Green Beans with Cherry Vinaigrette and Almonds

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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Based on a recipe from Curtis Stone found on Taste, this salad is delicious warm or cold, and the fresh cherry vinaigrette is also good on beets or any tossed salads. The green beans and vinaigrette can be prepared 1 day ahead.

  • 500 g Fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 125 g Fresh cherries, halved, pitted
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 30 g Unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30 g Whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
  1. In a large heavy pot of boiling salted water, cook the green beans for about 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the cherries, lemon juice, and vinegar until the cherries are finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the parsley, shallots, and oil. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the butter, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir the hot browned butter into the cherry mixture. Season the vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with half of the warm vinaigrette to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the almonds and serve immediately.

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Blackberry and Lime Popsicles

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than fresh homemade ice pops. Sweetened with agave nectar, these blackberry popsicles are super healthy, refreshing and full of fresh berry and lime flavour.

  • 400 g Blackberries
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp Agave nectar
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Taste, and add more agave nectar as needed. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze for at least 5 hours. Unmould and enjoy!

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Tuna-stuffed Baked Round Zucchini and Tomatoes

Monday, June 22, 2015

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Perfect as a light meal or side dish, these baked zucchini and tomatoes, adapted from taste, are stuffed with a delicious mixture of tuna, golden raisins, onion, chives, cinnamon, and wholegrain breadcrumbs. It looks much cuter made with the small, round zucchini, but is equally delicious made with standard long variety.

  • 3 Round zucchini
  • 3 Large tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 x 185 g Tuna in olive oil, drained, flaked
  • 2 tbsp Chives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Golden raisins
  • 1 cup Fresh wholegrain breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Cut a thin slice from top of each zucchini and tomato and reserve. Use a small teaspoon to remove the flesh from zucchini and tomato. Roughly chop flesh then set aside. Season the shells with salt and pepper. Place into a baking dish.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and cinnamon. Cook for 1 minute, or until tender. Add tuna, chopped tomato flesh, chives and raisins. Cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Stir breadcrumbs into tuna mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into zucchini and tomato shells. Replace tops. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Serve with green salad.

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White Asparagus with Raspberry Tarragon Dressing

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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This is the perfect summer salad made quickly with seasonal produce: white asparagus, raspberries and arugula. Homemade raspberry vinegar, vegetable broth, maple syrup, argan oil, and tarragon make up this delicious dressing inspired by 1 Salad - 50 Dressings - Tanja Dusy. Fresh raspberries give this raspberry-tarragon vinaigrette a burst of antioxidants.

  • 125 g Raspberries
  • 125 ml Vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Organic argan oil
  • 2 stalk Tarragon sprigs, chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 500 g White asparagus, trimmed and peeled
  • A handful of arugula
  • Raspberries for garnish
  1. Rinse and pat dry the raspberries. Place them in the blender together with vegetable broth, vinegar, maple syrup and argan oil. Puree until smooth.
  2. Wash the tarragon sprigs and pat dry. Finely slice the tarragon leaves and stir into the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, add enough salted water to reach a depth of 2 inches. Bring it to a boil. Add in white asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and let stand until chilled. Drain and pat dry. Arrange the asparagus, arugula and raspberries in a serving dish, drizzle with raspberry dressing.

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Blueberry Spelt Crumble Cake

Friday, June 12, 2015

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An easy blueberry crumb cake, bursting with soft and sweet blueberries, and a cinnamon-flavored streusel, is great for a picnic, brunch or for afternoon tea with friends.

Blueberry Spelt Crumble Cake

adapted from taste
Crumble ToppingCake Batter
  • 100 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 50 g Coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 80 g Cold butter, diced
  • 200 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 100 g Hazelnut, ground into flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 180 g Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 10 package NuNaturals white stevia powder
  • 80 g Coconut sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Lemon, rind finely grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 185 ml Buttermilk
  • 200 g Blueberries, fresh or frozen
  1. Preheat oven 180C/350F. Grease and line base of a 20cm round springform pan with baking paper.
  2. For the topping, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the spelt flour, ground hazelnuts, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Beat butter, stevia powder and coconut sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, lemon rind and juice. Gradually add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating. Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread two-thirds of the batter into prepared pan. Top with one-third of the blueberries and one-third of the crumble mix. Top with remaining batter, smoothing the top, then top with remaining blueberries and crumble.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before transferring to a serving plate.

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Green Smoothie Raspberry Popsicles

Saturday, June 06, 2015

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Green smoothie in pop form! These frozen treats are a perfect healthy snack for summertime and a good fun way to get kids to “eat” their vegetables. If you ain't really into the leafy greens, simply use cucumber, celery or even parsley instead and mango and kiwi can be used in place of banana too.

  • 30 g Kale leaves, trimmed and chopped
  • 30 g Salad leaves
  • 1 Small ripe banana, chopped
  • 200 ml Coconut water
  • 1 tsp Lime juice
  • Some frozen raspberries
  1. Place the kale, salad leaves, banana, coconut water and lime juice in a blender and blend for 
1–2 minutes or until smooth.
  2. Divide the mixture among 8-10 popsicles moulds with a couple of frozen raspberries. Insert a popsicle stick into each mould. Place in freezer to firm up overnight.


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Marinated Zucchini Salad

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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A simple marinated zucchini salad from Donna Hay. Raw zucchini salad can be rather dull, but when very thinly sliced, they soak up the flavour of a vinaigrette perfectly through marinating. This fresh, tasty recipe will come in handy when zucchini starts producing in your garden.

  • 60 ml White balsamic vinegar
  • 60 ml Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Chilli peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 600 g Zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small red onion, cut into rings, optional
  • A handful of chives
  1. Place the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, chilli pepper, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Cut zucchini crosswise into thin round slices with a knife or a mandolin. Add the sliced zucchini and red onion if used, to the marinade and toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Place on a serving plate and top with the chopped chives to serve.

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Apricot Einkorn Cake with Almond and Maple Syrup

Monday, May 25, 2015

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This apricot cake, sweetened with maple syrup and applesauce, and nutritiously delicious with einkorn flour and almond meal, comes together fairly quickly and can easily be tweaked to include whatever seasonal fruits are available. Enjoy it warm or at room temperature with a dollop of thickened cream or simply dusted with icing sugar.

Apricot Einkorn Cake with Almond and Maple Syrup

adapted from taste
  • 225 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 100 g Almond meal
  • 7 g Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 250 ml Almond milk
  • 80 g Maple Syrup
  • 80 g Applesauce
  • 180 g Butter, at room temperature
  • 3 Eggs, at room temperature
  • 8-10 Ripe apricots, halved&stoned
  1. Lightly grease a baking pan (22cmx20cmx4cm) with butter and line the base and the sides of the pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Whisk together the ground einkorn, almond meal, baking powder, and cinnamon. In another saucepan, mix together almond milk, maple syrup and applesauce.
  3. Beat the butter until light and pale. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined. Add in half of the flour mixture and mix. Now mix in liquid mixture, then the rest of flour mixture until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the apricot halves, cut side up, over the batter.
  5. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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