Tag Archives: mint

Baked pumpkin with passionfruit, mint, lime and coconut

A sweet and delicious flavour combination and a lovely addition to any meal. Mint, passionfruit, lime and coconut work well with the pumpkin and as it bakes the flavours gently work together to create a gorgeous sweetness. 2016-06-12 20.04.17

Ingredients:

The quantity you make is completely up to you and the size of a family. This recipe is based on a generous 1/4 of a pumpkin.

Fresh pumpkin (skin removed and chopped into small pieces)

Fresh passionfruit pulp (one whole)

Fresh mint (one small handful washed and finely chopped)

Fresh lime juice (one small)

Coconut oil (one tablespoon for cooking)

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Gather your ingredients

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Place the diced pumpkin, oil, mint, lime juice and passionfruit into a baking dish. I used a glass one so no need to line or grease.

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Baked in the oven until golden and soft. Give a turn over half way through the cooking. Use an oven of around 180 degree celsius and leave uncovered when cooking. It will take approximately 40 minutes to cook but every oven is different.

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Served here with baked lamb chops, veggies and salad.

A gorgeous and sweet vegetable dish which is a lovely addition to any meal. 

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Raw Peppermint and Chia Seed Slice.

This is the most amazing raw Paleo treat and my first adventure into the world of peppermint. Imagine the combination of a chunky base, a smooth creamy peppermint flavoured middle and a rich layer of chocolate on top. The combination is decadent yet completely gluten and dairy free. 

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Completely delicious and made from all natural ingredients

A food processor is required for this recipe and if you are super organised you will have soaked you cashews for a few hours in cool water. If not, don’t worry as it just makes the middle section creamier. There are three layers so start at the bottom and just work your way up.

First of all find a suitable pan or baking dish. It can’t be too large or the bottom layer will be very thin. Be guided by how much of the bottom mix you had. I used a smallish square tin and it was perfect. The middle layer is quite high so if you want a smaller middle layer just halve the recipe. Line the tin with baking paper so there is a generous amount above the tin and this is important as when you pour the chocolate layer on top it is very liquid and needs to be held in place.

Bottom Layer

Place into the food processor:

1 cup of raw activated almonds (or similar)

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 tablespoons coconut oil (l didn’t melt mine but you could gently do this).

8 medjool dates deseeded.

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Ready to be processed

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Pulse until an even texture is achieved

Place this mix into your pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. Make sure the layer is even.

Middle Layer

Into the food processor add:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

250g raw cashews (soaked or not. It will still work out either way)

1 good sized avocado (skin and seed removed)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup rice malt syrup

1 1/2 ml peppermint oil for a medium flavour or 2 ml for a strong flavour.

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Just real ingredients. I didn’t melt my coconut oil but you could.

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Use peppermint oil made for cooking and not essential oil. This is very important. 

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Mix well until creamy!

Place on top of the bottom layer and spread out evenly.

Top Layer

Into the food processor place:

2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup

2 tablespoons of raw cacao

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of sea salt

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Give it a quick mix. Its a bit messy.

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Pour onto the top of the other layers. This is where having enough baking paper is important.

Place into the freezer for several hours. Overnight is best as it is quite thick.

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Getting it out of the tin was a challenge so using a tin with a bit of give worked well as l could move the edges a bit to loosen. I think a ceramic dish would work better though.

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Slice into small pieces and serve some and freeze the rest. It makes an enormous number of portions and great to keep in the freezer as a go to snack. 

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Imagine serving this to your friends or family. They will think you are so clever.

The three layers work together so well and eating a treat that is made of all natural and whole foods is such a joy.

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Having fun with your smoothies!

I have been experimenting with my smoothies lately and it has been great fun. I am alternating the smoothies with juices and love how the flavours change with the addition of a different ingredient and am amazed at the colours that can be produced from using fruits such as berries or vegetables like Bok Choy. I like to use the fruits and vegetables which are in season and l only add filtered water to my smoothies as l don’t drink any kind of milk.

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Colourful, delicious and nutritious.

