In these uncertain times it is going to be important to conserve your financial resources. These foods and meals are very cheap and easy to make. While still being nutritious, providing you with important building blocks for boosting your immune system and staying healthy. No need to buy those expensive pills and supplements. Save the UberEats for a real treat.
Now you are working from home, or in self imposed isolation or state imposed lockdown. You will have the time to prepare your own meals.
I will start with dessert (pudding). Thats just how we do things Down Under.
CHIA SEED PUDDING
I like to have a small quantity of fruit at the bottom of the pudding. But you can also decorate by placing fruit on top. Or add a layer of natural yoghurt, which gives a nice tart contrasting taste. Be brave and experiment with different combinations.
Chop the grapes into quarters and blueberries in half. This releases the natural fruit juices, make them go further and easier to eat.
In a larger bowl add 4 cups of liquid and 16 tablespoons of Chia Seeds, (Ratio 4:1). Stir the seeds to prevent going lumpy. It only takes 5 minutes to thicken up. You can add more Chia Seeds as required to get it to thicken up.
For the liquid I have been using a quality fruit juice. Pear (43.6%) Orange (40%) Apple (11.5%) Pineapple (3.1%) Passionfruit (0.5%) Mango Purée (1.3%). I found using straight juice a bit too sweet, so with the latest batch I watered it down and used 2 1/2 cups fruit juice and 1 1/2 cups of water.
Update March 29 - Yeah nah! Watering it down ( 2 1/2 cups fruit juice to 1 1/2 cups water) was not yummy at all.
The type of liquid is up to you and will vary based on preference and dietary restrictions. You can also use plant-based milks like almond milk, cashew milk and coconut milk. They will give the Chia Seed pudding a creamy consistency.
Full-fat canned coconut milk is great if you’re looking to increase the thickness and make a really filling breakfast, snack out of the Chia Seed pudding. It’s also a great option if you follow the paleo or keto diets.
Spoon the mixture on top of the chopped up fruit. The above quantities will make 4 small bowls. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or over night.
Update March 29
My wife got back from Brasil last Sunday and has been in self isolation. Only 7 days to go. We have an outdoor table across the back entrance and I place her food on the table. We have to keep at least 2 metres social distancing. She didn't feel like her pudding last night, so is having it for her breakfast. With some scoops of Mundella Natural Yoghurt (Probiotic) on top. So will be interesting to see her reaction to the watered down version.
A friend dropped off a bag of home grown organic guavas last night. My wife has been opening them to check for fruit fly grubs. All good so far. Will make a perfect combination with the Chia Seed Pudding.
When I was back in New Zealand last winter, I bought a "Chia" drink at a cafe. It was just a runny (liquid) version of the Chia Seed pudding. The texture and flavour was amazing. I even took a photo of the bottle hoping to find it was available in Perth, but alas no.
Healthy Guilt Free Chocolate
Yes it does exist and is not that horrible carob substitute. Yuk.
I went to stay the weekend with friends in Pinjarra and always travel with a supply of chocolate.
I offered their daughter Kacey some chocolate but she shook her head. Kacey couldn't have chocolate because she is dairy and gluten intolerant. Well did her eyes light up when I told her the Healthy Guilt Free Chocolate doesn't contain the nasties.
The next day we bought the necessary ingredients for Kacey to make her own Healthy Guilt Free Chocolate. Some had 2 blueberries inside and the rest coconut chips. The blueberry chocolates were just amazing.
For the full recipe
The Cacao Powder comes from Ecuador and the Cacao Butter from Peru. So I am not sure when we will be able to get ingredients again. But if we stick to our rations then we should be right for about 12 months. It contains a couple of mood enhancers, so is very important to our survival and sanity.
No Zombie is getting near our stash.
Now we have got the most important food group out of the way, over the next few days I will post further recipes and food ideas.
For the time being, I have had enough of the Doom and Gloom, hopefully that has been purged out of my system. So I apologise to my followers and casual readers if some of my posts have been "tragicômico". But writing about shit definitely helps me deal with all the shit.
It's time for some positivity. And yes I have just had my daily ration of Healthy Guilt Free Chocolate, so feeling pretty good.
Note: The cover picture was taken by our son Dayna-Lee at Sorrento Beach, Perth, WA. Those dots are me and my wife enjoying an evening cool down.
Stay Safe and Look After Your Family.