RASP-NANA Thermomix Muffins

VEGETARIAN | GLUTEN-FREE | NO  ADDED SUGAR |  CONTAINS NUTS | THERMOMIX RECIPE

Although this one is not lunchbox friendly (contains almond meal), it’s a great breakfast on the run or a nutritious afternoon tea for little people. My 7 year old loved these & usually he is quite fussy with my healthy treats!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup (105g) almond meal
1/2 cup (60g) buckwheat flour [I buy a 1kg tub from About Life, or from Naked Foods]
1 medium (100g) banana
100g organic natural yoghurt
2 (110g) organic eggs
75g cooked organic apple [you could substitute this for an alternate fruit like pear, or just add more banana]
1 tbspn coconout oil
1 cup berries [I used frozen raspberries but mixed berries also work a treat]
2 tspns vanilla powder [I have been using Heilala brand for a couple of years & love it]
1 tspn aluminium-free baking powder [I use Honest to Goodness]

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees celsius
  2. Throw the banana, yoghurt, eggs, apple puree, vanilla powder & coconut oil in the thermomix. Set the timer for 7 seconds, speed 4
  3. Add the almond meal & buckwheat flour. Set to reverse, speed 2 for 10 seconds. Check it is well combined
  4. you have the option of putting in berries evenly into each muffin case or putting the whole mixture into a bowl & stirring through the berries.
  5. Throw in the oven for 35 minutes 

    I also found this an easy snack while breastfeeding seeing as I still (after 3 children) cannot coordinate eating with a fork while feeding…

Advertisements

Thermomix banana & carrot buckwheat loaf

VEGETARIAN | GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | NUT-FREE | JERF

I have posted a couple of variations on this loaf, but here’s another one for Thermomix users. It is a great loaf for school lunchboxes (nut-free), with enough sweetness, but of course no added cane sugar, dates, agave or maple syrup. It also consists of only 7 incgredients, all of which I have at home almost all the time. If you’re not making it for school, you can sub in almond meal.

150g (approx 2 small) carrots, chopped into 4 equal sized pieces
250g (approx 3 small) bananas, cut in thirds
1.5 tspns vanilla powder (I recommend Heilala – no added sugar)
150g (1 cup) buckwheat flour
1 tspn aluminium-free baking powder
150g (approx 3) organic eggs
2 tbspns coconut oil

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees celsius
  2. Put carrots, bananas, vanilla & coconut oil in the Thermomix – set to speed 6 for 10 seconds. The mix will be basically a puree [this may or may not be delicious by itself]
  3. Add the 3 eggs, blend 5 seconds on speed 3
  4. Add the buckwheat flour & baking powder. Set to reverse, for 7 seconds on speed 4
  5. Pour whole mixture into a loaf tin
  6. Put in the oven & set the timer for 40 minutes

Note on oven temperature: as nice as it would be that all ovens are actually the temperature they say they are, there is variation. Set for 35 minutes & check if preferred.

If you’re enjoying a slice yourself, I highly recommend slathering it in almond butter

Thermomix mayonnaise

VEGETARIAN | DAIRY-FREE | NUT-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE

Knowing I can whip up mayonnaise in less than 2 minutes is dangerous for me. In the past I just didn’t buy it because I would use up a whole jar in days. Yup.

INGREDIENTS
250g rice bran oil – you will see it written everywhere you look at mayonnaise recipes, do NOT use olive oil – it actually doesn’t taste nice [yes, of course being the stubborn person I am, I tried it]
1 egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon
2-3 teaspoons organic Dijon mustard [I err on the heavy handed side when it comes to mustard]
1/2 teaspoon salt

