Niki’s Chicken Laksa Soup

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

laksaasoup

Hey guys!

Let me take you to Malaysia with my spicy and creamy chicken laksa soup. What I really love about this soup is the simple (and versatile) process but what you get back is a full on taste sensation. There are deep creamy notes from the coconut milk which compliments the punchy chilli and aromatic curry notes. You then get another level of zingy and fresh flavour from the lemongrass and coriander too, it’s just a moreish dish all round and is perfect for a dinner party or just a quick meal for yourself.

 

You can also swap out the chicken for portobello mushrooms (or other mushrooms for that meat like texture, for all you vegetarians/ vegans) or even a soft boiled egg for a lighter option as well. My chicken laksa soup is seriously good for you too as coconut milk is high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both easily burned as fuel by the body (keto friendly). Chillies also add that warming touch as well and don’t worry if you don’t like it spicy, a little goes a long way and you can always deseed and clean the inner flesh of the chili with cold running water to numb the heat further. If this wasn’t enough to tickle your taste buds then the turmeric that’s used in the base is sure to sway you since it has great anti-inflammatory properties and helps diabetes management to name only a couple of benefits.

 

Ingredients:

 

(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

 

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

 

For the laksa base:

 

1 red bird’s eye chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped or ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 thumb sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped

The stalk of 1 lemongrass, bruised and coarsely chopped

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

1 tablespoon of mild madras curry powder

3 shallots, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons of water (filtered)

 

For the soup:

 

2 medium sized organic and grass fed chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized chunks

1 handful of coriander, finely chopped

Some extra chopped red birds eye chilli for garnish

1 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 bay leaf

1 cup of water

1 tin of organic coconut milk

 

From your kitchen:

 

A chopping board

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A few bowls for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A large saucepan (iron skillet, non-toxic)

A large ladle

A food processor

 

Method:

 

Step 1:

 

To start, simply throw in all your laksa base ingredients into the food processor and blitz a few times until a smooth paste forms. The leave this to one side whilst you get on with the soup base.

 

Step 2:

 

The next step is to heat your coconut oil in your pan over a medium high heat and add in your bay leaf and laksa paste. Cook for a few minutes until the lovely aromas waft out into your kitchen and the mixture comes to a full boil. Add your chicken now and cook for a further 5 minutes.

 

Step 3:

 

Then, add in your coconut milk with water and then bring to the boil. Once this happens it’s time to turn the heat down to simmer and keep it covered for around 15 minutes and your laksa soup is thickened and your chicken is cooked through as well.

 

Step 4:

 

Before serving please check for seasoning and then garnish with your chopped chilli and coriander and serve immediately! You can even spoon some over some white rice for a substantial dinner for autumn or winter.

 

 

This light yet creamy soup is super nutritious and filling which can be enjoyed both hot or cold. You can also play around with the different kinds of protein like wild fish and other sustainably caught fish, the choices are endless! This soup also freezes very well and a little goes a long way, give my laksa soup a go and see how delicious and quick it is to make.

 

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/

https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/

Niki’s Raw Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Crispy Bites

nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet

crispysalted

Hey guys!

When I fancy a quick treat that doesn’t require too much time or effort, my salted caramel and dark chocolate crispy bites are just the ticket. Minimal ingredients are needed but with every bite there is a true taste sensation here, sweet and savory notes are being hit with every mouthful. This sweet treat is best had on workout days so your body can refuel again in the best possible way. My crispy bites are also free from refined sugar and you can control the level of sweetness by adding a little less maple syrup if you wish. What’s more, the dark chocolate also gives it that extra dimension of flavour as it complements the salted caramel beautifully.

 

Ingredients:

(use organic/natural ingredients where possible)

Makes around 20 crispy bites

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For crispy squares:

6 cups of organic brown crispy rice

½ cup of organic smooth almond butter

½ cup of organic maple syrup

1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

 

For the raw salted caramel and dark chocolate glaze:

1 tablespoon of smooth almond butter

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

100g of organic dark chocolate (minimum 70%)

From your kitchen:

A large mixing bowl

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A few plates for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A deep brownie dish

A large saucepan

2 small saucepans

 

Method:

Step 1:

 

In your large saucepan, gently heat your smooth almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil on a low heat. Use your silicone spatula or wooden spoon to mix it all together thoroughly. It will start to bubble up, don’t be alarmed but after 1 minute take it off the heat and continue to mix your lovely salted caramel filling.

