Asparagus with Truffle Oil, Egg and Tomato Dressing

Monday, May 18, 2015 | © 2015 |

Green asparagus, boiled in salted water until crisp tender, served with a dressing made with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, fresh herbs and truffle oil. Low-carb, high in protein and fiber, gluten-free and the combination of flavour make this salad a perfect spring time lunch.

  • 2 Eggs, hard-boiled
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 handful Parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch Chives, cut into rings
  • 1 tsp Truffle mustard
  • 4 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Truffle oil
  • 3 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 500 g Asparagus, trimmed and peeled
  1. Cut the tomatoes into 5mm thick dices. Place them in a sieve over a bowl and reserve the strained liquid. Roughly chop and parsley and slice the chives into rings.
  2. Half the eggs and crumble one egg yolk in a small bowl together with truffle mustard, white wine vinegar, and reserved tomato juice. Whisk until everything is combined. Beat in truffle oil and sunflower oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Finely chop the remaining egg whites and egg yolk. Stir chopped eggs, diced tomatoes and herbs into the dressing. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavours to develop.
  4. In a large, deep skillet, add enough salted water to reach a depth of 2 inches. Bring it to a boil. Add the 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 in a serving dish, drizzle with prepared dressing. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Eggplant Fans with Yoghurt

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | © 2015 |

In celebration of World Hunger Day on the 28th May, I have challenged myself to create this delicious eggplant recipe that comes in below the poverty line – at just 33pence / 45cents per head to support the MyVoucherCodes/World Hunger Day campaign, helping people lift themselves out of poverty as well as raising money for the charity World Hunger Project.
If you are looking for more gourmet options rather than being stuck on this budget friendly version, then use some homemade tomato pasta sauce with fresh herbs and olive oil instead and replace the yoghurt topping with a creamy Parmesan sauce as the original recipe has recommended.
Can you put together a delicious and healthy dish for just 33p a head? Challenge your frugal cooking skills, help spread awareness and raise money for charity by signing up here.

Eggplant Fans with Yoghurt

90cents / 66pence
  • 1 Eggplant 33cents / 25p
  • 1 tin x 400 g Chunky tomato sauce 35cents /26p
  • 1 Tomato, 10cents / 7p
  • 1 clove Garlic, thinly sliced 1,5cents / 1p
  • 2 tsp Sunflower oil 3cents / 2p
  • Fresh thyme sprigs 1,5cents / 1p
  • Salt and pepper 0.5p
  • 2 tbsp 1.5% Plain yoghurt 4,8cents / 3.5p
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Cut the eggplants in half, keeping the stem end intact. Place an eggplant half, flesh side down, on a work surface. Use a sharp knife to cut 6 long slits from below the stem to the base. Use your hand to press down on the slices to form a fan. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
  2. Divide the tomato sauce among 2 baking dishes. Place the eggplant fans on top. Cut tomato into 10 slices lengthways. Place a slice between each eggplant slice. Sprinkle with the garlic and thyme. Drizzle each with one teaspoon of sunflower oil. Bake, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 35 minutes or until the eggplant is golden and tender.
  3. Season the yoghurt with salt, pepper and thyme leaves. Divide the eggplant fans among serving plates and spoon over the yoghurt. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Stuffed Sweet Pointed Peppers with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

Thursday, May 07, 2015 | © 2015 |

These stuffed peppers, adapted from lidlkochen, are creamy, sweet, crunchy and made the perfect summer party appetizer. If you don’t like goat cheese, they also work great with Feta. Sweet pointed peppers are a lot sweeter than ordinary sweet peppers and they also have a thinner skin, and can be eaten either raw or cooked.

