Red/Purple Cabbage and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

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Okay, I did this…..I put cabbage in your smoothie.  I swear you probably think I have lost all my marbles even considering cabbage for a smoothie….Don’t stone me, trust me… And, I put in the nice cabbage, the pretty colourful red one….just for a change. Or is it purple?  Aubergine like colour? Burgundy? I don’t know, personally I don’t think it is red or purple, often it is called red….but whatever, just something in between, but who cares so long as it is super cool and super pretty. Sorry if the cabbage thing has put you off, but it is good for you.

So, the moral of the story is, if you have a bit of red/purple,burgundy or aubergine colour cabbage left or if you see those little baby ones in the store or at the market, bomb it into a smoothie, add an apple and a banana and some berries and you have this smoothie of note !!!!

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Red/Purple Cabbage and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Total time:  8 minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 fresh or frozen banana

1 red apple, chopped

100 grams shredded red cabbage

100 grams  blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup milk of your choice

Instructions:

Place all the above ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  This takes approximately 3 minutes.

Pour into a glass.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Blueberry, Spinach and Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

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Yes, I am on a Quinoa thing at the moment…sorry, I know I posted a Quinoa salad last week, and it was for breakfast, and now I am posting a Quinoa Smoothie, probably also for breakfast too….but guys, I don’t know about you, but I definitely need my Quinoa fix, and this was just too good to pass up !

Porridge like ….. thick ….filling, and so so healthy.  What better than a quinoa smoothie bowl, loaded with fresh baby spinach and berries.  If you still have this ‘anti’ thing about spinach in your smoothies,  seriously, please try … even if you try firstly with a small quantity. Green equals Healthy.

You know, I shudder when I think of all those unhealthy, breakfast cereals out there, loaded with preservatives and such like.  It’s really scary.  And, this can be prepared in minimal time, just like those cereals.  Generally I like to have my grains cooked before hand, it really makes life so much easier or, if I am doing quinoa for dinner, just cook up a bit more, and that is the base for breakfast the next morning – boom, breakie is done !

Anyway, I feel I am rambling right now…. Lets get back to the real stuff…..and, look at the colour of this !!! Isn’t it A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!!

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Blueberry, Spinach and Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

Total time:  9 minutes

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

150 grams (approx 3/4 cup) fresh strawberries

100 grams (approx 1 cup) fresh blueberries or frozen

100 grams rice milk (approx 1/2 cup) or milk of your choice. If using frozen blueberries use some of the juice, or a combination of both

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

1 handful of baby spinach

100 grams (approx 1/2 cup) cooked quinoa

1 banana

Instructions:

In your blender, add all of the above ingredients and blend until smooth. Blend for about 3 minutes or so.  Transfer into a bowl.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  Don’t stress too much about getting ‘exact’ quantities.  What is great about smoothies is that you can blend together whatever quantities suit you, and you can really make them your own.  🙂

Kale Crumpets with Tzatziki Sauce

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Look at this!  It is well into Feb and this is my first post for the month!  My plan was not to ever skip a week of posting this year – and I have failed royally at that already.  I am soooooooo slack !!!

Anyway, when I was a kid, my mom frequently made crumpets. She was the best at making them, and would whip up a huge batch in no time! Crumpets usually were served with butter and syrup.  That butter literally melted on the hot crumpet and the syrup just trickled down. Oh, sweet sweet memories 🙂 .

So, just to change things up a bit, I decided to go with a bit of a savoury vibe. I mean, who says breakfast needs to be sweet?  ……Not….I am all for the savoury ones :-). And, even if I say so myself, these make a pretty good savoury breakfast. This is my basic crumpet recipe, with some kale thrown in, no biggie, but really awesome.  When I first made these, I just had them with plain yogurt and lemon, they were nice, but felt they needed something more, so tried adding fruit to the yoghurt, again nice, but I wasn’t 100% sold.  Then I had a light bulb moment, I had Tzatziti Sauce left over from the night before….This for me, did it. I loved the combo. I really felt it really kind of brought it all together.

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Kale Crumpets with Tzatziki Sauce

Preparation time:   5 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

Total time:  15 minutes

Makes 6 – 9 depending on size

Ingredients:

For the crumpets:

1 cup self-raising flour (I used Gluten-Free)

1 cup milk (I used a Lactose-Free Milk)

1 teaspoon castor sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs (I used jumbo sized)

1/2 cup chopped cooked kale (I chopped up 1 cup kale, and nuked it in the microwave for 30 secs, and it shrunk to 1/2 cup)

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

8 – 10 centimeter cucumber, grated

handful of chopped fresh mint

1 clove garlic, minced

160 millilitres plain yoghurt (I used Lactose-Free)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

These quantities can be doubled.  This makes about 175 millilitres of sauce.

