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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!

John’s Nuts

Nuts are a great source of essential nutrients, dietary fibre and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
A small handful of nuts can provide much needed health benefits and can actually aid in weight loss.

Roasted? Salted? Raw?

Raw nuts are always best, just like fruits and vegetables, keeping foods in their natural state do hold more nutrients for the body.

Roasted and salted nuts are just as good, although best to limit or avoid if you’re concerned about sodium content.

Nuts contain health-promoting monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and can help regulate cholesterol.

Being naturally low in sodium, and with high potassium levels, nuts can also assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

The perfect place for all your nutty-needs is at a variety-packed John’s Nuts  kiosk at your local shopping centre.

John’s Nuts stock everything. No, I’m not even exaggerating. For the sweet tooth- we all have one, or ten- there’s Turkish Delights, Chocolate Covered Sultanas, Nougat, Baklava and Chocolate Covered Raspberries. 

If it’s just a snack you’re after or nibbles needed for your next party there’s plenty to choose from at John’s. What about some delicious soy crisps (get the honey soy!!), nut bars, salted nut mixes or even cheesy flavoured cashews? 

The dried fruit range is diverse with paw paw, pineapple, dates, prunes, figs, mixed lots and sultanas.

My favourite range is the plain nuts. Although it’s not easy to decide what to fill your bag with; almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and macadamias. I spent a while trying to decide what I wanted to take home, and what was most likely to actually make it home! There’s a few mixed types to choose from too, including chocolate and nut mixes.

The prices are good value at John’s Nuts and it’s possible to choose a range of goodies without feeling you’ve over-spent. I walked away with, medjool dates, macadamias, raw cashews, vanilla bean cashews, honey soy crisps & healthy nut bars.

You will be impressed by the customer service at John’s Nuts too. The staff are friendly, talkative and great with recommendations.  Special mention to Paul at Waverley Gardens, fresh faced and genuine with his customers. It’s down to earth service that’s rare to see.

I hope you’ll get the chance to browse and buy from the John’s range. 
Be sure to visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram:
John’s Nuts.

Pumpkin Pie Slice

Just in time for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. This slice is perfect for the health conscious or as a tasty light dessert. 
You will need:
1 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup Natvia for Baking
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 mashed banana
1 cup mashed pumpkin
4 eggs
Icing:
1/2 cup silken tofu
200g cream cheese
1/2 cup Natvia for Baking
Cinnamon for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees- fan forced.
Mix the dry ingredients together and in a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.

Once thoroughly combined stir in the dry mix to the wet and beat well.
Line a slice try with baking paper & using a spatula spread the mix firmly around the dish.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm & golden.
While the slice is baking whizz the cream cheese, Natvia & tofu in a food processor until thick & almost like whipped cream.
Once the slice has baked, cooled & been cut into squares, spread the whipped icing over the cake & sprinkle with extra cinnamon.

Oliver’s Real Food

Oliver’s is the kinda place that you want to see at every shopping centre, every airport & at every servo. These guys are making healthy, quick, nutritious food accessible.  Unfortunately the only downfall at the moment is that it takes an eTag to visit them, something I don’t have…

So I bought an east link day pass and proceeded along the Ferntree Gully road on-ramp to go out of my way to stop for petrol (only to exit via the next off ramp- Oliver’s is in between).

There’s nothing like seeing a line of people, mainly tradies and men in business suits, lining up for their edamame & freshly squeezed juices. I can’t say much for the parents lining up at Ronald’s ( Ohhh is that too obvious?) for, as my son calls it- Fatty Fat Food.

Three young guys were maning Oliver’s and they were all over the customer service. Using my name they reiterated my order, called me over when my Choconana Smoothie & almond milk latte was ready & even offered me some muesli bar samples.

The set up of Oliver’s is pleasing to the eye, collections of lifestyle & nutritional books are on display, along with their varieties of sandwiches, prepared salads, juices & my FAVOURITE- Pana Chocolate (!!!).

There’s a huge selection of gluten free foods, including toast, muffins, slices and brownie options.
There’s also vegan & vegetarian food & drinks available too.

The menu is diverse and doesn’t just have a handful of items. 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner can easily be purchased & the service is quick & friendly.
The staff were more than happy to make suggestions & go through any allergen information.

