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Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

Roasted Cabbage & Quinoa Salad

1st July 2021

Roasted red cabbage & quinoa salad

Serves 4

Cabbage instructions:

3 small baby cabbages, cored and cut into quarters, then place on a baking tray and drizzle with macadamia nut oil, season with salt and then roasted at 160 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes

Serve with:

1 cup of dry quinoa (cooked in 2 cups of salted water for 25-30 minutes)

Dress with:

  • ¾ cup of Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Garnish with:

  • 2 tablespoons of earthshine sunflower seeds
  • Parsley to garnish

 

Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

The bee’s knees buckwheat salad Buckwheat-salad-recipe

1st July 2021

The bee’s knees buckwheat salad

Buckwheat is a pseudo grain, and although it has the word wheat in it, it is in fact gluten free. In addition, it is also a rich source of plant-based protein. This salad is the bee’s knees and everyone who has a helping of it wants a second.

 For the Buckwheat:

  • 1 cup of uncooked buckwheat
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt for cooking brine

For the rest: 

  • 2 carrots, peeled, quartered, and then dice thinly
  • 2 spring onions, sliced finely
  • 10 Medjool dates, de-pipped and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small clove of garlic, grated finely
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, or white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste

Combine the water, 1 teaspoon of salt and buckwheat in a pot and bring it to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and allow a further 12 minutes of cooking. Take it off the heat and let it sit with the lid on for 2 more minutes, then drain any excess water.

Prep the carrots and spring onions and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the cooked, drained and slightly cooled buckwheat with the carrots, spring onions, coriander, grated garlic, cumin, olive oil, dates, vinegar, and salt to taste. Stir though well and allow to cool at room temperature and then serve.

Happy cooking,

Marlien

 

Salad

Winter Squash Salad with a Ginger & Citrus Dressing Winter-Salad

1st July 2021

Citrus & ginger roasted squash salad

 Makes 4 servings

  • 1/4 pumpkin (I used Queensland Blue Variety also known Boer Pampoen)
  • ¼ cup of chopped mint
  •  a handful of kale, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup of sundried onions
  • ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

Dressing:

  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, grated finely
  • 3 tablespoons of macadamia nut butter
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Slice pumpkin into fairly large chunks/ wedges – keeping the skin on. Season with salt and then pack them out in a roasting tray drizzling over some melted coconut oil or macadamia nut oil.

Roast for 60 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius. Then set aside to cool.

While the pumpkin is roasting, add all the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake well.

Chop the kale & mint finely and then dress the salad with the greens, sun-dried onions, pomegranate seeds and dressing – serve and enjoy at room temperature, or slightly warm.

Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner Recipes

An ode to Oats – Anti Inflammatory Savoury Oats Anti Inflammatory Savoury Oats

26th June 2021

A new way to enjoy your morning bowl of porridge, or why not have this for supper. It’s a one pot dish, which makes me happy. Turmeric and black pepper when combined with heat is anti-inflammatory. Turmeric has many other befits which you can explore here:

Turmeric & black pepper oat porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of gluten free whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ghee, butter or macadamia oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of flaky sea salt
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • juice of 1/2 a small lemon
  • Spring onion to garnish

Instructions:

Add all the above (except the spring onion) to a pot and allow it to simmer together over low heat for 15 minutes (ideally having soaked the oats beforehand). Then serve with a extra grinding of black pepper and finely sliced spring onion.

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.