ANCIENT GRAINS PASTA WITH LEFTOVER VEGGIES

This is my go to dish when I have little time and lots of veggies in the fridge.

You can use any seasonal vegetable you have. In the picture I used red peppers, carrots, cawliflowers, parsnip, onion and a couple of leaves of cavolo nero.

METHOD:

  • Put the vegetables in a frying pan with a little oil, a clove of garlic and a bit of water. Season with a bit of salt, pepper, turmeric and any herbs you have handy. 

  • Cook the vegetables for 15 minutes or until soft

  • Bring water to boil in a saucepan and add the pasta. Cook for 6 minutes for al dente. 

  • Tip the pasta in the frying pan and mix with the vegetables. Serve with a bit of extra vergine olive oil and gomasio (or parmesan) on top.

DARK CHOCOLATE AND BANANA FLAPJACKS

This is a super easy recipe I found on the internet. A great one to get the kids involved (without having a massive mess in the kitchen!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 bananas

  • 250 g Organic Oats 

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 50 g chopped Dark Chocolate

METHOD:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C

  • Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl

  • Now add the 250g oats, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp cacao powder, 50g chopped dark chocolate and mix well.

  • Line a square baking tray with baking paper

  • Add the flapjack mix to the baking tray and press down with a fork (approx.1cm) depth), make sure to compress down firmly to hold them together

  • Place in the pre-heated oven at 180C for 15 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool outside of the baking tray for 10 minutes before slicing into squares

MUESLI WITH SEEDS, COCONUT FLAKES AND RAISINS

Another simple recipe from the internet. Make it your own, add what you have available and omit what you don't have or don't fancy.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 1/4 cup raw pecans, coarsely chopped

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1/4 cup raisins

METHOD:

  1. Toast the grains, nuts, and seeds. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 180°C. Place the oats, salt and cinnamon on a baking sheet; toss to combine and spread into an even layer. Place the almonds, pecans, and seeds on a second  baking sheet; toss to combine and spread into an even layer. Transfer both baking sheets to oven, placing oats on top rack and nuts on bottom. Bake until nuts are fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Add the coconut. Remove the baking sheet with the nuts and set aside to cool. Sprinkle the coconut over the oats, return to the upper rack, and bake until the coconut is golden-brown, about 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer to a large bowl. Transfer the contents of both baking sheets to a large bowl.

  4. Add the dried fruit.

  5. Transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy with yoghurt or any milk

OATS AND ALMONDS VEGAN BISCUITS

Another quick and easy recipe from the internet, tried and tested. Another great one to do with kids.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 130g Organic Oats 

  • 90g Spelt flour

  • 40g wholewheat flour

  • 70g Dark Muscovado Sugar

  • 90g extra vergine olive oil

  • 3 tbsp unsweetened soya milk

  • 1 handful of almonds

  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of sodas

  • a small tsp vanilla extract 

METHOD:

  • Put oats and almonds in a food processor and turn them into a flour

  • Mix together all the flours, sugar, cream of tartar, bicarbonate in a big bowl.

  • Now add the wet ingredients

  • Mix with your hands to form a rough dough

  • Place the bowl in the fridge to rest for at least 1h

  • Take the dough from the fridge and flatten it gently. Don't worry if the dough crumbles. Simply press it into shapes using a cooky mould

  • Place in the pre-heated oven at 180C for 15-18 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!

3 INGREDIENTS OAT BISCUITS

It doesn't get any easier and healthier than this! A 3 ingredient simple and tasty recipe, ideal to get your little ones involved and to create a healthy, yummee snack or breakfast.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g Organic Oat

  • 2 Organic Bananas

  • 20-30g Dark Chocolate

METHOD:

Simply mash the bananas, mix with the oats and the grated dark chocolate. Spoon the mixture on oven paper, and cook at 180° for 20 mins. Ta Dah!

Easy, tasty and good for you!!!