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Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry

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Winter is here! So with the chilly nights, why not try this Indian red lentil curry to warm you and your family up!  Lentils are legumes and are high in protein, folic acid and dietary fibre. The curry uses an array of spices but has a fragrant mild taste so is good for little ones. Dried red split pea lentils cook in 15-20mins making it ideal for a quick easy dinner idea for week nights. Read more

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Pear and Berry Crumble Recipe

(from the archive)

This pear and berry crumble packed with vitamin C and antioxidants makes the perfect winter treat!

And who does not love fruit topped crumble? Working to boost your immune system and fight wrinkles, our pear and berry crumble recipe with a nut, oat and coconut oil topping takes less then an hour to make – 20 mins to cook / mix and 20 mins to bake making it an effortless way to end a cool winters day.

BEAUTY BOOST

Strawberries: Looking to reduce acne?  Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid – a common ingredient in commercial acne creams! They also help to whiten your teeth and provide a radiant smile.

Blueberries: Full of antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of everyday fruit. They have been proven to fight wrinkle formation by neutralising free radical damage to tissues in the skin, including collagen and elastin.

Pears: Vitamin C works to produce and maintain collagen in your skin helping to keep it plump and feeling smooth.

Raspberries: They are a rich source of dietary fibre to flush out toxins and create clearer skin while helping to fight blemishes or breakouts.

Oats: Also high in fibre, oats help to regulate blood sugar levels while vitamin B aids the regeneration of skin cells for a fresh, revitalised appearance. The iron in oats allows the skin to recieve oxygen to grow and repair, keeping it strong and wrinkle free!

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE

40 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup nuts, crushed (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

2. Heat a saucepan over low heat.  Add pears, berries, orange juice, cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil.  In a large bowl mix oats, almond meal, sugar, nuts and remaining coconut oil.

4. Pour berry mix into the baking dish and top with oat mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Serve pear and berry crumble warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra crumble topping and simply top with a few fresh berries and yoghurt for breakfast the next day!
  • Use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Save a teaspoon of the warm berry mix and blend with 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 frozen banana for a delicious ice cream!
Berry Crumble

Pear and Berry Crumble with a dollop of unsweetened natural yoghurt

 

 

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Eggs en Cocotte Recipe

Eggs en cocotte are simply baked eggs, with the addition of a few extra skin-loving red and green veggies they are fabulous way to start your super skin day! 

Known as oeufs en cocotte in French, this dish is named for the ramekins in which the eggs are cooked. Feel free to vary the veggies, add different types of cheese and herbs, or add  nitrate free bacon or chopped sausages like chorizo or even ‘baked beans’. Accompany with buttered toast and this dish makes a fabulous weekend brunch. 

Get your kids to help pile in the vegetables and crack in the egg for some fun in the kitchen.  Once you have mastered the cooking time relative to your oven temp / egg size you will wonder why you have not made these eggs all your life. Alternatively visit Eggs & Co. A tres cute  breakfast spot tucked into the cobbled back streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris.  #youwish 

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are glorious breakfast foods! They contain all essential amino acids to ensure your body gets the protein it needs.  Protein is necessary for growth and maintenance of all the cells in your body. It encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Vitamin B also found in eggs is essential for helping your body to produce energy for the day ahead.  Choline, part of the B vitamin group works to ensure your skin has enough energy to produce collagen and elastin while supporting cell membrane structures to keep your skin tight and flexible! Eggs also contain lutein which keeps your skin elastic, along with choline to prolong the onset of wrinkles and a sagging skin.

Tomatoes in this eggs en cocotte recipe are cooked with oil to allow as much the lycopene to be released as possible. Lycopene is twice as an effective antioxidant as vitamin A and is highly effective at protecting your skin.  It will help to guard your body from the suns damaging UV rays throughout the day while maintaining a bright complexion.

EGGS EN COCOTTE RECIPE

20 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

Olive oil

4 eggs (large)

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tomatoes, diced

chopped parsley

1/2 avocado, sliced

Pinch of salt and pepper

Optional: 1 teaspoon of milk or cream

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Heat a good glug of oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add tomatoes, mush and squash them with a wooden spoon.  Add mushrooms and stir for  a couple of minutes til soft.

3. Rub the insides of four ramekins with a little olive oil and pop in baby spinach.  Add the tomato and mushroom mix on top.

3. Crack one egg into each. Add a tsp of milk or cream or creme fraiche (sour cream) to each ramekins to enrich the dish.

4. Transfer ramekins into a baking dish, pouring in boiling water until it comes half way up the sides of ramekins. Cover with foil or little lids if you have cocottes.

5. Bake the eggs in the oven until the whites are set: 8 minutes for runny yolks, 10 minutes for soft cooked and 12 minutes for hard cooked yolks. See tips & tricks below.

