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Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Soup (Dairy Free)

When the weather cools down, often the health consciousness of what we eat falters. But staying warm with food doesn’t have to be fried chicken or hot chips.

Soups are a great option to sooth the chill and are a perfect mood-boosting food during the colder months.  So, it’s always nice to have a delicious and quick soup recipe on hand to whizz up in your blender for dinner and take to work!

This Healthy Broccoli Soup is creamy, yummy and has an added bonus of being loaded with green nutrients. Broccoli is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense vegetables, packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system during flu season.

Give this a go and let me know what you think…

Ingredients

1 large onion, finely chopped

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tbsp coconut oil (30gm)1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (option)

1/4 tsp chilli flakes

2 heads of broccoli (400-600gms)

800 litres water

1 x 400ml can coconut milkSalt n Pepper to taste

Method

Finely chop the onion and garlic.

Heat the coconut oil in a large pot and sauté the onions for 5 minutes until golden.

Add the garlic and chilli flakes and sautée for 2 minutes.

While this is cooking, chop up the broccoli  as small florets and slice the stalk. Then place it in with the onion mix. Stir for 30 seconds.

Then pour in the water and simmer for  20 minutes.

Discard 3/4 of the water.

Add coconut milk and use a blender until smooth. If the soup is too think add a little of the discarded cooking water.

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Thermomix Method

Blend the onion and garlic 5 seconds/5 speed.

Add the chilli flakes and cook 100′C, 4 mins/2 speed.

Add broccoli as small florets and slice the stalk.

Add 800 Litre of water and cook 100′C, 15mins/1 speed.

Discard 3/4 of the water.

Add coconut milk and blender 20 seconds/8 speed.

If the soup is too think add a little of the discarded cooking water.

Salt and Pepper to taste.

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Recipe: Healthy Lemon Bliss Balls (Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Have you been looking for a healthy treat that doesn’t include chocolate or cacao and is nut free? A healthy and delicious option is Lemon Bliss Balls.

With flavoured tangy lemon, tropical coconut and a hint of vanilla is a favourite treat of mine.

These are quick and easy to make with only a few ingredients. It’s a great refreshing option for an evening treat too as an alternative to many fruit or nut bases bliss balls, which often include cacao.

Healthy Lemon Bliss Balls

1 x cup raw cashews (150gm) [can replace with sunflower and pumpkin seeds for nut free option]

1 x cup desiccated coconut (90gm)

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract

2 x tbsp raw honey

1 x pinch salt extra desiccated coconut for rolling in

Method

1. Place the ingredients into your processor and blend until the mixture resembles a sticky crumble.

2. Use your hands to separate the mixture into balls to the size of your choice.

3. Roll the balls in the extra coconut and place in the fridge to set.

4. Serve. Eat. Enjoy before they disappear!

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Recipe: Vegetarian Sausage Rolls (Dairy Free)

This is a great recipe for those wanting to make sausage rolls without meat. I guess that makes them non-sausage rolls then !? Sausage rolls are a favourite for many and are often used as a celebratory snack at birthday party and events.

For Vegetarians we can still enjoy this snack the meat-free way. With walnuts and oats as an alternative to give that meaty texture, mixed with herbs and cooked in spelt wraps, they never last long at our house :)

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

1 large onion

2 tbsp mixed herbs of choice

100g (2/3 cup) walnuts

100g (1 cup) organic spelt oats (or oats of choice)

4 eggs (plus 1 egg for the pastry)

3-4tbsp nutritional yeast & 1/8 cup almond/nut milk (or 150g feta cheese if you prefer dairy)

2 tbsp organic tamari

80g (3/4 cup) almond meal

1 packet Spelt Mountain Bread Wraps (or you can opt to use Puff Pastry instead)

Sesame seeds  

(optional addition: 1-2 grated vegetables like carrots)

Method:

Preheat oven @ 180’C

Chop onion and herbs in Thermomix (or Blender) for 3 sec on speed 6

Add walnuts, oats and chop for 6 sec on speed 6, scrape down sides and blend again if needed to ensure smooth

Add eggs, nutritional yeast/feta cheese, tamari and almond meal. Mix speed 5 for 20 secs. Scrape down sides and blend again if needed until smooth.

Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and then brush the egg lightly between two spelt wraps to bind.

Cut the binded spelt wraps in half horizontally on working bench

Place small amount of mixture onto the long edge of the pastry and roll. Brush the edges and cut into four equal portions. Brush the tops and sprinkle with sesame seed.

