Showing posts with label Healthy Food Choices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Healthy Food Choices. Show all posts

17 June 2020

Best Ever Creamy Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup
Tomato soup that is ready to eat in 20 minutes...
Tomato soup that's creamy without added cream...
Tomato soup that can be made ahead to save time for tomorrow.
Or make and freeze, then defrost and reheat for a really simple meal on the run.

Homemade Tomato Soup
Made from fresh ingredients.
(Though you can cheat if fresh is out of season and use pre-crushed Jar garlic, canned tomatoes and dry basil).
But in all honesty - FRESH IS BEST!

You make a roux sauce first. 
This is the 'creamy' secret!
Melted butter (or non-dairy substitute)
Plain flour added.
Basil and other flavourings.
Then milk or soy milk to make a thick sauce.


Then you puree your fresh or canned tomatoes.
And add to the roux sauce.
Heat.
Add salt and pepper to taste.


Homemade Tomato Soup
Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese and more chopped basil.
This has to be my most favourite tomato soup.
And even if you are not dairy-free, 
Do try the dairy free version as I am certain you will love it!

Printable recipe HERE.


#homemade #tomatosouprecipe




15 May 2020

Healthy Family Food Options - No Bake Nut Slice

Meet Bridget...

  I recently met Bridget Serafimidis on my 'eating healthy journey'...
Bridget is passionate.
Passionate about:
Women's and children's health.
About empowering families to take control of their own health, by giving them the tools to create healthy food cultures within the home.
She loves sharing recipes that are not full of fillers and for the most part, refined sugar-free. 
Recipes that are easy enough for even the new home cook to pride themself on creating. 
Recipes that are family-friendly and adaptable for everyone.  
Bridgets philosophies resonated with me as I am on a heal myself through diet mission.  
A mission that is all about health, vitality, energy and healing from consuming homemade and healthier food chooses.  

Here is a delicious slice to try:
Healthy Nut Slice
Healthy Nut Butter Slice.
Base

2 cups of almond meal

2 cups of toasted coconut
6 Tbsp of coconut oil
4 Tbsp of maple syrup
Pinch of salt
6 Tbsp of cacao
2 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter
Filling
3/4 cup of cacao/peanut butter
3/4 cup of mixed nut butter
4 Tbsp of maple syrup
6 Tbsp Coconut oil
Topping
Melted Whitakers chocolate 85%
Toasted slithered almonds
Place all base ingredients into a food processor, blitz and press into lined 20 cm cake tin.
Melt filling together in a pot, pour over the base, set in the freezer for 20 mins or until firm.
Melt chocolate and drizzle over the set filling, sprinkle with toasted almonds.
Cut into small squares (a little goes a long way.)

(Printable recipe link at bottom of the article).

Healthy Nut Slice
It is a fabulous nutty, chocolatey, 'sweet fix' choice.
It's also 'no-bake'.
Plus super fun to make with the children or grandchildren.

Healthy Nut Slice
A slice homemade - so that you know exactly what the ingredients in it are! 

Do pop over to find out more about Bridget here on Facebook.
Or over at 'Lifestyle Tribe' (she's the co-founder).

Healthy Nut Slice

Printable recipe for 'Nut Butter Slice' HERE.







18 April 2020

Lemon Mustard Salad Dressing...

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The health journey I have been on has been epic!
Many choices of change have been made.
It's been a long, slow journey.
Goals made.
Goals met.
New goals set.
I began putting my journey into words in 2017 here at Mia Bella Passions.
In 2020 - began updating that story, which is ongoing.
The hope is that it may inspire others who are chronic pain and poor health sufferers.
You will find that story so far HERE.

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It also inspired me to start sharing some of the recipes I love with y'all
- that offer healthier choices.
Delicious and tasty choices.
Today I'm sharing a lemon and mustard dressing for salads.
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Lemon Mustard Dressing

In a bowl place:
1/2 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
1 teaspoon crushed garlic.

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Whisk until combined.

Pams Salad
Salad

Rocket, lettuce or mixed salad greens
diced cucumber
chopped tomato
diced red onion.
diced orange capsicum
(omit or add any other salad ingredients you desire)

Regal Salmon
I served this with flaked cold salmon.
But try it with:
Honey grilled chicken.
Seared lamb or beef.
Crumbed fresh fish fillet.

Toasted Sesame Seeds
Topping:

Dry toast sesame seeds over high heat in a non-stick frying pan.
Swirl and stir constantly until golden.
( I make a large quantity at a time and store in an airtight jar, to have on hand to add to salads, savoury baking, and pizzas.

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A superbly tasty salad that is very quick to prepare.

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Printable Recipe HERE.



#healthyfood #weightlossstory






17 April 2016

How Easy Is It To Make Peanut Butter?

In blog land everyone else is making peanut butter!
And everyone says it's EASY!
And ya all know EASY is my friend...
so I decided to test the theory.
Off I went to Bin Inn bulk store...
purchased my roasted salted peanuts.
Got out my food processor, added my peanuts,
 pulsed and smashed those peanuts into little pieces.
One blogger said - it takes 5 minutes to make smooth peanut butter!
Well....
my food processor is so powerful - 
I am glad it has suction cups to stick it to the bench.
It literally takes off!
Yip - it is a BEAST!
And after 6 minutes at top speed I had smashed peanuts,
that did not quite resemble peanut butter.
Processed for another 2 minutes - hmmm no change.
So I am thinking - 
maybe we dry roast all the oil out of our peanuts in New Zealand.
USA you must have wonderful oily peanuts!
So in went two tablespoons of oil.
Another 3 minutes of full speed processing and I had an in between kind of crunchy and smooth peanut butter.
By this stage the noise of the 'BEAST' was doing my head in,
 so after a taste test, I decided it was good enough.
It took 11 minutes but I won the homemade peanut butter battle.
It is delicious.
When compared to a natural store bought peanut butter
that is available in New Zealand (in the same quantities), 
it's actually no cheaper to make at home.
But at least I can tick it off the list, and say I've done it.   
;) 


  




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