Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gluten Free Broccoli & Parsley Pie

As a student of nutrition I have come to learn that parsley is one of our true superfoods out there. Truth to be told I never really cared for it much. Now on the other hand parsley has become the new favourite in my kitchen. Pie is one of these dishes that taste as good or even better the day after, making it the perfect leftover for lunch at work or for a quick dinner when getting home in the evening. Unfortunately many, including myself, avoid pie as part of their health regime. This is mainly due to its high content of bad fats. This is now ancient history since my pie consists of a good mix of fats and ingredients that will keep you on the path of healthy living. The gram flour provides a nutty taste and the combo with butter and oil makes it the best most delicious base. Buffalo mozzarella has a stronger taste and is easier to digest than mozzarella made from cows milk. Incorporate this gluten free broccoli and parsley pie in your healthy way of eating.   

Gluten Free Broccoli & Parsley Pie
3dl/150g gram (chickpea) flour
30g butter
2tbsp rapeseed oil
2tbsp filtered water

300g/medium head broccoli, cut into florets
60g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
3 eggs, whisked
100g buffalo mozarella
freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
  • Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF.
  • Combine flour, butter, oil, water and salt into a dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a 24cm/9.5inch pie dish covered with a baking sheet. 
  • Use your hands to press out the dough to cover the dish and its edges. This takes a bit of patient. Start from the centre and work your way out.
  • Steam the broccoli for 5min and transfer to the pie dish.
  • Combine the whisked eggs and parsley and pour over the broccoli.
  • Use your hands to crumble the mozzarella on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 15min.
Serves 4 as main or 6 as starter

HEALTH BENEFITS of Parsley: Parsley is concentrated with a variety of minerals and vitamins. Amongst these are energy-producing iron, heart-healthy potassium and dietary fibre, bone-building calcium and magnesium, and sleep-promoting tryptophan. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K, C and A, it cleans your body from toxins, and ease the digestion. The ancient Greeks and Romans chewed on a sprig to refresh their breath, ate the leaves to relieve digestive upset or enjoyed a cup of parsley tea for its diuretic properties.  

FREE FROM: gluten, soy, wheat, and yeast    

Don't forget to give me your feedback on your results and ask me any questions you might have. I am happy to give you the 411 on making any of the recipes as long as you are up for coming around to my place for some serious cooking fun.

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