Swiss Chard and Chilli Parsley Patties

These little mouthfuls of gorgeousness have come into my life, and personally I do not foresee them leaving my life anytime soon. I know that they do not look too appealing to the eye, but trust me…they are delicious!  These are baked and not fried (yay !!!). They are jam-packed with loads of nutrition, thanks to the swiss chard, and they are gluten-free!  Okay, these don’t need to be made gluten-free, but for those with a gluten intolerance or whatever, this is an added bonus. Aannnnnd, to make these little gems even more desirable and more-ish, they are amazing to eat with a plain yoghurt, additional garlic and herbs. Ahh I just cannot resist these babies.  I made a batch the other day, and literally from the baking tray they were being devoured. They are divine.  I put a few aside in a container, and the following day we had them for lunch with a salad.  They too, are the perfect healthy snack attack.

Swiss Chard and Chilli Parsley Patties

Preparation time:  13 minutes

Cooking time:  15 – 20 minutes

Total time:  28 – 33 minutes

Makes approximately 12 depending on size

Ingredients:

300 grams fresh Swiss Chard, shredded finely (I used the food processor to do this)

3 – 4 large fat garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon (15 milliliters)  of dried chilli flakes (seeds discarded if wanted)

1/4 cup (62.50 milliliters) chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 cups (375 milliliters) chickpea flour (I used Gluten-Free)

1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) baking powder (I used Gluten-Free)

1/2 cup (125 milliliters) water

Optional extras:

1 cup (or more) Plain yoghurt (I used Lactose-Free)

2 garlic cloves, finely crushed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

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

In a medium-sized bowl, add the finely shredded Swiss Chard, garlic, chillies, parsley, flour, baking powder and gradually add the water.  Stir all the ingredients thoroughly until a thick batter is formed.  If you feel you feel you need a bit more water, then add, but do not allow this batter to be thin.  Using a tablespoon collect together enough thick batter and then place on a lined and greased baking tray. These patties will not spread much so just leave a small space in-between each pattie.  It is not necessary to flatten them, I quite like the rugged rustic look of the jagged edges. Ideally if you have a silicone baking mat, these work the best as no lining or greasing is required.  Once the baking tray is full, place in the oven to bake until done.

For the Optional Extra’s:  Place the garlic and parsley into a bowl and add the yoghurt.

Serve warm or hot with the yoghurt (if using).

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

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Herbed Buckwheat with Crunchy Sugar Snap Peas and Crispy Roasted Lentils

Holy Cow, I have just made the most amazing, refreshing salad from buckwheat !  Who loves buckwheat ? I am not going to lie, but buckwheat and me have a little thing going.  I love the nuttiness of it.  I love the slight rawness of it as I do not cook it to a pulp.  I have been neglecting buckwheat a bit, so decided today was buckwheat day and man, I am so happy I did.  This salad does have a slightly addictive snack attack as an additive, but it is so worth it.  I will take full responsibility if you get to the point of…obsession and addiction (like me).  In the meantime, this is a must make salad guys.  Have it as a whole salad meal or a side, trust me both work.  It is packed with good, simple, nutritious ingredients….and it is pretty much green !

And, do yourselves a favour….The addictive, obsession snack…make it! Make it and love it as much as I do, but do yourselves another favour, and store some in a sealed container and freeze it, for easy usage on salads or whatever for next time.  You will Thank me !

Herbed Buckwheat with Crunchy Sugar Snap Peas and Crispy Roasted Lentils

Preparation and Total time:  10 minutes (this will alter if buckwheat is not cooked and lentils are not roasted)

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked buckwheat

1 cup baby spinach, uncooked and slightly chopped

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves (or more), finely chopped

1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, stalks included, finely chopped

a handful (approx 60 grams or more) raw sugar snap peas, chopped

1 avocado (I used Hass Avocado, very creamy and buttery) Depending on the size of your avocado, you may want more…

1 fresh lemon, cut into quarters for lemon juice

salt and pepper

To garnish:

Roasted lentils * (either black, brown or green)

Instructions:

Cook buckwheat as per packet instructions.  Let cool.

Chop up your herbs really small and  mix through the buckwheat.

Add the sugar snap peas to the buckwheat.

On a serving plate, place spinach, top with the herbed buckwheat and sugar snap peas.

Add the avocado pear, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over and top with the crunchy roasted lentils.

To Roast Lentils:

Cook lentils as per packet instructions.  I don’t cook mine too much as I like a bit of texture.  Drain and dry them thoroughly with the help of kitchen towels and the lentils spread out individually.  Once completely dry, place them on a baking tray with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until crispy in a preheated oven at about 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  They pretty much go black and shrink…it is a good sign 🙂 . Once done, let them cool and then go crazy and add them to EVERYTHING !!!

