Green Salad Smoothie

Now we are talking……

For as long as I can remember, the thought of a salad smoothie has always intrigued me.  I mean, I love all salads…..so why not blend it all together just for a change?  My typical salad generally involves an array of colours, and colours that if blended together probably would not be the most appetizing site.  Probably would taste amazing, but definitely would not be too appealing to the human eye!

Hence, this gorgeous all Green Salad Smoothie !!! It really could not be easier. I totally used all green salad ingredients (from my fridge, in fact that is how I generally throw together a quick smoothie)…….  I even added in some green grapes!  I just had to!  They are green !!! I really have been enjoying fruit in my salads lately, especially lovely fresh summer fruits. Don’t laugh, but I added spring onions too!  There really is not much more to say about this simple quick healthy green yumminess of a smoothie.

Green Salad Smoothie

Total time:  10 – 12 minutes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons cold water

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cup chopped packed lettuce

1 cup packed baby spinach

1 cup chopped packed cucumber

1/2 cup chopped spring onion, green parts included

1/2 cup chopped packed celery

1/2 cup green grapes

1/2 avocado pear

Instructions:

Add all the above ingredients into a blender and blend until it reaches the consistency you are wanting.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Advertisements

Coriander, Wasabi, Macadamia Farfalloni Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Look at this pretty meal guys!  Can you stand it?

This is the simplest meal ever ! and it is under 30 minutes !!! It seriously is a matter of pasta and pesto, tossed together….meal done.  Eat hot or cold.  I had some of this fancy bow tie (or butterfly) pasta, which I could just not resist in my cupboard. (Probably the last of my gluten pasta, but that is fine.) If you are Gluten Free, use a Gluten Free Pasta, even if you cannot get the fancy bow tie (or butterfly) one, any pasta will do. It all is great !!!

Now, for the people who aren’t keen on the hot stuff….. brace yourself…this is not a hot meal unless you get over enthusiastic with the wasabi, and then your nasal passages will be going crazy with this cold, airy feeling (actually weird feeling). Your eyes may start to water and your sinus’s will be utterly cleared.  So, note to yourself:  Keep it simple and enjoy the slight flavour….

Coriander, Wasabi, Macadamia Farfalloni Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  8 – 10 minutes

Total time:  23 – 25 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Farfalloni Pasta

For the Pesto

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon (approximately 100 milliliters) Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20 milliliters) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tablespoon (15 milliliters) white wine vinegar

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon (approximately 100 milliliters) chopped onion

1 large fat garlic clove, chopped

1 cup (250 milliliters) packed coriander, chopped

1 cup (250 milliliters) macadamia nuts (I dry toasted mine)

2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) wasabi

For the topping:

cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Instructions:

Cook the pasta as per packet instructions, and use the quantity you want.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, place all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and process until the pesto sauce is nice and creamy.  If you want the sauce a smoother consistency add a little extra olive oil or a dash of water.

Once the pesto is done, serve with the cooked pasta and top with cherry tomatoes.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Brown Lentil and Vegetable Potato Bake

Now this is iresistable comfort food at its finest !!! It is simple, not too bad on the timing thing, so I am on board with this.  Just make sure the lentils are cooked, and you are good to go. The mashed potato is a huge plus and then the added cheese on the top….OMW……..there are no words. You definitely can make this more healthy by doing a sweet potato mash and no cheese, but nah…this is good enough for me.  In fact, this is like Christmas for my family….not to sure when we last had good ol’ mashed starchy unhealthy potatoes, loaded with butter and milk…you really did not read those last few words, did you?.

Anyway, so you will notice (if you scroll down to the recipe) that I did not tell you how to make the mash or how much mash to make.  Mashed potato does seem to be a thing with people, and often I have found that people certainly do not make it like me….If I really told you how I make mine, some people out there would probably stone me, yes, even in this 21st century !!! so…..knock yourself out and make your mash, however you like to make your mash. And, make as much of it as you want, there are no rules here!  But, whatever you do….don’t forget the CHEESE !!!!!

