lunch & snacks

Roasted tomato and chickpea bowl

Roasted tomato and chickpea bowl

This bowl is one of my go-to bowls to make for lunch or dinner. I love it because you can make all the elements individually for meal prep or you can roast everything in one pan and make it a one pan wonder. If you make it individually then the same roasting rules applies to each veggie you are roasting, you'll just have more dishes! Its filled with all the flavours and packs a punch of protein with the chickpeas. I have added some spice but this is something totally optional. Play around with it and see what makes your taste buds sing! 


Ingredients: 

  • 250 grams cooked chickpeas 
  • 300 grams zucchini, cut into 2cm chunks 
  • 400 grams cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 cup wild rice 
  • 2 handfuls fresh rocket 
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon buckwheat 
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 ripe avocado 

For the dressing:

  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil - I use 4. 
  • 1 tablespoon tahini 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • juice of 1 medium lemon 

Instructions: 

preheat the oven to 180°

In a large roasting tin add the chickpeas, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and cover with the coconut oil. Add the spices and toss until evenly covered. Season and pop it into the oven for 35-45 minutes or until all your veggies are golden brown and soft. Keep an eye on them so that the chickpeas don't burn and toss the veggies at the halfway point. 

Cook the rice as per packet instructions. Once ready, set aside. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. 

Once the veggies are ready remove them from the oven. Add the rice to the roasting tray along with the dressing, rocket and nutritional yeast. Mix together until well combined. 

Add the salad to your serving dish. Top with sliced avo. Sprinkle over the buckwheat and pumpkin seeds and serve!

-Melissa  

Salmon Buckwheat with Granola Crunch

Salmon Buckwheat with Granola Crunch

This recipe is all about the crunch factor. My favourite texture because it is so immensely satisfying. That is why we so often want a packet of crisps. Rather than feeding your body, those empty calories give this salad a try. It's so nourishing and filled with all the right stuff such as omega 3's, good fats and fiber! This combination will leave you satiated and keep you going with pure energy! 


Serves 6

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 2 cups buckwheat
  • salt and pepper
  • 400g smoked salmon
  • 1 handful fresh handful parsley leaves
  • 1 handful fresh dill, finely chopped
  • handful dill, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric 
  • zest and juice of ½ a lemon  
  • 2 cups buckwheat, uncooked
  • 180g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ a lemon , zested and juiced

For the salad seed mix:

  • 1 cup of various seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, poppy and chia)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper

For the dressing:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt 
  • handful dill, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180°C .

Place a 20cm x 20cxm piece of foil on a wooden board roasting tray. Place the salmon in the center. Rub the fish with the turmeric covering it evenly. Season the fish and top with a quarter of the parsley and dill. Add the lemon slices on top. Fold the foil closed into a parcel, making sure it is fully sealed. Pop the fish into the oven for 15-20 minutes.

For the seed mix, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Once combined, pour it out onto a medium roasting tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Once ready,  remove from the oven and break up the clusters that have formed. 

Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

Once the dressing is done cook the buckwheat as per packet instructions . Usually about 15 minutes over a medium heat with 2 ½ cups of water.

When ready, add the buckwheat to a large bowl. Add the sliced tomatoes and the remaining dill and parsley. Top with the juice and zest of the lemon. 

When the salmon is ready remove from the foil. Place on a a wooden board and break into bite sizes pieces. Add the salmon pieces on to the buckwheat bowl and gently combine. Top the salad with the dressing and roasted seed mix. Season to taste and you are ready to serve.

Health Tip:

Pumpkin seeds are good for heart health and circulation as well as promoting prostate health. You can also roast them up for an even more delicious topping to many dishes or eat them as a snack.

-Melissa 

Baked camembert with blackberries and spiced pecans

Baked camembert with blackberries and spiced pecans
Baked camembert with blackberries and spiced pecans

Christmas is around the corner and I am always on the hunt for fun recipes that are quick and simple. No one wants to stand and cook for hours if you don't have to. This recipe is a win because it is utterly delicious and will take you 20 minutes to make! The spiced nuts are heaven and in my opinion a dish all on their own! Get ready for a cheese crime scene. If you are anything like me I know that you will be victorious scoring the most nuts! Don't be shy to mix up the berries. I just like the blackberries as they are tart and compliment the sweet nuts perfectly! 


