Thursday, October 03, 2013

Top Ten Treats (a.k.a. Reheated blog leftovers)

CONFESSION: I totally stole the idea for this post from Sara, who did a similar thing last week. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? :D

So I give you my top ten recipe posts, in (reverse) order of popularity:

10. Coconut pancakes

These are light, coconutty, contain a decent amount of protein and are utterly delicious. They're perfect for breakfast, dessert or just a snack.

Some home-made coconut butter spread on top would be AMAZING. I just happen to have some in the pantry - must make these again this week.

9. Fresh fruit compote

One of my favourite things in the world - fresh fruit compote with a hint of spice. I'm currently mourning the fact that I will never make this again. At least not with apples, pears, plums and nectarines, which is my all-time favourite combo. Boo, polyols! I shall have to come up with an alternative. Citrus? Berries? Hmm...

Add a good glob of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts and you have a great breakfast. Or dessert.

8. Choc-raspberry chia pudding

What can I say? Chia, chocolate, raspberries. What's not to like? Perfect for breakfast or dessert - Are you seeing a theme here...?

This recipe can easily be made lactose-free and vegan too: just use a non-dairy milk alternative and switch the whey powder for soy or another vegetable-based one.

7. Lemon-blueberry individual cheesecakes

Creamy, sweet, lemony-blueberry pots of goodness. Also: super-easy. Only seventh most popular? Sheesh. You people are hard to please.

6. Pina colada shake

This one surprised me. A humble shake in the Top Ten? I guess it's more of a smoothie really... and it is kind of awesome. You could even add a shot of rum to yours to make it more authentic - I promise not to tell.

5. Super-choc brownies

Brownies. Who doesn't love brownies? These were pretty amazing, if I say so myself. I'm not at all surprised this one made it onto the list. They're so good that you won't be able to wait for them to cool down before tucking in. Don't say I didn't warn you. If you burn your mouth, it's not my fault, OK?

4. Pumpkin spice pancakes

Pancakes again. Of course. This is one of my staple breakfasts/snacks. Every time there's leftover pumpkin or sweet potato in the fridge, I seem to end up making a batch of these. The pumpkin, spice, maple syrup and salt are a winning combination, I tell ya.

3. Crustless mini quiches

I'd forgotten all about these. It's like an omelette and a muffin got married and had little eggy babies. Hehe. Great for using up whatever veggies you have in the fridge, plus easy and pretty quick to boot. They're handy for when you're on the go too, because they're small enough to treat as finger food.

2. Chicken meatballs with spicy tomato sauce

Oh yeah. This one is number two for good reason. You can serve it over pasta or steamed shredded veggies, or just slop it in a bowl like in the photo. (Great styling...not.) It's so tasty, they'll ask for second helpings.

You can use turkey, beef, pork or roo mince, by the way. Nothing is ever set in concrete.

And the most popular recipe post is.... drumroll, please....

1. Super chocolate truffles

A well deserved winner. I created this recipe earlier this year during a short period where I was sticking to a very "clean" and unprocessed nutrition plan. No additives, no preservatives, no processed sugar, no this or that. So I set myself a challenge to come up with an Easter treat that fit within the "rules" and yet was completely irresistible.

This little number ticked all those boxes AND is suitable for anyone following a raw, vegan or Paleo diet. It's also gluten-free, but alas... it's not low FODMAPs (dates and avocado). New challenge: to come up with an alternative version that suits my particular food intolerances.

Oh, and the irresistible part? I discovered that you CAN eat these babies straight from the freezer. *ahem* I'd almost say they're BETTER frozen. So much for putting them out of the way of temptation...

Well, this was fun. Apart from being a trip down memory lane, it was interesting to see which recipes have really struck a chord with readers. And I've been prompted to get out of my cooking rut and make a few old favourites that haven't seen the light of day in my kitchen in quite a while.

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know what you thought. :)



AlleyCat Runs said...

Thanks Kek! I do believe I'll be trying the top 2 this weekend!!

MTB Girl said...

Thanks, that's given me a good list of snacks and breakfast options all in one place. Love the cheesecakes :)

I'm bummed I can't have your yummy chicken curry anymore due to the onion base :(

Kek said...

Yay, AlleyCat! Let me know how they turn out. :)

Amanda, I know how you feel... stay tuned: I WILL be working on some FODMAPs-modified recipes. I reckon that chicken curry could work with spring onion or leek tops. Or something.

AlleyCat Runs said...

Only got as far as the chicken meatballs - divine!! A hit with plumbing boy too!!!

Ordered the Cacao powder on line - should arrive this week........

Kek said...

I'm glad you liked it, AlleyCat! :) And yes, men do love a meatball, don't they?

The truffles are fab - unfortunately, I have to avoid dates and avocado now, so I'm going to have to come up with another version. Darn, more kitchen experiments. ;)

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