Anti inflammatory Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad

I’m a huge believer in food as medicine, and this warm salad is full of anti inflammatory goodness. Turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory, and can be a useful supplement for those with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, like colitis and Crohns Disease. It also has the benefit of being delicious!

Cauliflower, sweet potato and rocket are packed full of vitamin C, which is also great for the immune system. I’ve paired it with a tahini dressing (cheating today, and haven’t made my own, this one is from IKU whole foods). Tahini is great for an iron boost, and has a lot of flavour. For those with a sesame allergy, switch the tahini for a simple balsamic dressing – 2 parts oil to one part vinegar, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds for added iron and flavour.

This recipe makes a delicious meal on its own, but today I’m having some lean minute steak with it, as I’m currently low in iron, and do with a bigger hit.

gluten, dairy, nut, soy, and egg free. Contains sesame. Paleo friendly. Serves 4.

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Ingredients

Half a cauliflower, roughly chopped (approximately 3 cups raw)

2 cups of diced sweet potato

4 Chopped spring onions

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

Three cups of fresh rocket (baby spinach would also work well)

1 tablespoon of IKU Tahini salad dressing

sea salt

Method

Place cauliflower, sweet potato and spring onions into a baking dish. Drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with turmeric and season with sea salt. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out, mix through, and return to the oven for another 20 minutes.

To serve, spread rocket out on the plate, and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Arrange baked vegetables on top. Dress with either tahini or balsamic dressing.

I served mine with pan fried minute steaks, cooked in coconut oil, and seasoned with sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Decadent Chocolate “Mousse” with fresh berries

One of the things I missed most when I embarked on the Coeliac, Food Allergy and Intolerence journey, was desserts and other sweet treats. This chocolate “mousse” is a big hit with my children, and it certainly hits the spot for me as well. It is packed full of goodness and is lovely and rich, so a little goes a long way!

Gluten, dairy, nut, egg and soy free.

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Ingredients

1 very ripe avocado

1 large ripe banana

1 table spoon maple syrup (rice malt syrup or honey also work well, you can add extra if you prefer it sweeter)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

2 teaspoons of coconut oil (this helps add richness and body. You can leave it out if you prefer)

1 1/2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder.

Pinch of sea salt

Method

Place all of the ingedients into a jug or bowl. Blend with a stick blender for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.

Serve with fresh mixed berries.

White chocolate and Apricot Cake

I made this cake yesterday, to celebrate Easter with our God daughter and her parents. It was lovely and moist, decadent without being too sickly sweet. Gluten dairy and nut free. Contains soy and egg.

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Ingredients 

2 cups of gluten free self raising flour

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

2/3 cup raw or white sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

100g dairy and nut free white chocolate (I used Sweet William)

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3 egg1 cup soy or rice milk

1/2 cup of melted nuttelex or canola oil

400g tin of apricot halves

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons of apricot jam

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In another bowl, beat three eggs. Add vanilla and milk.

In the microwave or over low heat, melt 50g of white chocolate with the nuttelex or oil. Allow to cool slightly.

Quickly beat chocolate mixture into eggs and milk.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients in. Gently combine using a spatula, it’s fine if there are a few small lumps. Try not to over mix, or the cake will become chewy.

Pour mixture into a greased 25cm (10 inch) cake tin.

Gently place apricots one by one on top of the cake, spreading them evenly across the top.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until the sides come away from the edge of the cake tin, and the top of the cake springs back when pressed.

Allow cake to cool. When cool, remove from pan. Heat jam in microwave for about 20 seconds. Take out and stir. Pour jam over the top of the cake, ensuring the whole top is evenly covered.

Melt the remaining white chocolate. Drizzle all over the top of the cake.

Bunnies!

Easter is just on the horizon, and in celebration, tickle the imagination magazine have a whole page of gorgeous bunny prints. My little blue floral bunny is amongst them.

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