I have been layering my smoothies to make them look more attractive and experimenting with different ingredient combinations. The smoothie above has three layers that l mixed around with the straw. The red layer is frozen raspberries and water, the green layer is cos lettuce, pineapple, green apple, banana, black chia seeds and water. The yellow layer is cantelope and mandarin. All of the layers were really nice.

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Love the colour!

The ingredients in this one are spinach, cos lettuce, pineapple, banana, green apple, black chia seeds, mint and filtered water.

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A fun looking smoothie!

This smoothie needed to be mixed to drink, but the layers added some fun to it. The green layer is cos lettuce, spinach, mint, green apple and water, while the yellow layer is mandarin, black chia seeds and water.

An interesting smoothie!

I love the layers!

This smoothie was so much fun to make and l had to mix this one to drink it also. The green layer is cos lettuce, green apple, mint and water. The yellow layer is orange, banana, chia seeds and water, and the top layer is cherries, raspberries and water.

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Both the colours had an amazing flavour.

I made this smoothie today and it was a joy to drink as both of the colour combinations had a divine flavour. The green half is cos lettuce, green apple, parsley, banana and water. The red half is blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, black chia seeds and water.

Have some fun with your smoothies and experiment with different flavours. Add in fresh ginger, herbs from the garden, lemons and limes. They are filled with so many nutrients and lots of fibre. Try to have a mix of green vegetables and fruit so the sugar load isn’t so great and just one glass is a good amount. Enjoy!

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A juice for a hot day!

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This juice is a really stunning colour which makes it very inviting to drink. I rushed off in the car yesterday to pick my children up from school and forgot to take my drink bottle with me. I literally have this drink bottle which is filled with filtered water with me at all times and sip it constantly. By the time l got home l was really thirsty as it was a very warm Melbourne afternoon and l was gone for around one hour. Because of my digestive issues l just couldn’t drink enough water to catch up and l was so busy making lunches and dinner that l started to crave a really refreshing juice, rather than a meal. I made the rest of the family a lovely roasted free range chicken served with salad and myself the very delicious juice pictured above. Over about an hour l managed to drink it all and l felt thoroughly satisfied and my strong thirst was gone. I usually share my juices with the family but on this occasion l decided that l should spoil myself and as l had cut up half a watermelon for my husband and children to eat for dessert, they seemed not to notice what l was having. I also tried out my new stainless steel straws which l can highly recommend. I always drink through a straw which is related to sensitivity in my teeth and the plastic ones were such a problem to dispose of and a real waste. I bought a pack of four stainless steel ones which came with a little brush to clean them. Not being able to bite them as you can with a plastic straw takes some getting used to, but they are wider than a normal straw so you get a good amount of liquid through them.

Ingredients:

2 green apples with the skin on (well washed)

1 lebanese cucumber-well washed with the seeds removed

1 bunch of bok choy or a similar green

1/2 a lemon with the skin on-washed

A small handful of mint.

I processed this through my cold press juicer and had it straight away. It would be nice with some ice added and a small amount of ginger would add to the taste.

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Refreshing juice with ginger and mint

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A juice can be full of surprises depending on what ingredients you use. I tend to have the same vegetable based juice each day, but today l decided that my fridge was full of so many fresh and wonderful ingredients that l changed the mix. There isn’t anything too unusual about this drink but it is surprisingly refreshing, with the ginger and mint adding a lovely after taste. I love that with a juice you can  add different fruits, vegetables and herbs and the drink tastes different each time. One small glass is enough as this juice has a high sugar content and the juice l made today was enough for three people. I used my Oscar Neo cold press juicer which is divine and produces the most amazing juice.

Prepare your ingredients by washing, chopping or peeling as required. For the juice in the picture l used:

Half a green apple washed

One lemon peeled

One navel orange peeled

Two large carrots washed

Two large stalks of celery washed

One quarter of a fresh pineapple with the skin removed

A handful of fresh  mint

A small piece of ginger depending on your taste. I used about a half a centimeter piece and the ginger taste was very strong.

Process your ingredients in the juicer, stir well and divide into separate glasses. Drink and enjoy! I accompanied this juice with a small handful of raw activated nuts (good protein source) to stop my blood sugar levels from peaking, which can make me feel quite unwell.