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Almond Pulp Power Balls

The best thing about home made almond milk is the fact that you are left with the pulp that can then be used for something else. Almonds, being a great source of protein and good fats, make for an excellent treat and therefore are a great 'go to' snack when you are experiencing those sugar and hunger cravings.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond pulp
8 medjool dates, pitted
½ cup smooth peanut butter
pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon raw cacao (for rolling)
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (for rolling)

Method:

Place pulp, dates, peanut butter and salt in a high speed blender and process until well combined.

Combine the cacao and coconut on a plate. Using damp hands, shape mixture into balls and roll in the coating.

Best stored in a well-sealed container in the fridge.

Makes 16 balls

Grain-Free Nut-Free Choc Chip Biscuits

I am always looking to make new creations for my kids that are school friendly and therefore need to be nut free. I have been experimenting a lot with quinoa flour and finally I have created a recipe that BOTH my kids like (even the one that doesn't like banana....). These biscuits are sweetened mostly by a ripe banana and a little maple syrup, which you can eliminate if you like. They are packed with protein and are a fabulous snack. Winning all around!

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa flour
¾ cup quinoa flakes
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup sweet cacao nibs

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, quinoa flakes, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your eggs and melted oil. Add the mashed banana and maple syrup ensuring that it is all well combined.

Add your liquid ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Gently fold in the cacao nibs.

Place a spoonful of the mixture onto your prepared tray and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack.

Store in a well-sealed container for 5 days.

Makes 10-12 biscuits

Sweet Coconut Balls

I find that many of the protein power ball recipes involve nuts which eliminates me being able to send them to school with my kids. This is why I have created these balls that are based around coconut which not only provides a nice hint of sweetness but also gives you a good source of fat that will satisfy those cravings you may experience during the day.

Ingredients:

2 cups flaked coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons sweet cacao nibs
2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup goji berries
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Method:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender / food processor for approximately 30 seconds until the mixture is well combined.

Using slightly wet hands (or gloves) carefully roll mixture into balls. Mixture will be soft and delicate. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to set.

Makes 10 balls

BBQ Parsley Fish

Warmer days are fast approaching so it's time to wipe off the cobwebs from your barbecue and get cooking! Here's a really simple, fresh recipe to get you going. The fish absorbs the beautiful flavours of the parsley dressing which goes so nicely with the charring of the barbecue.

Ingredients:

2 x 180g firm white fish fillets (I like to use Blue Grenadier)

Parsley Dressing:
½ bunch fresh parsley
½-1 lemon juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of sea salt.

Method:

Turn on your barbecue to heat it up.

Make the parsley dressing by placing all ingredients, starting with only the juice of a ½ lemon, in a food processor and blend until it is well combined. You want the mixture to be slightly runny so you may need to add the juice of other ½ of the lemon.

Prepare 2 separate pieces of aluminium foil with a smaller piece of parchment paper inside. Place the fish on the parchment paper and top each fillet with 2 tablespoons of the parsley dressing. Spread the dressing so that it covers the entire fish. Wrap the ends of the aluminium foil so that the fish is enclosed.

Cook on the barbecue for 20 minutes, turning them once half way. Remove from the barbecue, unwrap and serve with a beautiful fresh salad and some extra lemon.

Note, this can be prepared in the oven as well by baking for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees.

Serves 2

Immune Booster Smoothie

It seems to be that with the change in weather there are many colds and viruses floating around. Keeping your immunity at it's optimum is going to be extremely important to ensure that you don't get struck down. Eating lots of real, fresh produce will ensure that you are going to get optimum nutrients and then supporting it with The Healthy Chef's Natural Immune Support, which is as easy as adding a teaspoon to your smoothie, will give you the extra boost your immunity requires.

Ingredients:

¼ cup walnuts
1 frozen banana, chopped
½ cup papaya, chopped
1 serve Healthy Chef Vanilla Pea Protein
1 teaspoon Healthy Chef Natural Immune Support
1 cup coconut water

Method:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 60 sec until smooth and creamy. Pour into glass and enjoy.

