by Pandora Spox
When I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I had to make a lot of dietary changes.
We all know this is hard, but for me it was made much easier with the Magimix (MMCE) cook expert. In fact, the MMCE has made me a better cook! Overall, since owning it I have eaten better, had less washing up, and I now always have something in the freezer or fridge to eat that is healthy and homemade.
We are always on the lookout for products that can make life easier for patients and the Lyme Disease Association of Australia is proud to be able to offer the MMCE as a prize in our latest raffle.
The MMCE is a solid, smart looking machine that sits on your bench top. It functions as a cooker, cutter, slicer and mixer plus a whole bunch of other 'chef skills'! Throw in a bunch of veggies and some stock, hit the ‘soup’ button then walk away. In less than an hour you have a tasty and nutritious soup! Feel like dessert? Throw in some frozen mango and hit the ‘frozen dessert’ button and in just five minutes, you have sorbet. Yummo!
The MMCE offers multiple benefits for the sick patient, the most important one being that they can easily prepare healthy, nutrient-rich dishes with ease.
A HUGE bonus is that because you can walk away while the machine does the work, meaning that a sick patient doesn't have to stand at the kitchen bench chopping and prepping when they have limited ability to stand.
Although the MMCE was a big financial commitment for me, I stand by my decision to purchase one, as the benefits have been multiple, not only for my health but also for my time and my spirit.
If you would like to purchase a ticket for your chance to win this amazing machine here. Please feel free to share the raffle with your healthy friends who might also want to improve their kitchen life, and lessen their cooking and washing up time.
Recipes from the Experts!
Salt Bush Carrot Cake
Please credit our friends at Salt Bush Healing in Port Noarlunga in South Australia who consult with Lyme patients Australia-wide.
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
- 1 cup oil
- 1 ½ cups carrot
- 1 cup coconut
Pre heat oven to 180C (or 170C for a fan-forced oven). Lightly grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.
Using the transparent bowl and the 4mm grating blade, use the food processor setting to grate enough carrots to give you 1 ½ cups (about 3-4 large carrots).
Set aside the transparent bowl with the carrots in it and attach the metal bowl.
Place the first seven (7) ingredients in the metal bowl and select the ‘Pastry/Cake’ program. With the machine still running, after one minute add in the carrot and coconut, then complete the program.
Pour the cake batter into the cake tin and Bake 40-45 minutes.
Danielle at the My Cook Expert website, has kindly shared with us her flavoursome Bolognaise Sauce. Everything blends beautifully together to create a sauce so delicious that you won’t even miss the meat.
Take a look at the other wonderful, healthy recipes! (http://www.mycookexpert.com.au)
- 2 onions, halved
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
- 2 zucchini, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 3 tbs vegetable stock paste
- 1 tbs dried basil
- 1 tbs dried oregano
- 2 tins lentils, drained
- 2 tins tomatoes
- 100g tomato paste
- black pepper to taste
Place the onions, carrots, celery, zucchini and garlic in the thermal bowl.
EXPERT/10 seconds/speed 13/0 degrees/cap ON. Pause and scrape down sides.
EXPERT/10 seconds/speed 13/0 degrees/cap ON.
Add the olive oil.
EXPERT/25 minutes/speed 3/110 degrees/cap OFF.
Add the vegetable stock paste, basil, oregano, lentils, tomatoes, tomato paste and black pepper.
EXPERT/15 minutes/speed 5/110 degrees/cap OFF.
Another great recipe from Danielle's website is this fresh and vibrant salad, whipped up in just minutes.
- 1 carrot
- ½ wombok cabbage
- 1 bunch mint
- 1 bunch coriander
- 1 lime, juice only
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 tbs rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1 red chopped chilli, or to taste
- 2 tsp fresh ginger
To serve: roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, fried shallots and lime quarters
Using the large food processor bowl and the 2mm grating disc, grate the carrot. Change the disc to the 4mm slicing disc and slice the wombok. Pour into a mixing bowl.
Remove the slicing disc and install the master blade. Roughly process the mint and coriander leaves. Pour into the mixing bowl with the carrot and wombok.
Without cleaning the bowl place the lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, chilli, ginger and garlic in the bowl and process until smooth. Set aside.
Stir the herbs through the vegetables, pour over the dressing and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with the peanuts, sesame seeds, shallots and lime quarters.
If you can’t wait to win our raffle or you missed it, you can purchase the Cook Expert at most good kitchen shops and department stores. For more recipes and information: http://www.magimix.com.au/