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Breakfast, Wellness + Nutrition

The Hideaway’s Sublime Muesli Gluten Free, Paleo & Vegan Friendly

24th November 2016

Many moon’s ago, I received a phone call from a lovely man called Stephan Young, requesting that I start teaching him and his fabulous wife, Jackie, yoga at their guest house: The Hideaway.

Since then my journey with the Hideaway has lead to our unique Retreats & Wellness Getaways.

When hosting retreats with Stephan and Jackie the term ‘working’ seems inapplicable. Their attention to detail and quality is legendary…and the thought has often occurred to me  mid-retreat ‘that I can simply turn up’, everything else get’s ‘magically’ done and dealt with.

Another awesome perk of hosting Yoga Kitchen Retreats at The Hideaway is that I get to enjoy having brunch cooked by Stephan and Jackie…and boy oh boy is it a feast. Jackie prepares grain free muffins, and grain free muesli , and Stephan cooks a magnificent hot breakfast to go with it, also gluten and dairy free.

But this blog post is all about Jackie’s muesli’s…long before her grain free Muesli Jackie was famous for her Hideaway Honey Muesli, they both are so good – I could have them for pudding. After much nagging Jackie has generously agreed to share her recipes here. Thank you Jackie!

Paleo Granola (Grain Free)

Prep Time:  10 mins

Cook Time:  30 mins

Total Time:  50 mins

Ingredients

2 cups raw walnuts

2 cups raw cashews

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup linseeds

⅓ cup sunflower oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)

⅓ cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 150°C.

Break the nuts into small pieces, place in a deep roasting tin and add the pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, cranberries, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and linseeds.

In a large jug, combine the sunflower oil, honey, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and salt.  Mix well.

Pour the oil and honey mixture over the nut, seed and fruit mixture and stir well to make sure that all the ingredients are well coated.  Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 mins.

Remove the mixture from the oven and stir well.

Return the mixture to the oven and bake for a further 10 – 15 mins or until golden brown and crispy.

Remove the mixture from the oven and leave to cool for at least 10 mins before stirring to allow the nut clusters to develop.  (Use a spatula to get under the granola and release it from the bottom of the roasting tin).

Once the mixture is completely cool, store in an airtight container.

 

Hideaway Honey Muesli

Makes about 2 litres

Pre-heat oven to 140°C

Ingredients:

250g Bran Flakes

500g Tiger Oats – Old Fashioned large flakes (you can also get hold of a Gluten Free rolled oats from Health-Connections)

100g sesame seeds

100g linseeds

100g sunflower seeds

100g pumpkin seeds

½ cup honey

1 cup sunflower oil

250g pecan nuts (or alternative nuts of your choice)

Dried fruits/flaked coconut (optional) to taste

Instructions:

Mix the Bran Flakes, Tiger Oats and seeds together in a large, fairly deep, ovenproof tray.

Mix the honey and sunflower oil together in a large jug and heat in the microwave for 1 min.  Pour this mixture into the ovenproof tray and stir the dry ingredients carefully to ensure that they are well coated.

Bake the mixture in the oven for a total of 45 min at 140°C.  After each 15 min interval i.e. at the 15 min and 30 min point, remove the tray from the oven and stir the mixture again to aid the distribution of the honey and to ensure even baking of all the ingredients.

Remove the tray from the oven and allow the muesli to cool before adding the pecan nuts, dried fruits, flaked coconut and whatever else you fancy.  You will need to continue stirring the mixture often as it sticks very easily as it cools.

Cook’s notes: Store in an airtight container.  If it loses its crispy texture, place in oven for a few minutes to re-crisp. Serve both these muesli’s with some tahini and/or greek yogurt, you can add extra honey or maple syrup, but they are ‘sweet enough’ as they say.

So get cooking good looking, once you have experienced these muesli’s you will be converted.

In dedication to your glowing health

Marlien x

 

 

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Super Green Quinoa Nourishing and simple vegan lunch - gluten free and grain free

16th November 2016

Recently my friend Diaan arrived at my door eith a huge bag full if greens from her organic garden. For me, this the equivalent of a pair of  a pair of Jimmy Choo’s for a shoe addict. I used this fabulous gift to create a Superfood sauce, or pesto if you like, here goes:

  • 3 kale leaves
  • 4 spinach leaves
  • handful of chives
  • handful of flat leaf parsley
  • Hand ful of raw cashews
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 100ml of cold pressed olive oil
  • Pink salt to taste

Simply whizz all the above together in your food processor and serve with well cooked quinoa and a lovely little avocado.

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There really is nothing to this quick lunch, and it’s nourishing, simple and delicious. you can also drizzle it over a hearty vegetable or tomato soup, or spread it on a few rice cakes, or some sourdough toast with fresh tomato and mashed avo…I can keep going…but I eon’t.

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Happy cooking,

Marlien ♡

Breakfast, Wellness + Nutrition

The All In One Guide To Green Smoothies Green Smoothies

5th November 2016

We know how fabulously healthy Green Smoothies are.  We all need the greens, fiber, good fats and nutrients.

One of the reasons I love a green smoothie for breakfast is that it’s actually super quick and easy to make and digests easily, so it doesn’t hinder the all important cleansing/ house cleaning time that our body needs and delivers an exceptional punch of nutrients.

I recently came across this very well researched and comprehensive article about Green Smoothies that I feel compelled to share here.

The All In One Guide To Making A Green Smoothie

In fact, go ahead and subscribe to this Positive Health Wellness if you are investing in your health, it’s a great resource.

Please comment below and share your favorite green smoothies combinations, I would love to hear from you.

Dedicated to your radiant health,

Marlien

 

 

Wellness + Nutrition

Roasted Mushroom ‘Sandwiches’ serve as a side dish or starter

18th May 2015

Roasted Mushrooms ‘Sandwiches’ are beautiful and delicious, serve them as a side dish or a starter. As per usual in the yoga kitchen, they were chosen because not only are they delicious, they are glutenfree, grainfree, dairyfree, nutrients-dense and very easy to make.

  • Salt & brush with a little oil – some medium sized portabello mushrooms
  • Roast them at 180 degree’s for approx 20- 30 minutes
  • Remove them and let them cool down for 5 minutes
  • Dress them with some of the following:
  • pesto of your choice & fresh tomato slices
  • tahini, avo & spring onions
  • red pepper harrisa & fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Hummus & fresh tomato
Wellness + Nutrition

dressed up mushrooms serve as a side dish or starter

18th May 2015

Dressed up roasted mushrooms are beautiful and delicious, serve them as a side dish or a starter. As per usual in the yoga kitchen, they were chosen because not only are they delicious, they are glutenfree, grainfree, dairyfree, nutrients-dense and very easy to make.

  • Salt & brush with a little oil – some medium sized portabello mushrooms
  • Roast them at 180 degree’s for approx 20- 30 minutes
  • Remove them and let them cool down for 5 minutes
  • Dress them with some of the following:
  • pesto of your choice & fresh tomato slices
  • tahini, avo & spring onions
  • red pepper harrisa & fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Hummus & fresh tomato