Almond Cranberry Salted Chocolate Bark

December 15, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Make these Almond Cranberry Salted Chocolate Bark. Easy beautiful edible gifts in 10 minutes.

Almond Cranberry Salted Chocolate Bark

It’s that time of year again – gifting time! I do not celebrate Christmas, I just enjoy joining in the joy of the year end festivities and gifting. I’m not very good at gift shopping – I always struggle to think of what to get someone & the frugal me dislike the thought my gift being stored away and never used.

I personally think the best gifts are edible ones. However most of the time, the edible gifts are unhealthy commercial sweets or cookies. One or two of these is OK, too much of it will make you feel unhealthy. The good news is there are many healthy and delicious edible gifts you can make. Friends who received my Passion Fruit Vinegars last year, kept requesting for them. Sorry, I make different gifts every year. You can get more ideas on my posts Homemade Edible Gift Ideas and 30 Healthy Dessert Ideas. People love receiving gifts when it’s been made with love. Yes, I know you don’t have time to make your own gifts, neither do I. But a lot of them are sooo quick and easy, like my previous No Bake Coconut Cranberry Seed Bars recipe.  And so are these Chocolate Bark. You can make them in bulk, and add personalised topping.  Continue Reading →

30 Healthy Dessert Ideas

December 12, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 9 Comments

30 Healthy Dessert Ideas

Eating healthy does not mean we should stop having treats and desserts. Especially when the treats are made healthier and equally yummy to boot! Here’s 30 Healthy Dessert Ideas to treat yourself, made with real whole ingredients without any artificial nasties: some without refined sugar, some with healthier fats, some are naturally sweetened, some with added ‘healthy ingredient’. Like any other treats, healthier ones should also be taken moderately. Continue Reading →

No Bake Coconut Cranberry Seed Bar

December 9, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Fragrant and addictive coconut cranberry seed bar. Easy no bake munchies in 10 minutes. Refined sugar free, grain free, nut free, dairy free

No Bake Coconut Cranberry Seed Bar

Finally, I’ve discovered an awesome a no-bake bar recipe for you. And I have to warn you – these Coconut Cranberry Seed Bars are pretty addictive!

I’ve made these no-bake bars a couple of times, usually with oats, nuts & seeds. For this recipe, I made it with grain and nut free, so it can be enjoyed by everyone. As it’s that time of the year, I thought the addition of white from coconut flakes and red from dried cranberries would give it a festive feel. The finished product didn’t turn out as I earlier envisioned. In fact, it was even better with the specks of white sesame against the green pumpkin seeds and red dried cranberries. Perfect! And the fragrant coconut flakes just made me wanting to go back for more, over and over until I have to tell myself to stop. A couple of times :D Continue Reading →

Good Morning Muffins

November 29, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Scrumptious good-for-you Good Morning Muffins loaded with zucchini, carrots, buckwheat, chia seed and hemp seed. Best wheat free, gluten free, dairy free muffins ever.

Good Morning Muffins (Carrot Zucchini Muffins)

When I’m in the mood, I would have non-stop recipe creation sessions and ended up with tons of food to giveaway. Sometimes (unlucky) friends would find the flavours too funky. The damn good ones like these Good Morning Muffins get responses like: “Oh My, these are so good, when are you baking another batch again? You should sell these. ” Continue Reading →

Banana Spirulina Smoothie

November 25, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Banana Spirulina Smoothie packed with healthy fats, good carbohydrate, complete protein and green boost to fuel your day and workout.

Banana Spirulina Smoothie

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Tracy took me along to her personal training session as her husband could not make it to that session. Honestly, I’ve not been actively working out this year, just some occasional yoga practice, morning walks at the park, hike or swim. As I don’t like working out in the gym, a part of me dreaded a killer session but a part of me was so looking forward to it because I’ve been wanting to firm and strengthen my body, especially the arms and abs. Continue Reading →

Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

November 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 5 Comments

Easy weekday meal of teriyaki salmon, steamed bok choy and egg rice bowl.

Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

Fish appears often on my weekly meal, mostly local fish like mackerel, sea bass, sardines and red snapper. About once a month, salmon is my treat as they are not cheap in this part of the world.  Like most families of Chinese descent, I grew up eating fish dishes almost daily because of the belief that fish helps us become smarter -> better grades -> better jobs -> better life. Yes, Chinese are always being made fun of for only thinking about studying and making more money. I wouldn’t deny that for the majority of Chinese descendants. Continue Reading →

Multigrain Miso Porridge

November 12, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Easy hearty one-pot comfort meal packed with good-for-you multi-grains and enzyme-rich miso.

Hearty 1-pot Multigrain Miso Porridge

There’s something comforting about a bowl of piping hot porridge, even on hot days. On days when I’m under the weather, tired,  or just do not feel like cooking, rice porridge is one of my go-to meal. Spinach porridge, chicken porridge, fish porridge or egg & pepper porridge. My current favourite is Multigrain Miso Porridge, which I’m loving for breakfast too. Continue Reading →

Thai-Style Kelp Noodle Salad

November 1, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Hot, spicy and sour Thai-Style Kelp Noodle Salad, with crunchy cashew, fresh salads and juicy seafood. Every bite bursting with flavour and texture.

Thai Style Kelp Noodle Salad

I first heard about Kelp noodles from my raw food teacher Daniw Arrazola. It was the ‘noodle’ ingredient in the raw noodle recipe that she taught, but Fine Organic Gallery that sold it ran out of stock. Luck was not on my side after a couple of times of dropping by that shop, but it never occur to me to pre-order it as it wasn’t something I urgently wanted to try. Continue Reading →

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

October 17, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 16 Comments

Easy and healthy creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup, that’s bold and rich with Asian flavours.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup, with rich asian flavours

This Spicy Pumpkin Soup is one of recipes that I teach in my class and demonstration. Most pumpkin soup recipes are loaded with cream, but this Spicy Pumpkin Soup is a healthy soup recipe, bold and rich with Asian flavours. It is gluten free, vegan and a comfort to the soul. The participants love how quick and healthy it is; and packed with bold flavours. Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Buckwheat Pancake Pizza

October 11, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Turn earthy nutty buckwheat pancake into stove top pizza loaded with goodness!

Vegetarian Buckwheat Pancake Pizza (Gluten Free)

It might seem strange to some, but I don’t miss any food made with wheat. This would be an utterly absurd thought when I was first told by my naturopath 3 years ago to omit wheat among a few other food groups. I was whining and protesting. I thought I would literally “die” without bread, cakes, pasta and noodles. I wanted progress, to get better, and yet detested change. Humans are strange beings, aren’t we? Change is scary, and until we are forced to change, until we feel the pain, most of us prefer our safety net – clinging to the things we are familiar with.

Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are, for what you could become.

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