Quinoa Sushi

Ingredients (Serves 3):

• 275 Grams Quinoa
• 150 Grams Smoked trout or any other fish that you like
• 1 Cup Greek yogurt
• 2 Tablespoons Wasabi paste, or more to taste
• Lemon pepper to taste
• Salt to taste
• 3 Tablespoons Sushi vinegar
• Nori sheets as needed
• 1 Carrot, shredded
• 1 Cucumber, sliced
• 1 Sweet pepper or bell pepper
• 2 Avocados, sliced
• Black sesame seeds to taste

Method:

1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water & then boil it for 12 min. Drain and set aside. While it is cooking prep the veggies.
2. For the rolls or bowl– slice the pepper and cucumber into strips.
3. Mix the greek yogurt, wasabi, sushi vinegar, lemon pepper & salt. Then add the cooked quinoa and mix until combined. Taste for salt.
4. Place a thin layer of quinoa on top of the nori, sprinkle some black sesame seeds, then add the trout and veggies. Roll it using the mat.
5. Arrange the sliced avocado on top of the roll. Cover with plastic film. Using the mat press a bit so the avocado sticks to the roll.
6. Remove the plastic wrap and slice it into pieces. You can also skip this step & add the avocado with the veggies so it is inside the roll.
7. To make the bowl. Just serve the seasoned quinoa first, then the veggies and trout. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and thinly sliced nori.
Serve with some soy sauce on the side and enjoy!

Low Carb Breakfast Wrap to start off Diabetes Month

If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes or you are pre-diabetic and you need to make radical changes in your current diet – this low carb breakfast wrap is a filling, veggie-loaded option that promises to hit the spot without spiking your glucose levels.

Low Carb Breakfast Wrap (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, free-range
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh rocket leaves/watercress
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 medium carrot, julienned
  • 1/4 red pepper,  julienned
  • 1/4 small zucchini, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons spring onion, chopped

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine eggs, almond milk and spices. Beat until well combined.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small to medium non-stick pan over medium heat for a 5 to 10 seconds.
  3. Evenly pour in the egg mixture. Cook covered over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until you can easily flip the omelette using a spatula. Flip halfway and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.
  4. When ready, remove from heat and let cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  5.  Arrange rocket/watercress leaves on the cooled omelette. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top, then arrange the carrots, red pepper, and zucchini along the middle and sides.
  6.  Roll the omelette,  and then cut in half. Season with salt and pepper.

Filling variations:

  • Smoked salmon/trout
  • Curried butter beans
  • Hummus and avocado

 

World Egg Day calls for celebratory Shakshuka

Yes it’s Friday the 13th but this recipe is foolproof! No broken egg yolks here (we hope!). It makes me so happy that we have a whole day dedicated to the humble egg – so versatile, affordable and nutritious. Eggs often get a bad rep for being too high in fat or cholesterol and yes, the egg yolk does contain cholesterol but recent research shows that having 1-2 eggs/day is healthy and in fact, we should be aiming to get in atleast 1 egg/day. Treat yourself to this vibrant and fresh Shakshuka that shows off the egg in all it’s glory!

Foolproof Shakshuka (serves 3-4)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the onions, green peppers, garlic, spices, pinch salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, and honey. Simmer until the tomato mixture begins to reduce, about 10-12 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, make 6 “wells,” in the tomato mixture (make sure the indentations are spaced out). Gently crack an egg into each well.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover the skillet, and cook on low until the egg whites are set.
  5. Uncover and add the fresh parsley and mint. You can add more black pepper or crushed red pepper, if you like.

The dirty deets on the glorious egg – here we are:

Nutritional composition per egg (roughly 50g):

  • Energy (kJ): 308
  • Protein (g): 6.29
  • Carbohydrates (g): 0.39
  • Fat (g): 4.97
  • of which Saturated fat (g): 1.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 212
  • Sodium (mg): 70

Chicken & Courgette Pasta

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 250g courgettes
  • 150gmushroom
  • 100g tomatoes
  • 1 small avocado
  • 50g unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Clove of garlic
  • Herbs: Basil, salt, pepper

Meat and fish variations:

  • Add 90-120 gram chicken per person
  • Add 90-120 gram salmon per person

Method:

  1. In a pan sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil.
  2. Chop the baby marrow, tomato, mushroom into small pieces, and add to pan.
  3. Cook for a few minutes, until tender
  4. Then add the pesto and herbs to pan
  5. Serve the meal with a sprinkle of chopped cashew nuts and slices of avocado
  6. Can add fish or chicken to dish for more balance 🙂

Feel Good this Spring

“Asian inspired beef stirfry with egg noodles”

“Deconstructed Mexican Bowl”

“Chicken meatballs with arrabiata sauce and zucchini noodles”

 

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Five uses for your trusty blender

Has your blender made its way to the back of the cupboard because the idea of making a smoothie in this chilly Winter puts you off ? Dust the handy appliance off ASAP. Here are 5 fantastic uses for your trusty blender.

Homemade Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 200g tinned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or more)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until combined. If not fully blended, scrape down the sides and blend again. Season to taste.

Thai Green Curry Paste

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 medium green chillies, deseeded
  • 5cm piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • Small bunch of coriander
  • 1 lime, grated zest and juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend to make a paste. If not fully blended, scrape down the sides and blend again.

Basil Pesto (or any pesto)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1-2 cups fresh basil, washed
  • 50g pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan in a blender and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin steady stream until well combined.

Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat yoghurt/coconut cream

Method:

  1. Place the halved tomatoes, quartered onions, and garlic cloves into a large bowl and add the oil. Season well with salt and pepper, and stir well to coat. Pour the oiled and seasoned vegetables onto a baking tray, and roast at 180C for about 30 minutes.
  2. Set the roasted vegetables aside for 15 minutes to cool and then place the veggies into your blender.
  3. Once the soup is blended, add the yoghurt/coconut cream and, salt and pepper to taste. If you are serving the soup immediately – pour the soup into a pot and heat on the stove top for 5 minutes.

Salsa Verde

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  •  1 cup basil leaves
  •  1 garlic clove, chopped
  •  2 teaspoons capers, drained
  •  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 lemon, juiced
  •  Salt, to taste

Method:

  1. Place parsley, basil, garlic and capers in a blender. Process until finely chopped.
  2. With the motor running, add oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to parsley mixture. Blend until well combined. Season with sea salt and pepper.

Blenders are so versatile. From the above mentioned recipes to the humble pancake, frothy lattes or simply grinding flaxseeds – there should be no reason to ever push your blender to the back of your cupboard.

 

 

Have yourself a Merry Christmas in July

Who doesn’t love a mid-year Christmas?

If you are feeling festive this July – give these simple but oh-so-yummy recipes a try.

Salmon with Roasted Veggies (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthways and thickly sliced
  • 1 whole garlic, halved across the middle
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 270g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 x 150g salmon fillets
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the onions, peppers, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes into a shallow roasting tray. Pour over 3 tbsp olive oil, season with sea salt and ground black pepper, then gently toss to coat.
  3. Roast the veggies for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tray and lay the salmon fillets on top. Season, then drizzle with a little more oil and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.
  5. Return to the oven for 10-12 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Scatter with fresh basil leaves to serve

 

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Fresh Cherry Crumble (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the crumble topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 190 C. Lightly spray four ramekins with baking spray or lightly butter the bottoms and sides.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the pitted cherries, water, honey, agave, and cornstarch. Stir to blend and put the pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Divide cherry mixture among 4 ramekins.
  4. Combine topping ingredients and, using fingers, sprinkle evenly over each filled ramekin.
  5. Put ramekins in the preheated oven with a sheet of foil or baking sheet on the rack below to catch drips. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbly.

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Individual blueberry cheesecakes

(serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup packed (200g) pitted dates
  • 1 cup (120 g) raw almonds/walnuts

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) raw cashews, soaked
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Method:

  1. Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
  2. Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it’s too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal.
  3. Lightly grease a standard, 12 pan muffin tin.
  4. Next scoop in heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of crust and press with fingers. Set in freezer to firm up.
  5. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Divide filling evenly among the muffin tins. Place a couple of blueberries in each mini cheesecake. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard – about 4-6 hours.
  8. Once set, remove carefully with a butter knife. They should pop right out.

Soup up this Winter

Temperatures are dropping, and there is something so comforting about sipping on a warm bowl of goodness. Avoid the pre-made stuff and use up all those leftover veggies in the fridge by whipping up these quick and super easy, heart-warming soups. These recipes are rich in anti-oxidants and plenty of other nutritious, delicious superfoods. The best part is, they can be made in 60 minutes or less.

 

Sweet potato, butternut and kale soup (serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 small butternut
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 300ml almond milk
  • 4 handfuls of chopped kale
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, curry (optional)
  • Roasted pine nuts for garnish
  • Small bunch coriander

Method:

  1. Start out with preparing the ingredients. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and the butternut. Wash and chop the kale, onion, and apples.
  2. Bring the coconut  and almond milk to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the sweet potato and butternut and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the sweet potato/butternut is soft.
  3. Add the kale, onion, and apples to the saucepan. Season with salt, pepper, and optionally curry according to taste. Let simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, roast the pine nuts in a frying pan.
  5. Serve the soup hot with a good amount of the roasted pine nuts and fresh coriander.

 

Ginger and turmeric carrot soup (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 400g  carrots, chopped into rounds
  • 4 medium beets, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-4cm of fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Coriander, chopped, for garnish

Method:

  1. Toss the carrots and beets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread out onto a baking sheet, transfer to the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until the veggies are tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Place the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion to the pan and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onion begins to become soft. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for one minute more, or until the garlic/ginger becomes fragrant.
  4. Add the roasted beets, carrots and vegetable stock to the saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lightly thickened. Stir in the vinegar, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer the beet stock mixture to a blender or blend in the pot using a blender stick. Blend until smooth.
  7. Serve with chopped coriander to garnish.

 

Chicken zucchini noodle soup (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • ½  cup diced red onion
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 3 teaspoons fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • Avocado for topping (optional)

Method:

  1. Place a large soup pot over medium heat and add in the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables “sweat” and onions are translucent. Add in the thyme and oregano and cook for another 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Place in the chicken thighs and bay leaf and pour in the chicken broth and water.
  4. Cover and let the mixture come to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a steady simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and peel off the skin and discard. Then, shred the chicken off the bone and set aside, with any juices. Place the bones back into the soup pot and simmer for 10 more minutes, uncovered.
  6. While the bones simmer, slice the zucchinis halfway lengthwise. Then, spiralize/grate the zucchini. Set aside.
  7. Remove the bones and bay leaves and discard. Add the reserved shredded chicken back to the pot along with the zucchini noodles.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes or until zucchini is al dente. Season to taste.
  9. Top with sliced avocado (optional)

 

An afternoon nibble of Brie and Pomegranate Bruschetta for Mother’s Day

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons agave
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 French baguette, sliced into 1 inch slices
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 whole brie cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar, agave, and Pomegranate Liqueur to a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the griller on your oven. Add the bread slices to a baking sheet, brush the top side with olive oil. Grill until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Flip the slices over, place sliced brie on the non-toasted side. Return slices to the griller until cheese has melted, 1-2 minutes. Plate bruschetta, drizzle with homemade balsamic glaze and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and parsley.