Serves 1

Broadbean Hummus Dip

Hummus is always a staple in our fridge but it doesn't always have to be chickpea based. This version is made from fresh broadbeans and is a delicious alternative to your traditional dip whilst still providing you with lots of protein. It is great to have as a snack with veggies, as a spread in your wrap or simply add a dollop to your salad.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen broadbeans
2 tablespoons unhulled tahini
½ lemon juiced
½ cup water reserved from cooking broadbeans
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch sea salt

Method:

First prepare the broadbeans by placing them into a pot of salted boiling water. Return the water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and allow the beans to simmer for 4-5 minutes. Drain the beans, reserving ½ cup of the water to be used later.

Place the beans and all other ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

You may wish to adjust the seasoning as per your taste

Makes 1 cup

Berry Nut Puff Slice

With just 10 ingredients, and five easy steps, you can have your own 'mock' rocky road made and ready to eat in just over 30 minutes. The kids will love the chocolately sweet taste, and you'll love the fact that there's no added processed sugar! Everyone wins!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup raw cacao powder
5 Medjool dates, pitted
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup mixed nuts (or seeds)
¼ cup shredded coconut (plus extra for topping)
¼ cup goji berries (plus extra for topping)
½ cup puffed quinoa

Method:

Prepare a 9cm x 9cm baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine nuts, coconut, berries and quinoa.

In a blender, mix together the melted coconut oil, cacao, dates, salt, cinnamon and vanilla until it is a smooth consistency. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Sprinkle with extra coconut and goji berries.

Pour mixture into prepared tray and place in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into slices and serve. Keeps well in a well sealed glass container in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Makes 12 squares

Middle Eastern Shakshuka

This dish is a trip down memory lane for me. The delicious aroma of the spices cooking off when preparing this dish definitely reminds me of the fabulous food I ate whilst visiting Israel a couple of years ago. It's a very quick and easy dish to prepare and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 red capsicum, seeded and diced
1 yellow capsicum, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mingle ‘Sofia’ spicy seasoning or pinch chilli flakes
salt and pepper to taste
3 truss tomatoes, diced
½ cup tomato passata
4 eggs
Fresh coriander (optional for garnish)
Pinch sumac (optional for garnish)

Method:

Heat a pan (that has a lid) on the stove with olive oil on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and capsicums and sauté for 5-8 minutes until the vegetables are soft and tender. Add the seasonings and mix to combine.

Add the tomatoes and stir for a couple of minutes until they are soft. Add the passata and mix so that all vegetables are well covered. Bring sauce to a simmer.

Crack the eggs one at a time on top of all the vegetables. Place the lid and allow to simmer for 5 minutes until the eggs have been cooked.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and sumac. Serve with a side salad.

Serves 2

Honey Tahini Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by seeing the bees on the beautiful flowers in this photo. Raw honey is packed with over 80 substances important to human nutrition. Most processed honey today has been filtered, heated and stripped of it's nutritional value, therefore raw honey is the best one to use. You will find this smoothie to be quite sweet in taste and creamy in texture thanks to the tahini. It has the perfect balance of protein, good fats and fibre.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana, chopped
2 tablespoons hulled tahini
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cashew milk

Method:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 60 sec until smooth and creamy. Pour into glass and enjoy.

Serves 1

Veggie Packed Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets is an all time favourite dinner for kids (& adults). Here is a version that has 4 different veggies added to it and will make this meal extremely wholesome for everyone. They have that beautiful crispiness and crunch from the panko crumb coating. Mix and match whatever veggies your kids enjoy!

Ingredients:

500g chicken mince
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
¼ cauliflower, cut into florets
½ broccoli, cut into florets
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sweet paprika

Coating
½ cup brown rice flour
1 egg + 2 tablespoons water
1 cup panko crumbs
seasoning (I used 1 tablespoon Mingle Garlic & Herb seasoning)

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Line tray with baking paper and set aside.

Place rice flour in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl lightly whisk egg and water together and set aside.

On a plate, combine panko crumbs and seasoning and set aside.

Place the cauliflower and broccoli into high speed blender and process for a few seconds until it is cut into fine pieces.

Place chicken mince, all vegetables, garlic powder and paprika in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Shape 2 tablespoons of the mince mixture into nugget shapes. Coat it in the rice flour, then dip into egg wash, making sure all sides are covered. Toss them gently in the panko crumbs so that they are well coated. Bake for 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes.

Serves 4-6