Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta

Low Fat and Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta that can be done in 30 minutes. A perfect weekday or weekend meal! 

First of all, I’m now back after a long and much needed break. Sometimes social medias just get too overwhelming and something has got to give, family or blog so I chose the latter. If you want to see my latest recipes then head over and follow me @deliciouslittlekitchen on Instagram. 

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This meal is dairy free and low fat, also can be done in 30 minutes! Perfect for a busy weekday after work. All you need to do the night before are soak the cashew nuts, slice up the mushrooms and wash the spinach. Use a salad spinner to drain the water as much as you can then out the spinach in a freezer bag or a container and close the lid. 

I have made this recipe a few times and have tried with dairy milk and with cashew milk and both taste equally delicious. This time I used cashew milk. You can totally make this without chicken if you are vegan. We all devoured this last Saturday. 

You probably wonder what the heck has the word “Florentine” to do with this dish right!? Haha It’s actually just a culinary term or recipe that is served with spinach.  You know, to make it sound fancy and all. 

Served 2 adults and 2 toddlers

Ingredients 

  • pasta of choice
  • 2 large chicken breasts (marinated in salt, pepper and garlic powder) 
  • 3 large handful of fresh baby spinach 
  • 3 large stalks of spring onions / scallions 
  • 400 gr brown button mushrooms (sliced) 
  • olive oil 
  • salt and pepper 

Sauce 

  • 1 cup milk (full fat dairy or cashew) 
  • 1 cup chicken / vegetable broth 
  • 1-2 tbsp flour 
  • 2 large garlic cloves (pressed) olive oil 

Method

  1. Start by cooking the pasta while you prepare the sauce. In a large frying pan, add oil and heat up over medium heat. Fry the chicken breasts for 1 minute each side or until cooked through. Remove and set aside. 
  2. In the same pan, add the spring onion and mushroom and fry until the mushrooms are brown. Remove and set aside. 
  3. In the same pan, add more olive oil and add the pressed garlic. Keep stiring for 30 seconds, add milk, broth and flour (make sure the sauce is not hot before adding the flour, the flour will turn lumpy otherwise). Keep whisking/stiring until the sauce has thicken up. Add salt and pepper to taste then add the spinach leaves and stir until they have wilted. Cut them up first for little eaters. 
  4. Slice the chickens and add them with the pasta and mushrooms to the sauce. Give it a good mix and let it stand for 5 mins with a lid on. Serve with parmesan or nutritional yeast for dairy-free. 

Enjoy! 

Kat xx

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Super delicious coconut flour dairy free pancakes 

Suitable for babies 7-8 months upwards providing they have no egg allergy.

I whipped up these super delicious coconut flour dairy free pancakes a while back and my boys loved them! The leftovers went into their school snack box the next day.

As much as I wanted to give them these for breakfast I just couldn’t do it as it took me took long to cook them, so we indulged them in the afternoon instead. Coconut flour is very delicate and it’s best to cook at very low temparature and in a non-stick frying pan. Also, if you plan to make a big batch then I highly recommend to use 2 large frying pan at the same time. It took me 1 hour to cook the whole batch in one large frying pan. I should really invest in a second large frying pan!

Coconut flour is growing in popularity as more people discover the health benefits. It is a great healthy alternative to other flours as it is gluten free.

Health Benefits of Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories, and has a low score on the glycemic index. This makes coconut flour a favorite in paleo diet, gluten free eaters including those with celiac disease or sensitive to gluten, those with digestive problems, those who are allergic to nuts, with diabetes, and everyone who enjoys it.


