The Green Thirst Quencher

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Recently my husband and I went out on a dinner date to a lovely Japanese restaurant, where I sampled a green juice similar to the one I have made here. What is so lovely about this particular juice is that you can taste all the different levels of fruit and veg within. Blending the pulp as well keeps all of the goodness in!

I can totally see myself having this drink over and over again definitely a thirst quencher whether in the winter when you need a immune vitamin boost or in the summer when you need something so very refreshing!

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INGREDIENTS

2 sticks of celery
8 green grapes
Handful of fresh mint
Handful of spinach
100ml apple juice
50ml water
Dash of fresh lime

METHOD

Add all ingredients into a drinks blender and whizz til smooth

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Serve cold, but do stir as the celery will sink to the bottom of the glass

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Roasted Vegetable Quinoa With Lime

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A winter warmer, so quick. I think it’s too good to be true. Very tasty, healthy and comforting on a cold winter’s night…
Makes a lovely main or even a side dish to go with your Christmas dinner. Have a look and give it a go. Do let me know how you all like it. Love feedback! Until then, much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

1 large cup precooked quinoa upon instruction

1 aubergine diced
1 bell pepper diced
12 plum or cherry tomatoes
5 garlic cloves
2 courgettes diced 2cm chunks
1 chilli sliced finely
Coriander to garnish
Fresh lime juice to taste
Olive oil
Salt to taste

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200°c, place all the vegetables in a large deep roasting tray.  Season with salt and a generous drizzle of olive oil

Roast for 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked through and a little charred

Carefully fold in the cooked quinoa, drench in lime juice to taste.  Use freshly cut coriander to garnish the quinoa

Serve hot with a sprinkling of grated cheese

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Low Fat Banana & Coconut Muffins

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Who says you can’t eat muffins when you’re trying to control your weight?!

Here I have devised a low fat recipe with hardly any sugar and have relied on the banana for sweetness and to add moisture to this moreish muffin

Great for adults and children alike. Plenty of good energy being supplied and tasty too!

Hope you all enjoy them. See you soon friends. Much love, D x

INGREDIENTS
makes 6 medium sized muffins

100g self raising flour
1 tbsp dark brown muscavado sugar
1 large banana
1 large egg
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
1 heaped tablespoon low-fat butter spread
1 tap vanilla extract

METHOD

Line a muffin tray with 6 muffin cases and preheat oven to 180c

Cream the banana, butter and sugar together

Stir in the egg and vanilla extract

Gradually add the flour. Mix until combined

Pour the mixture equally into the paper cases in the muffin tray bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean

Pizza Dip for Popcorn

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We are so used to now having different flavours of popcorn with chilli and chocolate and lime and lemon infused through the kernel.  However how about a popcorn dip?

You’re either a salted or a sweet popcorn fan. I love both! 😉 I had popped a bag of salted corn in the microwave and then thought I wanted pizza too.

So this is how the inspiration came for the fresh tomato pizza dip!

Easy, quick and healthy!!! Great if you want to snack on something light but it’s bursting with flavour

INGREDIENTS

1 punnet of mini plum tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small green chilli optional

METHOD

Blitz the  tomatoes, garlic, salt and chilli together in a blender

In a medium saucepan heat the olive oil with the oregano on a slow heat

Pour in the tomato mixture, stir well. Bring the dip to a medium boil and then simmer for 15 minutes

Serve your tangy dip with fresh salted popcorn

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Cocoa Banana Sponge

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Cocoa & Banana both from the tropics is an amazing combination! This sponge cake came out super moist, light and airy.

Both my son and his grandfather enjoyed it. It’s great, that it’s low in fat and the moisture and decadence comes from the lush bananas. Do let me know how you like it. Have a wonderful day, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g sugar
2 large ripe bananas mashed
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
50g butter
2 eggs
180g self raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, line and grease a square cake tin

Cream together the sugar and butter in a food processor,  then add in the mashed banana.  Combine well into the mixture

Whizz in the eggs then fold in the flour with the cocoa powder

Pour the mixture into a square cake tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake sponge

Once done, slice snd serve with a little vanilla ice cream

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Spicy Edamame Beans

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Himalayan salt is extremely new to me but I’m loving the benefits! I enjoy it in my food! I am now bathing in it and I also have a Himalayan rock salt lamp to calm me down at the end of the day. Nutritionally packed with over 80 healing minerals it’s an amazing addition to our diet and lifestyle.

