There’s your protein shake!

Did you know that if you mix chickpeas and rice milk together you have a complete protein? No more having to resort to processed protein powders with their potential for serious damage to your liver and kidneys.

Protein shake chickpeas rice milk

Thanks to one of those quirky bits of science, if you mix the humble chickpea with rice you get a resulting mixture that is a complete protein. It might be a bit hard to drink like that but by substituting rice milk we get a liquid result that can rightly be called a “protein shake”. Admittedly it’s not very tasty as is so Molly brings it to life with the addition of other goodies like bananas, frozen berries, yoghurt etc.

What is a complete protein? From Wikipedia :

complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. 

You can find more information on chickpeas in Molly’s earlier post, “Chickpeas Champion of Champions“.

Try Molly’s Protein Shake, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, I was.

Molly's Protein Shake


  • 100g chickpeas. (We use a 400g can between the two of us. Yes, a 400g can will only yield about 200g of chickpeas.)
  • 300ml rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 heaped teaspoon LSA mix
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt


  • Place all ingredients in a blender, mix, pour into a glass and drink. We get good results just using a stick blender with the ingredients in a jug.

All measurements are per person.
The only required ingredients are the chickpeas and the rice milk, all the other ingredients can be varied in both content and quantity as you like. Experiment to get your own favourite mix.
LSA mix is ground linseeds, sunflower kernels and almonds. Readily available at supermarkets and health food shops.
We have suggested canned chickpeas as being a readily available source but you could of course prepare your own chickpeas from raw in bulk and freeze individual portions.

Mike’s Tomato Marinade

This marinade mix is absolutely beautiful and can be used with any proteins, or on a sandwich.

Mike's Tomato Marinade


  • 3 tablspoons of Lemon infused Olive oil, or use plain olive oil and grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest into the mix
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1 tspn fructose
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 1 tspn Smoky paprika
  • ½ tspn chilli powder or chilli sauce or tobasco or use a fresh cayenne pepper.


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  • Cool.
  • Can be used immediately, or stored in fridge for several days.


Mollys Magic Mix

MollysMagixMix-productThis was included in an earlier post in the Medicine Chest but to make it easier to find we are now including it as a separate post in the Recipes category.

This is a recipe that I get most of my patients to make and use at the first sign of a cold or flu. It can be quite chilli hot, however you can control that ‘chilli heat’ aspect of the mixture. It is not really suitable for children under fifteen years old, nor for anyone with any active digestive problems such as ulcers.

Molly's Magic Mix

A very efficacious remedy to alleviate the discomfort of colds and flus.


  • 1 large Onion
  • 3 or 4 
Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch piece of Ginger
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Cayenne powder or you could use a fresh chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder


  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and store in the fridge
  2. To use it, make a cup of boiling water, add one level teaspoon of the mixture, add honey to taste plus juice of ½ lemon
  3. Have three or four cups a day.
  4. This is a tasty, but more importantly, a very effective remedy.


Herbal Paste

You have probably seen the tubes of herbal pastes in the supermarket, or seen them advertised on TV. They are a great idea and a way that you can have annual herbs all year around for  your cooking delights!  Now you can make your own without any of the chemical preservatives added.

If you are a herb grower, now that the annual seasonal herbs are at their end, you probably have some bushes that are heavy with leaves and you may be wondering what can you do with them. You can dry them or you can make this paste. 

If you don’t grow any herbs but would like to make the pastes yourself, you can simply go to your local market and buy some fresh herbs. You will need a couple of bunches of each herb.

Herbs that work well for pastes are:

  • parsley
  • basil
  • coriander
  • oregano
  • mint
  • lemon balm
  • marjoram
  • chives

All you need are the herbs, olive oil and a food processor. The amount of olive oil is dependent on the amount of herbs you have, and the consistency that you like.

You can keep the paste in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or you can freeze the paste in ice cube trays. 


Wash and dry the herbs. Remove the leaves from the stems. Place the herbs in the food processor and add small amounts of the oil until you have a consistency you are happy with. 

Carpet freshener

This is a lovely blend of essential oils that will freshen up your carpet.  Simple to make and free of nasty chemicals. You can combine the oils, or use any one of them.

Carpet Freshener

  • 1 cup Bicarb soda 
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Cinnamon

You need a wide-mouthed jar with a lid. Add the bicarb and all the essential oils. Close the lid tightly and shake well to distribute the oils.  Allow 24 hours for the oils to infuse into the bicarb soda.   Sprinkle over your carpet and allow to sit for 15 – 30 minutes, then vacuum the powder. A bonus is that your vacuum cleaner will smell great too!

Oregano Paste

Here is a healthy winter drizzle!

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a really prized herb that I have growing in my garden. It is very easy to grow and is a perennial, so you have access to it all year. Great on pizza and in any italian dishes. It has  powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal  and anti-parasitic properties and  it is good for digestion as well. It contains many nutrients; iron, magnesium, calcium,vitamin E, vitamin C and some of the vitamin B group.

Oregano is a very strong flavoured herb, and for a good reason, you don’t need much of it to get good flavour and a great many health benefits. Pick a couple of leaves and add to a cup of herb tea to help fight off those head colds during winter.

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Molly’s 1 minute cake

A cake in 1 minute? 


Feel like a piece of cake, but don’t have the time to make one?  Here is a recipe that can cure that time problem, and give you a yummy cake to eat.

This little cake is cooked in a microwave.!  I know, a microwave! I don’t often use a microwave, more to heat plates, or defrost the dogs meat. Well now, for the purpose of my cake cravings,  I surrender to technology and the power of the microwave!

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