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Creamy garlic broccoli

Why broccoli? Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like iron, manganese, calcium and copper. It is low in calories and rich in fiber! Only about 30 calories per cup.

Two-Ingredient Creamy Garlic Broccoli

makes 4 cups broccoli
3 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup creamy garlic hummus
black pepper + lemon juice to taste

Directions:

1. Steam, boil, roast or grill your broccoli florets.
2. Toss the warm florets in the hummus — coating it as you would pasta with pasta sauce.
3. Serve warm or place in the fridge to chill. This broccoli is delicious served both warm and chilled.
Add lemon juice and black pepper over top to serve.
Customize it! If you are not a garlic fan, you can use any variety of hummus, including lemon, chili, roasted eggplant, olive, parsley and more.
Nutritional yeast is a fun add-in for “cheezy”-style creamy broccoli.

Cheese, Olive and Buttermilk Herb Bread

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
60g freshly grated parmesan
60g grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup green olives, sliced
8 pieces sundried tomatoes, sliced thinly
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup mixture of spring onion and Italian parsley
2 tsp thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme
2 eggs
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or use 1 1/4 cup less 1 Tbsp fresh milk + 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside for 10 minutes before using)
Egg wash (optional) made from 1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tsp water
Extra thyme springs and sea salt, for topping

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 180C or 350F. Generously butter a large loaf tin (23 x 13 x 6cm) and either line it with butter parchment paper or dust with flour. Set tin aside.

2) Sift flour, baking powder, soda, salt, pepper and mustard powder into a large bowl. Whisk with a whisk to incorporate the dry ingredients. Add both cheeses…

Thin crust pizza bites

For18-20 mini pizzas

Ingredients
1 ball refrigerated pizza dough, store bought or homemade (see recipe below)
1 cup pizza sauce or jarred pasta sauce
Your desired toppings (see below for ideas)
Topping Ideas
· Cheese: Mozzarella, Mexican cheese, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano, bleu cheese, feta, provolone
· Meat: Chicken, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, beef, chorizo, pepperoni, prosciutto, shrimp
· Vegetables: Tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red peppers, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, spinach, cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, banana peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas, avocado
· Other: Pineapple chunks, black beans, fresh basil, garlic, sprouts, capers

To assemble:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Place pizza dough on a well-floured surface, press dough firmly with your fingers to shape, and stretch gently into a 12” x 8” rectangle.

With a round cutter, cut dough into 18-20 rounds; place rounds 1 inch apart on baking shee…

Orange Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Ingredients Sauce: 1/2 cup orange juice2 tablespoons soy sauce2 tablespoons rice vinegar1 tablespoon oyster sauce1 tablespoon orange zest2 large cloves garlic1 teaspoon minced gingeroptional sweetener like sugar, honey, agave, etc. Stir-fry: 1 pound chicken tender cut into cubessalt and pepper3 tablespoons corn starch4 cups chopped vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, celery, mushroom, snap peas, etc.olive oil1/2 cup medium yellow onion, chopped InstructionsBlend all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender or food processor for 10 seconds.Taste the sauce and add your choice of sweetener to your liking.Blend again for a few more seconds.Heat the sauce in a large skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the sauce to a heat proof bowl.Rinse the skillet clean.Season the chicken with salt and pepper.Add the corn starch and massage the chicken with your hands.If using fresh broccoli or green beans, boil the broccoli for 3-5 minutes until soft enough to pierce with a …