Chocolate & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Chocolate & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Warning! Amazing flavour combination alert - Chocolate and Blueberries!

I am always on the lookout for new flavour combinations that I can try with my signature breakfast dishes - breakfast quinoa and chia pudding. My mum has been pinning recipes to her Pinterest account for me to check out and see if there any that I can recreate. One of the pictures that she pinned was a Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa dish which looked amazing. Since I have already made this Chocolate Banana Breakfast Quinoa and this Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries, Coconut & Walnuts, I decided to choose elements from each of those dishes and create my latest breakfast dish - Chocolate & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Beef Ragu was a meal my husband and I really enjoyed back when we lived in Canberra - the perfect meal to get through a winter in one of Australia's coldest cities! Back then we often served it with pasta, which we later discovered had contributed to some health problems - which kind of took the fun out of things.

With a few key adjustments to the ingredients list, I am really pleased to bring you my latest (re)creation: Slow Cooker Beef Ragu. What I really love about this meal is that the flavours work so well together, the beef is really tender, and the sauce is rich - even though I have substituted in beef stock for the more traditional red wine (in the interests of keeping it healthy!).

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Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

After making my Raw Chocolate Caramel Pie, I realised that the top chocolate layer tasted just like chocolate paddle pop. My brief googling tells me that Paddle Pops aren't available many places outside Australia - you'll have to believe me when I say that this is a very, very favourable comparison (and you are missing out, sorry!). So, I decided that the next dessert I would attempt is a Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream, which I am proud to be bringing you today.

This was a really easy dessert to make. I don't have an ice cream maker - which might make it even easier, or give an even better result, but believe me, if you follow the steps below, you'll get a delicious, creamy dessert that is every bit as good as the traditional alternative.

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Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce

I am over at Rules of Dieting to bring you my latest dessert - Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce.

These brownies are made with a secret ingredient, which makes them unbelievably moist. They are easy to make and taste amazing, especially when you have them with the caramel sauce. So head over and check it out here. Enjoy!

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Greek Lamb Salad

Greek Lamb Salad

Here in Australia, we are heading into my favourite season of the year: Spring. As I looked through the selection of main meals in the Becomingness recipe archives, I realised that I haven't included many salads or lighter meals - and I think it's high time I addressed the situation!

It's probably no surprise that Mediterranean flavours are a favourite of mine - as you may have seen here, here or here - no doubt a result of growing up in a family with strong Mediterranean influences. This recipe is quick and easy - but if you want to marinate the lamb beforehand, you may need to plan a little further ahead (it's worth it). Check out my Greek Lamb Pizza recipe for a good marinade.

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Coconut, Mango & Banana Smoothie

Coconut, Mango & Banana Smoothie

This Coconut, Mango & Banana Smoothie came about when I was going to make my Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Mousse. I realised that I did not have any almond milk left, so I thought I could substitute it with coconut milk. Easy fix! Then I cut the only avocado that I had and it was brown inside and unusable. I usually go food shopping on Fridays and stock up on everything, but Giselle and Joshua were home unwell (they usually attend child care on Fridays), so I was not able to go shopping until later in the day when my husband got home from work.

So, I decided to make up a smoothie using the only ingredients that I did have on hand - coconut milk, banana and frozen mango. This smoothie was so creamy and delicious, I had to photograph it and share it with you.This smoothie takes no time at all to make and best of all it is dairy and nut free. If you want to turn it into a green smoothie, then add one cup of baby spinach. While I was drinking my smoothie, Giselle and Joshua wanted some, so I ended up making another one and this time added in some passion fruit (that I found in the fruit bowl), which tasted great too.

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Raw Chocolate Caramel Pie

Raw Chocolate Caramel Pie

After asking over on my Facebook page which desserts you would like me to make next. I received a heap of fantastic suggestions that I plan on attempting over the coming weeks/months. So for my latest dessert, I decided to combine a few of the suggestions and came up with this Raw Chocolate Caramel Pie. It is really easy to make and oh my does it taste amazing. The chocolate layer tastes like chocolate paddle pops, which brought back memories of when I used to buy them from the high school canteen. If only they were this healthy!

This dessert is quite easy to make, you need either a high speed blender or food processor, a spring form pan (or pie dish), saucepan, a few utensils and your freezer. I have an Omniblend blender, which I highly recommend. It has a 3 Horse Power motor and different function settings. If you are looking at buying a blender then you should check them out. If you decide to purchase one, then make sure you use the code BECOMINGNESS at checkout to receive a $10 discount.

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Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

Who doesn't love Chinese food? I have always been a big fan and would have to say that my top three favourite Chinese meals are Cashew Chicken, Mongolian Beef (or Lamb) and Honey Chicken, which is what I am sharing with you today, made using my slow cooker.

In the past I would pretty much only have these meals if we went to a restaurant or got take out. But I have to admit that I was never happy with how I would feel afterwards - typically bloated, lethargic and moody (and had a few other symptoms that I won't name here). So when I made the decision to fix my health, weight and happiness, I started making smarter food choices. Takeaway and going out for dinner was reduced to once every couple months (instead of 1-2 times per week) and I made my own meals using more wholefoods and less processed foods. The majority of my favourite meals were simply avoided as I didn't know how to adapt them to healthier versions without losing out on taste. Until now!! :)

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