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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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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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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 πŸ’‹) – 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 πŸ˜‚ 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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Evening snack monster savers- spinach, chilli, tomato, garlic, egg white grilled omelette

(Repost)

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Here is a little recipe for when you you are circling yhe kitchen in the evening like a shark trying not to give in to carbs lol

Ingredients:

2 egg whites 1 yolk
Sweet red pepper
1 red chilli
Two cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper
Spinach leaves

Lightly whisk the eggs with a fork in a bowl

Chop all the ingredients and lightly cook in frying pan then add the egg, cook for about a minute then place under the grill to finish.

You can sprinkle some paprika on the top before grilling for extra flavour, I like to have mine with a little red habanero sauce πŸ™‚

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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 200ΒΊc (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 πŸ™‚

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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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COMPETITION!!!

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For a chance of winning
1Γ— Aerolatte whisk
1x teapigs organic matcha powder
1 x teapigs matcha shot glass

Simply head on over to twitter and follow @loriericeli and @teapigs and retweet the competition post! Winner will be chosen at random Monday 5th april!

Keep an eye out for my Teapigs Matcha review this friday too

GOOD LUCK πŸ™‚

Why not head on over to www.teapigs.com and use the code CLEVER and receive 10% when ordering (excludes matcha and bulk orders)

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Fast food

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Another quick and easy fast to make dinner idea! Filling, lean, and uber healthy.Turkey breast steak, kale and sweet pepper, egg white omelette (1 yolk, 3 whites) garlic and sea salt and cracked black pepper #clevercleanfastfoodies πŸ˜‰

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Happy friday!

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Friday is here, although I don’t like to see myself as one of those wait for friday people, its still nice to see in the weekend with a smile, delve into relaxation mode (if you are lucky enough to not be working on a saturday)and put your feet up. I’m just as happy on friday mornings as any other day because mornings mean breakfast! And breakfast means COFFEE πŸ™‚ anyway back to the point which was about my feature friday, I don’t have one ready for today, this week has zoomed by leaving absolutely no blog time.
But fear not! I have some fantastic products being shipped my way shortly for review, along with some prize giveaways for you lovely clean eating health machines out there! So as miranda says “bear with” and look out for the goodies to come.

In the mean time im always live “on the go” over on twitter and instagram @loriericeli @clean_bites @xloriex so give me a follow on there also.

Enjoy your weekend lovelies and I will try and fire out some clean weekend recipe treats for you all.

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“Happy friday”

Lorie riceli

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