Chipotle Sweet Potato & Bean Chili with Coconut Cornbread

IMG_7517This week is Meat Free Week here in Australia so I am posting a delicious smoky, hearty chili recipe that even the biggest meat eater will love!  I adapted this recipe from a cookbook called Spilling the Beans. The use of chipotle in adobo sauce gives it a smoky flavour, which when combined with beans makes an excellent meat substitute. Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeño chilies. Here in Australia you can find cans of chipotle in adobo sauce from specialty fruit and veg shops. Continue reading “Chipotle Sweet Potato & Bean Chili with Coconut Cornbread”

Macadamia Nut Dukkah Encrusted Pumpkin

This scrumptious vegetable dish will work well alongside any number of mains. Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix made up of nuts, seeds and spices. It is traditionally eaten by dipping bread in olive oil and then into the Dukkah mix.  You can use store bought Dukkah, usually found at specialty food stores, or you can make your own with the recipe below. It only takes a few minutes to make and lasts for up to a month. It is so versatile you can sprinkle Dukkah on vegetables, salads, fish, chicken, eggs and more!

The pumpkin I used is a Jarrahdale, a native blue Australian pumpkin, that sprouted voluntarily out of my compost pile. You can use any type of pumpkin or winter squash, like butternut. Pumpkins and winter squashes are so healthy they are included on the American Institute of Cancer Research’s list of foods that fight cancer. See link here. These vegetables are full of fibre, vitamins A, C, and E and B vitamins including folate. They also contain the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron . They are also loaded with carotenoids which are potent antioxidants that protect our genes and tissues from damage. In 2012, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that having optimal amounts of dietary carotenoids protects the skin from sun damage and helps maintain skin health and appearance.(1)
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Kale and Caramelized Onion Pizza

This pizza is a family favourite in our house. I adapted the recipe from the River Cottage Veg Every Day Cookbook. It is loaded with kale and onion and garlic, all nutritional powerhouses. Kale is especially healthy as it is loaded with the carotinoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that are important in preventing eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.(1)  When cooked at a high temperature, the kale comes out tasting almost sweet. This combined with the caramelized onions make this pizza irresistible!IMG_7489

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