Brown Lentil and Vegetable Potato Bake

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes

Ingredients:

A little oil or ghee

1 cup chopped onion

2 large fat garlic cloves

1 cup chopped carrot

4 fresh bay leaves

4 – 5 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1 x 410 gram tin of whole tomatoes

3 fresh tomatoes, chopped

1 Tablespoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 Tablespoon dried thyme

1 cup vegetable stock

1 cup cooked lentils

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Potatoes and Cheese for the mashed potatoes

Instructions:

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time to multi-task guys 🙂 Get two pots on the stove.  One for the potato mash and the other for the lentil and vegetable mixture. You can easily make these at the same time.

On medium heat, saute’ the onion in a little oil or ghee.

Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes.

Add the carrots, bay leaves, tomato paste, tin of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, herbs and vegetable stock.  Once everything reaches boiling point, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the cooked lentils and taste, and season. The mixture should be slightly thick.  If you feel the mixture is too watery, thicken slightly with a little cornflour and water made up into a paste.

Place the lentil mixture into an oven proof baking dish.

Make your mashed potato. Spoon on the top of the lentil mixture and top with cheese.

Place in the oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes and until the cheese is nicely melted.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Mixed Green Vegetable Smoothie

Now, who would have thought that this combination of green veggies would have been so awesome.  I gave it to the hubby and he was like ‘Wow, this is awesome! What is this ? …. I told him….. and his response was, Nooooo!!!! Seriously??? My response, Ummmmm yip…seriously, that is it.  Hubby:…total disbelief…. I rest my case.

So, let’s chat about this incredible smoothie.  The combination of the vegetables and EVERYTHING just works.  I used snap peas, beans and celery as the main vegetables with cucumber. I could not resist using mint to add to all the pretty Green! Not only that but, the mint leaves allows this smoothie to have this amazing fresh taste, intertwined with the coolness of the sweet grapes and the forever nutritious vitamins oozing from the vegetables.  I swear I could have this smoothie everyday !!!

Mixed Green Vegetable Smoothie

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

1/2 cup iced water

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup grapes

1/2 – 1 cup mint leaves

1 cup chopped mixed fresh uncooked vegetables (I used a combined mixture of snap peas, celery and green beans)

Instructions:

Place all the above ingredients into a blender.  Blend until smooth and the consistency you want.

Enjoy 🙂

Coriander Egg Chilli Corn and Snap Pea Fried Rice

So, I did it again… A mouthful of a title.

Yes, I know, everyone knows how to do a fried rice dish, but really they all can be so different ! This is so scrumptious, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I added a couple eggs, but of course if you want this to be totally vegan, leave the eggs out. It is still so delicious, and you probably will want to stuff your face like I did…..straight from the pan!  I kid you not !!!. In fact, if you are on your own, go for it, grab a spoon and just eat…no one will see you….. and trust me, there is no judgement my side.  I have done this !!! Seriously, this kind of throw together thingy works like a dream.  Basically it is just a nice array of leftovers, so each time I have done it, it differs from the last time.  I don’t do a lot of flavours as then I find, I don’t know what I am tasting, so I just keep it simple.  That way for me, is the tastiest….and if you are wanting a bit of oomph, add some chilli flakes, fresh coriander and you are good to go. !

Coriander Egg Chilli Corn Sugar Snap Pea Fried Rice

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking time:  3 – 4 minutes

Total time:  8 – 9 minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients:

a little oil for frying

1/4 cup (approximately 60 milliliters) uncooked chopped onion

1 garlic clove, chopped (I used a large fat clove)

1 fresh corn on the cob, corn (kernels) cut off

60 grams uncooked sugar snap peas, roughly chopped,

1 cup cooked rice

2 free range eggs

Salt and Pepper

Chilli Flakes – optional

Fresh Coriander to garnish

Instructions:

Using a small pan on medium heat add the onion and saute’ for a couple minutes.  Then add the garlic, corn, and snap peas.  Fry, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.  Then, scoop all the cooked ingredients to the side of the pan and on the opposite side of the pan break the eggs, and stir around, cooking the eggs. Once done, mix the eggs and veggies all together.  Season to taste.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf

Aren’t I slack !  This is the first post for 2018 ! And look at the date, it’s nearly half way through the month !!!  Happy 2018, to all who I have not wished already.

