BBQ Salmon with Vita Coconut Oil Maranade #reachforthebeach

With the Summer holidays coming up, more and more if us will be dining Al Fresco. With the hot, hazy days ahead of us, what better way to eat your evening meal on the BBQ.

We do love a BBQ!

We are always on the look out for healthier ways to dine outside. As a family we are cutting down on the amount of red mead that we eat and introducing more vegetables and fish

Vita Coco Coconut oil is 100% raw, organic and cold pressed making it the ultimate cooking ingredient. It can be used in place of other cooking oils in baking and frying, it can even be added in to your coffee or used to whiten your teeth.

This recipe is a quick and easy meal to do on the hot rocks or in the oven if the weather decides to ruin your day.

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INGREDIENTS:

Fillet of salmon

2 tbsp Vita Coco Oil

1 chopped clove of garlic

tsp of chopped chilli flakes

1 tbsp cider vinegar

tbsp of chopped mint and coriander

Pink himalayan salt

Half the juice of a lime

METHOD:

  • Place the fillet of salmon onto some tin foil
  • Drizzle over some olive oil and a pinch of himalayan salt
  • In a small pot, add in the vita coco oil, chilli flakes, lime juice, chopped garlic and the chopped mint and coriander. Mix well.

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  • Place over the top of the fillet and then wrap it up into the tin foil, creating a parcel.

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  • Once your BBQ is nice and hot, place onto the grill and cook until the salmon flakes easy with a fork, roughly about 15 minutes.

Serve with a side salad and some slices of lemon.

Whats good about this recipe is that once you have wrapped the salmon in the foil parcel it can be placed into the fridge ready to use later on in the day. Especially saving time when you are entertaining.

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This is my entry into the Foodies100/Vita Coco #reachforthebeach  competition

 

Cool Summer Lemon Slush Recipe

This slush is just perfect for hot summer days, it will keep you cool and refreshed and help you beat the heat.

We have been very lucky lately with the weather and have even had a good couple of weeks where the temperature has hit above 25c. Keeping cool, without constantly standing in front of a fan isn’t easy. I promise that this slush will keep you hydrated but also cool you down.

It is quick and simple to make, which makes it an ideal drink to make with the children.

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INGREDIENTS:

Half a lemon

A few sprigs of fresh mint

Handful of ice cubes

Coconut Water

This amount would make enough for one person just double up the ingredients if you want to make more

METHOD:

Place everything into a blender, leaving the coconut water til last. Add in enough to cover over the ice and blitz away. I kept some of the rind on the lemon as this gave it that extra bitter taste.

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Now all you need to do is relax on the sun lounger with your cool summer slush in one hand, sun glasses on and a good book in the other.

NB: You could add in some gin or vodka for an adult slush

Enjoy!

Homemade 83% less sugar Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate Ice-Cream recipe

Summer is here and we are all looking for a way to cool down in this scorching, lovely weather we have been having.

Home made ice cream is simple to make – incredibly delicious and makes you rethink about buying shop bought ice-cream again.

It’s that simple that even the children can join in with making it. There is no need for a machine – no churning – just simple mixing with a spoon will do

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 1 tub of double cream
  • 4 heaped tbsp of Jim Jam Chocolate spread
  • A handful of chopped hazelnuts

Method:

Combine the cream and milk in a bowl until smooth

Combine the Jim Jam spread in the mixture with a mixer until smooth

Add in the chopped hazelnuts (for that extra chocolate flavour, swirl in some of the spread into the creamy mixture)

Transfer to a freezer safe container

After 2 hours, take it out of the freezer and mix together

Once frozen (about 4 hours) Take out of the freezer and leave in the room to melt for about 5 minutes.

Now you are ready to serve up

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This ice-cream is so smooth and delicious! A little bit of naughtiness but in a guilt free way

Why did I use Jim Jams Spread?

