Immune Boosting Tonic

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It’s well into the Winter season which means cold and flu season is upon us. I am a firm believer in food as medicine and using plants, herbs, oils to help heal ourselves and assist our bodies to what nature intended it to do. Especially to prevent the severity of viruses, because we all get sick from time to time.

If you are eating a relative healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables your body tends to fight off any nasty antibodies more quickly because your immune system kicks into gear fighting it off as soon as you start to feel run down. There are many ways we can assist our bodies to help us on the road to recovery quicker. Continue reading “Immune Boosting Tonic”

Golden Turmeric Latte

“Golden Milk” is trending and for good reason..

I’m sure you have seen these around for a little while now, becoming on trend the last year or so. They are popping up on many trendy cafe menus as the healthy drink of choice and here’s why..

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Turmeric Garlic Aioli

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I’d like to share my recipe for Turmeric Garlic Aioli. It is certainly a great accompaniment to many dishes but my favourite would have to be Turmeric Spiced Polenta Eggplant Chips . You can use also with fish, chicken or steak or baked sweet potato. Wonderful golden in colour and with the added benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric Garlic Aioli

Ingredients

1 clove garlic

1 egg yolk

1tsp turmeric powder

juice 1 lemon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

150ml olive oil

Directions

In a blender or vitamix place garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, turmeric, salt and pepper and blend on low to medium speed. Gradually add olive oil slowly while motor is still running until emulsified to make a thick mayonnaise like consistency.

Serve with some of my favourites  Turmeric Spiced Polenta Eggplant Chips or Sweet Potato Chips

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Turmeric Spiced Polenta Eggplant Chips

 

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One thing I have been mad about lately is the spice turmeric. There has been a lot of chat about this golden spice in recent times for its wonderful medicinal health benefits. Even though the Indian & Asian culture has been using it to flavour and colour their curries and traditional dishes for centuries the western culture has finally caught on to the many wonderful benefits it contains including anti-inflammatory properties, cancer prevention, improves brain function, prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease, helps with arthritis pain, and also has proven benefits to help against depression.

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But how do we use it? 

Well apart from the usual use in curries and indian/asian dishes I like to use it to flavour all sorts of vegetables such as baked cauliflower, pumpkin, sweet potatoes anything really it gives it a subtle spiced flavour without being too over powering. I also add a couple tablespoons to my polenta coating to make these eggplant chips and wow did  it come out delicious. You can either buy the powder  or use fresh turmeric peel it and grate a 5cm piece, warning though can no will stain your hands, chopping boards and well anything it comes in contact with so if this bothers you use kitchen gloves and be careful in the preparation.

I served them with a Turmeric Garlic Aioli and well I have to say I am now turmeric obsessed! So hopefully in the future I’ll be an elderly woman still happy, fit and active with all my heart, joints and marbles in check. This definitely fits the saying “A teaspoon a day will keep the doctor away!”

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Turmeric Spiced Polenta Eggplant Chips with Turmeric Garlic Aioli

  • Servings: 2-4
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Ingredients

1 large eggplant cut into thick chips

1 1/2 cups polenta (cornmeal)

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp turmeric powder or 5 cm piece fresh peeled and grated turmeric

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 eggs whisked

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200’C
  2. Place Polenta and spices and seasonings in a medium bowl. Place whisked eggs in a separate bowl
  3. Coat the eggplant chips first in the egg then into the polenta mix making sure to generously coat them evenly
  4. Place eggplants on a lined baking tray drizzle with olive oil
  5. Bake in oven for 15mins then turn over and cook for further 10-15mins until golden and soft in the centre.
  6. Serve with Turmeric Garlic Aioli

Notes: Can be served as a starter or as a side with your favourite protein meat or fish.

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Turmeric: A teaspoon a day to keep the doctor away..

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#Trending Turmeric has had a lot of publicity lately, seems to be the new health craze and with good reason…

What is it?

Turmeric is a plant derived spice from the ginger family. It is used in Indian cooking which they have been using for thousands of years. It is also what gives curries and dishes its yellow colour.

By having just a teaspoon a day can have significant effects on your health. It is a powerful antioxidant that studies have shown it to reduce the risk of developing diseases such as brain, heart and dietary derived illness and also prevents development of cancer, cancer cell growth and Alzheimer’s disease. Also has been linked with aiding weight loss, That is some powerful yellow superfood spice!!!

How we can use it? Grated Fresh or Dried Powder

+ Add it to scrambled eggs and frittatas

+ Flavour roast vegetables

+ Add to rice and pilaf

+ Add to fresh juices or smoothies

+ Soups and Dahl

+ Add to Steak and Chicken spice rubs

+ Turmeric Tea

+ And the latest Turmeric lattes

Here is an easy smoothie recipe that can be whipped up in the morning before work/school or for an after school treat my kids absolutely love this and have no idea there is all the extra healthy goodness of chia seeds and turmeric in it. Healthy and Delicious!

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Mango, Banana & Turmeric Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy & child friendly
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An easy smoothie recipe with the added goodness of turmeric and chia

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango or 1 fresh mango (if using fresh you will need to add some ice)

1 banana

1 tsp white chia seeds

1 tsp turmeric power or grated fresh

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

1 tsp coconut oil

1.5 cups almond milk or coconut water for non dairy option

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blitz till smooth
  2. Topped with extra black chia seeds and coconut chips

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