METHOD

  1. Throw the egg, mustard, lemon & salt in the thermomix. Turn to speed 4 & set the timer for 2 minutes
  2. Slowwwwwwwwly tip in the oil, I take over a minute to tip it all in
  3. When the timer’s up, spoon it out & put it in the fridge. Or don’t. Dip your sweet potatoes in it. Mix your tuna with it. Split it into 4 smaller jars & add different flavours [wasabi / turmeric / chilli / dill]. Use it as a salad dressing. Have it to accompany your salmon fillet. It’s great on a salad sandwich in place of cheese. Mash up a hard boiled egg with some & add some curry powder. Just don’t blame me when you become addicted.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
Only stays fresh for a week, refrigerated at all times – after 7 days, throw it out
Raw eggs are not recommended for pregnant women. I am not a Doctor, or Nutritionist. If unsure, do NOT consume this during pregnancy

Finally, another reason why this gets a big thumbs up is: purchase one less processed food from the supermarket, less packaging.

IMG_2012

petroleum in cosmetics

The saying “knowledge is power” has really rung true for me in the last year. I feel that learning everything I did through my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition has helped me to reform my life & make so many different decisions moving forward.

Let’s talk about petroleum. Use vaseline? petroleum based. Use Vicks on your kids? Also petroleum.

What is petroleum? It is a fossil fuel produced by the earth over millions of years, from the breakdown of animal & plant remains. So maybe it doesn’t sound so bad when you put it like that, but there are many reasons it is bad:

  1. Some contain hormone disruptors, potentially causing cancer
  2. Can clog your pores, potentially causing blackheads & acne
  3. Your skin absorbs the products, then going into your bloodstream

How do I know if my cosmetics contain petroleum derivatives? Just like with sugar, Companies like to use big words that we often skim over, here are some: benzene, butanol, names with butyl, diethanolamine, ethanolamine, ethanol, ethyl, methanol, methyl, mineral oil, parabens, paraffin wax, phenoxyethanol, propyl including isopropyl, toluene & words ending in “eth” such as laureth, myleth, oleth.

So how do we avoid these products? First of all look for products that are labelled “Free from [all the ingredients listed above – eg laureth sulfates]”.

Second of all, what would happen if all consumers stopped buying cosmetics with petroleum derivatives? That’s right, companies would refine their ingredients.

Every dollar you spend, is a vote, and a form of activism – when I buy organic apples, it’s encouraging that Farmer to grow more. When I support a company that doesn’t use petroleum/mineral oils, they produce more. When I buy nappies produced with a sustainable contents, this is a vote for them AND a vote against the conventional nappies. When I buy compostable bin liners, I’m increasing their market & decreasing the demand for non-degradable plastic bags.

broccolini & sweet potato quiche

I loved making a simple quiche, but I never seem to have the same ingredients in the pantry so it is different each time. This is also the first time I’ve prepped in the Thermomix.

CRUST
1 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 organic egg
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white chia seeds
1 tablespoon thyme (can replace with parsley or rosemary)

  1. Turn the oven to 170 degrees celsius
  2. Blend all ingredients on reverse speed 3 for 10 seconds
  3. Put in a pie tin & set a timer for 15 minutes

FILLING
3 stalks (approx 130g) broccolini
1/2 small (approx 85g) sweet potato
6 organic eggs (aprox 340g)

  1. While the pie crust is cooking, throw broccolini & sweet potato in the Thermomix for 10 seconds on speed 4
  2. Add in the eggs & put on reverse speed 3 for 5 seconds
  3. When you remove the pie crust from the oven, turn the oven temperature up to 180 degrees
  4. Slowly tip the egg & vegetable mixture into the pie tin. Set the timer for 25 minutes.

 

I (have) Quit Sugar

Nearly 4 years ago, a friend told me about a new “diet” called “I Quit Sugar”. Pft, I thought, as if I could live without packets of sweets, jersey caramels & cake, especially with 2 young children draining my energy & working 3 days a week. But hey, I gave it a go & have never looked back. Granted my mouth may still water when I look at something, but then I remember I won’t enjoy it & I’ll feel crap afterwards. I happily say no to cake now & genuinely don’t feel I’m missing anything.

I’ve been an Ambassador for the program over a year now & it is still a thrill to see how much people’s lives are changed by the IQS 8WP.

