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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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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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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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Lean turkey burgers and grilled haloumi

The sun is still shining! And the sweet scent of  the British BBQ summer is in the air. Going to a BBQ can be a torturous experience, if like me you can’t go within an inch of any bread! Fear not because as I walked through the park on the way home( grilled meat in the air) I was inspired to rustle up something equally as tasty and extra refreshing for summer days, back yard gatherings or for an uber quick evening meal. Fresh, zingy, packed full of protein and whipped up in under 20 mins from scratch, what are you waiting for? 

(Makes six chunky burgers)

Ingredients: 

450g lean turkey breast mince

1 egg

Handful of chopped fresh basil

Two chopped garlic cloves 

Salt and pepper 

One fresh chilli chopped/or Tabasco sauce 

Teaspoon of tomato purée 
Haloumi cheese 

Salad leaves of choice 

One tomato

Chopped cucumber 
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mash up well until able to form into balls then lay out and slightly pat into rounds (the mixture will be a little wet but don’t worry) 

Fry in coconut oil on a medium heat for about ten mins each side then finish under the grill to crisp.

On your serving plate – chop cucumber, tomato and rustle into some salad leaves. (I used baby spinach and chard)Sprinkle a little Tabasco sauce and balsamic on the leaves then top with the burgers. Grill or pan fry (in a dry pan) the haloumi cheese and enjoy! 

For a side: 

Combine quark/Greek yoghurt with spring onion and cucumber, a squeeze of lemon  and a little salt and pepper and you got yourself a yummy dip! 

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Gluten-free Cream Tea.

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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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Strawberry breakfast muffins!

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As its my day off, as usual I start with the intention of doing absolutely nada but then a lightbulb appears above my noggin and another clean recipe comes to mind so I have to make it right there and then incase the sudden spark of creation abandons me as fast as it arrived! The best recipes are always unplanned anyway so here is todays creation, perfect for a sunday morning lazy breakfast!

Ingredients:

2 egg whites
1 cup of doves gluten-free self raising flour
2 strawberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 handful of crushed mixed nuts and dried fruit
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl (only one of the strawberries) put a big dollop of the mixture into muffin cases and top with a slice of strawberry.wpid-IMG_20140509_094536.jpg

Preheat your oven and
Bake for about 20 mins at 200ºc (maybe less for fan assisted ovens) basically until they look deliciously golden brown in colour and they pass the knife test with flying colours!

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Treat Tip:
Why not top with your favourite clean butters and spreads, its extra super tasty at breakfast and Afternoon tea times 🙂

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FEATURE FRIDAY- Teapigs Organic Matcha powder

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This weeks feature friday has been a pleasure as always! I am always on the look out for the next big thing of the health world and the lovely people at Teapigs came to the rescue this week with the newest super hero on the block ‘organic matcha tea powder’

Ive been a fan of the green stuff for a while, my good friend from japan, first introduced me to it last summer, her mum sent over a bag and I was immediately in love, however, I haven’t had any since, until now, my prayers had been answered, answered by the scrumptious Teapigs!

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What is Matcha,You say?

Well Matcha is an acient japanese tea, the original preparation and consumption of ground tea was formed into a ritual by zen buddhists long ago, blends of matcha were given poetic names ‘chamei’ (tea-names) by the plantation, shop or grandmaster of the tea ceremonies. These days the lovely people at Teapigs source their Matcha from the nishio regions of Japan, where leaves are grown undercover to create lots of super healthy amino acids and chlorophyll (the green goodness) they are then dried and ground using granite et voila! theres your super matcha!

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So what is the verdict?

Having spent a week with this little green machine, it certainly does what it says on the tin, I had a shot in the morning before I left the house, took some in a flask to work with me,created a recipe with it … so you can pretty much say its a winner! You can feel it working immediately from the inside out,an energy boost that (although it hurts me to say it) feels cleaner than coffee, a buzz without any aftertaste or staining of the teeth. Being an avid espresso lover, I will always have my morning coffee with breakfast but  teapigs organic matcha will most certainly be sticking around from now on to give me those amazing antioxidants it is so well renowned for

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AND of course for me to make and create lots more yummy clean matcha inspired recipes for you all to enjoy using it! there are many ways to enjoy it, hot, cold, chilled or baked, iced, whipped, chuck it into all your favourite cereals and desserts…go matcha mad!
I give this feature a HUGE thumbs up! Thank you Teapigs for the goodies!

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Make sure you try my Matcha energy balls recipe

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and why not visit
WWW.TEAPIGS.COM
and get your very own superhero matcha kits.

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FAST FOOD- Mexican chicken wrap

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I’m a great lover of mexican foods, chilli con carne is a regular occurrence in my household, the spcier the better! I used to love chicken fajitas too so here is a clean twist on the well known and much loved mexican classic without the guilt and it tastes even better knowing its clean 🙂

Ingredients:
(For one person)

1 sliced chicken breast
1 tomato, sliced
Half a red pepper sliced
1 teaspoon of cumin
Chopped red chilli (as much as preffered)
1 finely chopped garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Salad leaves of choice
Sprinkle of feta (optional)

Pan fry all of the above apart from the cheese and salad leaves

To make the wrap put one egg 1/3 cup of doves gluten free selfraising flour and some water or milk in a blender until its a batter then pan fry like a pancake.

Top the wrap with the ingredients and salad of choice and enjoy!

This literally took 10 mins max to put together and you can make it in advance to take with you in a lunch box also.

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