Haloumi With Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce And Sweet Roasted Tomatoes And Courgettes!

Delicious Delight

BLISS!



Who needs an English muffin when you can have roasted tomatoes with salty haloumi as a base for the perfect poached eggs?

Ingredients:

Vine tomatoes, rosa or cherry, I used Romanita (4 tomatoes) cut in half lengthwise

2 baby courgettes ( use a peeler to shave courgettes)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or 5 fresh sprigs of thyme

Salt to taste

freshly cracked black pepper

1 haloumi burger

2 poached eggs

mock hollandaise sauce ( please refer to previous recipe on how to prepare hollandaise sauce)

chives for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Add olive oil to a skillet , now add tomatoes, oregano or thyme, salt, black pepper, sautee on a medium flame for roughly 3-5 minutes, then toss in the courgettes, cook for another 3 minutes or until tender, make sure not to overcook them!
  2. Prepare poached eggs ( refer to previous recipe on how to poach eggs)
  3. Add some olive oil to a pan and sear haloumi burger until golden brown on both sides, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side and then transfer to a dinner plate
  4. Time to assemble ingredients, layer haloumi with sauteed vegetables, poached eggs and spoonfuls of hollandaise sauce…yum!
  5. Season with black pepper and a dash of paprika
  6. Garnish with chives
  7. Delightful!

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Light and Blessings
Nichola



































Smoked Salmon With Poached Egg And Mock Hollandaise Sauce On Sweet Potato Waffle

Nutritious And Healthy!

Savour The Flavour Of Every Morsel!

Why not turn your everyday breakfast into an elegant brunch with this delicious sweet potato waffle, poached egg , hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon!

I think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not only does it kick-start your metabolism but it also helps you to burn calories throughout your day. It boosts energy levels to get things done and it also helps you to focus at work or at school. These are just some of the reasons why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many studies have shown that eating breakfast is associated with good health; improves memory and concentration, reduces “bad” LDL cholestrol, as well as lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and weight-gain . Many individuals tend to skip the a.m meal ,make no mistake, your body needs fuel from food or you could feel zapped of energy and you are most likely to overeat in the course of the day and tend to snack on high-fat, high-sugar foods.

Breakfast is no doubt, a wonderful occasion to eat together as a family whenever possible. It is important to have good breakfast habits in childhood and maintain these habits throughout adolescence which plays a vital role in reducing the ubiquity of skipping breakfast and acquiring excellent eating habits that will last all your born days!

So why not shake-up your morning with breakfast…

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 6 minutes Total Time 36 minutes

Ingredients

For The Mock Hollandaise Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1tsp lemon juice

1tsp dijon mustard

1/4 tsp ground paprika

1 dash hot pepper sauce

Directions: Whisk all the ingredients together in a saucepan over a medium flame until warmed through , for about 2-3 minutes.

For The Sweet Potato Waffles

1 pound sweet potatoes

1 whole egg

1 1/4 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup wholewheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For The Poached Eggs

water for poaching the eggs

2 large eggs

2 tbsp white vinegar

For The Sweet Potato Waffle

  1. Preheat waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Peel sweet potato and cut into cubes, place in a steamer until soft and tender. Mash sweet potato , using a fork and allow to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, add milk and stir in the cooled mash.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder and slowly add into the sweet potato mixture , to make a smooth batter.
  5. Use a non-stick spray for waffle maker, spoon batter onto the plates according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Cook until golden on both sides.
  6. While the waffles are being cooked:

For The Poached Eggs:
1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and reduce heat to simmering. Add vinegar.

2. Crack the eggs into individual small bowls. Carefully, tip egg into water, one at a time. Allow, the eggs to cook for about 3-4 minutes or depending on your personal choice.

To Assemble:

While the eggs are being poached, remove waffles. Place 2-3 ribbons of salmon on top of each waffle, layer with slices of avocado.

Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and blot with kitchen paper to remove excess water. Place egg on top of salmon and avocado.

You can also add a dab of capers to this dish with steamed asparagus on the side.

Spoon hollandaise sauce on top of the egg and garnish with chopped chives.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Homemade Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Making your very own vegan cheese!

