Capsicum & Walnut Dip

24 01 2013

Say no to cr@ppy sugar loaded, preservative full & artificial everything dips from the supermarket! That would work well on an election banner ;) Make your own people! It is cheap, super easy, you know EXACTLY what is in it, and, the best bit is it will not de-rail your clean eating. Have your dip & eat it too. Woo hoo! This made LOADS of dip, I ended up eating it with my salads, omlettes, dinner for a few days as well as taking a container of it to a party with my own home made crackers.

2 red capsicum, deseeded
3 cloves garlic
Handful fresh basil leaves
1 tbs fresh grated ginger
2 tbs coconut aminos (or tamari)
Juice 1 lemon
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
About 2 tbs olive oil
Pinch salt & pepper

In the food processor add everything except capsicum & nuts and blitz until all chopped as best you can. Add capsicum & nuts and pulse a few times until it is the chunkiness you like. That is it. Done. Told you it was easy didn’t I?

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“Rice” Stuffed Capsicums

25 07 2012

These are a delicious accompaniment to your dinner, lunch or a great low carbohydrate snack that is still packed with flavour. The health benefits of capsicums start with vitamins A & C, which are responsible for the antioxidant fighting beta-carotene that gives them their different colours (green, yellow or red). These antioxidants can reduce the swelling in the arteries that leads to heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol build up. The folate and vitamin B6 contained in capsicums also help fight against heart disease.

2 cups chopped mushrooms
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into big chunks
1 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch basil, leaves chopped roughly, stems chopped finely
4 capsicum, tops removed and seeds pulled out
1 long red chilli, finely chopped and seeds removed (leave the seeds in if you like it hot)
1 tbs tomato paste
Handful baby spinach leaves
1 tsp Garam Marsala
1 tsp cumin
1 heaped tsp coconut oil or oil of your choice

Preheat oven to 180C (or 160c fan forced). In a food processor, pulse the raw cauliflower until it has the consistency of rice and set aside. In a hot frypan (no oil yet), add the cumin and Garam Marsala and cook until fragrant (about 2 mins). Add the tomato paste, onion, garlic, chilli and basil stems and coconut oil and cook until the onions are soft. You can add a dash of water if it gets too dry. Add spinach and basil leaves and cook until they start to wilt. Add cauliflower rice and cook for a few minutes until all ingredients are combined well and ‘rice’ is just starting to soften. Better to be a bit undercooked than overcooked as it will finish cooking in the oven. Remove from heat. Place hollowed out capsicums on a baking paper lined oven tray and spoon in rice mixture, pressing down and making sure they are full. Bake for about 30mins or until tops are browning and capsicums are cooked.

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Sweet Capsicum Chicken

26 06 2012

I found some leftover Capsicum Sauce from when I made the stuffed veggies and thought it would be a great way to spice up some chicken breasts. Even if you don’t have the capsicum sauce already, it only takes a few minutes to whizz it up.

1 golden shallot, diced finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp coconut oil
3 tbs Capsicum Sauce
3 small chicken breasts, halved

Sauté shallot and garlic in the oil, add chicken and brown. Add the capsicum sauce and mix through so the chicken is coated. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with some veggies or salad.

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