  • 50 g Pine nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs
  • 1/4 tsp Orange zest
  • 375 g Fresh goat cheese
  • 100 g Crème fraîche
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 Sweet pointed peppers, halved lengthways through the stalk and deseeded
  1. Put the nuts in a dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. Roughly chop the pine nuts.
  2. Pull the needle-like leaves off the rosemary sprigs and finely chop them.
  3. Mix together the fresh goat cheese, half of chopped rosemary leaves, orange zest and crème fraîche in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill the pointed pepper halves with the goat cheese mixture and sprinkle with the rest of rosemary leaves. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Aubergine Stacks with Red Lentils and Quinoa

Saturday, May 02, 2015 | © 2015 |

This simple, natural gluten free recipe for a satisfying, tasty red lentil-quinoa eggplant salad stack is full of all the things a balanced, nutritious meal requires: vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein.
Quinoa is a delicious whole "grain" that is easy to digest, full of high quality complete protein, fiber, and magnesium. Nutritionally mighty lentils are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and also provide good amounts of protein and minerals.

  • 100 g Quinoa
  • 100 g Red lentils
  • 2 Large aubergine, cut crossways into twelve 1.5cm-thick slices
  • Olive oil spray
  • A few cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Small red onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp Chopped spring onions
  • 2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Some baby salad leaves
  • Balsamic cream, optional
  1. Put the quinoa in a sieve and rinse in cold water. Cook the quinoa in a pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes until tender, drain well, then set aside to cool.
  2. Rinse and drain the red lentils. Pop them in a pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for about 5 minutes until tender yet firm.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Spray the eggplant with olive oil spray. Add half the eggplant to the pan and cook for 6 minutes each side or until tender and golden. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
  4. In a bowl, place the quinoa, red lentils, tomato, red onion, and spring onions in a bowl. Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  5. Layer the eggplant slices with lentil-quinoa mixture, finishing with a slice of eggplant. Top with some salad leaves. Drizzle over some balsamic cream over to serve. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Eggless Turmeric and Aniseed Einkorn Cake / Sfouf

Monday, April 27, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

Sfouf is a famous Lebanese delicacy infused with aniseed and turmeric spices. Traditionally it's made with semolina flour and lots of sugar. I have tweaked the recipe found on SBS to fit my taste featuring homeground einkorn flour, pure stevia powder and mango puree. The recipe is rather forgiving, so feel free to use other grains (spelt makes a great substitute) and nuts. The cake is traditionally cut into squares or diamond shapes before serving, that’s why it is called Sfouf, meaning “rows” in Arabic.

  • 1 tsp Aniseed powder
  • 80 ml Water
  • 185 ml Milk
  • 100 g Mango puree
  • 0,5 g Pure stevia powder
  • 125 ml Sunflower oil
  • 280 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 50 g Pine nuts
  1. Grease and line a 20cm springform pan with parchment paper. Place aniseed powder and water in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until reduced to about 60ml. Turn off the heat and cool the mixture aside.
  2. Whisk milk, mango puree, pure stevia powder, oil and aniseed mixture until well combined. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and turmeric in a large bowl, then make a well in the centre. Pour in milk mixture, whisking to combine, then pour into the prepared pan. Scatter with pine nuts and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Beetroot and Lentil Salad with Wasabi Caviar

Monday, April 20, 2015 | © 2015 |

This salad, quick and easy to prepare, is full of protein and fibre and so deliciously filling and good for you. It is naturally gluten-free and works beautifully as a substantial lunch or side dish. Unlike most legumes, lentils don't need to be presoaked, but they still offer all the same protein and fiber benefits and an excellent gluten-free carb source.

  • 150 g Brown or green lentils
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 400 g Vacuum-packed beetroot, cut into thick slices
  • 60 ml Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 50 g Arugula
  • Wasabi caviar
  1. Rinse the lentils and put them in a saucepan with plenty of lightly salted water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain well, discard the bay leaf, then transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Place sliced beets in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle some salt over and add in balsamic. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until thickened and syrupy.
  3. Whisk together walnut oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to lentils. Toss to coat.
  4. Add the glazed beetroot and arugula to the lentils and gently toss together. Season to taste. Transfer to a serving plate and add some wasabi caviar on top and serve immediately. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Coconut White Chocolate Shortbread with Einkorn and Oats

Monday, April 13, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

These buttery make-ahead bars feature tender flaky shortbread topped with a thin layer of melted white chocolate and toasted coconut chips. It is quick and easy to make and great to bring to a party.

  • 140 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 140 g Rolled oats
  • 70 g Coconut blossom sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 140 g Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 200 g White Chocolate, chopped and melted
  • Toasted coconut chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8x10-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on two opposing ends to use as handles. Whisk together einkorn flour, rolled oats, coconut blossom sugar, baking soda and salt. Add in butter pieces and mix until incorporated.
  2. Place the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the center of hot oven until nicely golden brown at the edges, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Melt the chopped white chocolate chips in a double boiler set over simmering water. When the crust is finished, remove it from the oven and let sit 5 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the crust, then sprinkle with the toasted coconut chips. Cool completely, then carefully lift from the pan and cut into squares. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Strawberry Einkorn Slices with Almonds

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

This juicy, crunchy strawberry einkorn cake is both dairy and refined-sugar free,it’s also quick and simple to prepare using whatever fruit is most plentiful at the time, making it a great option for a healthy dessert.

Strawberry Einkorn Slices with Almonds

inspired by Cranberry Jam
  • 180 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 100 g Almond meal
  • 7 g Baking powder
  • 120 g Homemade applesauce
  • 3 package NuNaturals white stevia powder
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 125 g Coconut oil, melted
  • 500 g Strawberries, trimmed and quartered
  • 45 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 50 g Coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Coconut blossom sugar
  • 50 g Flaked almonds
  1. Line a 28cmx25cm baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Whisk together the ground einkorn flour, almond meal and baking powder in a bowl. Add in NuNaturals white stevia powder, applesauce, eggs, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. Stir with an electric hand mixer until just combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and top with quartered strawberries.
  3. Place all the topping ingredients in a bowl. Rub them together between your fingers until you have large crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the berries and bake for 35-40 minutes. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Baked Cod with Mushrooms and Kale

Thursday, April 02, 2015 | © 2015 |

This is a rather simple and delicious low-carb, low-calorie recipe that I found here. Cod fillets baked with a combination of mushrooms, kale, spring onions and cooking cream. It also works well with many types of fish. Pollock and tilapia make perfect substitutes.

  • 400 g Mushrooms
  • 3-4 stalk Spring onions
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 150 g Kale, chopped
  • 100 ml 15% Cooking cream or milk
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 600 g Cod fillets
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  1. Clean, trim and thinly slice the mushrooms. Cut the spring onions into rings, reserve 2 tablespoons of green rings for garnishing. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add in the remaining chopped spring onions. Cook briefly. Add in sliced mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in chopped kale and cooking cream, cooking until everything is heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking form.
  3. Rinse and pat the cod fillets dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with lemon juice and coat with cornstarch seasoned with salt an pepper. Place them on the top of vegetables and bake in the middle of hot oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and garnish with reserved spring onions. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Gluten-Free Black Rice Flaxseed Banana Bread

Saturday, March 28, 2015 | © 2015 |

Moist, tender and delicious, this simple, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free banana bread recipe, inspired by Taste of Home, is made with freshly ground black forbidden rice flour, flaxseed, applesauce and ripe bananas. It's packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber and amazing flavour that's perfect for afternoon tea, picnics and school lunches.

Dry IngredientsWet Ingredients
  • 250 g Black forbidden rice, ground into flour
  • 60 g Flaxseed flour
  • 40 g Flaxseed, crushed
  • 5 g Baking soda
  • 5 g Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Walnuts, roughly chopped for topping
  • 3 Eggs, large
  • 3 Mashed ripe bananas, large
  • 180 g Unsweetened applesauce
  • 0,5 g Pure stevia extract powder
  • 80 g Coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a standard-size loaf pan lined with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine the ground black rice, flaxseed flour, crushed flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If the top is darkening too quickly, cover it with foil. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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