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Chia and Coconut Flour Crackers

28 Feb

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My food affair with chia seeds continues and I needed a cracker to go with the tomato and chia relish.  Go crazy and have a play around with the flavourings when you make this recipe.   I used rosemary and garlic but the possibilties with this recipe are endless.  Well, not endless but lots of options!  The mixture seems strange until you add the boiling water.  I was looking at the dry ingredients thinking it would be not enough, then added the boiling water and woosh!  The mixture expanded and I had a large ball of dough to play with.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Tomato, Chia and Chilli Relish

20 Feb
Slather it on everything!

Slather it on everything!

I’ve previously made a jam with chia seeds, so this is a savoury alternative in a form of a relish.  You can’t call a savoury jam a jam surely? Relish it is then!   As with the jam, the chia seeds are great for thickening the relish.  It is great on crackers, spread on bread (gluten free, natch) and I even spread some on some grilled aubergines.  I went a little crazy for a week and spread it on anything that was either cooked or flat!   I loved it on some chia crackers…that was chia seed overload that day! Yummy, tell me more diva..,

Coconut Oil Chocolate Bars

14 Feb

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These are a great version of chocolate bars and a healthier option too.   You can play around with the basic recipe and add nuts, coconut and different flavourings.   My next batch will have some chopped pecan nuts in.   Oooh, cherries would be nice too! (Makes note to self).  I made mint only because I had an urge for some After Eights chocolate.  This did the job and kept my urges at bay.  Make sure you store these chocolate bars in the fridge since the coconut oil is a liquid at room temperature and you will soon have a mess on your hands/sofa if not.  It won’t be pretty.  Tasty yes, but not pretty.   It is also my excuse for taking a large portion of them and scoffing the lot with the argument ” but they will melt”… Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cuban Salad

8 Feb
A colourful salad

A colourful salad

A salad that is full of colour and looks good enough to eat!  Part of the fun is the assembling of the salad but you could change how I have it if you are feeling creative enough.    This Cuban salad  recipe is an easy salad to make and very refreshing.     The dressing is fresh and tasty too.   I had difficulty restraining myself from munching the whole plate in one sitting! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cherry Tomato Stuffed Avocado

23 Jan

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I love avocados and this made a wonderful lunch for me, but you could serve this as a starter too.    It looks pretty on a plate and is just so simple to put together.  I love the bright colours and it almost looked too good to eat.    It tastes fresh  and light but will be fairly filling because of the nutrient density of the avocado.   Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients, healthy fats  and heart-healthy compounds.   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

18 Jan

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I normally use almond milk in my Chia puddings, but this time tried coconut milk.   It was lovely and creamy.  A great version of strawberries and cream for breakfast!  Or a dessert.  I often have chia puddings for breakfast but this can make a lovely dessert option too.  Chia seeds are gluten and grain free but one tablespoon of the little seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk.  More Omega 3 than salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries!  They give you energy and are also great for weight loss as they absorb about 12  times their size in liquid.  So will expand and keep you full as well as being nutritious.  They also keep your blood sugar levels at a sensible level.   They are one of the most versatile superfoods. Yummy, Tell me more Diva…

Minted Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Salad

5 Jan
Light and refreshing

Light and refreshing

This is a very light and refreshing summer salad.  If you like mint, you will like the taste of this. If not, move along, nothing for you to taste here!  I used my spiralizer to make curls of the zucchini, but you could grate this instead.   If you were serving more than one person, serve them in small individual bowls for an added cuteness factor.    My tip is to make sure you salt the zucchini well to get rid of the moisture as you do not want to be left with a bowl of water. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broad Beans in Tomato Sauce

13 Dec
Yummy beans!

Yummy beans!

I am an avid lover of Lebanese food and this is one of many dishes I had in Beirut.  Lebanon is an amazing country and I urge everyone to visit..it has a beautiful coastline, ancient ruins to visit,  an amazing history, great skiing during winter in the mountains, warm, welcoming people and the freshest, tasty food!   And no-one parties like the Lebanese!   This is also a great use of broad beans which I also adore.  To me they are the bean of summer and take me back to my childhood, popping beans with my grandmother.  Broad beans are also know as Fava beans.    A simple dish which can be eaten warm or cold.   Nice with a glass of Chianti…ha ha (Silence of the Lambs subtle reference…*groans and apologises*..) Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Zucchini (Courgette) and Basil Soup

27 Oct

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This is a simple soup, full of the flavours of summer.   It’s also a great way to use up all your excess summer zucchini’s.   I love using zucchini’s in soups as once blended, they give a very creamy consistency.   Much better than using a potato for a thickener and lower in carbs too!  The basil gives this a great flavour and adds to the green, vibrant colour.   It’s like a soup pesto!  Strictly for basil lovers though. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Flatbread (Coconut flour and Psyllium)

27 Aug
Yummy flatbread

Yummy flatbread

This is another great use of Psyllium in a grain free bread recipe and is very easy to make too.   Since Psyllium and coconut flour are high in fibre this bread is very filling.  Make sure you drink a lot of water!  You can use this for dipping with sauces, spread with pate or load it up like a open sandwich.    Use it like a sandwich wrap, make a mini pizza…just have fun and enjoy it!  You could play around with the spices too, perhaps add chillis?   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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