moroccan chickpea pilaf with feta and falafels

Moroccan Chickpea Piliaf with Feta and Falafels via @houseofturtleI’m not great at following recipes. I’m not sure if this is because I’m too lazy to read them properly or if it’s because I tend to be a little bit experimental in the kitchen. Let’s go with the later.

Tonight, I made this very simple Moroccan style Chickpea Pilaf with Feta and Falafels. I got the inspiration from taste.com.au‘s recipe for Chickpea Pilaf with Haloumi and of course, gave it my own twist. And, it was great. It had lots of flavour and textures, as well as being quite light and fresh.

Note, I generally cook for one. So, this is way too much food for me. However, I intend to use the rice mixture in other dishes throughout the week (not too long though as rice can go bad)… such as roasted stuffed capsicums and tuna cakes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Basmati Rice
    (alternatively, you could use Brown Rice, Quinoa or Cous Cous)
  • 2 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock (optional, can use water)
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 medium to large Brown Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Almonds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Moroccan Seasoning
  • 400gm can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch of Coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Pre-made Falafels, preferably organic – prepare as per instructions
  • Marinated Feta

What to do

  • Cook the rice via your preferred method. For this, I used a rice cooker and stock instead of water.
  • Heat the Olive Oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the Onion (stir often) for 10 minutes or until light golden. Stir in the Moroccan Seasoning and Shredded Almonds and cook for another 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked Rice and Chickpeas. Stir till the ingredients are mixed through (you want the colour of the Onions and Seasoning to coat the rice).
  • Now, you can either add all the Coriander and Pistachios at this stage, or if you are making a smaller batch like I was, add your desired serving to a bowl and add Coriander and Pistachios to taste.
  • Top with Falafels and Marinated Feta.
  • I also added a few spoons of the Oil from the Feta to add some moistness to the Falafels and a little extra kick. Alternatively, you could squeeze some Lemon on top.
  • Finally, take a picture, share on Instagram and dive in!

Let me know how you go or if you used your own variation.

Turtle xox

Image by House of Turtle

the well nest paleo coconut flour blueberry muffins

The Well Nest Paleo Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins via @houseofturtle

I’m not technically working at the moment (just a bit of freelance/ consulting work and looking for more!) and have way too much time on my hands. So, I’ve been taking advantage of this time at home by whipping up lots of delicious and healthy treats in the kitchen.

Whilst I’m not strictly healthy or organic all the time, when I cook, I generally ‘try’ to use fresh, quality, organic ingredients and keep the nasties at a minimum (to offset the damage I do when I’m out).

My friend Valeria Ramirez, over at The Well Nest, often inspires me with her healthy lifestyle posts and recently shared this delicious muffin recipe, so I thought I’d give it a go. Not only are they super healthy (due to the use of coconut flour which is heat stable and nasty-free), they’re delicious!

Note, I’ve haven’t baked anything for about 20 years! So, when I made mine, I forgot to do a few things, which to be honest, wasn’t a disaster. I forgot to buy shredded coconut, so I added a little extra coconut flour and some slivered almonds instead. I also used a whole 165 ml tin of coconut milk, instead of the 4 tbs, which probably made up for the fact that forgot to put in the coconut oil! Next time, I’ll try to read the recipe properly, but I think I’ll add a little extra honey for sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 5 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 6 Organic Eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of Coconut Milk (or dairy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Rock Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1/2 cup of Blueberries

What to do

  • Combine wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.
  • Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
  • Fold in berries.
  • Pour the batter into muffin pan (makes about 12)
  • Bake at 200 degrees C for 10-20 minutes – keep an eye on them so that they don’t brown too quickly.

Turtle xox

Recipe from The Well Nest Blog
Image by House of Turtle

make your own delicious yoghurt

I got my tonsils out a few days ago… And well, let’s just say it doesn’t tickle… And recovery time is slow and a bit arduous. As for food, well the days of ice cream and jelly are apparently over, with the doctors encouraging you to eat normally, which for the most part I have been.

That said, soft food is still a winner. But, as someone who is not a massive fan of ice cream (don’t look so shocked) I decided to try natural yoghurt. Problem is it can be a bit tart.

So to make it interesting I decided to mix in some Bonne Maman jam to sweeten it. The result… a delicious yoghurt too good not to share with you all. I used the Raspberry flavour, but I imagine any of the other flavours are just as good. Give it a try. You’ll love it!

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Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle