Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On My Plate....................

Soothing and refreshing plus a bit of fat to take you through to lunch.  Nice to nibble on after the morning rush is over.

Hearty and satisfying is how i would describe these.  They take time but will serve you for a number of days.  A good thing to prepare on the weekend in preparation for the week ahead.  

Real Baked Beans
Serves 6

350gms dried white beans, soaked in water overnight
2 Tbs cold press olive oil
1 brown onions, finely chopped
1 large red capsicum, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tbs ground coriander
11/2 tbs sweet paprika
10 thyme sprigs, plus extra to garnish
3 x 400gms can whole peeled tomatoes
1/4 cup honey
a good dollop of butter (optional)
salt and pepper to season

Wash the pre soaked beans well and allow to drain in colander
Heat oil in pan over a medium - high heat
Add the onion and cook for 5 mins
Add the capsicum, bay leaves, coriander, paprika and thyme and cook, stirring regularly until the capsicum softens
Reduce the heat to medium low and add the tomatoes, squashing them down with a spoon 
 cook slowly for approx 1 hour

Meanwhile place the drained beans in a pot 
Cover with water and bring to a slow simmer for approx 1 hour or until beans are tender

Add the honey and butter to the tomato based sauce and season with salt and pepper to your taste 
Stir in the beans and cook for a further 20 - 25 mins to allow the flavours to develop
Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt or sour cream.

Gluten Free Cranberry Drops
Makes approx 12 biscuits

1/4 cup coconut sugar
100gms organic unsalted butter, softened
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
Beat the sugar and butter together in a stand mixer until fluffy 
Add the egg and continue beating until well combined

1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup dried cranberries + extra for toping biscuits

Combine the above dry ingredients in a bowl and use a hand whisk to mix evenly
Then add to the wet mix
Combine in the stand mixer or with a spatula
Scoop up dough pieces about the size of a twenty cent piece and roll into little balls
Place on a flat baking tray lined with glad bake
Top each ball of dough with a dried cranberry pushing it into the centre to slightly flatten
Bake in a preheated oven for 10 - 12 mins
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool

A bag of carrots, leftover quinoa, two hungry boys, one hungry mum and some pantry staples = Carrot and Chia patties.  I think this recipe could do with some tweaking but  it got me over the line with filling up some hungry tummies fast.  They went nicely alongside some a green salad and made for an easy lunch the following day.  Experiment with these and make it your own.

Carrot and Chia Patties
Makes approx 8 - 10 patties

200gm carrot, grated
75gms quinoa, cooked
40gms parmesan cheese, grated
2 - 4 T  fresh coriander, chopped finely ( i like more)
2 Tbs dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1 heaped Tbs wholegrain mustard
1 tspn chia seeds
lime zest or caviar of 1 finger lime (optional)
salt and pepper to season

Place all of the above ingredients into a bowl and mix lightly to combine

3 eggs, lightly beaten

Add the eggs and mix well
Allow to sit for 10 mins
Preheat a frypan over medium heat
Add a dollop of ghee or choice of oil if needed
Drop spoonfuls of mix into the frypan and cover for 5 - 6 mins before flipping and cooking the other side
Remove and place on a plate 
Cover with foil to keep warm
Repeat with remaining mixture
Serve warm with a side salad

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  1. Anonymous8/3/12

    What a delicious, healthy and nourishing day's food - I need you to do my meal planning! This is really the way we should all eat; so nourishing, healthy and delicious.

    I'm loving the combination of papaya with the crunch of walnuts, and savory beans (I could imagine a little smoked paprika in here, too - so good with beans).

    Can't wait to see and read more from you.

  2. So many delicious meals indeed! I love them all, but want to get started cooking some of that bread, yummo!

  3. Completely scrumptious!

  4. So many wonderful ideas! I'm excited to try the grain free bread.

  5. Anonymous14/3/12

    Loooooooooooved this post!!!


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