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Nacho-coated spicy bean and sweet potato 🍔burgers

Hello!

So it’s been almost a month of meat-free living now and I’m actually not at all missing it! I’ve had some time off so I’ve been able to experiment and enjoy all the recipes I’ve been putting together and there has been a few dodgy concoction fails but ALOT of good ones! I’m really not missing meat at home at all and I’ve not dined out as much this year as I want both dining out and meat itself to be more of a treat than a habit ( I obviously still frequent my coffee shops) I’ve been whipping up a lot of hot/cold salads and today I made something I’ve wanted to make for quite some time, an all time favourite of mine actually! As a child I loved Mexican spiced foods and spicy bean burgers were my favourite! I was actually a vegetarian for a couple of years in my early teens because as a family we all took the plunge together and I think this is where my love for these burgers stemmed from. That being said, I actually haven’t had them since childhood and I’m not sure why as they aren’t at all time consuming , a mere 20 mins tops and I was taken right back! I made mine with cornflour flat-bread as I can’t have bread at all due to a yeast allergy and I’m yet to find a suitable bread or a recipe which is both gluten and yeast free! Which is probably why I don’t make burgers often but none the less it was super tasty with the flatbread. You of course can make yours in gluten-free burger buns or normal if you’re just vegetarian. I can’t express how much these did not disappoint and I just wanted to eat all 6 to myself!

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato (peeled and diced)

1 can of berlotti beans (kidney beans also work)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 handful of coriander (finely chopped)

Half a bag of lightly salted corn chips/nachos

Salt and pepper

1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 table spoon of cumin

Olive oil

Method:

Start by boiling the sweet potato, garlic, and beans until the sweet potato is soft enough to mash. Drain and put into a mixing bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the nachos and mash together and mix well.

Make into patties and set aside.

Add the nachos into your blender and mill into fine breadcrumb like texture.

On a plate cover the burgers in the nacho flour and heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Fry on both sides until golden.

You can also oven bake these but having tried both methods myself, I found it quicker in the pan and the burger coating was a lot more crisp. You could also double cook and bake for 10 mins then finish cooking in the frying pan.

Serve with garnish, I used baby spinach leaves and some light mayo. They are also super tasty (especially appealing for children) with a little cheese and ketchup.

If you would like the corn flatbread recipe it’s simply

Half a cup of Cornflour

1 egg

Baking powder

Salt

Half a cup of water

Combine together into a batter and simply fry like a pancake in a pan until golden on each side.

Enjoy!

Laura x

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Veggie new year!

Hello!

Wow, how long have I been away!? Well I’m back now, I’m here to stay! I had quite a long break because last year was all over the place for personal reasons and house moving etc! I hope everybody had a marvellous Christmas and we are all rearing to go in this new year of 2018!

I find New Years resolutions so cliche but what with last year seeming like a fog of chaos, I’ve vowed this year to be super organised and mindful! I mean, I know half the world are likely vowing to do the same but really I am!

Other than being Uber productive this year I’ve also decided to turn veggie! Yes veggie! Not full veggie mind you. I am going to be meat-free (and this is an ongoing thing not just a January thing) for 6 out of 7 days a week but not when I’m eating out at restaurants because let’s face it I have so many preferential needs already that I don’t want to make eating out even harder for myself and I want to be able to enjoy it as hard as that already is being gluten-free and not by choice! Now, I don’t want to step on any committed vegetarians toes here by saying I’m not doing this “for the animals” it’s mainly for my own health and well-being but I guess there is the added bonus of going meat-free and every little does help both the animals and the environment right? ( please be kind to me 🙈) Anyway, I mainly set out to consciously make an effort to eat more veg,pulses, grains, legumes etc! have always eaten healthy because of my allergies but not had a particularly varied diet of the above and tended to stick to the same few things weekly and mainly on the side of meat.

So, thus far, I’ve been green for two weeks now (nearly)and it’s actually not as hard as I thought. Food shopping is so much more fun ( not to mention easier on the pocket) and i don’t know if it’s all the added nutrients I’m eating or just the new year placebo but I actually feel better in myself. Anyway, what are your New year commitments? Do share! And I will update you with my new veggie meal ideas and of course all the clever clean bites as always!

Much love

Laura

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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.

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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Gluten free fish and chips

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Here is a british favourite, albeit a  cheat meal and slightly naughty  but most definitely a winner for that day of the week you let it all go! Being gluten free, yeast free etc 24/7 I can never indulge in the gluttonous glory that is batter from chip shops! I am a huge seafood lover and I haunt my favourite seafood spot (which i will post a review shortly)quite regularly for seared, grilled,smoked and baked etc but on this occassion ( after a few cheeky vinos) I needed something a little more carb-bustrous 😉

Anyway for this devil of a cheat meal I used haddock fillet and new potatoes for the chips, I fried (yes fried! ) them in some olive oil in a saucepan and for the batter I used as follows:

1 egg
Three tablespoons of doves gluten free self raising flour
Salt and pepper
And enough milk to form a reasonably thick batter

The gluten free flour is alot thicker when mixed with liquid so add slowly and leave for min or so to thicken and add more if required, beat into a batter, coat the fish with it,  then fry in the olive oil for about a min then flip it over and fry for another minute, or basically untill its golden in colour and cooked through.

Enjoy!

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