I can genuinely tell you I LOVE the meals on the program. If you asked me to pick a favourite, I’d be hard pressed to choose between the Pad Thai, peanut butter & strawberry on toast, avo/feta/pea smash, turmeric haloumi bowl, zucchini & haloumi fritters, sweet potato/quinoa/kale/ginger. You get the idea.

The more you eat real foods & cook your own meals, the more confident you become in swapping ingredients & experimenting with tastes then you can either continue to use the recipes; or refine them based on your personal taste. I tend to substitute out all gluten & replace where required with gluten-free bread; zoodles in place of pasta.

I am thrilled to be able to give YOU $10 off if you sign up for the program, just click here

NOTE: I have never endorsed a product I don’t genuinely believe in. Having done over half a dozen of the IQS 8 Week Programs, trying the recipes, enjoying the meals & communicating with other people doing the program, I feel passionate about what a great way of life it is.

 

 

Can you buy healthy foods at the supermarket?

Cost is our biggest prohibition when it comes to healthy eating. let’s face it, not everyone has $50 to spend on a protein powder, or “wellness elixir”. As I am on maternity leave, I spend (too much) time trawling supermarket aisles, looking for not only the healthiest products, but also ones that won’t send you broke. I make a list every week of what I “want” – not all items are essential & often I’ll check out a couple of stores before making an informed decision.

Woolworths – I know a lot of people are anti supermarkets but if we all spend our “supermarket dollars” on healthier products guess what they’re going to produce more of & drive prices down on? That’s right. My top 5 favourite products are:

  1. Macro organic coffee – I buy it ground & make a small pot of coffee every morning. At $6 for a packet, which lasts me over a week, it’s a lot more economical than buying your coffee, plus no nasty disposable coffee cups
  2. Macro organic peanut butter ($6.50 for 500g) – the only negative thing is that it does come in a plastic container – if you’re listening Woolworths, please change to glass 🙂
  3. Macro organic hulled tahini – I add it to home made chocolate so we go through quite a lot (oops!)
  4. Macro organic Dijon mustard – it is my favourite mustard & less than $4 per jar. What’s not to love?!
  5. Macro organic berries – my kids absolute favourite snack, they eat them by the bowl for afternoon tea or dessert. They are normally $7 per packet but keep your eyes peeled as they’ve been half price recently so $3.50 a packet is extremely good value. On a side note: Woolworths Double Bay – you’ve suddenly discontinued the Macro organic berries. Bring them back! They’re a staple in our home.

Some other noteworthy products which I find good value: Coolibah Organics Kale, Organic salad mix, organic eggs (about $8 a carton), organic meat (if you choose to eat meat).

Aldi – I need to focus on my list in Aldi as it is very easy to get sidelined by the deals! 99% of the time it’s not something I need, especially this year as we embrace minimalism as a family.  My top 5 purchases in Aldi are:

  1. Gluten free pasta: made from 2 simple ingredients – corn flour & rice flour
  2. Organic salted butter. Aldi, hello, if you’re listening, can you please bring back the unsalted too?! I don’t personally like butter but my sons do so I won’t compromise on quality.
  3. Organic milk – we go through a couple of litres every week (I don’t personally drink milk)
  4. Organic natural yoghurt – we use this in muffin recipes & my sons like it with some berries, vanilla powder & cinnamon. Just look out as the flavoured organic yoghurts look healthy (simple branding) but even the vanilla punches a massive 15% sugar.
  5. Organic pasta sauce: this sauce does have some added sugar but with a total of 6% sugar, I am ok with a small amount of this whether on its’ own, in a Puttanesca; or in the boys bolognaise

Other noteworthy deals: organic coconut oil & organic beef mince. Aldi, if you see this post, please start selling more organic meat for those who choose to consume meat.

I’d love to hear about what you’ve found in the supermarket that’s both healthy; & inexpensive. Come say hi over on Facebook or Instagram – 6 Clean Ingredients. Until then, wishing you abundant health & happiness, with a bit of fun on the side

Alice