Oliver’s provide three seperate menus- a standard menu, allergen menu & then a brochure broken down into Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free & Dairy Free. These guides make food choices, easy. I purchased a fruit salad with coconut flakes, almond milk latte, smoothie & carrot cake. Everything was enjoyable & the carrot cake the best I’ve ever eaten.
If you’re eating with kids & they’re not going to be satiated with a smoothie or juice the ‘kids menu’ at Oliver’s is actually kid suitable. There’s nothing deep fried, nothing processed & no fries!
A kids pack includes a little sandwich- yes with crusts- sultanas, yoghurt, cheese, crackers, carrot & banana bread. Perfection. Honestly, we should be cherishing our kids bodies & nourishing them, not filling them with highly processed, fat laden foods.

Oliver’s isn’t about the latest fad or diet, nor are they about pushing food choices onto their customers. I think Oliver’s is just living up to their name- Real Food. 
Nutritious, flavoursome, natural, organic foods. 
The better foods that fill your body, the better you will feel & the better choices you will make.

Oliver’s is ground breaking. They’re providing foods that are readily available & making their mark in the ‘fast’ food industry. Oliver’s is ‘fast food’ because it’s easy, simple food. It’s not traditional, it’s natural.
Support this company, and what they’re doing. Embrace the changes & competition they’re bringing to healthy, convenient food.

Visit http://www.oliversrealfood.com.au for locations & franchise opportunities 
or search Oliver’s Real a Food on Facebook.

The Nutrition Bar

I love that there are so many more places opening up that are providing real, genuine foods.
Nutrition Bar has been at the top of my list for a while & I finally made the visit to Richmond by train today.
The two staff members working today were friendly and patient as I perused the menu boards for my nourishing breakfast.
I settled on an Acai Bowl with strawberry and banana.

The service was quick and the food was presented beautifully and it was worth my train ride!
Nutrition Bar, lined with its wooden benches and matching indoor and outdoor seating is clean, streamlined and bright.

I can imagine it would become quite busy late morning and early afternoon, taking in the hustle of Swan Street. 
The menu is pretty straight forward with detailed descriptions of ingredients and options for vegans and those needing gluten free.
There is a handy take away display cabin ate with oats, raw slices and cakes and pre packed salad lunches, with chicken and falafel options.

My Acai bowl was made fresh and a really good start to my morning. It was made of a acai, banana & coconut water purée topped with toasted granola, nuts, strawberries and banana. 
There’s some gorgeous shakes & green smoothies available, again gluten free, vegan and dairy free options are readily available. 
Additional extras and Superfoods such as bee pollen, buckins, chia, protein powders and vital greens are an extra $1 and Superfood take home packs such as goji berries & maca powder are well priced at $10.
This is one Clean Eating place you need to add to your list. The service, smiles and overall variety at Nutrition Bar will have you returning to try more of their goodness.

The Nutrition Bar will be opening in Windsor soon but is currently open at 121 Swan Street, Richmond or http://www.nutritionbar.com.au or search them on Facebook.
Read up on founder Eli at http://www.theunimpossibles.com

Orange Cupcakes

These are super refreshing, spongey and very light. Almost like you’re not consuming a traditional cupcake.
You Will Need: 
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
80 g melted butter
1/2 cup Natvia For Baking
2 eggs
1 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze
For the Icing:
100g softened butter
1 tsp orange rind
1 cup Natvia Icing Mixture
1.5 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Pre heat a fan forced oven to 180 degrees.

Beat the orange juice, butter, Natvia, Almond Breeze & eggs. Once quite smooth add the flour and mix well.

Line a cupcake/muffin tray with party pans and spoon two tablespoons into each mould. 

Bake for 10 minutes. Cakes should be golden and spring back to the touch.
Remove from oven and leave in try for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

While cupcakes are cooling make the butter cream icing. Using electric beaters combine all ingredients until smooth and fluffy. 
Once cupcakes are completely cool ice with an icing bag or use a knife for something simpler.
Enjoy by themselves or with your late night almond milk cuppa. 

Beetroot Relish

I had discovered Beetroot Relish a few months ago & was embracing it with foods as much as I could…

But alas, the jar now runs empty..
Time to create my own.

Ingredients-
2 large beetroots, peeled & grated
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & grated
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 small onion diced
3/4 cup Natvia for Baking
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt & pepper

In a large saucepan cook down the beetroot, apple, onion, cumin seeds & vinegar until soft & cooked through. This should take about 15-20 minutes on a medium heat.

Mix in the Natvia until dissolved & then add the salt & pepper to taste.

Cook for another 15 minutes until much of the liquid has evaporated. You will be left with a thick mixture with pungent beetroot scents.

Leave to cool and then transfer to a container or sterilised jar and refrigerate.
Enjoy warned or cold with salad, bread, crackers or tossed through pasta. 
Total recipe calories- 180