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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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” Are you gluten-free? ” – A coeliac day out


If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed on a day out for me it’s the all so tedious question that is ” are you gluten-free?” 

As much as its been publicised these days and made into somewhat of a “cult” saying on  social media on crockery and t-shirts and such by those who chose the coeliac life as opposed those who had the coeliac life choose them, it still remains relevant and thus brings me joy in sharing any little spots of joy and havens that accommodate the bellys of people like me. Starting with my most favourite place of them all – 

Blackpool sands – Dartmouth 


The wonderful ‘Venus cafe’ situated on the beachside of Blackpool sands was very accommodating and made sure I didn’t feel at all left out. They pretty much offered to try their best to de-glutenify anything that took my fancy on their wonderful menu of delicious fresh salads and seafood. 


If you haven’t been to Devon before this place is one of the sole reasons I love the south west, tucked away behind hills of lavish green fields, you would have no idea that you’re about to walk into such a petite paradise in the middle of the countryside. It’s a small privately owned beach, just pay for parking and soak up the views! Which are my favourite – I even got a cheeky yoga stance in for the giggles! 

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Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Ingredients: 

Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

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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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Gluten-free chocolate donut bites


Ok, I know what youre thinking…. These arent exactly “clean” but it’s the weekend and I woke up this morning with no peanut butter in the household! That’s my excuse and ravenous for something sweet along side my coffee this morning, not wanting to leave the house because the rugby is on at 11, I decided to whip up these absolute dreams and it only took 5-10 mins! 


Ingredients: 

Gluten free plain flour – one cup 

Baking powder – one table spoon

Milk – add until forms a dough (you can use water or any kind of milk preferred, I find milk makes them more fluffy) 

Ground almond – 1/4 cup 

Chopped chocolate of any kind, cut into small squares.

Method:

Mix all together in a bowl and add just enough water/milk to form a sticky yet knead-able  dough. Take enough to make a small ball, flatten it in your hand and place the chocolate square in the middle. Roll the chocolate inside then fry for about one min in oil, constantly turning whilst it’s frying. Once golden brown, place into sugar and roll until covered. 

VERY naughty but hey it’s Saturday! 

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Pancake day – for everyone!

Hi all,

I know I’m a little late but pancake day is a week-long thing anyway right!? There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be able to indulge in days such as these but that was of course before I got less lazy and more creative with food. There are infact so many ways you can make pancakes other than the traditional way! Who would have thought you can, in actual fact NOT use eggs or milk! and in some methods not even flour! Here are two of my favourite ways (both include flour- GF of course)  great for gluten-free, lactose free lifestyles and even one without egg! 
So firstly –  this is a quick and simple one you can make in your nutri-bullet. I believe I have posted this one before. So excuse the repost but it really is delicious! 

Secondly – this one is the magic pancake! No eggs, no milk involved and still an incredibly fluffy result and you wouldn’t even tell it apart from a normal pancake. Now, I like to make the big scotch pancakes but you can add more of the water if you prefer thinner, crepe like pancakes.  

 
Ingredients:

1 cup of gluten free flour – self raising 

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon of baking powder 

Pinch of salt 

Mix the flour and the baking powder together. Add the mashed banana and salt, mix and slowly add in water to preference, depending on how thick you want your pancakes, your batter will have to be yoghurt thick for scotch pancakes. Flip and enjoy! 

Top with whatever naughty or nice treats you wish and ….
Happy pancake WEEK! 

 

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Fast farm food

So today, I had the misfortune of working on a Sunday but to be honest it’s not all doom and gloom because this means I get to browse the Christmas markets and sample some of the tasty market food for my lunch!

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As it’s Sunday and everyone else is either enjoying a traditional Sunday roast or carvery of some kind,I wanted something hearty and what’s better than a bit of slow cooked,pulled meat!

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I found the most amazing farm stall, using my nose for radar and it served me well! Dozens upon dozens of homemade,locally sourced chutneys and preserves,slow roasted beef and pulled porks!

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They were just getting started when I Arrived and in the interest of clean, I opted for the beef brisket,goats cheese salad,pickeled beetroot coleslaw and a generous dollop of onion chutney.

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I have to say it was amazing! And I’m most definitely going back to purchase as jar (or three )of the onion chutney!
So day one of the Christmas taste testing, Devon has done us proud,you can’t beat a bit of local produce! But I will of course be sampling the delights the rest of the stalls have to offer!

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