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Heavenly light mini cheesecake pot

Continuing the dessert theme, my all time favourite sweet food/dessert is the humble cheesecake! I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a specific flavour as they are all so heavenly in their own way! There is just one thing about the cheesecake of the mortal world and that’s the fact it’s usually gluten-packed and full of fat! Fear not my darlings because once again I am here to save the day with this little pot of joy made from very few ingredients, gluten-free and heavenly light! 

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

Quark or extra light Philadelphia – one tablespoon 

Coconut oil – two teaspoons

Two rice cakes

Handful of walnuts 

Teaspoon of honey

Raspberry or Fruit purée of choice 

Pumpkin seeds

Method:

Blitz the rice cakes, walnuts, coconut oil in a blender to form crumbs. Press into a small pot and combine the honey with the cream cheese and layer on top. Top with fruit purée of choice and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. 

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10 min peanut butter and cocoa sponge

So guys, it’s been a while huh? I do apologise! I’ve had a busy Christmas and new year but I’m back and hungry as ever! Now, I know a majority of the professional clean-eaters amongst us have got it covered when it comes to having a varied diet and having an abundance of clean treats and snacks but what’s one more!? So for the newbies, starting the new year with hopes of a clean, healthy diet and dreams of cakes and sweet palate pleasers, I give you the 10 minute sponge cake! 

Ingredients: 

Peanut butter – 2 tablespoons

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons

Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons

2 eggs 

Cornflour – 2 tablespoons

Vanilla essence – optional

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a bo and mix into a batter. Bake at 200c for ten mins.

Serving suggestion -top with chopped nuts, raisins, fruit puree, natural yoghurt and it’s like a guilt free de-constructed gateau!

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Clean and lean Brownies


Good morning all!

Last night whilst prepping my lunch for work and pondering what I could enjoy alongside by midday green tea at work, I tried my hand at some express-baking and I’m pleased to say it was most successful! Now being a coeliac I do get tired of the sight of the “gluten-free brownie” as in most coffee shops, mainly chains, it’s the only option available to me and most of the time they are quite the guilty treat! But what if there was a brownie you could make yourself in less than 20 mins, one that is not only gluten free but practically guilt free and full of macronutrients!? Well, there is and not only it’s it super tasty but it has only three main ingredients and can customise it with any extras you like, tailored to your own requirements! 

Ingredients:

1/4 cocao powder (I used dark and fairy free) 

2 tablespoons of peanut butter 

2 large bananas (mashed)

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, together with anything else you want to add, I added a tiny bit of vanilla essence and a dollop of coconut oil to mine. (You could top with nuts or dried fruit)Line a baking tray or tin with grease proof paper and spread out the ingredients evenly. Bake for about 10-15 mins at 180c.this will make about 6 brownie slices about 1cm thick.

Leave to cool on a wire rack and then remove from the grease proof paper and cut into desired sections. 

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Carribean curried turkey and brown rice with black eyed peas

Afternoon Foodies,

I just cannot believe September is upon us already!? Not that I’m complaining because it’s the start of my favourite time of year! Don’t get me wrong, I love the summertime as sporadic as it’s sunshine may be but there is something about autumn that I find so miraculously magical. The feeling of the first cool breeze and the smell of autumnal rain just fills me with delight – warm socks, knitted jumpers, hot drinks and mulled beverages  will slowly ease themselves so comfortably back into our days – then of course there are the warm hues of the harvest season produce and all those glorious tummy warming edible concoctions that go with it. So for now as we are still amidst the transition of summer and autumn, here is one of my favourite dishes that will warm your soul on those ever darkening evenings but still has the vibrant flavours of sunshine and far away warmer climes. 

Ingredients:

Turkey breast – 400g

Red chilli – 2 chopped 

Onion – 1 diced 

Garlic – 3 cloves,chopped

Creamed coconut – half a block chopped finely 

Thyme – 1 tablespoon

Dunns river All purpose seasoning – 2 tablespoons

Jamaican curry powder – 2 tablespoons 

Tomato – 2 chopped into quarters

Olive oil 

Salt and pepper 

Brown rice – 1 cup

1 tin of black eyed peas 


Method: 

Start by putting the All purpose seasoning,curry powder,creamed coconut,onions,garlic,chilli,tomatoes,rhyme,salt and pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil in a mixing bowl and combine all together until it makes a paste. Seal the turkey in a saucepan in a little coconut oil then add to the mixing bowl of paste and rub into the meat until covered in the paste. Add a little more coconut oil to the saucepan and add the ingredients,  on a medium heat, stirring frequently to cook the spices lightly. Add about 2/3 cup of water, bring to the boil then cover and simmer while you cook the rice. 

For the rice heat some oil in a saucepan, add the dry rice and the other half of the creamed coconut block and stir together. Drain a little of the water in the black eyed peas away then pour the entire contents of the tin on the rice. Boil until the water reaches surface of the rice level then cover and turn off the heat  (the rice will then steam until ready and makes perfect rice everytime) it will usually take around 20 mins and by this time the curry should also be ready.