Instructions:

For the crumpets:

In a medium-sized bowl add the self-raising flour, castor sugar and baking powder. Whisk.

In a separate bowl add the eggs and whisk with a fork, then add the milk.

Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until nicely combined.

Stir in the cooked kale.

Heat up a pan on the stove with a little oil, and add a couple tablespoons of mixture into the pan.  When the outer edges of the mixture start to bubble, gently flip over.  You will notice the crumpet is a nice light golden brown. Cook the other side till light golden brown, remove from pan and allow to sit on a paper towel.  Continue this method until all the mixture is used up.

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Squeeze out the excess water from the grated cucumber.  Then, add all the ingredients together (except the salt and pepper). Mix together with a fork or spoon. Taste and then add salt or salt and pepper accordingly.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*

  1. The ingredients can be halved, doubled, tripled, whatever.
  2. Also, if you are not a kale fan, feel free to use baby spinach.  In this case though, the baby spinach would not need to be nuked, and also, you could double up on the baby spinach as it is not as bitter as the kale.
  3. This mixture can be made in advance and stored in the fridge in a sealed container for a couple of days
  4. All times may vary depending on size of pan, quantity, and how many crumpets you cook at one time

Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

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Okay, I have loaded up quinoa with loads of veggies and I am not apologizing. So, to veggie lovers out there, today is your day.  I have for you, a mound of deliciousness all in one bowl !!! This is awesome, and,yes, this is pretty much a one pot meal sort of.  It is easy and a matter of, throw together, bake and devour.  I need these kinds of meals in my life now and then.  I mean there is nothing better than this. Since I have been making this quinoa meal, it kind of changes each time, with what I would put into it. Then I decided to perhaps put some order into it, especially if I wanted to share it with all you guys, because it was always soooooo divine, and healthy and tasty and all those good things….so order it now has, and I actually have now stuck to this recipe on several occasions.  Don’t get me wrong, if you try it and want to spruce it up a bit, go for it, add whatever, I am sure it will be great.

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Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

Preparation:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  20 – 30 minutes

Total time:  30 – 40 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

a little oil to saute’ vegetables

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped rainbow peppers (I used a mixture of red, green and yellow peppers)

2 cups corn on the cob

2 cups chopped marrow (zucchini, courgette)

2 cups chopped tomatoes

2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach

Topping:  Grated matured cheese/feta or any cheese of your choice (I used matured and feta)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celscius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the quinoa with veggie stock, and cook for 8-10 minutes only. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, saute the onions and peppers in a pan.  After a minute or two add the marrows and corn. Cook for a few minutes.  Do not over cook! By this time the quinoa would have soaked up the stock.  Set aside.

Once vegetables are done add them to the cooked quinoa.

Add the chopped tomatoes, and roughly chopped baby spinach. Stir around well so all the veggies are mixed through.

Place in an oven proof dish approximately 9 x 13 inches. Top with cheese of your choice.  I used a combination of feta and matured cheddar (because I could not decide which one to use). I made slight indentations into the quinoa and vegetables so that some of the cheese could filter through and mix in with the veggies.  Top with extra cheese.

Allow to bake for about 20/30 minutes until the cheese is nicely golden and grilled.

Enjoy 🙂

Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

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Happy New Year 🙂  Yes, I know we are nearly half way into the month, I have been slack…there, I said it.

Well, whilst some of you have been all bundled up in scarves and boots, I have been sweltering in the sun.  It is not all bad though, I have a nice tan, and feel healthy!

And, on the plus side, I made these Chickpea and Spinach Cakes !!! I think these are my new fave cakes, super easy to make and literally a few ingredients.  Warning:  you may be seeing more chickpea experiments happening here on this blog….just saying!!!

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Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes

Makes about 9

Ingredients:

500 grams (approx 2 cups) cooked chickpeas

large handful of chopped spring onions

2 big handfuls of baby spinach, chopped

2 medium-sized carrots, grated

large handful of coriander, stems included, chopped

2 rounds feta cheese (approximately 200 grams)

2 eggs, jumbo-sized

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add all the above ingredients into a food processor and blitz.  I personally like a bit of a chunky texture.  Once done, make into fair-sized balls (I made mine into heaped tablespoon size) flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Beetroot and Berry Smoothie

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Do you know that feeling when, you just have to?  Well, I just had to do a beetroot smoothie. I added some fruits and if I did not tell you there was beetroot in this smoothie, you wouldn’t even know.  My best is making a smoothie, and sending it off with the hubby to work not telling him what is in my concoction, then during the day I usually get a call or message (we are big on whatsapp messaging here) saying what a great ‘xyz’ smoothie it was.  Great compliment, but he usually doesn’t know the key veggie ingredient I had tossed in. Actually, is that a compliment or an insult to my concoction? Hmmmm whatever, oh well, it is healthy and that is all that matters :-).

