Healthy Rocky Road Ice Cream

One of my favorite memories I have of my childhood is my dad coming to pick me up from school, always a little frazzled and always a lot late, with this look on his face that always said, “I tried to get here as fast as possible, but two hours after school was the earliest I could get off work”, I was never really upset with him for letting me wait for him that long, because I knew we would go do the daily shopping and afterwards we would go for ice cream.   Continue reading

Indian Red Lentil Fritter Protein Bowl

You know what gets me excited? Bowl food.  The best kind of food requires a bowl! Cereal, Ice cream, soup and pudding just to name a few.  It’s also just so convenient, take stuff you have and just dump it into a bowl, garnish with some parsley and voila, you have yourself a fancy meal.

Since becoming pregnant I’ve become the messiest eater in the world, nothing seems to want to make it into my mouth or stay on a plate, at least now I don’t have the big belly that things can just bounce off of.  Bowl food makes things a little less messy and its harder to get a baby foot in a bowl than it is getting it on a plate.

Obviously you can see that my love for bowl food runs deep! My go to recipe is my amazing falafel bowl recipe, but when I don’t have tahini on hand I love my Indian inspired bowl.

This bowl is filled with grains, legumes and a whole lot of vegetables, that’s all you need for an amazing protein bowl recipe anyways, right, but this one gets topped with a wonderful nectarine sauce to balance out all the delicious flavours that this recipe consists of.  The yum factor is over the top!

INDIAN RED LENTIL FRITTER PROTEIN BOWLserves 4

Ingredients

Red lentil Fritters

  • 3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed and soaked in a cup of water for 3 – 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 cup spinach, washed
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or more according to your taste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • salt and pepper to taste, I’m quite heavy handed with my salt to really get a taste going
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • oil for frying

Roasted Carrots and Beetroot

 

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large beet peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh turmeric chopped
  • half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Turmeric Rice

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of water

Nectarine dressing

  • 1 nectarine, chopped
  • 3/4 cup coconut yogurt  or yogurt
  • zest of half a lemon
  • half a lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp liquid sweetener

Assembly

  • chopped red cabbage
  • Chopped fresh coriander

Directions

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C /  425 degrees F

Red lentil fritters

Drain the red lentils well and rinse.  Place all the ingredients into a blender and grind until smooth-ish, with some grit to them.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Form little 1 tbsp disk with your hands and drop into the oil.

Fry until golden brown on both sides.

Place on paper towel.

Roasted Carrots and Beetroot

Mix everything in a bowl until well covered and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.

Turmeric rice

Add the oil to a pan and saute the garlic, ginger and turmeric.

Add the rice and water and season with salt.  Stir.  Its ready when the water is evaporated.

Nectarine yogurt dressing

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth

Assembly

In a bowl add 1/2 cup of rice, roasted vegetables, chopped red cabbage, red lentil fritters.  Drizzle with dressing and garnish with coriander.  Serve

Slow Cooker Moroccan Vegetable Stew

These days trying to get dinner on the table at an appropriate time is a near impossible task, most of the time we just eat  salads and stir fried veggies.  Its still tasty, but sometimes I just want something a little fancier.  When I do get time I can make some gourmet tasting meals, but why waste that energy when I just want to play with my cute little baby.

In comes the trusty slow – cooker.

This Moroccan stew is the perfect dump and forget meal.  I mean you can saute the onions and garlic before dumping it in the slow cooker, but I don’t bother and it comes out great.  The amazing flavours of Moroccan cooking makes this stew something really special and so easy to prepare.

Serve it with wholewheat couscous, cauliflower rice or a delicious crusty bread.  The possibilities are endless!  You don’t even have to use the same vegetables.  Use whatever you have on hand or your favourite vegetable combinations, this is a very versatile recipe so experiment!

SLOW COOKER MOROCCAN VEGETABLE STEW – serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 small butternut, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 tsp  ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water – optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Add all ingredients except the cornflour and 2 tbsp water.  Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or on high for 3 – 4 hours.

If you want a thicker stew add the cornflour mix and stir until it thickens.  Taste and season to taste.

Serve with couscous, quinoa or anything you like.  This tastes even better the next day.

