Soup

Immune Boosting Green Soup

28th May 2020

This is a deliciously healing soul with many immune boosting properties. We are living through a strong time where immune health is more important than ever.

Without further ado – here is the recipe for my Immune-Boosting Green Soup;

Ingredients:

  • 3 x stalk of celery, chopped roughly (include some leaves too)
  • 1 X medium brown or yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of roughly chopped kale
  • 5 courgettes, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sprig of oregano, de-stalked
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, grated crushed
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 cube of Kale mushroom stock
  • 1.5 litres of filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil/ macadamia oil/ or butter/ ghee

Method:

Simply add all the ingredients (except the water) to a large soup pot and sauté for 10 minutes (stirring often) on medium heat.

Then add the water and allow it to simmer on medium heat for 30-40 minutes, then remove from the heat and whiz with a stick blender until smooth.

Garnish (optional):

Add a large dollop of greek yoghurt and some kale chips for crunch when serving along with black pepper and cold pressed olive oil

Storing: This soup freezes well, and what is lovelier then taking out a jar of homemade soup in the morning and heating some up for a nourishing supper along with a baked potato or a slice of sourdough.

Happy soup making,

Marlien x

 

Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

Healthy Brain Beet Salad Beet as a Superfood to protect your brain

1st April 2020

Beets and walnuts for your brain, all combined in a really delicious salad.

Scientists say beets may be the new superfood. A new study suggests that a daily dose of beet or beet juice boosts blood flow to the brain, sharpening your mind and potentially creating a safeguard against dementia as you age. In addition walnuts – also found in my ‘clever’ salad is exceptionally high in Omega 3 – and we can all do with a boost 0f Omega 3

It may be just a coincidence that the shell of a walnut looks like a tiny brain, but research suggests that this nut may indeed be good for your mind.

Animal and test-tube studies found that the nutrients in walnuts, including polyunsaturated fat, polyphenols and vitamin E, may help reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in your brain.

 

Despite the surreal and scary time we are living through, I am grateful for the quiet, slow days I can spend with my girls.
I am finding tons of contentment and peace in preparing meals and this one was for lunch.

Ingredients:
3 quartered and sliced beetroot
1 loosely packed cup of kale chips
1/2 wedge of goats-milk feta cheese
1/3 cup of cracked walnuts

Dressing:
1/3 cup of avocado oil
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Boil or roast your beetroot, then simply sprinkle/ crumble the rest of of your ingredients over the top and then add your emulsified dressing – I like shaking mine in a jar.

Happy cooking & nourishing.

Marlien x

sweets, Wellness + Nutrition

Buckwheat Flour Banana Loaf Benefits of Buckwheat

1st April 2020

Hi everyone

I hope you guys are all staying safe and healthy during the very scary and uncertain times we are globally living through. Apparently too many of us has been posting recipes for Banana Loaf (according to some :)) – I have decided to go ahead share mine anyway as its a lovely gluten & wheat free version. And as always easy.

Buckwheat may sound like a wheat related flour, but in fact its entirely unrelated to wheat, its gluten-free and in fact classed as a pseudo seed. But it makes for a great wheat flour substitute and its very easy to get hold of from your local supermarket (in the health-food section), or a nearby health store. Should you however struggle to find buckwheat flour – buy whole buckwheat and turn it into ultra fresh flour in your food processor.

You can substitute the buckwheat flour for ordinary flour off offcourse, or any other wheat flour alternative of your choice – I use bicarbonate of soda as my raising agent – so just check whether your flour is self raising- in which case you can omit the bicarb.

Here is why buckwheat is good for you:Buckwheat is mainly composed of carbs. It also boasts a good amount of fiber and resistant starch, which may improve colon health. What’s more, it offers small amounts of high-quality protein.

The most abundant minerals in common buckwheat are;

  • Manganese. Found in high amounts in whole grains, manganese is essential for healthy metabolism, growth, development, and your body’s antioxidant defenses.
  • Copper. Often lacking in the Western diet, copper is an essential trace element that may benefit heart health when eaten in small amounts.
  • Magnesium. When present in sufficient amounts in your diet, this essential mineral may lower your risk of various chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Iron. Deficiency in this important mineral leads to anemia, a condition characterized by reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood.
  • Phosphorus. This mineral plays an essential role in the growth and maintenance of body tissues.

Ingredients:

2 large (or 3 small) very ripe bananas
3/4 cup of (buckwheat) flour
2 eggs
1 heaped tablespoon of ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
1/2 cup of live full fat yoghurt or buttermilk
1/4 cup of macadamia nut oil or melted butter (avocado oil will also do)
1 heaped teaspoon of bicarb
1 teaspoon of fine sea salt or pink salt

Pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
I make things simple by adding the bananas, eggs, yoghurt, oil, flaxseed powder sugar & salt to the mixing bowl and just whizz it all together with my hand blender.
Once smooth I add the flour and bicarb and walnuts and then mix it well.

Pour it into a greased small bread tin and pop it in the oven for 30 min. Test with a fork or pin and should it come out clean you can take it out to cool – otherwise give it a few more minutes.

Serve with butter, ghee and a lovely cup of tea 😊

Happy baking – and hang in there everyone.

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Gut Friendly Mexican Chilli

17th February 2020

This is another great dish to add lots more veggies to your life – it that translates to a healthier and more diverse gut microbiome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow/ brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • medium bunch kale, de-stalked and shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon of dried origanum
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin & nutmeg each
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of pasata or chopped tomatoes
  • sea salt to taste
  • a pinch of sugar to regulate the acidity of the tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • a handful of kidney beans and chickpeas each – or just choose 1 and double your qty.

Sauté the onion & red pepper in coconut oil until soft, then add the garlic and sauté for a further 1 minute. Then add absolutely everything else and allow it to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Then serve with quinoa or brown basmati rice.

Serve with some avocado or just on its own 🙂

Happy cooking

Marlien x

Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

Sunflower Seed Spread Vegan & Paleo Friendly

29th January 2020

If you are looking for a plant based/ dairy-free spread or simply a delicious dollop of good fats and fibre to add to salads you must try this recipe.

Before I dive straight into the recipe details, here is a few more reasons to incorporate sunflower seeds int your diet; Sunflower seeds are especially high in vitamin E and selenium. These function as antioxidants to protect your body’s cells against free radical damage, which plays a role in several chronic diseases.

Additionally, sunflower seeds are a good source of beneficial plant compounds, including phenolic acids and flavonoids — which also function as antioxidants  – read more on sunflower seed’s health benefits here 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of lightly toasted sunflower seeds
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup of cold pressed olive oil, or macadamia oil
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast flakes
  • a generous grinding of sea-salt

Simply add all the above ingredients to your blender and whizz until you have a smooth consistency.

Storage: it keeps in the fridge for 7 days.

 

Happy cooking & nourishment

Marlien x