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This is a gorgeous healthy grazing platter that can easily be prepped ahead so that you have a healthy snack on hand when needed. Maintaining healthy snack food in your daily routine can be challenging, especially weekends. You can prepare your veggies when you have time and keep them in the fridge in sealed containers. Hummus also freezes well. Then just grab them when you are ready to plate up.

FOUR RECIPES IN ONE

1. GRAZING PLATTER
2 carrots, thinly sliced
(we’ve used purple carrots, use a mandolin to make the job easier)
1 zucchini, sliced into rounds or sticks
A bunch asparagus spears or green beans, blanched
1 apple, sliced
Half to 1 cup spinach leaves
Roasted Tomatoes (optional)
Pickled beetroot or Sauerkraut
Fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon, black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon, pumpkin seeds
Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan Salt
Cracked black pepper

2. CREAMY HUMMUS

1-2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tin of chickpeas (reserve the liquid)
1/4 cup of tahini
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Himalayan salt
Cracked black pepper

3. PICKLED BEETROOT

1 beetroot, grated
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Himalayan or sea salt
Cracked Black Pepper

4. ROAST TOMATOES
(see below)

ROAST TOMATOES RECIPE:

To roast the tomatoes preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Cut about a dozen cherry tomatoes in half and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil, season well with himalayan salt and black pepper then roast for 20 minutes until slightly blackening around the edges.

HUMMUS RECIPE:

Blend all the hummus ingredients together until smooth. Add more of the reserved chickpea liquid if it is too thick.

Place in sealed container in the fridge to be used as directed. Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days, can also be frozen to use at a later date.

To make hummus dressing for salads just add water to quarter of a cup of hummus until it is a dressing consistency.

PICKLED BEETROOT RECIPE:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and place in a lidded jar or container. This will keep in the fridge for several days.

CREATE YOUR HEALTHY GRAZING PLATTER:

To blanch green veggies, boil the jug, pour boiling water over the greens in a heatproof bowl, sit for one minute then strain and douse with lots of cold water to stop the cooking process. They should be a lovely bright green colour with a good crunch.

Arrange the veggies, basil and apple on to a large platter, dollop with hummus, drizzle with Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, sprinkle with seeds and season with salt and pepper.

One-pot savoury meals, bursting with flavour are our favourite type of meals to cook. Our fifth recipe book Bestow Savour is a collection of vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free recipes which rescue vegetables from bland side dishes and make them the star of the show. The recipe that follows is one of these and perfect for this time of year as there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of Roasted Cauliflower Goodness Soup flavoured with turmeric, cumin, paprika and sumac and garnished with the thyme-fried mushrooms on a cool winter’s day!

 

Roast the Cauliflower.

 

Saute the onion and garlic and add the spices.

 

Golden and tasty!

 

Add the cauliflower and vegetable stock.

 

Simmer and blend.

 

Serve with thyme-fried mushrooms!

RECIPE:

2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
Olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1 teaspoon sumac, ground
2 teaspoon cumin, ground
2 teaspoon paprika, ground
1 litre of vegetable stock
Juice and zest of one lemon
1⁄4 cup of Italian parsley, chopped
Small handful of fresh thyme
1⁄2 cup of button mushrooms, sliced
Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Arrange the cauliflower florets on a large baking tray lined with baking paper; use two baking trays if you need to. Sprinkle cauliflower with salt and pepper and drizzle generously with olive oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning over midway through. They should be starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Reserve a cupful of florets for the top of the soup.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frypan. Saute the onion gently until translucent (10-15 minutes). Add the chopped garlic, turmeric, sumac, cumin and paprika. Stir together for a brief few seconds until fragrant.

Now add the roasted cauliflower. Stir to coat cauliflower well with the spices then add vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer on medium-high heat. Cover and cook for five minutes.

Uncover and remove from the heat, cool for 10 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend and liquid until you achieve desired consistency. If the soup is too thick add more stock or water.

Return to a medium heat and stir in the lemon juice.

While the soup is heating through, fry the mushrooms in a small pan in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium- high heat. As they start to brown add some fresh thyme and cracked black pepper. Remove from the heat when they are starting to crisp and turn golden brown. Set aside.