Date Energy Bites

If you know me you  know I hate gluttony, its just one of my pet peeves, I’m all about moderation and eating a healthy diet that’s light on the planet; I want to leave behind a light footprint on the planet.  As light as I can in this day and age.  You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this, and why I’m talking about this on a date recipe?  Well, it all started with Tim Noakes.  Man, I don’t know the guy, but boy do I dislike him.  If you don’t know who he is he created the banting diet.  A diet I feel is not environmentally light and is just really damaging to the planet.  After receiving a cookbook of this guy as a gift and trying to see if there is actually anything I would make in the book, I just got more irritated.  I’ve made a few banting recipes for my parents in law who are on this diet, and I just hated it.  Its so heavy on dairy and meat, it even made Carl sick when he ate it.  I mean 3 cups of cheese, mixed with another cup of soft cheese all mixed in with an insane amount of eggs and just to top it all off lets just add a truck load of meat, I don’t know if its just me, but that does NOT sound healthy to me.  I mean, hello cholesterol?  As I was flipping through this cookbook, wondering whats wrong with this guy, I came across a date ball recipe.  I stopped because you know I didn’t think date balls required a lot of ingredients.

Boy, was I wrong!

As I went through the ingredients list, my anger for this man just reached a level I didn’t think  it could reach.  Eggs in date balls? Cream in Date balls? Why does everything have to contain eggs with this guy! I don’t think eating such a large animal product diet is good for the planet, we all share this planet and  I think his diet is so popular here, because people here don’t want to eat consciously and think about where their food came from.  The idea of skipping meat for one meal is impossible to some.  Yes, you will lose weight on a gluten free sugar free, high fat and meat diet, but what about your environmental impact.  Okay! Okay! rant over.  I’ve just been mulling about this for so long and felt like I Just needed to get it off my chest.  So lets get on to this recipe.

Medjool dates are just the best thing to ever come out of nature.  Its natures delicious candy, that I now believe really helped me with my short labour time ( 1 hour and 5 minutes).  These little energy bites actually got created thanks to my intense labour preparation.  I was expecting the standard 6 hours at least labour, so for weeks I was preparing little energy boosters to keep Carl and my midwives going.  During the last couple of weeks of waiting for my baby to arrive ( better late than never I suppose), I was starting to get a little tired of waiting and craved a whole lot of comfort food.  Lamingtons was one of those cravings.  I was out of gluten free flour and really didn’t feel like baking and decided medjool dates are yum, but could be yummier.  Anything dipped in chocolate pushes even the most boring recipes over the edge.

These are really easy to prepare, the hardest thing is making a double boiler to melt some chocolate or you can just use a microwave, will keep your energy up and give you the boost you need with a whole lot of delicious to go with.

DATE ENERGY BITES – 10 bites

 

Ingredients

  • 10 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, the darker the better. We like 85% – 90%
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 10 roasted almonds

Directions

Place an almond in every medjool date.

Place the dates in the freezer for 5 minutes, it will make the chocolate stick easier.

Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave until soft.  Remove and stir until completely melted.

Dip the dates into the chocolate, get it completely coated and dip in coconut flakes, get it completely coated.

Place on plate and chill in the fridge until set.

I tried these with different toppings like chia seeds, with just the chocolate and goji berries, but the coconut flakes one is my favourite.  Feel free to experiment until you find a topping you just can’t get enough of.

Flavourful Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone in the vegan/ allergy world has heard about the miracle that is aquafaba! If you haven’t its okay, my dear little rock dwelling friend, now you know about the miracle that is basically bean juice…..Yes, bean juice, or the brine left behind in a can of chickpeas for the less dramatic.  This miracle brine has been a lifesaver for egg-free cooking, being able to be whipped up to make light and fluffy meringue, macaroons, replacing eggs in cakes and baked goods and making the most amazing thick egg free mayonnaise.

This flavourful mayonnaise is something you definitely need to try.  Garlicky with  the perfect amount of tang, this is a recipe to keep bookmarked and keep making over and over. Its also really versatile, play around with it until you have something that makes your taste-buds sing, if you like more garlic.  Add it! This is a perfectly flavoured recipe for me, but we all like things differently.  Add some herbs for a fancier mayonnaise or an added taste kick.  Just be prepared to feel like a cooking genius, this recipe is that easy to whip up, but will impress all your friends and family.

FLAVOURFUL AQUAFABA MAYONNAISEserves 16 

Aquafaba  Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp aquafaba, the leftover brine from a can of chickpeas, or freshly cooked beans.
  • 1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 – 1 cup oil ( I used olive oil, but sunflower or canola would work)

Directions

Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a blender or food processor.

While blending on low-medium, start adding the oil slowly.  About a tablespoon at a time, until you’ve used up all the oil.   The mixture will thicken up fast.

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Taste and adjust seasoning.

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Transfer to a bowl or glass jar.  Store in fridge for 2 weeks.  Use on everything!