A healthy, quick and easy dessert for the whole family using the abundance of seasonal figs which are good sources of fiber for healthy intestine function and good sources of potassium for healthy blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.
6 fresh figs
1 tsp of raw honey
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 tsp of Cointreau (optional)
fresh mint and yoghurt to serve
Heat oven to 180 degrees. Cut figs in halves or quarters and then place in a baking dish. Drizzle honey and then Cointreau over the figs. Sprinkle cinnamon powder and place in the oven to bake for 20-30mins - check to avoid burning. Once cooked and caramelized serve with more cinnamon, fresh mint and yoghurt.
A quick & easy recipe that can be prepared in the morning, popped into the slow cooker so the whole family can come home to a delicious hearty vegetarian stew. Pumpkin is high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and an excellent source of carotenes which exert a protective effect against many cancers and heart disease. Foods high in carotenes also appear to offer protection against Type 2 diabetes.
1 cup red split lentils (can be soaked overnight for easier digestion)
1Kg pumpkin, chopped
1 T butter & 1 T coconut oil
1 onion, finely diced
2-3 gloves of garlic crushed
1 T freshly grated ginger
1-2 T curry paste (I use tandoori paste)
Optional extras: kale leaves or carrots (to bulk up)
To serve: Coriander and Yoghurt to serve
In a small frying pan saute the onions in the butter & coconut oil under softened and caramelized - use low heat. Add the garlic, ginger and curry paste and lightly cooke for a few minutes. Put in a slow cooker with all other ingredients, tur...
1 & 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen mixed organic berries
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Honey or Maple syrup to sweeten (if desired)
Combine almond milk, coconut cream and chia seeds in a bowl. Whisk well and allow to sit for 20-30mins mixing occasionally so chia seeds don't clump together. Then place in the fridge for at least 2 hrs or overnight. Add berries, vanilla, sweetner and a pinch of salt.
I make this in the afternoon if I want to serve as a cold dessert with fresh berries (needs to sit in fridge for at least 2hrs). But mostly I make it at night with frozen berries for breakfast porridge - I add the frozen be...
Inspiration for the upcoming cooking school - Broths & Ferments on Saturday 28th July! Dairy free Panna Cotta a delicious way to get gelatin into the diet for gut healing.
1 tsp coconut oil
1.5 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
can of full-fat coconut milk
can of coconut cream
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract plus some dry vanilla pod
1/4 tsp fine salt
Coat ramekins/small bowls or glasses with coconut oil. Place gelatin in a small bowl with 1/2 cup of the coconut milk, whisk until smooth. Set aside to bloom for 5 minutes.
Place remaining coconut milk, coconut cream and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla & salt. Add the bloomed gelatin and whisk until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Pour into ramekins and set in the fridge for 3-4 hrs or overnight.
To serve you can invert molds onto serving plates, a few minutes at room temperature should release the Panna Cotta from the mold. You can also remov...
Craving something sweet and starchy in this cold weather? Try these Paleo muffins using banana and dates for sweetness and almond meal for high protein and less starchy carbohydrates.
4 medium ripe bananas
4 large eggs
1/2 cup coconut cream
6 large medjool dates, pitted and chopped
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 & 1/3 cup almond meal
1 t cinnamon powder
2 t baking powder
pinch of celtic sea salt
1 cup of walnuts for decorating
Preheat oven for 180 degrees C. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners. Mash banana in a medium bowl. Add eggs and coconut cream. Beat with a whisk to combine. In a separate bowl place desiccated coconut , almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and dates. Whisk to combine.
Add banana to the dry mixture and mix well. Place batter evenly in muffin holes and arrange with walnuts on top. Bake for 30mins or until muffins are firm to touch and lightly browned. Remove from the oven but leave muffins in tray for 10 mins. Turn out onto wire rack to cool further...
A Superfood salad with Moroccan flavours using the very last of the seasons red capsicum and tomatoes and the much loved Superfood pomegranate.
150g yellow cherry tomatoes
150g red or black cherry tomatoes
1 red capsicum
1/2 red onion
seeds of small pomegranate
1 T chopped mint
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 t ground cumin
3 T apple cider vinegar
3 T olive oil
1 & 1/2 T pomegranate molasses
sea salt and black pepper to season
Dice tomatoes, capsicum and onion and then combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then pour over salad. Mix to gently combine. Garnish with extra mint and drizzle extra olive oil over salad, if desired.
With the cold weather coming I get the oven cranking and start baking - here is my favourite baked fish dish inspired by Jude Blereau's Wholefood for the Family Cook book.
700g potatoes (larger are better), skin on, scrubbed well
4 large garlic cloves
handful of basil
12 oregano leaves
1 T balsamic vinegar
3 T olive oil
2 x 400g tin chopped organic tomatoes
30g butter, melted
500g strong flavoured boneless fish fillets - I used snapper
115g kalamanta olives
Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celcius. Boil potatoes whole with a generous pinch of salt, careful not to overcook - should offer some resistance to a skewer. Drain well and set aside. Crush garlic and chop herbs, add good pinch of salt, vinegar and 1 T olive oil and the tin tomatoes and mix well.
Pour the melted butter in a baking dish approx 30 x 20 cm- I use a enamel coated cast iron dish to hold heat (if using stainless steel increase temp to 240 and may need to cook for 10mins longer). Add tomatoes and spread over base, the...
Beetroot contains betacyanin which an antioxidant from the red pigment - a powerful anti-cancer agent. Beetroot is in abundance at our place so I thought I would try a Pete Evans recipe and he never lets me down - this is awesome!
500g beetroot (2 large or 4 small)
3 Tbl unhulled tahini
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Vegetables for dipping
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Wrap beetroot in foil and roast for 1-2hrs until tender. Set aside to cool. When cool, peel and roughly chop.
Place beetroot in food processor, add tahini, garlic, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, cumin and salt and process until smooth.
In summer the perfect way to start the day is with a green smoothie - so simple but so effective to support the body in cleansing and detoxifying upon rising. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it can taste and how much more energy you feel through the day!
1 Mango or frozen banana
Handful of parsley
1 x stalk of kale or spinach without stem
1/2 lemon skin removed
1 tsp bare greens powder (I use bare blends)
ice and splash of water
Blend all together - serves 2-3 people and you can use any combo of fruit and veg - get creative! Just remember berries and greens make brown which may not look appealing but still tastes great!
I recently made this for our Nurture & Nourish Women's retreat with brown basmati rice and it was delicious!A Quick & Easy vegetarian recipe if you have left over rice and a can of brown lentils or pre-cooked frozen puy lentils (I usually cook huge batches of lentils and freeze them in small zip locked bags).
1 red onion
2 celery stalks
1 cup basmati brown rice, cooked and cooled
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup puy lentils or can of brown lentils
3 tablespoons chopped coriander
3 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 cups baby English spinach leaves
Score a cross in the base of each tomato. Put in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 30 seconds, then transfer to cold water, drain and peel away the skin from the cross. Cut the tomatoes in half, scoop ou...