Month: February 2014

Detox Winter Vegetable Quinoa Bowl with Cranberries + Pumpkin Seeds

roasted veg

I feel quite sorry for brussel sprouts, they have a hard life. First off, they are a hugely love/hate food and brussel sprout haters seem to feel strongly about these poor green vegetables, like there’s hatred there!! The other reason why I feel sorry for brussel sprouts is they only come out once per year for a little christmas festivity + are generally always just a token at the dinner table. I propose we grow more and eat more sprouts outside of the festive season and secondly to promote the poor brussel sprout to something other than a side to a piece of meat. Don’t get me wrong, I like a side of sprouts, especially dipped in ketchup (is that wrong?) but I just think we’re selling them short that’s all. There are endless ways to celebrate sprouts and get more involved.

roasted sprout quinoa salad

How about a winter vegetable quinoa bowl?

Hail to brussel sprouts in curries, stir fries, roasted vegetable dishes, veggie skewers, salads and vegetable hash. They are versatile little buggers.roasted veg sprout quinoa salad

These are a super dietary form of vitamin and mineral antioxidants which helping to address chronic and excessive inflammation, they provide fantastic cardiovascular support with their powerful cholesterol lowering properties and being super detoxing they’re ideal for the excesses of the holiday season. But don’t wait ’til any holiday season to enjoy the deliciousness. Have this now and detox the tasty way!

quinoa sprout veg

Winter vegetable quinoa bowl with cranberries + pumpkin seeds

(serves 2)

2 cups brussel sprouts, cut in half
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
2 cups chestnut mushrooms, cut in half
1 red onion, chopped into segments
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt + pepper
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
herbs + lemon juice for dressing

method:

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Prepare vegetables + spread evenly on a large baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, season + roast for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven when softened + starting to brown.
2. Add the quinoa, pumpkin seeds + cranberries to a large serving bowl. Fold through the roasted vegetables, add a squeeze of lemon + adjust the seasoning.
3. Serve dressed with extra seeds + cranberries.

Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

chick peas

Everything tastes better roasted. Fact. It really does. nuts, seeds, veggies, garlic and now chick peas too. I am a little late to the roasted chick pea party but I’m here now so that’s all that matters. I’m still a little too impressed with how these turned out and are nothing like a soaked chick pea but rather crispy and crunchy! Kinda satisfying. Just be sure to really dry those bad boys first, like thoroughly, using kitchen roll or a clean tea towel. Once they’re all high and dry they’re set for flavouring up and roasting to perfection!

chick peas roasted

The flavour combos are endless but I reckon salt ‘n’ vinegar would be a bit of a star. That’ll be my next batch, salt ‘n’ vinegar always was my favourite flavour. In the meantime these are sweet, nutty and beautifully spiced with cinnamon, umm umm.

chick peas roasted

Reasons to eat these as an afternoon snack:

no bad fats
no additives
high in fibre and protein too
100% natural
delicious

chick peas roasted

Come on, you can’t say that for your average bag of crisps/chips or shop bought cereal bar can ya? That’s why I make these in batches and store in an airtight container for those munchie moments.

Just dry ’em well and watch ’em roasting – too little and you’re like, ‘where’s the crunch?’ and too much and they’re a bit charcoaled! Enjoy guilt free delicious snacking.

chick peas roasted

Sweet cinnamon roasted chickpeas

1 can chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

method:

1. Preheat oven to 225ºC. Meanwhile, rinse your chickpeas under cold running water + dry thoroughly by spreading out a single layer, using kitchen towel to soak up all excess moisture. It’s important they’re as dry as dry can be.
2. Place on a baking tray + roast for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven + drizzle oil over the chickpeas followed by the sugar, salt + cinnamon. Toss to coat evenly.
4. Return to the oven + roast for a further 15 minutes until crunchy. Amaze at how you just transformed chickpeas.

