This mornings booster contained spinach, a whole lottta mint freshly picked, some papaya, melon, pineapple, banana and date paste. I also added some pollen and flax oil.
When curly tops looked at it she didn’t want any, and asked for a pink smoothie. I suggested she have a taste of it knowing she would get past the color and enjoy it. And that’s exactly what happened. It was super sweet- too sweet for me in fact but densely packed with goodness.
Sawubona. Dumelang. Goie aand. Masah al Khair. Good morning 🙂
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a meat lover- in fact I steer away from meat most of the time but today we decided to enjoy an African Night at the meat company @ 360 Mall.
I guess we have been yearning for home, longing to see fellow Africans, longing to hear the sound of the African Drum, and mingle with the friendly culture and people of my nation. They were so friendly that curly tops found herself spending the evening amongst them- she got to check out what the chef was up to, she had her own tour of the kitchen and restaurant by the manager himself and moved from one South African to the next- all speaking to her in a language she is unfamiliar with.
The meat company, while slightly on the pricey side, will not leave you disappointed. The food is good- you can try some really authentic South African dishes and you will enjoy the warm welcome and smiles of true South Africans at their best.
We ordered freshly squeezed juice, a prawn and tomato soup, some pap and chakalaka (Aouth African tomato chutney and polenta), chicken livers- really good, and a steak with brocolli and spinach on the side. The manager even threw in some welcome drinks, fresh mango and orange blend and a discount in the end.
Curly tops was treated like the guest of honor, she was awarded with a little South African badge and we had a special treat of drummers, drumming to the beat of Shosholoza as we continued our meal.
Excellent service, excellent staff and delightful food!
This morning I popped a banana, papaya, melon, frozen blueberries and strawberries into the blender. I then added a whole lotta green leaves (a mixture of spinach, beet, and coriander leaves). I blended it up and then remembered I had some goji berries which I tossed in together with bee pollen and flax seed oil. I needed to add some water to get the blender going and later on to thin it out. Curly tops is a great judge of taste because if its something that doesn’t taste good there’s no way she will drink it, and she did. The whole glass full 🙂
I wish I was able to use all organic ingredients. My greens were organic from the sultan center (yasmin farms and sultan farms products), the others were regular ones. I good tip I did pick up was to get into the habit of soaking all my fruits and veggies is vinegar water, wash them up in it to remove all the pesticides and then rinse with clean water before eating and cooking with.
I had lots of tomatoes and Zuccini and needed to put them to good use. My cupboard also always has quinoa which can be added to almost anything for extra super protein.
So this is what I used:
few (4) garlic cloves
1 tray mushrooms
4 tbsp qinuoa (slighlty pre cooked in water)
about 3 -4 tomotoes
Spices: Green chiili crushed, coriander, salt and pepper
Herbs: Fresh basil, parsely
1 small tub ricotta cheese (labneh)
How I made it:
Braised my onions slices in some coconut oil, I added the garlic (thinly sliced) and let that braise until it was transparent
Then I added all my chopped up veggies and qinuoa excluding the tomato
I added spices accordingly- we like it a bit spicy
Blended my tomato separately and then added it to the veggies
I then switched off the stove and sprinkled in the dry and fresh herbs I had
In a separate bowl I whisked up the ricotta cheese, and egg
I then layered my Pyrex dish with the veggies, lasagna sheets and cheese mixture layer by layer ensuring that the lasagna was well covered in veggies and sauce.
I sprinkled with some cheese and popped it into the over.
It was yummy 🙂
Today I felt like trying something new for breakfast, just to break away from the monotony of oats each morning. I was avoiding reaching for the prepackaged cereal boxes, which we do have very occasionally. So I found something curly tops and I would enjoy 🙂
Together we made a delicious, decadent chocolate mousse, nutritious enough to have for breakfast and not feel guilty about it 🙂 You must be wondering how this is possible right? A Chocolate mousse must be loaded with cream, sugar and other hidden calories and sweets. Well it doesn’t have to have all this stuff in it…
This is how:
You just blend 1 avocado,
4 Tbsp Cocoa
4 Tbsp Honey
1/4 cup Almond milk or other milk
Dash of Vanilla extract
Once blended, I served it to curly tops with a sprinkling of oats, and organic blueberries and voila! Ready to eat 🙂
How ’bout giving it a try and letting me know what you think