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Strawberry, Banana Yoghurt Delight with little surprises.

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Oh yum! Looking for something fresh and different for breakfast, I came up with this little Parfait, that was absolutely delicious! Once you take a spoonful you taste the strawberry yoghurt then you get the hit of the chocolate mint with the crunch of the oats, coconut and pistachio’s…….oh yummy!

Makes 1

4 tbsp Strawberry Yoghurt

4 tbsp Vanilla Yoghurt

4 Strawberries – sliced

1 small banana – sliced

2 tbsp toasted oats

2 tbsp toasted coconut

3 Chocolate mint leaves – chopped

1 tbsp of pistachio’s chopped

 

  1. Place 2 tbsp of strawberry yoghurt in a glass, then top with 2 tbsp of vanilla yoghurt.
  2. Place a layer of strawberries and bananas on top and sprinkle 1 tbsp oats and coconut on. 20160610_095953   20160610_100238
  3. Sprinkle on the chocolate mint leaves
  4. Then do above over again for a second layer.
  5. Top with any remaining banana or strawberries and pistachio’s and serve! YUMMY!

 

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites

Coconut & Turmeric Rice with Kale

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This was inspired from a fellow blogger Ella. I loved the idea of the Turmeric and coconut together, and it really does go, this is a delicious mix of flavours. It is also full of protein and the superfood Kale!

Serves 2

For the rice:-
2 tsp olive oil for cooking
4 Shallots – chopped
2 tsp ginger
150g wholegrain brown rice
1 tsp turmeric
500ml vegetable stock
For the Kale:-
2 large Handfuls of Kale – red and green type
1 tbsp olive oil for cooking
1 tsp garlic
50ml vegetable stock
50ml coconut milk
30g toasted cashew nuts for topping
30g toasted coconut flakes for topping

 

  1. Heat a pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stir in the ginger, cooking for one minute. Next, add in the rice and turmeric, toasting for one minute.
  2.  Measure in the vegetable stock and bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the majority of liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

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3. Towards the end of the rice being ready, heat the tablespoon of olive in a large, wide pot. Add in the garlic, cooking for roughly a minute. Add the chopped kale and stir to coat with the garlic. Add in the vegetable stock, cover, and let kale cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add in the coconut milk and continue to cook kale, roughly 1 more minute more.

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5. Add the kale mixture to the rice mixture and stir through.

6. Top with the cashews and coconut and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Turmeric Rice with Kale

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 519

  • Total Fat: 20.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 1098.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 75.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.5 g
  •     Sugars: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 11.1 g
ALL · Cakes and Biscuits

Banana and Coconut Muffins

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Today I woke up late after one of my friends 30th Birthday Party last night, surprisingly I felt really good and awake, after a shower and breakfast I suddenly got the urge to bake after my boyfriend saying he had the munchies…lol! So off I went into the kitchen, music on and feeling creative. Looking in my cupboards I came up with 2 different muffin recipes….so here goes the first one:-

Makes 6 muffins

125g Plain Flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

50g caster sugar

40g desiccated coconut

1 really ripe banana

90ml semi skimmed milk

1 egg beaten

50g butter melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180deg. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon and pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar a 45g of coconut (leave a tbsp amount for after). Make a well in the middle.
  3. Peel banana and mash 3/4 of it into a paste. Put 1/4 to side. Put banana paste into well of flour mix.
  4. Lightly whisk milk, beaten egg, vanilla and melted butter together, pour into well of flour mix.
  5. Mix all ingredients together but do not over mix.
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  7. Slice the remaining banana and place one or two slices on top and sprinkle remaining coconut over.
  8. Place in oven and bake for about 20-25 mins until knife comes out clean. Leave to cool.

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Then eat to your hearts content! YUMMY!

 

 

 

 

Also check out my other Muffin recipe:- Maple Syrup and Chocolate!

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/maple-syrup-and-chocolate-muffins/

 

BEWARE!! your kitchen WILL get messy! lol!

