RECIPE: Coconut yoghurt – no dairy…all yummy

I like yoghurt, it’s a healthy sweet treat, with lots of goodness…but yoghurt does not like me, bloating blah feeling EVERYTIME! Added to that, commercial brands add nasties and sugar sugar sugar, then I found this post about dairy free coconut yoghurt and my interest was peaked. I bought an easiyo yoghurt maker (but u don’t need one) and made this version and I am pleasantly surprised. I got this recipe from naughty naturopath mum,

http://www.naughtynaturopathmum.com.au/homemade-coconut-yoghurt/

Go to the above site for more in depth info and FAQ’s

What you need…
2 cans of ayam coconut cream (no preservatives in this brand)
4 tablespoons of yoghurt (starter)*
A yoghurt maker vessel or thermos or glass bowl
Sweetener to taste

* I used jalna creamy youghurt, which means mine is not totally dairy free, but u can buy coconut yoghurt at health food stores to start this

What to do
1. Mix coconut cream, starter and sweetener in a container (I used honey which was subtle but yummy. Can use maple syrup, rice malt etc)
2. Fill easiyo with boiling water and put canister with mixture in.
3. Leave on bench for 12 hrs plus. Check consistency and taste, then put in fridge to firm up further for a few hours.

Notes
* if using another container, see naughty naturopath mums link as it’s much more comprehensive with different versions.
* save 4 tablespoons on yoghurt to start your next one, I keep mine in freezer as it gets more sour the longer it sits
* lasts for about 5 days

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Salt and apple cider vinegar popcorn

I don’t buy chips (crisps) because I can’t stop eating them, especially the salt and vinegar variety. A friend of mine mentioned she made this for her kids and I just had to try it and OMG, ITS SO GOOD! It’s my new go to snack. It has the low fat popcorn (air popped), the salt (ok not so good but…shrug) and the apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and all the health benefits that comes with it. If you don’t know about apple cider vinegar, look it up, wonderful for digestion, gut issues etc.

It’s so easy to make, but has to be eaten straight away. Yes, the vinegar does soggy the popcorn, but it’s such an intense flavour that you only need a few drops and the flavour lingers for the ones that don’t have the vinegar on them.

WHAT YOU NEED
Air popped popcorn
Salt
Apple cider vinegar (with the mother)

WHAT YOU DO
Generously sprinkle the popcorn with salt
Drizzle with the vinegar and toss

Enjoy.

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Salted cashew and dried cranberry chocolate clusters

I don’t know why I keep making this, because I just keep eating it. It’s so moorish and delicious. I make the chocolate, so it’s not store bought or full of preservatives and no dairy.

Nuts and dried fruit are good for you right? (Yeah, that’s what you’ll tell yourself too once you finish the batch in one fell swoop).

What you Need
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 Tablespoons cacao powder
3 Tablespoons sweetener (I used raw honey and rice malt syrup)
2 handfuls dried cranberries
3 cups of salted cashews (add more if there is too much chocolate)

What you do
Melt the coconut oil and sweetener and stir till combined
Add fruit and nuts and stir till all coated in the chocolate mixture
Pour onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and spread out to ensure all nuts are in the chocolate mixture
Sprinkle some sea salt over the top if you want more salty
Place in fridge for an hour until set.
Break into pieces and try not to eat it all at once.

Note: store this in the fridge. The chocolate is not stable and will melt at room temperature.

Love to see what you think of this one.

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Recipe: egg substitute (flax egg)

Good one to remember to replace egg in a recipe for any reason. Using flax seeds does the same thing as egg in a recipe! Go vegan ingenuity. The following is copied from a comment on my whole food life blog:

All you do is 1 T flax meal + 3 T warm water.
Whisk together and place in the fridge for a minute or two. It will become gummy like a real egg. Perfect for those who have allergies.

Recipe: mum’s spinachi stufatti (her Italian version of braised spinach)

I grew up watching her eat this recipe of greens. I call it spinach but she uses all sorts of greens, usually bitter ones like chima di rappe (sorry about the spelling but it’s an Italian translation and not a popular green) lately she has done the same thing using Chinese greens like choy sum buk choy etc. In my older age I have realised my mum is the traditional whole food cook/clean eater minus the label or movement. Fresh, real ingredients.

I used to think it was disgusting, it now it’s one of my favourite recipes. It’s so simple and so tasty and if you are eating grains, dipping your bread in the juice is divine!

What you need
A bunch of greens (dark green is best), washed and chopped into bite size pieces roughly,
Half an onion, chopped
Garlic clove, crushed
A ripe tomato, cut in chunks
Salt, be generous
Pepper
Olive oil, about a tablespoon to 2
1/4 cup of water or use juice from the spinach or tomatoes

What you do
Heat a saucepan, with the olive oil
Add the onion and sauté lightly
Add the garlic and stir to combine
Add the tomato, stirring to mix
throw in the greens, salt and pepper, water and stir
Put a lid on it and
Reduce the heat to a simmer for about 10-20 minutes (10 if spinach already cooked, 20 if raw)
Check to ensure it’s not burning or needs more water, add if need be
Taste to ensure seasoning is to your liking

Serve with crusty bread, toast or crackers.

Enjoy

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Recipe: Sensational Smoothie banana choc peanut butter green smoothie

I felt like something decadent and creamy this morning, so I threw together this combination which was absolutely delicious
and dessert like. I make a similar one for the kids that I pass off as a chocolate milk shake, little do they know it’s packed full of goodness and greens 🙂

In a blender (I use a small rocket blender) add:

A handful of baby spinach
A banana
A heaped teaspoon of peanut butter
Half fill with coconut water
Top it up with almond milk (mine is sweetened)
Add a tablespoon of cacao (the good stuff)

Blitz for a while. Add ice to cool down and go to your happy place drinking the sensational smoothie.

Enjoy 🙂

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Lost in recipe land

I’m having one of those moments where I just don’t know what to cook. Many of my issues have resolved themselves and I find myself falling into old habits, eating gluten, more meat, drinking alcohol. My adventures to find new, healthier recipes are at war with what i know. It’s not somewhere I want to go back to because I know what’s down that road and it’s not good. Need to find a way to be inspired again…just wanted to put it out there.