These balls are absolutely scrumptious and easy to make. They are a great alternative to cacao based treats. Having said that you can use cacao powder instead of carob, but you’ll need to add a natural sweetener such as stevia or Natvia or xylitol to suit your taste.
Seeds offer all manner of health benefits including essential fatty acids and soluble fibre. Linseeds (flaxseed) are also a good source of inulin, a type of fibre that feeds beneficial gut bacteria. Menopause symptoms may be reduced by eating daily linseeds due to important phytoestrogen compounds they contain. These crackers are an excellent health food for everyone and can be topped with goats' cheese, my ABC Nut Spread as I have here, cashew cheese, tapenade or dips. Or simply enjoy them as they are.
You can use any mix of raw nuts that you like in this recipe. You can also add some sunflower seeds, pepitas or chia seeds too if you like. I like to include just one variety of roasted unsalted nut for some added flavour.
This is a lovely spread that far surpasses the unhealthy version of hazelnut chocolate spread in the supermarkets. You can use raw unsalted macadamia nuts or more roasted hazelnuts instead of almonds if you like. This recipe is made to my taste and you might like to make it sweeter or more chocolatey. I love to have this on a slice of gluten free sourdough toast with my protein + berry smoothie at brekky.
Make sure you buy dried fruit without preservatives. You can substitute any of the dried fruit with your favourites, depending on what you have available. Buy organic puffed rice. Have with soy, almond or rice milk and some fresh berries scattered on top. You can also add a good dollop of yoghurt if you tolerate dairy food. To make a larger quantity, you can just double or triple the recipe.
Although a little fiddly to eat, quail are absolutely delicious smothered with a hot chilli marinade and baked, grilled or barbecued to perfection. Use less sambal oelek for a milder flavour. Chicken legs or thighs (with the bone) can be cooked using this marinade instead of quail. They take about 40 minutes to cook.
This is a lovely light rich-flavoured chocolate cake that is gluten-free. Use fresh berries in season if you can, or buy organic frozen raspberries. You can make a berry coulis to serve with the cake if you like: puree 200g berries with 1 tbs pure icing sugar and a dash of orange liqueur then sieve to remove the seeds. Drizzle over the cake before serving. The cake keeps well in an airtight container for a day or two... if it isn't eaten first!
I love poached chicken and the secret is not to overcook the chicken. I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to be sure it's cooked through. You could also use cold roasted free-range or organic chicken instead if you like.
This recipe is not gluten-free as it contains wheat flour and oats. You can substitute the flour with buckwheat flour and the oats with quinoa flakes to make it gluten free if you like. It is a delicious winter warmer dessert with lots of good fibre for healthy digestion.
Legumes such as cannellini and other beans, chickpeas and lentils provide the ideal type of fibre to feed the good bacteria in your digestive system. They are a low glycaemic index (GI) food helping to provide long-lasting energy. And, besides providing the low GI carbohydrate, they also provide a good source of vegetarian protein. Team them with colourful vegetables as I have here to make a totally nutritious meal or side dish.