Our Green Smoothie

Our Green Smoothie a day will definitely keep the doctor away!

Green smoothies are a relatively new addition to our morning routine. We use to be quite skeptical about the benefits of consuming liquid greens on a daily basis as in our minds we didn’t find it necessary to consume added veggies if you were already eating a balanced diet. Although still agreeing with this point to an extend, the last couple of months however, things have changed. In an attempt to up our intake of nutrients to fight uni induced fatigue, as well as other health complications, we have welcomed a green smoothie into our daily routine.

And we couldn’t be happier about it.

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Now a day doesn’t go by in which we have to have our greens. Increased energy, clearer skin, and softer hair are a few of the benefits that we’ve noticed since adding in a smoothie. Another plus also including the fact that if we happen to not fit in our daily 5 veg at meal times, at least we’ve gulped down our greens to compensate (smart hey!)

After much negotiation, we’ve come to the conclusion that for us, greens sit well as a morning tea snack, rather than with breakfast (or as breakfast). Some people love a smoothie first thing but we tend to eat a fair amount in the mornings, focusing on a balanced spread of savoury and nutrient dense food – Organic oat sourdough with avocado, poached eggs and tomato plus organic coffee would be a staple for us. So with a relatively large breakfast, a smoothie is welcomed a little later in our day.

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Anyway the point of this post is EAT YOUR GREENS. You’ll feels more energised and your skin, eyes and digestive tract we definitely thank you for it.

Serves Two

*We try to only use organic ingredients in our smoothies

– 2 cups of spinach

– 4 large leaves of kale or 2 cups

– 1/2-1  zucchini (this is optional but we do find that the zucchini thickens the smoothie, giving it a richer consistency)

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 1/2 tsp of chia seeds.

– Generous knob of ginger

– Squeeze of lemon (optional)

– A few drops of liquid stevia (if you’re not worried about fructose, you could add in a couple of dates as an alternative)

– 1 cup of coconut water

– A little extra water or ice

M + S xx

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‘Creamy’ Mushroom and Poached Chicken Spelt Pasta

As we are now in Autumn.. pasta dishes are going to be enjoyed on a more regular basis, therefore we will be posting some super easy sauce and pasta combos to get rid of those boring pasta dishes that everyones used to having! This is our take on ‘Creamy’ Mushroom and Chicken Pasta.

We always try and cook with 100% organic ingredients.

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Ingredients: Serves TWO as a main

Organic Spelt Penne Pasta (around 1 cup uncooked) – We use spelt as we are able to tolerate this grain best (gluten intolerance issues… don’t ask)

Two  Organic small Chicken Breasts

Mushrooms (as many as you can get your hands on) – We used flat, button and shiitake

One Organic Broccoli head

One small Organic Zucchini

Fresh Organic Spinach (One handful)

Fresh Ricotta (3 tablespoons)

One Onion Shallot

One clove of Garlic

White Wine

Fresh Basil 

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan Salt (to taste)

Coconut oil (one heaped teaspoon)

Method:

1) Cut up chicken breasts into small cubed pieces

2) Wash all the vegetables ‘obsessively’ well!

3) Chop up mushrooms and zucchini into quarterly pieces.

4) Break apart broccoli head and use your hands to break (‘shred’) into smaller pieces

5) Finely shop the onion, garlic and two basil leaves

6) With the coconut oil, place onion, garlic and basil onto a large deep frying pan

7) Sauté until golden and add a splash of white wine

8) Combine the mushrooms, zucchini and ‘shredded’ broccoli to the pan and salute until golden

9) Add a few more dashes of white wine and three tablespoons of ricotta

10) Mix well, turn down the heat and simmer with lid on. Keep as eye on the sauce and If you find it becomes a little dry add a few splashes of water

11) Pop two pots of water (one for the pasta and one for the chicken) on the stove and bring both to boil

12) Once pots are boiling, add the chicken and poach for around 4-6 minutes (this will vary on how large the chicken pieces are). Add the pasta to the other pot and cook for around 10 mins or less. We like our pasta ‘al dente‘ thus we leave it coking for less time.

13) Back to the sauce, add some seasoning (pepper and salt to taste).

14) Once pasta and chicken are ready, combine all to the creamy mushrooms pan and mix well.

15) Last ingredient to add is the fresh spinach

15)  Now its ready to serve! Top with some fresh basil and a little more seasoning and voila!

** Tip; Best enjoyed with a glass of red wine… Just saying

xxxxx Twins

 

Zucchini & Pea Soup with Poached Chicken and grilled Haloumi

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We have entered autumn. That means, we have entered soup season!