 

Step 2:

Next, add in your brown crispy rice, one cup at a time, making sure it’s all coated evenly, add your pink Himalayan salt as this stage too. Transfer to your deep square tin dish and let it rest whilst you make your super speedy raw salted caramel and dark chocolate glaze.

 

Step 3:

In your small saucepan, heat up all your smooth almond butter, maple syrup, salt and coconut oil in just the way you did with the coating but let it thicken, this process will take around a couple of minutes. Don’t be alarmed when is bubbles, sure make sure you are constantly mixing the sauce. Transfer to a small bowl to cool down whilst you melt your dark chocolate in another small pan – please do not take your eyes of it as it can burn very quickly!

 

Step 4:

Drizzle over your salted caramel and dark chocolate as desired and refrigerate for about 10-12 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy these sweet treats with a nice cut hot green tea! Yum.

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/healthy-chocolate/

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-almond-butter-compared-peanut-butter-6541.html

About nikibakes

About me

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What is nikibakes? Who’s behind the brand? Well this post aims to answer these questions and hopefully give you more of an insight into my cooking and why I love to share my recipes with you all.

Since a very young age I always found myself in the kitchen. I remember when I was about 6 years old and I would bring out all the pots and pans and would pretend to cook delicious (and sometimes bizarre) soups and stews. My mum encouraged me by getting me fruit and vegetable shaped toys that I would then toss into the pan in later play sessions with lots of water (my mum didn’t enjoy cleaning that up!) and would later ‘host’ my own television show on how to ‘make things in your world.’ It was at this time that I was also getting a little chubbier and would indulge in all sorts of full fat food. I looked forward to coming home from school and watching the likes of Nigella or Jamie Oliver in action whilst I would eat some sort of equally delicious snack and think of my next creation. I became more adventurous and confident in the kitchen, so much so that I blew up the microwave and burned many dishes before my parents would come from home (I failed to hide the evidence so many times too!).

The years went by and I went travelling and working abroad as an English teacher after my studies. It was in these formative two years that I began my blog, nikibakes. Turkey and Cyprus had such beautiful and fresh produce that I began to dedicate all my free time to find the best markets where I could talk to food stall owners and really get a feel for their culture and cuisine. Similar to my Persian roots, I found that Turkish cuisine was hearty, fresh and most importantly: versatile. It was in Cyprus that I really began to gain appreciation for nutritionally tasty food as it was so hot out there that you couldn’t really eat stodgy food and feel good afterwards. So I began to blog weekly from then on and started my weight loss journey too. I joined a gym properly and realised that my passion for food was no longer a habit any longer, it was then that I decided to change my career into something which I was truly passionate about and aligned it my values in life.

I came back to the UK and learnt that I was intolerant to gluten and dairy food. Cutting these food groups of out of my diet was easier than I thought since it was these sorts of dishes that didn’t make me feel so great afterwards. This was another driving force for sharing nikibakes to everyone and why my dishes are gluten/ dairy free and also free from refined sugar. My colleagues at work now often just call me nikibakes since I often give advice to them on how to best create my dishes or what they can cook for dinner that night. Since I wanted to create a warm message that eating good food is good for you both inside and out, my logo was created: an apple shaped heart. I lost 22kg throughout my weight loss journey and now I feel fitter (and leaner!) than I was in my teens. I now feel that it’s my duty to share with the people around me and across the world that eating good food can be fun, tasty and most importantly: nutritious!

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about my dishes or simply want some more inspiration for your next cooking adventure. Remember, fresh organic produce is always preferred in all my recipes along with grass fed meat and natural sources of sugar.

Thanks for reading and Happy Baking!

