Vegan, Gluten Free Meat Balls

meatballs

Makes 14-16 meatballs

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound fresh white mushrooms, very finely chopped (around 6 cups)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup quick-cooking oats (GF if needed)
½ cup bread crumbs (GF if needed)
¼ cup flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped
2 “eggs” (2 tablespoons chia or ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tablespoons water, set aside for a few minutes so gel can form)
1 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
½ teaspoon dried oregano
(for a non-vegan option, use real eggs and add 1 ounce of shredded parmesan cheese)
4 cups of marinara sauce
pasta of your choice

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt. Cook until golden brown and all liquid has been evaporated.
Add chopped onion and cook until onion is translucent. Add garlic, stir and cook until fragrant. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
Mix in oats (cheese if desired), bread crumbs, parsley, “eggs,” sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Mix well until combined. If pressed, mixture should hold together.
Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Measure out 2 tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls. Place on lined baking sheet.
Bake until meatballs are lightly golden brown, around 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
Bring marinara sauce to a boil in a large saucepan; reduce heat to low. Gently stir meatballs into sauce until coated. Simmer meatballs in sauce until cooked through, 45 minutes to 1 hour. (this step is really important…don’t skip!)
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package.
Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked pasta.
Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon Gateau

Smoked Salmon Gateau

Health Recipe Smoked Salmon Gateau

Ingredients:
110 g/4 oz plain flour
1 small eggabout 150 ml/1/4 pint milk
sunflower oil, for frying
225 g/8oz smoked salmon slices
225 g/8oz cream cheese
1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
juice of 1/2 lemon
25 g/1 oz baby salad leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, to serve
2 – 3 tbsps Dalkey Mustard Dressing

Method:
To make the pancakes, sift the flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt, then make a well in the centre. Break the egg into the well and add a little of the milk. Mix the liquid ingredients together, then gradually beat in the flour until smooth. Beat in enough of the remaining milk until you have achieved the consistency of thin cream. Cover with cling film and leave to stand in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan. When hot, brush with the minimum of oil. Pour a small amount of the batter, about a quarter of the mix is right. Swirl it around until it is evenly and thinly spread over the bottom. Cook over a moderate to high heat for about 1 minute or until the edges are curling and the underside is golden. Flip over and cook the second side for 30 seconds or so until golden.
Turn the pancake on to a plate and repeat until you have four pancakes in total, lightly oiling the pan between pancakes. Leave to cool, then using a 5 cm/2 in cutter that is 5 cm/2 in deep stamp out three circles from each pancake.
Using the same cutter, stamp out eight circles from the smoked salmon, then cut the remainder into strips and reserve. Whip the cream cheese in a bowl with the chives and lemon juice. Season to taste.
To serve, line the cutter with cling film and set on a serving plate. Put a pancake round in the bottom of the cutter and add a spoonful of the chive cream cheese. Cover with a layer of the smoked salmon and then add another spoonful of the chive cream cheese. Repeat these layers and finish with a pancake round. Carefully remove the cutter and repeat until you have four in total. Place the salad leaves in a bowl, season and add enough of the dressing to lightly coat the leaves. Add a pile to each plate with the reserved smoked salmon strips. Drizzle around the remaining dressing and garnish with the lemon wedges.

Source: http://www.kevindundon.com

Wild mushroom and chestnut ragout

Health Recipe

Health Recipe – Mushroom and Chestnut Ragout

 

Ingredients
• 30g /1oz dried mixed mushrooms
• 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut butter
• 6 shallots, quartered
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
• 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into wedges
• 400g / 14oz mixed fresh mushrooms, trimmed
• 4 ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
• 2 tbsp cornflour
• 1tsp vegetable bouillon stock powder (dairy free)
• 200ml / 7floz Rice Dream, Calcium enriched
• 200g / 7oz cooked and peeled chestnuts, halved
• Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

Method
1. Soak the dried mushrooms in 400ml hot water for 20 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole over a low heat, add the shallots and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots and parsnips and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and stir.
4. Drain the dried mushrooms reserving the soaking liquid. Mix the cornflour with a little of the soaking liquid to form a paste. Add the dried mushrooms to the pan then pour in the soaking liquid, cornflour paste and vegetable bouillon powder. Bring to the boil, season, then cover and cook in the oven for 20 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.
5. Place the casserole on the hob. Add the Rice Dream and chestnuts and half the parsley. Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce.
6. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle over the remaining parsley. Serve with slices of warm bread.

Nutrition
• Calories 270kcal
• Protein 6g
• Carbohydrates 36.6g, of which sugars 11.6g
• Total fat 11g, of which saturates 1.6g
• Salt 0.4g

Source: http://www.mydairyfreedream.com

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