Basic Bikkies In A Hurry – 2 ways!

So – the food landscape looks pretty different at the moment.

People are panicking, the shelves are bare in many shops and we are all a little unsure about what lies ahead.

Well to start – please take a deep breath. Let’s try to keep calm. Wash your hands well, stay away from others if you’re at all unwell and keep an eye out for reputable updates.

And please – be kind. Be patient and take care of those who are vulnerable or isolated.

It terms of food – let’s get back to basics!

Here are some simple bikkies you can make for lunchboxes or afternoon tea, in a hurry, with your pantry basics. Plus they fit vegans and most food allergies too!

There is a vanilla almond version and a choc muesli version

The basic recipe for both starts with:

  • 125g butter/plant based butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (if you’re a sweet tooth you can boost this to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg OR 1 quantity of egg replacer

Preheat your oven to 180C

Allow the butter to soften to room temperature.

Whisk into the butter the sugar and egg until smooth and well combined.

For the vanilla almond version,Β now add in:

  • 1.5 cups plain flour (OR 1 1/4 cups GF flour and 1 tsp psyllium)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (OR seed meal)*
  • 1.5 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Fold all dry ingredients into the butter mixture until well combined into a stiff dough.

*1/2 cup of roughly crushed cornflakes works well here too.

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For the choc muesli version, now:

Place 1/2 cup rolled oats (OR shredded coconut) and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds into a blender/processor/nutribullet etc and blitz into a coarse flour.

Then, to the butter mix, add:

  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour (OR 1 cup plus a flat tbsp GF flour and 1 tsp psyllium)
  • 1.5 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • the ground oat mix
  • a handful of diced dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, dates, apples all work well)

Fold all dry ingredients into the butter mixture until well combined into a stiff dough.

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For both versions of the bikkies, once you have the stiff dough, use a teaspoon of dough to form small balls.

Lay on a lined baking sheet and press down gently. Leave some room for spreading.

Cook for about 15 minutes, or until well risen and golden. They will be soft to touch when you remove from the oven but will harden as they cool on the tray.

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Each batch makes about 18-20. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to a week

 

 

Simple Mushroom Soup

You already know how much I love soup!

With Mr 11 having just got his braces on, I have had a weekend of making soft food … and soup certainly made the list!

As well as being quick and inexpensive to make, nutritious and filling, allergy friendly and comforting – it is also very kind to sore mouths!

  • 1 tbsp garlic olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 4 medium sticks celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 450g mushrooms (I like portobello)
  • 1 tsp each fresh chopped rosemary and thyme
  • 1 tbsp (40g) tahini (or seed butter to keep it sesame free)
  • 1/2 cup (40g) nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp pink flaked salt
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1.2L boiling water

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Heat oil in a large, heavy based saucepan. Add in finely diced onionΒ  and cook for 2 minutes. Add in finely diced celery and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or starting to soften and get a little colour.

Add in finely diced carrots and combine well. Add in herbs plus salt and pepper, stir well and cook over medium heat for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are golden.

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Slice and add in the mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally for a further 5 minutes until mushroom are reducing and releasing their liquid.

Add the chopped zucchini to the saucepan and then the boiling water. I start with 1.2L and then add more if it’s needed.

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Bring to a gentle and simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for about 25 minutes or until the carrot squashes easily with the back of your stirring spoon. If it still crunchy then you won’t get a smoothly blended soup.

Add in the tahini and nutritional yeast, stir, and then use an immersion stick blender to blend until smooth.

Add in more water and blend again if it is too thick.

Taste test and add a little more salt if required. Serve hot.

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Delicious …. but I just can’t make it pretty!

Serves 6.

If macros are important to you – here are the details per serve:

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Enjoy

J x

Baked Cauliflower, Broccoli, Miso ‘Bread’

I think will be a recipe that divides you!

I adore it and my husband is totally won over (despite the way he looked at me when I first told him about it!). But I think it might be the worst thing he’s ever heard of, according to my dad!

Where will you sit I wonder? Are you game to give it a try?!

Lots of people choose not to eat traditional bread, because they are wary of carbohydrate levels, or their bodies don’t respond well through either allergies or intolerances.