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Beetroot and Berry Smoothie

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Total time:  7-8 minutes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

100 grams raw beetroot

100 grams fresh strawberries

100 grams fresh blueberries

100 grams milk of your choice

Instructions:

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until smooth.  This will take approximately 2-3 minutes.

Once done, pour into a glass.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  Feel free to also roast your beetroot till it softens slightly if you are afraid your blender might struggle.  It works just as well, just don’t go and salt and pepper it 🙂

Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

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Salad anyone?  Well, today it is good ol’ Quinoa ! Man, I love this stuff. Okay, I don’t mean ‘stuff’ in a bad way, I just love quinoa.  The other day I brought out a fair-sized bowl (actually quite large), and loaded it up with a few cups of cooked quinoa, and then topped it up with mountains of raw vegetables and fresh herbs.  I then dug a tablespoon into this mountain of delicious vegetables and sunk the spoon down into the quinoa.  I then tossed and mixed this amazingly delicious concoction all together, and I am not going to lie, I was VERY tempted to take that spoon and dump a huge mouthful of all that deliciousness into my mouth….but I held myself back, took a deep breath, collected my thoughts, counted backwards from ten…. and dished some up on a plate for myself.

When the hubby came home, he opened the fridge and saw this massive bowl of quinoa salad, and by the look on his face I think he thought it would be his food for the week…but fear not, I am not that cruel…although the thought did enter my brain….The salad did not last 24 hours, thanks to my continual snacking on it every time I opened the fridge door !  And man…it was so good, it was like I just could not get enough.  🙂 Haha Quinoa obsession !!!

For me, this salad is just the best.  It is totally versatile.  Use whatever veggies float your boat, and if you decide to have corn, do yourself a favour, don’t cook it, have it raw, enjoy that crunch…..it is Cra-zy good !!!

The recipe below is enough for 2 people, but feel free to double up or quadruple the recipe as I did.

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Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Total time:  35 minutes

Makes for 2 people

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1 cup black-eyed peas, cooked and roasted with salt, pepper and origanum

1 corn on the cob, kernels cut off

20/30 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 – 1/2 cup thinly shredded purple baby chinese cabbage

3 sliced spring onions, green parts as well

1/2 large red pepper, sliced or diced

1/2 large yellow pepper, sliced or diced

2/3 jalapeno’s, sliced finely

60 grams sugar snap peas, uncooked and chopped finely

a handful of herbs, I used mint and basil leaves and chopped chives.

Instructions:

Quinoa – cook as per packet instructions.

Black Eyed Peas – cook as per packet instructions, then place on a baking tray, with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried origanum.  Allow to roast in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15/20 minutes or until crispy.

Once all the veggies are sliced and prepared.  Place in a dish and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  This can be a salad to have on the side or as a main meal.

 

 

 

 

Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

 

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Baby Marrow, Zucchini or Courgette, whatever you call them, just know that these are the bomb ! Personally, I find them super versatile, whether cooked or raw, they are delicious but not only that, they are nutritious.  I found some yellow ones alongside the green ones in the shop the other day…you have no idea how excited I was….

Anyway, back to the important stuff……

I definitely seem to be on a Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) kick right now. It is although I am obsessed with them.  Is that bad?  I cannot tell you how many times I have made these patties, and I just do not tire from them. Okay, lets not talk about my obsession….Lets talk about how amazingly good these babies are…. And, they can easily be made even healthier by using Gluten – Free flour and Gluten – Free breadcrumbs !!!  Yay !!!

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These are super easy to do.  The most time-consuming part is preparing the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), but really it is not that bad, and so totally worth it. Haha a slight contradiction there…but you know what I mean! 

Also, these little bundles of deliciousness can be either lightly fried, or my preferred way is to bake them.  But, seriously, both ways are delicious ……

These babies… and a basic salad, and I am sorted 🙂 .

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

Preparation time:  20 minutes (excluding time for salt to do its magic and help extract water)

Cooking time:  approximately 1 hour

Total time:  1 hour 20 minutes

Makes 20

Ingredients:

1 kilogram grated Organic Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) medium-sized

1/2 diced large onion

2 – 3 discs feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Dried Origanum to taste

Dried Thyme to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 heaped tablespoons flour *

2 cups bread crumbs *

2 free-range jumbo eggs

lemon wedges to serve and a green salad with avocado if possible

Instructions:

Firstly, grate the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), and place in a bowl with a good dose of salt and place in the refrigerator for an hour.  This helps release the water content within the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes). Then pour any water off, and place the grated Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) in the middle of a dish cloth/towel and basically bring the corners of the drying cloth together and twist, and squeeze.  Do this a few times. Remember the more water left in, the more soggy your patties will be.  This part is a bit time-consuming but it is necessary.

