Glowing Shamrock Smoothie

Healthy Recipes

Firstly, here’s a huge thanks to the lovely and always helpful Larice at Feeding Your Beauty for sharing this recipe! ūüôā

What a refreshing way not only to enjoy St Pattie‚Äôs Day but to add some nutritional balance into your day! We think that if you‚Äôre going to have a green smoothie, this definitely sounds like a delicious way to go. ūüôā We love the combination of ingredients, particularly the use of coconut water with fresh greens and mint; we can never have too much mint in our lives! We can‚Äôt wait to enjoy this drink when it gets a little warmer, but first, to go and try and revive our neglected mint pot! ^^’

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This sweet minty smoothie is not only the perfect green beverage to sip for St. Patrick’s Day, but for the rest of spring and the warm days of summer too. It’s frosty, fruity, and sweet with a big minty punch. While myCopycat Shamrock Shakeis creamy and indulgent, this smoothie is light and refreshing, loaded with antioxidants and ultra-hydrating ingredients.

One of my favorite plant-based beauty food guru’s is Kimberly Snyder. Her books, website, and podcasts are such an awesome resource for anyone seeking to improve their health and looks naturally through diet and lifestyle. This smoothie is inspired by her Glowing Green Smoothie, a fresh concoction designed to boost your glow from the inside out. It’s my go-to smoothie when I want to reboot. That was exactly what I was going for when I created this blend. I put my own spin on it, and used…

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Meatless Monday: Baked Broad Bean, Quinoa & Herb Falafels [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 8-12
Yields: 40 falafels
Prep & Assembly: 35mins
Baking: 25mins
Cooling: 5-10mins
Type: Main meal, snack
Tools: Sieve, small non-stick pot w/lid, chopping board, sharp knife, food processor, mixing bowl, silicone spatula, veggie peeler, colander, measuring spoons, baking tray (*1-2), parchment paper, cooling rack

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium,copper iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and per serving is low in added sugar, salt and saturated fats. 

Wowzers, it’s been quite a¬†while since we have created a new falafel flavour; about one year ago to be exact! If you haven’t tried them (our¬†baked green falafels¬†that is) they’re¬†really tasty!¬†…But why¬†stick¬†to just one flavour or¬†theme?!¬†

This time we were inspired by a store bought falafel flavour we tried last year; by its overall theme and definitely not its taste. However this is not surprising as shop bought (refrigerated) varieties tend to be quite dry and disappointing; this is another reason why you should never shop on an empty stomach!  

This recipe is packed with flavour, moisture¬†and the perfect baked falafel texture! We think that with the correct balance of moisture (aka, oil, tahini, raw veggies!) and seasonings, any flavour of falafel, even baked falafels, can be¬†phenomenal; this¬†is all the more reason to whip up a batch at home! Yes, we used a food processor to help throw it¬†altogether, but don’t worry.¬†Even if you do not own a food processor, you can still make these lovelies; it just requires a little more elbow grease and the compromise that your falafels will take a little more time to prepare and have a more rustic and homemade flare!

We enjoyed our recent love affair with this delicious M. Eastern food as four tasty lunches! They go perfectly with a salad, rice dish, or tasty tabbouleh, in a wrap or sandwich or as a snack with a tasty houmous, sauce or dip (try lemon and tahini, pomegranate, minty yoghurt or avocado cream!) 

Some other good things to note include:

  • Our first batch had¬†slightly more garlic, but we have toned it down in the final ingredients list. We also increased the¬†quantity¬†of mint and toned down the other herbs, but feel free to adjust¬†the garlic, herbs and/or¬†seasonings¬†to your own personal tastes.¬†
  • The mixture is slightly forgiving to larger bits of ingredients, but with too many chunky ingredients, it might stop the mixture from sticking together.¬†
  • We made a huge batch…but you can always halve the recipe and slightly reduce the prep time as a result.¬†
  • The¬†quantity¬†of cooked chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) is about two¬†tins and the quantity of cooked broad beans (also known as fava beans!) is¬†about two-three¬†tins. If you are using a dried variety, soak about 220g broad beans and 210g of chickpeas overnight, drain and then¬†thoroughly¬†cook them before adding to the falafel mixture. NB: You can¬†refer to our handy kitchen info for help with cooking times.¬†

Happy cooking everyone! ūüôā

 

