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Mission Accomplished

I am a woman on a mission at the moment. I’m going away tomorrow and I seriously don’t like food going to waste so I’m trying to eat my way through the perishable contents of my fridge. After surveying my fridge this morning I came up with this decadent porridge recipe.

It turned out very sweet and creamy, reminding me of rice pudding. I topped my oats with greek yoghurt, passionfruit curd, toasted coconut and toasted, sliced almonds. I loved how the sweetness of the oat mixture was cut by the yoghurt and the toasted toppings broke the creaminess.

I quite often have toasted nuts on my oats. It sounds like a lot of hassle but doesn’t need to be. Just chop them up and pop them in a small microwaveable dish. Nuke them a minute at a time until they are golden and you can smell them cooking. So simple and delicious.

Creamy Tropical Oats Recipe

(serves 1)

Ingredients

1/3C rolled oats
2/3C light evaporated milk
1/3C water
1/2 banana, sliced
1t chia seeds
1 ring of tinned pineapple, chopped into bite-sized pieces (fresh would be even better)
1/2t coconut essence

1/2TBSP desiccated coconut
1/2TBSP sliced almonds
Greek yoghurt
Passionfruit Curd

Method

1. Heat oats, evaporated milk, water, banana and chia seeds in a saucepan at a moderate temperature.
2. Whisk every few minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy
3. Meanwhile, toast coconut and almonds in the microwave (see above for how to do this)
4. Add pineapple
5. When fruit is heated through, stir through coconut essence
6. Pour into a bowl and top with yoghurt, passionfruit curd, coconut and almonds.

If I make this again I think I would add sultanas in with the oats. You could also substitute the pineapple for mango.

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Sensuous Strawberries & Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Slaw

I was so excited to see strawberries in the supermarket that I had to buy them. Yes, they are out of season. Yes, they are over priced but, I still couldn’t resist. Unwilling to pay the price for a full punnet, I bought a little pottle of reduced to price strawberries, and have been adding them as a small treat to my breakfast. (Sorry about the slightly blurred photo, my lens got all fogged up).

I tried out Kath’s recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Oats. For once, I actually followed the directions for a whole recipe – and it was good! The oats have milk, chia seeds, cottage cheese, banana, water and of course, strawberries added to them. The chia seeds make the oats nice and thick, binding the mixture together and the cottage cheese makes them creamy and gives a slight tang . I added almond butter on the top but sadly it was a waste of almond butter. There’s something about combining the textures of hot oats and sticky nut butter that I just don’t enjoy.

Lunch was the Healthy Food Guide’s Spring Chicken with Faith’s Sweet and Spicy Slaw. I know I’ve been saying this about a lot of recipes (ok, pretty much everything I have tried) lately but both recipes are fast, yummy and you should try them!

The Spring Chicken is chicken marinated in lemongrass, garlic, oyster sauce and sugar, then seasoned and grilled. Grilling is my favourite way to have chicken breast. You just crank up the oven grill as hot as it will go, spray the marinated chicken with oil and then put the chicken close under the grill for about 8 minutes (turning half way). The chicken turns out charred on the outside and moist on the inside. Rest it for a few minutes and then devour.

The Sweet and Spicy Slaw was a healthier and more tastier (in my opinion) to traditional coleslaw. The dressing is rice vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, honey, chilli and garlic but what really makes it is the dry roasted peanuts tossed through – the crunch is so good.

If I were to make this meal again, the only change I would make would be to add some brown rice. Maybe it’s because I’m a carb fiend but it just didn’t seem complete.

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A Tasty Food Explosion

I enjoyed the Cannellini Feta Hummus I made at lunch so much, I had to incorporate it into my dinner last night too. It was another sunny Spring day and my legs were sore from hill intervals on the stationary bike this afternoon so I felt like something pretty light and fast to throw together. The picture looks like it was literally thrown together but it really did taste far more appetising than it looks, I swear!

