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Almond Butter, Pancakes, Salmon and Hummus

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone mad – I’m not considering putting the ingredients in the title together! Yesterday morning started disastrously – my beloved almond butter smashed onto the kitchen tiles. Thankfully the stickiness of the almond butter meant that most of the glass attached itself to the giant glob of nut butter. Not cool.

To console myself I made a new egg white and oat pancake recipe topped with banana, toasted coconut, pineapple and a tiny bit of almond butter I managed to save. The toppings were amazing but the pancakes were so so, so no recipe to share for them. I’ve seen so many recipes online with egg whites and oats blended together to make a healthy, protein-filled pancake but there is no disguising the egg. The pancakes had an ‘omlettey’ texture, nothing like the spongy pancakes I prefer.

For lunch I made a Salmon Noodle Bowl by Faith at An Edible Mosaic. You must give this a go. The noodle bowl is very simple to prepare and looks impressive. You just simmer the noodles, saute the vegetables in a garlic-ginger-honey glaze and then add the fried salmon on the top. For the vegetables, I used bok choy (80 cents at my local FruitWorld – what a bargain), carrot and half an onion. Next time I’d probably two bok choy as I prefer lots of green stuff! I used whole grain spaghetti instead of noodles because it is what I had on hand but soba noodles would have been better. You could even use rice noodles and make it gluten-free.

Today’s lunch was also very satisfying. I made a sandwich using homemade cannellini and feta hummus. I adapted this recipe from Caitlyn’s Holly Deliciousness Hummus and it was super good. Adding feta is actually genius. It took all of two minutes to throw the ingredients in the blender to being able to spread this on my sandwich.

Cannellini Feta Hummus Recipe (adapted from Caitlyn’s Holly Deliciousness Hummus)

Ingredients

  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 1TBSP tahini
  • 1tsp garlic, minced
  • 50g feta, crumbled
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp dried capscicum flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Method

1. Drain and rinse cannellini beans
2. Add beans and all other ingredients (apart from salt and pepper) to blender
3. Blend until smooth and creamy
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper
5. Try not to eat too much and give yourself a tummy ache like I did – it’s quite rich!

This recipe is definitely a keeper. Next time I’m going to add sun dried tomatoes and basil. This definitely beats store-bought hummus!

http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2011/08/holy-deliciousness-hummus.html

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken Kebabs


I’m not a huge meat-eater so for a meat dish to appeal to me it has to be quick, hassle-free and tasty. All this nice Spring weather has got me dreaming of long days outside and gatherings around the barbeque. That, and the fact I’m trying to up my lean protein intake, made this recipe from the Women’s Health Magazine appeal.

I adapted the recipe to serve two and increased the amount of sauce and meat each person gets (very important!). The original recipe says that you’ll have extra sauce to serve with the kebabs but after doubling it I only just had enough to brush on the meat.

This would make another quick and tasty mid-week meal. I served mine on a green salad but if you wanted a bit more of a substantial meal it would go great with rice and/or grilled veges.

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken Kebab Recipe (adapted from the Women’s Health Web Site)

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 small tin of pineapple chunks or rings in juice
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green capsicum
  • salt and pepper
  • 6T salsa or ketchup (I used a mix of both because I only had a little salsa left)
  • 1TBSP soy sauce
  • 2TBSP cider vinegar
  • 1/2t coriander flakes (fresh coriander would be awesome but I keep killing mine)

Method

1. Soak skewers in water
2. Mix salsa, soy sauce, vinegar and coriander in a small bowl to make the
marinade
3. Chop up chicken breast, pineapple, onion and capsicum into bite size pieces
4. Thread chopped ingredients onto soaked skewers and season with salt and
pepper
5. Reserve half of the marinade (so it doesn’t get contaminated with raw chicken
juice) and brush the remaining half over the kebabs.
6. Grill kebabs until the chicken is cooked through and charred on the edges
7. Heat reserved marinade and pour over kebabs
8. Try and look civilised while devouring kebabs off the skewer

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Mim vs Kitchen: 1 All

Do you know that is? Sunshine on my legs (please excuse the pasty whiteness)! Today it felt like Spring has arrived and warm days always make me feel like seafood. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s childhood memories of fish and chips on the beach. So, for dinner tonight I set to work converting a recipe for Salmon Jerky and Citrus Tahini into marinated Salmon and Citrus Tahini Coleslaw.

It looked and smelt awesome while it was cooking. The coleslaw dressing tasted pretty good with its lemon juice, orange, tahini, and honey flavours but when it came to tasting the salmon – bleh! I only used 2TBSP of tamari but it was WAY to strong. Oops. So sorry, no salmon recipe today but maybe I’ll come back to that idea.

Fortunately I have a kitchen success to share from my breakfast: Simple Berry Sauce. Simple Berry Sauce has been part of my morning for a long time. When I have time, my go to breakfast is a big bowl of oats topped with Simple Berry Sauce and yoghurt. This sauce is quick enough to zap in the microwave while the oats are cooking on the stove.

Simple Berry Sauce Recipe

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1/3C frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2t arrowroot powder (you could substitute cornflour but arrowroot powder has less taste)
  • drop of vanilla essence
  • drop of lemon juice

Method

1. Microwave berries for 1 or 2 minutes. They should be fully defrosted and steaming hot.
2. Mush with a fork and mix in arrowroot powder
3. Microwave for a further 1 or 2 minutes. The mixture should now have a ‘jam-like’ consistency.
4. Mix in vanilla essence and lemon juice.

This sauce is not overly sweet but works well with the sweetness of the banana I put in my oats. It also works well on pancakes. If you have a sweet-tooth add some maple syrup, honey, sugar or agave nectar to taste.

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My First Green Monster


Angela from Oh She Glows started the Green Monster Movement to spread the word about nutrient and energy packed green smoothies she makes. The smoothies have spinach/kale (which gives them their VERY green colour), banana, milk, ice and pretty much anything else you feel like throwing in like chia seeds, flax seeds, supplement powders, coconut milk etc. Apparently you can’t even taste the green stuff…

Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of a green monster but the thing I just couldn’t get my head around was that they are GREEN. After some excessive Friday night fruit pie eating, I felt like a healthy kick after my workout this morning and the bag of spinach in the fridge was staring me down so I decided I’d finally try my first Green Monster. I used spinach, banana, oats, vanilla whey powder, milk and yogurt.

The smoothie tasted great! It was sweet and smooth. If you were colour-blind you would have no idea it had veges packed into it! Apparently if you are concerned about your iron intake you can steam the spinach first to make it easier for your body to absorb but I didn’t bother with this.

Mim’s Green Monster Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 generous handfuls of spinach
  • 1/4C trim milk
  • 1/4C unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/4C rolled oats
  • ice

I didn’t add ice because I was concerned my feeble excuse of a blender wouldn’t cope, but I should’ve definitely either refrigerated or frozen my banana beforehand or added ice because it was a bit warm. I can’t wait to try this smoothie again with different ingredients. I think a peanut butter-banana smoothie may work quite nicely!

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