Spiced Poached Pears
If you’re looking for a different way to incorporate more fruit and spices in your diet, and are craving a dessert, why not try these poached pears?
Pears are especially rich in folate, vitamin C and minerals copper and potassium and offer dietary fibre, which promotes overall digestive health and are also a good source of polyphenol and antioxidants.
Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels and the antioxidants and polyphenols in cinnamon also possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Star anise contains linalool, vitamin C, shikimic acid and anethole and is packed with antioxidants.
Cloves are antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic and are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamins. and minerals; especially manganese.
4 medium pears
1 litre of water
juice and zest of 1 orange
8 - 10 cloves
3 - 4 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
4 tbsp honey
3 tbsp maple syrup
In a saucepan, heat the water with the orange juice, honey and maple syrup to a simmer and add the spices and orange zest.
Meanwhile peel the pears and remove the cores, then place them in the liquid and cover with a round of baking paper with a small hole in the centre.
Let it simmer for 30-40 minutes until the pears are cooked through, remove from the heat and let them cool down in their own liquid.
After the pears have cooled down, remove them from the liquid. Pass the liquid through a sieve and reduce to a syrup. Pour over the pears to serve. Great on it’s own or serve with vanilla ice cream.
Slow Cooked Turkey Meatballs with Garlic Cream Sauce
Have you been finding it hard to get ingredients from your local supermarket? There always seems to be turkey mince left behind so I created this yummy recipe! Easy in-expensive meal the whole family will love, my toddler loved it!
500g Turkey Mince
70g Flax Almond Baking Meal or breadcrumbs if you prefer
1 grated zucchini and/or carrot
Cracked black pepper to taste or 1/2 - 1 tsp (optional)
All purpose seasoning 1/2 - 1 tsp
2 tsp butter
300ml cooking cream or thickened cream
2 cloves chopped garlic
Combine turkey mince, egg, seasonings,almond meal and grated veggies into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine well
With clean hands roll into meatballs
I made 25 small golf ball sized balls
Add butter to searing slow cooker or fry pan to lightly brown meatballs in
Gently add meatballs once butter has melted
Turn after 5mins being very careful not to break apart
After another 5mins move to slow cooking setting or transfer to slow cooker if used fry pan
Combine cream and garlic, pour over the meatballs
Slow cook on low for 1.5hrs
On carb free konjac spaghetti/noodles/angel hair
Or zucchini zoodles
Or if you are eating wheat, serve with your spaghetti of choice.
The sauce turns out so garlicky, and the meatballs are moist, its so delicious!
Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs, it has been used for centuries to help us fight cold and flu symptoms.