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 🙂

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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 (including roasting the butternut)

Cooking time:  30 – 40 minutes

Total time:  1 hour 10 minutes – 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 large fat onion, diced

1 large fat garlic clove, minced

300 – 350 grams cubed butternut, roasted

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 (alternatively 1 Tablespoon of fresh fruit juice if oranges are not available)

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, or water so it does not stick to the pan 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. (I felt I needed to add a bit more water at this point to avoid sticking) 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 30 – 40 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.

Spiralized Zucchini, Green Bean, Pea Salad with Parsley Salad Dressing

This is my new favourite salad 🙂 .  It is raw, crunchy and highly nutritious.  When I first made this salad a few weeks ago I never made the dressing, instead just had the salad with some freshly squeezed lemon juice.  I am not really a salad dressing kind of a person, often I feel a dressing takes over the salad and covers up the actual taste of the salad.  But, this dressing is somewhat light and does add a little twist to this salad. FYI I have not tried this salad warmed.  I know some people feel the urge to warm up zucchini in a salad, but really I like it raw. I am loving the sugar snap peas at the moment and for some reason I just can’t get enough of green beans, but they must be the ‘fine’ ones …who knows why….just a thing I am going through right now…Anyhow, salads are going to become a huge thing in my life right now, thanks to summer on it’s way…Ha, I say that, but really this weather in this part of the world, does not know what it wants to do, so I will just do what I do in summer and eat salad…I will pretend it is hot…well at lunch-time anyway……

Spiralized Zucchini, Green Bean, Pea Salad with Parsley Salad Dressing

Total time:  20 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups spiralized zucchini/courgettes/large marrow

75 grams fine green beans

75 grams sugar snap peas

For the Salad Dressing:

Makes about 100 milliliters

1/2 cup tightly packed fresh parsley, chopped

2 fat garlic cloves, minced and chopped finely (about 2 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard (I did not use the grainy one)

2 – 4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Tablespoons water

Freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Blanch the beans in boiling water for about a minute, remove immediately and place in iced cold water to prevent any further cooking to take place.

Then, blanch the sugar snap peas for 30 seconds, remove immediately and place in a separate bowl of ice-cold water to prevent any further cooking to take place.

To make the dressing:

Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until all combined. Taste.  (If you feel the dressing needs a little more of anything, then add to get the taste to your liking.)

To assemble the salad:

Place the spiralized zucchini on a salad platter.

Cut some of the blanched beans and sugar snap peas up and add to the zucchini. Arrange some whole beans and sugar snap peas on top.  Drizzle the parsley dressing over and serve as a light meal or as a side salad. (I drizzled the dressing over the salad once plated up on separate plates.)

Enjoy 🙂

 

Sugar Snap Pea and Mint Soup

Well…helloooo green soup and helloooo lunch !!! Come on, let’s be honest here, we are friends, and I am sure you expected nothing less from me than …something….healthy and green.

Oh, before I start rambling….. Sugar Snap Peas are also known as Snap Peas. These guys are identical !!! Why the word ‘sugar’ is included, I have no clue. Also, did you know that the Snap Pea or Sugar Snap Pea is a combination of the Snow Pea and the Garden Pea hmmmmmm???  Well, I didn’t know this. I have never seen them on this side of the world, but clearly they are around. Okay, well apart from that, these guys are super high in nutritional benefits…so Sugar Snap Peas are the way to go !

I have mentioned this tons of times about how things get created just from the contents of my fridge, blah blah blah….yeah, I know, you are probably thinking….blah blah blah, there she goes again….Anyway, often I do not plan my meals, I know it is something I am working on, and often I go shopping and just load up the trolley with every fruit and vegetable that looks amazing, in moderation of course….  Then, the usual scenario takes place, I cook, veggies get used up and then often there is always a little something left just begging to be used (this time, sugar snap peas!) Then I have to rattle my brain and think again.  Well, with the mint starting to flourish in the garden thanks to the rains we have been experiencing, it was a no brainer, and what better way than to blend it all into a nice healthy thick soup.

I think I’m a little obsessed with the blender, anyway, obsessed or not, this soup was perfect and light, and absolutely great for lunch.

Sugar Snap Pea and Mint Soup

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Total time:  25 minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients:

125 grams sugar snap peas

a little oil for saute’ing

1/2 cup diced onion

125 grams diced potato

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves

For serving:  1 teaspoon fresh  lemon juice

Instructions:

Blanch the sugar snap peas in boiling water for 30 seconds.  Remove them from the boiling water and immediately put them in a bowl of iced water, to stop the cooking process.  Set aside.

In a small pot, add the oil and saute’ the onions until translucent.  Add the potato and stock and reduce the heat.  Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.  Add a little water to the pot if necessary to prevent burning or sticking to the pot. Remove from the heat and place in the blender.

Remove the sugar snap peas from the iced water and roughly chop them up and place them into the blender with the onion and potato. Add the mint. Blend, pulse, blend until it reaches the consistency you are wanting. Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and serve.

This soup is great at room temperature or heated up.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Sweet Chilli Coriander Butternut with Almond Spaghetti

So, although I am not big on pasta….I know….crazy hey…..this is one amazing dish.  I can’t take all the credit though, as I first came across a recipe at the back of an Udon Noodles packet and from there I was sold ! It was a matter of I just had to try it, no questions asked.  I have slightly adapted the recipe with a bit of my spin on things and also increased quantities where I found necessary.  This is pretty much a one pan meal if you are using Udon Noodles  but if not, a pot is required for the cooking of the spaghetti…..

Just a heads up with the butternut, if you are chopping it up in cubes, try not make the cubes too small, as when they are cooking they may fall apart. Rather chop them a bit too big, as then they can always be halved if necessary. (You can see I learned by my mistakes here LOL)

I have also used Gluten-Free Spaghetti due to the intolerance thing, but seriously Udon Noodles will be great and are great.  They are so cushiony and soft and kind of just soak up the juices :-).

Sweet Chilli Coriander Butternut with Almond Spaghetti

Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Total time:  40 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

A little coconut oil for frying

2 large garlic cloves, chopped *

2 Tablespoons ginger, chopped finely *

900 grams – 1 Kilogram butternut cubes

1/2 cup water (to be used to prevent the butternut from sticking)

400 grams Udon Noodles or Gluten Free Spaghetti

6 heaped Tablespoons of Sweet Chilli Sauce (plus more for later! )

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus extra if necessary

2 – 3 large handful of fresh coriander, chopped (stalks included)

400 grams almonds, dry toasted (plus extra if you want)

Instructions:

Stir fry in a little oil the garlic, ginger and butternut cubes. add a little water to prevent sticking. Add the balance of the water.  Cover the pan and let simmer for about 5 – 8 minutes.  Periodically check that the butternut is not cooking too much and also check the water content.  Again, if it is sticking add a little more water. The butternut needs to be a little tender at this point and not falling apart.

Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions, and then add to the butternut in the pan with the sweet chilli sauce.  Stir gently through. Add the lemon juice, coriander and almonds.

You may need to add a little more water to loosen it up, or you may prefer to add a little more sweet chilli sauce (I added more chilli sauce….no surprise there 🙂 )  

Stir through and serve hot with  extra toasted almonds.

Enjoy:-)

NB*

  • With regards to the garlic, I used the biggest garlic cloves I can find.
  • With regards to the ginger, don’t be afraid to heap up that ginger on the tablespoon.

To Dry Toast Almonds:  Place in a saucepan, on the stove on medium heat.  Do not add any oil, as nuts have their own natural oils.  Stir and toss around constantly until the nuts are a nice golden brown.  Remove from the heat, and allow to cool.