Curry Chickpea Patties

Curry chickpea pattiesCurried chickpea patties

This is a high protein, vegetarian snack or meal which is also gluten free.
The coconut flour and chickpeas are high in fibre and the curry spices add flavour as well as being great for digestion and reducing inflammation. The coriander is a wonderful cleanser and the egg and yoghurt pump up the protein. It’s a great one to make ahead as a go to in the fridge when hunger strikes.
Ingredients:
1 can Chickpeas
2 tbs Yoghurt
1 Egg
1 tbs Curry powder
1 cup Fresh coriander
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbs Plain gluten free flour
3 tbs Coconut flour
1 Shallot chopped

Process chickpeas in the blender until mashed.
Add yoghurt, curry powder, salt, coriander leaves, shallot and egg and blitz for a few seconds until combined.
Remove mixture from the blender and add flours to thicken.
Take heaped tablespoonfuls and form patties with your hands.
Set aside in fridge to harden.
Heat a fry pan with a little drizzle olive oil. Add the patties and cook for a few minutes until base is browned.
Gently flip and cook the other side.

Enjoy on their own or with salad or as burgers.

Vegan Jelly Stars

Vegan Jelly stars

These healthy jellies are a great alternative to regular jelly.

The secret setting agent is agar agar which is seaweed and therefore a plant based alternative for gelatine.

It doesn’t have the same rubbery texture, it is a little firmer which has its benefits when trying to cut them into shapes and pick up with fingers.

Here’s the ingredients.

4 tbs Agar agar strands

1 1/2cups Apple juice

1/2 cup water

2 tbs xylitol

2 tbs Açai berry powder

Pour the apple juice and water into a saucepan and begin to heat.

Add the agar strands and xylitol and stir until dissolved.

Once dissolved. Take off the heat and add the açai powder. Stir until combined.

Pour the saucepan contents into a heatproof (Pyrex etc ) dish to set.

When cooled slightly, transfer to fridge to harden.

When set it will be quite firm to touch.

Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out your stars.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Nb- you can add sliced strawberries to the jelly too.

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Sweet Pepita Bliss Balls

Sweet Pepita Bliss Balls

Sweet Pepita Bliss Balls

Pumpkin seeds or Pepitas are a great ingredient for a bliss ball base when you want to go nut free. They are also rich in zinc, magnesium  and essential fatty acids and this recipe with it’s natural sweetness will have your little ones loving them.

Ingredients

¾ cup Pepitas

¾ cup Dates

Shredded Coconut (to coat)

2 bs Coconut oil

1 tsp Rice Malt Syrup or Honey

½ tsp Cinnamon powder

½ tsp Ginger Powder

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Directions

Gently melt the coconut on low heat in a saucepan  and add the dates to soften for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and add your syrup/honey and cinnamon and ginger powder.

In a food processor, blitz the pepitas until they are ground into almost powder.

Add the Pepitas to the date mix and combine.

Take spoonfuls of mixture and roll with your hands into bite sized balls.

Coat with coconut until lightly covered.

Keep in the fridge for snack time.

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Gluten Free Fuji Fruit Pancakes

Fuji Fruit PancakesTo learn more about the fascinating Fuji Fruit and find more recipes:  http://dragonflynt.com.au/wp/2014/05/fuji-fruitpersimmon-salad/

Ingredients:

2 Fuji Fruit

1 Banana

2 cups Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

1 ½ cups Plant based milk

Oil or butter for cooking

2 eggs

Directions:

Combine the milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk. Mix well.

Sift the flour and combine with milk and eggs.

Heat a frying pan and add a small amount of oil or butter.

Pour some of the mixture to coat the bottom and cook until some bubbles appear. Turn over your pancake and cook for another minute until cooked.

Put your pancake on a plate and repeat until all the mixture is gone.

Whilst waiting for your pancake to cook, remove your fuji fruit’s skin and stem and process in a blender until jam like.

Slice a banana for garnish.

Serve your pancakes with a generous amount of fuji fruit puree and top with banana.

Fuji Fruit Smoothie

Fuji FruitSmoothie

This smoothie is simply delicious. If you haven’t tried Fuji fruit before, this is a wonderful introduction to this fruit. It may look like a tomato but its surprisingly super sweet flesh will have you looking forward to seeing them come into season each year.

Ingredients

1 Ripe Fuji Fruit

1 Banana

½ tsp Ginger powder

½ tsp in Cinnamon powder

½ cup Plant based milk (I used soy)

Directions

Chop the top of the fuji fruit to remove the leafy end.

Use a spoon to scoop the flesh out and chop into rough pieces and put into the blender.

(If your fruit is too firm you can peel the skin off with a peeler)

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Peel and chop your banana and add to the blender.

Pour in your milk and add the spices.

Turn on your blender until all ingredients are processed and combined.

Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

 

Winter Bean Bake

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  • Cannellini beans 1 can (drained)
  • Kidney beans 1 can (drained)
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup onion diced finely
  • 1 cup green beans diced
  • 1 cup of zucchini grated
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Sauce:

  • 1 can chunky crushed tomato
  • 1 cup each of finely diced celery & capsicum
  • Salt, Pepper and sugar to taste.
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tbs tomato paste

Method

Put cannellini and kidney beans in bowl and mash roughly. Add all other ingredients in and mix thoroughly. Grease a baking dish with oil. Put one layer of bean mixture then sprinkle with cheese and add another bean layer then repeat process. Finish with cheese layer on top and bake in a moderate oven for 30minutes..

Sauce

Heat oil in saucepan, saute garlic, celery and capsicum until softened. Stir in tomato paste and add crushed tomato. Season with salt pepper and sugar and bring to boil for 5 minutes then turn to simmer for 5 more minutes. If sauce is too thin, thicken with cornflour. Serve with sauce on top of bean bake.with a side salad or green vegetables etc