Personally, I find healthy eating boring because I think your choices are very limited and it can be very dry.I am always trying to challenge myself by finding fun and new ideas for “healthy” recipes.

I want you to not only enjoy cooking the healthy food but also enjoy the taste knowing you are eating healthy food.There are a huge range of different healthy meals you can make depending on what you like and what you fancy cooking.

As long as the taste and flavour are right, healthy recipes can be a blast, as you’d enjoy whatever it is that you cook.

If you like poultry, here’s one for you. I stumbled across this extremely easy duck recipe that everyone will definitely enjoy! It is simple but very tasty!

This recipe was taken out of a kid’s healthy eating section in a book but I think it’s good enough for the whole family!

It is also a great recipe to use as a starter if you are entertaining guests or having a dinner party!



HeyEater Hints & Tips:

If you don’t have a mortar, I will suggest using the back of a wooden spoon to crush the spices until you get it into powder form. I used this method, although it might take more time it works fine!



Photos by : Didun Odukale


1 Iceberg lettuce

4 duck breasts about 175g each

¼ tsp of Szechuan peppercorns

½ tsp of Black peppercorns

½-1tsp of five-spice powder

pinch of sea salt

olive oil, to drizzle

1 cucumber

2 spring onions, trimmed and chopped

5-6 tbsp hoisin sauce


1. Remove the outer layers from the lettuce until you get 4-6 neat whole leaves. Trim around each leaf with scissors to neaten the edges, so that they resemble cups. Place one on each serving plate.

2. Remove the skin and fat from the duck breasts, then slice the flesh into thin strips. Put the peppercorns five-spice powder and sea salt into a mortar and grind to a powder.  Sprinkle this over the duck slices, drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to coat evenly.

3. Halve the cucumber and scoop out the seeds, then cut into finger-length strips. Slice the spring onions finely.

4. Heat a non-stick wide frying pan until hot and you can feel the heat rising above the pan. Add the duck and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the spring onions and hoisin sauce and toss well to coat. Stir-fry for another minute until the duck is just cooked through. Toss with a handful of cucumber strips.

5. Divide the stir-fry between the lettuce cups and scatter the remaining cucumber strips around each plate. Serve immediately.

This recipe serves 4 – 6


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