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Chia Seed Recipes

The tiny and humble chia seed has become a star player in the health food scene in recent years, rising to superfood status and becoming a big part of healthy diets everywhere.

Chia seeds are exceptionally high in fibre, fatty acids, protein, and minerals. They look very much like poppy seeds but act like tapioca, swelling up and turning gelatinous when soaked in liquid. This unique quality makes chia seeds great for making no-cook pudding, jelling low-sugar jams, replacing eggs, and more tricks that come in especially handy in raw and vegan cooking. 

Try your hand at these delicious recipes and start incorporating chia seeds into your own daily diet.

Banana-Peanut Butter Chia Seed Muffins 

Raspberry-Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers

Pineapple-Papaya Smoothie with Chia

Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Mousse

Our Favourite Hazelnut Recipes

Heart-healthy, high in vitamins and minerals and oh-so-delicious, hazelnuts add a nutty and fragrant flavour to any dish. We all know hazelnuts go perfectly with chocolate, but have you tried them with cheese and even vegetables? Hazelnuts are irresistible in baked goods and desserts, and equally delightful in savoury vegetable dishes, pastas and appetisers. We’ve selected five of our favourite hazelnut recipes for you to try (including one for homemade nutella!). 

Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread by Dave Liberman

Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread from Cooking Light

Toasted Hazelnut Salad with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnut Vinaigrette from Epicurious

Homemade Nutella from The Splendid Table

Roasted Pumpkin Hazelnut Crostini from Annie’s Eats

 

J. Kang

Black Sesame Recipes

 

 

Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they pack a whole lot of flavour and nutrition in that little package! Sesame seeds are an excellent source of minerals, especially copper and manganese. They also contain two unique substances are sesamin and sesamolin, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. Black sesame in particular has more calcium than its white counterpart, and a higher level of antioxidants.

Black sesame is especially popular with Singaporeans in warm, comforting Chinese desserts like glutinous rice dumplings and black sesame soup. That irresistible nutty taste is delicious in all kinds of recipes, from noodles to stir-fries and even cookies and ice cream!

Get a bag of our natural black sesame seeds and try some of these recipes at home.

 

Vegan Black Sesame Milkshakes by Feed Me Phoebe 

Black Sesame Ice Cream by Just One Cookbook
 

Black Sesame Dumplings (Tang Yuan) by Rasa Malaysia


Black Sesame Soup by Dim Sum Central

Black Sesame Macarons by Fork to Belly

Sesame Cookies by Just One Cookbook

Black Sesame Bread by Bake with Paws

Cooking with Maple Syrup

Maple syrup. Two words that conjure thoughts of lazy Sunday mornings, fluffy pancakes and blissful breakfasts.

This natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system.

Maple syrup is so much more than just a waffle topping — its natural sweetness and deep flavour is delicious in all kinds of dishes, from salad dressings and marinades to vegetable dishes and even cocktails! Here are some of our favourite ways to cook with maple syrup.

Maple Candied Bacon by the Clever Carrot  
If you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, you’d be wrong. Glazing bacon with maple syrup creates a sticky caramelised coating that pairs perfectly with the smokiness of the meat. Pure heaven.

Maple Spiced Candied Nuts by Kitchen Simplicity  
Half sweet, half spicy, this super addictive glaze is so good you’d better make an extra batch of the recipe — because you can never get enough!

Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail by Cook the Story
This cocktail is a wonderful mix of sweet, tangy and bubbly — the perfect way to welcome your guests.

Maple Mustard Chicken Wings by Chowhound 
This one’s for all you chicken wing lovers out there! Savoury soy, sharp mustard, sweet maple and a hint of spicy cayenne make for the best barbecue marinade.

Maple and Mustard Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts by Serious Eats
Throw your vegetables and salmon into the oven with the simplest of ingredients for a quick and easy dinnertime treat.

Drink Your Cranberries!

This National Day, beat the heat and serve your guests a refreshing fruity beverage in a patriotic shade of red!

Have you tried our cranberry/blackcurrant drink made from berries grown in the USA? Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, cranberries and blackberries have cancer-fighting, inflammation prevention and immune system-boosting properties, amongst many health benefits. 

There’s no more tasty way to get your antioxidants than in a naughty cocktail or family-friendly fruit punch. Our cranberry/blackcurrant juice will go perfectly in any of these super simple recipes.

Green Tea Cranberry Spritzer by Martha Stewart

Cranberry Martini from AllRecipes.com

Cranberry Lemonade Punch by Geoffrey Zakaraian 

Mixed Berry Smoothie from Ocean Spray

Apple, Ginger and Cranberry Vodka Cocktail from What Katie Ate 

Watermelon-Cranberry Mocktail from Yummly.com

 

 

 

10 Delicious Ways to Cook Polenta

 

Polenta, a Northeast Italian staple made from cornmeal, has got to be one of the most versatile ingredients in your pantry. Make it into a porridge for breakfast, serve it as a side with a hearty stew, cut it into fries, or bake it into a beautiful cake for dessert – the options are endless. As an added bonus, polenta is a great option for vegetarians and people on gluten-free diets. Whether you prefer yours creamy and soft, or crispy and firm, there’s a polenta recipe out there waiting to grace your table.

Here are ten wonderful recipes to show off your polenta repertoire.

