Raw Lemon Tart

Raw Lemon Tart

I recently asked the Becomingness tribe (over on Facebook) which desserts they would like to see me (re)create next. One of the requests was a Raw Lemon Tart. So I got cooking, and here it is!

I have to say this, dessert is pretty damn good. It did take me a few attempts and a few adjustments to perfect it, but I am really happy with the result. On my first attempt I did not use cling wrap and then base stuck to the tart pans, I also did not use macadamias in the lemon cream. All part of the (still very tasty) learning process!

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Gluten Free Chicken Schnitzel

Gluten Free Chicken Schnitzel

I love Chicken Schnitzel! In the days before I started thinking more critically about my eating, I would always order either Chicken Schnitzel or Chicken Parmigiana when I went to a club or pub for lunch or dinner. (Ok, sometimes I would order Calamari. But you get my drift. I am a fan of a fried, crumbed meal). To my credit, I can't remember the last time I ordered any of those meals. It has been a long, long time. Go me!

So, when I came up with a a gluten free crumb that didn't feel like a poor alternative to the "real thing", I was cheering. I ended up making it twice in the past week - once for my husband and I, and again on the weekend when we entertained guests.

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Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad

I had my first breakfast salad earlier this year when I had a weekend away with my besties. I had heard a lot about breakfast salads, but never had gotten around to making one. Don't make the same mistake as me - go make one this week! Let me tell you they are packed full of nutritious ingredients, they taste amazing, and this one is fairly easy to make.

One of my husband's favourite breakfasts is Eggs Benedict, but he rarely eats it, because even if he can find a gluten free option, the hollandaise sauce will often give him grief. So when the topic of breakfast salad came up, we knew we were only a healthy hollandaise sauce formula away from a winner. I found a recipe over at Paleo Cupboard that is dairy free, and really easy to make - so long as you have a good blender.

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Sweet Potato Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Sweet Potato Brownies with Caramel Sauce

I was recently asked by Anna from Rules of Dieting to share one of my recipes on her site. The recipe that I shared was my Sweet Potato Brownies with Caramel Sauce. I decided I better share it on my page, as it is a fantastic recipe and one that I have grand plans to use in some of my upcoming desserts. So watch this space!

These brownies are a little different than the traditional ones that you may have seen as they are made using sweet potato, which makes then unbelievably moist – and allows us to avoid a lot of ingredients that are less healthy. The caramel sauce is optional, but highly recommended. The flavour combination of the chocolate and caramel is seriously a match made in heaven! These brownies are suitable for paleo and they are also dairy free, gluten free and tree nut free.

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Performance Report: August 2014

Performance Report: August 2014

Hi everyone,

My name is Jason, and I am Vanessa's husband - and arguably the best-fed business partner you're likely to find. I am an analytical, spreadsheet-using kind of guy in my Monday-Friday job, so Becomingness was always going to have some level of performance tracking in the background. Any of my workmates reading this would not be surprised (or are rolling their eyes right now).

Ness and I have decided that, in a similar vein to A Pinch of Yum, it would be a great idea to start blogging about the performance of Becomingness. Ness has been having a great time building the blog, and this may become a really useful source of information for people who want to do something similar. If we can do it, you can too.

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Dairy Free & Gluten Free Chicken Parmigiana

Dairy Free & Gluten Free Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana is one of the most popular meals you'll find in Australia - a staple of the pub or club scene. It's also one of my all-time favourite meals. It has been a challenge of mine to make it into a dairy free and gluten free version, as the traditional versions are crumbed with flour and bread crumbs and topped with cheese. My husband and I try to avoid both dairy and gluten for health reasons.

To make the chicken parmigiana dairy free and gluten free I had to substitute quite a few ingredients, but I was really happy with the result, and it got a thumbs up from the taste-tester, my husband Jason.

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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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