I have decided that I get top marks today for this 🙂 .  Seriously guys, this Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf totally overwhelms me every time I make it, but in such a good way.  I now regret not making a bigger one.  I now regret not having enough millet in my grocery cupboard !!!! Why? why? why?  Guess what I will be buying tomorrow…like a massive amount of millet !  I think millet is underrated !!!  This is such a great grain, and I am even at fault for not cooking more of it…  Today I switched this meatless meatloaf up a bit and added cranberries, just because I can.  This is such an awesome additive loaf !!!

I don’t usually do a sauce with this loaf, but today I did …I  threw together a quick cranberry sauce, to go with the whole cranberry vibe. No sugar added guys !!! I often have had cranberry sauce with other meals and just found it over the top too sweet and it kind of ruins the taste for me.  This one is all healthy…. Yay 🙂 and it is great, but honestly for me, I am not convinced it is totally necessary for this particular loaf…but then again, there is nothing wrong with a little on the side… I served this vegetarian loaf with a bunch of roasted vegetables and it was A-ma-zing !!! 🙂

Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf

Preparation time:  40 minutes

Cooking time:  50 minutes

Total time:  1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 large fat onion, diced

1 large fat garlic clove, minced

300 – 350 grams roasted cubed butternut

1/2 cup finely chopped mushroom

Salt and Pepper to taste

A good helping of origanum – don’t be shy! (I used dried, but fresh is great! )

100 grams cooked millet

150 grams mixture of dried fruit, chopped (I used pear, apricots, prunes, apples and cranberries)

100 grams dry toasted almonds, chopped

The zest of 1 large orange

50 grams rolled oats (I used Gluten-Free)

1 jumbo-sized egg

Instructions:

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a loaf tin.

In a medium-sized pan on medium heat, saute’ the onion with a little oil.  Add the garlic and cook for a couple minutes.  Add a little more oil if needed, and add the roasted butternut (feel free to mash it up a bit if you want, I did) and mushrooms to the pan.  Stir around.  Season well.

Remove from the stove top and add the millet, fruit, nuts, zest, oats and egg.

Stir well until all the ingredients are combined.

Place in a greased loaf tin and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden and set.

Cranberry Sauce (Makes 1/2 cup)

100 grams dried cranberries

zest and juice from 1 large orange

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all the sauce ingredients into a small pot, on a low heat on top of the stove and let it gently cook for approximately 10 minutes.  The sauce will be thick.

 

Enjoy 🙂

Roasted Butternut Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries

Okay, so …Roasted Butternut Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries is a bit of a mouthful of a title to say the least….but guys….it is sooooo worth it.  At least you know what it really is, with no surprises!

This is beyond super easy…. and for me if a meal can be thrown together is less than half an hour, I am THERE !!!  Hello lazy days…and I have a lot of them. Especially this time of year…I mean, really where does the time go ?…. I cannot believe that we are literally a few days away from Christmas.

When I started this meal initially I thought it would be quite a heavy meal with the butternut and noodles together. I generally find pasta heavy, and am not really a fan …yes, I know I am an odd one, but that is me. I must say though since doing the whole gluten free thing and having gluten free pasta, I honestly have found pasta not so heavy and actually tolerable! That doesn’t mean I am going to eat it all day, everyday..no no no, but in all honestly, this meal is not heavy at all ! The roasted butternut and noodles actually compliment eachother, but then again the roasted butternut is more of a creamy sauce, ah, so good !!! and then there is that sage…  I couldn’t resist the sage.  Sage is awesome !!!  I just wish I had some fresh sage at the time, but the dried sage served its purpose. The pecans and cranberries is a no brainer….. I just had to ! Load them onto your plate, you will not be sorry. 🙂

So, I now present to you………

Roasted Butternut, Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

Total time:  25 minutes

Ingredients:

Gluten-Free Pasta Spirals

For the Butternut Sauce (Makes 3 cups)

A little Olive oil for sautee’ing

1 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic clove

2 teaspoons dried sage

2 cups Roasted Butternut

Salt and Pepper

Garnish:  Toasted Pecans and Dried Cranberries (the more the merrier)

Instructions:  

Cook pasta as per packet instructions.

In a pan with a little oil, saute’ the onion and garlic for a few minutes.  Then add in the roasted butternut cubes, sage and let it cook for a couple minutes until all is combined.  Add to a blender and blend.  Taste. Season with salt and pepper and a little more sage if necessary.

Place over pasta and mix through.  Garnish with dry toasted pecans and dried cranberries.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Quinoa Sundried Tomato Chilli Chia Patties

I have been such a disaster in the kitchen lately.  I honestly have no idea what has got into me…  I could blame ‘the utensils’ but then that would be like the man blaming his tools for his bad workmanship, so I will own this, I will take full responsibility.  I mean, what is with this…  I overcooked the quinoa the other day until it was literal mash !  Seriously, at times I swear my mind, leaves my body …  where the heck it goes, who knows !

These Quinoa Sundried Tomato Chilli Chia Patties are ridiculously tasty.  Annnnnd, finally I get to share them with you.  After a lot of failed attempts, consistency just not being right, taste lacking ….here they are in all their glory 🙂   Do you know the saying, practice makes perfect ???  It is true 🙂 !!! I have made them like a zillion times now (okay, that’s an exaggeration) but very very frequently. I can pretty much make them in my sleep now, and I just do not tire from them. There is something about these flavours that really work for me. The chilli is not overpowering at all, it is more of a mild twang in the after taste.  My ideal pattie needs to be moist inside, and not fall into crumbs when cutting into it. This is it. These are a pure winner and are fantastic with a salad or roasted veggies !

Quinoa Sundried Tomato Chilli Chia Patties

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  20 – 25 minutes

Total time:  35 – 40 minutes

Makes 6 – 9

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup cooked brown lentils

1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic clove

2 Tablespoons chopped Sundried Tomatoes

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 heaped teaspoon dried Thyme

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes

2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

30 cracks whole ground black peppercorns

1 Tablespoon white rice flour (Gluten Free)

1 whole free range egg plus 1 free range egg yolk

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse several times, until you are able to form a ball with the ingredients.

On a lined and greased baking tray, place the patties and gently flatten slightly. (I used a baking tray with a silicone baking sheet on it…worked like a dream)

Bake until golden brown.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Sundried Tomato and Green Vegetable Frittata

It does not get easier than this.  I have your breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack attack all sorted for you today.  Isn’t this the perfect meal ?  I love a meal that can be for whatever meal you want it to be.  Throw in a salad and you have lunch or dinner…who is complaining !  🙂 .

You know I seem to have this thing about zucchini’s.  Well, instead of having them sliced, diced or spiralized, this time I have grated them !  I know !  For some reason biting into a chunk of zucchini didn’t appeal to me today, cooked or not, soooo I present to you, grated zucchini.  This needs a teeny bit of work to get the excess water out, which I highly suggest otherwise the frittata will be a bit on the soggy side.  The sundried tomatoes are heavenly with this and add such an amazing flavour.  Guys, this frittata is insane !!!! in a good way, trust me.  And…..it can be eaten hot or cold !!!

In fact, it may be a good idea to make two at once, because if your family are anything like mine, one will be gone in a blink of an eye… In fact, let’s get real here, mine came out of the oven, piping hot and everyone wanted… It didn’t last long and I was requested to make another.  Either it was really good, or my family was starving.  Either or, another was made, but this time the hungry mouths were put on hold so photograph’s could be taken.

