Pumpkin and Apple Soup

I am a big supporter of cooking using season ingredients! And at the moment, what is more seasonal than soup, pumpkin and apple??

I must admit, the last time I posted on that blog is a good couple of months ago, simply because

1) I am really lazy,

2) I have a very short attention span,

3)  I haven’t been eating very healthy recently

Okay, on most days, but then I fall off the wagon over the weekend and at functions – which spoils all my efforts.

Damn you wine.

But I commit to keep trying!  🙂

I will post this recipe on there as well – as soon as I remember the login details!  *facepalm*

Anyway!  Moving on swiftly!!

 

Ovenroast at 180C for 45 minutes on a baking tray lined with foil, prepped with non-stick spray:

3 medium apples – cut into wedges.  I didn’t peel it because I normally liquidise my soup, not a fan of chunky bits in my soup 😛

500g pumpkin – cut into chunks

1 large onion – peeled and sliced

A generous glug of olive oil

A good sprinkling of salt – at the Fire and Feast Festival I bought some smoked sea salt, amazeballs!

Transfer to a larger saucepan/pot – adding 2 cups of chicken stock (or veggie stock for vegetarian option!), a sprinkling of chili flakes and cinnamon, some white pepper and garlic salt.

Simmer for about 20 minutes – and voila!

Liquidise with stick blender thingy and serve with fresh wholewheat rolls.

I served it with toasted coconut flakes (thank you Woolies!)

The ideal meal to have on #MeatlessMonday!

Smoooooth Smoothies!

I love smoothies!  It is quick and easy snack or even meal (breakfast! yay!)  And it is a very convenient way to get your fruit and veg servings in one go.  I dreaaaam of a Nutribullet (Dear Santa… is it too early to ask… promise I will be GOOD!), but for now, my little stick blender does the trick!

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First up – Banana and Mango smoothie. 

What I omitted when I made this one was some crushed ice (was in too much of a hurry!), but you can definitely add some.  I used frozen banana though, it also help to coooool your drink.

1 banana (frozen if you are prepared!), peeled and cut into chunks

1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks (I know it is more expensive, but I prefer to buy mangos prepared already, what a mess to clean!)

100ml vanilla yogurt

100ml fat free yogurt

And now, a short cut to tropical goodness – 1 few drops of coconut essence.

Blitz and enjoy!

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Don’t you just love these tiki glasses??  Got it from Mr Price Home – got get some 🙂

Banana and Apricot smoothie

Yes, there is a theme – I believe that all smoothies MUST have at least one banana in!  Especially if you want to enjoy a filling and smooooth drink.

And as above – I use a mix of milk and yogurt, otherwise it may be too thick or too thin!

So the only difference – I replaced the mango with 4 apricots. Lovely and sweet!

And that is smoothies for you – you can mix up your fruit options, maybe even add some veggies, like spinach or celery.  For a more filling breakfast, mix in a portion of raw oats or All Bran flakes!

 

Grilled Nectarines with Vanilla Yogurt

New month, new goals, new challenges!  My goal for this month – be less lazy and keep this blog updated!  😉

This is a yummy snack or even dessert idea!  Works great on a braai as well – or grilled in the oven if you don’t have a griddle pan.  To be honest, I prefer the ‘oven grilled’ option, not a fan of washing griddle pans!  LOL!!

Anyway!  Here we go!

 

240g sliced, firm nectarines (pineapple works great as well!)

5ml honey, mixed with 15ml boiling water

 

175ml plain, fat free yogurt

2 sachets Vanilla Canderel (or normal sweetener with a few drops of vanilla essence)

 

Heat griddle pan to medium heat, spray with non-stick spray when hot

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Place nectarine slices in the pan to ‘grill’, basting with honey mixture, turn after 2 minutes or when you see it starts to form the griddle lines and is nicely caramelised – not burnt!  Turn and turn off heat – leave on the oven to cool a bit.

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Serve with a big drollop of yogurt and Vanilla Canderel mixed together.

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Serves 2:  1 Fruit, 1/2 Misc, 1/2 Milk