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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 

Bulgogi BBQ Chicken with Mango Slaw

Bulgogi BBQ Chicken with Mango Slaw

I am sure you have all noticed the posts on the "new year, new me". Part of me feels that it doesn't have to be a new you, you are wonderful as you are. However, it is ok to want to tweak a few things such as your health. Because life isn't about perfection there is always room for growth. Starting off the year with mindful eating and taking the time to feed your body better fuel is a great place to start. This recipe will do just that. I'm obsessed with the crunchy slaw and with mangoes being in season, it tastes like sweet summer! If you are plant-based you can substitute the chicken for tofu or chickpeas! There is plenty of protein in the quinoa and if you are cooking with your intuition why not play around with different green leaves such as spinach. You can never have too many greens! 


*Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 1 cup tamari
  • ½ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (korean chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced (or tofu, sliced)

For the slaw:

  • 2 cups red cabbage, sliced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 1 handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup quinoa or rice of your choice
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 2 limes

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade and add the chicken. Toss until well covered and cover with cling film. Let rest for one hour or preferably overnight in the fridge.

In a separate large bowl, toss together all the ingredients for the slaw.

Cook the quinoa as per packet instructions. 

While the quinoa cooks, add the chicken to a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Spoon the marinade over the chicken and cook until the chicken starts to caramelize about 8- 10 minutes. 

To assemble the bowl add the quinoa and chicken and decorate with the slaw. Top with some fresh coriander and a drizzle of olive oil. Squeeze over some fresh lime to taste and enjoy!

Health Fact:

Sprouts increase nutrient absorption and contain Vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and zinc.

Buckwheat porridge with caramelized banana

Buckwheat porridge with caramelized banana

*Serves 1

This is a really great meal if you are bored with your usual, mundane breakfast. It is easy, delicious and different. Banana is decadent and sweet paired with the crunch of the almonds this breakfast is enough to satisfy any cravings! 


Ingredients:

  • 300g buckwheat
  • coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon agave or raw honey
  • 1 banana, sliced to your liking
  • 1 handful raw almonds

Instructions:

Soak the buckwheat in water overnight, then drain and rinse.

In a medium frying pan over a medium heat add a teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the buckwheat until golden brown, about five minutes.

Add the almond milk, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, and honey. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Dish the porridge into a bowl and set aside.

In the same frying pan, add a teaspoon of coconut oil and the banana and fry on a medium heat until sticky and caramelized, roughly five minutes. Once caramelized, add the banana to the porridge. Top with almonds and serve.

Health fact:

Buckwheat is high in fiber and gluten-free. Combined with the turmeric which is anti-inflammatory, this breakfast will pack a punch, and what is breakfast for if not for energy!

-Melissa 

 

Seared Ostrich Fillet with Citrus

Seared Ostrich Fillet with Citrus

*Serves 2

Ostrich is a meat that can be commonly found in most South African supermarkets. It has a rich, gamey taste to it and you can pair it with sweeter accents such as fresh fruits or a berry sauce for some great combinations.


Ingredients:

  • 230g ostrich fillet
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • salt and pepper 
  • coconut oil
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 1 generous handful rocket
  • 80g raw almonds, toasted
  • olive oil

Instructions:

Add the ostrich, along with the orange zest, juice, garlic, and tamari, to a bowl. Toss together and cover the bowl. Pop it into the fridge for an hour or overnight if you have time.

Remove the marinated ostrich from the fridge. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to a medium pan over a high heat. Add the ostrich fillet and sear on each side for two minutes. Once ready, remove from the heat and let rest for a further five minutes. You can cover it with a piece of foil so it doesn’t get too cold. Once rested, slice the ostrich and season to taste.

Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, remove the membranes of the orange segments.  In a medium bowl, layer the rocket and fresh oranges along with the sliced ostrich fillet. Top with the toasted almonds and drizzle with olive oil to serve.


Health Fact:

Ostrich is a lean meat and a great alternative to beef. It is also readily available in South African supermarkets.

Pineapple, Paw Paw and Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Pineapple, Paw Paw and Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

It’s all in the name. This smoothie bowl is packed with Vitamin C and quick and easy to make. There’s no reason not to start your day right by enjoying this bowl for breakfast.


Ingredients:

  • 120g fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 100g paw-paw, chopped
  • 250ml 1 cup coconut water
  • juice of ½ a lemon, juiced
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 3 blocks of ice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ cup gooseberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit, sliced
  • 1 dragon fruit (optional)
  • 1 star fruit (optional)
  • ¼ cup almonds

Instructions:

Blend the pineapple, paw-paw, coconut water, lemon juice, mint, chia seeds, and ice until smooth.

Add the smoothie to a bowl. Decorate with gooseberries and almonds kiwi fruit, dragon fruit balls, and star fruit.

This is a moment to connect with your food and put some good energy into it. If you feel like decorating with other seeds, nuts and a variety of fruits. Go wild! Real food is good for you and filled with vitamins and minerals!

Health Fact:

Kiwifruit is high in Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. It also helps to build strong bones and strengthen the immune system.

-Melissa