This dish is perfect alternative for takeout food, it’s so quick and easy and oozing with flavour! It’s more traditionally made with on the bone meat – alternative, more fatty oils would be used and served with bread or fried dumplings but there is now no reason it cannot be enjoyed in all its flavour glory in this cleaner-leaner way.

Enjoy!

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Cauliflower crust pizza! 


Back at it again with the Guilt-free delights! 

Hello all, so this week I tried my hand at the legendary cauliflower pizza base! I have been meaning to do so for quite a while but I never got around to it. It was so much easier and quicker than I imagined so it’s safe to say it will be happening more often now! You can literally top it with any pizzeria favourites of your own preference but I am a sucker for simplicity in all forms and I love a good old traditional margarita so good old mozzarella it was! 

Ingredients ( for the base) 

Two cups of raw cauliflower – blended into breadcrumb like form 

1 egg

Handful of parmasean cheese

Salt and pepper

Steam the cauliflower in the microwave (covered) for about 4 mins or until soft, put into teatowel or cloth to squeeze out any excess water. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. You can add some coconut floury I make it a little more dry if needs be. On a baking tray place some parchment paper and spoon the mixture into a heap in the middle, smooth out into desired pizza shape and bake at 180c until golden. Remove from the oven and   Leave to cool.

Next, top with your desired to pizza attributes (you can find my recipe for tomato sauce in earlier posts) and bake for a further 10-15 mins. 

And that is literally it guys! So easy and ever so tasty. And if like me you can’t stop at one slice, then it’s perfectly fine because it’s so much less naughty than the traditional version 😉 

I served mine with sweet potato fries, salad and balsamic dressing.

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Garlic and herb – Quark dip!


This awesome alternative to mayonnaise is a whole new level of deliciousness and fabulously guilt free – not to mention massively high in protein! I have always loved quark and just love to experiment with both sweet and savoury ways to use and improve it. As simple as this is, it’s going to rock your world! 

Ingredients:

Quark – desired amount depending on serving 

Garlic – one clove

Salt and pepper 

Lemon juice – just a squeeze

Oregano – a pinch 

Finely chop the garlic and throw it along with the rest into the quark, mix well and season to taste.

And that’s it! To die for with some sweet potato fries or on salads! Dress  (whatever takes your fancy) to impress! The kids will love it too! 

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Super Sunday Sweet potato and spinach hash-browns


Happy Sunday everyone! 

What a week it has been!? As it unfortunately draws to a close and the start of a new one is close but not too close, I’m sure we are all enjoying a well deserved lazy morning with our favourite breakfast delights and of course a strong coffee! I’ve been experimenting with a somewhat carby-er diet this week (good carbs of course) and this means a lot of my favourite star of this food group, the sweet potato! 

Longing for something a little different than the usual Sunday bacon and eggs, I whipped up these super quick hashbrowns! They are packed with flavour and if you want to be cheeky, they would be even more divine topped with some crispy bacon! 
Ingredients: 

1 sweet potato – grated

Wilted spinach – 1 handful

Garlic – 1 clove 

Salt and pepper to season 

Coconut oil – one tablespoon 

Start by peeling the sweet potato and grate the entire thing into a bowl. Microwave for 2 mins to soften slightly. Add wilted spinach – now I either wilt in a pan or normally, I keep a bag of spinach in the freezer for adding to recipes so I just grabbed a handful of the frozen stuff and then the warmed potato will do the wilting for you! Add the garlic and salt and pepper and a small dollop of coconut oil as this will help to bind the ingredients, alternately you could bind with egg yolk or a bit of flour. Grab a handful of the potato mixture and squash together into a ball in the palm of you hands, flatten and carefully place to fry on a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Try not to move them around to much as they have the tendency to fall apart. Cook for about 4 mins on both sides and occasionally press them with a spatula to keep them compressed. Top with a fried/poached egg, bacon/smoked salmon, whatever takes your fancy! Enjoy darlings and have a marvellous Sunday! 
Ciao x 

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Yoga 

Hey guys! So just a quick post to share my daily yoga routine with you all. I’ve always been a fan of a little home self taught yoga from quite a young age and along with the ‘Sun salutation’ I found this online and it’s amazing after a workout to stretch your entire body out! 

  I always feel so aligned afterwards, if that sounds crazy!? But give it a go – if you have a reasonable amount of flexibility to start with then it’s a good routine, if not then maybe start with doing the ‘sun salutation’ once or twice a day for a month and you will be surprised how much of a difference it will make. 


Peace out yogi bears! ✌🏽️

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Gluten-free Cream Tea.

imageHello all!

So with the long awaited return of that joyful ball of fire in the sky, with it comes an abundance of seasonal goodness and glorious naughty treats! Now, I don’t know about you but when the sunshine first touches my skin at the start of a new summer solstice, I think crisp white shirts, sparkling riverbanks, salads, strawberries and cream and of course bubbly drinks in tall glasses! Gloriously British summers aren’t complete without a cream tea right!? And what can be more enjoyable than making your very own Gluten-free scones to take on a summer pic-nic escapade, so get the cool boxes and wicker hampers at the ready for these little beauties!