Me? I love bread. I don’t eat it often, but when I do, I relish it! Seeded sourdough rye is my favourite!!! Especially with avo ….yuum!

So why this recipe then? Well I have seen recipes around for wraps or bread sticks or pizza bases using cauliflower (like this one …Β  but too much dairy for us) and you know that I LOVE anything that involves cauliflower!

I love to include a variety of veggies in our meals and since there is more and more information around about the potential benefits of fermented food, I’ve been playing more with Miso paste.

I think it’s quite possible that the outrageous health and healing claims that abound about the miracle properties of fermented food could be over-stretching it! But it does seem likely that there is certainly some health benefit to these foods. Since, due to allergies, cabbage is right out for us (no kimchi or sauerkraut here!), yoghurt and miso are our go-to ferments.

The recipe isn’t going to replace your morning toast but it is a great option if you need a naan bread type option for curries or if you want to change up your lunches a bit.

  • 350g cauliflower
  • 150g broccoli
  • 1/2 cup (20g) Nutritional yeast
  • 40g white miso paste
  • 2 medium eggs

Wash the cauliflower and broccoli and let it drain before patting it dry – you don’t want any extra moisture in this recipe.

Put it in to the food processor/blender/thermo machine and process until fine (Speed 4, 10 seconds, scrape down and repeat)

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Add in the nutritional yeast and miso and process again until the miso is well combined (Speed, 4, 6 seconds)

While the machine is still processing add in the 2 eggs through the top chute and continue to process.

It won’t initially look like enough egg … but keep processing (on Speed 4 or 5) for a little longer – it will come together!

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Spread the mixture out onto a large, lined baking tray. It needs to be even and fairly thin spread – about 3 to 4mm thick. Then place in to a preheated 180C oven

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Cook for about 20 minutes before removing from the oven and gently scoring into 8 pieces – this make it much easier to flip and helps with even cooking.

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Flip the pieces over and return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Until golden brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on tray for 10 minutes.

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Serve warm or cold.

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Our favourite way to eat it is slightly warm, and layered with a bit of tinned salmon or topped with some avocado and tomato. Yum!

If you aren’t using this all straight away, it does not freeze well, but it does keep well in the fridge for a couple of days – place some kitchen paper in the air tight container to help absorb any moisture and then reheat gently.

**If you don’t have a food processor, or similar: Grate the veg as finely as you can, mix the yeast and miso well, then whisk the eggs well before adding in and keep stirring until you bring it all together

If Macros are important to you, here are the details for 1 slice, that is 1/8th of the recipe:

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Enjoy …. and let me know if you were brave enough to try!!

 

J

Chicken Cannellini Casserole

Quick and easy comfort food that is delicious and filling πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

Enough meat to satisfy the carnivore and still enough veg, beans and mushrooms for my preference.

In the spirit of full transparency … Only 1 of my 4 kiddos was happy to eat this one…Β  🀷🀷 ah well. 3 of us loved it and 2 of us are delighted to have some leftover for tomorrow!

  • 700g chicken thigh, skinless
  • 400g field mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic olive oil
  • Medium brown onion
  • 400g tin Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 rounded tsp pure corn flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 2 cups chopped green beans
  • Carrot noodles to serve

Heat the oil in a heavy based pan.

Dice the onion and cook until soft. Add in the mushrooms and thyme. Cook until the mushrooms start to soften.

Remove from pan and set aside.

Add sliced chicken to the hot pan and brown. Then sprinkle in the corn flour, stir and then add the stock and aminos.

Add in the Cannellini beans and return the mushroom mix to the pan.

Mix until evenly combined and bring to a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked through.

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Add in the green beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking … You want them to still have some crunch!

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Serve on a bed of carrot noodles (use a veggie peeler to create the long strips)

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Makes about 5 serves.

Enjoy 😊

P.S – If macros are important to you here are the details for 1 serve (without the carrot)

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Spicy Green Chicken Patties

I live in a house with multiple small boys who are obsessed with both the Marvel universe and body parts …. I won’t tell you what they wanted to call these green balls … you can use your own imagination πŸ˜‰

Whichever cheeky name you choose to call them – they are very yummy and were happily devoured by all 6 of us!