Sundried Tomato and Green Vegetable Frittata

Preparation time:  25 minutes

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 milliliters) packed grated zucchini/courgette/marrow

6 free-range, jumbo-sized eggs

1/4 cup buttermilk

a little oil/butter or ghee for saute’ing

1 cup (250 milliliters) packed diced onion

1 large fat garlic clove finely chopped (just over 2 teaspoons)

1 cup (250 milliliters) packed chopped baby spinach

2 Tablespoons chopped sundried tomatoes

1 cup (250 milliliters) grated cheese (I used 1/2 cup matured and 1/2 cup white cheddar

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius /350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grate the zucchini using the largest hole from the box grater.

Put grated zucchini on a dish towel, and add salt.  (This will help bring out the excess water from the zucchini) Bring all the sides of the dish towel together and let it sit whilst preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Place the eggs and buttermilk into a medium-sized bowl and whisk well together. (I used an electric beater for this)

Heat up a medium-sized skillet or pan (approximately 9 inches / 23 centimeters) on the stove with the butter and saute’ the onion and garlic together.

Squeeze out all the excess water from the zucchini. Add the zucchini to the onion and garlic.  Stir around.

Add the sundried tomatoes.

Taste, and season with salt and pepper.

Add the whisked eggs and buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon.

Add the grated cheese, stir again until all the ingredients are nicely combined.

Place the skillet or pan into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until eggs have set and the frittata is a nice light shade of golden.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*

Please make sure the skillet or pan is able to go into a heated oven.

If the arm/handle of the skillet or pan retains heat, please wrap the arm/handle with aluminium foil.

Alternatively, you can always pour the contents of your pan/skillet into an oven proof dish once all the stove top cooking is done and then place into the oven.

 

 

 

 

Potato and Zucchini Rosti

So, I am desperately trying to get more creative in the breakfast side of things, for me breakfast = egg, maybe toast or oats and of course some form of fruit.  I remembered these little morsels of fried up joy and wondered if I could just put an egg on it and call it breakfast…. nah, probably not, but then again ….. probably ??? Oh well, end result,  I caved, I was not feeling adventurous and did not do the egg. But maybe next time.  You know, as much as I love these I still do not like the frying part.  I do not know what it is with me and oil, I am just not a fan.

Anyway, these are really simple to do for any time of the day, and for whatever meal you want them for. A bit of grating and chopping is involved, and you are good to go, throw it all together, make balls, squeeze and fry.  I mean, what could be easier.  Personally, I can eat them as is, but if I want to get a bit fancier, I crumble up some feta on the top and they are even great with feta and some roasted peppers….I know, I know, all these possibilities and then imagine an egg on the top 🙂 if your heart desires.

Potato and Zucchini Rosti

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Total time:  35 minutes

Makes 4

Ingredients:

1 cup grated potato

1 cup grated zucchini/courgettes/large marrow

Freshly cracked salt and pepper

1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic

4 Tablespoons (60 milliliters) finely chopped onion

Sprinkling of dried chilli flakes

Oil for frying

To serve:  feta cheese and roasted peppers

Instructions:

Grate the potato and place in a dish towel and squeeze out any excess water. Place in a medium-sized bowl.

Grate the zucchini and place in the same dish towel and squeeze out any excess water.  Place in the same bowl as the potato.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Place the prepared garlic and onion to the bowl with the potato and zucchini.

Add the chilli flakes. Stir well to combine.

In a medium sized skillet or frying pan, heat up some oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

With a tablespoon, scoop out a heaped tablespoon of the mixture.  Take this tablespoon of mixture in your hands and over a bowl, squeeze.  You will find there is even more water content which needs to be released, and this is from the salt, so this is okay.  Once the water has been released, place the ball of potato and zucchini into the hot skillet and fry.  Flatten the ball slightly and fry evenly on both sides until golden brown.

Eat whilst hot.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  If you are going to serve these with the roasted peppers, make sure the peppers are roasting in the oven, whilst you are frying.  That way, everything will be hot.