 

1. Cheesy polenta and mushroom pizza by Woman’s Day

2. Baked polenta fries with garlic tomato sauce by Oh My Veggies

3. Sweet buttered polenta pancakes with fresh summer berries by Half-baked Harvest

4. Brown butter scallops with polenta by the Gourmet Gourmand

5. Fried polenta with avocado and poached egg breakfast by The Kitchen Paper

6. Orange polenta cake by BBC Good Food

7. Polenta cookies by Food 52

8. Baked polenta-crusted chicken thighs by She Knows

9. Spinach & mushroom polenta stacks by The Flavor Bender

10. Baked polenta with classic chicken parmesan by Cooking and Beer

Foodsterr's Polenta

- Joanna Kang 

Delicious Pecan Recipes

 

The rich, buttery taste of pecans makes them one of the most popular nuts for baking, snacking and a whole host of other treats. With more than 19 vitamins and minerals, pecans are also good for you. Pecans are high in health unsaturated fat and just a handful a day can lower your bad cholesterol.

We found six great recipes that showcase the delicious flavor and crunch of pecans.

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie Smoothie by The Blender Girl  
Whether or not you’re observing a vegan diet, this healthy vegan maple pecan pie smoothie will taste so good you’ll forget it’s also super nutritious.

Salted Pecan Caramel Popcorn by The Pioneer Woman
Sweet caramel, crunchy pecans and just a hint of salt take popcorn to the next level.

Healthy Pecan Berry Coffee Cake by Eating Well 
Apple replaces some of the butter in this recipe, making it a healthier choice for your next teatime snack.

Chilli-Lime Pecans by Southern Living  
If you love spice like we do, you’ll have to try these seriously addictive chilli-lime pecans!

Mixed Green Salad with Pecans, Goat Cheese and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette  
Pecans are a fantastic addition to any salad, giving added texture and crunch to every bite.

Croissant French Toast with Pecans  
For a decadent brunch treat, you can’t go wrong with this simple French toast recipe.

Raisin Recipes We Love

 

Raisins pack so much nutrition in a tiny package. When grapes are dehydrated to produce raisins, the nutrients become more concentrated, making them rich in vitamin B, iron and potassium. These nutrients help support your immune system, lower your blood pressure and regulate your metabolism.

Raisins are a great snack for kids, and they also make tasty additions to all kinds of baked goods, salads and side dishes. Here are four of our favourite classic raisin recipes. Try these at home this weekend!

Soft Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction  
Classic oatmeal raisin cookies are an all-time favourite treat and this one by Sally’s Baking Addiction certainly sets the bar high, with chewy oatmeal and sweet raisins in a buttery batter, kissed with a touch of cinnamon.

Granola by Alton Brown
The Food Network’s Alton Brown pulls out all the stops with his highly rated granola recipe. This one calls for a full cup of raisins, with lots of added crunch and texture from almonds, cashews and coconut. Try this and you’ll never go back to store-bought granola.

Norma’s Apple Raisin Cabbage Slaw by Just a Pinch  
This super refreshing coleslaw recipe has a lovely sweetness, thanks to the addition of raisins and apple slices. It’s a no-fail way to get kids and adults alike to enjoy their vegetables!

Couscous with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Capers by Emily Han  
Nothing could be simpler than this couscous recipe – all you have to do is boil the couscous and mix it in with sautéed onions and the other ingredients. You’ll have an elegant side dish in no time that will impress your guests.

 

Joanna Kang

16 Ways to Eat Pumpkin Seeds

 

We may still be months away from pumpkin season, but thanks to our convenient pumpkin seed packs you can enjoy these chewy, tasty, super nutritious morsels any time!

With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package.

 

Pumpkin seeds are known to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, protect against osteoporosis, promote restful sleep and lower depression. Studies have also shown that they can help prevent kidney stone formation, reduce inflammation for arthritis and boost prostate health.

With all these health benefits, we found 16 versatile recipes that will take you from breakfast through to dinner, including a whopping 10 different ways to spice up your plain pumpkin seeds!

Breakfast

Pumpkin Seed Nut Bread by Running to the Kitchen

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola by the Minimalist Baker

Lunch

Baby Spinach, Avocado and Pumpkin Seed Salad by Nigella Lawson

Pumpkin Seed Pesto by Whole Foods Market

Dinner

Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce by Saveur

Dessert

Pumpkin Seed Brittle by Epicurious

 All-day Snacks

10 Ways to Spice up Pumpkin Seeds by Chowhound

Cranberry Recipes

 

The perfect combination of tart and sweet, cranberries are not just delicious – they have one of the highest nutrient and antioxidant contents. Cranberries have many great health benefits, including lowered risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more. Ruby red dried cranberries are a great way to enjoy all these health benefits. Here are some of our favorite cranberry recipes, from cookies and scones to a refreshing salad and delectable baked brie appetizer.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies by Trisha Yearwood 

Sweet, creamy white chocolate complements the tartness of cranberries nicely in this super easy recipe.

Cranberry Spinach Salad by Jamie Hensley 

Cranberries are a great way to spice up any salad. Add your favourite protein to this dish to make it a complete meal.

Cranberry Orange Scones by Ina Garten 

Orange zest and juice bring a wonderful fragrance to these scones by the legendary Ina Garten.

Cranberry Nut Granola by Giada de Laurentiis 

This homemade granola recipe packs a punch with both dried cranberries and unsweetened cranberry juice. Mixed with warm cinnamon and maple syrup, it makes for a comforting breakfast.

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie by Damn Delicious 

This dish is as simple, elegant, and that oozing cheese makes it absolutely irresistible. Just ten minutes of preparation later, you’re on your way to a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Check out our cranberries!

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