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A Taste of Morocco for Skin-Boosting Goodness

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Moroccan Skin Boosting Recipes

The Moroccan diet consists of cereals, fruits, and vegetables. It includes the important consumption of nutrient-rich foods and is considered a very healthy national cuisine. Moroccan food tends to rely on whole food ingredients that are freshly prepared, many of which have several benefits for your health and skin. Below are four skin-boosting, guilt-free recipes for you to try at home, enjoy the taste of Morocco and reap the health benefits.

Happy cooking!

Cinnamon, Banana and Tahini Smoothie

         This super easy smoothie is perfect for an on-the-go healthy breakfast. Bananas are a Moroccan secret to well-nourished skin, the vitamin A in them restores the skin’s moisture and can aid in healing dried-out skin, giving you that glow from within. Similarly, tahini is made from sesame seeds ground into a paste, sesame seeds are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin E, Calcium, B-Vitamins, Zinc, and antioxidants. All these compounds have incredible effects on the skin, helping it to stay hydrated and youthful-looking. Cinnamon is also used to enhance the flavour in the smoothie, but it also has anti-fungal, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that make it the perfect solution for acne-free skin.

You will need:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 285g Greek yoghurt
  • 120ml milk
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp tahini
  • ½tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large ice cubes

Method:

  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. Place them all into a blender
  3. Blitz until smooth, serve ice cold.
 

Serves: 2

Time: 10 minutes

Spiced Lentil & Chickpea Tahini Soup

       This is a wholesome hearty soup perfect to serve as a starter or a light lunch. It contains chickpeas and lentils which are a staple to any Middle Eastern diet. Lentils are packed with nutrients including Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and inhibits melanin production in the skin, helping to lighten pigmentation, even out the skin tone and enhance skin radiance. Chickpeas are rich in magnesium which helps to balance out the body’s fatty acids, this increases the elasticity of the skin which in turn, reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Turmeric is also used in this recipe, a spice commonly used in herbal medicine due to its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which are unmatched for targeting your pores and calming nasty spots.  

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Serves: 4

Time: 45 minutes

You will need:

-For the tahini dressing

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1tbsp tahini
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Twist black pepper

-For the soup

  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • ½tsp cinnamon
  • ½tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp paprika
  • ½tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced

 

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 5 tomatoes roughly sliced
  • 1-litre veg stock
  • 200g red split lentils, washed
  • 1tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 3 handfuls coriander, chopped roughly, extra to serve
  • 1tsp sea salt

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan and add the onions on medium heat, fry for 8 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, and salt, cook for 3 minutes, and then add the spices and tomatoes, mix well.
  3. Next, add the stock, lentils, and harissa. Bring to boil and then simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes, and then with the lid off for another 10.
  4. Add the chickpeas and coriander, stir and season well.
  5. To make the dressing, blitz all the ingredients together in a blender.
  6. Serve the soup hot with a drizzle of tahini dressing and with a sprinkle of coriander.

Chargrilled Tahini-Honey Cauliflower

         Serve this plant-based dish as a side or an easy weeknight dinner, the harissa and tahini-honey combined gives the perfect amount of sweetness and spicy, creating the most flavoursome cauliflower you will ever try! One benefit of honey is its capacity to repair, it is an anti-inflammatory, giving it the ability to treat chronic skin conditions. Consumption of healthy bacteria in honey will help reduce inflammation and redness in the skin and activate the immune system. Similarly, cauliflower contains sulforaphane which has been known to protect the skin from UV rays and in turn, skin cancer.

Serves: 4

Time: 50 minutes

You will need:

  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 4tsp kosher salt
  • 4tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 cauliflower head, trimmed and sliced into florets
  • 2tbsp tahini
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼tsp ground black pepper
  • Handful of parsley, roughly chopped, to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2tbsp of the oil, 1/2tsp salt, and 2tbsp harissa paste, mix well.
  3. Add the cauliflower and mix so it is evenly coated, then spread on a baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes, give it a little mix halfway through.
  4. Remove from oven and toss with remaining 2tbsp harissa paste; roast for another 5 to 10 minutes, until caramelized and brown in areas.
  5. To prepare the tahini honey, combine the remaining 2tbsp oil, 1/4 tsp salt, tahini, honey, lemon juice, and black pepper.
  6. Whisk and add in tbsp water to thin out to desired consistency.
  7. Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a serving bowl, drizzle with tahini-honey, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Moroccan Orange Pudding

         Although this may not be ‘guilt-free’ as such, it is the perfect light dessert for a treat at the end of the day and still contains skin-boosting ingredients. Almonds, for example, contain zinc and B vitamins which help to maintain skin health, they also are a high source of copper which aid in the maintenance of skin and hair pigmentation. Lemons and oranges also contain antioxidants such as vitamin C which may help to keep skin ageing at bay for longer and reduce skin damage. Lemons also have high pH levels which can help with reducing excess oil in the skin.

Serves: 12

Time: 90 minutes

You will need:

  • 300g ground almonds
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 200ml plus 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp maple syrup for the cake, plus 5 tbsp for the syrup
  • Grated zest & juice of 1 large orange
  • Grated zest & juice of ½ a lemon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, grease and line a 30cm x 20cm baking tin.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground almonds, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, place the sunflower oil, eggs, 2tsp of maple syrup and both the orange and lemon zest and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and mix.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little whilst you make the syrup.
  7. Put the orange and lemon juices, 5 tbsp of maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Whilst the cake is still warm drizzle the syrup over evenly, allowing it to cool in the tin and soak up the syrup.
  9. Remove from the tin, cut into 12 squares, and keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

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