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SMASHED GREEN PEA & POTATO CAKES – natural face-lifting food

[RECIPE]  serves 4 | 30 min wo to go

Need a foolproof recipe to provide a bit of variety to cooking repertoire that all the family & YOUR SKIN will love? These green pea and potato cake (or fritters if you prefer) are quick & easy, delicious & nutritious. Left over cold ones make great sandwich fillers.

BEAUTY BOOST 

PEAS are the latest way to get a nonsurgical facelift & leave your skin looking youthful and radiant!

They contain Vitamin C, Folic Acid (folate) and vitamin B6 – the hero’s of natural face- lifting food. The latter two nutrients help prevent the build up of homocysteine, a by-product of fat metabolism that can prevent collagen cross linking. We all know collegen keeps your skin strong, firm and toned. The vitamin C protects your skin’s structure from damage, as a powerful antioxidant it fights free radicals that like to damage collagen & elastin.   Other nutrients they contain support tone, tighten and beautify skin: they are a very good source Vitamin  K (minimises under eye darkness), manganese (activates vitamin C), dietary fibre & Thiamin (B1) and also contain protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron (energy metabolism), zinc (essential for immune system + cell renewal) and potassium (fluid balance).

POTATOES should NOT be scorned, this root vegetable is packed with nutrients that help your skin prevent damage – damage from inflammation which can cause your skin to be appear red and puffy. Potatoes contain the flavanoid antioxidants in levels that rival broccoli  spinach & brussel sprouts, vitamin C (about 1/4 of oranges), copper, B6, folic acid kukoamines – a rare compound found in one other food only – goji berries – and may have blood pressure lowering potential. Copper works with vitamin C to help make elastin – a component of the skin structure that keeps it looking strong smooth and youthful.

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 potatoes, peeled & cooked (equivalent of 300g) eg pontiac, dutch cream

2 cups of peas – defrosted (& drained if need be)

2 eggs

2 tblspn chopped mint & parsley

2 tblspn besan flour

S&P

TO MAKE..

Add peas to bowl and mash with potato masher til squashy, don’t puree.

Add potato and mash in making sure you leave chunky bits.

Add remaining ingredients, mash in.

Add a dash of olive or grape seed oil to a heavy fry pan  heat til ‘sizzle’ point.

Take soup spoon size dollops of pea mix and spoon into pan – flatten out til pikelet size. (be careful not to burn)

Flip when starting to firm up on the underneath and are golden brown, cook other side, remove and sit on paper towel til ready to serve.

To serve, add a wedge of lemon for squeezing over or a tomato relish on the side. Great with salad and or pice of fish or lamb cutlet.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Cast iron fry pan preferred – no stainless steel as they stick.
  • Add garlic or ground cumin for extra flavour
  • Sweet potato (kumera) would substitute in well.
  • Mix it up, add some grated carrot or beetroot.
  • Besan is chick pea flour available from health food stores. It’s used a lot in vegetable pakoras. You could use what ever you have on hand – spelt, buckwheat, coconut and even sub in a little almond. 
  • Great cold, squashed into a sandwich with avocado and salad. (tho my kids rejected this version!)

KIDS?

Mine loved them hot out of the pan with a piece of fish and some munch and crunch. They scored it 10/10 but they know the fast track to my heart!

 smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

QUINOA SALAD | beauty building blocks

[RECIPE]  Serves 4-6 | 30min wo-to-go

I discovered this fabulous amino-rich plant seed when my husband & I were trekking in Peru in 2003. It was a popular staple of  Sth America (& sacred to the Incas), providing one of the few plant sources of complete protein (12-18% protein) , for the life of me I could not work out why it was so hard to get back in Australia. Fast – forward 2012 and everyone is talking  ‘Keen-wah’.

Like all things new, you wonder how to best use it. I’m only a couple weeks ahead of you in my experience and can share – it is almost ‘fool|fail’ proof & very quick|easy. It has an interesting texture -it’s soft, creamy & chewy all at once, it taste is mild, almost earthy, perhaps a little nutty.  I chose the red variety as it looks so pretty. Here I add lots of green & white crunch and a simple lemony dressing.

BEAUTY BOOST

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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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Roast Pumpkin, Pinenut & Coriander with balsamic glaze

ROAST PUMPKIN SALAD | colour me beautiful

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 90min wo-to-go

Taste. Looks. Good-for-your skin, what  more do you want! Cheat and buy peeled pumpkin and you’re cooking for beauty in moments!

BEAUTY BOOST: Bright orange and red colours are your signal that this salad is loaded with beta-carotene (converted to Vit A in the body), lycopene & lutein, all highly powerful antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals in our skin, thereby helping to keep our skin moist and youthful. Lutein also increases skin elasticity, which plays a vital role in wrinkle prevention and it is thought to work with zeaxanthin (another antioxidant found in capsicum) to protect skin from damage & inflammation caused by the sun. This salad also contains 2 potent free-radical destroyers vitamin A (fat-soluble) & Vitamin C (water soluble), the first

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