Jim Jams spreads are made up with 83% less sugar – thus meaning it is a healthier choice to feed the family. Instead of using refined sugar they use Maltitol, an artificial sweetener.  It is used to replace table sugar because it is half as caloric, does not promote tooth decay, and has a somewhat lesser effect on blood glucose. Not only is it less sugar but also, gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and diabetics.

The hazelnut spread gives the ice-cream a rich, full-bodied taste. It is creamy and indulgent.

As a family we have dramatically cut down on our sugar intake; not just because of my illness but for the sake of our health and the children’s teeth. Since cutting down, we can see a difference in the children’s behaviour, they are less fatigued and have lots more energy throughout the day. We have noticed that our skin is much more healthier, we feel less full and that our hair doesn’t become greasy as quickly previously before the change of diet.

Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate spread can be found in most major supermarkets.

We was sent a jar of Jim Jam spread for the purpose of this review

 

 

No bake Orange Cacao Balls Recipe

I don’t know about you, but my children are forever dipping there hands into the cereal boxes or grabbing a packet of crisp for a quick little nibble in between meal times. Even
though our fruit bowl is always full up, they still like to munch on goodies.

I made up these balls as a healthy snack for my boys to eat when they feel peckish but also to add into my bag for days out or to put into there lunch bag.

I made a batch of 16 balls and they had already gone by the next day, they are very moorish. One just isn’t enough!

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These chocolate orange balls are so simple to make, there is no baking needed and are easy for the children to get involved with too. They have so many healthy benefits because of the ingredients

Cacao – Highest plant-based source of iron, full of magnesium, anti-inflamatory, a natural mood elevator and 40 times the antioxidant of blueberries

Medjool dates – The healthiest natural sweetener, one medjool contains 66 calories, high in carbohydrates, loaded with vitamins and minerals and help to decrease cholesterol.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 Medjool Dates. I like to use medjools as they are very juicy
  • 100g Raw Cashew Nuts
  • 100g Raisins
  • 1 Heaped tbsp Meridean Peanut Butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Zest of one Orange
  • Juice of half an Orange

METHOD:

  1. Blend the cashew nuts to a powder and set aside in a bowl
  2. Blend the dates, cacao powder, raisins, peanut butter, zest and juice together. If the machine stops it’s because the mixture has become stuck under the blades and just needs setting free. If it is too dry just add a little water
  3. Place all together in a bowl and mix together
  4. Leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This makes it easier to form into a ball
  5. Take about a tbsp at a time and form into a ball about the size of a walnut. Wrap each ball individually in some cling film or tin foil and leave in the fridge for when you want to eat them.

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Carrot Cake Doughnuts – What’s your NumNoms Crazy Creation?

Num Noms are all about crazy food creations, the little cute, scented characters are all about creating your own flavour fusion by mixing a little num with a little nom. It’s a recipe for mischief with so many different combinations.

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We’ve seen the Cronut (donut and croissant combination), a genius idea, which brought together two of our favourite pastry items into one amazing desert. Next it was the turn of green tea cake, for the slightly more health conscious, which saw a refreshing cake born from a popular hot beverage. More recently, Marks and Spencer introduced the Croloaf, a loaf of bread make out of croissants –yum!

But they are old news and now it is time for Num Noms fans to take to the kitchen and create their own Crazy Creations inspired by the different Num Noms themes and flavours.

We was invited along to join the next Num Noms foodie campaign. we were challenged to get creative in the kitchen to combine the wackiest of flavours and make the tastiest of food combination.

