Gluten-free coconut kefir waffles

Ever since my sister got her very spoilt dog a waffle maker for christmas (crazy, I know). And although Ebony, the dog, loves waffles she’s not too good at cooking them. So, since then, I have been searching for the perfect waffle recipe. After many failed attempts (too crispy, too soft, doughy or dry), I have finally found a fail proof recipe that is SO delicious! The coconut kefir acts like a raising agent, with its natural bacteria, and produces fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside waffles.

These waffles have become a favourite breakfast of mine that is perfect for the weekend and mid-week too due to their simplicity. Soaking the oats overnight means all you have to do in the morning is blend and let the waffle maker do its magic!

I have been making my own coconut kefir over the last month, i simple combine kefir grains with coconut milk and sit it a room temp for around 36 hours. I then shake it up and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. It’s also delicious with granola and in smoothies.

Coconut kefir waffles

Makes approx. 4 waffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C raw buckwheat groats, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 C hulled millet, soaked overnight
  • 1 C coconut kefir (I make my own by fermenting coconut milk with kefir grains)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

optional toppings

  • Strawberries, coconut yoghurt, hemp hearts, banana & pure maple
  • Banana, natural peanut butter & shaved dark chocolate
  • Blueberries, cashew cream & grain free granola
  • Pineapple, kiwi fruit, coconut cream & coconut nectar

Method

  1. Start this recipe the night before by soaking your buckwheat and millet in a large bowl covered generously with filtered water. I always add a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar too when soaking grains.
  2. In the morning rinse your grains well and place in a high-speed blender with the coconut kefir, banana, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Blend on high for 1 minute or until a completely smooth and creamy texture. Set aside for around 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat your waffle iron to the desired setting, I like to have mine of the 2nd highest function for a nice, crispy outside.
  5. When heated, pour in approximately 1/3 C of the batter. Close and let the waffle maker do its thang.
  6. While the waffles are cooking prepare your desired toppings.
  7. If you are cooking for a crowd keep the cooked waffles, covered with a tea towel, in a 150 degrees celcius oven.
  8. However, these are best served hot off the waffle maker!

Enjoy!

 

 

Greenalicious pasta

Hey friends! After a very long drought from food blogging I am finally back with a new recipe. This is for all those thoughtful people who have been telling me how much they love my blog & recipes – so i’ve come back feeling very inspired to keep getting recipes out to you all! Hopefully with a little more regularity. I wouldn’t put the lack of posts down to me not cooking so much, but rather not having enough time to take all the photos and write up the recipe. I certainly have still been busy in the kitchen, making lots of hearty soups, curries (inspired by my trip to Sri Lanka – a post on that to come soon), lentil pies, warm salads and pasta. This pasta recipe in particular has been on regular rotation in our home, due to its simplicity, deliciousness and the fact that my boyfriend would eat pasta every night if I let him!

What has been keeping me busy is some very tricky chemistry units at university (who would have thought there was so much chemistry involved with Nutrition!?) and a new part-time job as a cook! So after spending most the morning cooking when I get home I just want to gobble up my food without even a thought about taking a photo.

Anyway, here it is. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family and I do, and that it might just become a delicious family staple. Plus, it’s super good this time of the year with all the garlic and kale to keep your immune system strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenalicious Pasta

Serves 4, vegan & gluten free options

  • 375g wholegrain penne pasta (I use spelt or buckwheat)
  • 200g baby kale leaves, washed
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 C local extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head of broccoli or romanesco, cut into florets
  • 1/2 C walnuts, toasted in a dry pan, roughly chopped
  • Sheeps milk romana or nutritional yeast, to serve

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Once boiling add your kale and garlic. blanch for 2-3 minutes, until a vibrant green, no longer.
  2. Scoop out the kale and garlic and place in a blender with the oil. Add 1/4 – 1/2 C of the cooking water. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Blend until a super smooth, pourable consistency, adding more water if necessary.
  3. Meanwhile, pop the pasta in the pot of boiling water. 5 minutes before the pasta is due to be ready (according to packet directions) add in the broccoli florets. Continue to cook until the pasta is al dente. The broccoli should be just soft.
  4. Drain and stir through the blended kale sauce. Serve with the toasted walnuts and a little romano cheese or nutritional yeast. A drizzle of good EVOO is a nice addition too.