 

(makes 14 scones)

ingredients:

2 cups of gluten free plain flour

1 cup of almond meal or ground almond

3 table spoons of baking powder

250ml of milk

120ml of single cream

generous pinch of salt

Method:

start by combining the flour, almond meal,salt and baking soda. Make a well in the middle and pour in the cream and milk combined.mix well until it forms a dough. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out to a thickness of approx 3cm and use a scone/biscuit cutter to cut of desired rounds, brush with a little milk ( you may find the dough a little too wet,for so add more almond meal or flour until you can form a decent dough to roll out) Pre-heat the oven to 200c and bake for approx 10 mins or until risen and slightly golden on top.

You can enjoy warm or wait until cooled. Add a hefty dollop of the best Devon clotted cream! I used http://www.langagefarm.com cream and http://www.bonnemaman.co.uk rasberry conserve as its gluten-free and delicious! It’s up to you what goes first, the Jam or the cream…. Personally, I  prefer one of each!

 

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Nutri bullet – week one!

Hey all!

I haven’t blogged for a while (as you can clearly see) but I thought I’d share one with you as I have time to spare * hoorah* and I have a new gadget! 

I’m sure everyone is well aware of the juicing craze – it’s hardly a new thing but what with liquidised super foods never quite reaching my grasp, I never really had an opinion on it before. After a short bout of illness it was time to embark on other new and exciting means of getting nutrients into my diet and I was lucky enough to have a nutribullet bestowed upon me (aren’t I a lucky girl ❤️) 
Anyway! I thought, I’d do a week or two of the standard “juice initiation” programme ( pretty much made up by myself) to experiment and see if I felt or looked anymore exciting at the end of it! Given that, they say it takes a few weeks to see any changes but I can definitely see and feel the benefits already! My energy levels are up and I don’t feel half as hungry throughout the day at work as I did previous to this experiment!

As you all know, I eat a pretty healthy diet, it’s quite diverse but I am pretty lazy when it comes to fresh fruits and I do tend to fall into a pattern of eating the same foods everyday – so I decided to subtract some of the habitual meals and add super juices in their place! I had the juices in place of meals because I didn’t want to add any extra calories to my daily intake, if you are going to do this, I would suggest to replace the meals with juices and do this for about a week once a month, that is what I’m going to do but I will probably keep the breakfast juice and to be fair the lunch time one is convenient for work but I’m going to see how it goes then add or subtract things as I go along ,depending on whether I rapidly start losing weight or something! Like I said, it’s just an experiment to see how my body will benefit from it (if at all) 

Here are some I have made so far and the plan I set for myself. I’ve had a few people ask me what I have  been juicing ( please remember, I am not a nutritionist, my plan is based around my own body and what I get along with best. This also wasn’t a weight loss challenge but just a experimental health trip 💋) – I will add more as I go on.

enjoy!   

  

   Go- green morning pick up! -morning 

(Small beaker with the juicing blade)

One handful of baby spinach/kale leaves (I like to freeze mine so the juice is cooler)

Juice of half a lemon

Half a green apple 

A slice of fresh ginger 

Water up to the Max line

  
Carrot and ginger boost juice! – snack time 

One large carrot 

Juice of half a lemon 

Slice of fresh ginger 

 Lunch time medley! – lunch 

One whole carrot

Handful of kale

Juice of half a lemon

One avocado

Half an apple

Handful of frozen pineapple chunks

Handful of blueberries 

Teaspoon of turmeric 

  Blueberry bright ! -morning 

(Slight variation on go green juice for more filling breakfast days)

Handful of spinach

Half a green apple

Juice of half a lemon

Handful of blueberries

Slice of fresh ginger

Tablespoon of Milled linseed  

Half an avocado

I have pretty much been having two juices a day. In the morning I have a juice alongside the usual egg white one yolk omelette and a black coffee before work. At lunch, I have a more substantial juice (as above) and a natural bar and green tea. At dinner time, I have a healthy meal with a mixture of the food groups, here is one example 

 Grilled Cod fillets

Sweet potato,garlic and Kale mash

White egg frittata with tomato,red pepper,garlic,paprika,kale and a little halloumi cheese.
 – in regards to the complex carbs, it varies with sweet potato/brown rice etc I usually have a relatively low-medium carb intake but as I am having juice twice a day my dinner needs a little more sustenance or I will turn into the Incredible Hulk! Lol 

And for the sundays of gluttony such as today! Here is one more delight you can indulge in with your morning coffee (bed optional)

  
Banana and cinnamon pancake with walnuts!

Half a banana 

One egg

Tablespoon of honey or agave 

Two tablespoons of GF flour

A little water 

Dollop of coconut oil (if preferred)

Use the milling blade on your nutri-bullet for this one.

 whizz into a smooth,delectable paste- try not to eat it all before it touches the pan 😂 and cook in a frying pan, in oil of choice. Add the chopped walnuts and banana slices and drizzle with honey or agave.

Happy Sunday!  

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