Author Jean Morrison
Crunchy Nut Loaf
A diet rich in nuts is now being hailed as a healthy diet despite nuts always being considered a fatty food. Large scale studies have shown that regular consumption of nuts is capable of reducing heart problems, type 2 diabetes and dementia amongst other problems. The reason why is not yet understood.
This nut loaf can be served hot for dinner and the left-overs are delicious, cold the next day
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Quantity: Serves 4
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2 cups of cornflakes, wheat flakes or crushed Weetbix
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup ground almonds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, grated
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Cook celery, onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Grease a non-stick loaf tin and spoon mixture into the tin. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 35 - 40 minutes or till firm.
If you don't have a non-stick loaf tin then use an ordinary loaf tin but line it with grease-proof paper first.
This is delicious both hot and cold.
Onions are high in energy and have good amounts of B6, B1, and Folic acid in them. They contain chemicals which fight free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals cause disease and destruction in our cells. Onions have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in them. These properties are most potent when the onion is eaten raw. Onions raise the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol and they lower the levels of the bad LDL cholesterol.
Carrots are native to Afghanistan. Originally they had a yellow flesh and a purple exterior. Carrots were first grown as a medicine and not a food. Just one carrot supplies enough vitamin A for an entire day. In fact, they have the highest Vitamin A content of any vegetable. Carrots have high levels of the anti-oxidant beta carotene which is reputed to help fight cancer and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
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