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Warm cauliflower and aubergine salad

Cauliflower has officially made a come back. Its no longer that plain, overcooked until watery vegetable but rather the hero of so many different dishes.  We’ve seen it as pizza bases, a rice alternative, in cakes, in bread and of course flavoursome soups. But my favourite way has got to be roasted until the edges are charred and crispy and the inside still has a little bite. Here it is roasted with turmeric, cummin and cinnamon which lifts the mellow flavour of the cauliflower while also adding a little sweetness.

Now don’t get me started on eggplant because it is quite possible one of my favourite things now after years of hating it as a kid. Roasting, like the cauliflower has got to be my favourite way to cook it. Once again the edges get crispy and charred but the inside is buttery soft and so delicious.

I’ve paired these two beautiful vegetables with green lentils, lots of fresh parsley, sweet dates, tangy pomegranate jewels and a creamy tahini dressing to really create a satisfying salad that is perfect for any day or night.

Warm cauliflower and aubergine salad

serves 4 as a side or 2-3 as a main 

  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp cummin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 aubergine, sliced into wedges
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp smokey paprika
  • 1/2 C green lentils
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 of a preserved lemon, finely chopped
  • 2 C baby spinach leaves
  • 5 medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • pomegranate jewels, to serve
  • tahini dressing, to serve (recipe below)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Toss the cauliflower florets with 1/2 the olive oil, the turmeric, cumin and cinnamon. Spread out on the baking tray and place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Slice half way down along the wedges of aubergine, making sure not to cut all the way through. place on the other baking tray and drizzle with the rest of the oil, the chilli flakes and paprika. Place into the oven for 30 minutes, or until charred on the edges and soft and gooey on the inside.
  3. Rinse the lentils before placing in a saucepan and covering well with lots of water. Bring to the boil over medium heat before turning to low, covering and cooking for 20 minutes. Refresh under cold water and set aside.
  4. Combine the cooked lentils, roasted cauliflower, parsley, baby spinach and preserved lemon in a large bowl. Add the roasted aubergine on top followed by the almonds, pomegranate jewels and spicy tahini dressing.
  5. Serve immediately.

Spicy tahini dressing 

makes 3/4 C 

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 C tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water, to thin, about 3/4 c

Method 

  1. Place everything but the water in a bowl and stir to combine. Slowly add the water until the desired consistency is reached. Its nice to have it quite runny so its a good drizzle consistency.
  2. Use for the salad and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

 

My vegan lasagne

I write this after feasting on another lasagne for dinner and I really could not hold this recipe from you anymore. It’s delicious and worthy in every kitchen, whether you’re vegan or not. I am also thinking it would be the perfect addition to a christmas eve dinner, so it’s just in time for you to start your planning!

This past year lasagne has been making a regular appearance on my dinner table. It’s simple to make vegetarian lasagne but I found it a little trickier to make it vegan and still keep all the delicious and comforting flavours. I have made mushroom lasagne, creamy carrot and lentil lasagne, eggplant lasagne with lemony ricotta and the list goes on. But this recipe is my absolute favourite. It’s creamy, hearty, warming and oh so satisfying.

The layers consist of lentil bolognese, which to me is one of the greatest things ever, a vegan béchamel sauce, grilled vegetables, fresh spinach and all topped off with a home-made vegan parmesan. I used some fresh spelt pasta but choose whatever pasta you like although try and make it a healthy choice.

Notes about the recipe

I often make the lentil bolognese as an easy midweek meal over raw zucchini noodles, spelt pasta or quinoa. Please do try this as it is a delicious alternative to the regular spaghetti bolognese.

The lentil bolognese can be adapted with whatever vegetables you have on hand, celery is great and sweet potato too. The mushrooms add a nice richness so if you have them on hand do include. I often just throw in any extra vegetables hiding at the bottom of the fridge.

