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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SIL Sisters in Christ: A Fresh Start

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A fresh start. 
A new page. 
Turning over a new leaf.
Starting over. 

In John 3, Jesus teaches us that every person must have a fresh beginning - and funnily enough, it's something we all dream of whether we read the Bible or not. Isn't that what New Year's Resolutions are all about? Turning over that new leaf and starting a-fresh.

In John 3:3, Jesus tells Nicodemus; 
"No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again"

But unlike our New Year's Resolutions that are often fleeting as they rely on our own strength and determination - Jesus gives us a path to that new beginning. 

Jesus paved the way to God. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recipe: Super Simple Healthy Pastry Shells

Easy to Make Gluten Free Pastry Recipe - Tart Shells - Low Fat, Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegan, Egg Free, Dairy Free

When I first started cooking, I started with desserts. Creating simple little yummy things to share with my family. I would often choose short cuts to keep things simple and easy for myself - premade pastry, mini tart shells - bits and pieces you can buy that cut out hours of work.

But when you're allergic to gluten and a million other things - those short cuts no longer work for you. And who knows what half of the ingredients you find listed on those packs actually are.

I needed to create my own - but I hateeeeeeeeee making pastry. To the point where I avoided making any kind of pastry dessert (that I could eat) for three years until I finally gave in and decided that I needed to create a pastry recipe that was simple, easy and healthy

This pastry had to be super simple to make. I'm not patient when it comes to pastry - so it couldn't involve hours of work and please do not make me rub butter into flour because it gets in my fingernails and drives me nuts.

This pastry needed to be healthy too. I didn't want it laden with fat and sugar and it couldn't contain anything artificial. 

But most importantly, this pastry had to taste really really good

It took me a little while, but I finally came up with the ultimate Healthy Shortcrust Pastry Recipe - and to make it even better, it's vegan too!

Easy to Make Healthy Pastry Recipe - Tart Shells - Low Fat, Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegan, Egg Free, Dairy Free

The hardest part about this recipe is probably not eating all of the pastry shells in one go - or waiting for the dough to chill for an hour. You better believe I watched the clock for that hour to pass. 

But the brilliance doesn't end there. Because I'm kinda sorta super lazy - I decided that this recipe needed to work for both sweet and savoury options - so I created a recipe that needs just one simple tweak to turn a savoury pastry crust into one that's perfect for dessert. 

We've filled them with everything from quiche mixes to chocolate mousse and used them as an edible bowl for ice cream. You can be sure you'll be seeing plenty of recipes featuring this pastry on the blog very soon - so keep an eye out!

But first, I need to share the recipes with you! >>

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Recipe: Healthy, Thick & Fluffy Peanut Flour Pancakes

Healthy Thick and Fluffy Peanut Flour Pancakes Recipe - low fat, gluten free, refined sugar free, peanut flour recipes, healthy pancake recipes, high protein

Saturdays for us mean leisurely breakfasts (read: PANCAKES!), walks in the park and general laziness. But you can't just have any old pancakes - you've got to have great pancakes to make sure you start your weekend off on the right foot. 

We have a bunch of different healthy pancake recipes that we love - but lately, there's been a new favourite on the block!

These Peanut Flour Pancakes are absolutely delllllliccccccccccious because they're super thick and fluffy! Whether they're eaten hot or cold (as I told you yesterday - I have a random obsession with cold pancakes at the moment), topped with peanut butter or butter and syrup or eaten straight up, they're so so good!

Gluten Free Thick and Fluffy Peanut Flour Pancakes Recipe - low fat, gluten free, refined sugar free, peanut flour recipes, healthy pancake recipes, high protein

I've been loving them topped with peanut butter (or a mix of peanut butter and coconut oil!) with a side of fresh, juicy strawberries (as you know if you've read SIL for a while, there's no such thing as too much PB in Kristy's world) whilst Jesse likes his with butter and maple syrup. 

The best pancakes (in our minds at least) are those which are thick, soft and fluffy and these pancakes are exactly that! They even have a significant amount of protein and iron so they're a super win ;) 

So let me share the recipe with you >> 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Recent Things: Delicious Eats + A New Recipe!

Recent Eats and a New Healthy Dinner Recipe

Phew! I feel like I've hardly had a chance to take a breath this week. We've been go go go but we've still had time to create some deeeeeelicious meals - so this week we're doing things a little bit differently with our Recent Things post! 

I'm sharing lots of delicious eats and a super simple but oh so delicious recipe that we enjoyed for dinner last night!

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