Fruit Crumble for One (or more!)

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Easy to whip up dessert when you want something sweet without all the hassle of making a large serving! If you want to make more though feel free to double, triple or quadruple the recipe.

All the ingredients needed for this recipe are ones you probably have lying around! And the type of fruit used is flexible too. I have used apple, banana and strawberries but you can also sub in other berries, cherries, pears, peaches, plums or mangoes. Actually this would be to die for with some peaches so I can’t wait to try it again in the summer when peaches are in season!

This is great on it’s own but it might not hurt if you decide to top it with a scoop of ice cream. Just saying.

So what are you waiting for?

 

Individual Serving Fruit Crumble

  • 1 cup fruit (equivalent to 1/2 small apple + 1/2 banana or 1 cup berries or 2 peaches)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon oats (I used quick oats but whatever oats you have on hand will work)
  • 1 tablespoon almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon nuts and dried fruits, roughly chopped (optional but highly reccomended)
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Dice the fruit
  3. Mix the fruit with lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp brown sugar and then place in the ramekin you will be baking in.
  4. In another bowl mix together the oats, almond meal, butter, remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nuts and dried fruit until well combined
  5. Put the oat mixture on top of the fruit and bake in oven for around 25 minutes until the top is lightly browned
  6. Top with ice cream or whipped cream or more fresh fruit if desired and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Presto Pesto

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The saying about only appreciating things when you don’t have them – so true.

When we moved to India, one of the biggest problems for me was getting used to the fact that lots of the fresh products I was used to getting in Singapore were just not available widely here. I mean, you can still get things like raspberries, blueberries, avocados and asparagus but you have to go to specialty ‘gourmet’ stores and they’re extremely overpriced. Things I had taken for granted like basil, I now relished.

But now that we’ve moved into our own house we have lots of fresh produce growing in our own garden! We have spinach, methi (fenugreek), basil, mini oranges…  So you would think that now I have an almost endless supply of fresh basil I would be using it 24/7. Right?

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But yeah… not so much. Since we’ve moved into the house (5 months) I think I’ve used basil approximately… 3 times. And in that time we have probably gone through 10-12 jars of store bought pesto. I know, I know. Disgraceful.

It’s just that the whole process seems like so much work. It’s easier to just buy a ready made jar and not think about it. But when I went out one day and saw that the basil plant was slowly drying up I decided it was time to change.

And I’m so glad I did! Making pesto is so easy – it takes practically 15 minutes and most of that time is spent getting the pesto out of the food processor! When you make your own pesto, you can alter the flavors to your liking and experiment with different nuts and even add in other herbs. Also the taste of fresh pesto exceeds store bought by a landslide!

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So no further ado.. here’s an amazing, customizable, pesto recipe inspired by love and lemons.

How to customize:

I always use 2/3 basil + 1/3 coriander because otherwise the basil flavor is a bit too strong, but feel free to use all basil or experiment with addition of other herbs like mint or arugula

For the nuts I used a combination of walnuts and almonds, but you can use any nuts – pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans.. Pine nuts are generally the best for pesto but I didn’t have any on hand 🙂

Add in some grated parmesan cheese, some nutritional yeast or a dash of balsamic vinegar for some extra kick. Most recipes also use black pepper but I prefer the taste without it. It’s a personal opinion though so if you like it – go for it!

Basil Pesto

(Makes around 1 cup)

  • 1 1/2 cup herbs
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and paprika/chili flakes
  1. Lightly toast the nuts in a small plan until lightly browned
  2. Add all the ingredients in a food processor until well blended
  3. Taste and adjust the salt or acidity if necessary. If too sour, add a splash of honey or agave syrup.

Enjoy!

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Lentil Millet Vegetable Stew

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This is a take on indian ‘khichdi’, a simple traditional stew made with lentils, rice and vegetables. I used millet instead of rice and added some masala to brighten it up.

It’s a one pot meal – all the veggies, lentils and grains are dropped into a pressure cooker with some ghee and spices and voila, in twenty minutes you have a complete meal.

It’s already vegetarian but if you use oil instead of ghee and omit the yogurt topping, it’s vegan!

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This dish is a nutrition power house!  Protein rich from the lentils and millet, high in fibre, full of vitamins and minerals! Millet is one of the best sources of copper and manganese, while the ginger and yogurt aide digestion.

Did I mention it’s creamy, comforting and delicious?

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I have used carrots and bottle gourd (an indian vegetable) this time, but most vegetables work really well in this type of stew or khichdi. Use whatever produce you have at home – Zucchini, Spinach, Kale, Beans etc. would all be fine. Just keep in mind some vegetables like greens decrease a lot in volume when cooked so you would need to use more of them to start with. If you don’t have millet feel free to use rice.

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Lentil Millet Vegetable Stew

(Makes 1 large serving, just multiply the ingredients to make more)

Ingredients:

  • ~1.5 – 2 cup vegetables diced
  • 1/4 cup lentils (I used green split mung – mung (gram) lentils work best)
  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1.5 tsp ghee/oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder (can substitute with indian spices of choice like cumin, coriander or turmeric powder)
  • salt to taste
  • plain yogurt + coriander/cilantro to top (optional)
  1. Wash the millet and lentils
  2. In a pressure cooker turn on medium heat and add the ghee or oil
  3. When the ghee/oil becomes hot, add in the diced onion and sautee until browned
  4. Add in the vegetables, ginger, spices, millet and lentils.
  5. Add ~2.5 cups of water
  6. Put on the lid and cook for around 20 minutes
  7. Release the pressure and remove the lid
  8. Serve and if you wish, top with yogurt and herbs

best (healthy) pancakes

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these pancakes were good.

like really good.

and not just ‘healthy’ food good, but actually delicious.

if you ate them you wouldn’t be able to tell they don’t have any refined flour, sugar or butter.