I like to buy a large jar of charred capsicum from selected supermarkets or gourmet food stores, they taste delicious and are great addition to many dishes.

It may seem like a huge ingredient list and mammoth task but its not too complicated and most parts can be made in advance.

Lentil, eggplant and zucchini  lasagne 

Makes 1 very large lasagne with 8-10 serves

Ingredients for the lentil bolognese 

  • 1.5 C whole green lentils, preferably soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200g swiss brown mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1/2 a large red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 tin crushed tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 C chopped fresh italian herbs, chopped (basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary)
  • 1/4 C chopped and pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 C charred capcicum, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C good quality red wine
  • Himalayan salt and freshly cracked pepper, to season

Ingredients for the béchamel sauce

  • 2 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • 2 C unsweetened plant milk (cashew, almond or soy)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Himalayan salt and white pepper, to season

Ingredients for the raw vegan parmesan 

  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Himalayan salt and freshly cracked pepper, to season

To assemble

  • 1 large eggplant (aubergine), sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Spelt or gluten free lasagne sheets
  • 2 C fresh spinach or chard leaves

Method 

  1. If soaking the lentils in advance simply place in a large bowl and cover generously with filtered water and a squeeze of lemon.
  2. To cook the lentils drain off the soaking water (if applicable) and place in a saucepan with 2 bay leaves and cover generously with water. Bring to a gentle simmer  before covering and cooking for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. To start the bolognese heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. The onion needs to gently sweat rather than colour. Add in the garlic, mushrooms, carrot and chilli while continuing to cook gently for another 5 or so minutes.
  4. Add in the tin tomatoes, then 2 C of water, followed by the tomato paste, fresh herbs, kalamata olives, charred capsicum and red wine. Bring to a simmer before covering and cooking for 35-45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. To make the béchamel sauce gently heat the olive oil in a small sauce pan. Add in the chickpea flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the milk a little at a time, whisking constantly. Continue to whisk over a gently heat until it starts to thicken and bubble. Let it cook for another 2 minutes before taking off the heat. Add the nutritional yeast, nutmeg and season to taste. Set aside.
  6. To make the vegan parmesan simply finely chop the sunflower seeds and walnuts and combine in a small bowl with the nutritional yeast and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Lastly, preheat a grill to high. Brush the eggplant and zucchini slices with olive oil before placing in a single layer under the grill. Cook each side for around 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Finally its time to assemble. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. In a large baking or lasagne dish (30 x 20 cm) place a spoonful of lentil bolognese. Spread over the base of the dish before following with pasta sheets, lentil bolognese, grilled zuchinni and eggplant, fresh spinach/chard and a drizzle of the béchamel. Continue these layers until all ingredients are used, making sure you save 1/4 of the béchamel for the final top layer. Sprinkle over the raw parmesan and cover with a lid. Bake for 40-45 minutes, before removing the lid and baking for a further 15 minutes.
  9. Leave to sit for 10 minutes before serving. I like to pop a few potatoes in at the same time for delicious whole baked potatoes. I also serve with a fresh green salad.

 

 

 

Breakfast in a jar

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As you may know by now, I love a delicious breakfast that can be prepared the night before! When I have to rush to work I like being able to grab my breakfast jar as I head out the door, knowing it will fill me up until lunch time. This breakfast in a jar is no exception. With creamy chia, slightly tart rhubarb and crunchy sweet buckinis it will satisfy all your cravings and you won’t be tempted by a pastry or muffin.

I also love how easy this is to prepare at night. It’s really just a matter of mixing it all up, and if you wish making enough to last a few breakfasts.

Chia seeds are the highest plant source of omega 3, fibre and protein as well as boasting a range of vitamins and minerals. It’s a great vegan protein source as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Chia will help you have luscious hair, glowing skin and strong nails.