15-Minute Greek Beef Salad Recipe

(serves 2)

Ingredients

Meat

  • 250g beef schnitzel
  • 1t ground coriander
  • 1/4t chilli powder
  • 1t ground cumin
  • 2t garlic, finely chopped

Salad

  • 4 large handfuls mixed greens
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2TBSP coriander, chopped finely
  • 1 spring onion, chopped finely
  • (I also used alfalfa sprouts I needed to use up)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber (I didn’t have any but it would’ve worked really well)

Dressing

  • 3TBSP Cannellini Feta Hummus
  • 1TBSP plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • water to dilute to a pourable consistency if needed
  • 2TBSP sweet chilli sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Slice beef into strips
2. Massage ground coriander, cumin, chilli & garlic into beef and set aside (I just put the meat back into the meat tray)
3. Place mixed greens on two plates and prepare tomatoes, coriander and chilli
4. Mix hummus dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth, set aside
5. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium-high heat in a fry pan
6. Fry meat until cooked then add remaining salad ingredients (tomato, coriander and spring onion), toss to combine
7. Place meat mixture on top of mixed greens and top with hummus dressing and sweet chilli sauce
8. Grind over black pepper

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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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Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Bake

I promise I didn’t try to alliterate that title! I took ages to decide what I felt like for breakfast this morning. It was too sunny outside for oatmeal and I couldn’t be bothered messing around with pancakes. Then, I remembered a recipe I’d tried a while ago by Ashley from The Edible Perspective for Buckwheat Bakes.

I’ve tried making these before and they are fantastic. You can cook them in one large ramekin or  in individual muffin holes. I prefer to make three individual bakes so you get more of the crunchy outside and can fit more topping on! Their texture is close a muffin’s bit a bit more dense and the buckwheat give it a yummy nutty taste.

If you haven’t tried chia seeds before – give them a go. Their taste is unnoticeable in baked goods and they are a good source of fibre, protein, omega-3, magnesium and potassium.

Ashley’s recipe makes a rather substantial sized meal so I cut the recipe down a little because I didn’t want to be weighed down before the gym. I was also out of buckwheat groats and not worried about making the recipe vegan so used an egg white and cows milk.

There’s no added sugar or fat but you wouldn’t guess it from the taste. If you like things a bit sweeter or were having the bake without toppings, as suggested by Ashley, you could add one or two teaspoons of sugar/honey/maple syrup etc. I didn’t worry about doing this because mine were smothered in Simple Berry Sauce and yoghurt – a great start to the day.

Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Bake Recipe (adapted from The Edible Perspective)

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1/4C buckwheat flour
  • 1TBSP chia seeds
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 3T trim milk
  • 1/2t vanilla essence
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TBSP plain unsweetened yogurt (vanilla flavoured yoghurt would work fine too)

Method

1. Mix dry ingredients together with a fork
2. Mix wet ingredients (including the banana) until there are only a few clumps. I quite like hitting the odd bit of banana in my bakes so you don’t need to be too fussy.
3. Pour into a greased ramekin or muffin holes.
4. Bake until the breakfast bake bounces back and is golden at the edges.

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Grocery Mission Aborted

I REALLY need to go grocery shopping and I REALLY don’t want to. I still haven’t done a proper food shop since my Frugal Frittata post and I thought I’d cleaned out my cupboards pretty well then. After having a look at the few items in my pantry and freezer I decided that I could make one more dinner from what i had left and it turned out better than a planned meal – win.

Usually I like to make my recipes from scratch. I like to know what’s going into my body is good and nutritious and if i make my own food I know that for sure. However, I’d bought some Taste of India Moong Dahl because I was impressed by the ingredient list (or lack thereof). It has no added chemicals, preservatives or sugar – just real food (see picture below).

Cheat’s Moong Dahl Recipe

(serves 2)

Ingredients

1 tub Taste of India Moong Dahl
1/2C frozen peas
1 1/2C frozen shrimp
1 courgette, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped roughly

Method

1. Sautee onion and courgette over a medium heat until softened and transparent
2. Add frozen shrimp
3. Once shrimp is heated through, add Moong Dahl
4. When mixture is hot add frozen peas

I don’t think you can get a much faster, quicker and tastier dinner recipe than that! I served mine with unsweetened yogurt and mango chutney. If you like your food with a bit of kick you might want to add some chilli to the onion and courgette mix at step one.

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