FOOD INSPIRED BY MY FRIENDS

I Love showing my friends that healthy eating is not complicated or boring. I recently meet up with four of my friends. They all want to start eating healthy but they didn't want to give up comfort food or delicious desserts. Each recipe today is inspired by a specific friend of mine.

The first recipe; peanut butter and oats breakfast bites are inspired by Tiffany. Her mornings are really busy and seldom has time to make breakfast. These breakfast bites are perfect for busy mornings. You can make the bites the night before and store them in the refrigerator. The next morning grab a few before leaving the house.


The second recipe; vegan mac and cheese is inspired by Kathleen. She is a vegan who really enjoys eating comfort foods. This mac and cheese doesn't only taste amazing but it is also healthy too.


The final recipe; 5 ingredient brownie is inspired by Onica and Gomolemo they both have a sweet tooth and love decadent desserts. Honestly these fudgy brownies are so easy to make and will definitely satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.


Peanut butter and oats breakfast bites


Easy, no-bake breakfast bites that are perfect for breakfast or a snack. This recipe is a flop proof breakfast that can be made the night before. These tasty breakfast bites are made with peanut butter, dried fruit and rolled oats.



Peanut butter and oats breakfast bites


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Makes: 10


Ingredients


½ cup/ 125ml rolled oats

1T heaped/ 20ml oats flour (ground up oats)

1T/ 15ml flaxseeds flour

½ t/ 2.5ml cinnamon powder

Pinch of salt

2T/ 30ml mixed dried fruit (chopped)

¼ cup/ 60ml peanut butter

1T/ 15ml honey or any liquid sweetener of choice

1t/ 5ml vanilla essence

1T/ 15milk dairy or non-dairy milk


Method


1. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients. Mix together until well combined.

2. Using a tablespoon scoop out the mixture and roll into balls. Do this until there is no mixture left.

3. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes before enjoying. Store any remaining ball is the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month.

Why not try…

Replacing dried fruit with raisins, chocolate chips or coconut


Vegan butternut mac and cheese


One of the best if not the best mac and cheese I have ever tasted. This notoriously greasy comfort food has been revamped to be healthy and vegan friendly. Filled with wholesome and nutritious ingredients like butternut, cashews and rice milk. This dish is not only good for your body but for the soul too.



Vegan butternut mac and cheese


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2


Ingredients


"Cheese" sauce


1 cup/250ml whole wheat pasta or pasta of choice

1T/ 15ml vegan butter or margarine

1T/ 15ml all- purpose flour

1T/ 15nl garlic flakes (crushed)

1t/ 5ml onion powder

¼ white onion (finely chopped)

2 cups/ 500ml unsweetened non-dairy milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1T/ 15ml nutritional yeast

½ cup/ 125ml butternut (puree/mashed)

Juice of ½ lemon


Topping (vegan parmesan)


¼ cup/ 60ml cashew nuts

1t/ 5ml onion powder

1t/ 5ml garlic powder

½ t/ 2.5ml black pepper

½ t/ 2.5ml dried oregano

1T/ 15ml nutritional yeast


Method


1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.

2. While pasta is cooking, prepare “cheese” sauce by adding butter and flour into a pot and whisking until butter has melted. This is called a roux.

3. To the roux add garlic flake, onion powder and onion cook for 1 minute. Until onion is translucent.

4. Slowly add in all the milk while whisking vigorously. To the creamy sauce add in salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, butternut and lemon juice.

5. This step is optional, but a think it makes the sauce more velvety and creamy. Using a hand blender, blend the sauce until smooth and creamy.

6. Add cooked pasta to butternut sauce, mix well until combined. Preheat oven to 200°C.

7. Transfer mixture into a baking dish, use a spoon to flatten the top. To make the topping add all the ingredients into a food processor pulse until the mixture resemble bread crumbs.

8. Evenly top the mac and cheese with topping mixture and bake for 10 minutes until heated through and topping is crispy.

Best enjoyed with…

A crispy green salad.


5 Ingredient healthy brownie


These healthy fudgy brownies are made with only five ingredients and are completely sugar free. So easy to make but taste incredible.


5 Ingredient brownie

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Makes: 10


Ingredients


250g Dark chocolate

2 large eggs (beaten)

1t/ 5ml vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

½ cup/ 125ml oats flour (finely ground up oats)


Method


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a small square pan with foil, lightly grease the foil.

2. Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. To the melted chocolate whisk in eggs, vanilla and salt. Until well incorporated.

3. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula stir in the oats flour. Pour brownie mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. The brownie might look like it is under done but it is not, we still want is soft and moist in the middle.

4. Allow the brownie to completely cool before removing from the pan and cutting into squares.

Why not try…

Adding chocolate chips, nuts or coconut to the mixture for a bit of texture.


Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...

Yena❤

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