First we had a look through the num noms menu for some inspiration

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We picked out the num noms that we wanted to work with and then set to it in the kitchen to create our foodie masterpiece

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We picked out

  • Maple Sugars who is from the doughnut family
  • Bunny carrot who is a veggie
  • Softy Mallow who is a marshmallow
  • Blueberry Stampit

And we came up with a carrot doughnut with a blueberry and marshmallow centre

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 caster sugar
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • oil for frying
  • blueberries
  • mini marshmallows

Method:

  • Combine the dry ingredients together; flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg
  • Add in the oil, milk, carrot and egg and mix well
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Test the oil with a crumb of bread, if it sizzles and turns brown it’s ready.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop the mixture a spoonful at a time into the hot oil. Don’t over fill the spoon as i found that the smaller the better for the doughnut to be cooked all the way through
  • Fry until light brown all the way around the doughnut, about 2 minutes each side.
  • Remove from hot oil and drain on some paper towels
  • Cut a little hole in the bottom of the doughnut and push in a blueberry and marshmallow
  • Sprinkle with a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup

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These doughnuts are super yummy! They are soft and very tasty. Perfect for an afternoon treat or to put into pack lunches.

What better way to get your children into the kitchen then getting them to create a num nom crazy creation.

Why not join in on the num nom fun, simply create a crazy creation using num noms as your inspiration and share on social media using #numnomscrazycreation dont forget to tag @NumNomsUK

 

No Bake Energy Boosting Date Balls

Raw food and no baking is becoming very popular. I am always experimenting in different ingredients to make healthy nutritious snacks for my children.

When I was diagnosed with Cancer last year, I researched what food the body needs to help fight those bad cells. As a family we changed our diet and now consume more foods that are not baked and that are raw, with no added GMO and organic. Does it help? I don’t know but it tastes good and we do feel more healthier.

These energy balls are mostly made from medjool dates that are high in fibre and an energy booster. They are simple and quick to make and are super healthy.

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Ingredients:

  • 24 Medjool dates (or similar) de-pitted
  • 2 tbsp refined Coconut oil
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 3 heaped tbsp organic oats
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

Method:

Place the dates and coconut oil into a blender and blitz to a paste, add in a little bit of water to smooth it up.

Add in the peanut butter and ground almonds and blitz to combine it all.

Empty into a bowl. Mix in the cacao powder, maple syrup, oats and chia seeds.

Place in the fridge for half hour.

These balls are quite oily because of the coconut oil.

Take out of the fridge and take a heaped tsp and shape within the palm of your hands to make a ball.

Wrap each ball in some cling film and store in the fridge.

 

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These balls are ideal for grab and go food as they are stored in the fridge and wrapped in cling film it makes it easy for the children to grab a healthy snack when they need one.

They are high in fibre, minerals and vitamins promoting a healthy bowel. They also provide energy for people who suffer from anemia.

As long as you have the base of the dates and coconut oil you can experiment with adding in different ingredients. Our next one we are going to add in desiccated coconut or even roll the balls in the coconut or cacao powder. You could even add in dried fruit.

Thank you for reading 🙂

 

Homemade No Churn Coconut Ice Cream

Love ice cream but you have no ice cream maker to make some in! No worries. Ice cream can be made without the use of a machine, just with a little patience

Homemade ice cream couldn’t be easier. I have always been a little worried that It wouldn’t turn out as nice as a churned ice cream but I was proved wrong last week when the eldest and I made up a batch for the first time of Coconut ice cream. It was simple to make and tasted incredibly delicious.

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Once you master the basics of making ice cream you can then go on to invent your own flavours, becoming more adventurous with the flavour and texture. I have previously tried making ice cream from bananas, which tasted lovely but i wanted to try it another way.

This recipe is so creamy and smooth. You will be making up batches every day.

You will need:

  • A tub to store your ice cream in
  • Hand held electric mixer
  • Tin of condensed milk
  • Carton of double cream
  • Tin of coconut milk
  • 1tsp Vanilla essence

Method:

  • In a bowl pour in the double cream. Using a mixer or by hand whip the double cream until it begins to thicken
  • Add in the condensed milk and whip again
  • Fold in the coconut milk
  • Add in any flavouring or colouring
  • pour into you tupperware tub and place in the freezer

The ice cream will set around the edge first so take it out after an hour and stir to combine it all. Repeat an hour later.

Leave to set over night.

You are now ready to serve up your treat

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We added banana slices into our ice cream. For my next batch I am going to try ginger and cinnamon.

Thank you for reading 🙂