Saturday, 28 May 2016

2 for 1 capsicum recipes!!

If you keep and eye on me I'm pretty sure you've noticed that I gotta loooooooot of red capsicum at the moment. Seriously, a dollar for a massive bag?? As if I wasn't gonna buy it! Stock up when shit is cheap!! So I have been madly trying to use these in different ways to keep things interesting. Here is what I have come up with. Hope you likey xxx

Roasted caps and pumpkin soup

This one is sooooooo easy. Just roast, cook, blend! Quick stock ups for winter!!

What you need!

  • 1 kg Capsicum, quartered, seeded
  • 1 small butternut peeled, chopped
  • 2 fresh Tomatoes diced 
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, skin on
  • 1 handful of parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 cup water or stock
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 ghee, butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
  • Salt and pepper to season

What you do with it!

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a large oven tray with baking paper and arrange all vegetables except onion on the tray.  
  2. Bake 30-35 minutes, until soft. 
  3. In the meantime,  heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan and cook onion until it softens.
  4. Remove vegetables from the oven and peel discarding the skins and add to saucepan along with all remaining ingredients. 
  5. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. 
  6. Transfer to a food processor, blender or use a hand mixture to blend until smooth. 

Creamy roast caps and tahini dip

Almost using the same ingredients here.....tip: while roasting the caps for the soup above, roast extra for this dip!

What you need! 
  • 4 red capsicums roasted with skin on
  • 1 handful of parsley finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 good glug of olive oil
  • A few heaped tbsp tahini
  • A decent squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 big handful of cashews or walnuts
  • A few shakes of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to season to taste

What you do with it!

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and roast capsicum until soft
2. Place in a blender or food processor along with remaining ingredients and blend until thick and creamy or kinda chunky like mine! (Truth is I was being lazy and impatient!!)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Choc 'not only orange' smoothie

Getting the veggies in again! Whoop! Tried this first with grated pumpkin and a mandarin. Um, no. Not great. The pumpkin would totally work if it was roasted instead and you swapped the mandarin for an orange. You should give it a go cos you are awesome and then tell me about it
This smoothie came out surprisingly way thicker than I expected. Yay.
Most likely because of the cacao and the protein powder. Just goes to show that you don’t always need to use milk. But using the coconut water gives it extra flavour and sweetness (that milk would) and you don’t need to add and honey or extra fruit. But if you need, then all means!!

  What you will need

  • ½ orange peeled
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 2 heaped tbsp raw cacao 
  • 2 tbsp protein powder
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 handful of ice 

What you will do with it

  1. Throw into your blender and blend away.
  2. There is no step 2, it's just a smoothie!!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Red Smoothie AKA Capsicum and Raspberry Smoothie

This is going to create a flavour explosion in your mouth. Legitimately. Green smoothies are great because yes, GREENS ARE GREAT! But we should most definitely be consuming foods from all colours of the rainbow to make sure that we are getting the most nutrient dense and diverse range of foods that our bodies crave. So make sure you give this a go!! 

P.s this also works well poured over ice cream or fruit salad and can pretty much be layered, drizzled, stirred with anything. Um, did someone say stirred through warm rice or quinoa??

Capsicum and Raspberry Smoothie

What you will need

  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 small capsicum chopped
  • ½ cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • ½ cup of coconut water (or extra milk)

 *1 tsp of honey optional

What you will do with it

  1. Throw into your blender and blend away.
  2. There is no step 2, it's just a smoothie!!


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Carrot and kiwi protein balls

I really have a one track mind at the moment with trying to include veggies into treats and sweets that we usually cram with fruit or sweeteners. I am doing this because I like the challenge, because it's not the norm (and I love flipping normal upside down) and let's face it veggies are very special creatures.
So here is a so so easy recipe for some raw little treaties that you can whip up to have on hand when you need a little snackie snackie!

What you need

  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 ripe kiwi mashed
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup crushed nuts of choice
  • 2 tbs vanilla protein powder (or the choice is yours!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • Pinch of salt

What to do with it

  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients together
  2. Add in your carrot and kiwi
  3. Add your remaining ingredients and combine
  4. Roll into balls and toss in sesame seeds or coconut to coat
  5. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes and eat!