Niki

Founder and Recipe Creator

Niki’s Broccoli Fritters and Rainbow Rice

2016, Healthy, International, Savoury, Summer, Super Quick

brocooli

Happy August everyone!

With the arrival of the Olympics this summer, I wanted to share one of my favourite picnic dishes. Packed full of colour and taste, my broccoli fritters and rainbow rice is sure to boost your mood and make you feel like you’re dancing in the streets of Rio. What I enjoy most about this recipe is that it’s fuss free and very easy to cook.

 

Of course, at the heart of this dish is the wonderful broccoli. This health hero is native to the Mediterranean – the name comes from the Italian name brocco and the Latin bracchium meaning arm, branch, or shoot. I love broccoli for its high vitamin C content and an unusually strong combination of vitamins A and K. It’s a good source of folate, calcium, iron and potassium, can boost DNA repair in cells and has antioxidant, antiviral and antibiotic properties.

Ingredients:

(use organic/natural ingredients where possible)

Makes 12-14 broccoli fritters

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For the broccoli fritters:

 

2 large organic broccolis, stalks and head, finely chopped or blitzed up

3 large spring onions, finely sliced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

2 large eggs

10 tablespoons of almond flour

1 large handful of freshly chopped coriander and dill

1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

3 tablespoons of ghee

A teaspoon of ground cumin, red chilli flakes and ground coriander

 

For the rainbow rice:

 

1 medium sized squash (butternut or pattipan are good choices)

½ organic red cabbage, finely shredded

½ broccoli, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (Lucy B or Pukka are great choices)

 

From your kitchen:

 

A large mixing bowl

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A chopping board

A food processor (optional)

A few plates for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A large frying pan

A medium pan

A fork

A few sheets of kitchen towel

A slotted spatula

 

 

 

Method:

 

Step 1:

 

In your large mixing bowl, combine your finely chopped broccoli and the rest of the ingredients in one go. Mix with your wooden spoon until a lumpy batter forms.

 

Step 2:

 

Heat your ghee in your large frying pan over a medium high heat. Using two tablespoons, measure out your broccoli fritters and begin frying them (do not overcrowd the pan as this will lower the temperature and will soak up more oil!) for a couple of minutes or until golden brown. Using your slotted spatula transfer each fritter onto a plate which has been lined with a few sheets of kitchen paper, allow to cool slightly.

 

Step 3:

 

Next, heat some coconut oil in your medium pan and simply toss in all your vegetables for your rainbow rice. Turn the heat down, season and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Serve immediately with your fritters and enjoy!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://draxe.com/broccoli-nutrition/

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/getting-most-out-broccoli

 

Niki’s Mango and Redcurrant Ice Cream

2016, Healthy, International, Summer, Sweet

mangoredcurrant

Howdy everyone!

Let’s carry on embracing summer with my easy mango and redcurrant ice cream. You only need a handful ingredients and no ice cream maker is needed. Redcurrants are super good for you, they help in the production of red blood cells whilst mangoes help with maintaining good eye health and feeding the good bacteria in your gut. I love this ice cream because coconut milk stars as the base with a couple of ripe bananas. Thus, this chilled dessert is best eaten in the evenings on workout days. You’ll love the first fruity hit of the mango and then the light hint of creamy coconut at the end. It couldn’t be simpler, read on to find out how to make this yummy ice cream…

All you need to make 1 generous tub (to serve 6-8) is:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total freezing time: 4 hours minimum or overnight

Ingredients:

1 ripe organic mango, peeled and stoned

100g of organic redcurrants, for topping at the end

1 tin of organic coconut milk

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 ripe organic bananas

4 tablespoons of water (at room temperature)

 

For you mango and redcurrant sauce:

½ ripe organic mango, peeled and stoned

2 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of xylitol

 

300 of organic redcurrants washed and ready to go

2 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of xylitol

 

From your kitchen:

 

1 small saucepan

1 wooden spoon

A few teaspoons and tablespoons

A blender

A silicone spatula

1 silicone tub

A knife

A vegetable peeler

A sieve

A small bowl

 

Method:

Step 1:

In your blender add in your coconut milk, water, maple syrup, bananas and mango all at once. Pulse for a few times until the desired smoothness is just right for you. I personally like little bits of fresh mango flesh in my ice cream to show so I only pulse a few times, this is totally up to you though!

