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Beetroot Pasta

Well it’s meat free Monday again, and we had a big bag of beautiful beetroot from the farmers market, so I thought I’d get creative and make use of them by making beetroot pasta. What a mistake.

Seriously, if you are considering making this at home with your kids ( read aged under 4), just don’t! Do yourself a favour, head to the shops and buy some. Trust me, on this. Unless of course you want to have a stroke when you find the kids playing with your perfectly thin, linguine cut pasta, using it as play doh  and to feed their toy dinosaurs (yes, this happened)! You have been warned!image

If on the other hand, the kids are older or conveniently MIA, then do make this as it is just as yummy as it looks, and it is a great hands on activity to get them in kitchen.

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Ingredients

2 small beetroot

2 cups all purpose flour

2 eggs

1 extra egg yolk

1Tbsp Olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Method

imageRoast beets in baking dish with a splash of water and olive oil. Cover dish in foil and bake at  200 degrees Celsius for 45 mins or until cooked through. Once cooked, allow to cool before peeling and chopping into cubes.

Add eggs, yolk, oil and beets to food processor or thermomix and blend until smooth.

Add flour and using the dough setting knead for 2 mins. I also like to hand knead for a few extra minutes after, but this is not necessary. (If dough is too sticky add a touch more flour. If too dry add a tiny bit of water and knead for a further 30 seconds)

Rest dough for an hour before rolling out according to pasta machine specifications. Take your time, and dust with flour to prevent from sticking to the machine.

To cook the pasta bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook for 2-3 minutes depending on how thick you have chosen to cut the pasta.

We enjoyed ours with roasted vegetables, beetroot leaves and delicious marinated fetta. However the photo didn’t work so if you happen to make this, please take a photo and send it to us so we can show just how lovely it is.-x

 

Sunflower Power Balls

Also known as bird turds – thanks mum – these little nut free powerhouses are a super tasty chocolatey treat without the guilt. Just don’t have too many. They do contain maca so pregnant ladies please omit this when making, and enjoy!

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Ingredients

200g sunflower seeds

100g desiccated coconut

40g raw cacao

2Tbsp maca powder

20 fresh dates – pitted (this is a rough measure you may need a few less or more depending on their size.)

Method

Place all ingredients except for dates into food processor/thermomix and blend until fine. With motor running, add dates 2 to 3 at a time. The mixture will be soft and squishy and hold together when formed into a ball.

Roll mixture into balls. You can store these in the fridge and they also freeze really well.

Secret squirrel tip

If you press this mix into a brownie tin and cut into nice thick slices, you can warm it a little in the microwave (25-40sec) and it will be like a fudgy brownie, just add cream and berries for a totally delicious dessert! – x

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Coconut Milk

We use coconut milk all the time. We use it in chia puddings, curries, smoothies, baking or drink straight out of the jar! It is such a versatile milk to have I the fridge and it just could not be simpler to make. I can’t take credit for the recipe or the method. I have adapted the Quirky Cooking recipe to suit us and it works a treat.

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Ingredients

300g desiccated coconut

1litre water

Method

Place water and coconut in thermomix. 37 degrees, 5 mins, speed 8.

Once finished pour into a nut bag and squeeze milk into a clean bowl before decanting into a jar.

store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Use in curries, chia puddings or whatever takes your fancy -x