New recipe from Renee: Garlic Roast Chickpeas with Almonds, Feta, Mint and Lemon

New recipe from Renee: Garlic Roast Chickpeas with Almonds, Feta, Mint and Lemon

Go beyond falafel & hummus with this zesty chickpea dish that is sure to  be a staple in your summer repertoire! It holds its own as a satisfying and flavour-packed vegetarian main, but is also a delicious accompanient to any BBQ fare. It’s refreshingly easy to throw together for those impormtu gatherings or after a long, lazy day at the beach. A heart-healthy dish dedicated to the love of summer! Ingredients  2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 6 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes 1 cup of crumbled feta 1 cup chopped fresh mint 1 teaspoon of dried cumin 1 cup of whole almonds 1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar Thinly grated rind of 1 lemon Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste *serves 4 Cooking time Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Method Preheat oven to fan bake 190°C Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels if they still seem wet after draining and rinsing Mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, cumin, garlic, chili flakes, salt & freshly ground black pepper Put chickpeas into a baking dish, add olive oil mixture & stir until the chickpeas are well coated with oil, then put in the oven & roast for 20 minutes While chickpeas are roasting, wash mint leaves & roughly chop Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a fry pan. Add almonds & shallow fry for about 5 minutes on a low heat, or until lightly browned Spoon roasted chickpeas into a serving dish. Mix 3 tablespoon of olive oil & the...
New recipe from Renee: spiced kale chips

New recipe from Renee: spiced kale chips

Straight up… We’re going to warn you that these super-food kale babies are hugely addictive. What chips aren’t though, right? If you’re going to be scoffing bowlfuls of there crispy, salty, lightly spiced green goodies, at least munch with a zen mind as they are straight up good for you too (see ‘nutrition bite’ below). To makes sure they reach their full crunch potential, it’s really important that you lay them out on the baking paper without the leaves overlapping as you may potentially end up with a half soggy chip and there’s not much fun in that. Aside from that one side note, the good news it that they’re super easy as to make.   Spice Kale chips- Ingredients Serves 4 1 bunch of kale, large stems removed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (soft, room temperature) 1 tablespoon of hulled tahini 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon of tamari ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon of paprika ½ teaspoon of sea salt Nutrition Bite All hail the kale! Often attributed as “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” But did you know, that despite being the vege en vogue, kale is actually simply a form of cabbage (albeit a wild one)?  Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef, is high in Vitamin K and is filled with powerful antioxidants. Right royally a powerhouse of goodness.  Method Preheat the oven to 160°. Line two baking trays with baking paper Rip the kale leaves into large pieces. They’ll shrink as they cook, so don’t go too small. Place...
New recipe from Renee: watermelon, feta & mint salad

New recipe from Renee: watermelon, feta & mint salad

Especially for the warm summer days, Renee put together an unlikely combo. But when foolproof in its success and so charmingly bright, why not give it a shot? The fresh, sweet crunch of the watermelon balances the salty creaminess of the goat feta and the citrus and mint cut in to make it a simply moreish mouthful. You’ll be tickled pink. Ingredients Serves 4 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 200g of goat feta, cut into cubes ½ a watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes 3 tablespoons lime juice Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons of chopped mint leaves Method Drizzle the olive oil onto the feta and set aside Flick out any visible pips from the watermelon with a small knife Gently toss the feta and watermelon together and pour the lime juice over top Drizzle the remaining oil from the feta over top of the mix Season with salt and pepper to taste (go easy on the salt as the feta is naturally quite salty) Scatter with the chopped...
Informal tea, a mindful tea company

Informal tea, a mindful tea company

The guys from Informal Tea are just your everyday kiwi blokes, blending real tea with real ingredients. It’s a simple method, but it means that you can see what you’re drinking, and what you’re drinking is good! And that’s what we love about them. Instead of aiming for mass production, they prefer to do one thing well spending time in perfecting and refining their tea. Yes, that takes awful lot of work but they take pride of what they do. If you share a love for attention without the fanciness, this brand is just right for you.  Sustainable tea Selecting tea from some of the greatest tea producers in China — and the world for that matter! – they have an understanding of the true value of tea and grow tea in organic, bio-diverse locations that far exceed industry standards. As apposed to a typical monocrop plantation, this method guarantees that the teas are grown as traditionally and natural as possible. It not only produces the world’s best organic tea, but it also promotes long-term environmental sustainability, protecting both farmers and their valuable land from nasty petrochemical pesticides and fertilisers. Also, they are building strong relationships with rural producers in New Zealand with the aim on converting at least 35% of their imported ingredients into locally produced, bio-diverse grown ingredients and offer a line of locally manufactured biodegradable packaging that will help save the world a ton of harm.  These guys are going the extra mile to ensure that growing, producing and packaging is as ethically and environmentally friendly as possible. No Added Flavours Next time you brew up a cup of...
A detox guide for your fresh start

A detox guide for your fresh start

It’s 2016 and time to get back on the healthy track. After fabulous Christmas dinners, parties and treats, you probably crave getting back to that healthy feeling again. So let’s start detoxing! Here’s is what you need to know, be aware of and most important what to eat. The liver is your detox buddy The liver is you main cleansing organ, so starting your 2016 detox would include food that improves your liver function. This comes down to a few elements: moderate carbs limit fructose intake less Omega-6 fatty acids, more Omega-3 fatty acids add choline Your liver is also responsible for producing bile. Bile is another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food. It is important that you properly maintain your liver because without a well-functioning liver, your body will be unable to cleanse itself or absorb nutrients properly. And besides a New Year’s resolution, your liver will thank you for a detox once in a while. Be aware of detox symptoms Beware of the fact that detox symptoms may occur, so they don’t scare you off. Symptoms can include intense cravings, headaches, fatigue, nausea, etc. This happens because your body does not have to deal with all the attacks from harmful foods and actually gets the chance of dealing with cleaning up. What to eat Now it comes to the practical part: what to eat. Here are some foods that will help you cleanse and get rid of all the toxins in your system. Grapefruit, lemons and limes The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium,...