Jam drops

Jam Drops

Do you remember these from your childhood? I def do but I was never really a fan. Not sure why, but since I love my husband very much and he misses them from his childhood, I decided to continue to be a good wife (cough cough! lol) and I dedicated time to make them.
Now? I am addicted! OMG so good and so super healthy for you.
I got this recipe from My Food Religion but am obsessed with Tiger Nut Flour at the moment, which, unlike the name, it’s not a nut (great for lunch boxes) and it’s gluten free. Win Win.
It’s also packed with magnesium which at the moment in my life (I have a 3 year old who is learning to push boundaries) I need more of this stuff in my life right now 🙂
 Servings 12

Ingredients

Jam

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • Optional- 2 tbs collagen powder
  • Optional- 1 tbs honey or sweetener of choice if you want it sweeter.

Cookies

  • 2 cups tiger nut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 tbs honey (or maple syrup/sweetener of your choice) start with 2 and adjust to your sweetness preference
  • 1/3 cup melted butter/coconut oil or ghee
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 170C fan forced.
  2. Mix all the jam ingredients together and set aside to allow the chia to swell for at least 20 mins.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Then mix all the dough ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Roll the dough into small balls then flatten slightly on the baking tray to the size you want your biscuit to be. Make an indent with your thumb for the jam and pop a tsp of jam inside each one.
  5. Bake for 15 mins until golden on the edges. Remove from the oven. Now this part is IMPORTANT. Allow to cool for 20 mins before moving the cookies or they will fall apart! Once cooled, dig in.
  6. These can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days of the freezer for up to 3 months.

Chocolate cookies

These cookies are based on green banana flour. And if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a must! Based on green bananas (hence the name!) they are packed with loads of potassium which helps the nervous system and enhances muscle strength. It’s also gluten free which is great for kids lunch boxes. You can get it from your local health store or supermarket.

These cookies are also really low in sugar, and if you want to leave the rice malt syrup out all together they will still work fine.

 

Ingredients:

2/3 cup green banana flour

1.5 tbsp raw cocao powder

1 tsp vanilla powder

1/2 tsp baking powder gluten free

3 tbsp rice malt syrup – optional and reduce if want it less sweet

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp nut butter – I used cashew butter

2 tbsp coconut water – option to use normal water

 

Method:

In bowl combine dry ingredients

Gently melt coconut oil, nut butter and syrup in a pan

Combine dry and wet ingredients together

Spoon portions of the cookie dough onto a lined tray, then flatten

Cool for 18-20 minutes, be careful not to burn

 

You will love these as a nice sweet treat after dinner

Enjoy

J

 

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Sweet potato cookies

Blueberry omelette

Separating the eggs for this one is a life changer.

I am a lazy cook so separating the eggs seemed out of my reach but trust me, it’s totally worth it.

 

Ingredients:

3 eggs – separated

Handful of blueberries or strawberries or whatever berries you like

Knob of Butter or coconut oil

Rice malt syrup – optional

Yogurt to serve

 

Method:

Separate the eggs and whisk like crazy. The add the syrup to the yolk and mix well. Heat the butter or oil in the pan then add the whites and yolks together. Mix well. Throw in your handful of berries and then cook. It won’t take long.

Serve with yogurt.

Perfect for the lazy cook 🙂 LOL

 

The mash that has changed my life

Parsnip & cauliflower mash

 

I can get a little stuck with the same same steamed veg at night and while I am experimenting with veg for my 8 month old, I had her eating parsnip and thought it was only fair I should  vary my veg intake.

So i took to the parsnip and cauliflower and steamed them up. Then made mash. My god. I have now had it for 3 meals in a row. I am I N  L O V E

 

What to do:

Steam parsnip and cauliflower

Blend well with some butter and salt and pepper

(Note: If you have slightly more cauli, then it will taste a little more like cauliflower and vise versa)

Roasted garlic would also go well with this mixed in.

I have been enjoying this with my massman curry but this baby will go with anything.

Lay in on your plate as a bed for your protein.

 

Enjoy!

One pot chicken massman curry

I am all about easy meals, and this one is all done in my slow cooker, which means I chuck it on in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. Love it! You could use lamb or beef for this one. I serve it with steamed veg or parsnip cauliflower mash, but go your hardest with your choice of sides.

 

The Ayam curry paste has only the ingredients you need, not all the added stuff

And when choosing coconut cream, choose the cream not the milk because it you want it watered down a little, add some water, don’t pay for watered down cream 🙂 I use the Ayam brand for this as well because it only has coconut cream in it, unlike the Macro brand I accidentally brought which as a thickener added ….. organic thickener but who needs crap added when … no you don’t that’s right.

 

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

1/3 jar of Ayam massman curry paste

1 can coconut cream

1 cup water

1kg chicken thigh (cut in half)

salt & pepper

splash of Cocomino original – coconut amino sauce

 

Method

Put everything in the slow cooker at breakfast or lunch time (depending how you want your meat at the end of the cook – all separated or still in some pieces), put on high and away it goes!

