Flapjack with a difference!

Its not always easy to find time to make porridge for breakfast so TV Chef Peter Sidwell  of Simply Good Food TV uses our fruity porridge oat mix in this easy flapjack recipe.

All bound together with prune juice as an alternative to using sugar or honey, and therefore refined sugar free.

Yummy-licious!

 

What’s really in your porridge?

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Do you really know what’s in your morning porridge? Have you grabbed a porridge pot on the way into the office this morning?

Porridge is becoming more and more popular as we strive to eat better and more healthily.  Oats are excellent for heart health and naturally contain beta glucan that is proven to reduce cholesterol.

There are now many porridge brands on the supermarket shelves and deli counters offering all sorts of flavours to choose from.  But which ones do you choose for the convenience of taking in to work?  And do you really understand the food label? What about the sugar content – do you know how many spoons of sugar is already in your chosen portion of porridge?

Well here at Simplyseedz, you wont be surprised to hear that we just love porridge! And we’ve done some research on porridge pot sugar content and we think it’s quite alarming to see that some food producers that are purporting to be offering a healthy product, have loaded their porridge with refined sugar.

Many of the convenience porridge pots can contain as much as 20grams and up to a staggering 42grams of sugar!!  That’s the equivalent of more than 10 teaspoons of sugar!! (remember 1 teaspoon = 4 grams sugar)

Our top selling Simplyseedz porridge pot, Apple & Cinnamon has a sugar content of just 4.6grams and that’s just from the fruit contained in the pot.

At Simplyseedz we believe it’s better for you to decide if you need to add honey or brown sugar, rather than pre-load our porridge pot with the white stuff.  (If you buy a coffee, you wouldn’t expect it to be pre-sugared for you, would you??)

So next time you’re thinking healthy breakfast and want a warming bowl of porridge, just check the label as it may not be quite as healthy as you originally thought!

Cathryn

For more information on our porridge pots, please visit simplyseedz.co.uk

Easy to make Oat Breakfast Biscuits

SS Biscuits 2Preparation time: 15mins plus chilling

SS Biscuits Cook: 15-20 mins

Approx 12 biscuits

Our very quick, simple and easy to make breakfast biscuit that is high in taste and low in sugar. Great with your morning cup of tea, a healthy snack or use as accompaniment to a fresh fruit salad.

Ingredients: 100g butter, softened

25g soft brown sugar 1 medium egg (beaten)

125g Apricot & Cranberry Bircher Muesli Mix

75 g wholemeal flour (plain) 1/2 tsp baking powder

How to make:

1) Preheat oven to 180c, gas mark 4. Line baking tray(s) with baking parchment

2) Whisk butter & sugar together until pale and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients together and then mix into the butter mixture. This will make a firm dough. Pop in the fridge to chill for 10-15 mins

3) Using a floured surface, roll out the dough to approx. 1cm thick. Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut out approx. 12 biscuits. Place on baking tray(s) and bake for approx. 15-20 mins until golden. Cool slight then transfer onto a cool rack.

Once made, store in an airtight container. These biscuits have a slightly soft ‘cookie’ type texture.

All our porridge mixes can be used to make these biscuits! Try using Apple & Cinnamon or Date & Apricot and even Dark Chocolate & Ginger Porridge!

EASY BAKED BANANAS (FOR BREAKFAST)

As recommended by one of my customers, this is an easy and a delicious breakfast or desert, which is one of your 5 a day!

Bake a ripe banana with skin on in the oven on for 12 minutes. Slice in half, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with natural yoghurt and a handful of Simply SeedZ Honey & Ginger Seed Mix.

Simple & good for you!

Irresistible Flapjack – Simply SeedZ Style!

For some reason, and with many attempts, I have never been brilliant at making flapjack but at last, my fruity flapjack recipe with a little chocolate on top, is a resounding success!

Great as a snack & perfect with a cuppa!

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Full of goodness and of course containing lots of pumpkin and sunflower seeds!  If you want to have a go at making, here’s my recipe!

Ingredients

500g Simply SeedZ Apricot & Cranberry Bircher Muesli

155g butter/margarine

125g soft brown sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

Heat oven to 180c and line a baking tray (9 inch)

Melt butter & sugar together in large saucepan

Add syrup and mix.

Add Bircher Muesli & stir thoroughly.

Press into baking tray and bake for approx 30 minutes.

Leave in tin to cool.

Optional topping: melt some dark chocolate and drizzle over cooked flapjack.

Once cooled cut into slices and store in an airtight container. Should keep for a few days, if you can manage to resist!

Easy Mini Prawn, Lime & Chilli Fishcakes

An easy recipe that makes approx 18 small fishcakes, perfect to serve as a starter for 6!

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Ingredients:

2 x large potatoes, peeled & cut into small chunks

1 x sweet potato, peeled & cut into small chunks

260g cooked prawns, chopped

2 x small chillies (red/green or both) chopped include seeds for extra heat!

Zest & juice of 1 x lime

100g Cajun Seed Mix

How to prepare:

Put potatoes & sweet potato chunks into pan of water and boil until soft, drain and mash thoroughly

Put prawns, chilli, lime juice & zest into mixing bowl and mix, add to mashed potato and mix thoroughly, season to taste.

Crush Cajun Seed Mix (use blender) until fine crumbs & put into a mixing bowl.

Using a desert spoon, take one spoonful and shape into small round shapes, and coat with crushed seeds.

Place fishcakes on a plate, cover and chilli for approx 1hour.

When ready to cook, heat oven to 180c & put fishcakes on a baking sheet. Cook for approx 20 minutes and serve on a bed of rocket with desert spoon of mango chutney.

 

 

 

Simple New Years Day Lunch – Leg of Lamb with Simply SeedZ Rosemary & Garlic seed mix

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Leg of Lamb with Simply SeedZ Rosemary & Garlic

 

Ingredients:

2kg Leg of Lamb

Olive oil

Good handful of fresh chopped Rosemary (or dried will do)

3 cloves of garlic (peeled)

Heat oven to 170 degrees

Take 1 whole leg of lamb (2kgs), place in roasting tim

Criss-cross with a sharp knife and insert slithers of peeled garlic and chopped rosemary.

Drizzle with olive oil and season well.

Cook slowly for approx 2 1/2 hours, until meat is tender, pink and juicy.

Remove from roasting tin and place on serving plate to rest.

Sprinkle generously with Simply SeedZ Rosemary and Garlic Seed mix, to give a crunch to your lunch!!

Serve with seasonal vegetables and mint sauce – YUM!!

 

Simple to make Bircher Muesli for Breakfast

My very popular Bircher Muesli recipe is just so easy to prepare for your breakfast tomorrow morning, with no cooking required!

Ingredients (to make 2 x 75g portions)

150g SeedZ Bircher Muesli Mix (Apricot & Cranberry or Banana & Blueberry)

150ml of apple juice or orange juice

1 tbsp low fat Greek yoghurt

Put all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly.

Cover and chill – for best results minimum 2 hours or preferably overnight.

To serve, grate some apple or slice some banana

If you want a slightly softer consistency, add a little more juice.

Once made your Bircher Muesli will keep for up to 5 days in fridge, if you can resist it for that long 🙂

Simple Desert with Greek Yoghurt, Raspberrys and Crunchy Muesli

A simple & easy desert that is not only quick to make, it tastes & looks great and is one of your five a day!

Ingredients (per person)

2 tbsp Rachels Coconut Greek Yoghurt

Fresh Raspberries

1 tsbp Crunchy ‘Munchy’Muesli – Blueberry & Apricot from SeedZ

Put two tablespoons of yoghurt in wine glass, add one table spoon of Crunchy Muesli,  decorate with handful of fresh raspberries!  Now how easy is that??  It not only looks good, but is really scrummy!!

Other yoghurts and fresh fruit work just as well 🙂

Easy Summer Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese & SeedZ Recipe

Easy Summer Salad with Gorgonzola & SeedZ

This salad is a perfect accompaniment to any BBQ meat or fish and is one of your 5 a day!

Ingredients: 3-4 good handfuls of Mixed salad leaves (eg rocket, spinach, watercress, lollo rosso)

1 tbsp British Golden Rapeseed Oil

200g Gorgonzola cheese, cut into 1/2inch chunks

1 x packet of Worcester Sauce SeedZ

Put salad leaves into big serving bowl, add chunks of Gorgonzola and toss. Drizzle over rapeseed oil, add SeedZ and serve!

Other cheeses work well, especially parmesan broken into chunks too!