Quinoa and Red Lentil Burgers

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half a cup of quinoa

half a cup of red lentils

2 tablespoons porridge oats

1 teaspoon garim masala

half a teaspoon turmeric

2 and a half cups water

handful of fresh coriander chopped

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Step 1: Put quinoa, lentils, porridge oats, spices and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Leave for a few minutes to cool. 

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Step 2: Add chopped coriander and mix everything together well. 

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Step 3: Form mixture into burgers and place on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven preheated to 200 c for 25-30 minutes. Flip burgers halfway through to ensure that they are cooked evenly on both sides. 

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Step 4: They should look something like this when they are done. Enjoy some as part of your lunch or dinner. 

Healthy Coconut Chocolate Bites

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20-25 dates

a few drops of milk or water

3-4 handfuls porridge oats

3-4 handfuls mixed nuts (such as cashew, walnut, brazil nut)

about a handful of cacao butter

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon desiccated coconut +extra for coating

a drop of vanilla essence

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Step 1: Blend dates with a few drop of milk or water in nutri bullet (or alternative blender) to form a paste. Transfer paste to mixing bowl. 

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Step 3: Put oats and nuts in nutri bullet. Grind to form a fine powder. Transfer to mixing bowl. 

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Step 4: Melt cacao butter in saucepan over a low heat. 

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Step 5: Add melted cacao butter to mixing bowl along with cacao powder, desiccated coconut and vanilla essence. Mix everything together well .

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Step 6: Put some desiccated coconut on a plate. Form mixture into little balls and roll in desiccated coconut. Place balls on plate lined with parchment paper. 

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Step 7: Chill in fridge for at least an hour. Then you can eat. 

Beetroot, Quinoa and Rocket Salad

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half a cup of quinoa

One and a half cups of water

2 cooked beetroots chopped (you can buy cooked beetroot in the supermarket. Alternatively you could cook it yourself)

2-3 handfuls of rocket

1 handful coriander chopped

For the dressing

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Step 1: Put quinoa and water in saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer until the quinoa is tender and all the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Leave to cool. 

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Step 2: Put quinoa, beetroot, rocket and coriander into salad bowl. 

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Step 3: To make salad dressing mix lemon juice and olive oil together. Pour dressing over salad and mix everything together well. 

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Step 4: Enjoy some salad as part of your lunch or dinner. 

Overnight Oats

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1 part porridge oats

1 part natural yogurt

1 part milk of your choice

(I used about 3 tablespoons each of oats, yogurt and milk. You can use more or less depending on how much you think you will eat. Just keep the ratio at about 1:1:1)

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Toppings of your choice (such as fruit, nuts, seeds, honey, etc.)

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Step 1: Before you go to bed put oats, yogurt, milk and chia seeds (if using) into bowl or container. Mix everything together. Cover and put in fridge. 

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Step 2: In the morning take it out of the fridge and add whatever toppings you feel like. I put blueberries, banana and mixed nuts. Enjoy for breakfast. 

Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers

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2-3 small sweet potatoes

1 tin chickpeas

juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)

1 teaspoon garim masala (or alternative spices such as cumin, coriander)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

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Step 1: Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Steam or boil until soft (about 10 minutes)

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Step 2: Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add to nutri bullet (or alternative blender) along with cooked sweet potato. Blend until combined (It doesn’t need to be completely smooth)

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Step 3: Transfer chickpea and sweet potato mixture to mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, tahini, garim masala and chia seeds. Mix well. 

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Step 4: Form mixture into burgers and place on baking tray lined with parchment paper (I made 8 burgers from this mixture). Bake in oven preheated to 200 c for 25-30 minutes. Flip burgers halfway through so that they are cooked evenly on both sides. 

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Step 5: They should look something like this when they are done. Enjoy some burgers as part of your lunch or dinner. 

Butterbean Beetroot and Kale Salad

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1 tin butterbeans (rinsed and drained)

2 cooked beetroots chopped into small pieces (You can buy cooked beetroot in the supermarket. Alternatively you could cook it yourself)

about half a cucumber chopped into small pieces

1-2 handfuls shredded kale

For the dressing

juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Step 1: Put butterbeans, beetroot, cucumber and kale into salad bowl. 

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Step 2: To make dressing mix lemon juice with olive oil. Pour over salad and mix everything together well. 

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Step 3: Enjoy some salad as part of your lunch or dinner. 

Healthy Homemade Raspberry Chocolate

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about 1 cup cacao butter

about 1 cup cacao powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 handful raspberries roughly chopped

 

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Step 1: Melt cacao butter in a saucepan over a low heat. 

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Step 2: Add cacao powder, honey and raspberries to melted cacao butter. Mix everything together well. 

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Step 3: Pour mixture into baking tray or plate lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. Put in fridge to harden. 

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Step 4. When it is hard break into pieces. Enjoy a piece whenever you feel like it. Keep the chocolate in the fridge so it won’t melt.