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Roast Brussels Sprouts With Pine Nuts

If you’re like me and had a major aversion to the humble Brussels sprout as a child, then this yummy recipe will surely make you a fan as a grown up! Roast Brussels sprouts make a handy snack, hot or cold and taste delicious added to any dish. Learn to love the Brussels sprout with this simple delicious recipe.

 

What you’ll need…

 

10 or more Brussels sprouts (or as many as you want)

Macadamia or virgin coconut oil for baking

Handful of pine nuts

Himalayan or Celtic sea salt and cracked black pepper to season

 

How to make…

 

Preheat oven to 180C 355F

Place Brussels sprouts in a small to medium baking dish and drizzle with a generous glug of oil, enough to coat well, then season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with pine nuts. Bake in oven for around 20 minutes or until cooked through and slightly golden on the outside.

 

The humble Brussel sprout

 

These little green nuggets are a nutrient powerhouse, packed with vitamins and minerals, including B6, K1 and C and when it comes to fiber, they really pack a punch – great for helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They are also rich in the antioxidants – but a word or warning, if you suffer IBS test your sensitivity to cruciferous vegetables to see if you experience any discomfort after eating them, as being so dense in fibre they can irritate your gut, all the more reason to under take my gut repair program!

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Grain Free Pancakes

DF, GF, PF, AC, SF, VV

If you love pancakes but don’t love the extra pounds traditional pancake recipes can load onto your hips, then this recipe will enable you to have your pancake and eat it too….guilt free!  Because they are grain and gluten free and sugar free ( aside from the berries you may like to add on top) they are perfect for not upsetting your gut or the scales.   Kids also love this recipe too, so why not whip up a batch on the weekend… they’re guaranteed to please.

What you need…

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk ( add more if your mixture is too dry)
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • coconut oil or butter, for greasing the pan (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup flax meal or arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 100 grams  frozen raspberries or  blueberries

How to make…

Add to eggs to a large bowl and whisk before adding the almond milk, lemon juice, and vanilla and continue to whisk until well combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flax meal or arrowroot.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, while continuously whisking.

Grease a large fry pan with butter or coconut oil and place over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, use a ladle to pour 3-inch pancakes onto the pan.  Cook until bubbles appear, or for about 2-3 minutes on each side, then flip with a spatula. Repeat with rest of the batter. Add a tablespoon or more of coconut oil or a scrapping of butter to the hot pan, as needed.

To make the berry sauce, add the frozen berries to a small saucepan and simmer with 2 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes before pouring over the pancake, topped with a dollop of plain sheep’s yoghurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Serve warm.

Serving size – one pancake per person