Healthy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Gluten & Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • One large sweet potato (cut into desired size of fries) 
  • 1 tbsp corn starch/ potato starch 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp paprika powder 
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chilli powder 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • Olive oil spray (optional) 
  • Salt to taste 

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 deg F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil and grease well with olive oil.
  • To a large bowl add the corn starch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, chipotle chilli powder, black pepper and salt. Whisk it all together.
  • Then add the cut sweet potatoes and toss them well into the dry mix.
  • Add olive oil and toss again. Ensure that all the fries are well coated with the oil and spices. 
  • Transfer the unbaked fries to the lined and grease baking sheet. Position them all evenly and in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and flip all the fries over and then bake for another 10 minutes. This will ensure that both the sides are crispy and that no one side is overly browned. 
  • Enjoy your fries with some organic sriracha or mayonnaise!

Zucchini Shrimp Fritters | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Low Carb

Ingredients: 

  • 2 medium sized zucchinis grated 
  • 2 free range eggs 
  • 10 large shrimp cut into small pieces 
  • 4 green onions minced 
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder 
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour 
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil for cooking 
  • Salt to taste 

Method:

  • Grate the zucchinis and place in a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Squeeze all the water out of the grated zucchinis. The more water you can squeeze out the better. You can save the zucchini water to add to a green smoothie later.
  • Then, add the above water removed grated zucchinis to a large bowl followed by the eggs and whisk together.
  • Add the cassava flour, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. Mix it all together. At this point it may seem like the mixture is very dry and won’t come together. Do not worry! Keep mixing it and soon enough it will all come together. 
  • Then add the cut shrimp and scallions and fold them into the mixture.
  • Heat a skillet to medium high and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add 1/4 cup of the mixture to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes and flip. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Place the cooked fritters on a plate lined with some paper towels in order to soak up any of the extra oil. 
  • This recipe will make about 8 fritters. I love dipping these in some organic sriracha sauce or mayonnaise.

Vegan Masala Omelette | Besan Chilla | Gluten Free

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup chickpea flour 
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour 
  • 1 cup minced onions
  • 1/2 cup minced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro roughly minced 
  • 3 green chillies thinly minced 
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1/2 Tbsp Oil for cooking 
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water 

Method:

  • To a large bowl add the chickpea flour, white rice flour, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix it all together.
  • Then add water and whisk. Add enough water until you get a pouring consistency. You will need about 3/4 to 1 cup of water for this. 
  • Then add the onions, tomatoes, cilantro and green chillies. Fold it all in. 
  • Heat a non stick pan on medium high heat and brush will some oil. 
  • Pour about 1/2 cup of the batter on to the heated pan. Let cook for 3 minutes, flip and then cook for 2 minutes. 
  • This batter will give you 4 omelettes. These best eaten hot off the pan.
  • You can make the batter a day ahead and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Just let it come to room temperature before making the omelettes. 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse | Healthy, Gluten & Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe avocado 
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips melted 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar 
  • 1/4 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt 

Method:

  • Cut open a ripe avocado and remove its pit. Remove the flesh of the avocado and place it into a food processor or blender. 
  • Measure out 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in two bouts of 30 seconds stirring the chocolate after each bout. You can also melt the chocolate using a double boiler.
  • To the food processor add the cacao or cocoa powder, almond milk, agave nectar, melted chocolate, vanilla extract and sea salt. 
  • Blend it all together until you one homogeneous mixture. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender jar a couple times in order to ensure that all the ingredients are well blended. 
  • The mousse is ready to be eaten! You can have it as soon as it is blended or if you prefer a thicker consistency, then refrigerate it in an airtight container for a couple hours. 
  • This mouse will store well in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. You can also freeze it for up to a month.
  • Have the mousse as is or top it with some berries or coconut whipped cream! 

Flourless Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies | Gluten & Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup smooth almond butter 
  • 2 free range eggs beaten 
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder 
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips 

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  • In a bowl add the almond butter, beaten eggs, vanilla and whisk it all together. 
  • Then add the coconut sugar, cacao or cocoa powder, baking soda and mix until well combined. 
  • Then fold in the chocolate chips and sea salt. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  • Divide the cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on to the lined baking sheet. Press  down slightly on the shaped dough balls as these cookies don’t spread much in the oven.
  • Bake at 350 deg F for 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool completely in the pan before digging into them.
  • These cookies keep well for up to a week in an airtight container. 

