Monday, August 29, 2011

Chocolate Banana, Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie

Don't knock this one before you've tried it...!  Blend 2 green kiwi, 2 large handfuls of spinach, 1 banana and 1 tbsp cocoa powder with some mineral water.  Amazing!  I might add some blueberries next time.

Celery and Pear Smoothie

Blend 2 pears and 3 sticks celery together with mineral water and a tablespoon of lemon juice.

Peach and Kinako Smoothie

The kinako (roasted soy bean flour) adds a nutty flavour as well as protein and B vitamins.

Ingredients (serves 1)
1 peach
1 tbsp kinako
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp fresh mint

  • Put everything together in a blender with some ice cold mineral water and blend.
  • Serve immediately or chill in the fridge.

Creamy Smoked Salmon and Potato Soup

This tasty and pretty soup is a delicate shade of pink, highlighted with wisps of fresh green dill. 

Ingredients (serves 4 as a starter)
1 onion, sliced
500g potatoes in their skins
70g smoked salmon
1 x 150g pack of silken tofu
1 tsp olive oil
fresh dill
freshly grated black pepper

  • Caramelize the onion in the olive oil until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile cook the potatoes in boiling water for about 20 minutes.  Drain and cool under cold running water.
  • Break up the potato in the saucepan, add the onions, smoked salmon, tofu and dill.
  • In batches, blend all the ingredients together in a blender with water to the desired consistency.
  • Reheat to serve.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Rosemary and Ginger Caramelised Onion and Red Lentils

Ingredients (serves 1)
1/2 large onion
1 tsp olive oil
1 long sprig fresh rosemary
1 tsp ginger paste
50g red lentils
300ml stock
50g goats cheese
1 cucumber and a large handful soy sprouts (or any other salad vegetables)

Ingredients for the dressing
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp honey (I used manuka)

  • Saute the onion, rosemary in the olive oil for about 10 minutes until caramelised, then add the ginger paste and red lentils off the heat, stirring for 1 minute.  
  • Add the stock and simmer for about 20 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed, and the lentils are mushy.  Leave to cool slightly.
  • Slice the cucumber and arrange with the soy sprouts on a plate.  Add some slices of goats cheese.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  • Spoon the red lentil mixture onto the soy sprouts and drizzle the dressing over the salad and lentils to serve.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Creamy Kabocha and Caramelized Onion Soup

Ingredients (serves 2 as a starter)
1 onion, chopped
1/3 kabocha (Japanese pumpkin)
1 stock cube
250ml boiling water
150g silken tofu
1tsp olive oil
freshly grated black pepper

  • Par-microwave the kabocha for 6 minutes, and scoop out the seeds
  • Scoop out the flesh and roughly chop (reserving the skin for a smoothie)
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and saute for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, crumble in the stock cube and slowly add the boiling water to dissolve the stock cube.  Put back on the heat and add the kabocha chunks.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Leave to cool slightly.
  • Add to a blender with the tofu and blend until creamy.
  • Reheat in a saucepan and serve with freshly grated black pepper.
Note: Kabocha skin is edible.  However the colour in a soup is truly revolting, trust me!  Much better to add to a green smoothie, I made one with soy sprouts.