Sunday, April 3, 2016

Zoodles with Mushroom, Miso, Dule and Smoked Oysters




It's a beautiful Sunday morning and I'm about to go for a nice walk. Before any good walk I need my double shot green tea. So, while I gently sip away at my warm beverage I'm going to post this delicious but unusual lunch recipe I made for myself a few weeks ago.


I try to get a dose of oysters in at leat 1-2 times per week. I consider them a superfood. Packed with vitamin B-12 which is one of the hardest macronutrients to find in a natural diet along with Iron, calcium, omega 3 and another one I try to keep on top of, Zinc. And lets face it, they taste great as well. 

I'd also like to point out that you can now purchase smoked oysters in springwater. I've found them in Aldi and Woolworths who both have a great range of sustainably sourced tinned seafoods. I find them the quickest and easiest additions to my lunches and they give me the opportunity to add my own good fats which I'd prefer to do. You never know what or where the oil comes from that they use in the oiled varieties unless you purchase the more expensive brands and seen as I'm a bit of a scrooge that doesn't happen very often. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Protein Pancakes with Apple and Cinnamon Compote




Things have been a bit quiet on this blog. Yikes!! I've been super busy with other things in my life and the lack of having my own functional kitchen and limited internet has also got in the way. I've spent the last 2 months living in our motorhome in our driveway. There are no bedrooms left in the house as they're all takin up, any spares have been rented out to uni students and 2 of our children take up the rest. That makes it 5 uni students in one house! Imagine getting time in the kitchen. So why now am I able to do up some recipes and get the posted. Well!! .. that's because we have sold the Motorhome! Yep! it's gone but it doesn't mean we're moving back home. We have a few things up our sleeve and hope to know in the next couple of week what life will bring us this year. For now I have absolutely no idea.

I know live in the garage, my husband is away at work for the week and Uni has gone back! Yeah, empty house so I can get into my happy place and create with lots of people to share it with.

Another little secret I have to share is... I've also been working very hard on a new product I've created. I've been working on this for quite a while and I'm really excited to get it out there. I've created a business called 'Luving Life Wholefoods" and all of the products are grain free, gluten free, Paleo and dairy free. There's a Nut free Bread mix a Baking mix and a Self Raising Flour

Apple Cinnamon Pre-workout Pancakes with Apple and Cinnamon Compote

Serves 4

Compote:

3 apples – sliced
9-10 tbs sultanas
16 pitted dates – sliced
½ cup coconut shreds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 lime zested - optional
Juice from ½ lime - optional
4 -8 tbs rice syrup, maple syrup or honey
8 tbs water

1 tbs walnut per person - optional 

Pancakes:

2 cups Luving Life Wholefoods Self Raising Flour - (grain free, gluten free)
1 cup Protein Supplies Australia WPC protein powder – pure or vanilla
2 eggs
Approx 300ml coconut milk or almond milk
2 cupful apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla powder or paste

Preparation:

Compote:
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot on medium heat get to a simmer, turn to low with the lid on and allow to cook and soften for up to 20 minutes. 
  2. Stir occasionally whilst ensuring it doesn't get to dry, if it does add a few tablespoons of water. 
  3. Once it is ready set aside to cool. 
Pancakes:
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine making sure there are no lumps and it's well distributed. 
  2. Place 2 large tablespoons per pancake onto a greased frypan on medium to low heat and cook on one side for about 1 minute then turn to do the other side. 
  3. Repeat until you have used up all the mixture. 
Assembly:

Layer the pancakes with the compote then sprinkle 1 tbs of crushed walnuts and a large dollop of CoYo or yoghurt and enjoy! 

PS: An extra smothering or honey, maple syrup or rice syrup makes it pretty damn special as well! :-) 

 
Enjoy! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Proatcake with Mango Jam and Cashew Coconut Cream - Protein packed oatmeal Pancakes!!



I made these a few days ago but didn't plate it up until yesterday and let me tell you... OMG!! they are so good! I wondered about the pancakes and made sure to note in the recipe to remind myself to tell you that they are best consumed as soon as possible after you make them. I didn't have time to take a pic then and I really wanted to make the cream to go with them so I bagged them in a zip lock bag and put them in the fridge. Worked a treat, not as good as when first made but nothing really is except a good stew or curry. They were still awesome. This Mango Jam is the bomb I'm telling you. I still have some mangoes here from the bucket we bought in Townsville so I'm going to make another batch and jar it up. I want to make these for the kids when I get  home next weekend. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mango Strawberry and Acai Protein Crunch and Fudge Balls



I know, I'm on a roll. All this time to myself and a cupboard full of great ingredients for making treats that will last until the main man gets back next week. Here's the other ball I made whilst I was experimenting with Protein Balls a few days ago. I have a really good collection of Protein Powders. This one uses a whey protein isolate which creates a slightly different texture to concentrate. I've also used a few different ingredients in this one but it still has mango in it which has helped to create a beautiful chewy and fudgy texture.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mango and Walnut Protein Fudge Balls




