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Why we love Just Hummus

Hummus is one of the most delicious, versatile spreads. The base of hummus is made from Chickpeas. Chickpeas are are a powerhouse of protein and vitamins and they’re high in iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Because they are high in fibre and protein this helps balancing blood sugar levels and makes you feel fuller for longer. Bonus. Hummus can be smeared onto toast as a spread, served with cooked and raw vegetables, delicious with meat and can be used as a tasty dip when serving platters. It’s a really healthy and wholesome food choice and can be used in so many more ways other than just a dip! Just Hummus has some amazing flavours, here are some of my favourites : Basil & Spinach: A blend of basil, spinach and wholesome chickpeas creates a delicious dip, perfect as a healthy snack and to add variety to platters. Kumara & Butternut:  This is one…

Strawberry and Banana Protein Bread

This Strawberry Banana Bread recipe is sweet, moist and delicious, perfect for breakfast or brunch. Strawberries and honey were added to this recipe to give a touch of sweetness. We have added 2 whole serves of Red Seal’s Fit Protein Powder to give the bread an extra protein boost, which is going to keep you feeling full for longer. Getting enough protein in your diet is essential in promoting your overall health. It helps to repair and maintain your muscles and is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Protein slows down digestion and the release of sugar in the blood which prevents high blood sugar spikes. When blood sugar levels are balanced, you are going to have more control over your hunger, and feel full and satisfied for longer. This protein is available in natural vanilla and chocolate, contains 60% protein and proudly carries a five-star health rating.  Like all…

Cauliflower Pizza Base

A few months ago I posted a recipe for a gluten free pizza base which is a staple in my household. After making this pizza almost every week I thought it was time to try a new recipe. I have been experimenting with this cauliflower pizza base, which needed to be altered a few times before sharing but I have finally perfected it. If you are like me and love the taste of pizza but struggle to enjoy it due to the additives, gluten and heavy dough causing havoc in your body then this healthy twist will go down a treat. The sesame seeds give it a crunchy and chewy texture and the garlic and pesto add a flavorsome kick.  The cauliflower is hard to taste in this pizza base which makes it a great option for fussy children who do not like the taste of vegetables. Get creative…

Colourful Capsicum Cups

Loaded with vegetables, chickpeas, quinoa and herbs these capsicum cups provide nutrition needed for a wholesome and balanced meal. These are incredibly filling and the quinoa and chickpeas provide a high vegetarian source of protein. These are great to make for lunch, dinner and snacks. Try to choose a variety of coloured capsicums to make the meal bright and colourful. * Vegetarian * Vegan * Gluten Free * Dairy Free Ingredients: 3 capsicums 3/4 cup of quinoa 1 400g can of chickpeas.  I used half a can. 1/4 pumpkin 1 avocado 1 fresh chill pepper- diced 2-3 cloves of garlic- diced 1 small bunch of chives 1 bunch of parsley Olive oil Salt and pepper Note: For a non vegan meal, feta cheese can be sprinkled over the capsicums after the capsicums are roasted in the oven. Method: 1. Cut up the pumpkin into small cubes, drizzle with olive oil and…

Broccoli, Feta and Pine Nut Fritters

Broccoli is a favourite staple in my house.  I am always trying to find new ways to include it in my diet as it is a powerful superfood with high nutritional value. These fritters are the perfect way to enjoy broccoli even for non broccoli fans. The fritters are creamy and soft on the inside and the toasted pine nuts give them a beautiful crunchy texture. Like most fritters they taste best straight out of the frying pan. I drizzled these fritters with lemon juice and served them with grilled salmon and a leafy green salad, a perfect combination. Enjoy these as a snack or include with your dinner for a meat free, high protein and high fibre meal. Gluten free* Ingredients (makes 8 fritters) 1 medium sized broccoli 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 eggs 1 small bunch of parsley, chopped 150 grams of gluten free flour or buckwheat flour…

Kumara and Peanut Butter Rostis

Kumara and Peanut Butter Rostis These kumara and peanut butter rostis make the perfect vegetarian meal for winter.  The rostis are full of beautiful flavours from the garlic, ginger, orange zest, chilli and peanut butter. I chose to bake the rostis instead of frying them which I usually do to make them healthier. They turn out golden and crispy and are amazing served with hummus or avocado. The rostis can be served as a snack or used in meal as an alternative to meat. Ingredients     8 rostis 3 medium sized kumaras 2 tbsp peanut butter (If you want it extra crunchy I would use 4 tbsp) 2 tbsp tamari (healthier alternative to soy sauce) 2 garlic cloves – crushed 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp freshly grated ginger 1 tsp chilli flakes zest of 1 orange 1/2 cup of chopped coriander and/or parsley 1/2 gluten free flour -…

Red Lentil Patties

The fun thing about cooking vegetarian meals is experimenting with new flavours – spices, herbs, sauces and seasonings.  Letting all of the ingredients be important parts of the dish.  It’s easy to cook meat as the flavour is already there.  With vegetarian meals you usually have to be a bit more adventurous as lentils and chickpeas can be uninteresting on their own. These red lentil patties have had the tick of approval from a meat eater, in fact he loved them so much the whole batch I made was gone in one night.  I was planning on saving some for lunch the next day as these are great cold in salads.  The beauty about these is that they are so easy to make I whipped up some more after dinner.  They take all of fifteen minutes. Red lentils are a member of the legume family, they are cooked more quickly…

Peanut Butter Protein Slice

On my way home from Uni yesterday I had a peanut butter craving, so got home, looked at what food was in the cupboard that I could possibly use to make some sort of peanut butter creation.  Keep it simple is one of my motto’s – Make something substantial and somehow combine protein powder without making the whole thing taste like cardboard. The recipe can easily tweaked here and there to suit your own taste.  For example rice milk if you don’t drink almond, honey if you don’t like maple syrup and adding in stevia if you have a big sweet tooth.  Make it for yourself and let me know your thoughts. Makes 15 – 20 pieces, depending on what size you cut them. Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup 1 cup peanut butter (it’s best to use a good quality peanut butter that only contains peanuts…

Protein Powder – the good and the bad.

For humans to function optimally our body requires two types of nutrients in right amounts, micronutrients and macronutrients. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are called macronutrients as they make a large portion of the food we eat. Micronutrients are what our body needs in smaller amounts and without them our body cannot function.  These are vitamins, minerals and secondary plant compounds. The word protein comes from the Greek word ‘protos’, meaning ‘prime importance’. Protein is needed to build lean muscle, help muscle repair and recovery, maintain healthy skin, hair and nails and boost your immune system. Protein is made of important amino acids that are the building blocks of human growth and development. It is so important that we are getting the recommended amount of protein we need daily. Supplements seem like a great idea for people who want to have an active healthy life, they are a great way to…

San Choy Bow

San Choy Bow originated from China – traditionally made with pork mince Dr Libby has added this dish to her new cook book but taken out the meat and replaced it with protein rich quinoa and chickpeas.  I made this last night for dinner and it was enough to have as a main dish.  The quinoa and chickpeas are so filling! This is a beautiful meal, so many flavors and so fresh… with the added bonus of no MSG as it’s home made. I love how this dish is cooked using macadamia nut oil.  Macadamia oil is one of the healthiest edible oils and is higher in monounsaturates, the goods fats, when compared to Extra Virgin Olive oil.  The oil can be cooked at very high temperatures 210°C /410°F so doesn’t burn food. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, stemmed and chopped 2 medium organic chilies,…

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