• Mother's Day Quinoa Salad
    Gluten Free

    Mother’s Day Quinoa Salad

    This is a healthy recipe for my Mother’s Day Quinoa Salad. This salad combinesโ€™ protein-rich red quinoa, soft butternut, sweet cranberries, fresh coriander and pumpkin seeds, all brought together by a balsamic and maple vinaigrette. If you have not tried quinoa before, now is your chance as The Refillery stocks both the original and the red quinoa. Cooking with Red Quinoa Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. Red quinoa has an earthy and fruity flavour and it retains its shape even after cooking, making it ideal for use in cold salad recipes.…

  • Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup

    This Gut-Friendly Green Swish Chard Soup is, as the name suggests, made with leafy, vitamin-rich swiss chard. A relative of beetroot, itโ€™s high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. I find this leafy vegetable much easier to stomach than Kale, so I decided to use it in soup. My mom and stepfather Gerry have been visiting us since Easter and yesterday he got a very painful abscess. It is so bad that it has given him a fever! Luckily enough he was able to get an emergency appointment at the dentist, but the tooth had to be removed. He isn’t able to…

  • Make your own healthy bliss balls
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls

    These healthy Orange and Chocolate Bliss Balls are delicious little morsels packed with energy and wholesome ingredients.ย  Also known as ‘Jaffa balls’ (if using orange flavours), or ‘protein balls’, bliss balls are made by combining nuts, dates and coconut.ย  I think the word Bliss must have come from the bright idea of adding cocoa or melted chocolate to these little bites. Don’t they look so pretty! ๐Ÿ˜   They are one of the best snacks to have on hand, especially when we are running around like a crazy person and need a quick on the go snack. Dates are naturally sweet, so these bliss balls don’t contain any extra sugar…

  • Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns
    Gluten Free

    Gluten-Free Hot Cross Bunsย 

    Today’s recipe is for my Gluten-Free Hot Cross Bunsย – just in time for your Easter baking. There’s nothing better than the aroma of hot cross buns wafting through the air. Especially when they have been toasted and lovingly smothered with butter.ย  But before we get to that, let me be honest with you โ€“ it took three attempts to get this recipe right. It is never easy to cook with gluten-free flours, especially when creating doughs because yeast needs gluten to rise. No gluten = very little rise, meaning very dense crumbly buns. However, there is a way around this problem. A few tweaks to a recipe can help the…

  • Maple Tahini
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    How to Make Maple Tahini Paste

    On my last visit to the Zero Waste Store, The Refillery, I filled up one of their brown paper bags with some sesame seeds with one idea in mind – A Maple Tahini Paste recipe. Now I love tahini โ€“ it is almost like peanut butter, but slightly richer and has a mild bitter tang. It is quite a versatile sauce and is used to make hummus and baba ganoush, but it can also be used in some not so obvious ways – such as drizzled over ice cream, salad or a bowl of granola. Tahini is naturally vegan and gluten-free, tastes nutty and is dead simple to make. For…

  • Happy Earth People Pasta
    Gluten Free,  Lifestyle

    Happy Earth People – Chickpea Pasta

    It’s day two of my 7 Days of Giveaways and today I am giving away a Happy Earth People Chickpea Pasta Hamper. Head on over to Instagram to enter. Even if you don’t win, you could still get a box of this gluten-free, high protein pasta and make a bowl of this Mushroom & Parmesan Chickpea Pasta! If you haven’t heard of Happy Earth People – let me introduce you to this proudly South African brand, owned by Taleszia and Candice. The girls have built their business around a very simple philosophy – that pulses are the nutritious superfood of the future. Click the pic for another Chickpea Recipe  …

  • Kayla Itsines Peanut Butter Cookies
    Gluten Free

    Kayla Itsines Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

    Today’s recipe is for these Peanut Butter Protein Cookies, from the Kayla Itsines Cookbook. I modified the recipe slightly as I used Eat Naked Peanut Butter, which contains raw honey for sweetness, so I didn’t need as much sugar as the recipe calls for. But, before we jump into the recipe, I wanted to take a moment to let you know that it is my blogs 1 year birthday! So to celebrate – I am hosting 7 days of giveaways on Instagram, so make sure you are following me to enter. You can read all about One Year of Le Famished Cat here. Now for the cookies! These Peanut Butter…

  • Blue Matcha & Chocolate Cupcakes
    Gluten Free

    Blue Matcha & Chocolate Cupcakes

    I have been experimenting with all things blue this week and today is no exception and I have created a recipe for these Blue Matcha and Chocolate Cupcakes. These Blue Matcha & Chocolate Cupcakes cupcakes are: Made with Gluten Free Flour Make exactly two big cupcakes or three small cupcakes Contain Blue Matcha, aย 100% Natural food colouring What is Blue Matcha? Blue matcha is a specialty blue tea, made from organic Butterfly Pea Flower. While this beautiful blue powder is still being researched to fully confirm it’s health benefits, it has been said to reduce stress and may improve memory. The icing and decoration The icing is made with butter,…

  • Gluten Free,  Lifestyle

    Blue Spirulina Chocolate Bounty Bars

    Time for a chocolate bar reinvention and today it’s these Blue Spirulina Chocolate Bounty Bars. Chocolate and Coconut go together perfectly and Bounty Bars are a perfect example of this union. So there is no need to reinvent the wheel to recreate these chocolate bars – just small tweaks and additions.   Breaking down the recipe I donโ€™t know about you, but I love making goodies from scratch. It usually tastes way better and you know exactly what goes in it.ย Take homemade pesto or homemade almond butterย for instance. For these Blue Spirulina Chocolate Bounty Bars, I didn’t want to add any extra sugar to the coconut mixture, so it’s just…

  • Browned Butter, Sage and Asparagus Parcels
    Gluten Free

    Browned Butter, Sage & Asparagus Parcels

    Todayโ€™s recipe is for these simple Browned Butter, Sage and Asparagus Parcels, which you can eat as a side dish with a main or on their own as a snack. The Rice Paper Wrappers can be bought at any Chinese Grocer – try to get the biggest ones possible because they are easier to wrap with. If you don’t like rice paper wrappers, then you can crunch on these asparagus by themselves – the choice is really up to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰   There is something about sage and burnt butter that just goes perfectly together. As the butter browns, the sage crisps and fills the kitchen with such a delicious…

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