Tag: #healthy

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Cooking with Kale

Kale has taken over the use of spinach and seems universally popular. All types of kale are available locally with some varieties now being cultivated in Malta. My favourite kale remains the Cavolo Nero or Tuscan kale.  It has dark green, textured, flat leaves and a sweeter and milder taste.  Flat-leaf kale cooks very quickly and has a more tender consistency than curly kale. … Read More Cooking with Kale

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School-friendly quick muffins

I made these quick muffins on tv and they are ideal for putting into your kids’  lunch boxes or to send in to share for a celebration. Use gluten free flour if they are meant to be for sharing.  I usually omit the brown sugar when I make mine as I find the sweetness from the carrot and apple is enough but it depends … Read More School-friendly quick muffins

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Today’s Quick Salad: Tuna Feta Avocado

I love salads and most people do. Although this cannot be simpler I am asked a lot why I add certain ingredients. First of all flavour and texture is important as is healthy and filling.

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Chocolate beetroot cupcakes, a healthier Valentine treat

Cup cakes should be fluffy and light. The bulk of processed sugar and the flavour and consistency of butter is often needed to achieve the right consistency in cakes. The recipe can also be used to make a whole cake.

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Healthier Maltese Style Christmas Log

The Maltese Christmas log is an unbelievably easy to make. It is a no-bake, fuss-free quick recipe and it will always taste wonderful as long as you use a good quality chocolate to coat it. It is usually made with condensed milk.

I think every can relax and enjoy their favourite sweets at Christmas but for a healthier, vegan, no added processed sugar version, try this recipe !

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Roasted cherry tomatoes and skate, fish on Fridays

‘Eating fish during lent is associated with the Greek word for fish, ichthys, which is an acronym for Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, meaning Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. There are many interpretations of why Catholic tradition favours eating fish on Fridays, but the version that appeals to me most is found in the 15th Century Book of Festivals which says that when … Read More Roasted cherry tomatoes and skate, fish on Fridays

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie [egg free, gluten free, reduced sugar]

‘Pumpkins and squash can withstand our harsh summer heat and Halloween is a good reason to celebrate our autumn harvest. Surprisingly there are still a few in Catholic Malta who are reluctant to acknowledge the feast of Halloween, for the obvious reasons that it is associated with being anti-Christian or perhaps seen as another over-commercialised celebration that is not part of our heritage.   But carving … Read More Crustless Pumpkin Pie [egg free, gluten free, reduced sugar]

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Quick Coconut and Lemon Muffins [diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free, no added refined sugar

‘these muffins have a deep and  intense coconut flavour from coconut oil, coconut paste, shredded coconut and coconut flour.  They are gluten free and perfect for lunch boxes or a healthy snack to take to work and eat at your desk.  The taste of these muffins improves the next day’ You will need: 50ml coconut oil 50g coconut paste 4 eggs 100g self raising … Read More Quick Coconut and Lemon Muffins [diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free, no added refined sugar

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Quick Chocolate Muffins with no refined sugar and no added fats

‘quick and easy chocolate muffins sweetened with dates.  They contain no added fats and are moist and delicious’ You will need: 250g dates 200ml warm water 250g self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vinegar 4 eggs a pinch of cinnamon a pinch of coffee powder a pinch of salt vanilla 4 tablespoons chocolate powder 3 tablespoons cocoa nibs [optional] Soak the … Read More Quick Chocolate Muffins with no refined sugar and no added fats

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Healthier Salted Caramel Bars

‘these biscuits are gluten free, lactose free with no added refined sugar.  They can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for 3 months.  Today the feast of St Gregory is celebrated and I enjoyed the phone ins from our viewers in this morning’s show as they narrated their memories and shared the history of this feast day.  thank … Read More Healthier Salted Caramel Bars

Nourishing comfort food in today’s Sunday Times

  In the cold winter, we all want warm and healthy food that is comforting and nutritious, yet still quick to prepare. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the term ‘comfort food’ first appeared in the 1970s and we associate it with home-cooked meals that are nostalgic and foods that boost our mood… Source Sunday Times: Nourishing comfort food

Easy and healthier blueberry muffins

‘ These blueberry muffins are made with a mix of pumpkin and coconut flour and brushed with warm maple syrup.  They are also lactose free.  The pumpkin flour gives them an orangy colour and crumbly and light texture.  Do not overmix, that is the secret, just fold in using a large metal spoon until barely mixed and definitely no electric mixers.’ You will need: … Read More Easy and healthier blueberry muffins