Posts Tagged With: almonds

Raw Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Almonds

Raw broccoli doesn’t have to be as dry as you might think – a quick marinade will soften the florets, making them much more palatable!

Take the florets off 1 head of broccoli and place in a bowl – try to break them up into the smaller florets as much as possible

Mix the following in a small jar or glass to make the marinade:
~ juice of half a lemon
~ 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
~ 1 tbsp dijon mustard
~ 2-3 tbsp macadamia oil (or olive oil)
~ salt and pepper

Pour the marinade over the broccoli, stiring thoroughly and leave to rest for around half an hour. (N.B. you may not need to use all of the marinade, or you may like more lemon juice)
Add into the bowl of broccoli:
~ a handful of slivered/flaked or chopped almonds (lightly toasted in a dry pan if you like)
~ around 6 rashers of bacon, diced and fried until slightly crispy
~ 1 avocado, diced

The salad doesnt last very well, having avocado in it, but you can prepare the salad with the broccoli, almonds and bacon in advance and then add in the avocado as you require.

img_20160908_194610-01

Advertisements
Categories: Dinner, Healthy, Recipes, Salads | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Rocket Quinoa Salad

Recently I’ve been loving making rocket, pear and parmasan salad,  but I had a couple of pomegranates in the fruit bowl and after reading Alexx Stuart’s recipe for a “powerhouse antioxidant red salad” I came up with the following Red Rocket Quinoa Salad – perfect side for a roast chicken.

rocket quinoa pomegranate beetroot almond avocado salad

Cook the quinoa in some boiling salted water for 10 minutes – I used about 1/3 cup dry quinoa.
While it is cooking, start putting together the rest of the salad:

In a bowl, add each ingredient in the following order, mixing after each addition:
~ 1 pomegranate – bash the seeds and juice out using the back of a spoon (do this first so you can pick out bits of pith that may fall in)
~ handful of rocket
~ a few sprigs of parsley, finely chopped
~ 3 baby beetroots, cut into 8ths (Costco have some vacuum sealed packets which are tasty, quick and easy)
~ drizzle balsamic vinegar (I used a small amount of caramelised strawberry balsamic)
~ squeeze of lemon juice (half of a half)
~ drizzle of olive oil
~ pinch of sea salt
~ add the cooked quinoa

Top the salad with flaked almonds and slices of avocado.

rocket quinoa pomegranate beetroot almond avocado salad 2014-06-14 17.25.41

 

Categories: Dinner, Healthy, Recipes, Salads | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coconut Chocolate Nutty Power Balls

Another quick and easy recipe, using only the food processor and a plate! (I’m all for reducing the washing up!)  This recipe makes about 22 balls, so it’s a great recipe to make at the start of the week, and they keep really well in the fridge.
Original recipe here.

Pulse 1 cup raw almonds in a food processor for a few minutes, they will become fine with a few bigger chunks throughout
Add in 1/4 cup raw cashews and pulse again until mixture is crushed up into small pieces (not a fine meal though!)
Then add in the following:
~ 2 Tbsp coconut milk (I used Tcc brand) or cream (Ayams)
~ 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil (I used Absolute Organics which was $13 for 900ml from Costco)
~ 1 heaped Tbsp organic raw cacao powder (Organic Road is around $8 from Maloney’s Grocer)
~ 1/3 cup shredded coconut
~ 1/4 cup raisins
~ 6 dried dates
~ 2 Tbsp flax seeds (also called linseeds), ground (I used a coffee grinder, but you could alternatively use premade LSA powder)
~ 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Whiz for a few seconds on low/medium, until the mixture starts to clump
You should be able to form a solid ball with the mixture – if it’s a bit dry, add a bit more coconut oil; if it’s a bit wet then add some almond meal/shredded coconut/ground flax seeds/LSA
Roll the balls in some more shredded coconut
Place on a plate in the fridge to set

** You can mix the recipe up by using 1.5 cups of any mixed nuts – walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews
** Swap out the raisins for cranberries or currants
*** Don’t feel compelled to use everything listed above – as long as you have nuts, fruit, coconut oil, coconut cream and cacao it should work just fine!

coconut balls chocolate nuts

Categories: Healthy, Sweet | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lamb with Lentils & Cauliflower

After slow roasting a lamb shoulder for Sunday lunch, there was plenty of leftover meat so I created this easy dish to use up the leftover meat – it’s kind of like a cross between a pilaf and a fattoush!

~ 3/4 cup dry french green lentils – boiled for 20 mins and drained
~ 2 cups cauliflower florets
~ 1/2 tsp cumin
~ 1/2 tsp ground coriander
~ 1 tsp flour
~ 1/2 red onion, sliced and then halved
~ 2 cups leftover lamb shoulder meat, chopped into chunky pieces
~ handful of green beans, cut into 5cm pieces
~ handful almonds, chopped
~ juice of 1 lemon
~ salt & pepper
~ olive oil
~ 2 tomatoes, diced
~ handful of feta, crumbled
~ fresh coriander leaf

Place the cooked lentils in a large bowl with juice of 1/2 lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper
Coat the cauliflower in cumin, coriander & flour and pan fry with a little olive oil, adding water in small amounts as it fries
Place in the bowl with the lentils
Saute the red onion in a pan until soft, then add the lamb meat and green beans
Add the almonds for the final minute or so, then add everything to the bowl with the lentils and cauliflower
Throw in the tomatoes, feta and fresh coriander as well as the juice of the other 1/2 of the lemon
Check seasoning and add salt & pepper if required

Categories: Dinner, Meat, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lamb Pilaf

This is a great one pan, one pot dish if you are feeding the masses! It is packed with flavour and perfect for a cold night.

~ 1/4 small pumpkin, peeled and diced
~ 2 cups chicken stock
~ few saffron threads
~ 1 brown onion, diced
~ 500g lamb mince
~ 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
~ cinnamon quill
~ 1/2 cup sultanas
~ handful green beans, cut in half
~ 3 tomatoes, diced
~ 1/3 cup slivered almonds (or chopped whole ones)

To Serve:
~ greek yoghurt
~ fresh coriander leaf

Roast the pumpkin in the oven for about 20 minutes at 180c
Place the chicken stock and saffron in a medium saucepan/pot turn to medium/high
Heat a large fry pan and sauté the onions until soft
Add the mince and brown, breaking up as you go
(At this point you may like to drain the mixture as it can be quite an oily meat)
Add the cinnamon, rice and sultanas and continue to cook for a few minutes

Add in the chicken stock, which would have come to the boil by now along with the rice
Reduce heat to med/low and cover to cook for around 12 minutes (you may need to add a little more chicken stock/water if the mixture dries out before the rice is cooked)
Towards the end, add in the beans and stir through (they will braise a little in the heat)
Finally add the pumpkin and stir through, then the tomatoes.
Sprinkle over the almonds when in the serving dish.

Serve with greek yoghurt and fresh coriander leaf

Categories: Dinner, Meat, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: