Niki’s Nutty Granola

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

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Hey guys,

Autumn is well and truly upon us and if you are like me you may want something a little sweet to have in the evenings, after dinner or a snack in the day on workout days. I warn you now, my nutty granola is seriosuly addicitive. It’s delicous, light and crunchy and also packed full of vitmains and nutrients. You really can’t go wrong here  and what’s more, you can be quite versatile with this granola. I like to heat some almond milk and have my granola on top, espcially when the chilly mornings roll in but you can have it on its own or as a topping for coconut ice cream (as my brother kindly pointed out) for eaxmple, the options are endless. All you need to make my nutty and grain free granola is:

 

Ingredients:

(Makes roughly 10 standard bowl servings) 

(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

 

1.5 cups of almonds

¼ cup of pumpkin seeds

¼ cup of sunflower seeds

¼ cup of cashew nuts

¼ of hazelnuts

¼ cup of Brazil nuts

20g of chia seeds

½ cup of desiccated coconut

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1/4 cup of maple syrup

½ teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon

 

From your kitchen:

 

A mixing bowl

A rolling pin

A baking tray

A silicone spatula

A couple of teaspoons for measuring

A small saucepan

1 standard cup

A couple of jars for storing

A plastic bag, for bashing the nuts in

 

 

Method:

 

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 or 275°F. Heat your saucepan over a gentle low heat and melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together, set aside to cool.

 

Step 2: 

Combine all your nuts in a plastic bag and use a rolling bin to bash them into rough and small bite size pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle over your salt and cinnamon, mix together with your wooden spoon.

 

Step 3: 

Pour your granola mixture evenly on your baking tray, use your silicone spatuala to aid this. Bake your granola in the middle shelf of your oven for 15-20 minutes and strring it every so often so its browned evenly. Once its nice and golden, leave it to cool before decanting to your jars.

My delcious granola will keep for up to two weeks in a cool dry place so is perfect for making big batches ahead of time. I really hope you give this a go and see how striaghtforward it is. Bursting with mood enhancing properties from the brazil nuts and vitamin e from the almonds, every mouthful is good for you…and tastes bloody brillaint too!

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Happy Baking!

Niki

https://draxe.com/brazil-nuts/

https://draxe.com/maple-syrup-nutrition/

Niki’s Broccoli Fritters and Rainbow Rice

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

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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 Smoky Spanish Salmon

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

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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 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

Niki’s Butternut Squash and Dill Röstis

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Super Quick

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Hey guys,

Do you fancy some delicious and fast Röstis? These are quick to make and will be a firm picnic favourite for you and your family this summer. The humble Röstis from Switzerland are traditionally made with potato and are quite delicious, often containing very few ingredients. My spin on the Röstis contain no potato but the butternut squash give it a nice hearty edge whilst the dill complements and uplift the flavour, delicious and moreish.  Also, the cooking oil used here is coconut oil as opposed to another so your Rösti is full of good fats along with packing a lot of energy, you can also use ghee as well if you prefer.

 

To make about 12 Röstis you will need:

A small/medium organic butternut squash, grated coarsely

1 small bunch of dill, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes and Himalayan salt

½ teaspoon of ground turmeric

3 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (Lucy bee or Pukka is a great one to go for)

2 medium organic eggs

 

 

From your kitchen:

 

A frying pan

A mixing bowl

A wooden spoon for mixing

A metal spoon for measuring

A plate

A couple of squares of kitchen paper

A grater

A sharp knife

 

 

In your mixing bowl use your wooden spoon to combine your grated squash, seasoning, and chopped dill and mix evenly so it’s all evenly distributed in your Rösti mixture. Crack in your eggs, one at a time and mix until well combined. Heat your frying pan over a medium high heat and use your tablespoon to measure out your Röstis. After a couple of minutes your Röstis will start to brown underneath, flip them over gently to avoid splattering yourself and cook for a further 2 minutes, at this point you would want to turn the heat down a bit so the centre cooks through as well. After they’re done place your kitchen towel on your plate pop your Röstis on top to absorb any excess oil. Serve warm or cold, I personally love to have my Röstis paired with my Italian dips! Mmmm.

 

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

Niki’s Crunchy Cod and Butterbean Stew

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Super Quick

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Happy Fish Friday all!

It’s still a bit chilly right?

Spring is certainly taking it’s time to warm up that’s for sure but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some hearty food to warm and nourish your body. My crunchy cod is seriously moreish, I can’t describe how light yet filling it is, paired with soft butter beans, it’s sure to warm your spirits right through.

I have used polenta for my coating as it’s gluten free and actually gives a crisper finish to your fish. My recent trip to Milan inspired me to use polenta as well, it’s such a staple out there but quite underused here. Considering that it’s stocked in most supermarkets now, I would like to show you just how versatile it is. It can be a yummy substitute for mash, cakes, cookies and coatings for meat and fish. You can’t go wrong here guys, this meal won’t leave you feeling the least bit sluggish but rather satisfied and nourished. Butter beans contain a good source of iron, zinc and magnesium as well as providing you with fibre and energy. The prep is minimal which is perfect after a long day in the middle of the week.