Ingredients

  • 2 large free range eggs (room temperature makes a huge difference )
  • 1/2 cup of pure coconut milk (only coconut and water) + 2 tbsp water if the milk is too thick to thin it out
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence / powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a small pinch of sea salt
  • cold pressed coconut oil (as required for frying)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup for a sweeter taste (optional and avoid for babies under 12 months)

 

Method

  1. Dry bowlIn a small bowl, combine coconut flour and baking powder.
  2. Wet bowlAdd the rest of the ingredient in a large bowl and use a hand blender to give it a 3 seconds mix or whisk it by hand.
  3. Slowly sift the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Lightly mix it until well combined and let it sit for 5 minutes. The batter should be slightly thick, if too thick after 2 minutes then add 1 tbsp of coconut milk at a time then let it sit for an additional 3 minutes. Coconut flour is highly absorbent and needs to absorb the liquid before cooking.
  4. Heat a large non stick frying pan on medium heat and melt the coconut oil. Once the oil is melted bring the heat down to low. I had my one on the lowest heat. Pour 1 heap table spoon of batter onto the pan for one small toddler size pancake, repeat this step until you have filled up the pan.
  5. Serve with fresh fruits or berries or maple syrup. We like ours with sliced bananas.


Enjoy!
Kat xx

Roasted Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot Hummus – That colour is everything!  It’s such a versitile dish, you can spread it on bread for breakfast, with salad for lunch, use as a dip for snacks or as a side dish for dinner.  You choice!

Oh my! This hummus is my new favourite food and I just can’t get enough of it! I wished I could say the same about my kids though…but they wouldn’t even try! I’ll just stick to smoothies. Haha!

I don’t always cook what my kids like, sometimes I make something for me and secretly hope that they would share my food and they surprise me when I least expect it. Most kids love dipping and many don’t love eating beetroots on it own so hiding it in smoothies, baking and in this case in hummus is a fantastic way to sneak in beetroots it’s your kids diet. Yum! That is if they eat!

So I’ve made this hummus for the first time back in April or May when I served it with wafer thin crackers. I know I know, I still owe you my cracker recipe…it’s coming, I promise!

I still can’t get enough of this colour and it tastes as good as it looks too! I had this for dinner tonight with carrot sticks, sliced red bell paprika, fennel and cucumber. That’s pretty all what I had in the fridge.

I can assure you that the sweet taste from beetroot and saltyish chickpeas make such a wonderful pair!
Do you need a close up pic to be convinced and make it?  Ok, here you go. Do let me know your feedback in the comment below.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chickpeas (just salted)
  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup or 60 ml water
  • 2 Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • Juice of 1 medium organic lemon
  • a pinch of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • roasted sesame seeds


Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200° C or 400 °F. Wrap the beetroot in aluminium foil an back for 40 minutes or until it’s soft enough to poke through with a fork. Remove from teh oven and let it cool down.
  2. TIP! Wear disposable cooking gloves to remove the skin. Dice them in large cubes. Together with the other ingredients, blend until smooth to your desired consistency. If it’s the hummus is too thick then add 1-2 Tbsp of water and blend again.
  3. Serve with sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and olive oil.

Enjoy!

Kat xx

This recipe was inspired by http://www.heavenlynnhealthy.com

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola – Doesn’t this sound and look amazing?!

To all peanut butter lovers – this peanut butter granola tastes AMAZING! I love the smell that lingered around the flat the whole day! Simply divine!

We had it with Greek yoghurt and frozen raspberries for breakfast today and everyone approved!  Granola and yoghurt makes such a yummy addition to kids lunchboxes.

This recipe was inspired by the lovely Sara at @justmadforasentence on Instagram. Go and check out her recipe.

I’ve adapted from her recipe, I’ve used store bought sliced almond and coconut chips to give it a more crispier texture, chopped up the pecan and cashew nuts to make it easier to chew for my kids and lastly, added chia seeds for the extra kick in protein, fibre and omega-3.

Did you know that peanuts are not nuts at all, but legumes. It is rich in protein and potassium. All and all peanut butter offers a nutrient-rich addition to your snacks, meals and desserts. Make sure you buy the ones with pure peanut butter and sometimes added sea salt and nothing else!

Health Facts about Peanut!

A serving of peanut butter is 2 tbsp which contains about 7 g of protein and contributes to healthy muscles, skin, hair and teeth. Protein also plays a role in hormonal function and keeps blood healthy.

