raw chocolate and espresso tart

a healthier take on a chocolate tart…. this is just as dark and decadent as if it were dark chocolate and double cream.

i make it then freeze  slices for removing and indulging when the family “needs” to satisfy the sweet craving… (which is pretty much all the time, so i have to hide it too…………..) i love to serve it with coconut yoghurt.

this is super easy to make, the food processor does all the work for you!

ensure you plan ahead enough to soak the cashews for a day prior – this will activate the nuts as well as ensure a beautiful consistency for the filling.

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cacao, peanut butter & raspberry brownie

this is my take on an easy peesy refined sugar free brownie – and it only uses bananas to sweeten – no other sugar substitutes! how GOOD is that!!!

its SO simple to make (5 mins plus cook time!),  its decadent, luxurious and delicious…  crispy on the outside, soft and gooey in the centre, its just like normal brownies!  i hope you never go back to sugar laden cafe made brownies ever again!

sometimes when i am sitting on the couch after dinner watching TV, hubby playfully asks “wheres the pudding?”…. i can pretend i had it planned all along and say “gimme 5 babe!”

replace the raspberries with whatever is in season – or leave it out all together! its good either way.

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a take on nachos: chipotle mince, with kumara chips, avocado, tomato and coriander salsa

nachos are a fave, aren’t they!?

here’s my take – the guilt-free version.

this dish WILL provide the satisfying “comfort” factor that comes with a plateful of spicy mince and “chips”…. but this baby is packed full of good things.  swapping out those corn chips for kumara, means you can pretty much eat as much as you like without filling that temple of yours with grease ….

(did you know that one serving of corn chips, is approx only 7 chips… AND corn chips are no better than your bought potato crisps! thats scary!)

anyway….. with this dish, i can bet on it that you won’t miss the corn chips.

try it, see for yourself.

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spicy chicken kebabs with watermelon, mint, gouda, tamari almonds, and rocket salad

bloody hell, this was a beautiful dish…

the chilli kick of the chicken fires up savagely in your mouth, but is quickly extinguished by the cool and crisp of the watermelon. the nuttiness and creaminess of the gouda cheese, is matched perfectly by the salty almonds…..  and right there alongside it, the mint brings an explosion of palate cleansing freshness.

this is an absolute favourite, it will be yours too.

option: if you don’t have access to soy (tamari) almonds, use toasted almonds and replace the gouda with feta – youll get the same balance of flavours!

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venison, blue cheese, pear & walnut salad, with garlic and thyme crushed baby potatoes

this well known combination of flavours is popular for a reason… its bloody good.

the pear refreshes the palate from the thick creamy intensity of the cheese … the peppered venison is just simply indulgent, and walnuts not only bring the texture and crunch, but are ALSO good for your heart…. so how can you say no to that?

pairing this salad with the crushed potatoes makes the venison go further (it aint a cheap cut of meat) without compromising on flavour.   the potato dish is a good side to any meal and its bloody delicious.  anything with butter is, right?

a simple dish to make, so no excuses k?

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