Ingredients
60g       Dried Quinoa
320g     Brown onion
10g        Garlic clove
100g     Carrot
30g       Fresh mint
20g       Fresh coriander leaf
20g       Fresh flat leaf parsley
480g     Cooked broad beans
480g     Cooked chickpeas
60g       Tahini
1tbsp          Rapeseed oil
2tbsp         Lemon juice
+++             Low-fat frying oil
8g              Ground cumin
8g              Ground coriander
1tsp            Dried Mint (*optional)
40g            Rice flour (or a plain GF flour)
1-1¬Ĺ tsp ¬† ¬† Salt
¬ľ-¬Ĺ tsp ¬† ¬†Ground black pepper

Need an easy-print recipe? Print here. ūüôā

 

Directions

1.¬†Place 60g (about 1/3 cup) quinoa into a sieve and rinse it under cold running water for 30-60 seconds. Tip: This will help remove some of its bitter taste. Transfer the quinoa into a small non-stick pot. Add 140ml water. Stir together. Cover with a lid (without a steam vent).¬†Place the pot over a med-high heat. Bring to a boil. Simmer and cook for about 6 mins or until the grains have absorbed the water. Remove from the heat and leave covered for 15-20 mins. Tip: Do not peak, not even a little! Leave the grains to steam and finish¬†cooking off of the heat. Don’t worry if it remains covered for longer than 20 mins, it will still¬†be OK!

2. In the meantime, peel and chop the onion into two halves. Peel and finely grate the garlic. Tip: A cheese grater is perfect for this! Wash, peel, trim off the top and then finely grate the carrot. Transfer the carrot into a large mixing bowl. Wash and dry the mint, coriander and parsley. Remove the mint leaves from its stem. Roughly tear (or chop) the coriander and parsley into two halves/piles.

3. Place the onion into a food processor. Process until minced.  Transfer the onion into the mixing bowl. Tip: If you do not own a food processor, just chop and finely dice the onion as best you can. 

4. Place the mint, coriander and parsley into the food processor. Process until minced. Transfer into the mixing bowl. Throw away any large bits of remaining stalk. Tip: Alternatively, finely chop the mint leaves, coriander and parsley (leaves and stalks). Mix the onion, garlic, carrot and herb medley together until thoroughly combined.

5.¬†If applicable, drain and wash any¬†tinned¬†beans in a colander. Transfer into the food processor.¬†Tip: If you have a smaller machine, complete¬†this step in two batches (as we did). Add half or all of the tahini, rapeseed oil, and lemon juice (depending on if you have added all of the beans and chickpeas or not). Pulse for 1 minute or until almost smooth (like a really thick houmous); the mixture will still be a little ‘tacky’. Tip: You might have to stop and push the mixture down into the base of the container as you process it. Carefully remove the blade and transfer the mixture into the mixing bowl. Repeat this step until all of the beans and chickpeas have been processed. Tip: Alternatively mash the beans and chickpeas in a separate¬†bowl with a large fork or potato masher.

6. Heat the oven to 190¬ļC/375F. Line two baking trays with a sheet of parchment paper and lightly spray it with some low-fat frying¬†oil. Tip: If you are halving the ingredients, only one tray is required.¬†

7. To the mixing bowl add: 8g ground cumin, 8g ground coriander, 1 tsp dried mint, 40g flour, 1¬Ĺ tsp salt and a few grind grinds of black pepper. Mix with a silicone spatula or large spoon until¬†thoroughly combined. Fluff the grains of cooked quinoa with fork. Add the quinoa into the mixing bowl. Mix and fold into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Taste and season the mixture as necessary.

8. Gather a little of the mixture and roll it between the palms of your hands to form a small ball; about the size of a ‘ping-pong ball’. Transfer it onto the baking tray. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Tip: If the mixture is a little too tacky, lightly flour your hands with a little flour first. Lightly spray the ‘falafel balls’ with some low-fat oil. Using the back of a large spoon or silicone spatula, gently press down on them form small ‘falafel patties’.

9. Place the tray(s) onto the middle oven shelf (and if necessary, the lower oven shelf). Bake for 15 mins. Remove the tray(s). Increase the oven temperature to 200¬ļC/400¬ļF. Turn over the falafels. Spray with a little low-fat oil. Return the tray(s) to the oven; swap the tray positions if necessary. Bake for a further 8-10 mins or until slightly firm and golden. Remove. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins on the tray(s) before transferring them onto the cooling rack and/or serving. Tip: This will allow them to firm and set further (without drying out like they would in the oven!).¬†

Enjoy!

Tip: Refrigerate any leftover falafels in an air-tight and resealable container; consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively, store and freeze; defrost and consume within 1 month.