Honeymoon Acai Bowl

Since our honeymoon in Hawaii, my husband and I have been eager to recreate the infamous acai (pronounced “ah-sah-EE”) bowl that’s been popping up on trendy breakfast menus around Melbourne. Many versions of the acai bowl I have tried have been too sweet and it’s taken me a while to get this recipe right.

The once humble, but absolutely delicious acai berry originates from Central and South America. Some studies have shown that the berry has a higher concentration of antioxidants when compared with other berries, therefore making it’s claim to superfood stardom, but I should note that the research on the health benefits of the acai berry is limited and a variety of fruits and vegetables found at your local green grocer are just as effective and more economical.

An acai bowl addiction can become an expensive one (approximately $9.50 per 400g of frozen puree packs), so it’s not something we would make every morning for breakfast. Having said that, it is a wonderful weekend treat that we love to reminisce over.

A hui hou – Until we meet again.

 

Love Wifey xx

 

Honeymoon Acai Bowl

 

Ingredients

2 x 100g Acai berry frozen puree packs (I use Amazonia, they are usually found in the frozen section of gourmet food stores and health food stores)

100ml Almond milk or Soy milk

1 handful of frozen berries (I love to use raspberries and blackberries)

1 frozen banana (or fresh – my husband likes it this way)

Fruit (I like to use sliced banana, strawberries or kiwi fruit)

Muesli (I prefer to make my own with seeds and nuts and low in sugar)

Shredded coconut

Flaked almonds

 

Method (Serves 2)

  1. Add the milk, banana, frozen berries and acai packs to your blender and blend until you get a thick consistency.
  2. Divide the mixture into bowls and top with muesli, shredded coconut, flaked almonds and fruit.
  3. Sit back, hang loose and enjoy the flavours of Hawaii!

Detox Chicken Burgers on a Lettuce Bun

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, moving into a new place plus looking after a bub is definitely a lot to take on, not to mention I started my annual glow detox with my naturopath this week (sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself).

So here I was on Tuesday in the midst of moving house, completely caffeine deprived with a 16 week old who’s possibly started the teething process…YES a whole lot of fun… and can I just say I’m pretty sure husband was really lucky to be interstate for work! Haha! But I made it through the first day and here I am onto the third and no longer caffeine dependent! #winning

After no longer feeling sorry for myself, it was back to the kitchen and time to get really creative! How this detox works is pretty much like an elimination challenge, the gut has a total cleanse. This means no sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, alcohol or any processed foods (this includes things like salad dressings and sauces etc). It’s just pure clean eating. So you can see where this can be a challenge! Everything needs to be made from scratch, which isn’t such a bad thing! Today I was really craving a delicious burger and a traditional burger contains pretty much everything on my no no list, thus I was forced to improvise.

The following recipe is an open chicken burger on a lettuce “bun”, it’s super easy and something you can make a big batch of in advance and pop in the freezer for quick and easy meals. Enjoy!

Love Wifey xx

 

Detox Chicken Burgers on a Lettuce Bun

Ingredients

Chicken Burger Patties 

500g chicken mince

1/2 onion chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

1 egg

3 tbsp rice crumbs plus extra for coating

1 handful roughly chopped mint

1 handful roughly chopped coriander

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/4 tsp ground chillies

pink Himalayan crystal salt

cracked black pepper

olive oil for frying

 

Lettuce Bun & Salad Topping

cos lettuce leaves (you could use other lettuce if you like, I just love cos lettuce)

handful of baby spinach

1 tomato diced

1 avocado diced

juice of 1 lime

 

Method (Serves 4)

  1. Combine all ingredients listed for the patties and mix well.
  2. Roll the patty mixture into balls (about the size of a golf ball) and then flatten them.
  3. Next begin preparing your lettuce buns and salad. Dice the avocado and tomato and place in a bowl and squeeze over the lime juice toss the salad and set aside.
  4. Separate your lettuce leaves, wash thoroughly and set aside.
  5. Heat some olive oil in a frypan and begin to fry your patties making sure they are cooked through.
  6. First place a lettuce leaf on your plate followed by some spinach, two patties and top with your salad. Bon appetite!

 

 

Protein Power Pancakes

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to cook and right up until the birth of our little baby I was spending my pre-natal days cooking up a storm. As my cooking spree was temporarily put on hold post-baby, you can imagine my excitement when I finally had the energy and opportunity to get back in the kitchen.

Five weeks post-natal and what a beautiful day it had been in Melbourne, the sun was shining and baby was sound asleep after his early morning feed. I felt like it had been eternity since I was feeling semi-normal again and decided it would be a great day to get back into the kitchen. Having woken up with a craving for pancakes but not the guilt that’s associated, I whipped up these babies, ticking all the boxes for a yummy & nutritious breakfast. These not only make a delicious breakfast but they also make a great snack to suppress those mid morning or late afternoon sweet cravings. I often like to make a big batch storing them in an airtight container in the fridge and then popping them in the toaster when I’m ready to eat! There are a few flavour variations you can try but I am a plain Jane and love vanilla!

So without further ado I present to you my Protein Power Pancake recipe, enjoy!

Love Wifey xx

Ingredients

1/4 cup spelt or GF flour

1/4 cup LSA (if you can’t find LSA use any other nut meal like almond meal)

2 tbsp desiccated/shredded coconut

2 scoops of protein powder (you can have fun with this, I like to use Amazonia RAW protein powder in vanilla or cacao & coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 eggs

1/3 cup of milk/milk alternative

pinch of pink himalayan rock salt

 

Method 

  1. Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Add eggs and milk and mix well. If you need to, add more milk or LSA to get it to a good consistency, you obviously don’t want it to be too runny!
  3. Heat a non-stick pancake pan on medium flame and pour approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the hot pan (the pancakes should only be pikelet size).
  4. Once the mixture starts to bubble flip your pancake over for about a 1-2mintues.
  5. Top your pancakes with anything you like or just eat them plain! I like to top with banana and honey or fresh berries and shredded coconut!

Serves 4 (makes about 12 pancakes)