recipes for healthy living

Crunchy Polenta Coated Root Veg with Herb Sauce

Crispy Vegetables with Panko and Polenta

These veggies have a delicious spicy crispy coating and the herb sauce is the perfect counterfoil to the heat. Polenta or Semolina flour with dried chili flakes to coat the vegetables adds a delicious crumb and roasted off in the oven these are amazingly moreish. A platter full of these disappear very quickly.

Herb Sauce
Combine 1 cup coriander, 1 clove garlic crushed, 1 chopped green onion, and 2tbsp each of balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a blender. Season to taste and set aside in fridge until needed.

Crunchy Vegetables
160gr semolina
2tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 kg sweet potatoes or other root veg of choice, peeled and cut into large chunks.. Not too small or they will fall apart!
salt and pepper

Par boil the sweet potatoes until not quite half done.
Drain and dry off
Mix the semolina, chilli flakes and olive oil and dust the veg with this mixture. Season well and into the oven (200C) for about 30 minutes until cooked, crunchy and golden. Serve with the herb sauce.. delicious!

Home made ice-pops, Dairy Free

My daughter, like all kids loves ice cream. Dairy tho’ really disagrees with her, she gets all chesty and blocked up. So we’ve been discouraging her from it and she even knows herself she really shouldn’t have it. Inspired by this, I tried to make some pops for her that she would like yet would not cause the sniffles and coughs. This simple little recipe worked really well and it was Thumbs up from her. I added a scoop of protein so these would be great after a workout too. I hope you will be inspired and try your favourite fruit and see what you think. I used a scoop of protein, a container of Vita Coco coconut and fruit drink and a tub of blueberries…. I will definitely be making them again with other fruit. This made 4 protein & goodness filled pops.

330ml container of coconut and fruit juice
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 tub blueberries – about 130gr
4 ice pop moulds

Tip everything into a blender and blend till smooth.
Pour into your ice pop makers and freeze until solid.
Unmold and enjoy!

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