 

Three seed choc bars

This is a must try! And we warned … they are hard to resist. If you need to make them GF, just swap out the oats for quinoa flakes of GF oats. There is something about this slice that makes is simply perfect. Arvo snack, after dinner with a cuppa, it is perfect anytime.

  • ⅓ CUP (35G) RAW CACAO POWDER
  • 1 CUP (160G) PEPITAS (PUMPKIN SEEDS)
  • 1 CUP (160G) SUNFLOWER SEEDS
  • 1 CUP (120G) ROLLED OATS
  • ¼ CUP (50G) BLACK CHIA SEEDS
  • 10 FRESH DATES (150G), PITTED AND ROUGHLY CHOPPED
  • ¾ CUP (180ML) RICE MALT SYRUP
  • 2 TABLESPOONS COCONUT OIL

METHOD

  1. Lightly grease a 20cm x 20cm slice tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the cacao, pepitas, sunflower seeds, oats, chia and date in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Place the syrup and coconut oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Cook, whisking, for 4 minutes or until bubbling. Working quickly, add the cacao mixture and stir to combine. Pour into the tin and press down firmly, smoothing with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Cut into squares. Refrigerate for 1 minute or until the chocolate has set.
    Makes 16 squares.

Tip: Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

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Banana Cookies

Watch out! These are highly addictive!

Donna Hay really does know her way around a kitchen doesn’t she? This simple and super healthy snack is perfect for on the go, the kids, or something sweet with a cuppa after dinner. Need to swap out the nuts? Cool. You could use coconut flour instead, just remember you will need a little more moister and a little less flour. The ratios are about 1 cup almond meal to 1/4 cup coconut flour.

 

1 cup mashed banana (about 3)

2 cups almond meal

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup demerara sugar

 

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Mix banana, almond meal, maple syrup and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl.

Place the sugar and remaining cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Roll tablespoons of the banana mixture into balls, flatten slightly and gently toss in the sugar mixture to coat.

Place on baking trays lined with non stick paper and make 35- 40 mins.

Allow to cool

 

EAT!!! And try and stop at one  LOL

 

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Roasted eggplant with date syrup

This is a must try. Perfect as a meal, or a side and suits the vegetarians in the room. The perfect combo of the sweet with the savoury goes like two peas in a pod. it’s super easy. You could chuck it in the oven when you get home from work then get the kids ready and bam! Healthy dinner done. It would go perfect with chicken or salmon. Looking for less dishes at the end of a long day? Throw the salmon in about 10 min before the eggplant is ready on the same cooking tray.

 

1 large eggplant

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp date syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp pomegranate arils

1/8 cup roughly chopped mint leaves

1/4 cup parsley chopped

2 tsp zaatar (or dukkah)

Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Slice eggplant in half and score. Later in olive oil then rub in with salt and pepper. Drizzle the date syrup and rub in again.

Roast for about 40 min.

Then drizzle both with tahini and scatter the pomegranate over the top. Along with the parsley and mint. Sprinkle the zaatar and wayla!! Eat!

 

Enjoy

J

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Would you buy it if it was full price?

Somehow you have ingested a chocolate bar that you just brought at the supermarket, and it’s almost dinner time. Were you even hungry for it? Were you craving chocolate? Can’t remember. How did this happen? And why?

 

Let’s back track. You were shopping for dinner after work and you were going along perfectly fine with the protein, green veg, quinoa and some herbs all in the basket and then suddenly this picnic bar jumps out at you 50% OFF! That’s a saving of $1.25. I am saving money, ok I will do it.  BAM they got you.

 

Supermarkets are smart. They know how to trick us. Place unhealthy items at the end of the isle just as we are about to finalise our shopping, and these temptations are put in front of us everywhere!  Not once have I seen a banana at the checkouts. And let’s face it, we probably never will -L

 

So I ask you, would you have purchased this chocolate bar if the sign was not a specials sign, but rather just the normal price? Or better still, in its normal chocolate isle and not in front of the checkout? Probably not.

 

So how do we avoid this?

 

There are a couple of tactics I like to share to help people avoid having to make these decisions:

  • Online shopping. You can create your shopping list as you need things, and then just collect when you are ready. No need to enter the shop, no need to walk past all of their temptations.

 

  • Avoid shopping when you are hungry. It’s just way too hard to make all of the right decisions when you are starving because you missed lunch because you were too busy.

 

  • Practice walking past and NOT making the purchase when you are feeling really strong. Like just after a workout when you are empowered by the endorphins. Or when you are wearing a really tight dress. Or when you are on a first date. (Are you going to the supermarket on your first date??? )

 

Over time, you will avoid the temptations, if you want to of course, and not put an extra $1.25 into Cadbury’s bank account, but rather choose the banana in the fruit section.

 

I am never going to condone you eating a chocolate bar, everything in moderation. But I just want you to be sure you are eating it because you want to rather than because you think you are saving money -J