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Here’s a cute gluten-free recipe for all my friends who cannot tolerate this particular protein in their diet. Cookies are loved by one and all and there is no reason anyone should miss out on them. These ‘healthy’ almond chocolate chip cookies from King Arthur Flour use coarse almond meal instead of wheat flour making them 100% gluten free. I would recommend making an extra batch and storing it in the freezer for ’emergencies’!

ALMOND FLOUR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kitchen salt

1/8 cup butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg, room temperature

2 cups almond flour, lightly roasted

1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.

  • Combine brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter in a large bowl and mix until smooth.

  • Mix in vanilla, egg, and almond flour. Stir to combine scraping bottom and sides of bowl.

  • Mix for 1 minute at medium speed. Stir in chocolate chips so that they are well distributed.

  • Scoop the dough with a scoop one level tablespoon at a time onto prepared baking sheet.

  • Gently flatten to about 3/8″ thick. Bake the cookies for 9 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan for some 2 minutes.

  • Transfer them to a rack to cool completely and store in an airtight jar. Yields 14 cookies.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the number of times I have been posting mango flavored cakes and desserts this summer, it must be plainly obvious that they are by far my favorite seasonal fruit. Well, come on, who can resist a chilled mango lassi in this heat? The balance between the sweetness of overripe mangoes and the tangy flavour of freshly made yogurt is what gives this Indian beverage it uniqueness. A pinch of crushed cardamom is all you need to add to this childishly simple recipe from SimplyRecipes before serving. Though it mentions two servings, I think that you should double the recipe to be on the safe side; a single glass might not be enough for foodies like me.

MANGO LASSI

Ingredients:

1 cup homemade yogurt

1/2 cup full cream milk

1 cup very ripe mango, diced

1 tablespoon mango syrup

3 teaspoons honey or sugar

A dash of ground cardamom

Crushed ice cubes, to serve

Method

  • Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar, syrup and cardamom into blender, blend for 2 minutes.

  • If you want a milkshake-like consistency, blend in crushed ice or serve it over ice cubes.

  • Sprinkle with a pinch of ground cardamom before serving. Makes 2 cups of mango lassi.

  • Lassi can made ahead and kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours but are best served fresh.

Mango Lassi

I hardly ever order salad when I’m eating out but this particular salad meal caught my eye when I first visited the only Greek restaurant in Mauritius. Zorbas, a quaint coastal restaurant with a lovely view over Grand Baie, was not actually open when I stepped in for an impromptu lunch. The guys there, however, took my order and encouraged me to try their Souvlaki ‘sandwich’ – a yogurt flavored chicken salad, served along with pita bread and Tzatziki. My first encounter with the Greek Souvlaki brings back good memories and incredibly it took me this long to share it with you. The recipe, from CafeDelites, is refreshingly simple and needs no more than 30 minutes to put everything together since the marinade itself doubles up as the salad dressing. Make sure you have enough pita bread to soak it up.

GREEK SOUVLAKI CHICKEN SALAD

Ingredients:

For the Marinade

2 large chicken breasts

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

Cracked pepper

For The Tazatziki

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 Lebanese cucumber

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Pinch of kitchen salt

For The Salad

3 Lebanese cucumbers, sliced

250g cherry tomatoes

1 green pepper, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced thinly

200 g marinated Feta cheese

1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives

Method:

  • Whisk together marinade ingredients in a large, shallow dish. Pour out 1/3 cup to use as the dressing.

  • Reserve the dressing in the refrigerator for later use. Add chicken to the marinade and coat it evenly.

  • Cover chicken mixture and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Combine Tzatziki ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Toss the salad ingredients together in a salad bowl and divide them between four serving plates.

  • Heat a large grill pan or a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade.

  • Add chicken to hot pan. Sear until the chicken is cooked through, for about 5-6 minutes each side.

  • Remove chicken from the pan; allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Slice thickly and arrange on salad.

  • Slice warmed flatbreads and arrange on plates. Drizzle with reserved dressing and serve with Tzatziki.

Greek Souvlaki Chicken Salad

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