Hearty Mushroom Risotto Balls

Type of meal: Main Meal

I first made this for Christmas to serve as an accompaniment to the roast vegetables. They were an absolute hit. The mushroom flavour comes through so strong, with contrasting textures where the outside is crispy and almost crunchy followed by a soft risotto centre.

Definitely one to remember. One thing to note though is that it does take a while because you have to let the rice slowly absorb the stock. So probably best to plan this one in advance but well worth it. Continue reading Hearty Mushroom Risotto Balls

Tangy Avocado and Basil Dip (Gluten-Free)

Type of meal: Snack

It’s always nice to have some (at least reasonably healthy) chips or crackers and dip with a board game. Normally I’d just get some sour cream and mix it with my choice of flavouring, corn relish, french onion, etc. That isn’t much good though if you are trying to avoid cholesterol. Granted, depending on the chips you get, they are probably just as bad if not worse. Nevertheless though, a healthier dip became the first port of call.

I’ve made a thick guacamole before basically just with avocado, lemon juice and a little bit of chilli, but I wanted something a little different.

I came across this recipe on One Green Planet that sounded pretty good, a creamy avocado and basil dip that is completely vegan, gluten free and so on. Sounded good I thought, and even better, I already had most of the ingredients. A quick trip to IGA to pick up the remainder and I was set.

I’m not sure if green onions are shallots or not, but shallots are what I chose to use. I thought at the time as I was prepping it for the food processor that it seemed like a lot of onion for one avocado, and I think I was right. Tasting it I found it to be overwhelmingly oniony. Given this, I decided to adapt. Add some lemon juice as I’ve used in guacamole before to give it a bit of tang, add some macadamia nuts to take away some of the overpowering onion flavour and also add some additional thickness to counteract the lemon juice, and finally add another avocado.

The result, a delicious, tangy dip that is very good for you with lots of avocado and basil, both rich in healthy stuff and completely cholesterol free! In addition to being vegan, it’s also gluten-free and lactose-free, so you can serve it to most people. If you have someone with nut allergies, just leave out the macadamia nuts and you should be fine. Continue reading Tangy Avocado and Basil Dip (Gluten-Free)

Watermelon and Basil Ice Block

Type of meal: DessertSnack

I bought a massive watermelon a couple of days ago. Wifey loves the stuff. I don’t mind it, but I can’t sit down to a bowl full of it like her.

Since we had so much of it, I wanted to see what simple dessert I could make around watermelon that would make it a bit more appealing to me.

Wifey came across this recipe on Forks over Knives for a simple ice dessert that uses primarily watermelon and not much else, making it very healthy not to mention completely gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan.

Frankly, it is deliciously good for something so simple. Somehow the basil seems to make the watermelon sweeter than it would be on it’s own, but at the same time it isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.

In hindsight, I personally think it would work better in ice block form using ice block moulds, rather than freezing it in a tub. I only made a quarter batch, but even so it takes quite a while to thaw out enough to be scooped, so next time I will use the ice block moulds instead. Continue reading Watermelon and Basil Ice Block

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