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Quinoa Pilaf with Raspberries, Hazelnuts and Dried Barberries

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

A delicious and easy quinoa (naturally gluten free and a good source of complete protein) pilaf with raspberries, parsley, toasted hazelnuts, and dried barberries. It is great on its own as a meatless meal or as a colourful side with some roasted chicken or smoked fish.

Quinoa Pilaf with Raspberries, Hazelnuts and Dried Barberries

adapted from here
  • 120 g Quinoa, rinsed
  • 250 ml Vegetable broth
  • 1/8 tsp Ground black pepper
  • Handful of finely chopped parsley
  • 50 g Hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dried barberries
  • 120 g Raspberries
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine rinsed quinoa, vegetable broth and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fold parsley, hazelnuts, barberries and raspberries gently into hot quinoa. Season and serve warm or room temperature. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Einkorn Coconut Cookies with Avocado and Raisin

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

These are definitely not your typical oatmeal cookies, but a fantastic variation. With freshly home milled einkorn flour, coconut oil, avocado and raisins, they make for a delicious on the go breakfast or an ideal afternoon snack.

  • 130 g Rolled oats
  • 110 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 100 g Coconut oil, softened
  • 7 g NuNaturals white stevia powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 150 g Raisins
  1. To toast oats, place them in a dry nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until they are fragrant and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift together the ground einkorn flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl beat coconut oil until soft. Add stevia and blend until smooth. Add egg and beat until well mixed and fluffy. Add the avocado to the bowl and beat until incorporated.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and mix in the flour mixture and the oats. Stir in the raisins. Use a tablespoon to form the cookies and place them, 1-inch apart, on prepared baking sheets. Slightly flatten each cookie and bake until browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Curried Red Quinoa Salad with Peas and Cod

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | © 2015 |

This Indian-inspired semi-vegetarian salad features red quinoa, a nutrients-packed seed that is harvested from goosefoot plant, green peas and cod fish. It is very easy to make and is naturally gluten free. Quinoa can be replaced with couscous or bulgar here and feel free to use tofu instead of fish if you are a true vegetarian or vegan.

  • 100 g Red quinoa, rinsed
  • 280 ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger root, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 250 g Cod, cubed
  • 150 g Peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place rinsed red quinoa and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the quinoa is just tender. Remove from heat and then fluff with a fork.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over low heat and add ginger slices and curry powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute just until aromatic.
  3. Add in cubed cod fish and peas, and stir well to coat in the spices. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes until the fish are cooked and the peas are softened.
  4. Remove from the heat and add in the cooked red quinoa, tomato wedges and toss well to combine. Add the lemon juice and zest and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Green Bean Raspberry Salad with Walnuts and Herbs de Provence

Monday, September 14, 2015 | © 2015 |

The green beans are blanched to crisp-tender and tossed with a mix of garlic, olive oil, and Herbs de Provence. It is perfect for a starter or side dish that goes well with nearly any main and takes no more than 20 minutes to prepare.

Green Bean Raspberry Salad with Walnuts and Herbs de Provence

adapted from here
  • 400 g Green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 60 g Walnuts, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 120 g Raspberries
  1. Boil green beans in a large pot of salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped walnuts and cook 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and chopped garlic to skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Return the walnuts to the skillet, herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Cook briefly. Add in green beans and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and gently fold in raspberries until evenly coated. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Chocolate Zucchini Banana Streusel Cake

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

This extra moist and delicious zucchini banana bread (or cake) with a crunch oat topping is a combination of two all-time favorites. The deep dark colour and rich flavour come from the use of Dutch-processed cocoa powder and chopped milk chocolate.

Streusel ToppingCake Batter
  • 45 g Rolled oats
  • 35 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 35 g Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Mixed seeds
  • 1 Large zucchini
  • 60 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 200 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/5 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 100 g Coconut oil
  • 100 g Coconut sugar
  • 5 g NuNaturals white stevia powder
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 Very ripe large bananas, mashed
  • 150 g Milk chocolate chunks
  1. Combine oats, ground einkorn flour, raw brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Rub in coconut oil until the mixture resmebles coarse crumbs. Stir in mixed seeds. Set aside.
  2. Grate the zucchini on the small holes on a box grater. Squeeze shredded zucchini with your hands to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Line a standard-size loaf pan with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  3. Whisk together the cocoa powder, einkorn flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, beat together coconut oil, raw sugar, stevia, eggs, and bananas until well combined. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chunks.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the streusel over. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely before slicing. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Einkorn Blackberry Salad with Garam Masala Vinaigrette

Saturday, September 05, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

For this simple, healthy, light yet incredibly satisfying salad, nutty, chewy ancient einkorn berries-the most primitive of any wheat on earth are blended with fresh blackberries, roasted peanuts, and herbs and tossed in a garam masala vinaigrette. It makes a great meal and also a perfect side for some roasted chicken. If preferable, you can substitute spelt or emmer for the einkorn.

SaladGaram Masala Vinaigrette
  • 150 g Einkorn berries,rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp Ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 500 ml Water
  • 150 g Blackberries
  • 80 g Peanuts, roasted and salted
  • 3 stalk Scallions, thinly sliced
  • Some mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala powder
  • 80 ml Olive oil
  • 20 ml Cold pressed peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup Flat parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Combine einkorn berries, turmeric, salt and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 55 to 65 minutes or until the einkorn berries are tender. Drain and let cool slightly. While the einkorn berries are cooking, make the vinaigrette. Combine lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger and garam masala in a bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil and peanut oil. Stir in chopped parsley.
  2. To assemble salad, stir in enough vinaigrette to moisten the warm wheat berries. Add blackberries, roasted peanuts, scallions and mint and gently toss to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Vegan Coconut Einkorn Cookies

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

These thick chewy yet crispy coconut einkorn oat cookies, adapted from taste, are vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. They are super easy to put together and make a delicious afternoon treat with a glass of chilled milk.

  • 150 g Coconut oil
  • 35 g Agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 120 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 100 g Rolled oats
  • 50 g Coconut sugar
  • 50 g Desiccated coconut
  • 30 g Sunflower seeds
  • 30 g Roasted peanuts
  • 40 g Chia seeds
  • 50 g Dried cranberries, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F or 160C/320F fan-force. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Place coconut oil and agave nectar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until fully combined. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
  2. Whisk together the ground einkorn, baking soda, oats, coconut sugar, desiccated coconut, sunflower seeds, roasted peanuts, chia seeds and cranberries. Add in cooled coconut oil mixture and stir until well combined. The mixture will still be crumbly.
  3. Place firmly packed level 1/4 cup measures of mixture on prepared trays and press down slightly, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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