Bulgur wheat x King Prawns
Bulgur wheat is my number 1 go to for a quick dinner, lunch or if I want a substantial salad. It takes about 10 minutes to cook and you can make it with pretty much anything.
This recipe, which most of my fellow Africans will refer to it as bulgur jollof is bulgur wheat which is cooked in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce that gives it an array of flavours once you have added all your herbs and spices.
Grilled lamb & puy lentils
Okra which is also known as lady fingers in some regions is most commonly used in stews and soups for the majority of the African and Caribbean community, or in curries / stir fry’s within the Asian communities.
Never the less Okra is a nutritious vegetable that is often overlooked because of the slimy consistency it can produce when cooked in a certain way and so many people develop an okra-phobia. However this recipe is guaranteed to convert the fearers of okra, there is no slime and you really get to enjoy the natural flavours it gives out after roasting. It’s a delightful recipe that can be used as a snack or as a side to go with your main.
Sweet potato & Chickpea Curry
I love this dish because it’s so versatile and requires very little effort. Lentils are packed with nutrients and can be paired with almost anything. You can use lentils in soups, salads, casseroles, stews, or as a meat replacement for a great addition to a healthy diet.
Coconut oil and coconut palm sugar blueberry muffins
I love chickpea, not just because of the nutritional facts but moreso because of how versatile they can be. They can be used in breakfasts, lunch, dinners, in curries, stews, as a snack (roasted or more commonly as a spread / dip when made into hummus.
A few reasons why we should be eating more chickpeas:
The protien and fiber in chickpeas may help keep your appetite under control.
Protein and fiber work synergistically to slow digestion, which helps promote fullness. In addition, protein may increase levels of appetite-reducing hormones in the body.
In fact, the filling effects of the protein and fiber in chickpeas may automatically lower your calorie intake throughout the day and at meals.
SUN-DRIED TOMATO PESTO SALMON AND POTATO TRAY BAKE
Now let’s start with blueberries...... often referred to as a superfood, brain food etc. These little gems are pretty much the kings of antioxidants. Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
The antioxidants in blueberries seem to have benefits for the brain, helping to improve brain function and delaying age-related decline. Other studies have shown that blueberries have anti-diabetic effects, helping to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels.
So when it comes to blueberries feel free to over indulge, have them daily if you can add them in your juices, smoothies or like now in your morning muffins!
GRILLED SARDINES WITH TOMATO SALSA
If you’re ever looking for a quick family recipe that includes fish and veggies that the kids will love, look no further! This is a very simple, hassle free and quick recipe that will leave everyone asking for more.
The main flovour of this dish will come from the sun-dried tomato pesto, which will fill the house with an amazing aroma as well as provide a burst of flovour to this dish. The Italians love tomatoes so much that they affectionately call them ‘red gold’. The juicy ones that go into this rich sauce have been dried for around seven days under the warm Italian sun to intensify their flavour.
CHILLI & GARLIC BLACK BEAN SPAGHETTI WITH KING PRAWNS
One of the most underrated and overlooked fishes out there! you don't usually find these on top of the menu at your local restaurant or even in the chilled fish section in your local supermarket. Sardines are easily accessible in the canned fish isle in the supermarkets however the fresh are sometime not so easy to get hold of. They can be bough in the local fish mongers or fish markets.Sardines do not contain as many toxins and metals as large predatory fish, such as tuna and swordfish. Similar to salmon and Mackerel sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids which play a major role in controlling heart disease by helping break down bad cholesterol in the body.
Sweet potato & Quinoa crab cakes
Black beans, also called black turtle beans, are legumes, which are very popular in Latin American cuisine. Black beans are great for treating digestive issues because they contain high levels of protein and fiber, making them a “superfood”. Consuming black beans can also aid in the regulation of the body’s blood sugar levels. Black beans are packed with fibre and protein, which will keep you feeling full and energetic for hours. High fiber foods increase the sense of fullness after eating and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer, which is great if you are trying to loose weight.
COCONUT FLOUR PANCAKES WITH GRILLED PEACHES
Quinoa which is also known as a super grain of the future is packed with protein and contain all nine essential amino acids. Many fish cake recipes use some sort of bread crumbs to coat the patty to finish, however using cooked quinoa is a natural way of making it gluten free rather than using the typical gluten free ingredients, which can increase the antioxidant value in your diet and therefore assisting with weight management.
You will be pleasantly surprised with this recipe, using the quinoa to coat the crab cakes gives it a delicious crunchy, crisp finish that is ever so moreish! You can enjoy these alone as a snack or can be addded to your salad for lunch.
DILL, CHILLI LEMON SPICED SEA BREAM
These pancakes are great light and healthier alternative to your average pancakes that are made with flour. Using coconut flour makes these pancakes gluten and grain free, this recipe is also dairy free as I have used coconut milk and no butter.
Nut & Raisin Granola
This is a simple yet delicious dish that we have as a family at least once a week with various side dishes. Not only is the marinade delicious but it’s also very quick to make and can literally be used with any fish or seafood of your choice. We tend to have his with a salad on days where we want to eat light, some grilled plantain or homemade baked sweet potato fries. The main ingredient in this dish is fresh dill, I’ve starting used dill a lot recently and have found some health benefits that will encourage you to use it over and over again. This is a simple yet delicious dish that we have as a family at least once a week with various side dishes. Not only is the marinade delicious but it’s also very quick to make and can literally be used with any fish or seafood of your choice.
Making your own granola at home is not only cost effective but so much better for you. You can really do without all the added preservatives, and the funny ingredients that you and I cannot pronounce. Another benefit of making it at home is that you can tailor