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Monthly Archives: November 2016
  • Posted on November 25, 2016

    Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Not sure what to do with all that leftover turkey? Us neither, until we were flicking through Caroline Artiss’s new book, Beauty Foods, and spotted this dreamy recipe! Rich and flavoursome, it’s also light and nutritious which is pretty much what we’re after right now. We know what we’re making this weekend…

    Turkey Chilli With Chocolate, Molasses And Black Beans

    I love this dish on a cool evening and use ground turkey to make it lower in fat than chilli con carne made with ground beef, but still high in protein – the building blocks of your muscles. The added magic is the dark/bittersweet chocolate and molasses, which turn it into a deep, rich and heart-warming dish. Pure dark/bittersweet chocolate made with 100 per cent cocoa solids has many incredible health benefits. A recent study discovered a component in chocolate that helps to keep your arteries flexible and less prone to clogging. Black strap molasses have the lowest sugar content of all cane sugar products and they are packed full of important minerals and vitamins, including iron, which battles fatigue and improves endurance and power.

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 onion, chopped

    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    1 red (bell) pepper, deseeded and chopped

    1 teaspoon smoked paprika

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    450 g/1 lb. ground turkey

    a 420-g/15-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed

    a 400-g/14-oz. can of chopped tomatoes

    500 ml/2 cups chicken stock

    2 tablespoons black strap molasses

    2 tablespoons chopped dark/bittersweet chocolate

    a pinch each of sea salt and black pepper, to season

    TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

    steamed brown rice

    1 avocado, flesh cut into pieces

    1 spring onion/scallion, thinly sliced

    a pinch of smoked dried chilli/red pepper flakes

    1 lime, cut into wedges

    fresh coriander/cilantro leaves

    SERVES 4

    Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, (bell) pepper, paprika, cumin and oregano. Cook for a couple of minutes until the onion and pepper are soft. Add the turkey and cook for a further 3–4 minutes until the turkey has turned white. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock and molasses. Bring the mixture to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid (but slightly ajar) and leave to cook for 40 minutes. Stir in the chocolate, season with salt and pepper and serve piping hot with steamed brown rice and a variety of toppings, if you like.

    This dish also tastes great the next day, so it’s a good one to make in advance if you have people over. I also freeze mine in individual portions ready to thaw and reheat another time.

    Turkey

    White turkey meat is one of the leanest sources of animal protein out there. Protein is used in every cell in our bodies. It is used to help build and repair tissues, to make enzymes and hormones, and is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.

    If you’re hosting a friendsgiving this weekend, make sure you check out our Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

    Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss is available here.

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  • Posted on November 22, 2016

    All the Thanksgiving recipes you'll need!

    Last week we shared a recipe from our new book Perfectly Paleo which we reckon would make any vegan’s heart sing this holiday weekend. This obviously got us thinking about holiday food more generally (festive family time and food being two of our favourite things!) So, we had a bit of a hunt through the RPS archives for some of our favourite Thanksgiving recipes. Whether you’re feeling a little under-prepared or are just on the hunt for that one last appetizer recipe, this round-up will see you right through!

    We’ll be starting things off with an appetizer of course.

    These Zucchini and Parmesan Crocchette will keep rumbling tummies at bay whilst kitchen hands are busy! Check out our video how-to here.

    For the main event, of course we turn to Modern Meat Kitchen – Miranda Ballard’s bible for all things carnivorous! Click here for the recipe, and here for Miranda’s tips for making the getting the best out of your turkey!

    For side dishes with attitude, we’re looking at At Home With Umami’s incredible cauliflower cheese (recipe here) and these spice-rubbed roasties (recipe here).

    Make sure you save room to finish things off with Hannah Miles’s Pumpkin Pie! Click here for the recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving from all at RPS and CICO Books!

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  • Posted on November 18, 2016

    Vegan Thanksgiving? No problem!

    Our colleagues in America are getting very excited for the holiday weekend, and here in the UK we’re getting excited because Thanksgiving means that Christmas is literally just around the corner! Today’s recipe is from our new book Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby and would make a wonderful vegan main dish for the holiday period. We reckon it’s so tasty that if you make it for Thanksgiving everyone will be requesting it again for Christmas too!

    Winter Root Vegetable Gratin

    This is quite a hearty vegan meal, which is warming enough to serve straight from the pan and I actually really enjoy it served on its own or with some simple sautéed or steamed green veg on the side.

