Yes the invention test… What to do with a bunch of bananas which are over ripe and a punnet of blueberries which are begging to be used in something more interesting and a smoothie, the answer is cake! Well more cake-bread.
4 ripe bananas
225g quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
60ml melted coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g fresh blueberries
Turn the oven onto 170c
Line a loaf tin with grease proof paper
Mash the bananas with a fork in a bowl and add all the wet ingredients – honey, eggs, vanilla essence and coconut oil. Mix together
In a seperate bowl combine all the dry ingridents – flour, baking powder and cinnamon
Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well
A twist on the standard turkey chilli which is a staple in my household, is Moroccan turkey with chickpeas. Instead of chilli heat the flavour comes from the blend of spices which infuses the meat and chickpeas.
Great served with a green salad, couscous, flat bread and mint and yogurt dip, or brown rice or quinoa.
Moroccan spice blend
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 pack of ground turkey breast
1 can of drained chickpeas
1 carton of passata
1 onion finely chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
2 carrots finely chopped
2 tbsps of coconut oil
1 tsp salt
Blend all the spices together and mix with I tablespoon of coconut oil
With the other tablespoon of coconut oil fry the onions, pepper and carrots and set aside.
Heat the spices and coconut oil mix in a non stick pan and fry the turkey mince, once cooked through add the salt, vegetables, chickpeas and passata.
Bring to the boil then summer for 20 minutes until the sauce reduces.
Let’s face it, if you’re eating clean, are gluten free, dairy free or vegan, the thought of Christmas and all the food and drink it involves, it can seem like quite a complex time when you want to join in and enjoy all the season has to offer but also still avoiding all the food that you don’t usually eat.
Well, why should we miss out? There’s always alternative ingredients and recipe adaptations which mean we can still enjoy all of the food, and God forbid, serve it to visiting friends and family who I bet won’t even notice the difference.
So, sit back and take a look at my ten best recipe suggestions covering everything from mince pies, to cranberry sauce and stuffing. I’ve trawled the internet so you don’t have to.
Also remember, don’t like a particular ingredient? Fine, change it for an alternative you like (or have), after all these are just suggestions, there’s a million ways to skin a cat!