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Beetroot Salad with Pan Seared Prawns

Monday, July 29, 2013 | © 2013 |

This simple but elegant salad contains sweet, tender vacuum pack beetroot beets, which is a truly convenient and versatile ingredient and great for use in a wide range of dishes, cilantro, and pistachios, plus protein-rich pan-seared prawns. The sweet but tangy taste of white balsamic and a rich, buttery macadamia oil make a perfect compliment to those naturally sweet root vegetables.

  • 2 Vacuum packed cooked beetroot
  • 8 Giant prawns, deveined
  • 1 handful Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Macadamia oil
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • White balsamic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Pistachios, chopped
  1. Using a mandoline, slice the beetroot into a bowl. Add the white balsamic, a tablespoon of macadamia oil, and season with a little salt and pepper. Mix together.
  2. In a pan, heat the sunflower oil over high heat until hot. Add in prawns and cook until they have turned pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Arrange the thinly sliced beetroot onto two serving plates. Place the cilantro in the center and top with pan-seared prawns. Scatter the chopped pistachios over. Drizzle with a little bit more macadamia oil if desired. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Gluten Free Brown Rice Bread

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

This bread is a staple in our house whenever we go wheat-free. It is soft, moist and tastes almost just like a hearty dense sourdough bread. Don't leave out or replace the eggs with applesauce as they not only serve as the natural leaveners, also add moisture, flavour and protein to the bread. Mungbean starch is used as a thickening agent to replace the gluten. You can of course substitute it with tapioca or potato starch.

  • 420 g Organic brown rice, ground into flour
  • 70 g Mungbean starch
  • 1/2 tbsp Baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 480 ml Buttermilk
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1-2 tbsp Flaxseed, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a 9x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the brown rice flour, mungbean starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in the buttermilk, eggs, and honey. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and lump free.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with flaxseed if desired. Bake for about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool the bread in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2013 | | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Agar Agar Raspberry Snack

Friday, July 19, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

These healthy and delicious snacks are made mainly from seasonal fruits, and agar agar which has the advantage of being calorie-free. There is no artificial food colouring or sugar, just lightly sweetened with a tablespoon of maple syrup.
Agar agar powder has a more powerful gelling agent compared to gelatin. So if you plan to use gelatin to make fruit snacks, you will need more amount of gelatin. And unlike gelatin, agar agar powder needs to be heated for 2 minutes with fruit mixture to get dissolved.

  • 120 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 400 g Frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Agar agar powder
  1. Pour the lemon juice and raspberries into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until raspberries have softened.
  2. Stir in maple syrup and stir until combined. Use a stick blender to puree the mixture. Strain the raspberry seeds out if desired.
  3. Stir in agar agar powder until completely dissolved. Heat the mixture to a rolling boil and continue to cook the mixture for 2 minutes. Pour into a baking dish or into silicone moulds. Place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes until firm. Remove and cut into bars. Garnish with coconut shreds and serve. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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High Protein Banana Rye Bread with Applesauce and Peanuts

Monday, July 15, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A very moist and delicious banana bread prepared with wholegrain rye flour, grapeseed flour and spiced with cinnamon. The add-in of roasted peanuts is optional. By replacing oil/butter with applesauce and whole eggs with egg white and vanilla whey protein, you can enjoy this old time favourite with less fat, and extra portion of protein.

  • 105 g Wholegrain rye, ground into flour
  • 20 g Grapeseed flour
  • 40 g Vanilla whey powder
  • 11/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 60 ml Soya milk
  • 2 Medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 120 g Applesauce, lightly sweetened
  • 40 g Peanuts, salted and roasted (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the wholegrain rye flour, grapeseed flour, vanilla whey powder, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. Add in egg whites, soya milk, mashed bananas and applesauce. Beat with a whisk until well combined and smooth. Fold in roasted peanuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about 40 minutes. Leave the cake to cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2013 | | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Gluten Free Chocolate Tofu Tartlets with Cherry Compote

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | © 2013 |

You are going to love these healthy and delicious tarlets made with a gluten-free buckwheat pastry shell filled chocolate-tofu mixture instead of usual eggs and dairy, then served with a luscious cherry compote. The chocolate tofu filling can also be used for other desserts and sweet treats. It is simple to make at home, and you can add other flavours for different twists on the basic recipe.

Buckwheat CrustChocolate Tofu FillingCherry Compote
  • 200 g Buckwheat flour
  • 50 g Sunflower seeds, finely ground
  • 1 tbsp Psyllium husks
  • 1/3 tsp Sea salt
  • 110 g Cold butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 tbsp Iced cold water
  • 330 g Silken tofu
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 200 g 70% Dark chocolate, cut into smaller chunks
  • 180 ml Cherry juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 30 g Sugar
  • 250 g Pitted fresh (or frozen, thawed) cherries
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/ 400F. Have ready four 10-cm tartlet pans or a 24-cm tart pan with removable bottom.
  2. Combine the buckwheat flour, finely ground sunflower seeds, psyllium husks, and salt in a large bowl. Rub in the cold butter with your fingers. Then, add in water, still mixing with your fingers, until the mixture forms a ball.
  3. Wrap dough with the waxed paper and chill for at least one hour or until firm before rolling. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut it into 4 pieces. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pans and prick the bottoms with a fork. Line each tartlet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake the tart shells for 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove the pie weights or beans and return to the oven to bake for 5 minutes more, or until the crust is golden brown. Let the shells cool completely before filling and serving.
  4. In a blender, mix the silken tofu with vanilla and honey until smooth. Place chocolate chunks in a saucepan on low heat and melt just until smooth. Pour melted chocolate into the blender and continue blending until the mixture is completely smooth. Divide the filling into the prepared tartlet shells and chill at least 2 hours until firm.
  5. Mix the cornstarch and 1 tbsp cherry juice in a small bowl, set aside. Add the rest of cherry juice, cinnamon powder, sugar and cherries in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until cherries are softened and start to release juices, about 10 minutes. Once the compote has cooked, add the cornstarch mixture a bit at a time while stirring. Let the mixture simmer for a minute. Pour into a bowl and let cool before using. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Rye Spelt Bread with Beetroot and Walnuts

Friday, July 05, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A delicious and nutritious bread baked with a combination of wholegrain rye and organic spelt, enriched with blood-lowering effect of beetroot, and fiber and protein rich walnuts - a perfect breakfast bread. If you want a really pinky bread, replace the buttermilk with beetroot juice.

  • 100 g Wholegrain rye, ground into flour
  • 200 g Organic wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 package / 7 g Active dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger root, finely grated
  • 150 g Beetroot juice, at room temperature
  • 200 g Buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 100 g Cooked beetroot, diced
  • 100 g Walnuts, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  1. Line a standard-size loaf pan. Whisk the rye, spelt flours, baking powder, and dried yeast in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add in salt, sugar, finely grated fresh ginger, beetroot juice, buttermilk and walnut oil. Beat thoroughly.
  2. Fold in diced cooked beetroot, 80 grams of walnuts and fennel seeds. The dough should be thick and sticky. Now scrape the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Lightly press the rest of the walnuts into the dough.
  3. Leave it, covered with a clean kitchen towel, at a warm spot for 20 minutes. At the same time, preheat the oven to 200C/400F, leaving a tray of boiling water at the bottom of the oven. Bake the bread in the middle rack of the hot oven for about 35 minutes. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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