    1 tablespoon coconut butter

    1 heaped tablespoon each of chopped fresh parsley and rosemary

    leaves of 8 sprigs fresh thyme

    2 bay leaves

    2 celery stalks/ribs, finely diced

    1 onion, finely diced

    4–5 ladles Vegetable Stock

    250 g/9 oz. white turnip, thinly sliced

    250 g/9 oz. swede/rutabaga, peeled and thinly sliced

    250 g/9 oz. butternut squash, peeled and thinly sliced

    black pepper, to season

    toasted flaked/slivered

    almonds, to serve

    topping

    200 g/1¾ cup cashews, soaked in water

    ½ teaspoon salt

    freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon

    ½ teaspoon mixed dried herbs (I use a dried Italian herb mix)

    a 1-litre/quart capacity casserole dish, greased with coconut butter

    a high-powered blender (I use a NutriBullet)

    SERVES 4–6

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Put the coconut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the herbs, celery and onion, and sauté for a few minutes. Pour over the stock and cook for a little while longer.

    Layer the sliced root veg in the prepared casserole dish – I tend to mix and match the vegetables in a layer – and, between each layer, add a layer of the cooked onions and celery, removing the bay leaves. Pile the layers up high as the casserole shrinks as it cooks, season with black pepper and pour over the remaining stock – you may not need all the stock but there should be enough to steam through the veg, bearing in mind that it will evaporate during cooking.

    Put the dish on top of a baking sheet in case of spillages and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the veg is cooked.

    To make the topping, blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender with 6 tablespoons of water. The mixture should be smooth. If it seems too thick add a little more water. It should have the consistency of a creamy white sauce or béchamel.

    Remove the casserole dish from the oven and spread the topping over the cooked vegetables. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden.

    Sprinkle with almonds immediately before serving.

    Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby is available here. For more vegan recipes, click here.

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  • Posted on November 11, 2016

    Vegan Baking!

    As November is World Vegan Month, we’ve decided that all our new recipes on this little blog will be vegan-friendly. Since, it’s cold and dark outside, we’ve also decided that we’re going to spend the weekend baking, and we don’t anyone to miss out! So, because it’s Friday and we’re feeling generous, here’s not one but two vegan recipes from our new book Brownies, Blondies & Traybakes. Enjoy!

    Cocoa Energy Bars

    Energy and protein bars are everywhere you look and it’s easy to understand why. They are the perfect snack for when you’re on the go and need to curb hunger pangs. These are made with unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate fix and almonds for added protein.

    75 g/½ cup sliced dried figs

    150 g/1½ cup rolled oats

    35 g/¼ cup oat flour

    25 g/⅓ cup chopped almonds

    120 g/1½ cups crisped rice cereal

    50 g/⅓ cup dark/bittersweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    4 tablespoons cocoa powder

    50 g/¼ cup almond butter

    60 ml/¼ cup coconut oil

    115 g/⅓ cup brown rice syrup

    80 ml/⅓ cup almond milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    an 18 x 28-cm/7 x 11-inch baking pan, greased and lined with baking parchment

    Makes 12

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Pulse the figs and oats together in a food processor and transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, almonds, crisped rice cereal, chocolate chips, sugar and cocoa powder and mix well. Set aside.

    Melt the almond butter, coconut oil, rice syrup, almond milk and vanilla in a small pan set over a medium heat. Pour over the oat mixture and mix well so all the ingredients are well-coated.

    Pour the bar mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before cutting into equal bars.

    Ginger Cashew Granola Bars

    Shortcuts are always handy when cooking around a busy schedule. Because the granola is pre-made here, this tasty tray requires only assembly, and a bit of patience while the bars stick together!

    200 g/1¾ cups plain store-bought granola

    60 g/½ cup well-chopped cashews

    40 g/¼ cup well-chopped crystallized ginger

    80 g/1 cup crisped rice cereal

    50 g/¼ cup almond butter

    115 g/⅓ cup brown rice syrup

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    a 20-cm/8-inch square baking pan, greased and lined with baking parchment

    Makes 12

    Mix the granola, cashews, ginger and crisped rice cereal together in a large mixing bowl. Add the almond butter, rice syrup and oil and mix well so everything is well-coated.

    Press the sticky batter into the pan and put in the refrigerator to set for at least 3 hours. Remove and cut into bars before serving.

    Variation: Candied citrus peel is a great alternative to crystallized ginger in this recipe and gives the bars a tropical burst of tangy citrus flavour.

    Brownies, Blondies & Traybakes is available here.

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