Spiced Cabbage Fritters

I’ve been home from India a month now and I’m still not craving indian food, oops, potential overload maybe!? Oh god, what have I done to myself, I fear I will never eat a bowl of dahl again :-O This is weird for me as I’m usually a 2 curries a week kinda girl so in an attempt to kick start my curry love this recipe is very lightly spiced but more about the fresh ingredients than heavy spices. Actually, would we even call this Indian? Ummmm perhaps not, maybe just a jazzed up veggie fritter with cumin and turmeric.
vegan cabbage fritta
Anyhow, this recipe is perfect for using up excess veggies in the fridge or an excellent way to bump up your fruit and veggie intake with four delicious helpings of vegetables in a comforting indian spiced fritter. Yep, four! It’s got cabbage in it, I really like cabbage a lot!

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This is definitely a weekend snack, or a simple starter, or perhaps a nice addition to brunch! Whatever the meal it’s a light and easy recipe that’s versatile too and more importantly utterly delicious. I love dishes like this but usually find that restaurant style versions are deep fried in who knows what oil and contain very little in the way of fresh vegetables and more in the way of flour and eggs.

cabbage fritta

This is different, what with it’s four servings of veggies these are packed full of vitamins and minerals, they’re dairy and gluten free, low fat and contain zero grain! Woooohoooooo! Let’s get frittering!
cabbage fritta

Spiced cabbage fritters

(makes 10-12 fritters)

2 heaping cups finely shredded savoy cabbage
2 small carrots, thin slivers using a veggie peeler
1 small onion, sliced finely
2 handfuls kale, shredded
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
1 cup gram flour
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxmeal to 3 of water)
salt + pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 cup water

Method:

1. Add all the prepared vegetables to a large mixing bowl + combine well.
2. Meanwhile combine the remaining ingredients in a seperate bowl to make a thick pouring batter. Add to the veggies + ensure the veggies are fully combined with the batter.
3. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan + transfer 1/4 cup size helpings of the batter, pushing down with a spatula. Allow to brown and set before flipping to cook the other side.
4. Transfer fritters to a warm oven + continue cooking the fritters until the batter is no more. Serve warm with yoghurt, chutney, ketchup or whatever takes your fancy,

Cake Batter Doughnuts with Chocolate Coconut Frosting (Vegan)

doughnut vegan
I had a Krispy Creme once and I didn’t like it, it was such a major disappointment to me. See, I was really looking forward to it, a little too excited perhaps but in anticipation for the doughnut of my life. The thing is, it was really just something and nothing, as light and airy as a feather, sickly sweet, a tad dry + very much a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of doughnut. Maybe I’m just weird but they just didn’t taste like real food.

These are NOT ‘take it or leave it’ doughnuts. Not at all.

vegan chocolate doughnuts

These have real substance, a subtle sweetness, creamy vanilla undertones and a hard crispy chocolate coconut frosting. This is the way I like my doughnuts; substantial, delicious, feel good and plant based. I made these twice in the space of two days, they really are that good. They may not be the glossy, uniformed, additive laden doughnuts from the supermarket but they are real, rustic and full of healthy ingredients.

chocolate vegan doughnut

These cake batter doughnuts are spelt based so much lower in gluten and higher in fibre which is why they’re miles more satisfying than regular doughnuts. With a lot less sugar, no dairy whatsoever and zero additives these are my doughnut of choice. Life’s too short to eat crappy fake, sugary, greasy doughnuts stuffed with who knows what and I really do care about this. Spelt cake batter doughnuts are surely the way forward, especially as they take five minutes to throw together and twenty to bake. Job done.

doughnut stack

Cake batter doughnuts with chocolate coconut frosting

(6 doughnuts)

1 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseeds to 3 of water)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

frosting:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon dried coconut

method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Combine the first four dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl + set aside.
2. Mix the remaining wet ingredients together throughly + add to the dry mixture, taking care not to over mix.
3. Transfer the batter to a greased doughnut pan + bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Combine frosting ingredients and ice each cooled doughnut well. Neatness not necessary.