Healthy Coconut Banana Oatmeal Muffins | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten rolled oats 
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 
  • 1  1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter 
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp baking soda 
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon powder 
  • 1/2 Tsp sea salt 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips + extra for sprinkling on top 

350 deg F for 25-30 mins 

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F and grease a 12 count muffin tin with coconut oil.
  • In a bowl add the rolled oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon powder, baking soda, sea salt and chocolate chips. Mix it all together and set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then add the eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk it all together until you get a homogeneous mixture. Then add the almond milk and mix well.
  • Then add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Divide the batter equally into the greased 12 count muffin tin. Sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on the muffin batter if desired.
  • Bake at 350 deg F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
  • Let them cool in the muffin tin completely. Then take them out and enjoy warm!
  • You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days and for up to a week in the freezer. 

Special Notes:

  • The more brown spots on the bananas the better. This will ensure that the muffins get a natural sweetness. In fact, you can completely skip using maple syrup if the bananas are very ripe. 
  • Use a small paring knife to loosen the edges of the muffin before taking the baked muffins out of the muffin tin.

Hariyali Chicken | Indian Green Chicken Curry

Green chicken curry / Hariyali chicken 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb / 500 gm chicken cut in small pieces 
  • 1 cup cilantro 
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves 
  • 6 green chillies (Reduce the number of chillies as per your spice preference)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (5 if they are small)
  • 1 inch ginger peeled 
  • 1 medium red onion roughly diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp coriander powder 
  • 1/2 Tsp garam masala powder 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream or 1 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1/4 cup Water (approx)

Method:

  • To a blender/food processor add the diced onion and 1/4th cup water. Blend into a smooth paste. 
  • Then add the cilantro, mint leaves, ginger and garlic cloves. Blend again into a smooth paste. Add additional water if needed 1 Tbsp at a time. 
  • Place the cut pieces of chicken in a bowl. Add salt and half of the above green curry paste. Coat the chicken well in the curry paste and set aside. 
  • Heat a nonstick skillet of heavy bottomed pan to medium high. Add coconut oil. 
  • Once the oil is hot add the chicken that has been coated with the green marinade. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Then add the rest of the green curry paste and sauté for a minute more. 
  • Then add the coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste (remember that we have already added some salt to the chicken earlier, so, add salt accordingly). Sauté for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Then add the coconut cream or coconut milk and mix well. 
  • Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. At the 5 minute mark you can open the lip to give the chicken a stir and to ensure that it does not stick to the bottom.
  • After a total of 8-10 minutes, turn off the heat and give the chicken a final stir. Ensure the chicken is cooked by piercing it with a spatula. 
  • Enjoy this delicious green chicken curry or harilayi chicken with some rice or dosa. Yum!

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake | Gluten & Dairy Free

Flourless Double Chocolate Pound Cake – Healthier, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups or 16 oz of smooth all natural almond butter
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder + 1/4 Tsp
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Vegan chocolate chips + extra for topping (optional)

Method: 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 325 deg F and line a 8” x 4” loaf pan with coconut oil and parchment paper.
  • Pour the almond butter into the large bowl and whisk it for 2-3 minutes in order to combine any of the oil that the almond butter gives out. 
  • Add the eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk it all together. 
  • Then add the cocoa or cacao powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined.
  • Next toss the vegan chocolate chips with 1/4 Tsp of cocoa/cacao powder and ensure that the chocolate chips are coated well with the cocoa/cacao powder. Add the chocolate chips to the batter and fold them in. 
  • Transfer the batter to the greased and lined loaf pan. Bake at 325 deg F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. I recommend checking the doneness at the 50 minute mark.
  • Let the pound cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Use the parchment paper to lift cake out of the pan. Place on a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting into it.
  • You can store this pound cake in an airtight container. If its winter time I leave the container out at room temperature for 2-3 days and the cake does not spoil. But I would recommend refrigerating it during summers or if you intend to store it for more than 3 days in winter. 
  • Do give this recipe a try! The only bad thing about it is how addictive it is! But then again, is that really such a bad thing? 

