Natural Born Feeder

Natural Born Feeder

Roz Purcell is a bestselling cookery author and entrepreneur. Roz has successfully launched a stellar media career which includes a winning role on Come Dine with Me Ireland, a guest chef appearance on TV3’s the Restaurant, and a stint as a Celebrity Bainisteor on RTE. Her passion for healthy food and lifestyle has earned her thousands of followers on social media in recent years.

Natural Born Feeder

Beet the Blues

Beet the Blues

So like most of us health conscious people I too went through a phase of everything beetroot! I still adore it, which means I haven’t over done it just yet! Im always searching for new recipes and ideas on how to cook it , in the not so traditional way.

I decided to put together 3 simple recipes based on beetroot that I think people will enjoy! A smoothie, a side dish/or dip and yes a dessert!

The smoothie
I had seen this recipe on foodflickr, a great page on twitter set up by two top nutritionalists in ireland they have wonderful recipes and great health tips!

  • 1 large fresh beetroot pre cooked and diced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 100ml apple juice

Blend them all up and viola a quick and simple energy booster! I used it as a starter before too, for a summer dinner party and it worked great!

2055The dip

It wouldn’t be a blog post without taking something from my favourite book- Jerusalem !

  • 500g cooked beetroot.
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 small red chilli deseeded
  • 250 g greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 date syrup
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Za’atar
  • pinch of salt
  • place beetroot, garlic, chilli and yogurt in food processor and blend into a smooth paste
  • transfer to a large mixing bowl and add date syrup, olive oil ,za’atar and salt.


Simple and easy! Its a great accompaniment for meat dishes like lamb, duck or even burgers! I usually top mine off with some toasted almonds & spring onions sliced!

Also you don’t have to use date syrup you could use maple or agave! You can find the spice Za’atar in Fallon & Byrne and even some asian markets.

Paleo chocolate & beetroot cake.
I saved the best till last !!!! and will make even the people who hate beetroot love it! … works as brownies also if moulded in square tin.

  • 300g beetroot cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp akacia honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil/ coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp pure cocoa
  • 125g ground almond
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt.
  • 150g dark chocolate 70% plus a little extra for serving


  1. Preheat oven 180℃
  2. Line bottom of 23 cm greaseproof tin.
  3. In a blender combine beetroot ,eggs, honey, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder & salt until creamy…
  4. Add almond flour & combine.
  5. melt chocolate and oil over low heat & add to the mixture.
  6. Bake 35-40 min
  7. Pierce to check with a skewer if it comes out clean your ready to go…


Once you take it out f the oven place the few extra squares of chocolate on top & leave them to melt then sprinkle some toasted hazelnuts on top!

I served it with coconut ice cream -the booja booja vegan one.. its amazing, however extremely expensive! So Stay tuned for a healthy ice cream recipe soon!

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