Peanuts are a good source of heart-healthy fats; peanut butter has some of these benefits. The unsaturated fats found in nuts can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. They can also offer health benefits for your brain and skin, and give you an energy boost.

Excess sodium in your diet puts stress on your cardiovascular system, but potassium can counter the negative effects of sodium. It also helps your nerves function properly and aids in heart function.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut chips (can sub with dessicated coconut flakes)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almond (can sub with chopped almond)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecan
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashew
  • 1/4 cup chia seed
  • 4 tbsp or 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp or 1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 5 tbsp or 1/3 cup agave syrup (or sweeter of choice)

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C or 300°F and line a parchment paper on a baking tray.
  2. Melt coconut oil with peanut butter and add salt.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl then add the coconut oil mixture and give it a good mix.
  4. Spread it out evenly on the baking and bake for 30 minutes or until golden, stir every 10 mins.  Let it cool before storing away in an airtight container or mason jar(s).

 

Enjoy!

Kat xx .

Zucchini Spinach & Feta Muffins 

Zucchini Spinach Feta Muffins – Do I need to say more?  I absolutely love savoury muffins! There are so many ways to pack goodness into muffins whilst still making them totally scrummy for your little ones. This combination is a guaranteed win! 

Spinach, zucchini and feta are match made in heaven and are wonderful together in savoury muffins or in other baking. They are at their best straight out of the oven! I literally munched 3 muffins one after another!  If you’re not a feta fan, swap with some grated mature cheddar/gouda instead. 

These make a perfect breakfast, snacks, lunch, lunchbox or any time of the day really. My son asked me if these are cheese bread. Haha 

I had a little helper chopping the spinach today, so very proud of him! 🙂

I usually use a mini/standard size silicone muffin form but decided to change it up a bit and wished I didn’t…

It been while since I’ve used paper muffin cups and now I remember why! The way how the muffins stick to the paper is so annoying! It feels like half the muffin is stuck to the paper. 😦 

Make 14 standard size muffins 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of chopped spinach
  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2  tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1/2 cup of milk 
  • 100 gr feta
  • 1/4 tsp of pink salt

Method 

      1. Grate the zucchini and place zucchini in a sieve and lightly sprinkle of salt. Toss to combine and let drain 30 mins. Squeeze out the water of the zucchini and chop the spinach.
      2. Preheat oven to 160C and oil the muffin tin.
      3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and garlic powder.  Lightly beat the eggs first then add it to the flour mixture together with oil, milk and feta. Give it a stir. Lastly add zucchini & spinach and give it one last stir.
      4. Fill prepared muffin cups to about 3/4 full and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Test for doneness with a tooth pick. If it comes out non sticky then they are done. 

        Enjoy!

        Kat xx 

        Vegan Gyoza 

        Vegan Spelt Gyoza – a super delicious meal for the whole family! Just make sure you double the batch as they are VERY additive!  

        My fussy eater son absolutely loved them! I couldn’t believe my eyes when he wolfed them down so quick! Hubby gave me his thumb up too, although he’d have prefered a meaty version. Haha My little one didn’t want to try at all so he had something else. Oh well, I can’t always please everyone. 

        I found this yummy recipe from my lovely mama blogger friend’s blog Mel at Healing Gracies Gut . She has a ton of lovely dairy free recipes. Go and check her out here

        I have adapted her recipe and the original recipe where she’s got it from a little. I’ve tried both cooking methods and I much prefer method 2. See below for more details and pictures  

        I only used 4 cooking tools: 1 roller, 1 kid drinking glas, 1 toddler knife and 1 large silicone mat. 

        The size of the glas is almost the same as an Ikea kid drinking cup (only a tick bigger), you know, those multicolour ones. The toddler knife is not so sharp, therefore, perfect to cut out the dough. 

        They dough didn’t stick to the silicon mat, so I didn’t add any extra flour while rolling it out.

        To save time, cut out all the circles and add the filling on to each one, but you must work very fast otherwise the juice of the filling will start to run out. 

        I crimped them upwards instead of side way. 

