Ritchie’s Supa IGA- Rowville

If you live in the area of Knox, or you’re not too far away head over to Wellington Village. This little supermarket is taking a huge, positive step into healthy living and better food alternatives.

If you’re leading a Gluten Free lifestyle, Vegan, Raw or just conscious of what you’re eating definitely make the drive to IGA.

I lost count of the vast variety of brands stocked, and American brands such as Mary’s Gone Crackers and Amy’s are readily available.
Aussie brands such as Mayver’s and Pana Chocolate cover the walls. 
Ritchie’s new Healthy Living section is, by no means small. There is a whole section of the supermarket full of organic and gluten free items. There’s even a fridge and freezer section dedicated to coconut yoghurts, almond milks and a full selection of frozen goods.

The confectionary isle has Sweet William, Greens, the before mentioned Pana Chocolate and Alter Ego bars.
If you’re focused on a Gluten Free life there’s plenty to choose from- pastas, sauces and spreads.

IGA has a boat load of Orgran products along with a wonderful range of Vegan items- everything from frozen goods, yoghurts, chocolates and cheeses.

There’s also plenty of juices and other beverages to choose from, including cold, ready to go drinks.

I am very impressed with the displays and the huge variety of brands. The prices are very good too. It’s great to see a company with such buying power making the healthier lifestyle easier to achieve & products simple to locate. 

If it’s tea you’re after there’s a massive isle dedicated to just that, trust me there’s plenty to chose from! The staff are very helpful too, it was great to not have them shy away from uncommon products.

Beans, legumes and canned goods litter the shelves, with a tiny 99c on them, what a bargain!

Ritchie’s Supa IGA in Wellington Villiage will now be my new shopping destination, rather than having to flit from one supermarket to another, then to a healthfood store and then online.
Keep up the excellent work IGA, hopefully other supermarkets will follow your lead!

Du Chocolat Egg White Oats

Have you tried egg whites in your breakfast oats? They help create low calorie fluffy creamy oats.

I made some for breakfast this morning using some Sugar Free Du Chocolat powder. Yummy!!
You will need:
4 tbs oats
1 tbs chia seeds
2 tsp Du Chocolat
2 tbs Unsweetened Almond Breeze 

2 egg whites

Sliced banana and blueberries to garnish

On a low heat mix all the ingredients with a whisk in a small saucepan. Beat well until mixture becomes thick.

Serve in a shallow dish and garnish with fruits.

Gluten Free Tofu Dippers

I love using tofu. It’s so versatile and comes in many forms. It’s plain and pretty tasteless but adding sauces, spices and herbs can create many delicious dishes.

Silken tofu is perfect for use in cakes and to even use as vegan ‘scrambled eggs’.

I purchased some Firm Tofu to crumb; and pair with my favourite Roza’s Gourmet Sauce. In the end I couldn’t decide between the two sauces and went with both- Habanero Chilli Mayo & Smokey Aioli. 
You will need:
2 pieces of firm tofu sliced into rectangles
4 tbls gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon each dill and oregano 
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp Roza’s Smokey Aioli
1 tsp Roza’s Habanero Chilli Mayo
Mix the flour and herbs.
Coat the tofu pieces in the flour mix.

Heat the coconut oil in a mini wok or small frying pan.
Once the oil is bubbling away gently place the tofu pieces in the pan and let them sizzle away for about 30-40 seconds on each side.

Once browned and crispy, using tongs place them on some paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Plate them in a shallow dish with Roza’s gourmet sauces on the side, or you could probably just dip them in the jar.

The herbs aren’t over powering and the flavours of the sauces will come through with each dip. The tofu should be crispy on the outside and firm and moist in the inside.