6. Season eggs en cocotte with salt and pepper, top with parsley and avocado and enjoy with some wholemeal rye toast.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Getting the ‘Perfect ‘cooked egg is a little bit of an art – several factors will affect whether your egg white is cooked and your yolk is still runny.
    • Oven – if your oven is on the hotter side, make sure to double check the eggs just before the preferred cooking time.
    • Size – bigger eggs (70g) cook slower than 55 or 60g eggs
    • Dish size & shape  – a higher side narrow ramekin will cook slower than a wider one. Le creuset have gorgeous little lidded dishes and now copies even exist in Kmart
    • Water bath – the height of your water will affect cook time as the higher it is the more it ‘buffers’ the hot oven and slows the cooking time.
  • Make a double batch of the tomato and save for tomorrows brunch.
  • Looking for a light meal?  Serve with a side of brown rice or quinoa

This eggs en cocotte recipe is the saviour your skins been looking for! Provide some extra care for your lips by treating them with a coat of lük Lip Nourish! Head over to our store to find your favourite flavour or shade.

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Cauliflower Pizza Base Recipe clean food luk beautifood

Cauliflower Pizza Base Recipe

A gluten free, quick, easy, delicious and nutritious alternative to pizza dough. A fabulous way to feed your skin, cleanse your body and stop feeling bloated!

Whether you love cauliflower or not – you need to try this cauliflower pizza base recipe!  This recipe is fabulous, not too dry and not too crumbly… I even used the sandwich toaster to heat up my left overs at work!  The mild cauliflower taste in this cauliflower pizza base recipe means even fussy little ones will enjoy it!  And don’t forget – get your kids to pile on their own toppings,  it’s a great hands on activity to let them be creative in the kitchen.

BEAUTY BOOST

Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and contains fabulous cleansing abilities!  Enzymes in the liver are activated by a compound called glucosinate which gives cauliflower its flavour and smell.  This helps your liver to cleanse your body  of toxins and get rid of free radicals.  Free radicals speed up the ageing process which can not only lead to the formation of wrinkles but can also cause sagging skin and quicken the onset of grey hairs. Cauliflower helps to maintain a gorgeous glowing and clear complexion!  With its nutrient rich florets, cauliflower also contains vitamins such as vitamin A, B and K and minerals including calcium, copper and selenium.  This flowering vegetable is brilliant for sustaining a smooth, radiant complexion.  Get your serve of cauliflower and preserve youthful skin with this cauliflower pizza base recipe!

For some handy tips on buying and cooking cauliflower see the Cauliflower Beauty Food Bite.

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA BASE RECIPE

1 hr wo to go. Serves 2

YOU’LL NEED

1 large cauliflower

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons almond meal

1 egg

1 tblspn fresh chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried

2 cloves garlic (crushed / finely diced)

1/2 cup parmesan

4 tblspn water

HOW TO

1. Grate the cauliflower or cut into florets and blend in either a blender or food processor.  Place into a large bowl and microwave for 8 minutes or until soft and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, mix chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of water in a bowl and stir, leaving to thicken for around 10mins.

3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Line a tray with baking paper.

4.  Place riced cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can (this will keep your crust from crumbling and cause it to come out too soft)

5. Add the cauliflower, chia seed mix, the egg, almond meal, oregano, garlic and parmesan into a large bowl and mix until well combined.

6.  Spread mixture onto tray creating your preferred shape by pressing the mixture into the tray with the back of a spoon.  Make sure to avoid thin spots, keeping the dough at 1cm high (edges can be thicker if desired to ensure the dough cooks evenly, otherwise they may be a little bit more cooked – but don’t worry, this is just like pizza crust!).

7. Cook dough for 10 to 12 minutes or until it begins to turn golden.  Flip the pizza crust using an additional piece of baking paper and return to the oven to cook for a further 5 minutes or until lightly golden and dry to touch.

8.  Add pizza toppings of your choice, warm in the oven for a few more minutes and enjoy!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • To create a vegan alternative to this cauliflower pizza base recipe, skip adding the egg and parmesan and double the amount of chia seeds to help the cauliflower pizza base recipe stay together – you can mix it up by adding some flax seeds to the mixture as well.
  • You can freezer the base.
  • When blending, you may find it easier to blend half or a quarter of the florets at a time to make sure no big chunks remain.
  • Topping ideas for your cauliflower pizza base recipe include – tomatoes, goats cheese, mozzarella cheese, olives, capers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, chopped basil……
Cauliflower pizza base - mix and match your own favourite toppings!

Cauliflower pizza base – mix and match your own favourite toppings!

 

A healthy alternative your whole family will love!

A beautiful thin base for this Cauliflower pizza base recipe creates the perfect crunch in just the right places. And don’t forget to give it good drizzle of olive oil before serving.

