Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

This is wonderfully filling and satisfying. The sauce can be used for many other things and you can change the ratios for a more or less cheesy sauce.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa
1 small head of broccoli
5 tsp ground almonds
3tsp nutritional yeast flakes
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup rice milk
water to reach desired consistency
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (1/4 cup uncooked)
  • cook quinoa (1 part quinoa 2 parts water)
  • combine almonds, yeast, milk and leave to soak for as long as is convenient (10 mins?)
  • heat sauce mixture and season to taste
  • add quinoa
  • add broccoli
  • simmer until sauce reaches desired consistency and broccoli is cooked- add water if needed.
This sauce tastes great with pretty much any veggies/grains. If you like it stronger add more nutritional yeast, if you'd like it thicker use some ground chia seeds in place of some of the almonds, just work with what you've got and what you need it for!

Enjoy x x x
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Spiced Mushroom Broth

What do you do when you have no fresh veggies left? You use dried of course! This broth is warm, filling and amazingly tasty (not to mention good for you) it doesn't take much to throw together and you can always have the ingredients on hand as they keep for ages.

Spiced Mushroom Broth
1 loosely packed cup chopped dried king oyster mushrooms
1 loosely packed cup chopped dried shitake mushrooms
1/2 cup dried seaweed
1 heaped teaspoon miso paste
1 tbsp sweet dark chinese vinegar
1tbsp five spice
1tbsp galengall powder
1/2 tsp lemongrass powder
1 spring onion
1 garlic clove
5 cups stock
  • chop garlic and onion
  • dry fry miso paste, garlic, onion
  • add enough water to make the miso into a loose paste
  • add spices
  • cook off until fragrant
  • add stock and vinegar
  • add mushrooms
  • simmer until mushrooms are tender (10 minutes ish)
  • add seaweed, stir through
  • serve as 1 large main or multiple small entrees 
I hope you enjoy!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fruit 'Ice-creams' & Veggies

I hope you all had a lovely easter and got to enjoy some time off! Here are some quick  and easy recipes to add to your repertoire.

Apple and Almond Butter
Easy doesn't even cover this one...
Apple
Almond Butter
  • Slice apple thinly
  • Spread small amounts of almond butter on apple and enjoy!

Broccoli, Mushrooms and Sage
Small head of broccoli
2 cups chopped brown mushrooms
1 tbsp chopped Fresh Sage
1 spring onion
1 garlic clove
1 cup stock
  • chop vegetables, onion and garlic
  • dry fry onion and garlic
  • add broccoli and mushrooms
  • add stock
  • When vegetables are almost cooked stir through chopped sage
  • enjoy!

Raspberry and Banana 'Ice-cream'
2 frozen bananas
2 cups frozen raspberries
1.5 cups water
  • Blend all ingredients (pulse first)
  • If you like it soft serve style eat straight away, if you like it harder just put it in the freezer until it takes your desired consistency- this will keep well in the freezer, just pull it out ahead of serving time so it's soft enough!

Blueberry and Banana 'Ice-cream'
2 frozen bananas
2 cups frozen blueberries
1.5 cups water
  • Blend all ingredients (pulse first)
  • If you like it soft serve style eat straight away, if you like it harder just put it in the freezer until it takes your desired consistency- this will keep well in the freezer, just pull it out ahead of serving time so it's soft enough!

Chocolate and Banana 'Ice-cream'
4 frozen bananas
4 tsp raw cacao powder
1.5 cups water
  • Blend all ingredients (pulse first)
  • If you like it soft serve style eat straight away, if you like it harder just put it in the freezer until it takes your desired consistency- this will keep well in the freezer, just pull it out ahead of serving time so it's soft enough!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This one is very similar to the choc mint one I posted earlier here, but I had the camera out so why not?
4 small avocados (once again- go organic, they taste SO much better)
2 tsp vanilla paste/extract whatever you like
stevia to taste- if you're going to eat it with fruit like me you really don't need much!
2 tsp cacao powder (or more if you like it really strong)


These are all really quick and easy to make- rarely do I make things that take a lot of time and effort, because I really don't have the time! (and the pressure cooker makes lengthy dishes quick!)