I extremely enjoy it when it is sprinkled on edamame beans with various different spices.  Such a distinctive salty taste and very, very moreish!

I normally wait on them in restaurants but a few weeks back I spotted a frozen variety and I was ecstatic!  I haven’t stopped eating them since…

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INGREDIENTS

200g Edamame beans in pods, cooked as per instruction
Himalayan rock salt to taste
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chilli powder

METHOD

Sprinkle all seasoning on the cooked edamame bean pods

Make sure all covered in the salt and spices

Ready to pop them into your mouth!

(Himalayan salt picture courtesy of Thesnowfairy.com)

Avocado, Banana Smoothie

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So you know when you first have a baby and the first foods to wean them on are avocado and banana smashed together.  I never tried it until now! But I can see why  babies like it.  I incorporated these two wonderful superpower food ingredients into the smoothie for today with blueberries full of antioxidants but to add a slight kick with a strawberry cordial running through it!

Such a creamy consistency. Blend yourself one…sit back and enjoy your weekend! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Half an avocado
1 small banana
Handful of frozen blueberries
200ml diluted strawberry cordial drink

METHOD

Blitz well in a blender or smoothie maker. Add water if you like it more juice like

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The Calm Me Down Smoothie!

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Recently there has been a lot of change to my daily routine as now my two boys are in school and I find myself alone at home with our pet rabbit Alfie. It’s lovely having some quiet time but mostly I find myself constantly running around like a headless chicken.  This morning I went food shopping which I absolutely adore.  I feel all stocked up and ready to invent more recipes. . I also cleaned the kitchen!

For when I need to calm down and relax I have come up with this wonderful soothing smoothie recipe to help me unwind.  No caffeine, no added sugar just pure peaceful bliss. The chamomile and mint tea does the trick!

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INGREDIENTS

200ml of cold mint & chamomile tea
1 small banana
1 nectarine in halves
Handful of frozen blueberries
Handful of baby spinach

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METHOD

Place all the ingredients into a blender or NutriBullet and blitz till smooth.  Serve with ice if desired

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A Minty Fruit Smoothie

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We are going to have pizza tonight, so an hour before I decided to line my stomach with a fresh minty and fruity smoothie.  This way I’ll feel a little less guilty knowing that I have fruit in my tummy before I consume huge amounts of pizza yumminess!

INGREDIENTS

1 small banana peeled
7 strawberries
1 pear sliced into chunks
A few sprigs of fresh mint
1 cup pineapple juice

METHOD

Blitz all the ingredients in a Nutri Bullet or blender until smooth

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Serve with some ice or add a little water if the smoothie is too thick

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Grilled Portobello Sandwich

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I enjoy stuffing mushrooms with rice, garlic, cheese. However with the Portobello mushroom I wanted it to be the star of the dish.  This healthy and delectable sink in your teeth kind of loaded sandwich has to be my best sandwich creation to date.  The mushroom acts as a meaty substitute and the rest of the flavours are mellow untill you get glorious chunks of crumbly feta that brings a salty and sour taste to your tastebuds!  I could eat this sandwich over and over again!

Come join me, much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

2 Portobello mushroom cups
1 large tomato sliced
1 avocado sliced
Handful of baby spinach
Feta cheese
Chilli & garlic dry mix
Mayonnaise
Toast 4 slices seeded bread
Butter
Salt to taste
Olive oil

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METHOD

With a brush lightly oil both sides of the mushroom, having taken out the stalks.  Grill for 7 to 10 minutes until soft and slightly shrivelled

Take out of the the grill and generously season with salt, chilli and garlic powder

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Butter the 2 toasts liberally, place the mushroom along with the rest of the ingredients, layer, season and then crumble feta over the top.  and complete with the second piece of toast

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(Optional, a peri peri mayonnaise can be made by mixing a peri peri spice mix with a dollop of mayonnaise)

Serve your loaded mushroom toasted sandwich with lots of french fries!

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