Notes:

  • The all natural nut butters tend to have the oil settle on top when you open the jar. What I like to do before opening the jar is to keep the jar standing upside down for 3-4 minutes. Then when you open it up you won’t find a pool of oil on the top.
  • It is really important that you whisk the nut butter by itself before adding the other ingredients to make sure that any leftover nut oil is combined and to ensure that your nut butter is homogenous. 
  • Make sure you coat the chocolate chips with some cocoa/cacao powder before adding them to the batter. This will ensure that they are evenly distributed throughout the batter and that every piece of the cake has equal amounts of chocolate chips. 
  • When the cake comes out of the oven it will have risen nice and high. But it will sink slightly down the middle as it cools. 
  • As it is flourless, it may be a little crumble and slightly hard to handle but the taste makes up for it all! 

Sweet Potato Tacos | Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes peeled and diced 
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp All Purpose Spice mix (Recipe Below)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cabbage (white or purple)
  • 1/2 cup plain Mayonnaise (I usually use a Mayo that is made with 100% Avocado oil or Olive oil)
  • 1/2 Tsp black pepper 
  • Salt to taste 

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 deg F and line a baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper.
  • To a large bowl add the diced sweet potatoes, the all purpose spice mix, olive oil and salt. Mix it well ensuring that every little piece of sweet potato is coated with the spice. 
  • Transfer the sweet potatoes on to the lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven at 400 deg F for 25 – 30 minutes.
  • While the sweet potatoes are baking take another bowl and add the shredded cabbage, mayo and black pepper. Mix well. If the Mayo that you are using doesn’t contain salt then add salt to taste. Set aside. 
  • After 25 minutes check for the doneness of the sweet potatoes. If completely baked, you should be able to easily cut through the diced sweet potato with a knife. 
  • To assemble the tacos, place the tortillas on a taco stand or a plate. Place a couple table spoons of the cabbage slaw mixture and then finally top it with a couple table spoons of the sweet potatoes. 
  • This recipe should give you 8-10 tacos if using small 4” tortillas or 6-8 tacos if using 6” tortillas. 

Check out my homemade gluten free Cassava flour tortilla recipe which goes wonderfully with these sweet potato tacos by clicking here!

If you like this recipe, also check out my Chicken Tacos recipe by clicking here!

All Purpose Spice Mix:

Watch the chicken tacos video above for the spice mix recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Mexican red chilli powder 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder 

Method:

Add all the above mentioned spices to a bowl and mix together. Transfer the spice mix to your favourite spice jar.

** I decided to leave salt out of this spice mix on purpose. In this way, you can adjust the quantity of salt as per your preference and depending on what dish you are using the spice mix for. This mix is so versatile. It will add a beautiful flavour to any meat, fish or veggie dish. I always have a jar full of the all purpose spice mix in my pantry!

Gluten Free Cassava Flour Tortillas

Gluten free Cassava Flour tortilla 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cassava flour 
  • 1/4 cup gluten free finely ground oat flour 
  • 1 Tbsp Psyllium husk powder 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 Tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup warm water 

Method:

  • in a bowl or a large plate with deep sides add the cassava flour, oat flour, psyllium husk powder, salt and 1/2 Tbsp of the olive oil. Mix with your hands.
  • Then add the warm water a little bit at a time until the dough comes together.
  • Finally add the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil and knead the dough until the oil is incorporated in the dough.
  • Then divide the dough into 6 equal portions (I use a kitchen weighing scale for best results). 
  • Using a tortilla press or a rolling pin press or roll out 6 tortillas. I recommend using parchment paper for both the tortilla press and rolling pin method (place the dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper and press/roll). 
  • Heat a pan to high and then cook the tortilla for 2 minutes on each side. 
  • For best results let the tortillas sit for 10 minutes in a tortilla warmer before eating them. In this way you will get super soft tortillas.

*The oat flour and psyllium husk powder provide the soft texture to these tortillas and therefore are very important ingredients for this recipe. I’ve tried these tortillas with only cassava flour and they tend to be pretty hard. I’ve found that the above combination works the best!

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