried lemon balm or a few fresh leaves as it aids in digestion.
You can toss your salad with the dressing or drizzle it on top if you prefer! Add goat’s cheese for some extra flavour to the salad, and sauerkraut on top of the chicken patties for an extra probiotic boost!
Nutritional notes: This recipe is rich in various vitamins and minerals that aid in fertility. Chicken contains selenium (aids male fertility), Vitamin B12 (DNA production) and Zinc (necessary for semen to develop, bone formation and skin integrity). Chickpeas contain calcium (bone health and enzyme regulation) and magnesium (RNA and DNA). Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation.
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