Monday, 17 September 2018

Raw Lemon "Cheesecake"

raw lemon cheesecake

I served this at a recent event and it may well have been one of my most popular desserts yet. It's everything a "cheesecake" should be- creamy and indulgent, yet a light enough dessert to still be enjoyable after dinner- and this one has the added plus points of being gluten free and vegan friendly, naturally! I love serving this with a homemade warm blueberry compote- simply simmer together blueberries with a little water and a splash of maple syrup (to taste). As this is a rich "cheesecake", you will need to take it out of the freezer further in advance than others on Halo Eats- even I've been caught out by this as I'm so accustomed to the other recipes- but don't worry, it will hold its shape and have the benefit of the zesty lemon flavour being even more pronounced if you serve it this way.

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, promotes healthy skin, beneficial for bone health

Serves 8-10

125g almonds
175g medjool dates, pitted
3 lemons (I always use unwaxed)
Pinch sea salt
300g cashew nuts, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
1 x 160ml can coconut cream
150ml coconut oil (liquid)
100ml maple syrup
Edible flowers, to decorate (optional)

1) Grease an 8 inch springform cake tin with a little coconut oil.
2) Whizz the almonds in a food processor to finely chop. Add the medjool dates, zest of 1 lemon and salt and whizz again until the mixture starts to stick together. Press into the prepared cake tin and refrigerate to set for a couple of hours.
3) In a clean food processor, whizz the cashews to break up. Add the juice of the 3 lemons, along with the coconut cream, coconut oil and maple syrup and whizz until smooth and creamy.
4) Stir in the zest of 2 of the lemons to combine. Pour the "cheese" mixture on top of the prepared base and place in the freezer to set overnight.
5) To serve, remove from the freezer at least one hour before serving. You can remove the "cheesecake" further in advance but you'll need to keep it refrigerated. Decorate with edible flowers, if desired.

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Raw Pad Thai

raw pad Thai

This is a really delicious and fresh tasting dish with a rainbow of veggies to get you well on your way to five a day! It's packed full of flavour and is so simple to prepare. I've suggested a variety of chopping methods to keep things interesting but if you don't have a spiraliser or want to make this dish even simpler, feel free to chop the vegetables thinly as desired. If you are making this for one, I'd recommend sticking to the quantities in the recipe and enjoying the leftovers for lunch the following day as it's so addictive that I'm sure you'll want more! Just be sure to separate the veggies out into two portions so that you can add the dressing freshly to the second portion the next day, to avoid them going soggy. If you're making the two portions together, why not make the dressing in the large bowl first then add the vegetables to save on washing up. Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh coriander (optional) and a wedge of lime to serve.

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, good source of antioxidants, beneficial for eye health

Serves 2

1 large carrot, made into flat noodles using a vegetable peeler
1 courgette, spiralised into noodles
1 red pepper, very finely sliced
1/2 small red cabbage, very finely sliced

For the dressing:
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 inch piece ginger, grated
Juice of 1/2 lime (use 1 lime if this doesn't yield much juice- taste the sauce to check first!)
Pinch chilli flakes

1) Place the vegetables into a large mixing or salad bowl. Toss together to combine.
2) Make the dressing by whisking together the peanut butter, water, tamari, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, lime juice and chilli flakes.
3) Immediately before serving, toss the vegetables together with the dressing.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Courgette and Chive Quiche

courgette and chive quiche

Yes, you read the title of today's recipe correctly! You may be wondering how quiche can be gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly but I've captured the essence of a classic quiche in this healthy alternative recipe. Many vegan friendly quiches contain tofu to replace the egg but I prefer to avoid tofu- nonetheless, the centre of this is spongy and full of flavour thanks to in-season courgette along with chives. If you're short on time, you can make up to step 4 in advance (i.e. the day before). I really hope you'll give the recipe a try- it's the perfect summer lunch or dinner, served alongside a fresh salad and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Three great health benefits: good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, promotes healthy skin, anti-inflammatory

Serves 4

For the base:
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup buckwheat flour
Pinch sea salt

For the centre:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large courgette, chopped into circles
1 cup chickpea (gram) flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
Sea salt and black pepper
1 cup almond milk (I always use unsweetened)
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped

1) Start by making a chia "egg" by mixing together the chia seeds with 3 tbsp water. Set aside for 20- 30 minutes, until a gel forms.
2) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 9 inch tart tin with a little coconut oil.
3) Place the chia egg in a food processor along with the ground almonds, buckwheat flour and salt. Add 1/4 cup water, a little at a time, and continue mixing until the ingredients come together as a "dough".
4) Press the dough in an even layer into the prepared tart tin. Poke holes in the bottom with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
5) Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and lightly fry to soften. Remove the onion and evenly distribute it over the cooked quiche base.
6) You may need to add a little more olive oil to the pan at this point. Add the courgette and lightly fry to caramelise. Remove from the pan and evenly distribute on top of the onion on the cooked quiche base.
7) Make the quiche centre by stirring together the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, turmeric, baking powder and plenty of salt & pepper in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the almond milk to form a batter. Finally, whisk in the chives.
8) Pour the herby batter over the onion and courgette in the quiche base. Bake in the preheated oven (180 degrees) for 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

My Favourite Beetroot Juice

my favourite beetroot juice

As the name of this recipe suggests, this is my favourite beetroot juice and the one that's my "go-to" more than any other. I love the flavour combination of earthy beetroot, sweet carrot and apple and spicy ginger & of course, the gorgeous pink colour imparts instant happiness too! This juice is packed full of goodness and it's the first thing I reach for when I'm feeling a little under the weather for whatever reason so I thought it'd be a useful recipe to share to coincide with the inevitable return-to-school bugs!

