Happy April all!
With the arrival of Spring I wanted to share a fun and delicious way to have your chicken salad. With a few simple spices and techniques you can jazz up this classic dish and make it your own. What I love about this dish is that it can be as hearty or light as you wish, versatility is key in our busy lives afterall. Turmeric is quite simply one of the best spices I have ever used in my cooking and I’m delighted to share all of its benefits with you. From having anti-inflammatory properties to being a punchy antioxidant, I can’t recommend turmeric enough to you. Aside from all the nutritional benefits turmeric contains, it also adds this wonderfully golden tinge to your meats and sauces. Spiralising is also another technique I have come to love because it adds another dimension to cooking. You can get a spiralizer for a very reasonable price nowadays so you can incorporate it into your day to day cooking as it’s also quite a handy tool to have for quick Courgetti too. All you need for my spiralised golden chicken salad is:
For 2 people:
2 free range skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon of black sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons of olive/avocado oil
2 carrots, spiralised
1 beetroot, spiralised
A handful of baby kale
A small handful of alfalfa sprouts
Firstly, heat your shallow pan over a medium high heat and pop in your chicken breasts. Pop in all of your seasoning and turn the heat down. Let the chicken cook for a further 10 minutes with the lid on and then turn the heat off and allow to cool. Then assemble your salad however you wish and making sure your chicken is cold so it doesn’t wilt the baby kale. Finish off with a scattering of your black sesame seeds and enjoy!
Hello my dear readers and happy Wednesday,
Today I would like to share with you one of my all time favourite sweets but with a healthy twist. This sweet treat is packed with antioxidants and the superfood that has captivated all of our hearts: coconut. This superfood is truly a winner in many ways, from aiding digestion to being a good fat; I cannot recommend using it enough in your cooking. All you need to make about 20 small squares is:
1.5 cups of coconut flour
2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
½ cup of coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
For the chocolate topping:
3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
¼ cup of coconut oil
Extra desiccated coconut for decoration
Line your square brownie dish (or deep dish) with greaseproof paper and set aside. In a large bowl missing in the coconut flour, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and maple syrup with a metal spoon until it comes together this will take a minute or two. Pop in the freezer for around 20 minutes. Five minutes before you are due to take out your coconut filling, heat a small pan and melt the coconut oil. Once completely melted, whisk in your maple syrup and cacao powder until a smooth glossy covering comes together. Set aside to cool for a moment and bring out your coconut filling from the freezer. Pour generously over the top and scatter over your desiccated coconut in whatever design you wish. Freeze again for a further 15 minutes and then cut into desired size. Finally…devour them!
Happy baking and thanks for reading!
Fancy a little shake up to your classic beef Bolognese. How about something a little lighter but just as tasty? I have recently discovered a delicious paring: tarragon and turkey. It’s so refreshing and uplifting in flavour. The sauce could not be more straightforward and the main thing to remember here is to please use fresh tarragon.
All you need is:
3 tablespoons of chopped tarragon
400g of organic turkey mince
1 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 red onion, diced finely
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tomatoes, chopped roughly
1 teaspoon of tomato puree
2 tablespoons of avocado oil
1 cup of water
Heat your oil in a medium pan and throw in your onions and garlic, stir for a couple of minutes until softened. Add in your minced turkey and seasoning and brown for 5-10 minutes, grounding the meat with your spatula or wooden spoon. Toss in half of your chopped tarragon and turn the heat down. Next, add in your tomato puree and chopped tomatoes and toss for a further 5-10 minutes. Lastly, add your water and bring to the boil, simmer your Bolognese for 20 minutes and then serve hot with some steamed vegetables. Bellissima!
With the weekend upon us, I wanted to share my super simple and fresh traditional Turkish salad, Kisir. It’s wonderfully crunchy from the pomegranate seeds and cabbage but also hearty and tasty from the soft millet. The sour punch to this Kisir is why I personally love it so much, its just super light and zingy and what’s more, I have every mouthful knowing it’s packed full of antioxidants from the pomegranate too.
All you need is:
¼ purple cabbage, finely shredded
2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon of pomegranate molasses (nar sauce)
1 tablespoon of parsley, finely chopped
The juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper
1.5 cups of millet (or buckwheat)
1 tablespoons of avocado oil or olive oil
All you have to do is simply cook your millet and let it cool. Then, with a fork, fold in the lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and seasoning and mix in gently. Finally, throw in your veggies and parsley and enjoy!
