JACKFRUIT as a meat substitute

Have you tried Jackfruit yet? My first Jackfruit experience was at Farm Girl, I had the Blue Jack Tacos with BBQ flavoured pulled jackfruit. So delicious!
It is used as a meat substitute because of its texture – firm and flakey. Reminds me of tuna in its texture but also chicken breasts because it’s fairly tasteless. You need a strong sauce or spices and the jackfruit will soak it all up.
Jackfruit is only a meat substitute in terms of texture, it is not rich in protein. It is low in calories with only 95 kcal per 100g, and it comes with fiber, vitamins and minerals like, A, C and the B’s and is a good source of potassium.
But where Jackfruit really shines is when used as a meat substitute in Tacos, a curry or stew with a lots of flavours.
A tin of jackfruit is a bout £3 and you’ll find it in most health store shops.
It is the young green fruit that is used and it comes in salted water.
Jackfruits are enormous, it’s actually the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weigh between 3 and 30kg. It travels from far away places like India, Thailand and Brazil.
XL

 

Gluten Free Polenta Bread

Happy Monday! I’ve got a really good Polenta Bread recipe for you. Perfect for November when it’s getting colder outside and you want to drink tea and have delicious slice of bread in front of the fire/tv.
This is one of the super simple recipes that I want my teenager to know by heart so he can whip up a gluten-free tasty loaf just like that!
Hope you like it!

POLENTA BREAD

-300 gram Polenta Flour

-115 gram chickpea Flour

-1 egg replacer

-1 Tablespoon vinegar

-4 tablespoons Maple Syrup

-6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

-2 tablespoons Sun Flower Seeds

-1 tablespoons Chia Seeds

-2 teaspoons Sea Salt

-1 teaspoon Baking Powder

 

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte – Happy Halloween!

It looks like we need something warming after Trick or Treating tomorrow.
10 degrees C and 40% chance of rain is the weather forecast here in London.
This recipe for a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte will most certainly do the trick after an evening running after the kids – warming and festive in equal measures.
My Pumpkin Spice Latte comes with coffee and the kids have a tea based one.

Pumpkin Spice Latte – Coffee Based
– 1 cup milk (I like oat milk)
– 1/2 cup coffee
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte- Tea Based
– 1 cup rice milk
– 3 tablespoons strong cinnamon tea
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

Direction: Make the coffee or tea. Warm the milk, Mix or whisk everything but the cream. Pour into a cup and squirt cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon if you want.



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Recipe: No-Bake STAR BARS gluten and nut free


Happy Monday! I got a new recipe for you: The perfect no-bake STAR-BAR! Filled with top-notch nutrients and very popular as a snack in my house.

I keep them in the freezer on a plate and the kids just go and take one when they need a yummy pick-me-up.
They are star shaped to make them look like cookies and also I love stars 🙂 Have them with a cup of warming liquorice or cinnamon tea and they will keep you full and satisfied for a long time.
I bring one with me when I pick up my hungry boy from school or pop one in his school bag if he has an after-school club.

Makes 12 STAR-BARS
– 1 1/2 cup oats
– 10 apricots
– 5 majool dates
– 2 tablespoons dried mango
– 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
– 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
– 1 tablespoon sprouted flax seeds
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds
– 1/2 tablespoon maca powder
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Direction:
Chop up the dried fruit. Put everything in the food processor and mix until a ball is formed. This takes a few minutes.
Flatten the dough so it’s about 0.5 centimeter thick, then using a star-shaped cookie cutter make shapes. Done!
You can store them in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Every Star-Bar contains about 152 kcal.

Hope you like them!

X Lisa

 

The Perfect Lunch Solution


Looking for the perfect quick, nutritious and practical lunch solution? Whether its al-desko or a quickie at home. Rolling up your leftovers with a delicious dip in a super food raw veggie wrap is the answer!
I’m obsessed with  wraps from Wrawp, They are completely raw and therefore bursting of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The ingredient list is a nutritionist’s wet dream: Organic lettuce, organic spinach, organic coconut, organic flax seeds, organic turmeric and black salt. Absolutely no pesky preservatives or fillers.  This is of course reflected in the price. 3 sheets are £9. But all worth it!
I start by spreading a layer of dip. The Lebanese Broad Bean Dip I did the other day is perfect. You’ll find the recipe here. Then I add any leftover food like a salad or stew or whatever. Two tablespoons of home-fermented foods for extra goodness. Wrap it up, cut in two and lunch is ready.





This Broad Bean Dip is amazing! Recipe here!

How to make Broad Bean Dip

This Lebanese Broad Bean Dip is so easy to make and it taste lovely! It’s completely vegan and gluten-free. Use it like you would use  hummus. It’s amazing on wraps, with salads or with oven baked  vegetables.

Broad Bean Dip

Ingredients:

  • 650 gram frozen broad beans
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon saltDirections: Put everything in a food processor and mix for a few minutes.

    XX Lisa

 

Frozen Yoghurt Triangles

Frozen Yoghurt Triangles is an easy dessert to pull out of the hat.
I always have yoghurt in the fridge and my freezer is full of frozen berries so this is something I serve quite often. It’s an easy and refreshing end to a meal.

Frozen Yoghurt Triangles
You need:

– 450 gram coconut yoghurt

– 1 cup of mixed frozen berries

– 1/3 cup  honey

– vanilla pod

Directions:
Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Pour into a round springform cake tin.
Freeze for an hour and a half. Slice and serve straight away.

XX Lisa

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS – Vegan & Delicious

I got a new FAMILY FRIENDLY recipe for you!
I’m getting lots of zucchini in my weekly veg box and since the kids are not super keen on grilled or fried zucchini, I make fritters instead!

Zucchini Fritters
you need:

– 500 grams zucchini (about 3)

-2 cup flour (I use gluten-free mix flour)

-2 tablespoons gluten-free breadcrumbs

-1 vegan egg (or 1 ordinary egg)

-2 spring unions

-small piece of grated ginger

-1 garlic clove grated

-1 tablespoon of chia seeds

-1/2 balsamic vinegar

-1/2 tablespoon of stock powder (bouillon)

-1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast

-1 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes

-1/2 teaspoon of dried basil

-black pepper to taste

-coconut oil for frying

Lisa

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It’s so important to teach kids to cook. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Making a super healthy chocolate ice-cream is a great start. Most work is done by the blender but they still feel super good about themselves having made an insanely delicious and nutritious ice cream!
I had my older one baking bread the other week. He ate with gusto. I’m pretty sure he would have turned his nose up if  had made it 🙂

For this vegan super easy chocolate ice cream, without added sugar, you need the following ingredients:

Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream 
– 3 chopped up frozen bananas
– 3 tablespoons cacao
– 3/4 cup rice milk or almond milk
– vanilla pod or vanilla extract
– pinch of sea salt

Put everything in a blender. You might have to add a tiny bit more liquid. Serve straight away.

Enjoy!

 

Fermented Cabbage with a Chinese Twist

Time to boost your good bacteria with an easy ferment!
I mix bog standard white cabbage with a couple of table spoons of Laoganma black bean chili sauce. A Sichuan style condiment full of umami flavour. The result is quite special and I’m completely obsessed !

Holiday tip:
Adding fermented foods before going to foreign lands can be a great insurance against holiday tummy. I also bring a good probiotic as an extra precaution.

X L