The mornings are getting brighter, the evenings are getting lighter and this is my favourite time of year! I’ve filled my fridge full of yummy fruit and veg which makes it easy to whiz up a smoothie, which is just what I crave on a sunny Saturday.
Today, I threw half a small pineapple, a handful of kale, a handful of blueberries and a large splash of almond milk into my NutriBullet and made the below in under a minute. Et voila!
This is a twist on a recipe I found in Ottolenghi’s wonderful cookbook ‘Plenty’. It’s really simple to make but looks impressive on any lunch table.
4tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
30g basil leaves
80g Parmesan, sliced
8 roughy chopped pecan nuts
Salt and black pepper
To make the salad:
– Place a griddle pan on a high heat and leave it there until very hot.
– Cut the courgettes into 1cm coins, put them in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
– Place the slices on the griddle pan and leave on each side for a few minutes. Once cooked, move to a mixing bowl, pour over the balsamic vinegar.
– When the courgettes have cooled down, add basil, the parmesan and the pecans. Mix in your salad leaves and add an extra drizzle of olive oil.
– Transfer the salad to a serving plate and decorate with extra shavings of parmesan and edible flowers.
I am a lazy chef. But when I do cook, I like to throw simple and delicious things together. So when I came across this recipe for brownies on My New Roots I couldn’t believe that there were only FOUR main ingredients and not one of them included eggs, sugar or flour. Also, they claimed, the brownies didn’t even need cooking. It seemed too good to be true.
The only four ingredients I used are: 100g Raw Cacao, 100g Medjool Dates, 100g Walnuts, 1 tablespoon of Desiccated Coconut (a slight variation from the recipe I found online). I whizzed the ingredients together in a blender until the mixture looked like cake crumbs and then I pressed it all into a heart shaped cake tin. I then left it over night in the fridge… et VOILA. The most delicious brownies I have ever eaten.
It’s a complete bonus that they are super healthy and incredibly easy to make!