Step 2:

Pour your delicious mango ice cream mixture into your silicone tub or mould and place into your freezer for at least 4 hours or even overnight.

Step 3:

To make your mango and redcurrant sauces for the topping of your ice cream you simply need to heat your small saucepan up and add in your chosen fruit first. Add in your xylitol and water and pop the lid on, cook the sauce down for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. I like to pass my redcurrant sauce through a fine sieve so the seeds don’t pass through but again this is your own preference. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve your mango ice cream. Simple!

I absolutely adore this fun and fuss free ice cream even more as you can be so versatile with it too. Blackberries, blackcurrants, pomegranates and raspberries work very well in this dish too if you can’t get a hold of redcurrants. I like to serve my mango ice cream as an open bar for my friends and family to help themselves, it’s interesting to see the different combinations they come up with! My creation includes plenty of redcurrant sauce and chopped up mango pieces…oh and some fresh mint too.

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://draxe.com/mango-nutrition/

https://draxe.com/coconut-milk-nutrition/

Niki’s Smoky Spanish Salmon

2016, Healthy, International, Savoury, Summer, Super Quick

salmon

Hola mis amigos!

Summer is well and truly here guys and what better way to celebrate than with my light and delicious smoky salmon? Sitting on a bed of lightly sautéed spring onions, this superfood dish is packed full of nutrients and flavours.

Spring onions help to reduce cholesterols levels whilst salmon is incredibly wonderful for inflammation, cardiovascular health and upping your vitamin d to name just a few benefits here. What’s great about this dish is that it’s also very quick to prepare and you don’t need to be by the stove for hours on end, no one wants that on a hot summer’s day!

To serve 2 you will need:

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

 

2 tablespoons of grass-fed ghee, butter or organic coconut oil

1/2 tsp of Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp of organic sweet and smoky paprika

2 wild Alaskan sock eye fillets (260g average)

1 tsp of ground coriander

1 tsp of ground cumin

A bunch of organic spring onions

1 small red, chilli deseeded and chopped (optional)

1 small lime, halved or quartered

2 small organic sweet potatoes, chopped into small cubes

 

From your kitchen: 

 

A whisk or fork

A medium sized mixing bowl

A teaspoon and tablespoon

A small frying pan to melt your chosen oil or butter

A plastic spatula

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A chopping board

A serving plate

 

Method: 

Step 1:

Slice your salmon fillets into 2 small portions, seasons with your spices and salt and set aside. Chop up your spring onions as finely as you would like them and season lightly with some Himalayan pink salt, this helps to soften them up for cooking.

Step 2:

Next, heat up your frying pan with your chosen oil over a medium-high heat. Throw in your chopped spring onions and toss in your oil for a couple of minutes or until they’re nice and golden. Place them onto your serving dish and sauté off your sweet potato cubes.

Step 3:

Cook your salmon fillets for a couple of minutes on either side and finish off by squeezing the juice of half a lime just before you wish to serve your fish. Buen apetito!

Happy baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/seven-health-benefits-of-salmon-and-a-vitamin-rich-summer-recipe/

https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/organic-salmon-fillets-pack-of-2

https://draxe.com/top-10-vitamin-k-rich-foods/

http://www.functionalself.com/product/functional-self-coconut-oil/

 

Niki’s Coconut Bread

2016, International, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Sweet

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Happy Friday guys!

Bread. Most of us love it and for those who are gluten free may also miss the occasional slice. Although there are many varieties without gluten they can lack flavour and often have many additives to enhance the flavour.

My coconut bread is quite simply delicious, easy to make and very good for you as well. No bread maker is needed here guys, just a few items from your kitchen and store cupboard. This bread is best made when you have free time as you need to be patient with the baking time, trust me…the result makes up for this. It’s also best to have it in the evenings as a little sweet treat on workout days, this will work better for you in terms of not hiking up your sugar levels in the day.

