So last week I was approached by the lovely people at Lactofree and asked to be one of their Ambassadairies. This means you will be seeing more recipe fun on the blog over the coming months as they set me challenges to see what exciting things I can come up with using their range of dairy products that contain no lactose. You can read about Lactofree here from when I created some recipes with their products in the summer.
The incredible and magical genius that is the Nutri Ninja is my latest ‘can’t live without’ kitchen gadget. That monster whips things up in no time. In fact, both of the recipes featured in this post need no cooking whatsoever. They are clean and healthy and make packing that work lunch so much easier. A definite win for me.
Creamy Tomato Soup – Serves 4
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 medium onion
1 large carrot
1 garlic clove
100ml Lactofree whole milk
1 tablespoon of avocado oil
50g Lactofree mature cheddar
Roughly chop the onion, carrot, garlic and chilli. Pop them in the Nutri Ninja with the Lactofree milk and avocado oil. Pulse until smooth.
Tip a portion into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes on high or until hot. You can obviously do this in a pan but the microwave was too easy for me not to take advantage of. Grate your Lactofree mature cheddar and sprinkle on top.
I can’t find a simpler tomato soup recipe and this one tastes so fresh. The Nutri Ninja also has portable lids so I can just whizz some up and pop it in the fridge. Hello a week of work lunches!
So that’s lunch but what about breakfast?
Apple and Almond Butter Chia Smoothie – Serves 1
1 tablespoon almond butter (you can use any nut butter really, I used Hognuts caramel amaretto macchiato cashew and it worked really well)
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (I used MyProtein Elle True Diet)
4-5 ice cubes
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
Approximately 300ml Lactofree whole milk
1 teaspoon of cacao nibs (optional)
Combine the chia seeds with a tablespoon of water and leave for 10 minutes until they swell. Roughly chop your apple and put all the ingredients into the Nutri Ninja. Top up to the ‘max fill’ line with Lactofree milk. Pulse until smooth. Enjoy.
I have said the cacao nibs are optional but they give this smoothie the most wonderful bitter chocolate taste with a slight nuttiness. One of these will keep you full until lunchtime
So there you have it! Thanks to Lactofree for setting my first Ambassadairy challenge. Keep your eyes peeled for more over the coming months and make sure you let me know what you do with your Nutri Ninja because I am now addicted to it! There’s plenty of other easy recipes on the Lactofree website.