Ciao mi amore,
With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, I wanted to share my smooth, decadent and sweet hazelnut slabs. They are a triple layer slice so this is probably one of my most decadent sweet treats to date. The good news? These slabs are completely gluten free and contain no processed sugar so you can enjoy these with hardly any guilt and know that this treat is actually high in antioxidants from the raw cocoa powder and all that vitamin E from the nuts. Here’s how to make these beauties, enough for about 12 slabs:
For the crunchy nutty layer:
200g of pitted dates
150g of hazelnuts
100g of almonds
1 tsp of coconut oil
For the gooey caramel layer:
220g of pitted dates
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
1 tsp of coconut oil
For the smooth dark chocolate layer:
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
¼ cup of raw cocoa powder
¼ cup of coconut oil, melted
¼ cup of chopped hazelnuts
Of course, no baking is involved here so all make sure you have all the above ingredients to hand and also have a small brownie or deep square dish which has been lined with greaseproof paper. A food processor and plastic spatula is really your two main friends here so make sure you also have these to hand throughout the preparation as well. Firstly, for the crunchy base of your slabs simple whizz up your nuts first and then slowly add in your dates and coconut oil. Smooth out onto your baking dish and freeze for 20 minutes. The caramel layer is probably my favourite part as it’s so utterly gooey and soft, I love biting into this part of the slab especially. After the 20 minutes has finished, you simply need to blitz your dates until they are very smooth and gradually add in your coconut oil and maple syrup, this will literally take 20 seconds. Freeze again for another 10 minutes. Whilst you are waiting for this, you can make the topping by simply melting your coconut oil and gradually whisking in the raw cocoa powder to create the luxurious and smooth chocolate layer. Add in your maple syrup and then finally top off with your chopped hazelnuts, freeze for a final (I promise!) 15 minutes and they will be ready to eat! I hope you enjoy these slabs my lovely readers and remember…I love you all very much. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. All feedback is welcome to feel free to comment on my website here or on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/nikibakes
So it’s still quite chilly outside and with all this wind why not cosy up to my comforting and super easy sweet potato Katsu curry? It couldn’t be more straightforward guys, as long as you have curry powder there’s not much more to it. Best part? It is gluten free as well! Happy days indeed! All you need is:
1-2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp of polenta
2 tbsp medium curry powder
2 tbsp. of cornflour
500ml of water or vegetable stock
1 tbsp of soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 free-range egg, beaten lightly
3-4 tbsp of coconut oil or ghee for shallow frying
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, sliced into ½ inch thick medallions
Japanese rice or the rice you have to hand, pickles and salad to serve
To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté gently for 2 minutes, then throw in the carrots and sweat slowly for a further 10 minutes with the lid on, giving the odd stir, until softened and starting to caramelise. Stir in the curry powder and cook for a minute. Slowly pour in the stock and cornflour until combined and whisk thoroughly whilst doing so. Next add in your soy sauce and bay leaves and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, so the sauce thickens but is still of pouring consistency.
While you are waiting for the sauce to thicken, simply dip your sweet potato medallions in the beaten egg and then dust with the polenta and season it as desired and fry on both sides on a medium heat…4 minutes on each side should do the trick but keep an eye on it as it can burn so very easily! You could also use chicken if you prefer, it is equally as delicious.
Happy Baking guys!
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Festive Greetings to my lovely readers!
Warming ginger…crunchy Pistachios and luxuriously rich melted dark chocolate are the three basic components of my Christmas finger biscuits. I’m sure you will love them just as much as I do. There is nothing but pure goodness here as the sweetener I have used consists only of maple syrup and coconut sugar; I have used buckwheat flour for the base…gluten free galore! It tastes delicious and it won’t leave you feeling so heavy, all you need is:
30g of melted dark chocolate
1 small handful of chopped pistachio nuts
3 teaspoons of ground ginger
250g of buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
50g of melted coconut oil
25g of coconut sugar
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Preheat your over to medium high and simply whisk your coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar in your bowl. Then add in the rest of your ingredients and spread out onto a Swiss baking sheet and bake for no more than 10-15 minutes. Bring out of the oven and cut into your desired shape straight after (before they really harden up!). Melt your dark chocolate and drizzle on top, leave to cool for 30 minutes and you are ready to go.
Merry Christmas my lovely readers!
Love Niki x
Comfort and convenience is what we all crave this time of year, so why not whip up my chunky guacamole? It is creamy, tasty and packed full of vitamin e from the avocadoes. What’s more, this is a perfect dip for the festive season so it’s great if you have last minute guests, they will love the flavours and can enjoy it guilt-free. Read on:
All you need is:
½ a medium red onion, finely diced
1 tsp of fresh red chillies or dried chilli flakes
2 ripe avocados, mashed up roughly
1 small handful of fresh coriander, chopped finely
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped finely
the juice of one lime
a generous splash extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper
Simply have your fork at hand and mash all the ingredients up, it couldn’t be simpler! I have served my chunky guacamole with purple sweet potato chips and some extra fine salsa but you can be as flexible as you like with your dip! Go ahead and enjoy it guys