Coconut has had the limelight for the past couple of years. From coconut butter to its yoghurt and oil, it’s a true superfood when eaten in moderation and in rotation with other good fats. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized in quite a unique way. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

 

To make a 1 small loaf you will need:

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

 

5 pastured eggs, beaten

2 tbsp raw honey (optional, omit if you want a more savoury coconut bread)

1/4 cup of grass-fed ghee, butter or organic coconut oil, melted and cooled

1/2 tsp of Himalayan pink salt

3/4 cup of organic coconut flour

1/4 cup of organic almond flour

 

From your kitchen:

 

A whisk or fork

A medium sized mixing bowl

A small loaf pan, lightly greased

A teaspoon and tablespoon

A small saucepan to melt your chosen oil or butter

A plastic spatula

A wooden spoon

 

Method: 

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 180°C or gas mark 4. In your bowl whisk together the eggs, melted butter or oil, honey and salt until well combined.

Step 2:

Combine your coconut and almond flour slowly with your wooden spoon until no large lumps remain. Spoon the batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes. Apart from the beautiful aroma which will be wafting in your kitchen, you’ll be able to tell when it’s done as it becomes wonderfully golden on top and will be springy in the middle if you push lightly with your index finger.

Step 3:

Remove from the loaf pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing the coconut bread.

I like to serve my coconut bread for a lovely brunch on a Sunday after my workout. I usually go for a variety of toppings. My favourites which are in my photo include crunchy almond butter, raw honey and toasted desiccated coconut with bee pollen, utterly delicious! Hope you enjoy this treat guys, please feel free to share your creations and tag me so I can have a look too. You could also make a savoury version of this coconut bread by omitting the honey completely and adding in some chopped herbs into the mixture and topping it off with some smashed avocado….mmmm, I’m very hungry now! Hope you enjoy creating my easy and delicious coconut bread.

Happy baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

 

https://draxe.com/coconut-flour-nutrition/

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

http://www.pukkaherbs.com/pukka-products/food/coconut-oil/

http://www.sukrin.co.uk/sukrin-organic-coconut-flour-gluten-free-low-carb-high-fibre-produced-from-pure-raw-coconut-great-substitute-for-flour/

http://www.hilltop-honey.com/

Niki’s Sweet Potato and Sage Gnocchi

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury

sweetpotsgnocchi

Mamma Mia!

 

Gnocchi is a real treat all year round guys, this Italian dumpling is typically made from mashed potato, flour and semolina and eaten in much the same way as pasta. My spin on gnocchi is deliciously light and tasty as sweet potatoes replace the regular potato component and instead of flour I have used rice flour which makes gluten free, tender and tasty. Sage is thrown in right before the gnocchi is due to be served which further adds another dimension of freshness and flavour. Sage is great because it contains numerous health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. It also helps to balance hormones and to settle an upset stomach it’s a wonderful herb that is quote underrated. I’ve been growing it in my own garden for the past couple of years and must admit that I overlooked it until very recently, now I really appreciate it and can’t stop singing its praises.

 

My sweet potato gnocchi is one of my more weekend type dishes to try (when you generally have more time on your hands), it doesn’t take 20 minutes but this is the sort of dish that will really impress and you can get your family and friends involved in the preparation process too, it’s really fun! I would suggest having this dish post-workout to really help with repairing your muscles and the comforting good sugars that the sweet potatoes will release into your bloodstream.

 

 

Total time: 1 hour

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

 

To serve 4 you will need:

For the sweet potato gnocchi:

3 medium sized organic sweet potatoes, chopped and boiled/steamed and allowed to cool

5 tablespoons of rice flour (and some extra for dusting and rolling out your gnocchi)

2 teaspoons of Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes

2 pastured egg yolks

 

For the Sage Sauce:

2 tablespoons of melted butter – http://www.kerrygold.co.uk/

2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sage

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt

 

From your kitchen:

A fork

2 pans (one for your sauce and one for poaching the gnocchi)

A wooden spoon

A plastic spatula

A knife

A few plates for letting your gnocchi rest

A few metal spoons

A bowl

A slotted spoon

A serving dish

 

Method:

 

Step 1: Bring your large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. While you wait for the water to heat, make your sweet potato gnocchi. All you need to do is take your fork and mash up your sweet potato and seasoning. Next, add in your egg yolks bit by bit and mix. Mix in your rice flour gradually until it comes together to form a beautiful dough.

