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Crustless Protein Quark Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Saturday, August 31, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

Crustless, refined sugar-free, and skinny cheesecake made with German Quark cheese, yoghurt, and vanilla flavoured protein powder, then sweetened with honey and bananas and dressed up with a simple blueberry sauce which was beautiful on the cake. A delicious low-carb cheesecake that you can enjoy guilt-free.

CheesecakeBlueberry Sauce
  • 500 g 0.2% Magerquark
  • 200 g 1.5% Plain yoghurt
  • 70 g Whey vanilla protein powder
  • 3 Large egg whites
  • 2 Large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 400 g Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  1. Preheat the oven 150C/300F. Line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Blend all the cheesecake ingredients until well combined. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of hot oven for an hour. Turn the oven off and leave cheesecake in oven, with door ajar, for an hour or until center is completely set. Then remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Chill the cheesecake at least 4 hours before serving.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add blueberries, lemon juice and honey. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Slide a small knife around edges of cake to loosen it and remove transfer to a cake plate. Garnish with some more blueberries and spoon the sauce over. | © 2013 | | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Sweetheart Cabbage Salad with Red Currants

Monday, August 26, 2013 | © 2013 |

Sweetheart, or pointed cabbage, have a softer texture and sweeter taste than those green or purple cabbages. This salad is quite simple to make and goes well with all meats, but it can be a meal in itself with some homemade bread. The red currants can be replaced with other fruits.

  • 400 g Sweetheart cabbage, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Honey
  • 150 g Red currants
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives
  1. Wash the sweetheart cabbage and cut into thin slices. Place sliced cabbages in a large salad bowl. Add in salt, pepper and cumin. Roughly squeeze and massage the shredded cabbage until wilted.
  2. Add in white wine vinegar, olive oil and honey. Mix thoroughly. Fold in red currants and chopped chives. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Gluten Free Brown Rice Banana Bread

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

This deliciously moist, sugar-free, fat-free, gluten-free, protein-loaded banana bread is perfect for afternoon tea, picnics and packed lunches. Soft ripe bananas are best for the recipe. The batter can be baked in the individual muffin cups too.

  • 150 g Organic brown rice, ground into flour
  • 40 g Whey protein powder
  • 15 g Psyllium powder
  • 7 g Baking powder
  • 5 g Baking soda
  • 2 g Salt
  • 160 g Applesauce
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 3 Ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100 g 0.1% Buttermilk
  • 50 g Hazelnuts
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, protein powder, psyllium powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Make a well in the center and add in applesauce, egg whites, mashed bananas, and buttermilk. Stir until just incorporated. Now stir in the hazelnuts.
  3. Spoon the batter into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Bake the bread in the middle of hot oven for about 55 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Kumato Avocado Salad

Friday, August 16, 2013 | © 2013 |

A very juicy and tasty kumato tomato salad layered with traditional red tomatoes and avocado drizzled with argan oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice.
Kumato, originally from the Galapagos Islands, also known as the black tomato, its colour actually ranges from dark green to a deep brownish-red when ripe. Besides its markedly darker colour, the Kumato is much sweeter and has a intenser aroma than the regular tomatoes.

  • 2 tsp Black sesame seeds
  • 2 Kumato tomatoes
  • 2 Vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • Basil leaves
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Argan oil
  • 1 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  1. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium-low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until toasted. Remove from the heat and set it aside to cool.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into even slices. Simply slice the avocado in half, remove the pit, cut into slices and remove the peel.
  3. Arrange the slices of tomatoes and avocado and basil leaves on a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with argan oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice. Sprinkle with toasted black sesame seeds. | © 2013 |

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Oven Roasted Balsamic Beetroot with Tapenade and Fenugreek Leaves

Monday, August 12, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

This delicious, easy-to-make beetroot recipe is oven roasted, which intensifies their natural sweetness, and then tossed with a Mediterranean olive-based sauce, served on a bed of homegrown fenugreek leaves. You can substitue them with celery leaves or other leafy greens of your choice.

  • 80 g Pitted black olives
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Capers
  • 2 Anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp Freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 750 g Beetroot, peeled and halved
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Dill
  • Extra black olives, cut into rings
  • Fenugreek leaves
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  1. Place pitted olives, minced garlic, capers, anchovy fillets, lime juice, parsley and olive oil in the blender. Process to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes a coarse paste, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Peel and cut the beets in half. Place the beets in a baking pan. Toss the beets with olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cover the beets with a sheet of aluminum foil. Roast for 1 hour until firm but tender. Remove from the oven.
  3. Once the roasted beets are cooled enough to touch, slice them into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl. Toss with tapenade, olive rings and dill. Arrange fenugreek leaves in a serving plate, spoon the well-tossed beet in the center, and sprinkle some sesame seeds over. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Red Currant Quark Cheesecake

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 | © 2013 |

This redcurrant cheesecake is really easy to make and has a great balance between sweet and tart. It's perfect for a light yet creamy dessert on a hot day when you don't want to turn your oven on. You can easily replace the red currants with raspberries or blueberries.
Quark is a very common fresh cheese in Germany. It is a mild creamy cheese without the sour taste of yogurt. It usually has much lower fat content than cream cheeses and has no salt added.

  • 1 disc / 10-inch Chocolate chiffon cake
  • 12 Sheet gelatin
  • 200 g Red currants
  • 500 g 0.2% German Magerquark cheese
  • 200 g Sour cream
  • 50 g Caster sugar
  • 300 g Whipping cream
  1. Place the chocolate chiffon cake layer in a springform pan lined with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Place 150 grams of red currants in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until berries are completely soft, about 10 minutes. Once cooked, strain through a fine sieve. Set aside to cool. Discard the pulp.
  3. Soak sheets of gelatin in a bowl of cold water to soften, 5-10 minutes. Remove and gently squeeze to remove any excess water. Melt the softened sheets in a saucepan or microwave over very low heat, stirring just until melted completely.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Magerquark, sour cream, red currant puree and sugar. Slowly stir in the melted gelatin until well combined. Fold in the rest of red currants. Cover and chill for 15 minutes until it begins to thicken.
  5. Whip the cream until soft peaks form and fold into the Quark cheese mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared chiffon cake layer. Cover with a plastic film and chill for 3-4 hours. Garnish with red currants. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Broad Bean Salad with Feta and Almonds

Friday, August 02, 2013 | © 2013 |

Broad beans, also known as fava beans, are sweet, tender and delicious pod beans with a smooth creamy texture. This is a lovely summer salad which can be eaten on its own or as an accompaniment to any meaty main dishes.

Broad Bean Salad with Feta and Almonds

adapted from BBC Good Food
  • 100 g Broad beans, podded weight
  • 1 handful Cilantro or parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 50 g Feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 tbsp Lemon-scented olive oil
  • 50 g Almonds, skin on
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  1. Briefly cook the broad beans in simmering water, drain and refresh in cold water. Squeeze them out of their grey outer pods, if you want.
  2. Put the cilantro in a bowl, add the shallot and feta. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and toast the almonds, add a little salt to the pan, toss, then add the cilantro mix along with the beans. Dress with the lemon juice. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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