My healthiest recipe finds of 2014

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I’m not sure how you feel about this but I know what works for me nutritionally and my shopping list looks pretty much the same week in week out.  I get into the habit of cooking the same 5 recipes for lunch/dinner and for breakfast I rotate a few easy options.  Don’t get me wrong, I get all my vital nutrients and balance my macronutrients well.  It’s just of late I’ve been getting a bit bored. But thanks to the wonder of Instagram, my new favourite social media channel, I’ve discovered some really awesome new recipes and creative ways to brighten up my weekly cooking!  There are a two really great people I can recommend for you all to look up online.  Read on to find out more...

The first is Deliciously Ella (www.deliciouslyella.com - Instagram @deliciouslyella).  This girl of the moment is everywhere right now.  Ella puts up all her recipes on her website for you to enjoy.  The recipes are simple, healthy and often gluten free.  See my new favourite recipe of hers that takes just 5 minutes to cook below!

The second is PurelyHolly (www.purelyholly.com - Instagram: @purelyholly_).  Holly was diagnosed with celiac disease not long ago so now she is on a mission to create gluten free alternatives to every day foods.  I LOVE her simple recipes that often use a handful of ingredients, are quick to make and taste super delicious!

So without further ado here are my new favourite recipes of 2014:

Life-changing bread from www.mynewroots.org

This is a unique take on making bread.  It is practically gluten free – the recipe calls for oats so use gluten free oats.  What is amazing about this is the use of Psyllium husk, a probiotic, that is used as the binding agent instead of gluten.  When you toast this bread it makes the house smell divine.  Move over Genius bread – this stuff is ingenius!

LIFE -CHANGING BREAD

The chickpea wrap by Purely Holly

I’m partial to a portable lunch so this 4 ingredient gluten free alternative is perfect for me.  It’s super easy to make.  The best part about it is the it tastes better than a regular wrap! 

CHICKPEA WRAPS

Canellini Bean Stew by DeliciouslyElla

This is literally a 5 minute recipe.  If you are time poor and need to feed an army this is an amazing solution.  You can serve it with rice for a hearty, post workout meal.  Remember that benas and rice make a complete protein!  For a lighter alternative go with veggies.  If you are a fast oxidizer like me try adding bacon or grilled turkey to give it a bit more protein if you are eating with veggies. 

CANELLINI BEAN STEW

Avocado Fries by Purely Holly

This is an amazing twist on one of the healthiest foods on the planet.  It sounds really bad – but it’s full of nutrients and you bake the avocado instead of frying it.  I eat so much avocado that it’s a joy to find an alternative way of preparing it other than raw or in guacamole!

AVOCADO FRIES

Chocolate avocado cookies

Here’s a sweet treat from Bee’s Bakery thats both gluten and dairy free!  Any excuse for chocolate I say and it comes with a gooey and crumbly version to choose from. 

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO COOKIES

I hope you enjoy these delicious recipes as much as I have!