 

Step 2: Transfer your dough to a floured work surface and roll out your gnocchi into long snakes. Take your knife and cut 1inch pieces to create your tender gnocchi pieces and set aside on a plate. This process can be quite therapeutic; before you know it you will have a mini mountain of gnocchi. It’s now ready to be cooked.

 

Step 3: Drop the sweet potato gnocchi pieces into the boiling water and allow them to cook until they float to the surface. Remove the floating pieces with a slotted spoon, and keep warm in a serving dish.

 

Step 4: Making the sage butter sauce could not be any simpler or faster. It has such a satisfying smell too. All you need to do it melt you butter over a medium-low heat until the butter starts to bubble slightly. Add in your seasoning and chopped sage and cook for a couple of minutes.

 

Step 5: Lastly, add in your chopped sage and give your sweet potato gnocchi a good toss in the man, making sure every delicious piece is covered in your sauce. Serve immediately with a lovely garden salad.

 

Buon Appetito!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-hormones/ – here is a link for sage and the benefits for hormonal health

 

 

 

 

 

Niki’s Eton Mess

2016, Healthy, Summer, Sweet

etonmess

Hey guys!

My Eton mess is a delightfully tasty and nutritious treat to enjoy this summer…dairy free and free from refined sugar, you’ll be loving how light you’ll feel afterwards! Strawberries are a very high antioxidant food and they’re bursting with vitamin c as well. The coconut milk that I have used in place of the traditional double cream is also rich in beneficial fat content and provides energy for the brain too along with being a natural antibiotic, too.

When I initially planned this dessert I was a little weary of the coconut milk and if it would work but it did because it’s so mellow and mimics the texture of double cream beautifully once whipped. So join me in giving my version a go, I am sure you will love how truly fun it is to make, you can get the kids involved too or for a group activity if throwing a dinner party, it’s a great ice breaker too as the guests can create their our Eton mess if an open bar is created, so laying out all three components with serving glasses and everyone just helping themselves. Xylitol is also used to create the meringue nests so it’s truly free from refined sugar as well, happy days!

To serve 4 you will need:

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For the Strawberry Sauce:

A punnet of organic strawberries, hulled and halved (about 400g)

1 tablespoon of xylitol

2 tablespoons of filtered water

 

For the Cream:

1 can of organic coconut milk http://www.biona.co.uk/product-364-4.html

1 small carton/can of organic coconut cream (refrigerated overnight or for at least 2 hours beforehand)

1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup (refrigerated overnight or for at least 2 hours beforehand) http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Other-ranges/Natural-Sweeteners/Organic/Maple-Syrup

For the Meringues:

4 egg whites (pasture raised)

2 tablespoons of xylitol http://www.totalsweet.co.uk/xylitol.php

 

From your kitchen:

An electric whisk or hand whisk

Three mixing bowls (one for each component of your Eton mess)

4 serving cups/tall glasses

A couple of tablespoons

A plastic spatula

A wooden spoon

A small saucepan

A baking sheet

A silicone baking sheet or baking parchment

 

First of all heat a small saucepan and tip in half the punnet of your strawberries. Heat them gently with your xylitol and water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until a deliciously thick sauce forms, set aside to cool whilst you get your meringues ready.

I have purposefully prepared them at this stage to allow plenty of time for the sauce to cool down completely.  Preheat the oven to gas mark 3/180°C and whip up the egg whites until they’re double in volume, add in your xylitol bit by bit and you will see a smooth and glossy mixture coming together.

