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Cheat Churros Recipe

During the school holidays, my sister and her kids came to stay with us for two days. It was super fun, but it’s sure busy having her four kids plus my three in the house!

What goes with having lots of little busy bodies is fueling their energy that they expend so freely. My sister and I were on a mission to feed the masses: 7 children under one roof and whose tummies were seemingly bottomless pits. Continue reading “Cheat Churros Recipe”

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Creamy Caramel & Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

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I LOVE Cinnabon’s! Over the years I have been determined to recreate this delicious confectionary. As a result, my recipe has evolved into a chocolatey cinnamon roll with a creamy caramel and chocolate sauce drizzled on top. This has actually become one of my family favourites. It is an easy, satisfying sweet treat that many cannot resist.

The less time anything can take to make, the better, which is why I usually buy pre-made dough. I can make my own dough but most days I just want a quick solution. Being a mom of three, this recipe needs to be pretty easy to whip up.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the cinnamon rolls:

  • 4 pounds / 2 kg of pre-made dough (or make double of this dough recipe HERE)
  • 4 Tablespoons of softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa
  • 1 cup of sugar (brown/treacle)
  • 1 large greased oven tray

For the creamy caramel sauce:

  • 250 ml cream, split
  • 1/4 cup sugar (brown/treacle)
  • 30 g / 1 oz of flour (corn/wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon of caramel essence (Optional)

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 200 g / 7 oz slab of chocolate, like Cadbury’s
  • 30 ml of full cream milk

Method:

The Rolls:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll dough into a long rectangle and spread the softened butter all over it.
  3. Mix the cinnamon, sugar and cocoa together and sprinkle all of it on top of the buttered rectangle dough.
  4. Roll up the dough length-wise so that it looks like a long, curled up sausage (almost like a really long swiss-roll)
  5. Slice the rolled up dough into inch-wide slices and lay them next to each other on your greased tray as you slice.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overbake to avoid drying out your rolls.

The Creamy Caramel Sauce:

  1. While your rolls are still baking in the oven, place 200 ml of cream, the sugar and caramel essence in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar and to avoid the cream from getting burnt at the bottom.
  2. In a jar, shake up together the flour and 50 ml of cream plus a little milk if needed.
  3. When the cream and sugar in the saucepan has come to the boil, add the flour and cream mixture while stirring quickly. It is best to use a whisk to prevent lumps from forming.

The Chocolate Sauce:

  1. Break the slab of chocolate into pieces and melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or in a mug in the microwave. If using the microwave, put it in for 1 minute, stir and then another minute in the microwave and stir again. Your chocolate should be melted, if not, let it sit in the warm mug a bit and stir a little more.
  2. Add the milk little by little to the melted chocolate. If you add all the milk at once and the milk is cold, it will harden the chocolate. Microwave it again for 30 seconds or until melted and smooth. Be careful not to leave it in the microwave too long as the chocolate could get burnt.

Put It All Together!

  1. Now the fun part and final step: Drizzle your creamy caramel sauce and then your chocolate sauce on top of your hot rolls that just came out the oven. You could drizzle the sauces crossways to each other to make a nice effect.

 

This recipe makes about 30 rolls and they keep for about 2-3 days only. These rolls are delicious served with ice cream, hot chocolate or just as they are. They always wow my guests and family. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment below about how your rolls came out or any other delicious variations!

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Easy Low-Carb Banting Quiche

 

 

So one of my family members blessed me with a little gem of a recipe for a quick dinner idea! What’s more is that it is…

  • healthy
  • tasty and satisfying
  • simple
  • fairly inexpensive

Plus, it is legal in banting diets!

 

Crustless Broccoli Quiche – low carb, quick and easy! And Banting, too!

Here’s the recipe:

  • Half a cup of double cream yogurt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of cheese, like Gouda or Cheddar
  • 1 head of broccoli, steamed and chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Most of the work comes in with steaming the broccoli and chopping it. What you do first is to combine the yogurt and eggs well. Add the chopped broccoli and remaining ingredients to the yogurt-egg mixture. Pour into a greased pie dish and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until lightly golden on the bottom and on top.

I loved this recipe, it was so satisfying served with some grilled fish and vegetables. I am sure you could do variations like using spinach and bacon instead. It keeps in the refrigerator for about 3 days. The nice thing is you can have it at whatever temperature, although I do prefer it warmed up a bit.