Homemade!








Vegan Parmesan cheese is no doubt healthier than the traditional one, it is super quick and ready in just 5 minutes, with only 4 ingredients to prepare it. Making your own cheese is just awesome and you would definitely want to keep a batch in your refrigerator, to sprinkle on everything, just delicious! I sprinkle it on rice dishes, pasta, potato dishes, on salads, veggies and whatever else I can think of!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted raw cashew nuts

4 tbsp brewer’s or nutritional yeast flakes ( I used nutritional yeast flakes)

1 tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Grind all the ingredients in a food processor or a grinder until well combined.

Notes

You could also use other nuts like, walnuts or almonds but I prefer using cashews , they have a more neutral flavour!

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Nichola

Nourishing Red Dates Tea With Goji Berries

Oh She Glows!

Sip All Day!

Chinese red date (jujube) is quite popular in Chinese cuisine. It is used as  a health tonic as well as traditional herb which is believed to improve qi (energy) and blood for the body. Unfortunately, the Western world does not know much about the health benefits of red dates, as it strengthens the spleen and stomach qi (energy) which assists in digesting food, tonify blood and is relaxing for the mind. When you have good qi, it is a reflection of healthy skin and rosy cheeks, a natural blusher!

Drinking red dates tea regularly, not only improves energy but also keeps your body warmer in the winter months. Dried ingredients are used  for this recipe  which can be found at any local Asian supermarket.

Sometimes, I like to add ginger slices. Once the dates are boiled, simply enjoy and sip this drink throughout the day. I usually blend my concoction, drink the fibre too, it just makes the tea more flavourful.

This is a super simple tea with no tea leaves, which can be enjoyed all year round.

Ingredients

7 red dates

1 tbsp. goji berries

500ml water

Instructions

  1. You will need to remove seeds from dates
  2. Add ingredients to a  pot, then add freshly boiled water
  3. Switch to a low flame and simmer for about 30 minutes
  4. Tea is now ready, strain the ingredients if you wish and enjoy!
  5. You can also blend ingredients if you prefer and drink the fibre from the dates and goji berries

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Vegan Buddha Bowl

Bursting With Health!

A Tasty Morsel!

 

 

This plant-based bowl of goodness is so delicious to eat and beautiful to look at and so easy to put together! For those of you who are not quite familiar with Buddha bowls, it’s basically a vegetarian meal in a bowl, this dish consists of a combination of healthy whole grains such a quinoa or brown rice, I used black rice in this instance , plant proteins such as chickpeas or tofu and vegetables. I absolutely love black rice, as it has impressive health benefits , I usually get it from a local Chinese supermarket, you could try health food stores as well. It is the perfect and most satisfying meal you could have for lunch or dinner and takes just over half an hour to prepare. Using black rice as a base, provides you with a wholesome gluten free meal. There are contrasting textures of the spiced crispy chickpeas, creamy avocado and fresh greens drizzled with a tang of White Balsamic Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, Lime juice and aromatic herbs.

So, why not delight all of your senses in this plant-based Buddha Bowl that’s not only beautiful but more importantly healthy , filling and nourishing!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado (chopped or sliced)
  • 2 small beetroot  ( steamed and cubed)
  • bundle of tender stem broccoli ( about 6 stems blanched for 3 minutes)
  • bundles of fine green beans ( about 7 each)
  •  Tear lettuce leaves or salad leaves ( I used Romaine lettuce)
  • 1/2 red cabbage (shredded)
  •  3/4 cup black rice

For the spiced chickpeas

  • 1 can organic chickpeas (drained, rinsed+patted dry)
  • 1/2 medium onion ( finely diced )
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste ( I used Himalayan salt)

 

For the dressing

  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp  fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Instructions

  1. While rice and vegetables are cooking, heat skillet over medium heat, add chickpeas to a bowl and  toss with seasonings.
  2. Add oil to skillet, sautee chickpeas for 10 minutes, stir frequently. If chickpeas are browning quickly, reduce the heat, if there is not much browing, increase heat. I found that 10 minutes of sauteeing chickepeas just over medium heat to be perfect.
  3. Prepare dressing by adding balsamic vinegar, lime juice , dijon mustard and herbs to a bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  4. To serve : Divide rice, vegetables, and chickpeas between 2 serving bowls. Drizzle dressing.
  5. This meal is best served fresh, although it will keep for 2 or 3 days in the fridge.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Egg Fried Rice With Edamame Beans!