All you need is:

(Serves 2)

For the Crunchy Cod:

2 Wild Cod fillets, sliced into medium chunks and patted dry with kitchen towel

2 tablespoons of polenta

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons of grass fed ghee (surthrival or pukka are good choices)/organic avocado oil (olivado is a great one to try)

 

For the Butter Bean Stew:

1 can of organic butter beans, thoroughly washed and drained

1 tablespoon of avocado/olive oil

5 slices of chorizo, diced finely (optional)

1 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika

2 tablespoons of sweetcorn, washed and drained

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 onion, finely diced

1 teaspoon of tomato purée

½ cup of water

2 tablespoons of finely shredded wild garlic (optional)

1 tablespoon of red chilli flakes (optional)

Start by heating your pan over a moderate heat and sweat off your diced onion and garlic clove for a couple of minutes. Once softened, add in your diced chorizo, sweet smoked paprika, sweetcorn and tomato puree and mix in for a further five minutes, turning the heat down.

Add in your butter beans, seasoning and water and bring to the boil. Simmer for at least ten minutes until your stew has thickened.

Whilst that’s happening, you can get your crunchy cod going. In a separate frying pan heat your oil over a medium heat, season your cod fillets and lightly dust with your polenta.

Place it gently but swiftly in your pan and cook on each side for at least 5 minutes (or until the flesh becomes opaque rather than translucent). Once cooked through, remove your cod with a slotted spoon and let the excess oil seep out by placing it on a plate lined with some kitchen paper.

 

You are now ready to assemble your dish (my favourite part!) by pouring a decent ladle full of your stew in a bowl and top with your crunchy cod. I personally love to top mine with some finely shredded wild garlic for that extra savouriness, mmm. This dish is perfect on workout days as well as it’s fully of energy boosting goodness! Hope you enjoy it guys.

Happy Baking!

Niki B

Recipe Creator

Niki’s Italian Dips

2016, Easter, Healthy, International, Savoury, Spring, Summer

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Buonasera!

Fancy a light aperitif? My trio of Italian inspired dips are sure to tickle your taste buds whilst giving you that healthy boost as well. Whilst walking around the streets of Milan in the evening I was pleasantly assaulted with the delicious aromas of small hot plates of food. From colourful rich dips to little cuts of salami, mortadella and of course bianco focaccia/pizza, these aperitifs were a true feast for the eyes. I would like to share my own version based on what saw out there and inject some Italian into your dips!
All you need for the three dips are:
For the basil infused houmous:

1 tablespoon of chopped basil
½ jar of cooked chickpeas, drained and washed
½ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and white pepper
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of tahini paste
1 small garlic clove, crushed
For the orange/red roasted pepper dip:

1 orange/red pepper, chargrilled and roasted
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil
½ jar of cooked chickpeas
½ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and Turkish red chilli flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove, crushed

For the beetroot-thyme houmous:

1 small beetroot cooked and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of finely chopped thyme (dried is okay here too)
½ jar of cooked chickpeas, drained and washed
½ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and white pepper
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of tahini paste
1 small garlic clove, crushed
Simply blitz your chosen dip in a food processor on high pulses for about five minutes or so until ultra-smooth. These dips are best served chilled and last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Buenisimo!

Happy baking!

Niki

Niki’s Chia Pudding

2016, Healthy, Spring, Sweet

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Hey guys,
My super easy chia puddings are packed full of goodness and protein from the chia seeds. The consistency is thick and cream yet there’s no dairy in sight. What’s more, there are only 4 ingredients in this pudding and it’s free from refined sugar, all you need is:

4 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup of almond/oat or rice milk
2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
A handful of mixed berries (be as adventurous as you wish here)

Simply take 4 little pots or two small bowls and place them on a baking tray so it will be easier to pop into the fridge. In a bowl pour in your milk and add your chia seeds. Mix thoroughly until the chia seeds have been completely immersed in the milk. Then add in your maple syrup and spoon into your little bowls. Pop into the fridge for a couple of hours until set and then decorate with your fruit. For the one pictured above I simple mashed two blackberries together with a fork for the sauce and garnished with blueberries and a cheeky drizzle of maple syrup. I hope you enjoy it guys.
Happy Baking!
Niki

Niki’s Kisir

2016, Healthy, International, Spring

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Merhaba!
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!
Happy Baking!
Niki

Niki’s Blood Orange and Pomegranate Cake

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

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Hello my lovely readers,

To warm yourselves up this winter and really up your vitamin c, my blood orange and pomegranate cake is just the ticket. I could literally eat five blood oranges in one go and it wouldn’t be enough, they are so delightfully sweet and sour and they lift my cake right up. When you take a bite, your body will feel that rush of vitamin c flooding your body whilst also luxuriating in the slightly sweet and light base of the cake. It couldn’t be simpler but it’s a true show stopped so I cannot recommend it enough for dinner parties and special events. All you need is:

3 blood oranges, peeled and sliced (1/2 inch thick)

1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup of almond milk 

1/4 cup of olive oil plus extra or greasing

2 eggs 

1/4 cup of maple syrup 

3 tablespoons of coconut sugar 

1 cup of almond flour 

1 teaspoon of baking powder 

1/4 cup of dedicated coconut 

Simply preheat your oven to gas Mark 3 and lightly grease the bottom of your cake tin with some olive oil. Lay your sliced blood oranges side by side until there are hardly any gaps and the whole of your cake tin is lined nicely with your tangy fruit. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds into any small spaces you can find in between the blood oranges. Beat together your oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar for a couple of minutes until the mixture is nicely mixed in together. Add in your eggs, one by one and continue to mix in until well incorporated. Finally, fold in your almond flour an desiccated coconut and alternate with the almond milk to stop  your cake batter from getting too clumpy. Spoon out gently onto your cake and pop into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, checking on it halfway through. You’ll know when the cake is ready as it turns beautifully golden brown and will be slightly springy to the touch. Let it cool for a further 10 minutes before turning it out onto your serving dish. Your cake is now ready! 

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Happy Baking! 

Niki