It is so much fun to just grab a healthy treat from the freezer knowing exactly what is in it and that it is going to taste excellent and be sustaining. These little balls are packed full of healthy fats from the nuts, coconut oil & chia seeds. Whip up a batch right now!
2 cups of activated nuts (I used almonds)
1 cup of activated raw cashews
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Juice and zest of one lemon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
Place all ingredients in the food processor.
Blitz until well combined and the nuts are broken down.
Roll into small balls using your hands.
These will go quite firm in the fridge if you are eating them within a day or two. Otherwise keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen or let them sit for a bit until they soften. Have one or two as a snack and enjoy.
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These are the most delicious snack and are made from the highest quality ingredients which provide a beautiful flavour combination. A delicious raw and frozen treat which you can grab from the freezer as required. They are super quick to make and are a very dense source of energy and good fats to keep you feeling great. Add your favourite SuperFood powder to increase the nutritional content and vary the flavour.
You can coat these delights in shredded coconut or sesame seeds. This offers a different taste and texture. but the sesame seeds are messier than the coconut as the picture below shows.
1 cup of activated almonds-chopped (other nuts would also work well)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 level tablespoon rice malt syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup Coconut flakes
3 tablespoons black chia seeds
1 generous tablespoon of a superfood powder. I used Loving Earth Rainbow Superfood Blend (You could use other powders such as Acai or Spirulina)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
6 medjool dates-seeds removed (Dates are different sizes so put 4 in to start with and add the extra 1 or 2 if needed as they are high in fructose).
Extra sesame seeds or shredded coconut for coating.
Place all of the ingredients in the food processor and blend well. Take a spoonfulls of mix and shape into small balls. You need to squeeze with your hands to form a ball shape and it should feel quite moist. Roll each ball into your desired coating and quickly refrigerate or freeze. They are firm in the fridge and hard in the freezer so you can experiment with the level of firmness that you desire.
They keep well in a sealed container in the freezer and are an excellent snack.
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A flavour taste sensation filled with so many wonderful nourishing nutrients and making use of ingredients that usually go to waste.
Bone broth is nutrient dense and extremely healing for the digestive system. In addition to this it is filled with an incredible flavour that can be enjoyed on its own as a drink or used in your favourite meals.
To make the stock you need to have the remainders of the turkey after you have cooked it and enjoyed a lovely meal.
To make the broth place your turkey leftovers in a big pot and fill it 3/4 of the way with filtered water. Add to the pot 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar, a few peppercorns, onion, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, a few bay leaves and an assortment of vegetables such as celery ends or carrots.
It is hard to go wrong and the actual quantity of each ingredient doesn’t have to be exact. The apple cider vinegar is important though as it helps to leach the minerals and nutrients from the bones.
Bring the broth to the boil and then let simmer with the lid on for around 24 hours. The house will smell lovely.
When the broth is cool strain it to so you are left with a clear liquid. Let it cool in the fridge and then skim the fat and solids off the top. The broth is now ready to use or can be frozen.
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a nutritious gluten-free grain alternative and is in fact a seed from a vegetable linked to swiss chard, spinach and beets. It is considered a super food and is high in protein, with a good balance of all 8 essential amino acids, making it a good choice for vegetarians. It is also high in fibre and has a low-GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable as well as having a slightly alkaline effect on the body.
This dish was very quick to make as l pre-cooked the quinoa and the flavours in it were lovely. There was a strong hint of lemon, a crunch from the walnuts and a flavour kick from the addition of fresh ginger and cumin.
I was inspired to make this risotto as l have a vegetable garden filled with greens including masses of silverbeet. There is no need to follow my recipe to the letter as part of cooking is having fun and experimenting with new ingredients and flavours, and my cooking is quite plain due to food intolerances, so you may wish to spice it up a bit more.
2 cups organic quinoa (l used white)
1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
1 small tomato diced
1/2 red capsicum diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3 large leaves of silverbeet
Fresh parsley and basil chopped
1 cm fresh gInger finely sliced
2 spring onion green tops sliced
5 snow peas sliced
1/2 carrot finely diced
1 cup roughly chopped raw activated walnuts (or another nut)
Lemon juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon Organic apple cider vinegar
Pink rock salt and ground black pepper (season to taste)
Cooking quinoa requires some pre-planning as it needs to be soaked and rinsed prior to cooking. I soaked 2 cups of quinoa in filtered water all day and then rinsed just before cooking to remove the bitter tasting saponins. You can soak it for a shorter time such as 30 minutes if that is all the time you have. I placed the rinsed quinoa in a saucepan and covered with filtered water so that there was about an inch of water on top of the grain. I brought it to the boil, then let it simmer with the lid on until the water was absorbed and the seeds had popped open. You can turn the heat off at this point while the rest of the dish cooks.
In a fry pan place a splash of olive oil, the organic tomato paste, tomato, red capsicum and cumin. Let that cook for a minute then add the quinoa and mix well. Now add the rest of the ingredients and season well to taste with pink rock salt and ground black pepper.
Give it a good mix for a couple of minutes and serve. I spooned mine into a ramekin, then turned it upside down and let it slip out onto the plate. It looked lovely when it was on the table garnished with lemon rind and parsley.
If you don’t have the ingredients listed just use what you have in the fridge and you can also make the risotto the traditional way by adding the liquid in small intervals to the uncooked quinoa.
Below l have included a link to my favourite supplier of all organic goods such as quinoa and other pantry essentials. They offer a great service and very good prices with free delivery if your purchase is over a certain amount which is listed on their website depending on your location.
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