Egg Fried Rice With Edamame Beans

Delicious!

Stir Your Soul!

This is simply one of my  easiest side dishes to prepare or have as a main meal.  It is healthy, so delicious  and quick. So, if you are in a hurry or just feeling peckish, this wholesome meal will surely fill you up! I like using fresh ingredients in my recipes and it does make a world of difference to any meal.

I used Brown Basmati rice, which  I prepared  a day before to prevent rice grains from sticking to each other or becoming mushy when frying. You can cook rice on the same day if you prefer, a good tip would to place the cooked rice on a baking sheet and allow to cool for 1 -2 hours.

It’s also a great way to use up left over rice!

Serves 2

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs ( beaten)
  • 3 cups cooked rice (cooled)
  • 1 big onion (diced)
  • 2 stalks spring onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil ( I used olive oil, you can use sunflower, canola, coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup edamame beans (cooked)

Seasoning

  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce

Instructions

  1. To begin with, have prepared 3 cups of cooked and cooled rice. Also have eggs, spring onion, oil, as well as seasoning ready.
  2. Wet your fingers. Run through rice so as to remove clumps.
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs. Dice onion and chop spring onion. We are now ready to fry rice!
  4. In a non-stick pan, add oil, sautee onions until translucent, now add rice and stir fry, mix well.
  5. Fry rice for about 1-2 minutes until heated through.Use the back of a spoon to gently tap and break any clumps of rice.
  6. Move the rice to one side of the pan and scramble eggs. Once cooked, stir rice until coated with eggs. for another 2 minutes.
  7. Constantly stir fry egg fried rice as it will burn, lower the heat. Add salt, pepper and edamame beans. Give a quick mix.
  8. Pour soy sauce around the edges of the pan, and stir fry. Finally add chopped spring onion and mix well until combined. Dish up and top with more spring onions.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

To prepare fried rice, use 1 cup of water to cook 1 cup of rice. Use less water to cook rice than you normally would, otherwise, you will end up with mushy rice which can’t be fried.

Use rice that has been cooked and cooled for at least 2 hours. Please do not use freshly cooked rice.

Try using medium to long grain rice. Avoid  using short grain, sushi rice and glutinous rice.

Use a big pan to fry rice so as to prevent the rice from overcrowding.

Have all ingredients ready before you begin frying.

Finally, only add seasoning towards the end of cooking since  salt causes rice to stick to the pan. Use wet seasonings such as sauces with moderation.

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Seeded Bread With Smoked Trout Ribbons, Sliced Avocado, Watercress & Pickled Red Onion

Seeded Bread With Smoked Trout Ribbons, Sliced Avocado, Watercress & Pickled Red Onion

 

 

 

Smoked trout and sliced avocado compliment each other beautifully for a delicious breakfast!

I enjoy having smoked trout for breakfast or a light dinner, not only is it delicious  but also has many health benefits. Like Fresh Salmon, smoked trout is a great source of protein, B vitamins, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Selenium. It has plenty of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), omega-3 fatty acids known to have a lower risk of heart disease, macular degeneration as well as Alzheimer’s disease. On the downside, smoked trout has a high dose of sodium. In general, fish are considered healthy when it is consumed in moderation. It is recommended that two servings of fish per week is part of a healthy diet.

Ingredients

  • Seeded bread, 2 slices
  • Smoked Trout Ribbons
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • Watercress
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

 

 

Instructions

1.In a separate bowl add Red Wine Vinegar to sliced onion.

2.Toast Bread

3. Place avocado slices and watercress on toast.

4. Arrange trout ribbons on top, layer with pickled red onion.

5. Bon Appetit!

 

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Chia Pudding- Low Carb Yum

Dessert for breakfast?

