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Blog Post Tuesday 02 May 2017

13 Energy-Saving Recipes to Try

13 Energy-Saving Recipes to Try

 

Raw eating has become a popular health trend, but we’re excited about another benefit of eating uncooked food... When you avoid roasting, baking and frying, you’re not only keeping out of the heat in the kitchen, you’re saving on your energy bills too. And the good news is, eating raw doesn’t have to mean carrot sticks and limp lettuce - check out these easy and delicious no-cooking-required recipes.

 

Breakfast

Overnight oats in a jar 

Delicious, healthy and easy to prepare, these overnight oats from Skinnytaste are a quick and simple breakfast (and Pinterest favourite) that can be made with loads of different ingredients. Raw oats, chia seeds, crushed nuts, berries, greek yoghurt and a non-dairy milk make for a fresh breakfast that can be made in a minute. 

Raw pancakes 

Pancakes usually go hand in hand with well, a pan, but these raw pancakes from the Rawtarian are so delicious and rich you might not be able to eat more than one in a sitting! With ground flaxseed, coconut oil, a natural sweetener like agave or maple syrup, salt and water, all these pancakes require is a little mixing and molding. Serve with seasonal fruit and enjoy.

 

Lunch

Smashed White Bean Avocado Club Sandwich

There’s nothing better than a ripe avocado. Keep it simple with this recipe that keeps avo the star of the show. Sprouts, cucumber, red onion and white beans with fresh bread combine to make a sandwich so fresh and delicious you’ll want it for dinner, too.

 

Salads

Watermelon, Feta & Pomegranate Salad

Sweet meets salty in this refreshing salad recipe. Make the most of fresh, seasonal produce served as simply as possible to save on energy and maximise taste. This dish is super easy to prepare and there’s no need to get fussy about quantities - there’s no such thing as too much feta!

Peach and Avocado Summer Salad

Peach and avocado were made to be eaten together in this delicious salad. Prepare this dish with fruit and veg as fresh as can be for a flavour sensation complemented by the sweet, tangy dressing. This salad is jam packed with fibre, Vitamin E, fibre, potassium and antioxidants. Plus, it tastes so good you’ll make it again and again.

 

Dinners

Raw Vegan Manicotti

If you haven’t tried zucchini ribbons as a pasta substitute, you’re missing out. This simple recipe for raw vegan manicotti teams fresh zucchini with marinara sauce, chunks of avocado and vegan cashew cheese. It looks good and tastes even better!

Raw Veggie Stir Fry

The benefits of maximising the amount of veggies in your diet go without saying. Eating your vegetables with as little exposure to heat as possible keeps their nutrients intact, meaning this raw veggie stir fry enhances your nutritional intake while still tasting great. For a totally raw dish, try pairing it with raw cauliflower rice.

Roast Beef Summer Rolls

Use leftover roast beef for these fresh Vietnamese summer rolls. For a burst of flavour, make this raw dipping sauce with garlic, lime juice, chopped herbs, brown sugar and fish sauce. Preparing your rice paper rolls will only require warm water and no pots and pans. Even better, they’re low calorie!

 

Desserts

Raw cakes

Vegan cheesecake might sound like a tall order, but this raw vegan lime cheesecake recipe is so delicious you might never go back to making the real deal. Made with cashews and coconut, it’s a rich, decadent treat that only requires the fridge for setting.

And what would dessert be without chocolate? This recipe for raw chocolate cupcakes is packed with nutrient and essential fatty acids, with natural sweetness coming from dates and the chocolate fix from magnesium and iron rich cacao and cocoa.

 

Other energy saving recipes 

If you’d prefer something a little less raw, there are still ways to save energy on your cooking. Did you know that slow cooking is a super economical and efficient way to cook? In fact, most slow cookers use roughly the same amount of energy as a light bulb.
When you think of slow-cooking, casseroles, soups and meaty stews might come to mind. But you don’t need to wait until the height of winter to get the slow cooker out of storage. Check out these tasty slow cooked recipes. 

Cake for breakfast

This I Quit Sugar recipe for Blueberry and Carrot Breakfast Cake breaks all the rules your mum told you about eating cake for breakfast, using the slow cooker to keep the nutrients from the blueberries and carrot in.

Frittata with Kale, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta

Keep the slow cooker out to make this delicious frittata from Kalyn’s Kitchen for lunch. This light, vegetarian recipe will cook while you go about your day, and keep you healthy - it’s low-carb, low GI, gluten free and meatless. But don’t worry, it still manages to taste great.

Shredded Korean Pork

Both sweet and spicy, this slow cooked Korean pulled pork from Slender Kitchen can be used in all sorts of dishes. Pulled pork is packed with flavour and makes a perfect match with a number of meals, from sandwiches to burritos, salads and wraps. It’ll smell so good you’ll have a hard time not eating it straight from the slow cooker!

Saving energy doesn’t end with keeping an eye on the air conditioner - bring energy saving into the kitchen and enjoy some delicious, healthy meals.