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Crunchy Polenta Fingers- Chris’ Dips

I love snacking, and I’m always trying to come up with quick and easy foods to create. Especially vegan and vegetarian dishes that are portable and easy to eat on the run.

Polenta is such a versatile food which can be made sweet or savoury.  It can be used to make ‘fries’ or sweetened to make desserts.

For these Polenta snacks I used pre-firmed Polenta which can be purchased in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

You will need:

Half a polenta slab cut into fingers
1/2 container Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric Dip
3/4 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs

Slather each finger in the dip- I used a spoon to make this easier and then dunk them in the bread crumbs so they are completely covered.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in a fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins to half an hour until the fingers are browned.

Leave to cool once cooked and then enjoy them dipped into more of Chris’ Dip or a plain Greek yoghurt. 

I made these gluten free to tie in with the dip and I also had a friend coming over who was gluten intolerant.
These would work well with quinoa instead of the breadcrumbs or even a cheese mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

These can be enjoyed warmed or cold.  For pre-heating do this in an oven as a microwave will leave them soggy.

Cauliflower Pizza

I’ve wanted to experiment with a Cauliflower Pizza base for a while now and it turned out pretty darn amazing.
My whole family enjoyed it and have requested it multiple times since.
I’ve now made a bunch of bases and frozen them for future use!
You will need-
1 whole head of cauliflower
1 cup grated cheese- I made this vegan and used Bio Cheese
1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano and chilli flakes
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
Your choice of pizza toppings
1 clean tea towel

In a food processor blitz the chopped up cauliflower head until it resembles crumbs.
Place the blended cauliflower into the clean tea towel and twist the open end of the towel so it forms a ball- do this over a sink or bowl as the aim is to remove as much liquid from the cauliflower and create a dry (or as dry as possible) cauliflower mix.
 
 
Once you have squeezed as much as you can from the cauliflower transfer it to a bowl and add the flour, spices, salt and cheese.
Using your hands combine everything and knead it into a ball.
 
 
 
Place the ball onto a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper.
Press the mix into large disk- this is your pizza base.
I made mine about 1cm thick.
Bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated over for 30 minutes or until browned.
You will find the base is still a little soft but it will firm up even more once you have added your toppings.
 Remove from the oven and cover with your favourite pizza toppings- I went with a low calorie salsa over the base topped with fresh basil from the garden and more bio cheese.
Bake again at 180 degrees until the toppings have cooked and melted.
Eat and enjoy!

Vegetarian Curry Puffs

With the weather changing and the dark evenings and cold mornings upon us, a quick healthy snack is ideal when you are pressed for time.  These little golden puffs of goodness are easy to make or store for later use.

You will need:

1 Pack Quorn Soy Free/Meat Free Mince
1 small diced onion
1 jar Pataks mild curry paste
200g grated vegetables- I used carrot and zucchini
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli powder
4 sheets Puff Pastry

In a non stick pan brown the onion and spices then mx in the Quorn, making sure the onion is mixed through.
Add the grated vegetables- make sure if you’re using zucchini you squeeze the excess moisture out before adding it to the pan.

 
 
Let the mince and vegetables cook for five minutes and then add the sauce. Let the mixture bubble away while preparing the pastry.  The aromas should be beautiful and if you find the mix getting a little bit dry add about a 1/4 of a cup of water.
 
Grab your puff pastry sheets & lay a single sheet on a chopping board and use a circular cookie cutter or a can to press out circles.
 
 
Once you have cut out circles in all the pastry sheets start spooning about a table spoon of the mince mixture onto half of your circles.
 

Top each circle with it’s lid and then use your fingers to press the sides down omto each other. They should form a tight seal- but add a little bit of water with your fingers around the edge of the pastry to help them stick.
 
 

 
 
 
Once all your puffs are sealed, place then on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees until browned and puffed.  This should take about 20 minutes.
 
 

 
Serve with a tomato or barbeque dipping sauce or enjoy them by themselves.
 
 

Frozen Yoghurt Cups

Perfect for the warm weather & a healthy alternative to sugar laden ice cream.

You will need:
2 cups fat free greek yoghurt- 
I used Chobani
2 tbs Natvia Natural Sweetener
1 cup Blueberries-
Or berries of your choice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the Blueberries & Natvia are thoroughly combined in the yoghurt.

Spoon the mixture into patty pans placed into a muffin tin. 
Add a few extra blueberries to the top if you like! 
Freeze overnight.
Enjoy! 
Perfect as a healthy, yet sweet treat!

Healthy Nutella

Homemade is always better than processed, packaged foods. Making foods yourself allows sugar and fat control. Along with what ingredients you wish to incorporate.

I decided on my version of Nutella as I was craving something sweet, but also didn’t want the added empty calories.

You will need:
2 cups raw unshelled hazelnuts
4 tbs unsweetened cocoa
2 tbs honey
3 tbs melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 150 degrees celcius and spread the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for 10-15 minutes. You will know the nuts are ready when you see the skins flaking.
Let the hazelnuts cool and them rub them between a couple of sheets of paper towel to remove the skins. You may have to do this one handful at a time.

Place the nuts into a food processor and blend until the nuts create a thick butter. They will begin to release their natural oils and become liquidy.

Once creamy add the coconut oil, honey & cocoa. I used Manuka honey for added health benefits but agave or brown rice syrups would work just as well if you’re vegan.

Add any extra sweetener to your taste.

Your ‘Nutella’ will store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Leave at room temperature before spreading!

Peanut Protein Bites

These are super easy to make and keep in the fridge for a week or can be frozen for a month.

You should have all the ingredients in the pantry.
1/2 cup natural peanut butter- crunchy is best
1/2 cup drained chick peas
2 tbs Natvia for Baking
100g Sugar Free melted dark chocolate for coating or topping the protein balls

In a food processor pulse the peanut butter, chick peas and Natvia.

They should resemble a crumbly mess!
Take a tablespoon size in the palm of your hand and roll into a bite-sized sphere. Wet hands work best doing this!

Once you have created the proteinballs refrigerate them on a tray lined  with baking paper for about an hour.

When they are firm to touch use the melted  chocolate  to either  coat  the balls, using two forks works well,  otherwise use a small syringe or piping bag  to decorate the tops of the litttle bites.
Each protein ball contains 55 calories and 3g of protein and are sugar free.

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.