(and they’re gluten free!)

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now the best part about pancakes that are healthy is that you can have them anytime without feeling guilty because hey, they’re healthy. and they’re quick and easy too. win, win, win.

i really hope you make them. (like now) because once you make them, you probably won’t want to ever make the normal white flour-butter-sugar-egg combo pancakes ever again. i swear, they’re really not lacking in the sweetness department but if you like your pancakes sweeter just add sweeter toppings 🙂

and have fun with the toppings! GO CRAZY! because the pancakes themselves are so nutritious and good for you, you can even use crazy toppings like chocolate chips and sprinkles.

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more topping ideas: nuts, nut butters, honey, coconut cream, dried fruit, chocolate chips, sprinkles, banana slices, strawberries, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, whipped cream, butter, toasted coconut, granola

note: for the flour, I used chickpea flour (besan) but you can use oat flour (oats ground into a powder) or buckwheat flour too. (if you’re gluten free make sure your oats are gf)

now on to the recipe!

(makes 1 serving which is around 4 pancakes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large-ish banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons flour (see note above)
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt or 1/2 tablespoon yogurt and 1.5 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • olive oil/canola oil to cook

Directions

  • mix the mashed banana, the egg, yogurt/coconut milk, honey and vanilla essence in a bowl
  • add in the flour one spoon at a time and then the baking powder, cocoa powder and the chia seeds.
  • heat a fry pan and spray/spread with oil
  • when oil is hot drop in roughly 1/4 of the batter (2 spoons?) onto the pan in a circular shape
  • lower the heat
  • (i make 2 pancakes at a time but depending on the size of your pan and your cooking ability, cook the pancakes at the rate you want)
  • little bubbles should appear and after around twenty seconds when the pancake is holding together, flip it (lift the edge with your spatula to check whether its ready)
  • cook until both sides are lightly browned and then take out on to a plate, stacking the pancakes
  • add toppings to your pancake stack!
  • (my pancakes have coconut milk, honey, nuts and dried apricots on top)

Asian Wild Rice with Vegetables

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A wonderful palette of flavors and textures in this dish. Who knew something so healthy and nutritious could taste so good?

Feel free to mix up the veggies in this, but I love the combination of these because there is such a variety in size and crunch. The wild black rice is crunchy while the brown rice is hearty and nutty, the mushrooms and peas are soft and sweet while the carrot and cabbage blend in perfectly with the chewy (in a good way!) rice.

This dish is extremely high in protein, fibre, vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C and iron all the while being comforting and delicious!

Asian Wild Rice with Vegetables

(serves 2-3)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dry brown rice
  • 1/3 cup dry wild rice
  • 1/2 packet button mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup finely diced cabbage
  • handful peas
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoon soy sauce
  • chili powder, according to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Cook the rice according to instructions or just boil for 30-40 minutes until cooked.

Meanwhile, wash and chop the vegetables.

Heat a wok or a large pan and spread the olive oil

When the oil is hot add the garlic and onion and sauté until browned. Add the peas and cabbage and cook for a minute and then add in the mushrooms and carrot. Add the soy sauce, honey and chili powder and cook for a few minutes, mixing well.

Add the rice, mix everything again and then cover the pan to let everything cook for a few minutes.

Remove from heat and serve hot.

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal with Toppings

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Chocolate for breakfast? Whaaaat?

I was never an oatmeal person but recently I’ve converted. Or maybe I just like to have an excuse to pile on toppings. I’ve always been big on toppings – ice cream sundaes, pizzas, tacos – it’s the toppings that cinch the deal.

And this breakfast couldn’t be easier. The basic oatmeal is 4 (!!) ingredients and takes around 5 minutes. Decide on what type of oatmeal you want to have, add toppings, and you’re good to go!

Anyway. This is an extremely healthy yet indulgent breakfast. Feel free to play with the toppings and add ins however you wish!  I’ve given you a basic oatmeal recipe with lots of variations! The one pictured above is chocolate banana oatmeal with banana slices, chocolate sprinkles, honey, cashew butter and toasted hazelnuts.

Variations:

– Chocolate Banana – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 mashed banana, top with the other half of the banana slices and chocolate sprinkles/chips

– Pumpkin pie – Add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

– Apple pie – Add 1/2 diced apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a handful of raisins, replace sugar with honey

– Cinnamon banana bread – Add 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, replace sugar with honey

– Coffee – Add 1 tsp instant coffee powder and increase sugar by a bit

– Peanut Butter & Jam – Add 1 tsp peanut butter, top with peanut butter and jam

– Pina Colada – Add 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, top with pineapple/mango/peach

– Fruit & Nut – Add chopped up dried fruits (raisins/dates/dried figs/cranberries/apricots) and nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts/pecans), replace sugar with honey, top with nut butter and more dried fruit and nuts

– Banana Nut Crunch – Add 1/2 mashed banana and chopped nuts, top with granola and sliced banana and more nuts

– Chocolate explosion – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder, chopped dates (optional) and chocolate chips, top with more chocolate chips or chocolate sauce

– Or you could just play around with the add ins and toppings to suit your fancy!

More Topping Ideas

Fresh fruit (berries, mango, pineapple, peach, apple, pear, banana etc.)

Dried fruit

Nuts

Nut Butters, Nutella

Chocolate sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Chocolate sauce

Shredded Coconut

Honey, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon sugar

Granola, Popped Amaranth

Flax seed, sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds

Basic Recipe:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup milk (I used normal low fat milk, but a non-dairy milk like almond or soy would also work)

1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (according to taste, added ingredients and toppings)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Cook milk over low heat

Add oats and sugar, bring to a boil

Add vanilla essence and other add-ins, cook for a a couple of minutes

Transfer to a bowl and add toppings