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Citrus Boost Smoothie

tutti frutti smoothie

Grapefruit and lime… can you think of a more refreshing way to start the morning?

Citrus Boost Grapefruit Smoothie

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • juice of 1 lime
  • a squeeze of fresh pomegranate juice
  • ice
  • optional: 1 tsp honey*

What to do

  1. Pour a little pomegranate juice at the bottom of a glass.
  2. In a blender, add milk, banana, grapefruit and lime juice.
  3. Add ice and blend until smooth.
  4. Taste the smoothie. If you find the grapefruit is too tart* then add honey, blend again, and then pour into the glass.

 

Creamy Choc Mint Smoothie

Yes, I know… choc mint is old-fashioned. In fact, it’s the only ice cream my grandmother would serve at her house. Yes, it’s old-fashioned, but that’s why we still love it. That pastel green flecked with chocolate bits warms the soul in a flurry of a nostalgia.

mint chip 1

My recipe combines the classic flavours with healthy fats and leafy greens.

Creamy Choc Mint Smoothie

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk*
  • ice
  • 1 tbs dark chocolate chips, plus more for garnish*

What to do

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth, except for the ice and chocolate chips.
  2. When the smoothie is combined, at the ice and blend again.
  3. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and blend for just a few seconds so that most of the chocolate chips stay intact.

*For a completely vegan smoothie, use a dairy free milk such as almond or soy milk and replace the chocolate chips for cacao nibs.

mint chip 2

Tip: Using Leftover Wine

Do you have an open bottle of wine in the fridge just a little past its prime? Don’t throw it out! Even though it’s no longer good for drinking, it’s still great for cooking. Wine can add incredible depth of flavour to a dish. These are three of my favourite uses.

1 | Tomato Pasta Sauce

Uses red or white wine

Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add onions, garlic and chili and cook until onions become translucent. Add a protein such as cubed chicken, chorizo, or beef mince and stir until cooked through.

You will notice bits have gotten stuck to the bottom of the pan. This is where the magic of wine comes in: deglazing. Add the wine and stir. All those flavourful bits at the bottom are now in your sauce.

Add a tin of diced tomato and let the sauce simmer until it has reduced to a lovely thick pasta sauce.

2 | Mushroom Stroganoff

Uses red wine

In a pot, fry onions in olive oil and butter. Add brown or mixed mushrooms cut into large pieces and cook for a few minutes.

Add worchestire sauce, vegetable stock, water, wine, dijon mustard and pepper and give it a good stir.

Turn down the heat and let it simmer (covered) for about 45 mins. This process will help concentrate the flavour of the wine.

In a small bowl, mix maizena and some of the cooking liquid until a paste forms. Add it to the pot and stir to thicken, then turn off the heat.

Finish off the stroganoff by stirring in some sour cream or full fat yogurt. Serve over rice or noodles.

3 | Basic Risotto

Uses white or rosé wine

In a pot, fry diced onion in some olive oil and butter. Once the onions have started to brown, add minced garlic and arborio rice and cook a minute more. At this point, add the wine and take in that beautiful earthy scent.

Add stock (preferably chicken stock, but a vegetable one will do just fine) and stir. Once the stock has evaporated, add more and stir again. Repeat this process until the rice is cooked.

Finish off the risotto with parmesan and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Perfect side dish to any main meal.

 

 

 

Recipe: Chocolate & Raspberry Smoothie

choc raspberry smoothie

Double layer smoothie, double the flavour!

 

Chocolate & Raspberry Smoothie

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients

Raspberry layer:

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup rice milk*
  • 1/4 banana

Chocolate layer:

  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • rest of the banana
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

What to do

  1. First blend all ingredients for the raspberry layer and set aside.
  2. Blend all ingredients for the chocolate layer and pour into a glass.
  3. Gently spoon the raspberry mix on top of the chocolate layer.

*PRO TIP: You could use any milk or milk alternative. I used rice milk because it adds a lovely natural sweetness.

Recipe: Banana Bread Oats

There is literally nothing in this world better than dessert for breakfast. This oatmeal recipe is delicious AND healthy.

banana bread oats

 

Banana Bread Oats

Serves 1
Prep time: 1 min

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbs greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbs walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon (depending on your taste)
  • Optional: 1 tsp peanut butter

What to do

  1. Pop all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

*PRO TIP: You can easily prepare this in advance. Simply mix all the ingredients (except the walnuts) and pop it in the fridge. Easy overnight oats for a busy morning 🙂