 

Breakfast in a jar!

This pudding is rich and creamy chocolate heaven that tastes like dessert but has the nutrition of a breakfast. Make your mornings more delightful with Chia Pudding, breakfast on the go! This treat can be prepared ahead of time . Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, a super food that can be used  in many fun and inspiring ways.

Chia seeds are used as a thickening product since they  form a gel-like  substance when mixed with liquids. They are a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids as well as fibre. It is great to add chia seeds to oatmeal, smoothies, puddings, and cereals. These amazing seeds contain 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a vital role in energy production as well as information reduction. Two tablespoons of this super food has 3 grams  of plant-based protein, they also contain fibre, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Breakfast is an important component which regulates your metabolism and determine what you might eat in a day. According to research, those who ate breakfast religiously have higher performance during the day. If you are not a breakfast person, you can start the day by drinking a warm glass of water. You can always add something like , a piece of fruit or 1 serving of mixed nuts . Gradually work your way on top until your morning appetite is ready to try this delicious  breakfast in a jar!

You can prepare for up to 5 days and simply refrigerate.

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 hour
  • Total Time:6 hours 3 minutes
  •  Yield:1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp cacao powder

Instructions

1.Add milk, maple syrup and vanilla to a Mason jar or any glass container with a tight lid. Then add chia seeds and cacao powder. Add all ingredients in the order as listed in the recipe – liquids first.

2.Whisk or stir vigorously using a fork until cacao powder is well combined.

3.Refrigerate for about 6 hours or overnight. When ready to indulge, stir well, some lumps are fine, simply stir well.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Notes

The thickness and sweetness can be adjusted to your taste and satisfaction!

If using coconut milk, make certain it’s from the carton and not from the can. For the consistency, use 4 Tbsp Chia seeds, for a soup like consistency use just 3 Tbsp.

 

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Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

 

 

Summer is here, so I’m making the most of it with this sumptuous Berry Smoothie bowl!

I am a huge fan of smoothie bowls since they are super easy to make  on busy mornings or even lazy Sundays, they look amazing and need fun toppings to go with! Smoothie bowls  are so flexible  which make  them really fun and easy to prepare.

I absolutely love adding a variety of toppings such as fresh fruit, chia seeds , hemp hearts, goji berries, coconut shavings, walnuts, almonds, etc.

There are many different flavours, textures and variations so you really cannot  mess this up, so give it a try! I always keep frozen fruit on hand  and also freeze bananas when they are pretty ripe as they make smoothies wonderfully creamy.

Also feel free to add in some greens too, like spinach or kale.

Hope you all delight in this smoothie bowl and cheers to enjoying Summer!

 

 

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Serves: 1 Serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 banana (Optional)
  • Ice, for thickening (Optional)

Optional Toppings of your choice:

  • Fresh fruit ( I used blueberries, strawberries, kiwi and banana)
  • Granola
  • Hemp hearts
  • Chia seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Cacao nibs
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Coconut shavings

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add all your delicious toppings and enjoy!

 

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Morning Detoxifier

Morning Detoxifier

Sip Yourself Back Into Harmony!

This immune boosting and detoxifying morning tonic is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The human body is a complex system and the most wonderful thing you could do for your body is to vitalize  your digestive system upon waking. Rehydrate with this ultimate morning tonic. Turmeric and ginger are known for their healing properties, such as giving life and energy to the digestive system, ant-inflammatory benefits as well as cleansing properties. Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar help to kill bacilli, a natural decongestant which also helps to balance the body’s pH levels. And Cayenne Pepper and Cinnamon to spice things up! A great tonic to kick start the day  and stimulate the body.

Morning Detoxifier

Ingredients:

( Use organic ingredients if possible)

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root (or powdered)
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric root, grated (or powdered)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • pinch of cayenne pepper or black pepper
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a mug except for lemon juice
  2. Pour boiling water and stir well
  3. Allow to cool and then add lemon, as boiling water will kill vitamin C
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

Please remember to rinse your mouth after drinking tonic as the apple cider vinegar and lemon can erode tooth enamel!

 

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