Toasted Buckwheat, Roast Carrot, Orange and Crispy Kale Salad

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I actually prepared and perfected this recipe weeks back, but going back to work has taken a a lot of adjusting. Getting used to get ready in the morning, doing pick up for two boys at different locations and trying to work out a balance between work and home life.
I’m hoping that I will get back into a routine and post more recipes here as this is something that I have really enjoyed over the last year.
Here is my very late recipe for ‘Toasted Buckwheat, Roast Carrot, Orange and Crispy Kale Salad’. I have made this salad many time now and really enjoy it on it’s own or with some feta cheese, pan fried sea bass or some roasted chicken.

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Quinoa, Sweet potato, Herbs and Barberries Fritters with Saffron and Orange Yoghurt

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My year of maternity is nearly coming to an end. As I’m writing this I only have two more weeks at home with baby Harry before he starts full time with the child minder and I full time at work. I have mixed feeling about this, part of me is really excited about getting back to work but the other part is dreading not spending the day with Harry and not being able to pick up Casper from school. But I know that both boys will be in good hands until I pick them up.
We have been eating really healthily  during my maternity leave as I have had the time to plan and try new meals. This has left us feeling better and provided us with extra energy, well needed with a new baby. Eating health is a lifestyle that I’m not intending to stop, so going back to work will mean having to get super organised with my meal planning and do some food prep during the weekend. Without a plan it’s easy to opt for a take away or a bag of fresh pasta when you get back from work late and dying from hunger. But with everything easily available in your fridge, and a plan on the wall there is little chance of failure.
I will share my planning and meal prep ideas in a future post but now I would like to share the recipe for these fritters. They take a bit of work but are well worth the effort.
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Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola

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Granola is my go to breakfast. I make a jar every other week. Depending on what I have at home, the granola turns out differently each time. I have made this batch with a generous helping of cinnamon, as this adds a great flavour, and chopped almond. I pack my granola full of seeds and nuts but you could also add some dried fruit. Remember that if you are adding dried fruit, mix this in and bake in the oven for the last 5 or 10 minutes or you end up with burned crunchy bits in your breakfast bowl.
I normally eat the granola with some natural yoghurt and add some fresh berries or fruit depending on what’s in season. Raspberries, blueberries, grated apple…… the chose it yours.
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Spiced roasted Chickpeas, Cauliflower, Plum Tomato salad with Coriander and Lime Yoghurt

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I don’t particularly like chickpeas in their whole form. I find the consistency a bit weird. I have tried to like them but no…..
Now I can say I love them whole!! When roasted they turn nice and crunchy.  Make sure to serve them when they are still warm as they loose their crunch when they cool. They are still really nice but have more of a chewy consistency.
I’m so glad over my recent revelation as this is a great healthy addition to any salad. The peas for this salad got an Indian spiced twist but you could play around with the flavouring. Next on my list is to mix them with crushed garlic and rosemary.

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Forbidden black Rice salad with Mango and Prawns

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According to legend, only the Chinese emperors and nobility were allowed to eat black rice. They believed that eating the rice would protect them from illness and provide a longer life. During China’s Ming dynasty possession of black rice by the common people was a capital crime. This is how the rice it got it’s name “forbidden” rice.

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