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Nutrition Facts
Banana and Coconut Muffins

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 204

  • Total Fat: 8.1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 4.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.5 mg
  • Sodium: 87.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.4 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
  •     Sugars: 11.8 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g

 

 

 

ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas

Curried Cabbage with Salmon

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Looking in Fridge I had to use the cabbage up but wondered how I could jazz it up! Looked in my spice rack and this is what I put together. Tasty absolutely sensational. This could also work with Cod and Chicken. It is also low in calories and fat….Result!

Serves 1

1/2 Savoy Cabbage – sliced
1 portion Salmon Fillet approx (150g)
1 clove Garlic – crushed
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 white onion – sliced
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Gram Masala
30g Lentil Sprouts (optional) I had these left over so I just put them in.

  1. Mix the Gram Masala and Curry Powder together and rub into Salmon
  2. Heat up a griddle pan with spray oil and place Salmon on to cook through (approx 10 mins)
  3. Meanwhile, heat a wok to a high heat and cook the garlic and cumin with onion until soft (approx 2 mins)
  4. Add to the wok the cabbage and coconut, stir through for about 5 mins. If adding the Lentil Sprouts put in 1 min before ready and mix just to heat through.
  5. Plate the cabbage mix and place the salmon on top. Yum!

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Nutrition Facts
Curried Cabbage with Salmon

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 226

  • Total Fat: 2.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.5 mg
  • Sodium: 229.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  •     Sugars: 4.5 g
  • Protein: 36.9 g
ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Coconut and Banana Upside Down Cake

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Makes 1 x 8 inch cake tin

I cheated slightly with this and used ready made cake mix.

200g Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix

2 eggs

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup sour cream – approx 75ml

1/4 cup water – 75ml

2 large bananas – sliced

100g shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp lemon juice

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg, grease the baking tin with spray oil.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream on low until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes
  3. Place banana slices evenly on bottom of tin.
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  5. In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved. (approx 40 secs) Pour the brown sugar mixture into the cake tin over the bananas. Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
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  7. Pour over the cake mixture and spread evenly.
  8. Bake in oven for approx 40 mins. (If you have a Hotpoint Luce oven, use the dessert setting to bake).
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  10. Let it cool for 5 mins then serve with some ice cream, custard or even just some whipped cream. YUMMY!!

 

ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Slow Cook Coconut Chicken Curry with Spinach

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Looking for something filling but healthy for my Sunday dinner, so this is what I came up with….was yummy!

Serves 2

2 x Chicken Breasts

1 x Carrot – chopped

1 x onion – sliced into wedges

2 x celery sticks – chopped

2 large handfuls of spinach

2 tbsp curry powder

1 clove garlic

250ml coconut milk

100ml chicken stock

salt & pepper

 

1. Coat the chicken in the curry powder and fry until browned adding in the garlic

2. Add the onions and fry until slightly browned

3. Add in the carrots, celery, coconut milk and stock, bring to the boil then reduce to a very low heat (No. 2 on Induction hob) season with salt & pepper.

4. Cook on low heat for 4 hours.

5. 10 mins before serving add in the spinach and mix through.

6. Serve on a bed of wholegrain rice or left over spinach.

ALL · breakfast · Desserts · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Snacks and nibbles

Homemade Healthy quick Pancakes

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Approx 75 calories per pancake. Makes 4.

My boyfriend said he had a notion for something sweet, so a quick check in the cupboards and this is what I came up with.

2 medium eggs

1 banana

1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut

1tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp cocoa powder

For the banana, coconut and cinnamon pancakes:-

1. Mash up banana and add in 2 eggs then whisk together

2. Add in coconut and cinnamon, mix through

3. Heat a non stick pan then pour a small amount in and using the back of a spoon even out in pan. Cook for about 2-3mins on each side. I made 2 about 15cm diameter.

For the cocoa pancakes

1. With the remaining mixture I added tbsp of cocoa powder and cooked through. I made 2 approx 15cm in diameter.

You can pretty much add any flavour you like.

Serve with some Maple Syrup or ice cream for a tasty dessert.