Yesterday was transition day. That's the day when my main man goes back to work and I have to get back into my work. It's always a bit of a blah day. Not usually very constructive although I do achieve a few things.. Like the washing :-) Not a biggy I know but it's something. Especially when you live in a motorhome with no washing machine. We've travelled from Townsville to Cairns since last Saturday and It's just beautiful up here. Townsville unfortunately is just so dry and desolate. It sort of gets depressing after and while. You only have to travel about 2 hours north and the whole landscape just comes to life. Forrest's, green pastures, rain, cool breezes. There's something about tropical lush vegetation that just brings me back to life. I also love being close to the ocean. Where I'm staying now I can ride my bike to the Esplanade, town centre, coffee shops and a large shopping centre. I'm getting pretty good at lugging all of my shopping bags back on the bike. Lucky for me there's a great path I can get on that brings me directly back to my location as I've been known to overload myself a bit and end up being a bit of train wreck trying to stop and start at lights and navigating through narrow passages. I just call it an adventure. I'm also looking forward to Rusty's markets this weekend. It's a 3 day market in the centre of town and it's huge. The freshness and variety is second to none and it's really well priced. I always make sure I drop in Sunday afternoon just before they close as that's the perfect time to pick up mega bargains. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fig, Strawberry and Pasionfruit Spark Pre-Workout Stars


With Christmas just around the corner why not turn our healthy pre-workout snacks into festive treats. They say we eat with our eyes and these look really cute done up as these little stars. I don't see why we need to compromise our health, happiness and hard work just because it's Christmas. There seems to be this notion that Christmas is all about adding a few kilo's and thats ok. So many people hit the gym and diet to get ready for the onslaught!! What's with that? There are so many healthy alternatives that taste just as good, if not better meaning there's really no excuse for it. Sounds harsh to some but I personally love how healthy food makes me feel so there's no chance of me consuming foods that take away my vitality, energy and sense of contentment and merriment as the case will be. :-)


I've made these up to be a proper pre workout snack, they are relatively low in fat except for the coconut which contain medium chain triglycerides which have been shown to enhance energy and performance add to that high GI carbs for quick release energy plus the energy boosting goodness from my friends at Protein Supplies Australias Spark Strawberry and Passionfruit all natural pre workout powder. They way I see it these are a perfect snack for Christmas, we all need a little boost of natural energy at that time of year and what better way to get it. 
  
 Fig, Strawberry and Passionfruit Spark Pre-Workout Stars

Makes: a lot!!

Ingredients:

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup pitted dates
½ cup de stemmed dried figs
½ cup dried coconut

Preparation:
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until fine and sticky.
  2. Roll the mixture out to about 1 cm in thickness between 2 large sheets of non stick baking paper.
  3. Using star shaped cookie cutters press out stars. By using different sizes you can create the double star affect by placing one of top of the other then decorate with a small ball.
  4. Alternatively shape then into bars or balls.



 I love the idea of doing up lots of different sizes. The small balls and stars are great for those that have never had this type of treat before making them the perfect taste tester as well as helping with portion control.

Enjoy! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Banana Date and Walnut Loaf - Paleo and Gluten free options.



Banana Cakes have to be an all time favourite. Even for those that don't like bananas or fruit for that matter. I've been concentrating on making up treats using natural sweeteners with no processed sugars which I have never used anyway so I suppose what I'm saying is, no coconut sugar. This cake is sweetened entirely with dried fruit and a splash of honey or maple syrup.

I find I often come across people large and small that don't like lumps in their cakes!! Things like dried fruit. Most will do nuts but for some reason they bork at nice juicy dates and sultanas. So to get around that and to maintain the delicious flavour and to keep everyone happy I often make cakes like this one. I also find them very easy as you just keep adding the ingredients to the blender or food processor and tipping it into the bowl. It creates great texture and distributes the flavours really well. It does make the cake quite dense though making it sort of like a fusion fruit cake, banana cake. What ever it is it's delicious and a good staple recipes for using up nice over ripe and gooey bananas. Perfect snack for lunch boxes, snacks and picnics. 

Banana Fruit and Nut Loaf 
for fussy eaters! 

Makes: 1 medium loaf

Ingredients:

Dry Mix:

120 ml rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
120 ml rolled almonds
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup natural sultanas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
zest from 1 fresh lemon

Wet Mix:

2 eggs
1 1/2 ripe bananas
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs honey or maple syrup
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla paste

Streusel Topping:

3 tbs dried coconut
2 tbs rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
2 tbs honey or rice syrup
2 tbs coconut oil

Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a loaf pan with non stick baking paper
  2. Add the oats and almonds to a blender or food processor and blend until fine. 
  3. Add the dates and coconut to the same blender or food processor and blend until it is fine but not sticky then add to the ground oats and almonds.
  4. Add the sultanas, sunflower seeds and walnuts to the same and blend until course then add to the rest of the dry ingredients. 
  5. Throw in the cinnamon, baking powder and zest then stir to until thoroughly combined. You may need to break it up and separate with your finger tips as some of the fruit tends to stick together. 
  6. Add the wet mix ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth then pout into the bowl with the fruit, oats and nut mix then fold through. 
  7. Spoon into the loaf pan and flatten the top with the spoon or spatula.
  8. Add all of the streusel ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and thick then spread over the unbaked loaf and place in the preheated oven to bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.
  9. Allow loaf to cool before slicing and serving. 

Enjoy! :-)

NOTE: 

I added extra coconut to the top before baking. 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cinnamon Caramel Protein Tart - with Paleo options


This is going to be a quick post. 1. Because I know there’s at least one person out there that wants this recipe and 2. My hubby gets back this afternoon after 2 weeks away. I know I probably won’t get time to do it tomorrow so it’s going up today.