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, supports the body's detoxification process, promotes healthy skin

Serves 1
Enjoy immediately

2 beetroot
3 carrots
1 apple
1 inch piece ginger

1) Starting with the ginger, feed the ingredients through a juicer one at a time. Pour into a serving glass and enjoy immediately.

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Friday, 7 September 2018

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

I recently realised that most of the breakfast recipes here on Halo Eats are for sweet options, which doesn't necessarily reflect my reality. Well, not at weekends anyway. Sure, during the week, I'll invariably blitz up a smoothie for an on-the-go breakfast and it's no secret that I'm a big fan of a warming bowl of porridge in the colder months. That said, I also love savoury breakfasts and particularly enjoy them at weekends, when I have a little more time. This may be something as simple as the Instagram famous, avo on toast (one of my favourites), or something a little more substantial.

Beans on toast used to be one of my favourite foods (and does anyone remember those baked bean pizzas?! I adored them as a teenager!) and is arguably one of the ultimate comfort foods thanks to its nostalgic associations. These days, I tend to avoid processed tinned baked beans, which since changing my eating habits I now find taste too sweet in any case. With that in mind, it seemed logical to create my own version of baked beans, which I love to incorporate into a weekend breakfast or brunch. These are rich, tomatoey, smokey and slightly sweet. It may take a little bit more effort than reheating the contents of a can but trust me, it's so worth it.

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, good source of fibre, good source of antioxidants

Serves 2

1 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, minced in a food processor or very finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
2- 3 tsp (to taste) blackstrap molasses
Sea salt and black pepper

1) Warm the oil in a saucepan over a medium low heat on the hob. Add the onion and lightly fry for a few minutes before adding the garlic. Lightly fry for a further 1-2 minutes.
2) Add the beans, followed by the paprika and tomato puree. Stir to combine.
3) Stir in the tinned tomatoes and molasses. Season with salt & pepper. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes, until the liquid has reduced and the sauce has thickened.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps with Plum Sauce

jackfruit lettuce wraps with plum sauce

Whenever I used to have a Chinese takeaway, one of my favourite dishes was pancakes with plum sauce and as I don't think that I'm alone in that, I wanted to create a healthy & vegan friendly version. I'm so excited to share this recipe with you, with a plum sauce which perfectly captures the classic oriental flavour along with jackfruit for that "pulled meaty" texture and fresh lettuce wraps. It's difficult to get across just how good this is so I really hope that you'll try it for yourself!

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, promotes healthy skin, beneficial for eye health

Makes 8 wraps
Enjoy immediately

6 plums, de-stoned and roughly chopped (280g)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 (small) red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
2 tbsp water
Freshly ground black pepper (few twists)
1 gem lettuce, washed and outer leaves removed.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 x 400g can young jackfruit pieces, drained and rinsed

1) In a small saucepan over a medium heat, place the plums, garlic, ginger, chilli, cinnamon, maple syrup, tamari, water and pepper. Stir and bring to the boil. Allow to bubble for a few minutes before reducing the heat to low and simmering for approximately 10 minutes, until the liquid has reduced (stirring regularly). Remove the cinnamon stick.
2) Meanwhile, remove 8 of the lettuce leaves (keeping them intact so that they will act as "wraps" and place onto a serving plate ready to fill.
3) Warm the coconut oil in a medium frying pan on the hob over a medium temperature. Add the jackfruit pieces and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly.
4) Break the jackfruit pieces up using a fork so that they resemble "pulled pork". Add the plum sauce and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly.
5) To serve, divide the jackfruit mixture evenly between the lettuce "wraps" and enjoy immediately.

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Porridge Bread

porridge bread

I know that some coeliacs can't tolerate oats so I'm so pleased that I can as they feature heavily in my diet. Oats themselves are gluten free- although the protein in them (avenin) is similar to gluten- but the production methods mean that there is a high risk of cross contamination hence me buying specially produced (& annoyingly, far more expensive!) gluten free oats. Oats are packed with health benefits including promoting healthy skin thanks to the B vitamin, Biotin and are a good source of soluble fibre, making them beneficial to digestive health- to name just a couple of their positive properties! I wanted to share this oat based Porridge Bread recipe with you today as it's a healthy alternative to the shop bought processed gluten free breads available. This is such a simple bread recipe but makes a loaf which is packed full of goodness. The sprinkle toppings are merely a suggestion- feel free to switch these up for your favourite chopped nuts and seeds. There's something a little bit addictive about this bread and it works well with sweet and savoury toppings alike- don't just take my word for it.. try it with healthy baked beans, smashed avo, chia jam or nut butter and enjoy!

Three great health benefits: boosts immunity, good source of fibre, promotes healthy skin

Makes 1 loaf

1 tbsp chia seeds
300g gluten free oats
60g seeds (I used a mix of hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Generous pinch sea salt
400g coconut yoghurt
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tbsp almond milk (I always use unsweetened)

For the topping: 
2 tsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp gluten free jumbo oats

1) Start by making a "chia egg". Combine the chia seeds with 3 tbsp water and set aside for approximately half an hour, until a gel forms. 
2) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper. 
3) In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, 60g seeds, bicarbonate of soda and salt. 
4) Stir in the chia egg, coconut yoghurt, blackstrap molasses and almond milk until thoroughly combined. 
5) Place the mixture in the prepared loaf tin, using a spatula to smooth the top. Sprinkle the top with the hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and jumbo oats. 
6) Bake for 50 minutes. Cool completely in the tin before slicing.

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