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 Raw Raspberry and Lemon Cheesecake Slices

2016, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Sweet

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

I want to help you transition into the sweet life the right way…do you want to feel guilty after every sweet treat? Bloated? Tired? Hungry for another bite even? I used to feel like this all the time after my desserts until I found the natural way to sweeten them up. Incorporating gluten, dairy and processed sugar free food into desserts really couldn’t be simpler, dare I say it even tastes better, you get that sweet hit but you feel satisfied yet light at the same time. I have used xylitol and maple syrup as my sweeteners here, both of which are natural, easily digestible in the body and come from sustainable plant sources. My creamy filling comes from coconut cream and soaked cashews….I can’t describe how velvety and smooth it is and paired with the crumbly almond flour and crushed pecan base, you’ll savour every bite guys.

 

Containing more vitamin c than oranges, raspberries are packed full of potassium, calcium and vitamin a. Did you know that in the Philippines if you hang a raspberry came from the outside of your house, evil spirits are supposed to be deterred? It’s a seriously powerful fruit and with the help of the lemon, it cuts through the richness of my coconut cream filling beautifully.

 

Soaked cashews nuts also make a strong feature in my raspberry and lemon cheesecake slices. Aside from giving an ultra smoothness and thickness to your filling, soaked nuts are very good for your health long term as they help with the absorption of nutrients to your body and removes all toxins that could be harbouring in the nuts themselves.

 

All you need is:

 

For 8 slices you will need:

 

For the raspberry layer:

 

1 punnet of raspberries plus a few extra for decoration

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

 

For the coconut cream layer:

 

2/3 of a can of coconut cream (not the watery part)

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 level tablespoons of xylitol

The juice of a lemon

200g of soaked cashews (overnight or at least 2 hours beforehand)

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

 

For the crumbly nutty base:

 

200g of pecans, soaked (overnight or at least 2 hours beforehand) and dried and chopped roughly

1 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted plus extra for greasing

The zest of 1 lemon

 

In your round deep tin, lightly grease the base and sides of your dish and set aside. In a food processor combine all your base ingredients and pulse a few times. Using your hands, press your filling tightly down and even it out the best you can with the palm of your hand. Place in the fridge whilst you start your coconut cream layer.

 

Clean the bowl of your food processor and cream all the contents needed for your delicious middle layer (this will take a good few pulses before you get a smooth consistency so please stick with it). Pour half the mixture gently over your cheesecake base and place in the freezer for a further 20 minutes.

 

Finally blitz the remaining half of your creamy mixture with your raspberries and maple syrup, top your cheesecake up with the final layer and place in the freezer for at least one hour before serving. Use a knife that’s been placed in a cup of boiling water to help cut your slices evenly and garnish with your fruit, simple and delicious!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator