Home made seriously healthy CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

ImageChocolate Ice Cream

Did you know – that we consume 600,000 tons of chocolate world-wide each year? 

I know I do my bit to keep that number up 🙂 

As I love chocolate, I was happy to come across a very healthy version of chocolate ice cream in 

Pamela Vinten’s recipe book for raw chocolate treats and desserts. The secret is in the RAW chocolate: 

 

SERIOUSLY SMOOTH CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM 

Ingredients:
2 cups cashews
2/3 cup dates
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup cacao powder
pinch salt

Top with chopped activated roasted almonds.

Method:
Using a blender or thermo mix, mix all ingredients to a
smooth, creamy mousse like consistency.

This may take a while. If necessary stop
the blender and scrape down the sides.
Place in freezer for an hour or so (if you
can wait that long!) 

PAELLA with chicken, prawns and chorizos

ImageLovely and easy Paella

100 ml olive oil

4 chicken thigh fillets (free range, skin removed)

1/2 kg green prawns (more if you like prawns)

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp chilli powder

100 ml sherry

250 g chorizo sausages, sliced

3 green chillis, seeded and chopped

2 red onions, chopped

salt and pepper

2 red capsicums, roasted in 200 C for 25 min, then peeled and chopped

350 g Arborio rice

1.5 l chicken stock

1/2 cup frozen peas

handful coriander leaves

handful mint leaves

2 limes, in wedges

———————————————————————–

1. Fry the chicken for about 4 min in 50 ml of the olive oil before adding prawns, half the paprika (smoked and sweet) and chilli, then stir fry for 1 min. Add sherry, stir well and transfer mixture to a bowl for later.

2. Heat remaining olive oil (medium heat), cook chorizos for 2 min, add the green chilli, garlic, onion and cook for 6 min. Stir in the remaining paprika and chilli powder and season with salt and pepper. 

3. Add the roasted capsicum and rice and stir for 4 min, then add the stock and stir well.

4. Simmer over low heat until the rice is soft, then return the chicken/prawn mixture, the frozen peas and maybe a little extra stock if needed.

5. Cover and cook over low heat for about 1 min, then rest (covered) for 5 min.

6. Serve with coriander, lime wedges and mint leaves.

 

What do you REALLY REALLY want for 2014?

Image

 

The new year is just around the corner and like me, you might not want to lock yourself in with New Year’s resolutions that you then feel guilty about failing to achieve, right? 

And if we are able to actually give up a bad habit, it may come at a high cost. You may manage to give up smoking – yet, put on 20 kilos. How do we get to improve all areas of life by changing just one small aspect – small only in terms of time and money.

Personal development can seem like a daunting task when you think about all the improvements you want to make in every area of your life: health, money, career, relationships, education, family, leisure, sports, spiritual growth and so on. So often it seems like you succeed in one area only to see another one neglected. Even if we may become wildly successful in one area, it just seems so hard to succeed across the board. 

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could simply do one thing to improve ourselves and the rest would kick in as a ripple effect?

Imagine improving one area of your life, and every other area of your life was improved as a result. 

Someone told me that for him it is physical fitness. Getting fit would bring him a better body image, confidence, relationships and it would all result in more money in a happier job. In a way, all this is true – and we all know it: Yet what is holding us back from getting this fit and happy and healthy? For me – physical activity is a result of something else.

For me the answer is not exercise, but to first “INNERCISE”. This could be a daily meditation, doing the Healing Code every morning, starting the day with a prayer, a walk in nature, Yoga … but in silence and with the conscious awareness that this is ME-TIME first.

Somebody said, “If you don’t have time to meditate for 20 minutes, you should meditate for an hour.”

Imagine getting to that place of inner power and pulling out of that pool of unlimited potential all the energy you need to create your day, or allow it to be created, just setting the intention. Even if you never set an intention, the ‘Universe’ reads your intention by what you are paying attention to.

What do you pay attention to all day long? If you don’t know the answer, look at your life.

That is my own New Year Resolution – keep my morning routine going and let the Universe read my Intention to be in the flow of Abundance, Grace and Joy by paying attention to where my thoughts, feelings and believes are. 

Mexican Quinoa Salad

ImageQuinoa Salad

Cook 1 cup of mixed Quinoa

Chop 1 bunch of Coriander (leaves)

Remove corn from the husk and brown in pan till golden

Chop green and red capsicum into small pieces

Chop 1 small red onion into small pieces

(Optional: Add one can of red kidney beans)

Combine all the above ingredients and add dressing:

Dressing:

Juice of 1 lime

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ground paprika, oregano and cumin

salt, pepper

1 finely chopped red chilli

whisk together and add to salad