Monthly Archives: July 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

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I am a fan of gluten free oats for breakfast so I have always been curious about breakfast quinoa. Quinoa is now a super trendy super “grain” and is full of protein which is perfect for breakfast. Protein keeps you feeling full and satisfied for longer, not to mention being vital for your body.

I made mine with cooked and cooled quinoa, unsweetened almond milk and frozen blueberries and strawberries. I mixed it all up in a bowl and microwaved it for 2 minutes.

Beware that precooked and cooled quinoa will not soak up milk like oats do so only put in as much as you want for the end result.

Breakfast quinoa is delicious and nutritious!

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Baked Corn Tortilla Chips

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I love tortilla wraps but it’s hard to find good gluten free ones. In the UK you can buy online from Mexgrocer but they still aren’t as good as the gluten ones. I have two favourite ways of preparing these. One is a melty cheese (lactose free or vegan) quesadilla, and the other is cut into shapes and baked to make crunchy tortilla chips. And what is a chip without a dip? I kept mine super simple…

Recipe
2-3 corn tortillas
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika

8-10 cherry tomatoes
Small bunch chives
Squidge of lime juice

Mix paprika with oil and paint into all sides or tortillas. Cut up into triangles or prefered shapes and bake in a medium oven for 5-10 mins.

Meanwhile, finely dice tomatoes and mix in lime juice and chopped chives. Dip chips into dip. Easy as that!

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Organic Fruit and Veg Box

I had a flyer through the door months back from Abel and Cole. It peaked my interest at the time but for one reason or another I didn’t persue it. Eating better quality food has been on my mind more and more lately. I don’t want to be ingesting harmful pesticides and what ever else they spray all over normal food. I don’t want all the additives and preservatives that modern food is pumped full of. I don’t want fruit and veg that has been picked under ripe so that it will last through weeks of storage and transportation.

Abel and Cole do a variety of sizes and options for organic fruit and/or veg boxes delivered every friday. You don’t have to be in when they arrive and they have handy technologies for chilled goods ordered on the side. They encourage recycling too and ask you to leave your empty box out for reuse.

It does work out a little more expensive than the supermarkets but it is all organic and seasonal. It’s also pretty exciting for a foodie like me to receive something different each time and then come up with ways to use it all.

Here are some pictures of my first box. I got the cookbook free with a code on my flyer.

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The soysages were an added extra that came in a wool insulated bag with gel packs to keep it cool.

My next box comes tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what I get! I ordered an extra of heirloom tomatoes this week and I am getting a free carton of orange juice which I think was a freebie to encourage sticking with it. I will keep you posted!