Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple: Real Food For Babies and Toddlers- Vanessa Clarkson

 

Recipes and images from  “Real food For Babies and Toddlers” by Vanessa Clarkson (Murdoch Books) 

Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple

 

Makes about 12

 

Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 2 hours’ soaking (optional)

 

DIETARY INFO: Dairy-free    vegetarian    vegan

 

Cranberry Apple and Oatmeal Snack Balls

 

80 g (23/4 oz/¹⁄³ cup) unsalted raw cashews, preferably soaked for 2 hours beforehand, then rinsed and drained

70 g (2½ oz/²⁄³ cup) rolled (porridge) oats (see note on page 104)

55 g (2 oz/¹⁄³ cup) dried cranberries

50 g (13/4 oz/½ cup) preservative-free dried apple

4 soft medjool dates, pitted

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut oil, melted and cooled

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and whiz until the mixture gets clumpy. Empty into a bowl, and shape into golf-sized balls using your hands. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator (although they’ll be quite firm if kept this way).

For little ones: Try shaping into fingers for easier gripping.

 

** Very suitable to put in your work lunch box as a snack –  they were easy to make and yummy – sorry no pictures  they were devoured before the camera came out 🙂

 

 

 

KickStart Morning Drink: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

Recipes and Images from A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova (Murdoch Books)

 

KICKSTART MORNING DRINK

 

KickStartDrink

 

+ Vegetarian, + Vegan, + Gluten-free, + Dairy-free, + Paleo

I love to have this cup first thing in the morning to kickstart my metabolism. It’s also great as an afternoon slump pick-me-up, instead of coffee or hot chocolate. It can also be served chilled.” p.38

 

prep time: 5 minutes

cooking time: Nil

 

 2 teaspoons Cinnamon Five Spice (see page 174) +

2 teaspoons finely grated ginger

Juice of 1 lemon

250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) hot water

1 tablespoon raw honey,
or use vegan sweetener

1 pinch dried chilli flakes

 

 

Put all of the ingredients into a mug, stir to combine well and enjoy.

 

 

+ note  Cinnamon Five Spice is a combination of cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, fennel, cloves and pink Himalayan salt. All these spices get you moving in the morning; not only your body, but also your digestive system and metabolism!

 

Post Script: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

A Whole New Way To Eat

Vladia Cobrdova

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368978

 

Description:

Stunning recipes for fad-free eating from the original modern Australian health food providore.

 

Step into fad-free whole-food eating with recipes you can trust from the original modern Australian health food providore.

 

A Whole New Way to Eat is the healthy recipe collection all households need. Everyone is welcome at the table with this way of eating – whether you’re looking for inspirational vegan, paleo or vegetarian recipes or you’re simply after truly delicious food that just happens to be good for you. From The Best Turmeric Yoghurt and Tahini Potato Salad to the hands-down most delicious Raw Caramel Slice you’ve ever tried, your body will thank you from your tastebuds to your gut. Nutritionist and recipe developer Vladia Cobrdova from About Life recreates over 135 of the mouth-watering dishes she’s made popular in the stores’ busy cafes, takeaway and ready-made meal sections.

 

A Whole New Way to Eat is a modern take on healthy eating for those more interested in eating well than following the latest craze.

 

Author bio:

“Vladia Cobrdova is a nutritionist, recipe developer and Wellness Ambassador for About Life, Australia’s largest wholefoods retail chain. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Vladia first saw and tasted avocadoes and mangoes when she came to Australia as an au pair. She started working at a juice bar and health food shop called About Life when she was studying to be a nutritionist. Fourteen years later that business is now the largest retailer of health food in Australia and Vladia develops the recipes for the business. She’s still blown away by the taste of avocadoes and mangoes.”  https://www.murdochbooks.com.au/browse/books/healthy-cooking/A-Whole-New-Way-to-Eat-Vladia-Cobrdova-9781743368978

 

 

 

My View:

I haven’t had the time lately to experiment in the kitchen with recipes from some of the new cook books I have at hand, (we have been on holidays, twice in the past two months and when back home have been extra busy, or had lots of visitors or commitments), this year has just been busy. However tonight I sat down and had a good look at A Whole New Way To Eat by Vladia Cobrdova and I am  now excited about the idea of returning to the kitchen and trying out some of these tantalizing, fresh, healthy and delicious looking recipes.