        There are two methods to cook these little gems. I like method 2 but it is really a preference thing so I’ll let you try out yourself. 

        Method 1 – Steam in a steamer basket

        Result: They came out slightly too chewy for my liking, but once fried then they tasted really good. 

        Method 2 – Steam in the water

        Result: They came out lovely and soft. I liked eating them before frying them but I still prefer them slightly crispy.   

        Let’s get cooking shall we! ; )

        Ingredients 

        The Dough

        • 200 g spelt flour 
        • 1/4 tsp pink salt
        • 100 ml hot water

        The Filling

        • 200 g mushrooms of choice ( I used 50-50 Shitake and Crimini/ Champignon mushrooms 
        • 2 large spring onions / scallions 
        • 1 medium carrot
        • 1 tsp grated ginger 
        • 2 tbsp low sodium soya sauce
        • 1/2 tsp pink salt 

        Dipping Sauce per person 

        • 1 tbsp low sodium soya sauce
        • 1/2 tsp rice vinegar (the one for sushi rice)
        • chopped chillies (optional)
        • roasted sesame seeds 

            Method  

            1. Measure the flour into a large bowl and add salt. Use a spoon to stir. Add hot water and mix until the flour has absorb all the water, then use your hand to work on the dough. Turn it out onto a work surface and knead it for a minute or two until it forms a smooth, pliable but stiff dough. Add a tiny splash more water if the dough is too dry or crumbly. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave it to sit for half an hour.
            2. Meanwhile, to make the filling, put all of the filling ingredients into a food processor and pulse it a few times until it’s all quite finely chopped and evenly combined.
            3. Once the dough is rested place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out as thinly as you can while still keeping it strong enough to hold the filling. Cut out the circles (see pictures above) from the flattened dough.
            4. Working one at a time put a heaped tsp of the filling into the centre of a wrapper. Wet the edge around the dough and gently fold it in half around the filling. Carefully fold along one side of the semi circle so that the front is crimped onto a flat back. Press the crimps to the flat back to seal the dumpling and very gently plump it out at the bottom so that it can sit up right. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.
            5. Pour about 1/2 inch of water into a large frying pan with a well fitting lid. Place it over medium high heat and bring the water to simmer. Gently place the gyoza into the simmering water, upright if possible, and cover with the lid. Leave to simmer and steam for 10 minutes and then gently scoop out the gyoza with a slotted spoon.
            6. If you want them a bit crisp, heat up a large frying pan with some oil and place the cooked gyoza in. Let cook on one side for about 4 or 5 minutes until they’re crispy and golden, and then flip them over to brown on the other side. Repeat until they’ve crisped up to your liking.
            7. Serve the gyoza hot with the sauce on the side.

            Enjoy! 

            Kat xx 

            Cheesy Spinach Tots 

            Super yummy Cheesy Spinach Tots! 

            I promise you even your fussy eaters will like them! At least my ones did. They would be perfect for lunchboxes or food on the go when you are out and about. 

            Suitable for BLW babies from 7-8m+ providing no egg and dairy allergies . 

            Health Facts – Did you know all this about spinach? I didn’t and thought it’s a good one to share with you. 

            Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March – June). It is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. There are sound reasons why spinach would produce such results, primarily the fact that it is rich in iron. Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help in transporting oxygen around the body, in energy production and DNA synthesis. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.

            Source: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com

            Ingredients

            • 150gr fresh spinach leaves
            • 2 medium carrots (grated or blitz in the food processor)
            • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
            • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
            • 1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used cheddar)
            • 2 eggs .
            • a pinch of pink salt (avoid for babies under 12m old).

            Method

            1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet over the baking tray and spray / brush all over with olive oil.
            2. Wash the spinach and use a salad spinner to dry or towel dry.
            3. Put spinach in a non stick frying pan and sauté until is wilted then move over to a chopping board and chop into small bits. 
            4. Move the spinach to a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it’s well combined. 
            5. Shape and place them on the baking try. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. 
            6. Suitable for freezing

            Enjoy! 

            Kat xx