Chickpea and Coriander Fritters

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This recipe is healthy, delicious and very simple to make, especially when the pantry is running bare.

Chick Peas or Garbanzo beans (like most legumes) have long been valued for their fibre content and are great for weight loss. They can boost your energy because of their high iron content, are a good source of protein for vegetarians and can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Coriander or Cilantro is fabulous for healing skin disorders and can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Throw these tasty morsels together and serve with rocket, coriander and lemon wedges…oh, and Sweet Chilli Sauce is a must!

Ingredients:

      • 1 tin of mashed chickpeas (I use a potato masher so the chickpeas remain semi-whole and the fritters rustic)
      • 1/2 cup roughly chopped coriander
      • 1 roughly chopped onion
      • 1/2 cup flour
      • Cumin
      • Rock salt
      • 1 large egg
      • Coconut oil for frying

Lightly mix all the ingredients together, press a heaped tablespoon of mixture in pan to form patties, fry until golden brown on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Cauliflower and Quinoa Fritters

Cauliflower and Quinoa Fritters

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” ― Mark Twain

Cauliflower

With the weather getting cooler and the evenings shorter, enter the cauliflower, one of the most classic winter vegetables which is both flavorsome and good for you. The humble cauliflower is high in antioxidants and contains a ton of vitamin C and manganese, as well as carotenoids. It also has omega-3 fatty acids, the same healthy fats found in salmon and flax seeds, but with the added bonus of practically no calories.

By pairing the goodness of cauliflower with super food quinoa, you have one of the most healthy lunches or side dishes on the planet. Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a seed and a complete protein containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It’s packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, is gluten-free and easy to digest. Not only that, it’s delicious.

Quinoa

For these cauliflower and quinoa fritters, I have used Donna Hay’s recipe featured recently in the NZ Herald, altering it just a tad to promote cauliflower as the hero.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup of quinoa
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup of ricotta
200 grams of finely chopped cauliflower steamed
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp dill
3 eggs lightly beaten
Sea salt and cracked back pepper
2 Tbsp olive or coconut oil

1. Place the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 12-14 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and allow to stand, covered, for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

2. Place the quinoa, ricotta, cauliflower, parmesan, dill, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine. Shape a 1/3 cup of the mixture, at a time, into fritters and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook fritters in batches, for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Serve with wasabi mayonnaise or a spicy fruit chutney. Enjoy!

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Rain Running

I love running. I used to run solely to try to keep in shape but these days a good run makes me feel incredible, strong and confident. It also gives me the famed runner’s high – that feeling of euphoria that comes after running a long distance. Sure it may only be chemicals shooting around in the brain, but after a long run I feel a great sense of achievement and somehow everything seems right in the world. This week however, my running efforts have been thwarted by a watery substance that falls down from the sky – RAIN.

Auckland has baked under its second driest summer in 50 years and I’ve been pounding the pavements on a daily basis since January. This week my inclination to run has somewhat lessened due to a sudden deluge of wind and rain, as if somebody’s pushed an off button, our perfect summer has come to an end.

So, given it’s a rainy Wednesday in Auckland today, this afternoon is going to consist of a run in the rain. Don’t get me wrong, once outside I actually don’t mind running when it’s raining, it’s just the thought of doing it that fills me with dread. If  you, like me need some inspiration to get out the door this winter, here’s a few pointers to help psyche yourself up:

  • Your skin is waterproof – you are not made of sugar and won’t melt
  • Jumping in puddles is fun
  • The air (apparently) has more oxygen when it rains making it easier to run
  • You are less likely to cheat and start walking as you have to run to stay warm
  • Your body won’t over-heat as fast in a cooler environment
  • There are less people on the footpaths
  • People will think you are either unstoppable or completely crazy!
  • Draw the line at lightening and thunder storms.

And remember, if you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done ~  just do it!

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