 

There are great breakfast ideas, dips, sides, mains, snacks, lunch, soups… “The dishes in this book cover every occasion – for when you only have 10 minutes to prepare a nutritious snack to keep the energy levels up and stress levels down, or for creating a meal to impress your guests. Perhaps you want to experience the sense of achievement you get from baking bread and serving with lashings of good quality local butter?” (YES YES YES) Vladia hopes that by sharing these recipes she can pass on some of the enjoyment and satisfaction that cooking has given her, her family and the clients of About Life. (p9)  And the recipes here cater to a variety of dietary requirements; including gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw food, meat lovers…there is sure to be something here for everyone.

 

Let’s get cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Macadamia Nut Slice: Food To Make You Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

salted macadamia nut slice
Salted caramel and maca nuts … this is pretty much my dream treat, and
the fact that it’s good for my beauty regime only makes me love it more!
Macadamia nuts are full of the proteins and good fats needed for shiny hair
and strong nails, plus they are a great source of palmitoleic acid, which
hydrates and heals the skin.” p126

base
· ½ cup desiccated coconut
· ½ cup macadamia nuts,
soaked for 2–3 hours
(or overnight), then rinsed
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 2 tablespoons almond butter

salted caramel filling
· 1 cup pitted medjool dates
· 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
· 2 tablespoons macadamia nut butter
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 2 large pinches of salt flakes,
plus extra to sprinkle

topping
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 3 tablespoons cacao powder

BEAUTY salted macadamia nut slice

Line a 21 cm x 18 cm baking tin with baking paper.
Place the base ingredients in a food processor and blend until the
mixture is nice and biscuity and starts to stick together. With damp
hands, press the mixture over the base of the lined tin and transfer
to the freezer while you make the filling.

For the filling, put the dates, maca nut oil, maca nut butter, maple
syrup and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and sticky. Spoon the salted caramel over the base and
spread evenly with a knife, then sprinkle a few more salt fl akes
over the caramel layer and place in the freezer for 30 minutes,
or until set.

To make the topping, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and
cacao powder together in a bowl. Pour this over the caramel layer
and then put it back in the freezer to set.
To serve, slice while frozen and enjoy straight away, or leave it to
come to room temperature before tucking in.
Makes 12–16

p126 food for beauty

Green Kiwi Smoothie: Food to Make you Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

green kiwi smoothie
Green smoothies are a massive part of my diet, so I’m constantly trying to come
up with new green inventions. This one is zesty and full of the good stuff – it
reminds me of summer but you could really eat it all year round! The kiwi fruit
will push your vitamin C levels up to the max and have your immune system
functioning at its best.” p. 142

· 2 handfuls of baby spinach
· 2 kiwi fruit (skin on if organic)
· ½ cup chopped frozen mango
· 2 pitted medjool dates
(or your choice of sweetener)
· grated zest and juice of 1 lime
· ½ avocado
· 2 cups coconut water

to serve
· 3 tablespoons Coconut
and Sunfl ower Seed Protein
Granola (page 144) or other
paleo granola, plus extra
· a few slices of kiwi fruit
· edible flowers

Pop all the smoothie ingredients into a blender and process until
lovely and smooth.

“To serve, cover the bottom of two serving glasses with the granola
(I love doing this as it makes a lovely a surprise, though you’ll need
a spoon to get to the last bit), then pour over the smoothie. Top with
kiwi, lots of pretty edible fl owers and a last sprinkle of granola, then
away you go.”

