Review of Delicious Alchemy rice flake porridge

Delicious Alchemy sent me their porridge alternative to try, just rice flakes, no oats in this porridge ! Completely gluten free and dairy free.

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I have to say I was not sure about this idea, but on the other hand I do miss a bowl of porridge in the winter.

So I decided to give it a go.

The packaging is very smart and definitely draws you in,

It may just be that I’m getting old, but I struggled to read the tiny instructions on the packet. Tiny white writing on a blue background did not make it easy.

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The porridge was easy to make I chose to make in a saucepan but it can easily be made in the microwave.

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In just a few minutes it was a lovely porridge like consistency . I decided to taste it plain first, now this rice porridge does not contain sugar in any form. Due to this obviously the rice porridge is not overly pleasant on its own. But adding plenty of cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup it transformed into a delicious breakfast. I actually added only the tiniest amount to sweeten. Honey would have worked well too. Berries would be a nice topping too.

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I have to say I was very surprised I really liked it and would definitely buy it, especially in the winter, I think it would be good on camping trips to, as easy to make and very substantial and filling.

I made mine using un sweetened almond milk but could be made with any milk substitute or made with cows milk too.

You could also have this as a quick and easy pudding.

This packet is 450g and on the natures health box website £3.49

real comfort food!

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Gluten free and low sugar breakfast ideas

I really believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Since changing my diet I was surprised  and pleased to find I no longer felt hungry by 11am. I was always desperate for a mid morning sweet snack, now I have to remind myself to have lunch.

The key ingredient for my favourite Breakfasts is free range eggs, cooked in a good healthy fat . You just can’t beat them! healthy, reasonably priced and naturally gluten free. No need to just eat the whites, the entire egg is a healthy addition to your diet and contains good fat.

Embrace good fat, coconut oil, butter and cheese etc . All are great for breakfast and really fill you up! Avoid the sugar not the fat.

Here are some ideas

For frying I use either coconut oil or butter. you notice the taste of the coconut initially but we no longer can taste it in my cooking.

Cooked Breakfasts –

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

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Naturally smoked fish fillet with poached eggs

Bacon and eggs either fried poached, scrambled etc optional extras fried tomatoes, mushrooms

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Ham and or cheese omelette

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Veggie Omelette with cheese, I use courgettes but you could use peppers, onions , tomatoes etc

Scrambled eggs with spinach, onion and finely chopped bacon or ham

For a full english Gluten free breakfast Sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes. Maybe even some gluten free black pudding!

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Grain free bread or American grain free biscuit  ( a little like an english scone  ) with bacon

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Fried Eggs on grain free or occasionally homemade gluten free toast. Helen’s gluten free homemade bread  or Sukrin gluten free bread toasted

other ideas for occasional breakfasts – 

Porridge with no added sugar. watch out for added raisins as they have a very high sugar content. Serve with a little honey, dextrose or cinnamon. Good with a dash of double cream

Homemade grain free or gluten free pancakes served with fruit or a little honey or dextrose and lemon

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Homemade banana pancakes fried in coconut oil, these contain sugar from the bananas so best to eat in moderation.

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Grain free Muffin cinnamon or lemon and poppy seed or savoury muffin for a quick breakfast on the run

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Cold Breakfasts –

Full fat plain greek yoghurt ( We use Yeo valley ) with homemade Granola. oat free version, sugar free version with fresh berries

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Fresh fruit with or without full fat plain greek yoghurt. Better to eat fruit rather than drink as a juice or smoothie due to the high level of sugar

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Cold platter of cheese, ham or mackerel and boiled egg

Hope these ideas will inspire you.

Ditch all the sugar filled cereals and fruit smoothies, you will notice the difference very quickly.

 

What will you have for breakfast tomorrow?

 

Gluten free Sausage and Courgette Muffins

These muffins make a delicious quick breakfast or handy lunch. I used Marks and Spencer Gloucester old spot gluten free pork sausages which are delicious. Any gluten free sausages would work well.

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Sausage and Courgette Muffins –

240g gluten free plain flour

2tsp baking powder gluten free

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp sea salt

60g parmesan

2 large eggs

250g full fat Greek yoghurt

4tbsp olive oil or melted butter

200g grated courgette

100g cooked chopped gluten free sausages add more if you prefer

1 tbsp herbs or 1tsp paprika

Pre heat oven 200c

First mix dry ingredients

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in a second bowl mix wet ingredients yoghurt, eggs and oil

Add wet ingredients to the flour etc

Stir in well, then add courgettes,parmesan, cooked sausages and seasoning

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spoon into muffin cases. try silicone or waxed cases to avoid muffins sticking to case.

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Bake for 18-20mins at 200c

cool and enjoy.

The muffins freeze well too.

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store in airtight container, refresh in microwave for 10-20 seconds

Happy gluten free Baking!