Serves 5 as an appetizer,  

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams pecan nuts, halved
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted  
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 250 grams camembert, choose one that is in a container to bake.
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries plus a few to decorate
  • 1/4 lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • fresh thyme to garnish
  • crackers of your choice for serving.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven 180°C

Place the nuts on a roasting tray and roast for 10 minutes to release the flavours. 
Meanwhile, add the butter, sugar, and spices along with two tablespoons of water to a pot over a medium heat. Let the mixture reduce but keep an eye on it as it can burn easily. Let the mixture bubble and start to thicken. Once the nuts are ready add them to the pot and stir until they are evenly coated. 

Line the roasting tray with wax paper. Spread the nuts out on the wax paper and pop them back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

When you add the nuts to the oven also add the camembert. It takes about 10-15 minutes to warm up. 

In a small pot add the blackberries, lemon, and honey. Bring to a simmer and let it reduce for 5-10 minutes until it reaches a jam-like consistency.

Once the cheese and nuts are ready remove them from the oven. Let the nuts cool for 5 minutes. Add the cheese and crackers to your serving plate. Top the cheese with the berries and nuts. Add a few fresh berries and sprinkle over thyme leaves. 

Serve hot and get ready for cheese heaven! 

-Melissa 


 


 

Duck and Pumpkin Bowl

Duck and Pumpkin Bowl

Duck is a beautifully rich meat that is packed with flavour. If you enhance that with other complimentary ingredients then you can create a real showstopper. Play around with citrus and chili or keep things simple and fresh like this recipe! 


Ingredients:

For the Bowl:

  • 1 small butternut, quartered and seeds removed
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 80g pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • ½ cup red cabbage, sliced

For the dressing:

  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 fresh red chilli, chopped (discard the seeds if you don’t like heat)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Place the butternut and onion in a roasting tray with 1 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix together the chili flakes, coriander, and cinnamon and sprinkle over the vegetables, tossing together with the oil until evenly covered. Season to taste.

Pop the roasting tray into the oven and roast for 45 minutes. Keep an eye on the onions, crispy bits are delicious but burnt is never tasty.

While the vegetables are roasting, place the duck breast, skin side down, into a large frying pan. Place the pan over medium heat. You want the pan to be cold and heat up with the duck in it. (Cooking tip: when you are cooking a high-fat meat, cook it without adding oil as it will cook in its own fat). Cook for ten minutes. The duck skin will slowly render and crisp, cooking out the fat. Once the skin is a golden colour and looks crispy, turn the breasts over and cook for a further three minutes. When done, remove the breasts and place on a wooden board. Cover with foil and let rest for five minutes.  Once rested, slice into half centimeter pieces.

In a large bowl, toss together the mint and spinach.

In a separate cup mix together all the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the mint and spinach leaves to make a salad base for your bowl.

Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven when done. Roughly chop the butternut and add the onions to the salad base and toss together. I like to add my butternut on top later separately for presentation, otherwise, you can just roughly chop it up and add in with the onions.

Finish off with the duck, red cabbage, coriander, and pistachios and enjoy.  

Health fact:

Pistachios have fewer calories than any other nut and they are a rich source of potassium and vitamin K. Potassium works to regulate fluid balance in the cells and body. Remember that raw and unsalted is always the best.

-Melissa 

Fresh Sausage, Spinach and Tomato Bowl

Fresh Sausage, Spinach and Tomato Bowl

 

*Serves 3

This is a great recipe because it is quick and easy to make. When you are looking for fresh ground pork, sausages are a great cheat. More often than not, they already have a great combination of herbs and spices mixed in. Visit your local butcher and explore the different free range options.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • coconut oil
  • 300g salsiccia sausage
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 150g rosa tomatoes halved
  • 2 generous handfuls baby spinach
  • olive oil to dress 

Instructions:

Cook the brown rice as per packet instructions. Once it is ready and fluffy, set aside.

In a medium frying pan over a medium heat add the oregano, chili flakes, and coriander with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Fry for a minute to release all of the flavours. Add the onions and saute until soft. 

Slice the sausage open, discarding the skin, and add the meat to a frying pan over a medium heat. The sausage can sometimes have more or less fat, so adding oil to the frying pan is not always necessary. However, if you see that the sausage and pan is a bit dry, you can add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Fry until golden bowl, about five to ten minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a large salad bowl add the tomatoes and spinach. Add the rice and toss. Once the mince is ready its time to build your bowl starting with the salad and ending with the mince and a dash of olive oil. 

Food Tip:

My goal is for all meat eaters to become mindful of their choices. Do you know where your meat comes from? Visit your local butcher and discuss healthy free range meat. Most meat in supermarkets is no longer free range and is mass produced. Be a conscious consumer and make healthier choices by knowing where your food really comes from.

-Melissa