Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

1 can Chickpeas (you can also use dried chickpeas that have been soaked/sprouted)

½ cup fresh coriander

½ cup fresh parsley

2 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

1-2 tbs olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor adding the olive oil until the right consistency to roll into balls. Heat oven to 180 degrees and brush falafel with olive oil and bake for 10 mins until you can turn them. Bake for 10 more mins. You can also fry them but this way is much healthier! Seen pictured above with Quinoa flatbreads and home made hummus

It’s not easy being green, till you know how!

green drink

I love smoothies and juices (as long as the fibre remains) . I have a smoothie with a protein powder and milk kefir in the morning and I make a green juice in the afternoon to wake me up till dinner! Its a fine line between juice and cold soup sometimes! Coincidently I make mine in my Cuisinart Soup Maker as it has a pretty powerful motor and blade needed to cut through the greens and so I don’t have to peel my apples and pears. I have also made great green drinks with a normal smoothie maker like a Kenwood Smoothie to Go. I just used my green powder. So there really is no excuse! Updated- I now use a German Pool but Ice needs to be added as the motor will heat things up!

You need a liquid base.

Anything goes really here- coconut water ( I have been using coconut Kefir too), Water, cooled herbal teas of your choice (rooibos has a lot of antioxidants in it) or even green tea or tulsi tea (for a calming feel). I have also bought fresh juices (without sugar added) like carrot, watermelon, kiwi, mango when I have been out and not finished them so have thrown them in the juice too. This is helpful when you don’t have a super powerful juicer but want carrots in your juice. You can also use nut milks (here for almond), oat milks or any other liquid not mentioned.

Then you need your greens.

The less full on flavours are spinach, pea shoots, bean sprouts, bok choi, lettuce and frozen peas,. The more earthy or spicy flavours are kale, Swiss chard, rocket, mustard leaves. Try them see what you like. Give them a wash first and greens are more likely to be heavily sprayed so buy organic where possible. I also love broccoli in my juices. A handful should do (40% green to 60% fruit is a popular ratio)

Then your fruits.

I find the juicer fruits better as there can be a lot of fibre in the greens so mixing with a fruit that is going to add some more liquid works well for consistency I like watermelon, honeydew melon, apples, pears and Kiwis. However berries pack a great punch to the juice. Banana’s, mangoes add a lovely sweetness (and smoothness) and pineapples add a great tropical tone! You can go sweet or savoury depending on what you prefer. You could add tomatoes peppers, lemons, herbs (coriander and sweet basil are my favs), radishes any salad ingredient really! Experiment!  I find cutting up fruit and throwing them into bags and in the freezer makes the whole process easier quicker and more like a shake.

Your fats

Chia (soaked in a little water before hand makes the juices a little more jelly like), sesame seeds, ground nuts or nut butter, flax oil, or coconut oil can give your juice an added dimension

Added extras.

If you really want it to pack a punch then adding a green powder (spirulina chorella) Maca powder, cacao (although this doesn’t really temp me with the greens  apparently it is nice!) Protein powder (hemp, pumpkin seed, pea), camu powder (for some extra vit c), goji berries, manuka honey, oats (will really bulk it up!) ginger also gives it real zing both health and taste wise!

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And Voila!! Let me know your favourite…

Quinoa Flatbreads

Quinoa flatbreads with 10 bean burgers

I have a 6 month old who is loving eating, a 3 year old who has an adventurous palate, a gluten intolerant dad who we live with and a husband who is unenthusiastic about eating vegetarian food as he doesnt think it will fill him up (He’s also Irish, the land of meat and 2 veg!) So I am always on the hunt for Gluten free recipes (I am feeling totally different since removing gluten from my diet) and tasty vegetarian meals for my meatless once a week night. I really like these. I made them the size of panjacks and I didn’t read the recipe properly so didnt soak them for as long (surprised?!) as I didnt have time. I also think they would be nice flavoured with cumin or with some turmeric. Also some thyme, rosemary or coriander would be nice too. Will report back on that!

I served these with spicy 10 bean burgers (recipe to follow but a little like my lentil burgers), feta and pomegranate, hummus, tzatziki and a green salad. Surprisingly the burgers were the biggest hit with my 3 year old and with the egg replacement (flax) I could then give them to my 6 month old! Happy days these will be made again!

  • 1 cup raw quinoa (unsoaked, dry Quinoa), pulsed in a grinder or food processor to the desired consistency- I went for just a bit smaller but you could do finer)
  • 1 cup All purpose gluten free flour which is just a mix of different GF flour (if you use some coconut flour add a bit more water)
  • 1 egg (1 tsp ground  flax seed mixed with 2 tsp of water as a replacement)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Mix the processed quinoa, flour, egg, water, salt and pepper and let it soak for an hour. (I only had time for 15 mins and it was fine!!)
  2. Heat a greased pan over medium heat.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the center of the pan, cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook for another 5 minutes. (I made them pan-jack size

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