Paleo Granola with Cinnamon and Honey

I like this recipe because it is gluten free and food prep friendly. Making this batch of granola lasts the whole week to feed me and my other half! Cooking in bulk saves not only money but time! 

It makes your home smell delicious and it packed with a variety of nutrients!

Having a goof course of fat for breakfast keeps us satisfied, fuller for longer and our brains off to a great start! 

Ingredients

  • 2 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cup raw cashews
  • 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 cup dried cranberries or goji berries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 140 °C
  2. In a food processor or blender, add almonds, cashews, and coconut flakes to chop into small pieces. Do not over blend.
  3. Heat coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and salt over medium high heat in a large saucepan, for about...
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What are the health benefits of seeds? Including hemp seeds?!

Big nutritional benefits can come in small packages.

Seeds are one of the easiest, cheapest and most versatile ways to add nutrition to a meal. They can be a sneaky addition – scattered into stir-fries, added to smoothies, sprinkled into cereals, yoghurt or salads – or they can be the centre-stage stars of a biscuit, veggie pattie, raw ball or slice.

Seeds are sources of:

  • soluble fibre (for bowel health, try equal quantities of ground linseeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds on your breakfast)

  • protein (when complemented with legumes, except hemp seeds which are a complete protein – more on them shortly)

  • vitaminE

  • healthy oils

  • satiety(that‘full’,satisfied feeling after a meal).

Seeds are little power houses of healthy fats, soluble fibre and various minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E. They vary in the phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins they provide, so mix them up for a range of benefits.

So what do different seeds have to offer?

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How To Make Kombucha

I started drinking Kombucha early in my health and fitness journey - bottled & store bought as a wholesome alternative to sodas or juices. Even through this drink has been around for thousands of years the market has recently exploded and there are thousands of brands and flavours to enjoy and they are great - I still drink them often. 

Now I know all the amazing health benefits of kombucha (probiotics)! I like to make my own as whenever you make something yourself, you tend to get a higher quality product and more value for money. I enjoy the home made stuff a little more as it has a stronger taste and not so diluted like the store stuff and it is fun to experiment flavours with. 

What you need

  • A Large 3.5L Jar (to let the kombucha ferment in) I got mine from Kmart for $8. It was in the decoration section. 
  • A funnel 
  • A muslin cloth - again Kmart 
  • 1 x large rubber band / or string
  • 3 x glass 1L bottles - I got mine from the supermarket
  • 8 x...
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Miso & Ginger Roasted Pumpkin Soup

This fragrant and lightly spicy soup is rich in beta-carotene, vital for vision and healthy skin.

Miso is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamins E, K and folic acid. As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria that help us to stay healthy, vibrant and happy; good gut health is known to be linked to our overall mental and physical wellness.
 
This soup is as nourishing as it is delicious! Let the soup season begin! 

Makes about 4 large serves. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole butternut pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion or 3 x spring onion, chopped 
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2-inches fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1L vegetable broth
  • 1-2 cups water

Method:

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Optimal Brain Function Bliss Balls

We are more likely to make poor quality food choices around 3pm! Snack time. The next most common time to make poor food choices is after dinner.

So instead of snacks potentially taking away from you having a healthy body and a healthy mindset, it's worth having snack prepared!

This chewy, nutty snack is an excellent source of the monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids that have the anti-inflammatory properties so necessary for a healthy heart and optimal brain function. A fantastic source of vitamin E and zinc, beneficial for skin and the immune system.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups raw walnuts, halves and pieces
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • pinch of salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture forms a dough. Add a little extra water if needed to ensure it is well combined. Roll mixture into balls and store in fridge or...

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Raw Vegan Snickers Slice

This actually taste like a snickers bar and hard to believe it is vegan and filled with nourishing ingredients. I have no met a person who doesn’t think it’s delicious. I find it a extremely satiating treat and fun to make on a free afternoon. #madewithlove

Let me know how yours turns out!

Ingredients

BASE
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup raw peanuts
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut oil
10 dates

FILLING
1/2 cup peanut butter (Fix and Fogg is my favourite)
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup – can use sugar free if want to reduce sugar intake
1/2 tsp salt

CHOCOLATE TOPPING
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
handful of smashed peanuts to decorate

Directions

  1. Line slice tray with baking paper, make sure there is enough coming out of the edges
  2. Add all Base ingredients into a food processor or blender if you do not have one (just make sure you soak dates in boiling water before if using blender)
  3. Press ingredients into pan...
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Vegan Moussaka

 

Traditionally this Greek dish is made with meat, this my vegetarian/vegan version!
I make this as food prep with a bit of rice or extra greens. My boyfriend loves it too! 

It's nice to have those easy, nutritious, cost effective recipes available that help you consume a wider variety of vegetables and add a few more plant based meals into your diet. 

Ingredients:
3 x eggplants, thinly sliced
spray oil
3 tsp olive oil
1.5 brown onions, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 medium carrots, coarsely grated
3 tsp dried oregano
660g canned crushed tomatoes
1.5 cup salt-reduced vegetable stock
3 x cans brown lentils, drained and rinsed
2 medium potatoes
60g vegan cheese, grated

Method:

  1. Preheat Oven 180 degrees and line 2 x baking trays with baking paper
  2. Lay the eggplant on the lined baking tray in a single layer and spray lightly with oil spray. Bake for 20 mins
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    Add the onion, garlic, carrot and cook for 5...
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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

Ingredients

  • 125g crunchy peanut butter
  • 90g desiccated coconut
  • 40 ml maple Syrup
  • 2.5 Tbsp cacao powder
  • pinch of himalayan salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients
  • Use a table spoon to scoop mixture into your palm – this will help keep all the balls the same size
  • Roll into balls
  • Keep refrigerated in a airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or will keep for a few months in the freezer
  • Enjoy yourself or give away to your loved ones!

Here I made two lots of bliss balls for a Valentines gift, this is a much smarter alternative to chocolate to those who are health conscious. I put into a plastic take-away container with a rubber band through a Kikki.K label I have a whole book of.

 

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Chickpea Slow Cooker Curry. Super Cheap, Super Easy! Vegan Friendly

This one of my favourite go to's when food prepping. You will get about 8 servings out of this and it's so easy! Add the ingredients then go enjoy your day. Put it into lunch boxes once it is ready. Its cost about $10 so it's an affordable way to get your nutrients in. I enjoy adding few plant based meals into my weekly routine. Let me know how you go. I love seeing your cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 400g dried chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 large white-fleshed sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large or two small sweet capsicum, diced (red or yellow)
  • 2 x 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced jalapeño or fresh chili (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 6 cups spinach, roughly chopped, to serve
  • Cooked rice, to serve (optional)
  • Chopped coriander, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into the slow cooker in order. Drizzle olive oil over the bottom of the slow...
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Clean Zucchini and Corn Fritters – Gluten Free & Vegan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded zucchini about 4 medium-size zucchini
  • 1½ cups corn kernels
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 cup chopped green onions about 6 green onions
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • Cooking oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine shredded zucchini, corn, green onions, chickpea flour, garlic, cumin, oregano, thyme, salt & pepper. Stir together until well combined.
  • Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. This step is important because the flour will absorb the moisture from the zucchini and create a batter.
  • Warm a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Grease with preferred cooking oil then scoop out 1/3 cup of the zucchini mixture at a time into the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, until light golden brown.
  • Serve warm with black beans, salsa and...
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