The Great Granola Bars

Being gluten free is new to me, so I did some research and came up with these granola bars to eat for breakfast, instead of fruit and more fruit.

Granola Bar

Granola Bar

Granola Bar

Granola Bar

Dry ingredients:

Dry ingredients before tosating

Dry ingredients before tosating

2 cups of oats

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup blanched almonds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup shredded coconut

Toast these ingredients in the oven at 180 degrees in a baking pan covered in foil for about 12 mins. Turn this every now and then to avoid burning.

Turn down the oven to 140 degrees.

 

Wet ingredients:

In a small pan, melt:

½ cup of honey

60ml of golden syrup

60ml of peanut butter

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, allow to cool while you work on your fruit, then combine everything.

 

The fruit:

The dried fuit

the dried fruit

 

 You can use anything you like, I used the following (and forgot to add my cherries)

½ cup of raisons

½ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of chopped dried apricots

 

Add the fruit to the mixture and then prepare your pan. Use a baking pan about 8 X 5 inches wide, rub with butter, then line with parchment paper. Add your mixture, aiming for about ¾ inch high or so. Press the mixture down with your fingers until firm and pressed in.

Cook for 35 minutes, and then allow to dry for at least 2 hours. Cut into squares.

Yum!

The Great Healthy Kale Solution

I’ve just started be a health freak, and watching my diet. And one of the recommended things to eat being O blood type is kale. As it turns out this stuff is already growing in my garden, what a bonus. I found this recipe and voila, I now eat this side dish every day with my dinner. A great source of nutrients and vitamins, so try it.

Kale

Kale

Kale Kale

Kickin’ Kale:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large bunch of curly kale
  • 2 or 3 lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 small or 3 large cloves of garlic (peeled, smashed and chopped)
  • 1/2 to 1 purple onion, sliced very fine

Method:

  1. Wash and ‘spin’ dry the curly kale.
  2. Remove the stems.
  3. Stack the leaves on top of each other and slice them horizontally into fine strips
  4. Place the strips into a glass or porcelain bowl
  5. Juice the lemons.
  6. Peel and cut the garlic cloves into chunks.
  7. Put the olive oil, lemon, garlic, and salt into the blender and combine on high to make a frothy liquid.
  8. Pour 1/2 the liquid over the top of the kale.
  9. Mix well with salad utensils.
  10. Pour the remaining liquid over the kale and keep turning and mixing with the salad utensils.
  11. Let the mixture sit for at least 2 hours before you eat it as the lemon and olive oil will ‘cure’ the kale so that it becomes much softer and more edible.
  12. Garnish with as many of the onion slices as you like.

 

The Great Lemon Chicken to melt in your mouth

Lemon chicken

Lemon chicken

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500g chicken breasts no skin

6 tablespoons olive oil

4 minced cloves of garlic

2 lemons, one is sliced and the other is juiced

1 tsp salt

pinch of ground black pepper

25ml of a supermarket spice grinder from Freshers with: (Ground cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli, paprika, brown sugar, thyme and origanum)

So marinade the chicken for a few hours by placing the ingredients in a bowl, cover and put in the fridge.

Get cooking:

Layer your baking with with sliced lemons, and put your breasts on top of them. Do not cover.

Pre heat the oven to about 180, and cook until the breasts are tender. You can even turn down the oven to 160, and let them simmer for about 45 mins.

Delicious when served with a fresh garden salad.

mmm.