Add the soup to serving bowls, top with mushroom, reserved cauliflower florets, fresh thyme, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.

And recently we were featured in the Bay of Plenty Times with the Cauliflower Goodness Soup being the main recipe 🙂

 

 

 

 

  • June 1, 2017

BAKED JACKET KUMARA
WITH BLACK BEAN SALSA

4 medium sized kumara or sweet potato
1 400g can of organic black beans 2 avocados, chopped
1 red onion, diced
8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 2 limes
Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Pre heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Wash the kumara and pat dry. Brush all over with olive oil, place on a baking tray, sprinkle with Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the oven till soft – approximately 40 mins.
While the kumara is baking make your salsa. Drain and rinse the can of black beans and place in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the lime zest. Mix gently then season with salt and pepper.
When your kumara is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Slice through the centre lengthwise but don’t cut right through the bottom. Fill each kumara with spoonfuls of salsa, dress with tahini dressing, garnish with lemon zest and serve. Serves four.

TASTY TAHINI DRESSING

1⁄4 cup of tahini paste
1⁄4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Blend all the above ingredients with a stick blender. Store in a jar in the fridge for several days.
One cup of kumara (sweet potato) contains a whopping 38,433 IU
of the plant version of vitamin A. This is over seven times your daily recommended requirement. They are also rich in vitamin c, many of the b vitamins and lots of minerals. What an amazing skin food they are! And don’t forget all the fibre you will get from this dish with the addition of the black beans.

  • May 23, 2017

Add wonderful tandoori spices and flavour to roasted cauliflower. Then team it with a creamy coconut, mint dressing for a delicious vegetarian, dairy free side dish or light meal.

Roast Tandoori Cauliflower Recipe
with Creamy Coconut Mint Dressing

INGREDIENTS
1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets
1 red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Tandoori coating
Zest and juice of one small lemon
2/3 cup of coconut yoghurt (dairy free)
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
½ teaspoon of salt

Yoghurt mint dressing
½ a cup of coconut yoghurt (dairy free)
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoon of mint and parsley, finely chopped (save half for garnish)
½ teaspoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Salt and pepper

Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Mix all the tandoori coating ingredients together in a small bowl. Place the cauliflower florets and sliced red onion into a large bowl. Add the tandoori coating and mix to coat well.

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 25 to 30 minutes until starting to char on the edges. While your cauliflower and onion is roasting, mix all the dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake.

Remove the cauliflower and onion from the oven and let cool. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley and mint.

Can be served warm or cold.

  • February 28, 2017

Dark Leafy Greens – What do they do for us?

  • They are a good source of fibre to encourage a healthy bowel and help reduce the risk of many modern diseases.
  • It’s not only dairy products that supply calcium, leafy green vegetables like kale, cabbage, bok choy and collards also contain high amounts of this important mineral.
  • Leafy greens contain good fats, for example, a serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega 3 fatty acids and 92.4mg of omega 6 fatty acids. They also have anti-inflammatory compounds which reduce inflammation though the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain.

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Chard parcels with quinoa

5 chard or silverbeet leaves and stalks
2 cups of quinoa
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
4 medium, button mushrooms, chopped
½ a lemon, juiced
3 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup of Italian parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, chopped
Salt and pepper

Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions. Chop the stalks off the chard leaves and then chop the stalks finely. Panfry the onion, garlic and chard stalks in olive oil until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and herbs, mix and heat gently for a few minutes. Add the quinoa, stir, season to taste.

Bring a deep frypan with an inch of salted water in it to the boil. Place the chard leaves in the pan, put the lid on and simmer over a medium heat for one-two minutes. Remove the leaves from the pan ready for the filling and cool. The leaves should still be a lovely bright green with the added advantage of being easier to manage.

Place a large tablespoon of the quinoa filling on the leaf, in the center but close to the stalk end. Fold the bottom end and the sides of the leaf in and roll up.

Serve as a vegetarian snack or lunch dish or serve as the vegetable portion of your evening meal. You could also add or exchange other ingredients for the filling such as nuts, raisins, rice, millet, beans, peas, chickpeas, tofu etc.

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  • September 24, 2014