This recipe started out as an experiment using chestnut flour from Planet Organic which I was given as a gift from my work colleagues. I was really excited to bake with chestnut flour as I’d been eyeing up alternative flours in the wholefoods aisle for some time now. How things change, this time last year I had no idea what chestnut flour even was and here I am today, ecstatic over flour from a nut.
This vegan Italian tomato and basil sauce recipe is an absolute kitchen staple recipe in my house (well, apartment). I recommend making a big batch of it on the weekend, pop it in an air tight container and keep in the fridge for an easy go to sauce to add to pasta and spaghetti throughout the week. Try adding this sauce to wholegrain spaghetti with steamed tenderstem broccoli and cherry tomatoes.
Happy New Year! Many of you may be starting the year with the intentions to eat healthier, ‘new year, new you’ etc. Others, like myself, may be on the continuous journey to find new ways to consume chocolate. Whichever category you fall in to, these raw chocolate brownie bites are both chocolatey and healthy, with no refined sugars or artificial flavouring.
Did you know that the classic pairing of spaghetti and meatballs ain’t so classic? Traditionally, in Italy, meatballs, or ‘polpettes’ are simply eaten with sauce, cheese and a mixed salad dressed with olive oil. The pairing of spaghetti and meatballs came to be in America in the 1920’s as spaghetti was one of the only Italian pasta’s available at the time. When my Italian mother told me this, I was as shocked as you are and once you pick you jaw up off the ground, I will share my healthy Italian giant meatballs recipe with you.
For many people, Christmas = Turkey. If like me, you are cooking for just yourself and one other, a whole turkey, weighing in at 15 lbs isn’t the most practical or cost effective way to go about things. For me, cooking a turkey crown instead of a whole turkey is the perfect solution. A turkey crown is basically just the breast of the bird and it is much easier and quicker to cook than a whole turkey.
I have recently been working with Bearfaced Groceries who source seasonal produce from local farmers and deliver it straight to your door (kind of like Santa for foodies). They kindly provided me with the turkey crown I used to create this recipe.
Honey Maple Roasted Turkey Crown Ingredients
1 turkey crown (2 kg)
1 large white onion
2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Start by preheating the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and giving the turkey a good rinse.
Next slice the onion and place it in a roasting tray and put the turkey on top.
In a small saucepan, heat the oil, syrup, honey, garlic and about 2 tablespoons of water on low heat, make sure it is mixed well.
Use a brush to cover the turkey.
Once the maple mixture is on the turkey, add the rosemary – it will stick to the turkey because of the mixture you have painted on.
Place in the oven for 1 hour and 40 minutes, once you get to the 1 hour and 20 minute mark, increase the heat to 200 degrees.
Enjoy with creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal greens.
I’m just going to start this off by saying that if it was socially acceptable to drink mulled wine for breakfast, I totally would. With that as background information, I think you can understand my intense disappointment when I realised that most store bought, bottled mulled wine contains added sugars. Don’t feel too bad for me, it took me about 30 seconds to grab the stranger next to me in the wine aisle by the collar and say ‘I’ll just make it myself!’* and I’ve been existing 50% on my sugar free mulled wine recipe ever since.
It is so simple to make mulled wine, all you need is a stove top, some spices and of course, a bottle of red wine.
*NOTE: This is not 100% true, I was actually in the checkout line.
Sugar Free Mulled Wine Recipe – Ingredients – Serves 4 (or just you, I ain’t here to judge)
1 Bottle of red wine
3 Bay leaves (supplied by Bearfaced Groceries)
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 Teaspoon of cloves
1/3 Teaspoon of grated nutmeg, for good measure
Pour the wine into a small pot.
Add the bay leaves and spices.
Cover the pot with a lid and leave to simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Enjoy with cheese, on the bus on the way to work (what – who said that) or with sugar free gingerbread cookies
Rumour has it Santa has really stacked on the ol’ lbs recently and Mrs Claus has him on a pretty strict diet. Lucky for Mr S. I have created a refined sugar free gingerbread cookie recipe that both he and his reindeer can enjoy without guilt – or Mrs. Claus nagging him, but that’s a whole different story.
If you’re anything like me, you see gorgeous looking fruit at the market which you just have to buy and before you know it, you’ve got excessive amounts of fruit, threatening to expire, unused and unloved. Due to this, I often find myself staring into the fridge, thinking what the heck am I going to do with these damn bananas?! Well, the freezer can only handle so many frozen bananas so I have taken to making this healthy, refined sugar free protein packed banana bread.