Dairy Free Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet-Potato-Waffles

Vegetables for breakfast anyone? Delicious sweet potato disguised in a sweet, chewy crispy waffle courtesy of the delightful Morag Turnball aka @aveganfeed

Serves 2-3

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The Health Benefits of Fenugreek

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The Fenugreek plant is a member of the legume family native to North Africa, Southern Europe and Western Asia.  The leaves and the tiny bean shaped seeds have been used as medicine for aeons, as well as being a traditional ingredient in many culinary dishes from India to Ethiopia.  The name is derived from the Greek words Foenum-Graecum, translated as Greek Hay. This is because it was discovered that cattle preferred to eat hay that was mixed with fenugreek.

Fenugreek is slightly bitter and pungent, and has a distinct maple flavour so it is often used as a maple substitute alongside sugar in sweet syrups.  In India the leaves are used in many different types of curry and in Ethiopia the most popular spice mix known as Berbere, contains Fenugreek seeds and is the central ingredient in most dishes.

The leaves and the seeds have great medicinal properties including the ability to lower cholesterol and treat diabetes due to its affect on insulin; the hormone that governs the uptake of glucose into the cell. Fenugreek is also a popular digestive, often used to reduce flatulence and relieve digestive discomfort.

Fenugreek is widely known to have oestrogen-promoting properties and can increase milk production in breast-feeding women and improve libido in men and women with low sexual desire.  Consuming fenugreek can also increase your metabolism, improve bowel regularity and sooth a sore throat due to its mucilaginous (gel-like) properties.

As well as using Fenugreek in your cooking, the seeds can sprouted and eaten raw for a slightly spicy additive to your salad or simmered in water and used as a therapeutic tea.  Due to its potent medicinal properties, it is wise to consult with a natural health practitioner before using it to treat any particular health condition.

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Sweet Potato And Goats Cheese Penne Pasta

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A delicious dinner recipe using our new Organic Kamut Penne Rigate Pasta. The combination of lemon, chives, goats cheese and pine nuts is divine. You will love this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked organic kamut penne pasta
  • 20 grams butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled into strips with a potato peeler
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives (keep some aside for the garnish)
  • 60gram fresh rocket
  • 60grams goats cheese
  • 1 tablespoon toasted organic pine nuts 

Method:

  1. Cook the penne for 12-15 minutes until aldente. Drain and put aside.
  2. Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a fry pan, then add the peeled sweet potato and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and lemon rind and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Combine the lemon juice, 3/4’s of the chives and remaining olive oil in a small bowl.
  5. Add the pasta to the frying pan and toss the ingredients for 1 minute until heated through.
  6. Remove from heat, add the rocket and chive mixture and combine.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper to your taste.
  8. Serve on a plate then top with crumbled goats cheese and a sprinkling of pine nuts and chopped chives. Enjoy!

NOTE: This dish can be served hot, or enjoyed cold as a pasta salad. Whatever your fancy!

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Healthy Trail Mix For Kids

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It can be difficult to find good lunch box snacks for kids that are nut free and in line with our schools allergy policies. Nuts are such a great way to get nutrition into our children, especially whilst they are burning so much energy running around in the playground or learning in the classroom – so we’ve come up with an alternative. A delicious gluten free trail mix recipe that is school friendly. It offers all the nutrition nuts would through the use of sunflower kernels and pepitas, as well as juicy sultanas and tasty toasted coconut flakes. It’s also super easy to make (about 20 minutes in total including baking time). Enjoy!

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