I have a love hate relationship with bread. There’s nothing better than fresh warm bread with a generous smothering of butter over it, toasted cheese sandwiches with soup or a BLT on the weekend. But I don’t love the way it makes my insides feel. You know the bread bloat I’m talking about?
If you are committed to going sugar free or eating clean then you’ll be pleased to know there is a product you can add back into your pantry. It’s a delicious Sweet Balsamic Reduction by Jomeis Fine Food.
The twist to this Sweet Balsamic Reduction is it’s actually sugar free (no cane sugar- they use coconut sugar). It’s also free from artificial colours, flavours, additives and thickeners, gluten and dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, contains no GMOs and there is an organic version too.
This is exactly what I did when Tyrrells sent me a selection of their crisps. Have you tried them yet? You need to. They’re great! My favourite was the English BBQ with the rich smokey flavours. Along with loving them on my grazing platter, I thought they would be perfect served as a side with some Texan style BBQ meat like slow cooked pulled pork. Hmmmm…… yum! I’ll save that recipe for another post 🙂
I love this broccoli salad because it’s not your typical leafy green salad. It’s good to mix it up a bit! All the textures are crunchy an will leave you feeling like you’ve had a substantial meal. And with the hit of pomegranate, add the perfect bit of sweetness. It’s been a winner every time I’ve served it!
This recipes is perfect for anyone who likes
clean eating, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low carb and starch free.
Recently I was sent something new try- Sunburst Table Spread from Nuttelex. I was really interested to give it a try as it’s made with coconut oil (which I’m obsessed with and have written about before) and is palm oil free (our Orangutans friends will be very pleased about this!).
It has some great health benefits…
Contains 50% less salt
70% less saturated fat than butter
GM free, dairy free, gluten free, cholesterol free
And virtually trans-fat free
It is also nut free, corn free egg free soy free and artificial additive free.
And because it has no animal ingredients Sunburst is a great choice for vegans and vegetarians.
Pretty amazing hey!? It’s suitable to use as a table spread (like on sandwiches and toast) but keep in mind the texture is different to margarine or butter. It doesn’t melt in to the toast. But it’s more than just a table spread, it’s perfect for baking, cooking, and frying because of the coconut oil’s melting and smoking point. I decided to bake a delicious treat that was still healthy – a flourless and sugar free lemon and coconut cake.
Aloha (the amazing innovative health company) inspired me to think about a healthy “recipe to pass” to share and enjoy with others. I thought this one would be perfect!
I mentioned recently that I have been playing around with ice cream alternatives that still have that lovely creamy flavour (see here for my raw chocolate and banana with macadamia nut butter ice cream recipe). Which has lead me to my next discovery – avocado ice cream with pistachios and cacao.
I think it’s a really interesting desert to share with others because it’s so unusual. I’m sure not many people would have tried avocado ice cream before. And isn’t great to be able to share something new with people? Offer the unexpected; get them to try something a bit different!
In this warmer weather I’ve been playing around with a few different frozen deserts that make a great substitute for ice cream. As much as I love ice cream, and will still have it on occasion as a treat, it’s great to have some healthier alternatives to choose from too. Store bought ice creams are often full of artificial additives, fillers and fluffing agents. Not to mention a bucket load of sugar!
You don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe as the frozen bananas are key in creating the ice creamy texture – just make sure you take the skin off the bananas before you freeze them (Ever tried peeling a frozen banana skin? Take it from this silly duffa – near impossible!). You could also substitute the macadamia nut butter for another nut butter of your choice. I used macadamia as it adds to the creaminess.
This is the time of year many of us burn the candle at both ends. After a few months in hibernation during the winter months, there now seems to be something social on every weekend. And all that extra socialising can leave your body feeling burnt out and sluggish… I mean who can say no to all those late nights dancing, delicious little canapes and yummy cocktails?
So I thought it would be great to share a green cleansing smoothie with you – trust me your body will thank you for it! Get a few of these into you in-between soirees and you’ll sailing through this party season feeling as fresh as a daisy.
Using fresh herbs in my cooking is a must. There is nothing quiet like that fresh kick of flavour they give, not to mention all the amazing health benefits of fresh herbs (see my recipe for herbal tea for some of the great benefits).
But I do hate the waste when you don’t use up all of the herbs and they end up sitting in the bottom of the fridge getting squashed and yucky. But I have found a great solution to make sure they never go to waste again! Herb butter.
This is such an easy and simple thing to do with your leftover herbs, and you’ll find loads of way to use this yummy herb butter. Like adding it to cooked steak, vegetables, fish or chicken for extra flavour. You’ll be wondering why you hadn’t done this sooner!
I think we’ve all had those nights when the idea of coming up with something interesting for dinner is a struggle. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy cooking especially on the weekend when it’s not so rushed. But sometimes life can get really busy and stressful, particularly during the week. And when I’m feeling like there are not enough hours in the day, the idea of finding a recipe that is healthy, making sure I’ve got all the ingredents and putting it all together is enough to make me have a small melt down!
We’ll let me tell you about brilliant service I’ve come across that will solves all your dinner woes. Dinner Sorted. Yep that’s the name you need to remember.