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Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms

Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms Quinoa is normally on my grain speed-dial, but lately I've been experimenting with Buckwheat Groats (also called Kasha). Though kind of saddled with an unfortunate name, Buckwheat Groats  are actually delightfully nutty, gluten-free seeds that rate low on the glycemic scales (no wheat or gluten in sight). On the healthfulness front Buckwheat is great, surpassing rice, wheat and corn on many levels. Because those three are especially  high on the glycemic scale, they provoke a quick spike in blood sugar levels and promote systemic inflammation. I try to avoid rice, wheat and [...]

Smoky cauliflower soup with turmeric sweet potatoes and red peppers

Smoky cauliflower soup with turmeric sweet potatoes and red peppers This cauliflower soup is the warming equivalent of a great big exotic hug. Roasting cauliflower until it's a smoky, caramelised hot mess really makes my day. It's a simple enough process. You throw some plain old cauliflower in a roasting pan with oil and spices, not really expecting much, but what pops back out of the oven after 30 minutes is a wondrous thing. Apart from the roasted cauliflower, the cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric work together to bring out the savoury goodness in the vegetables and the sweet potato and [...]

Moist blackberry pumpkin bread with amazing banana coconut frosting

Moist blackberry pumpkin bread with amazing banana coconut frosting Who wouldn't want to eat cake that doesn't cause your waistline to expand like the usual suspects do? This cake has zero added sugar and no flour either yet it tastes amazing. It's full of the pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg which mix with the pumpkin to give you that lovely autumnal mix of flavours. The sweetness of the dates, pumpkin, and banana in the frosting (which I am addicted to) serve to make it taste very sweet, but the secret is pairing this natural sweetness with some superhero health [...]

Tomato pineapple red lentil recipe with coconut cumin sauce

Tomato pineapple red lentil recipe with coconut cumin sauce Whenever I have a craving for sweet and sour sauce, this is my go-to meal. It's deceptively simple, but amazingly addictive.  You get that perfect blend of salty and sweet - you know, the kind that food labs concoct to get us to eat more... of anything! Yet when you attack your plate repeatedly because you can't get enough of this, you're also doing your body a big favour. While technically a savoury meal, the pineapple and tomato paste work together to raise the sweetness profile until you just.can't.stop.eating.it. Every ingredient in this dish is a star in it's [...]

Blueberry muffins for happy arteries

Blueberry muffins for happy arteries I used to think I loved those regular muffins you find at most local coffee shops. But man, once I started researching how to eat for optimal health, I realised they were causing my body to consistently gain weight and be hormonally out of whack. A few years ago I began to explore what was possible when baking using superfoods and incredibly heart-healthy ingredients.  It's not muffins (as an art-form) that are bad, just a few of their ingredients. Suddenly a whole new world opened, and my baking was baaaack.   These blueberry banana muffins [...]