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Mixed berry pancakes

While it looks like plastic spew from a carnival show bag, it’s actually a sweet and delicious breakfast. Today I was craving something sweet and fun for breaky (to match the day – the sun is shining, it’s glorious summer-like weather and we are heading out for a day at Manly beach) but I wanted something reasonably healthy and wheat free. I couldn’t go for something like french toast or pancakes and icecream (which by the way would be so YUM, but would make me feel off for the rest of the day).

So I looked toward the banana & egg pancake recipe that features in one of my GF/DF cookbooks and which was also a big hit in the March Crossfit Lifestyle Challenge that many of my friends took part in. I didn’t have any bananas so I tried the same with berries. It hit the spot, and I imagine that a dollop of ricotta or greek yoghurt would go well on top if that suits you.

Ingredients
frozen berries
strawberries
2-3 eggs
1 tsp brown sugar

Method
Place ~10 blueberries and 3 strawberries in a bowl and coarsely crush it all up. Add eggs and blend the mixture well with a fork, a whisk or in a blender.

Pour mixture into a warm frying pan that has been lightly greased and cook well before flipping over and cooking the top side briefly.

Serve immediately with a sprinkle of sugar or your topping of choice.

These quantities serve 1.

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Food

 

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Smashed egg & crispy bacon stack

Skip breakfast? Then read on. Nothing beats an eggy breakfast for jump-starting your day with long lasting energy (provided you like eggs). I threw this stack together fairly quickly so consider adding this to your morning repertoire once or twice per week before you embark on your busy day. It gets crazy out there, so fuel up! I find that an eggy breakfast takes me through to 12.30, 1.00 or even 2.30 pm… even after exercise.

Ingredients
2 hard boiled eggs (I boiled them the night before)
1/2 avocado
1/2 large tomato
small handful of baby spinach
1 tsp fresh or dried herbs (such as oregano, parsley and basil mix)
pepper to taste (I used lemon pepper)

Method
Cook bacon in fry pan on medium heat.

While the bacon is cooking, prepare the other ingredients:

– peel the eggs
– slice tomato into thick slices
– slice avocado into pieces
– wilt spinach (with a dash of water in microwave-proof container in micro on high for 1-2 min)
– squash the eggs with a fork to get a smashed look

Plate up: layer tomato into two stacks and season with a sprinkle of herbs. Add a smashed egg to each stack. Layer on spinach and avocado, season with pepper and top with cooked bacon.

Eat!

Time: 15 min. Serves 1

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Food

 

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Mango lassi


I was going to write an entry about a milk-free protein shake (“protein shake for vegans” from Run Addicts). Instead, I’m going to share this little taste-bud explosion that I stumbled upon this morning. While the Run Addicts website offered a great range of protein shakes that utilise milk powder or whey protein (which is a by-product of cheese production), the dairy free shake was (IMO) just a fruit smoothie, which was delicious, but not quite what I was looking for as a post-workout protein hit. So, while I continue my quest for a DF protein shake, here is a GREAT breakfast discovery…

Mango lassi, from Marie Claire Fast & Fresh, might very nearly become my new favourite summer drink. It’s sweet and chilled, and the flavour bursts in your mouth. Take advantage of the summer fruits as they come into season and try a few fruit crushies like this for breakfast. Mangos are superb right now.

I served this mango lassi with a bacon and egg omelette for breakfast today. Add in a blue sky and summer just around the corner, and it was a great way to start the day!*

Ingredients
240g (3/4 cup) roughly chopped fresh mango
1 tsp honey
1 teaspoon lime juice**
125g (1/2 cup) plain yoghurt***

Method
Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve in a chilled glass.

Serves 2 (though I ate the whole lot myself 🙂 )

* ok, a beach walk, early morning paddleboard or kayak would have made it perfect! Make that a plan for Saturday…
** I didn’t have lime so I squeezed half a lemon, which gave the lassi a great citrusy tang.
*** I used soy yoghurt which was strawberry flavoured. I expect that it made the lassi sweeter. Try unflavoured natural yoghurt (I recommend Jalna brand, which is lowest in lactose) if you are going to go for dairy.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Food

 

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Quinoa Breakfast

Recently increasing my activity levels while going gluten and dairy free has meant that many MANY times I have find myself very VERY hungry. If I don’t have good salad and meat in the fridge, and with no alternatives like a big burger or protein shake (which I avoid due to their content of milk powder) I end up grumpy, mean to my boyfriend and resort to bad food like potato chips.

Desperate to broaden my breakfast repertoire beyond eggs (which I love, but shouldn’t live on), thankfully I stumbled upon The Holistic Dish, a lovely place of organic, fresh, vegan/vegetarian, gluten free and sports performance food creations. That same day I also found a ‘vegan’ protein shake recipe from Run Addicts which I will post later. Now my cupboards are stocked with hunger-busting, GF and DF friendly ingredients, to keep me happy, healthy (and in my relationship).

Today is my first experience with Quinoa (Keen-Wah) thanks to this recipe from The Holistic Dish. This meal was tasty, light, satisfying and should provide a great start to an activity-filled day (beach volleyball, swimming and crossfit) thanks to its high nutritional value.

Visit the original recipe here for more information and a lovely accompanying photograph which was better than mine.

Ingredients

1 cup of quinoa (prepare as per package)
Handful of Raisins
Handful of Walnuts
Honey
Cinnamon
Milk (Holistic Dish recommends coconut. I use soy).

Method

Add quinoa, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. Mix and serve into two bowls with a drizzle with honey. Top with warm milk and serve immediately.

Prep time 15 mins. Serves 2.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Food

 

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