I like to serve my chia with a tart rhubarb compote, its easy to make and delicious. Just slice 4 stalks of rhubarb into 1 inch size pieces and combine in a pan with the juice of 1 lemon, 2 T coconut sugar, the seeds of a vanilla pod and a little fresh ginger. Cook over low for 5-10 minutes, until just soft. Refrigerate until required.

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Chia and rhubarb parfait

Serves two

4 T chia seeds

1 C coconut milk

1/2 C coconut water or filtered water

Seeds from a vanilla pod or 1 t vanilla bean extract

1/2 C Rhubarb compote

2 T buckinis

1 t bee pollen

1 T coconut flakes

Method

Combine the chia, coconut milk, coconut water and vanilla in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning spoon out half and layer in a jar with the rhubarb, buck inis, bee pollen and coconut flakes.

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Enjoy!

Raw cacao and mint slice

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I first made this slice about six months ago and one of my friends tasted it and fell in love! Ever since then she has been begging me to get the recipe on the blog. So finally I am sharing with you a gorgeous healthy raw slice recipe based on the very unhealthy choc mint slice biscuits.

Chocolate and mint are one of my favourite flavour combinations. The richness of the chocolate goes beautifully with refreshing mint. I love anything with these flavours and this slice is no exception. The base is sweet, crunchy and chewy, the filling so creamy and minty and the chocolate on top is bittersweet.  It’s a lovely raw treat to enjoy any time of the day.

Cacao is pure and unprocessed meaning it retains all the natural vitamins and minerals.  It’s also full of antioxidants and feel good endorphins. Mint aids digestion so it’s great to have after dinner!

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Raw cacao and mint slice

Base

1/2 C plain buckinis

1 C pecans

1/4 C cacao powder

1 T coconut oil

1 C fresh dates

Filling

1 1/4 C cashews, soaked overnight

1/2 C coconut oil

1/4 C pure maple syrup

1/4 C coconut butter

2 t peppermint essential oil

Chocolate top

1/2 C cacao powder

1/2 C coconut oil

1/2 C maple syrup

Method

Line a lamigton tin (20×30) with baking paper. Process the activated buckinis and pecans until a rough crumb. Add the rest of the base ingredients and process until sticking together, you may need to add a couple of teaspoons of water. Press into the lined tin and place in the freezer.

For the filling, place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until lovely and creamy. Spoon over the base and tap on the bench to achieve a smooth even finish. Place back into the freezer.

For the chocolate top, place all the ingredients into a heat proof bowl. Place this bowl over a bowl of boiling water and stir until all melted and combined. Pour this over the other two layers and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Take out of the freezer and slice into approx 15 squares. I like to keep it all in the freezer and take out a slice 5-10 minutes before eating.

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Enjoy!

Coconut bircher

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Bircher muesli is one of those fabulous breakfasts that you can throw together the night before and then its there for you to grab as you race out the door in the morning. I am sometimes rushing off and just pop my jar of bircher in my bag to enjoy when I get to work. Otherwise, I’ll happily eat it at home after a run, thankful for a relaxing morning with no breakfast mess!

I have tried many different versions of bircher but this would have to be my favourite by far. I found that if I used nut milk or yoghurt the result was rather dense whereas the coconut water gives a lovely light texture and refreshing flavour.

I have used rolled oats but they could easily be swapped for quinoa flakes. The toppings are really whatever you fancy on the day and I like to change them up to keep it exciting. Coconut yoghurt or greek yoghurt is always nice as well as some crunchy nuts and something sweet. Fresh fruit is also a delicious addition.

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Coconut bircher muesli 

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 C rolled oats

2 T chia seeds

1/2 C desiccated coconut

1 small granny smith apple, grated

2 t cinnamon

1 1/2 C coconut water

Toppings

2 T coconut yoghurt

1 T raw almonds, chopped

1 T goji berries

1 t bee pollen

Method

Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and give a quick stir. Add the apple and coconut water and combine well. Cover, place in the fridge and let set overnight.

In the morning take out the bircher, give and stir and then serve your desired amount. Top with coconut yoghurt, almonds, goji berries and bee pollen.

Enjoy!