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Steamed Artichokes: Perfect As A Side Or Nibble

Artichoke is a super easy vegetable to cook, and no it’s not just another pizza topping! You may also think there’s a tedious technique to eating them but really there are just 2 basic things to know about them. They’re easy to cook, as you just steam them, and there’s actually more “meat” than you think!
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Citrus Roasted Chicken: A Fresh & Zesty Recipe For Your Summer Nights

Add that citrus taste and freshness to your summer nights

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How to Make Sweet Potato Chips At Home

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Sweet potato is one of our must have vegetables and ingredients as part of our food essentials. The great thing about sweet potato is that they contain large amounts of vitamin A in the form of antioxidant beta-carotene and are quite high in fibre. You can have them in a potato mash with your fish, or steamed with your salad and as chunky chips when you’re feeling naughty or simply wanting to mix it up. The beauty of sweet potatoes is the variety of ways you can cook them.

Baking your sweet potato chips will take you just over 30 minutes but your time looking after them is probably about 10-15 minutes maximum. Below is how we prepare and cook our sweet potato chips to make them as crunchy and nutritious as possible.

How to make homemade sweet potato chips

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Get those crunchy chips tasty and crunchy

What you'll need:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes 🍠 (the bigger the better if you like your chips long and crunchy).
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  • Oven and baking tray.

What to do:

  • Rinse the sweet potatoes under clear running water. We tend to keep the skin to add that extra texture and fibre, however, you can peel them if preferred.
  • Cut each sweet potato in half lengthways and then unto chips.
  • Place them in a large bowl of cold water and let them soak for about 30 minutes. This process will help the chips get crunchier.
  • In the meantime, prepare a ramequin or small bowl with olive oil, a little bit of sea salt and black pepper in it and mix together.
  • Preheat your oven to 200ºC and have your baking tray ready.
  • After 30 minutes, place the sweet potatoes on a tea towel or kitchen towel to dry them.
  • Some use a brush, we just use our fingers and coat the chips in the oil.
  • Place each sweet potato chip on the baking tray.
  • Place in the oven and cook for about 15 mins, open the oven and turn the chips around to make sure they cook properly. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Ta-dah!

Notes:

  • You can add mixed herbs on them when serving.
  • Mix some mayonnaise and a little bit of paprika if you’re looking for a tasty dipping sauce.

Enjoy!

As always, we love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment, ideas and share the love as there is plenty here!

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Homemade Dairy-Free Banana & Raspberry Ice Cream: The Perfect Recipe for Summer!

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I wish I had been told about banana ice cream way earlier! Isn’t it fantastic when you’re able to make something out of just a couple of ingredients only?! And without having to add anything else!? I remember when I studied hospitality & catering in France, we learnt how to make ice cream as part of our patisserie practical classes. First of all, The process seemed tedious rather than fun. And it also required way too many ingredients, a huge ice cream machine, a special freezer and a great deal of refined sugar!

Nowadays with gluten and dairy intolerance, diabetes on the rise in the UK, and the proven dangers of processed foods, we’ve come to realise that we can easily make something simple and tasty at home. Similar to the 2 ingredient pancakes recipe, which, by the way, we love making for breakfast or dessert way too much, this two ingredient recipe won’t disappoint and is great to share with your loved ones.

This month we prepare for those summer nights fast approaching! This easy two ingredient ice cream recipe made with one of our favourites fruits, banana. Organic and locally sourced, provided by from Abel & Cole. We add a few raspberries to give it an extra pinch. But either/or, it’s great and like our apple compote recipe made of one ingredient, this can be eaten by itself or served with a dessert of your choice!

Here is the easiest way to make homemade ice-cream with 1 ingredient as a base and add a couple more if you’re feeling creative!

Homemade Banana & Raspberry Ice Cream (Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fruit based, this homemade ice-cream is great by itself or to eat with a dessert.

What you'll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas.
  • 6 raspberries.
  • A blender/food processor.

