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