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beauty food for glowing skin | cauliflower

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Similar in appearance to its  cousin the cabbage, beauty food cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family.  It consists of green leaves which encase its gorgeous and nutritious white florets. This delicious and diverse vegie it full of cleansing and nutritious powers.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, B, C and K, folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, fibre and omega 3 fatty acids.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Cauliflower contains a sulphur compound called glucosinate which gives cauliflower its flavour and smell.  It also works to activate enzymes which aid the liver, helping to cleanse your body of toxins as well as neutralise damaging free radicals. This works to provide a glowing, clear complexion.  Beauty food cauliflower also contains vitamin K and omega 3 fatty acids.  Both of these work together to provide fabulous anti-inflammatory benefits and help you maintain a smooth, even skin tone!

COOK:

Cauliflower can be eaten raw but is much tastier when cooked! Saute florets with a sprinkle of turmeric, bake with some garlic, olive oil and herbs or puree for a gorgeous smooth texture and nutty taste.

TIP:

When buying beauty food cauliflower make sure there is no browning on the florets, you don’t want to buy one that has been there for too long! Generally cauliflower will keep in the crisper for 3 to 4 days when stored unwashed.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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banana-loaf

Banana, Coconut and Chia Seed Bread

[RECIPE] Makes 1 loaf | 60 mins wo-to-go (Prep 10 mins. Baking 50 mins)

It’s almost time to go back to school so it time to ‘revamp’ the banana cake to make it more nutritious and delicious. This recipe is a  hand mixed ‘one bowl wonder’ and you don’t need to get your scales out – just a measuring cup and teaspoon.  It does not get much simpler than that! It’s even more fabulous because you can substitute the core ingredients based on what you have on hand, what ‘taste’* your like and the sort of nutrition** you are after. You can make a loaf,  ‘slice’ or muffin style. Leave it plain or ‘top it’ pre or post baking.

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beauty bar cake

BEAUTY BAR CAKE | more-ish and moist

[recipe] Makes 1 loaf | 60 mins wo-to-go

This is one of those recipes that not only boosts your beautifood intake but helps you feel good whilst making and eating it! It is a moist, more-ish cake filled with nutrient rich goodies. The only ‘added’ sugar comes from 2 tblspns of honey as the dates are cooked down til icky & sticky + sultanas are added to sweeten. It’s gluten free because quinoa and almond flours are used and what’s more there is a cup of finely grated carrot  – that cannot be seen or tasted but provides vitamin A &  fibre and keeps it moist.

This beauty bar cake offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. It’s wholesome ingredients keep you feeling fuller longer, after giving you an initial boost of energy….it is a ‘slow release cake.’

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 cup dates  – pitted and chopped  + water

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Avocado Salad

AVOCADO | a quick bite for lunch or brunch

[recipe] Serves 2 | 5 mins go-to-wo

Such a delightfully simple, skin-savvy and delicious snack. There is something about the warmth of the toast and the avocado ‘melting’.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Do I need to say anything?  Fibre & B vitamins from the bread, a dose of fresh greens, calcium from the cheese and beautiful healthful fats, vitamin E & C and potassium from the avocados…not to mention free radical fighting antioxidants. For more on why your skin loves avocados here: beautifood bite or beauty benefits the avocados luscious lipids post 

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avocado-oil

Product Love | Avocado Oil infused with Lime

What is it?   Cold pressed avocado oil with a hint of oil extracted from lime rind. Made in NZ by Avocado Oil New Zealand Ltd under the brand Grove.

Why is it good? It’s the ‘perfect’ dressing oil to add to your ‘salad repertoire: tastes gourmet delicious with little effort or cost. It’s just like an avocado oil + freshly grated lime zest mixed together.  Dark green, rich, smooth and oozing with skin beautifying goodies. See avocado post & beautifood bite for details on why avocados are skin loving.

How to use? I love it drizzled over green salad leaves (with a squeeze of citrus juice or a mild vinegar), added to a dressing for asian style noodle salads or  ‘fancy pants’ plate decorating a piece of fish. The makers say to cook with it but …I think the delicate flavour would be wasted.

Where to buy? I found mine in Woolworths for <$10.00 in the oil section.  See www.avocado-oil.co.nz

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Beauty Benefits | avocados luscious lipids

I just read these avocado beauty tips and nutritional info  from the Australian Avocado Organisation’s website and it compelled me to dig thru my resources to find out and share bit more with you on why avocados live up to their to ‘mean green moisturising machine’ reputation and make the perfect package for busy mums!

I love Avocado oil so much it is one of the key food active moisturising oils I have used in my range of skin delicious lippies that will launch in August 2012! 

Even tho avocados have on average around a 20% fat content, there is absolutely no reason why you should avoid eating them. Eating fat is good for you as long as you know not all fats are the same, ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ fats like avocados are one of the most important skin-moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin. Why? Because avocados lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats (see below nutritional profile from Avocado Australia) not long chain saturated fats found in many animals and dairy products or processed and/or hydrogenated fatty acids. And because of their luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistant and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of the carotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.  Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding. Avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a ‘well cleansed’ digestive system.

For morsels of useful information to print out and keep on your kitchen pinboard see beautifood bite | avocados.

Enjoy, Cindy x

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