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DARK COCOA + WHITE CHOC COOKIES | lunch box love

[RECIPE] Makes 24 (5cm) cookies | 20 mins wo-to-go (Prep 5 mins. Baking 15mins)

I love baking, always have, always will. So does my family! I love how simple it can be for a max feel good factor: 20 out of 10 my little ones says! I am sure you find the same comments in your house. The trick is to achieve this 20/10 with the least amount of effort & time (mixing, moulding, cleaning up) and still stay high on the healthy food chart. Wholesome baked goodies are a low guilt treat for you & your kids.

This recipe is an Amazing Allrounder – one I created from scratch, late sunday afternoon in preparation for the (kids) week ahead.

YOU’LL LOVE IT BECAUSE….

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Lima beans, baby roma tomato & basil salad + red wine vinaigrette

SUMMER LIMA SALAD | beans means beauty

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 3+ hrs wo-to-go dried beans or 10mins wo-to-go canned beans 

A simple & beautiful salad of lima beans (often called butter beans because of their creamy texture and colour), ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

I am not sure why I don’t use ‘pulses’ more in my cooking, but I suspect it revolves around forming habits!  I am making a concerted effort to include pulses like lima beans and chickpeas in my weekly repertoire because they are packed with beauty-boosting goodness.

BEAUTY BOOST: Lima beans contain the lesser know trace mineral molybdenum, essential for synthesizing DNA – your cells genetic makeup, play a key role in enzymatic de-toxifying of cells and is a good source of B vitamins thiamin and folate which help cells make energy.  Their iron content (25% RDI in one cup) helps transfer oxygen into your cells & their high fibre content helps absorbs and facilitate quick removal of waste, both contributing to a brighter complexion. They contain trace mineral & antioxidant manganese which helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin, trigger inflammation and affect your complexion – and not in a good way!

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