Place sausage rolls onto lined baking tray and bake for approx. 20mins or until crisp and golden

 

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RECIPE: White Christmas Slice (Sugar Free, Paleo, GF, DF)


With only 3 sleeps until Santa arrives my heart gets excited. Christmas buzz is in the air, and I know it’s time to make my White Christmas Slice.

This is a easy, simple slice to make and its delicious. It makes a perfect Christmas gift, if it can leave the house before it being eaten!

Maybe I can save some for Santa. I wonder if he likes a healthy, yummy slice rather than a cookie?

Here’s how it’s made.

Ingredients:

1 cup (150 gms) roughly chopped cacao butter

1/2 cup (60 gms) raw cashews

1/2 cup (40gms) desiccated coconut

4 tbsp of pure maple syrup

1/2 tspn concentrated natural vanilla extract

1/4 cup goji berries

1/4 cup pistachios

Method:

Blend the cashews and coconut at high speed until it is a smooth paste. Set aside.

Melt the cacao butter over low 50′C degrees heat.

Add in to the melted butter, the cashew and coconut paste, vanilla and maple syrup.

Blend until well combined, to ensure it is smooth, increase the speed.

Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, and then evenly sprinkle the berries and pistachios over the top.

Place in the fridge to set.

Chop and enjoy.

Keep it in the fridge.

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Courtesy to Wholefood Simply for this delicious Christmas slice recipe.

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Recipe:- Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

Sometimes we can have a treat as a snack that is still healthy and yummy! 

This easy Banana Bread is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Paleo. It’s delicious served lightly warm and toasted with some butter. 

The best thing is that bananas are an energy food and are a great source of potassium, which is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Their moisture and sweetness means you can reduce the amount of sweetener and oil considerably. In addition, protein-packed almonds are also full of healthy fats that are kind to your arteries and can help lower cholesterol as well as keep blood sugars stable. This makes a nice change from ‘store bought’ banana breads that are generally high in refined white flour, sugar and saturated fats.

Ingredients

  • 300gm (3-4 medium) ripe bananas 
  • 200gm (2 cups) almond meal
  • 25gm (1/4 cups) ground flaxseed (linseed)
  • 50gm raw honey or organic maple syrup 
  • 50gm (1/4 cup) macadamia nut oil
  • free range / organic eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (bicarb soda)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (alumimun-free)
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Method

  1. Preheat  your oven at 160 C – fan forced
  2. Combine smashed banana, honey, oil, vanilla, eggs, baking soda, baking powder and lemon. Use a blender like a Vitamix or Thermomix or you can do this by hand in a large bowl.
  3. Add the almond meal and flaxseed and mix well.
  4. Spoon batter into a loaf tin. The size I use is 14cm wide x 25cm long.
  5. Bake for 45minutes to 1 hour (a skewer inserted into the centre should come out dry).
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before turning out the loaf.
  7. Keeps in the fridge covered for up to 1 week.

Courtesy to Teresa Cutter from book Purely Delicious. This recipe has been been slightly altered to suit. While this is a very healthy option, I still advise eating these kinds of sweet foods as occasional treats only. Cut the sweetener down even more if you can, to keep things even better for your wellbeing. 

Happy Baking :)

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RECIPE:- HEALTHY CHOCOLATE (PALEO, RAW, SUGAR-FREE, VEGAN)

Winter is here and the fire is on, a hot cuppa in hand and all we need is some chocolate!

This is an easy to make, healthy, sugar-free recipe to replace chocolate blocks as a snack.

Simple to make with only a few ingredients, blend together, put in the fridge and BANG! – its chocolate time!

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INGREDIENTS -:

90gms raw cashews

120gms raw almonds

250gms (approx 15) pitted medjool dates

50gms (1/2 cup) desiccated coconut (dried, aluminium-free)

20gms (3 tbsp) cacao powder

70gms organic coconut oil

20gms (1 tbsp) raw honey (can choose to remove as already sweet from the dates)

1/4 tsp sea salt

METHOD -:

Grease and line a square biscuit tin with baking paper

Add the nuts to blend and grind, side aside

Blend all remaining ingredients together, then return the nut meal and blend all together

Empty mixture into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a sppon to create a flat surface. Using a knife, mark lines one way and then the other, to create squares.

Refrigerate (or freeze), when solid, remove from tin and break or cut into squares.

Store refrigerate or freeze. So yummy!!