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Green Goodness Bowl

046 Oh man, now we are talking ! This bowl of goodness is like nothing else….yes, it is jam packed with goodness.

I am so pumped up about this, I think for me, every morning needs to be a ‘Green Goodness Bowl’ or ‘Green Juice’ morning, of course the contents will vary, but that’s fine, so long as it is GREEN !!!

I remember years ago watching an Oprah show, and her guest on the show was Dr Oz?  Who remembers Dr Oz? Anyway, good ol’ Dr Oz (he wasn’t really old) was doing like a morning breakfast thing by doing a green juice.  He maintained, every morning, throw together whatever you have in the fridge that is green, blend it all together and you are sorted.  So, of course, me being me, took that to heart, and yip I had to do it. Green juice it was, and it was yummy.  Sometimes now, I change it up a bit and do delicious healthy green bowls instead, but no matter what it is always good. So, here is a bowl of green yummy delicious goodness….and I have kept it simple.060Green Goodness Bowl

Preparation time:  8 – 10 minutes

Serves 1 – 2

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of lettuce leaves, roughly chopped

1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped

1 handful of baby spinach, roughly chopped

1 handful of fresh parsley

1 green Granny Smith apple, chopped

3 -4 centimetres (1.5 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 avocado pear

Instructions:

Add all the above ingredients into a food processor and process.

If you don’t have a food processor, a good blender will do the trick as well, just make sure you add the lemon juice, avo, cucumber and apple in first, blend a bit and then add the rest of the ingredients.

Enjoy 🙂

Garlic and Herb Bread

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Happy New Year everyone.  I hope 2016 will be a good one for you.

Well, the New Year has begun, and as much as I am not really into the ‘New Years’ resolutions, because they kind of just never work out, and I blame myself completely….I am more into trying to just improve my life… (please note the operative word…trying ! )

Anyway enough of that.  As much as I would love to kick off the New Year with a well deserved healthy recipe….its not going to happen, instead I am going to share with you the best Garlic and Herb Bread recipe ever !  It is loaded with carbs, fattening greasy butter, healthy herbs and healthy garlic…so you see it is not ALL bad, just a little…but you know,…… it is totally worth it.

This bread, I have been doing for years, and it beats all the store bought garlic breads by miles in my opinion.

A huge plus is that it is so easy to do.  All you need is the bread, herbs, and the garlic butter.  Word of advice…please please please use fresh garlic and not the bottled jobs.  There is a massive difference in taste.  The fresh, tastes fresh with no preservatives, flavourants and colourants in it.  The bottled jobs….are just a no no…I don’t want to even go there.

Okay, so once you have all the ingredients, mixed the garlic, herbs and butter together, it is a matter of slice, apply loads of delicious fattening garlic herby butter on BOTH sides of the sliced bread, and then on the top of the bread, wrap in tin foil (aluminium foil) and bomb in a preheated oven for 20 – 30 minutes…and DONE.  Next is just to devour it, and that really won’t be a problem.

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This is awesome as a side for a meal, or a braai (barbecue)

Garlic and Herb Bread

Preparation time:  15 minutes *

Cooking time:  20 – 30 minutes

Total time:  35 – 45 minutes

Serves ….not sure, depending on the size of the bread you get and how hungry everyone is 🙂

Ingredients:

500 g butter, room temperature

15 cloves of garlic, chopped very small

a handful of fresh herbs (I used basil,chives, thyme and parsley), chopped

a fancy loaf of bread

Instructions:

In a medium sized bowl, add the butter, chopped garlic and chopped herbs.

Mix thoroughly with either a fork or a tablespoon.

With a bread knife, slice the loaf into slices, but do not cut completely through. The bread should still be able to hold its own and end up ‘fan like’ with all the slices still joined to the bottom of the loaf of bread.

Then, generously add the garlic, herb butter to the slices of bread, buttering both sides of each slice.   And, add the garlic, herb butter over the top of the bread.  Do not skip this part !

Wrap in tin foil (aluminium foil) and place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 20 – 30 minutes.

If you are wanting a crisper top of the bread, nearing the end of the time, just open up the tin foil (aluminium foil).

Enjoy 🙂

  •  Preparation time can be reduced, if you prepare the garlic herb butter  before hand.

NB*  This butter is can be frozen.  If you have any left over, put it in a sealed container and place in the freezer.   It can be used for so many other dishes as well.