  • 750g chicken thighs (approx 6 thighs), skinless
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes (or 2 fresh garlic cloves, crushed)
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1-2 birdseye chillies (depending on the heat you like)
  • 70g bean shoots
  • 2 tightly packed cups of chopped spinach
  • 50g hemp seeds

Roughly dice the onion.

Place all the the ingredients, except the bean shoots, spinach and seeds in your food processor.

Process until well combined (speed 4, 15 seconds, scrape down and repeat)

Add in the bean shoots, process to combine (speed 4, 10 secs), then add the spinach and repeat.

Start processing again (speed 3) and pour seeds through open top chute.

Process until well combined and smooth.

Scrape mixture out into a bowl, cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight. This helps them to hold together well without the addition of egg or breadcrumbs.

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Using a spoon and damp hands, form patties with the mixture.

Lay on a lined baking tray and spray with a little olive oil before placing into a preheated 200C oven.

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Cook for 30 mins or until golden and cooked through. (I flip them after about 20 minutes)

Makes 20 patties.

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Serve with cucumber and ribbons, topped with sliced avo and drizzled with extra coconut aminos.

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And if macros are important to you – here are the details (per patties – and not with the salad accompaniment):

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Enjoy πŸ™‚

 

 

Egg Wraps

A couple of months ago I saw Dr Michael Mosely’s idea of using what is essentially a very thin spread omelette base to use as a substitute for a grain based wrap.

Pretty cool if you need to avoid gluten (several of us). Or if you need to keep an eye on your carbohydrate intake (Me thanks to PCOS).

Except 1 single egg wasn’t really enough for a meal for my husband or I so, to make a more filling option that gives a decent vegetarian source of protein with your meal … this is how we make ours:

  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • pinch flaked pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian style herbs, or 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • optional: small spray of olive oil

Whisk the eggs together, then add in all the other ingredients and whisk again until well combined and frothy.

If you’re not sure about how non-stick your frying pan is, then give it a little spray of olive oil and set to a medium heat.

Pour in the egg mix and swirl around the pan until it is evenly distributed over the whole base.

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Allow to cook gently for about a minute, then test that the side of the egg are well cooked, slide a spatula underneath to the centre and then flip it over to briefly cook the other side.

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Remove from heat and lay on plate. Eat warm or cold.

Treat it like a normal wheat based wrap – We fill ours with a variety of salad and it keeps us full of ages – plus … it’s really delicious!

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You can make several in advance and store them in the fridge for a couple of days – lay a paper towel between each one for storage.

Enjoy!

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If Macros are important to you … are are the details for just the wrap – you will need to account for your own fillings:

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Enoki Miso Soup … Cheating style!

So … I’m clearly not of Asian descent and I certainly did not grow up eating Miso in any form!

As such, I make absolutely NO claim to this being an even vaguely authentic (or even correct?!) way to make Miso soup πŸ˜†

However, it was delicious, easy, comforting and nutritious so I’m running with it!

Actually, if I’m honest, the first time it wasn’t quite as delicious … I waaaay overdid the chilli and I couldn’t feel my lips 😬 that is fixed now!

If you haven’t used Miso before, it is a rich, fermented soy bean paste with a deep savoury or umami flavour. It is also thought to be a great gut health food, being rich in fibre and high in protein and antioxidants. You can find it in big supermarkets, Asian grocery stores and health food shops.

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To make the soup you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
  • 70g white miso paste
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp dehydrated chilli flakes (check their heat!)
  • 250g Enoki mushrooms (cut their gritty ends off before you weigh them)
  • 4 cups hot veggie stock
  • 6 cups hot water
  • A good handful of diced sugar snap peas, snow peas or green beans per serve

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil, then add in the miso paste, ginger, aminos and chilli.

Cook, stirring for a few minutes until well combined and fragrant.

Add in the mushrooms and stir them through the miso mix so they are well coated. Cook for a further 2 minutes.

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Add in the stock and water then stir well and bring to a gentle simmer.

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Place your fresh, chopped peas or beans in a bowl and top with the very hot soup.

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Serve immediately.

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Serves 4.

I freeze the leftovers of the soup for lunches, but I don’t add the peas or beans to the freezer – they keep their crunch best when you add them in fresh.

Enjoy πŸ™‚