Take a tablespoon and spoon them out onto your baking sheet, making small round meringue shapes – try not to make them big as we want them to cook quickly and the smaller they are the quicker this will happen. Bake for about 10 minutes until the meringues have taken on a light golden colour and are soft and squidgy inside. Take them out of your oven and allow to cool completely.

Finally prepare your coconut cream (my favourite part!). Simply take your spatula and scoop out your coconut cream filling and your coconut milk (the top solid part only please, NOT the watery part!) and just gently whisk together with your maple syrup. The most deliciously firm and creamy cream forms guys, its magic! You are now ready to assemble your Eton mess! I particularly love to set out an open bar of all three parts of the Eton mess and let my guests help themselves, I really hope you enjoy this healthy sweet treat guys, best enjoyed in the cool summer evening.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read and try my recipes!

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Developer

 

http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/why-local-fruit-is-the-best-fruit/#QvcxS6GEqHcztZJq.97

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/5-foods-starve-cancer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/11727259/The-nutritional-benefits-of-coconut.html

Niki’s Quinoa Tabbouleh

2016, Healthy, International, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Super Quick

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Hey guys,

Let me whisk you away to the Middle East with my take on the classic tabbouleh. If you love fresh flavours and herby salads then this one is right up your alley guys. As we have been so fortunate with this glorious sunshine, I wanted to show you how quick and easy it is to shake up your next salad by adding some simple yet nutritious ingredients such as organic quinoa, parsley and mint.

Quinoa is a truly magnificent; it is the only seed (not a grain!) which is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids and is gluten free too. What’s more, it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as having wonderfully nutty yet soft texture once cooked. High in magnesium and iron as well, quinoa is quite literally a star when it comes to its nutritional value and I really enjoy having it at least two to three times a week.

Come and see how fun and straightforward it is to create my quinoa tabbouleh guys!

To serve 2 people you will need:

(Prep time: 15 minutes)

(Cooking time: 15 minutes)

(Total time: 30 minutes)

1 cup of organic quinoa, thoroughly washed beforehand http://www.realfoods.co.uk/product/835/organic-quinoa

1 large bunch (about 400g) of organic parsley, finely chopped

1 small handful (about 100g) of organic mint, finely chopped

10 organic cherry tomatoes (halved or quartered)

3 organic spring onions, finely chopped (I recommend Abel and Cole, Riverford or Ocado for all fruit and veg guys)

 

For the tabbouleh dressing:

 

1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/chilli-flakes-steenbergs-30g

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/himalayan-rose-pink-fine-salt-profusion-500g

2 tablespoons of organic avocado oil http://www.olivado.com/products/extra-virgin-oils

The juice of one organic lemon https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/lemons-500g

 

From your kitchen:

 

A mixing bowl

A wooden spoon for mixing

A metal teaspoon and tablespoon for measuring

A serving bowl

A whisk or fork to mix your dressing

A sharp knife

A chopping board

A small pot or deep pan

Some water to cook the quinoa with

A small bowl to create your dressing

 

In your small pot bring your water to the boil and cook your quinoa according to the packet instructions. I generally go by a 1:2 ratio method, that is 1 cup of quinoa to two cups of water but please take care and read the instructions on your packet too. Leave the quinoa aside to cool a bit whilst you chop up all your herbs and half/quarter your washed cherry tomatoes.

 

Whilst the quinoa is warm add in all your herbs, cherry tomatoes and spring onions and you’ll soon be assaulted with the most wonderful savoury smells of the herbs (my favourite part of creating this dish really), toss gently with a spoon and leave to rest.

 

Finally whisk in your lemon juice, avocado oil and seasoning in a small bowl, pour over your quinoa mixture, check for seasoning and mix again, you are now ready to dive into your delicious quinoa tabbouleh! I do hope you enjoy this delicious and nutritious dish guys, perfect to cool you down this summer, if you’re interested, I also have some extra articles on quinoa, just click on the links below.

 

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

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http://www.cabolqui.org/en/news/dr-oz-helps-staff-battle-obesity-granola-quinoa-exercise-mantras/

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/05/the-true-colours-of-quinoa