gluten free

Warm quinoa salad with pumpkin and fetta cheese

Warm quinoa salad with pumpkin and fetta cheese

This delicious meal can be served as a side or as the meal itself, it’s very versatile it can be made the night ahead or served warm.

 

Quinoa is considered a superfood, why? It’s a source of complete protein, low GI and gluten free.

 

Don’t be afraid of cooking quinoa, it is much more friendly that rice to work with. It is readily available in supermarkets. Always give quinoa a good rinse before you use it.

 

This salad has the perfect balance of flavours, the nuttiness of the quinoa with the softness of the pumpkin, green beans for a little crunch, fetta cheese to add and element of sharpness to each bite and the parsley to clean the palate. This recipe is also super versatile you can add/subtract/interchange the veggies. This salad keeps well in the fridge, I usually double it and take it for lunches.

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Best part of all, it is all made in one saucepan!

 

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa

100gram pumpkin

1 cup green beans

70grams fetta cheese

2 stalks parsley

1 shallot

2Tb olive oil

1Tb lemon juice

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  1. Rinse quinoa, place into a medium sauce pan, cover with 3 cups water, chop the shallot and add to the quinoa, sprinkle with salt and pepper, on a medium heat bring the water to the boil.
  2. Simmer the quinoa with the lid for 5 minutes. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, chop the pumpkin into small cubes, add the pumpkin to the quinoa cook for 10minutes with the lid on. Whilst the pumpkin and quinoa mix is cooking, top and tail the green beans and chop the beans into 1.5cm pieces, add the green beans to the quinoa cook for 2minutes. Whilst the mix is cooking, chop the fetta into 1cm cubes, finely chop the parsley.
  3. At this point your quinoa should be slightly translucent and the water should have been evaporated (if you have extra water and the quinoa is done drain the excess water). Add the oil and lemon juice into the saucepan and toss.
  4. Place into a large serving bowl or individual plates, sprinkle with fetta and parsley.

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Corn fritters with smashed avocado and tomato salsa

Corn fritters with smashed avocado salsa

 

Corn fritters with smashed avocado and tomato salsa

These Moorish corn fritters are quick and easy to whip up, bringing a café style meal into your own home.

The mixture should be relatively thick. If you would like to make the meal a little more substantial you can whip up a salad and serve the corn fritters on a bed of salad.

Ingredients

2 small potatoes

1 carrot

2 medium zucchinis

125grams corn kernels

1 small onion

½ c SR flour

6 eggs

2Tb olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 avocado

200grams baby roma tomatoes

1tsp lemon juice

Method:

1. Peel the potatoes and the carrot, grate both vegetables using the smallest side of the grater place into a sieve and      allow the liquid to drain.

  1. Grate the zucchini and onion using the largest side of the grater place into the sieve, press down to remove the moisture. Into a bowl add the vegetables, corn kernels, flour, salt and pepper, mix well, add the eggs carrot and potato mix until well combined.
  2. Smashed avocado salsa: Run a knife around the avocado, split in half and remove the seed, scoop out the flesh mash with the back of spoon, slice tomatoes in half, add to a bowl, toss with lemon juice, 1Tb of olive oil sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat ½ Tb of olive oil in a non stick fry pan on a medium heat, allow to heat up for a few minutes, dollop 1/3c of the mixture into the fry pan, cook for 4minutes each side or until golden brown. Once half of the mixture has been used, add the remaining oil to the fry pan and continuing with remaining mixture.

TO SERVE:

Place corn fritters onto a plate, place a dollop of the salsa on top, serve and enjoy

Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey lemon chicken Honey lemon chicken with a side of steamed greens

This dish is so quick and simple you will never get it from the take out store again. You can cut each piece of chicken into nugget sized pieces if you prefer. I serve this dish with a big bowl of steamed greens. You could easily serve this dish with a side of rice. The benefit of using cornflour is this dish is gluten free!

Honey lemon chicken

Serves 4

2 chicken breasts

1Tb Dry Sherry

2Tb soy sauce

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

Oil for frying

¼ cup cornstartch

½ tsp baking powder

Sauce:

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup honey

2tb cornstartch

1 cup chicken stock

3tb lemon juice

1 tsp salt

1 lemon sliced

2tb vegetable oil

salt and pepper

Garnish: chopped shallots

Honey lemon chicken

Method:

  1. Slice chicken in half horizontally, so you will have 4 thin slices of chicken breast.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, sherry, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together, cover and refrigerate. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, 1/4 cup corn-starch and baking powder to form a batter.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place vegetable oil in fry pan on a medium heat
  6. Dip chicken in the batter to coat.
  7. Place chicken into fry pan and fry until golden brown and turn over and repeat for the other side, do this for each piece of chicken breast.
  8. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, honey, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, lemon juice and 1 pinch salt, mix together until their are no lumps add stock and lemon slices. In the fry pan that you cooked the chicken pieces in place lemon sauce, on a medium heat bring the sauce to a gentle simmer.
  9. Pour sauce over chicken, sprinkle with shallots and serve.Honey lemon chicken

Chia pudding 


This wonderful dish can be served as breakfast or dessert. You would never guess it is sugar and gluten free. No cooking required!

If that wasn’t good enough, chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fibre and Omega 3’s.


 

gluten free and sugar free
400ml coconut milk

1 cup chia seeds

4Tb honey

1cm length vanilla bean scraped

Mix all ingredients together and allow to set in the fridge for 20 minutes.

The figs become gorgeous and sticky when reduced with honey

Toppings:

Caramelised fig and ginger

100g dried figs sliced

2Tb honey

1cm length of a vanilla bean

3/4 cup water

1cm piece ginger

1Tb slivered almonds

Place all ingredients into a pot over a low heat and allow to simmer. Thicken for 5-10minutes.

Almonds add texture to the chia pudding

Scrape vanilla seeds into mixture.

Remove ginger

Allow to cool.

The syrup from the figs disperses throughout the pudding

Or 

caramelised fig and almond chia pudding

Blackberry and mixed seeds and nuts

4Tb mixed seed and nuts. E.g., sunflower seeds, pepitas and pine nuts.

1 cup blackberries

dessert parfait

To assemble

layer the ingredients into 4 medium glasses

Place 1/8 of the chia mixture into the bottom of each glass.

Place 1/8 of a fruit filling of your choice on top of the chia mixture in each glass.

Place 1/8 of chia mixture on top of the fruit.

Top with 1/8 of the fruit filling. Sprinkle nuts of top.

Chia pudding

Steamed salmon on a bed of peas

This dish is a super healthy and nutritious meal. Salmon is full of protein and health fats and peas are carbohydrate rich and full of fibre.  Peas have a slight sweetness which compliments salmon.

Steamed salmon on a bed of peas

Per person

120gram salmon

2/4 cup (100grams) peas, frozen are fine

2 sage leaves or 1 sprig dill

1 pinch lemon pepper seasoning

2 small lemon wedges

 

  1. Pre heat combination steam oven/steam oven to full steam 100C.
  2. Sprinkle salmon with lemon pepper seasoning, sprinkle peas with salt and pepper.
  3. Place peas into a small oven proof dish, place salmon on top, place your choice of herb on top of salmon.
  4. Steam for 8minutes, for a medium cooked salmon.
  5. Serve salmon on a bed of peas with a lemon wedge

 

Looking for a quick ‘n easy breakfast

Banana coffee smoothie, a delicious flavour combination.

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When you need a quick breakfast post workout or a quick and simple breakfast this smoothie is for you.

Place all ingredients into a blender
1cup ice
1 cup water or milk
1 TB vanilla protein powder
1TB chia seeds
1 drop vanilla extract
1 medium banana

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass.
Prepare an espresso shot or 2 if you dare!
Pour over smoothie.
Give this quick and easy breakfast smoothie a try, you’ll stay full, alert and be surprised how delicious this healthy breakfast smoothie is!

Lemon Cheesecake cups – gluten free

Are you looking for spectacular dessert for this weekend’s entertaining? Try these gluten free cheesecake cups, guaranteed to impress.

You could get creative with flavors, or make it a little boozy with some limoncello.

This cheese cake recipe tastes even better than it looks.

Lemon curd cheese cakes

Base

1 cup almond meal (toasted)

100grams butter melted

3TB brown sugar

Filling

100grams cream cheese

100ml thickened cream

100grams marscapone

1tsp vanilla bean paste

¼ cup castor sugar

1 whole lemon, zested (save ¼ tsp for the garnish)

Garnish

4Tb lemon curd

¼ tsp lemon zest

  1. Place almond meal into a fry pan over a low heat and toast until golden brown.
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan, add butter to almond meal mixture until a paste forms.
  3. Remove 1Tb of the mixture and set aside, divide the remaining into 4 and place into the bottom of 4 glasses, I used tumblers today, this looks great in martini glasses, bowls, fun wine glasses, and gently press down.
  4. Beat the cream until soft peaks form, add the remaining filling ingredients, beat until well combined.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 and place onto of the base in the 4 glasses.
  6. Allow to set for a couple of hours. Seal 1Tb of left over base mixture for the garnish.
  7. Just before serving, place a tablespoon of lemon curd, a pinch of lemon zest and a pinch of left over crumble mixture on top of each cheesecake.

 Serves 4

Recipe 2 this week as promised !!! BEEF BIRYANI

Beef Biryani

This delicious Middle Eastern inspired dish will set off your senses. Chockfull of delicious and aromatic spices. All the labour is done in the first few minutes, after that the oven takes care of the rest. Best of all it is made in 1 pan, a great balanced meal extra veggies can be added if you like.

The fresh curry leaves add a slightly spicy, citrus element to the dish, if you do not have access to fresh curry leaves you can use dry curry leaves, double the amount (6).

Beef Biryani

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

500 grams beef mince

1 tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp tumeric

2 tsp garam masala

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp curry powder

¼ tsp ground cloves

3 curry leaves

1 cup basmati (long grain rice)

1 cup frozen peas

2 cups vegetable stock

Garnish

3Tb Toasted almond flakes

1Tb chopped coriander

  1. Preheat combination steam oven/steam oven to full steam.
  2. In a medium sized pan, that can go from stove/oven, place chopped onion and vegetable oil, cook on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until they soften, add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add ground spices, curry leaf, toss around pan and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add beef mince cook for 2 minutes, constantly breaking the meat up, add rice, peas and stir through, the mixture will look very messy, add vegetable stock, sprinkle with salt and pepper, allow to reach a boil while on the stove top. Place into combination steam oven/steam oven and steam for 30minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with almonds and coriander and serve.
A one pot wonder meal, balanced, flavorsome and the oven does all the hard work !

A one pot wonder meal, balanced, flavorsome and the oven does all the hard work !

*note, rice cooking times can vary.

Coming soon ! Recipes that will be posted this week

Check out this week recipes ! 3 will help you get the most out of your combination steam oven !

Lemon cheesecake with and almond meal crust (gluten free!)

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Foccacia

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Pizza pockets

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Beef biryani (gluten free!)

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Quick and easy entree, great for entertaining !

This dish is super simple, totally delicious, and can easily be made into an entree for your next dinner party.

Layer chargrilled eggplant with Haloumi, drizzle with olive oil, balsamic and sprinkle with fresh herbs !

A crowd pleaser, vegetarian and gluten free !

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