Enjoy!

Comment below if you tried this recipe and feel free to share what variations worked for you. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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How Having Eggs For Breakfast Changed Our Lives

As a teen, some of my friends at school would often tell me that they hadn’t eaten breakfast that morning. Me on the other hand was totally like, “Man, breakfast was the reason I got out of bed this morning!”

And I’ve been that way even as a young adult, BK – Before Kids.

Now, AK – After Kids, my kids are the reason I get out of bed. And then the second reason I get out of bed is to make breakfast for my kids. So things haven’t changed too much I suppose.

Breakfasts for me mean high-fibre, not too much sugar, full cream milk or yogurt and maybe a little fresh or dried fruit on the side. Sounds good, right? And yes, it is a pretty good breakfast I think, compared to all the boxes of colourful carbs advertised with popular characters that they call “breakfast”.

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But, it’s only half of what a good breakfast should be.

By 9am, I am starving. Starving as in “Hey, it’s time for second breakfast!” You know, like hobbits do. Because seriously, my body burns up all the breakfast carbs so quickly. Even if they are full of fibre and more complex carbs, it’s just not enough.

Then, one morning, the obvious dawned upon my husband and I:

We should do some eggs!

That morning was the dawn of our Breakfast Revolution and wonderful things happened.

Here’s What Happened

First off, it changed our kids. My youngest son’s moods have always been somewhat erratic. However, when I picked him up from school the morning we gave him eggs, the teacher asked me: “What did you give your son for breakfast this morning? He is a different child!” Those were her exact words! She told me how happy and energetic he had been that day. I couldn’t believe what a difference a little plate of scrambled eggs made!

Then for me – I became less of a hobbit and I no longer needed “Second Breakfast” at 9am. I still may eat lunches slightly early, but my body’s blood sugar levels are much more even and happier. This also has helped curb my carb-cravings at 9am, which my waist-line is definitely thankful for.

My husband loved how satiated he felt even a while after breakfast. He also appreciates the fact that eggs are such an economical yet nutritious form of protein that we can afford to eat every morning. Although the question has now evolved to, how can you not afford a good breakfast? 

I recently came across this saying:

“If you think Wellness is expensive, try Illness”

Here’s some of the nutritional benefits of eggs:

  • Each egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein
  • all nine essential amino acids (which are the building blocks of cells in the body)
  • choline (important for liver function, brain development, nerve and muscle function and metabolism)
  • selenium (important for immunity and thyroid functioning)
  • vitamin D (for healthy strong bones)
  • phosphorus (important for the kidneys, metabolism, endocrine system, digestive system and muscle functioning)
  • riboflavin (plays a role in energy production)

Now, you may be wondering: What about the cholesterol that all those dietitians warned us about?

Nowadays, studies show that the cholesterol eggs contain is actually dietary cholesterol – different from the blood cholesterol in your body. Despite the warnings of the past, eating eggs will not increase your blood cholesterol levels. Not convinced? Here’s an article that the National Heart Foundation of Australia wrote about Eggs and Cholesterol.

There are so many wonderful articles out there about all the benefits of eggs. But, if you cannot see yourself eating eggs every morning, do try some other form of healthy protein that you enjoy. Your breakfasts need not be time-consuming to prepare, but make sure they contain nutritious foods high in fibre and protein.

Plus, you won’t be feeling so starving by lunch time. If you are super busy during the day and you usually don’t get time to have a good lunch, or at all, you can at least take comfort in the fact that your breakfast was AWESOME. So it’s not a train-smash if lunch was a bit rushed, or skipped.

In conclusion, may I add my disclaimer: I am not a dietician, so if what I am saying doesn’t suit you, please consult a qualified dietician! However, my ultimate point that I am trying to make is to convince you to make your breakfasts better by adding some good form of protein. You will surely see the difference over time. (I am quite confident that any dietician will agree).

Having a good breakfast has really helped our family in our daily lives to feel more energized and capable of completing the day’s tasks. If you contemplate the growing bodies and minds of your children, there is no question that you will want to give them the best. And for the rest of us adults growing older through the years, our bodies need natural and nutritious foods that serves us well and keeps us healthy.

Feel free to comment below about super nutritious breakfast ideas that you love, I’d really enjoy to hear from you!