Serves 2
p142. food for immunity

 

Dr Joanna’s Go To Green Smoothie: Get Lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

My go-to green smoothie

“This is the smoothie I make most often. It’s all plant food and so has a seriously low number
of kilojoules, yet delivers some serious nutrition. It has B group vitamins for energy, folate
for cell protection, vitamin C for immune function and healthy skin, antioxidants galore
for anti-ageing and it even has almost 2 mg of iron. All up it’s a fantastic addition to your
daily Get Lean, Stay Lean menu plan.” p.224

my-go-to-green-smoothie-

Serves 1  Time 5 minutes  DF GF NF V Ve

 

1/2 celery stalk

1/2 Lebanese (short) cucumber

20 g (3/4 oz) baby English spinach leaves

1 thin slice of lemon

6 mint leaves

Small handful flat-leaf (Italian) parley leaves

80 g (23/4 oz/1/2 cup) fresh or frozen pineapple pieces (see note)

+

A few ice cubes

 

 

Put all the ingredients into a Vitamix or high-speed blender with 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) of water and the ice on top. Blitz for about a minute or until completely smooth.

 

 

Note You might not think of a pineapple automatically when we list superfoods, but there’s more to this tropical fruit than you might realise.
A cup of pineapple chunks provides you with over 60 per cent of your RDI for vitamin C. Since we know vitamin C aids in the absorption of plant iron, adding some pineapple to smoothies like I have done here, or to a legume or quinoa salad will boost your uptake of iron from these foods.

I always chop up my pineapple soon after purchase so they are ready to eat immediately. I keep one tub in the fridge for using fresh over the next few days and pop the rest, ready in ice cube-sized chunks, into zip-lock bags in my freezer. These are ideal for then using in your smoothie and frozen dessert recipes.

 

Fruit Jellies:The Zen Kitchen – Adam Liaw

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The Zen Kitchen by Adam Liaw is published by Hachette Australia, $49.99

FRUIT JELLIES

フルーツ寒天

KANTEN IS MORE POPULARLY KNOWN OUTSIDE JAPAN AS AGAR AGAR. IT’S A SEAWEED

BASED GELLING AGENT BUT ITS PROPERTIES ARE VERY DIFFERENT TO GELATINE. THE JELLIES

IT PRODUCES ARE FIRMER AND CRUNCHIER. KANTEN HAS BEEN USED FOR MAKING JAPANESE

SWEETS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. HERE, A LIGHTLY SWEETENED WATER JELLY ENCASES

DELICIOUS COLOURFUL FRUITS. OUR KIDS LOVE THESE.

MAKES ABOUT 16 JELLIES PREPARATION TIME 30 MINS COOKING TIME 10 MINS, PLUS 4 HOURS CHILLING TIME

 

INGREDIENTS

Various fruits, such as

strawberries, blueberries,

lychees (tinned is fine), mandarin, kiwifruit, rockmelon

1 litre water

120g caster sugar

8g kanten (agar agar) powder

(or according to packet directions)

fruit-jellies

 

METHOD

1 Prepare the fruit by cutting into bite-sized pieces, large chunks, decorative cuts or shapes. A variety of shapes, colours and sizes is good.

2 Combine the water, sugar and kanten in a medium saucepan and whisk over medium heat until the kanten and sugar are dissolved. Allow to cool until just warm to the touch but not set. You don’t want to cook the fruit.

3 Pour into a 1.5 litre capacity mould (e.g. a 20cm square cake tin) and press the fruits into the liquid. Allow to cool until set, then refrigerate until chilled. You may find it easier to line the mould but if you do, line it with baking paper, as plastic wrap may leave shapes in the base of the jellies. Carefully turn out the jellies and cut into individual cubes. Alternatively, set the jellies in individual moulds. Individual moulds will make it easier to keep the fruits separated.

 

You need to follow the directions on the packet of the kanten if there are any. Brands may differ in their setting strength.