What to do:

  • First, break a couple of bananas into bite-sized pieces and place in the freezer in a container, preferably at least a couple of hours before you need the ice cream.
  • Then, take them out of the freezer 2 hours later (at least) or once frozen.
  • Place the banana slices in the blender/food processor and blitz.
  • Keep blitzing until the bananas have the consistency of soft serve. You may need to scrape the sides down periodically.
  • Also, if adding raspberries, add them in towards the end of the blitzing phase.

Notes:

  • Switch the raspberries for 1/2tsp of cinnamon for a different taste
  • Most importantly, be creative with your additional ingredients. Have fun experimenting!

Enjoy!

As always, we love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment, ideas and share the love as there is plenty here!

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Overnight Oats: It’s All About What You Do With Them!

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Don’t you love when the title tells the story!? Overnight oats is nothing less that oats soaked overnight! The first time I heard about it was back in 2014, on a trip to the Hunter Valley just outside Sydney, Australia. Trying to reduce his sugar, gluten and dairy intake, Daen’s dad
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Porridge: A Healthy & Tasty Breakfast Option

Vitality+Awesomeness Healthy & tasty Porridge

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Everyday is Pancake Day! Gluten Free, Dairy Free Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes 🍌

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We thought we would share this famous and quick 2 ingredient pancake recipe. These delicious morsels are dead easy and are refined sugar, gluten and dairy free for the ones with intolerances! Read more

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Peanut Butter, Banana, Kale: Your Protein Green Smoothie this winter!

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Love Apples But Can’t Eat Them? Don’t Quit Yet! Apple Compote Recipe

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Have you been told or found out apples aren’t for you? I used to really enjoy my daily apple. However, until that day in 2013 when I was told by a nutritionist that that healthy apple may be one of the reasons that causes stomach pain, makes me feel tired in the middle of the afternoon and possibly really upset my gut and digestive system, I went from eating an apple at least once a day to no apple in almost 3 years, until… Read more

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Your Healthy Start: Brekkie of Champs🏆

Feeling hungry by 10am? | Barely any energy left since 11am? | I’m so hungry, I could eat my workmate’s lunch! | My 15 min break is generally around 14:30 |  Is it 5pm yet? | What am I having for dinner tonight?

Above are many instances and feelings experienced because you have compromised on your breakfast in the morning. Sugary cereals or 2 apples for brekkie are certainly not going to cut it, I’m afraid!

In order for you to have a productive and efficient morning at work or on a day off, you need those nutrients that are going to give you and your family what you need to be at your best. Always ensure there’s an adequate amount of protein in your brekkie (or any meal for that matter). This will reduce the likelihood of you sneaking over to the bikkie tin mid-morning because you’re starvacious at 10am. We love eggs for breakfast. Plain and simple. And eggs are a fantastic source of protein, as well as omega-3, selenium, B vitamins, iodine, and vitamins A & D. If you can get them locally from a farm (or farmer’s market) where the chooks are free-range and preferably pasture-fed, then that’d be the best source. They’ll be super fresh and have the best nutritional profile. Otherwise, go organic or at least free-range. They’re also incredibly versatile so you’re less likely to get bored for breakfast. Here are a couple of our faves.


=> Find out what our nutritionist suggests for your food essentials



HEALTHY BREAKFAST: GREENS ON TOAST WITH AN EGG OR TWO

The greens can be baby spinach, kale, asparagus or whatever takes your fancy and you have on-hand. Kale and spinach are both ridiculously nutrient-dense and are key to the meal. Give your greens a bit of a wilt if you like (we do). And the eggs? Well, poach ’em, fry ’em, boil ’em, scramble ’em… mix it up!
As far as the toast goes, a nice gluten free loaf with a little something extra. Some seeds to boost the fibre, for instance. If you’re going to be eating bread, you might as well make the most of it. If you’re still eating gluten, I’d definitely recommend a good quality sourdough, possibly from your friendly neighbourhood artisan baker or farmer’s market. Sourdough is fermented slowly and is normally much better tolerated and digested by those with gluten sensitivity. Along with this, if you know who’s baked it, you can find out exactly what’s gone into each loaf (meaning there’s less chance of added ingredients you’ve never heard of).
Next, slice up some fresh tomato. Stack it all up, sprinkle on some turmeric, freshly ground black pepper and you’re hot to trot! Deeee-lish.