Then, add Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) and all the other ingredients into a large bowl.

Stir with a metal tablespoon and combine.

Taste, and add more herbs and seasoning if necessary. (Don’t be afraid to taste, all the best chef’s taste ! )

With your hands and a metal tablespoon, make fair-sized balls and place on a lightly greased baking tray.  Flatten slightly.

To bake:  Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake approximately 30 minutes either side.

or….fry with a little oil on top of the stove.

Enjoy 🙂

  •  You can use a Gluten – Free flour for these.  It works equally as well
  •  Gluten – Free breadcrumbs work brilliantly as well

 

 

Overnight Buckwheat Breakfast with Avo Yoghurt and Granola

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This…is ‘to die for’…not literally, but you know what I mean.  It is super easy, has loads of health benefits and I just had to share.  It is a matter of throwing the raw buckwheat into a jar of milk and letting it soak overnight…oh, of course with the chai seeds and ground flax seeds, in this case.  It is another versatile breakfast, no hard and fast rules…just healthy and deliciously yummy to eat !!! With literally a few ingredients, you are good to go! ..

So once the raw buckwheat has soaked in milk overnight in the refrigerator, it is a matter of divide into two glasses, top with already made granola, dash of fruit, then some avo yoghurt…yes !  Avo Yoghurt 🙂 don’t freak out…it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G… All it is, is plain yoghurt with avocado mashed into it.  It smoothes out beautifully and gives the yoghurt a cute pale greenish colour…and it is healthy!!! Top with more fruit and nuts, and drizzle with honey if you want some added sweetness ! Yum

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Overnight Buckwheat Breakfast with Avo Yoghurt and Granola

Preparation time:  2 minutes (excluding the overnight time)

Total time:  10 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

100 gram (100 millilitres) Raw Buckwheat (I used Gluten-Free)

Milk (I used Dairy Free/Lactose Free Rice Milk Powder mixed up)

1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

1 tablespoon of ground Flax Seeds

2 handfuls of Granola

Fresh Fruits of your choice, chopped

1/2 an avocado pear

3/4 tablespoons of plain yoghurt

Instructions:

In a measuring jug, put the 100 grams (millilitres) of raw buckwheat.

Then pour the milk into the measuring jug with the buckwheat in, and pour until it reaches 1 cup (250 millilitres).

Add the chia and flax seeds.

Cover with cling-wrap and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.

By morning, the buckwheat would have bulked up nicely and will be a thick consistency. Divide the buckwheat mixture into two glasses.

Mash the avocado and add to the yoghurt.

To each glass, add granola, a bit of fruit and top with the avo yoghurt, more fruit and nuts and then drizzle with honey.

Enjoy 🙂

Quinoa and Veggie Stir Fry

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Look at this meal guys !!! Look at those colours !!! Isn’t it totally amazing ??? This is all-health !!!

Who would have guessed … I mean, seriously …there is no better stir fry.  And, I just had to add the egg, I mean….that egg !!! that just puts the meal, just ‘over the top…amazing’ …. But, it is cool, if you are not into eggs, this stir-fry is just as good and tasty, with or without the egg!

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Another plus for this is , it also can work out really well with those bits and pieces of veggies left over from during the week.  You know, like the half green pepper, and the couple of baby marrows (zucchini) that kind of thing.  Plus, this is a super quick meal to do, whilst the veggies are cooking, so is the quinoa, so it all is a win, win.

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Quinoa and Veggie Stir Fry

Preparation:  10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients:

1 large onion

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

4 large carrots

135 grams baby corn

125 grams sugar snap peas

150 grams fine green beans

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup raw quinoa (Gluten-Free)

free range jumbo sized eggs (optional)

Instructions:

Chop all veggies (I like to try and get them chopped the same way and size, that way, all will cook a bit more evenly)

In a large wok, place a little vegetable oil and heat up.  Add all the veggies in at the same time and stir and mix frequently.  Do not over cook the eggies, they must still be cooked but crisp and not soggy.

Whilst the veggies are cooking prepare the quinoa as per packet instructions.

As soon as the veggies are done, take off the stove and set aside.  By this time the quinoa will be done. Mix the cooked quinoa into the cooked veggies.

If you are wanting to serve with an egg.  Cook egg your preferred way and put on top of the quinoa and veggies, once served on the individual plates.

Enjoy 🙂