We’ve been feeling a little low and run down due to an overload of uni and part time jobs. So  in an attempt to cure our poor sleep deprived and stressed souls, we decided to make a green soup. We love our greens but aren’t really the types to start the morning with a green smoothie so a green soup works for us perfectly. The generous amount of turmeric and garlic gives this delightful meal an immunity boost – just ready to fight off cold and flu season. The added packed chicken also adds a nice touch of protein and the haloumi just tops it off with that ‘creaminess’ that every soup requires!

Go on, make our green soup! It’s super easy

Ingredients – Serves four as an entree or three as a main. 

– Four large zucchinis

– One small head of broccoli

– 1.5 – 2 cups of frozen organic garden peas

– 1 litre of pure water (or vegetable stock if you have one pre-made)

– Half an onion

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 heaped teaspoons of ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

– 1 Bay leaf

– 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

– A generous pinch of himalayan salt

– Pepper to taste

– A knob of coconut oil

– 2 organic chicken breasts

– 60 grams of Haloumi

– 4 teaspoons of superfood dukkah

Method

1. Start by preparing all your green vegetables. Thoroughly wash them and dice into 2 cm pieces (the size doesn’t matter all that much as they’ll be blended at the end)

2. Heat the coconut oil in a pot and once hot, stir fry the onion and garlic with a dash of water. Once the onion gathers a bit of colour, add another dash of water plus the turmeric and cumin. Let the spices mix with the onion and garlic. This should start to smell very inviting!

3. Next step, add all your veggies, bay leaf and himalayan salt. Let this green goodness tenderise for a couple of minutes

4. Add your 1 litre of water. Put the lid on and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime, heat up another pot of water with a pinch of salt and dice your chicken breast into 2-3 cm pieces. When the water has reached boiling, add your chicken and let it boil for about 5-7 minutes.

6. Whilst the chicken is cooking, this should give you enough time to prepare your haloumi. You can either place the haloumi in a fry pan to brown the edges or you can place the cheese until a grill. Up to you! This should only take a few minutes

7. When the chicken is ready, (you still want it to be succulent so check it every couple of minutes) strain it and place to side.

8. Return your attention to the soup. The veggies should be quite tender at this point. Now all you need to do is blend it all up with a blender stick (is that what it’s called…..?)

9. Ladle the soup into four bowls. Next place the haloumi and chicken in the middle. Finish with a generous sprinkle of homemade dukkah and fresh parsley

10. You could also toast a comforting thick slice of dark rye bread with a drizzle of olive oil. Our mum’s wholemeal spelt would also work wonderfully.

10. EAT

We hope you like it! Please let us know on instagram (@thymes.two) what you think and if you have any suggestions!

M +S xx

Quinoa, Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seed Patties

UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LEFTOVER COOKED QUINOA…? MAKE QUINOA PATTIES!

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Ingredients: Makes six patties 

Around 1/4 of a medium Kent Pumpkin

3/4 cup of cooked white quinoa

1/4 -1/3 of a cup of organic rolled oats

One medium zucchini

Goats Cheese (as much as you please – topped on patties once cooked)

Pumpkin seeds (two tablespoons)

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan salt (to taste – around one pinch)

Dried thyme (around one teaspoon for the mixture and one teaspoon for the pumpkin)

Coconut oil (one teaspoon)

Method:

1) Cut up pumpkin into small cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, pepper and thyme and place in the oven (180 degrees celsius) for approx. 30 mins. The time will be slightly different for everyone depending on your oven etc. * If you can easily place a fort through, and its slightly crispy on the outside, you know the pumpkin is ready!

2) Whilst the pumpkin is cooking, wash the zucchini and grate it. You also need to remove the water from the zucchini. We simply use my hands and compress it. However a more ‘technical’ way is to spread the zucchini on a tea towel with some salt, and then fold the towel and twist it from both ends. That should also do the trick of removing any excess water. You really do not want the zucchini too wet, it will ruin the mixture making it too ‘gooey’.

3) Once the pumpkin is ready, let it cool down for around 15 mins. Then grab a fork and mash the pumpkin until there are no too obvious chunky bits.

4) In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, zucchini, quinoa, oats, pumpkin seeds, thyme, pepper and himalayan salt. Use your hands in order to mix the ingredients well! If your mixture seems too wet, simply add more oats.

5) Sperate the mixture into six evenly sized burger-looking patties.

6) On a medium-high pan, add one teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the pan is hot place patties face down. I cooked them a few minutes on each side, just until they browned (cooking time will also vary for everyone.. You want it to be slightly crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside)

7) Serve on a plate with a fresh spinach salad and top with goats cheese. * You can also add some poached eggs, smoked salmon or avocado to make it into a BRUNCH MEAL!

Perfect on a Sunday morning.

in bed.

with a strong brew.

xxx