I hope you give these a go, they're healthy, low cal and satisfying- Let yourself enjoy them :) xxx
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Seven Recipes

 
Its been a long time-sorry, uni and life have been. I hope you're all well, happy and feeding yourselves wonderful healthy goodness!
Here are some pics of my shopping :) I just love how beautiful they look- all the beautiful colours and organic freshness, it just feels natural and good for you! 

Here's a selection of what I've been eating:
Avocado, Bean, and Chive Salad
1/2 Avocado
1.5 cups chopped green beans
1 tsp chardonnay vinegar
2 tbsp chives
  • If you don't like your beans raw (I do) you can blanche and refresh them before chopping them into bit size pieces.
  • Cut and scoop out 1/2 Avo
  • Chop chives and sprinkle over
  • Drizzle vinegar over as a dressing (the fat in the avo makes it work- trust me)

Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Soup
5 Carrots (medium size, organic)
1 tsp Cumin powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
Fresh Coriander to garnish 
1/2 tsp Chili powder
1 tbsp Tumeric
2 cups dried Chickpeas
6 cups stock
2 small shallots
3 cloves Garlic
  • Soak the chickpeas overnight
  • Cook chickpeas in the pressure cooker with the tumeric for 15 minutes
  • Chop garlic and shallots
  • Grate carrots
  • Dry fry garlic, shallots and spices in a big pot
  • Add the carrots, stock and chickpeas
  • When carrots are tender blend the soup
  • Enjoy! This is a thick filling warming soup with a little kick.
Pumpkin, Rosemary and Chickpea Soup
I know the ingredients to this one sound weird but I was craving things and I came up with this- I love it, my husband loves it, I would strongly advise you to give it a go.

1 Small pumpkin (it was orange I don't know its exact name)
2 cups dried chickpeas
2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried mustard powder
6 cups stock
chives
3 garlic cloves
cracked black pepper
  • Soak chickpeas overnight
  • Chop and peel pumpkin
  • Cook chickpeas and pumpkin in pressure cooker for 15 mins
  • Add herbs, stock, spices, garlic
  • Blend Soup (add more water if needed)
  • Garnish with chives and seasoning
  • Enjoy! This tastes beautiful thick or thin, your choice!

Pumpkin Dal
3 cups Chana Dal
1 small butternut Pumpkin (skin on)
1 tsp asafetida
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp tumeric
4 cups stock
  • Soak dal for 2 hrs minimum
  • chop pumpkin
  • Cook pumpkin and dal in pressure cooker for 15 mins
  • Add spices and stock to reach desired consistency
  • Simmer for 5 mins
  • Eat! (this is a wet dal)
Spicy Tumeric Dal
3 cups Chana Dal
1 tsp Tumeric
1 tsp Cumin powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Garam marsarla
3 cups stock
  • soak dal for 2 hrs minimum
  • cook dal with tumeric in pressure cooker for 10-15 mins
  • add spices and combine
  • Eat! (this is a dry dal)
Chocolate-Mint Avocado Mousse
1/2 Avocado
Stevia to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla paste/extract
2 tsp cacao powder
2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • chop mint
  • stir to combine all ingredients
  • Refrigerate for a more firm texture
  • Enjoy! This is rich and lovely, you only need a tiny bit- pictured is only about 3 tsb but it lasted me 2 serves that I had with fruit (an orange and apple) it's awesome!

Chocolate Blueberries
Serves 2
70% Dark Chocolate (organic fair trade)
2 cups Frozen blueberries
  • This one's not rocket science...
  • Grate the chocolate over the blueberries
  • stir through
  • Add more chocolate on top to make it look pretty- This was only one tiny block!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

True Beauty

I love this poem by Sam Levenson. I found it in Miranda Kerr's book Treasure Yourself It's so beautiful I just had to share it!

Time Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his 
or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, received, reclaimed and redeemed: never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one
at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two 
hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, 
the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must been from in her eyes, 
because that is the doorway to her heart, 
the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
 but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, 
the passion that she knows.
And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!

Beautiful, don't you think? When I'm feeling down or too embedded in the little horrors life throws at you things like this cheer me up, so I hope some of you will find it heart lightening too! 

Hope you're all well and smiley, lots of love xxx
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