Saturday, 10 October 2015

Peach & Oat Crumble


So winter is on its way but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy fresh typical summer fruits. I've used some deliciously juicy and ripe peaches for this crumble as I wanted to try something new and different. The sweetness of the peach with the crumbly oaty top is such a great combination. It is so delicious as a pudding, an afternoon treat or even as breakfast with some soya yoghurt.
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Creamy Cauliflower Mash


This is quite honestly the most delicious and creamy mash ever! I don't think that's an exaggeration but trust me, its so yummy. It is really simple to make and is a lot lighter than mashed potato, which can sometimes be very stodgey.

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Roasted Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers are such an easy meal to make and are filled (literally) with delicious flavours and textures. Of course you can choose different ingredients but I loved this combination.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Smokey Paprika Curly Sweet Potato Fries



I absolutely love this take on curly-fries. Sweet potatoes are so delicious and who doesn't love chips!? These are so quick and easy to make and are full of flavour.

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Cherry & Almond Swirl Cake


I thought I would share this on the blog, although the recipe for Almond Cake is already up, this is just an adapted version I tried out with a cherry compote that I quite simply stirred into the cake mixture before baking.

For the ingredients and how to make this, you can find all the details in the blog archive, named Almond Cake.
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Go Sober For October


Macmillan have set-up 'Go Sober For October' an amazing initiative to take a break from alcohol for a month for a good cause and another amazing charity. In my 'Alcohol Free Lifestyle' post I urged you to join the 'Dryathlon' for Cancer Research and for those of you who are taking part, I hope you are finding it to be a lot easier than expected and are reaping the health rewards and benefits. For those of you who didn't manage to make the September Dryathlon, fear not; because Macmillan have just the answer - Give up alcohol for October instead. You can sign up here - https://www.gosober.org.uk/ - I urge as many of you as possible to give it a go, I promise you wont regret it and by signing up it will help fund-raise money for those who are facing cancer. Show your support by becoming a 'soberhero'.
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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

It's Amazing What Food Can Do!



After 6 months exactly to this very day of writing this blog I have decided to share my progress with you on how I am feeling after having drastically changed my lifestyle & dietary needs. It has benefited me in a number of ways and ultimately changed my day-to-day life.

Of course at first it's tough to just cut things out and not be tempted to eat the things you know you shouldn't but that is where my will power has been tested to its extreme. I was the type of person that if I fancied something sweet or 'bad for me' I would go to my local supermarket and pick up multiple bags of chocolate and crisps; you know, the 'to share' kind sized and quite simply scoff them to myself. After about a 20 minute energy boost I'd then end up feeling so much worse than before having eaten them. Of course it effected me in other ways too, my skin got really bad, and although it is no-where near perfect now and I still get the occasional blemish, I have found that cutting out these two things in particular have made a noticeable difference.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Banana Bread & Fresh Berries


I love breakfast, as I'm sure I've probably mentioned before. This take on French Toast or otherwise known as 'Eggy-bread' is absolutely delicious and really quick and easy to make.

What you'll need:

-2 slices of gluten free seeded bread (I used Genius)
-1 ripe banana
-2tsp coconut oil (I used Lucy Bee coconut oil - Available from Whole Foods)
-Freshly ground nutmeg
-Soya milk (roughly 4 tablespoons)
-Fresh blueberries & raspberries
-Agave nectar
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Ham Hock & Avocado Open Sarnie


Lunches are always a tricky one, sometimes I'll still be relatively full after a big bowl of porridge in the morning, so wont fancy a big lunch but still want something to satisfy the lunchtime hunger and keep me going during the afternoon. An open toasted sandwich seemed to be the perfect solution as it was lighter.
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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Blueberry & Apple Oat Crumble


There's nothing better than making a big hearty crumble to share with family on a Sunday (or just eat all for yourself because it's just so yummy!). And what's even better, any leftovers make for the perfect breakfast - serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt or soya cream.
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Friday, 11 September 2015

Beef & Courgetti Rice Bowl


This was so delicious and was really easy to make. Sometimes it's a case of finding what you've got in the fridge to make a quick and tasty dinner but when they turn out as good as this one it would be rude not to share it.

What you'll need:

-1 small courgette
-Edamame beans
-Rice & quinoa microwavable pouch (I use Tilda)
-Roast beef / Steak
-Tonkatsu sauce

How to make:

Simply cook the rice & quinoa pouch and whilst that cooks create your courgetti by using a spiralizer. I had some roast beef left over from the night before so I sliced it up and served it cold with the courgetti, rice & quinoa, edamame beans and some tonkatsu sauce. Of course you can cook a piece of steak instead of using cold roast beef. Hope you enjoy this one, I certainly did!

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Vibrant Rice Salad


Hello again from sunny France. Another day, another lunch with the family sat out on a terrace with beautiful views. Today we shared this rice salad along with some fresh meats and salad.

What you'll need:

-Basmati rice
-Chorizo slices
-1 red pepper
-1 tin of sweetcorn
-Salt & pepper for seasoning
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Chicken, Black Olive & Tomato Pasta Salad


Hello from sunny France! Here's the recipe for a big bowl of pasta salad I made for one of our family sit down lunches. It was so tasty and filled us up until dinner time.

What you'll need:

-Gluten free pasta
-1 ripe avocado
-1 large tomato
-Fresh basil leaves
-Chicken
-Black olives
-Red pesto
-Olive Oil
-Salt & pepper

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Alcohol Free Lifestyle


'I don't drink' ... 3 words that when put together seem to strike the most interesting reactions. I wanted to share this blog post because having not touched alcohol for nearly 8 months now, I still find people's reactions to this to be extraordinary. So, I thought I would share some of my experiences & stories here with you.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Chewy Raisin & Oat Cookies



Once again, it's bake off day and I've made these deliciously comforting batch of chewy raisin and oat cookies. Perfect for a rainy morning for breakfast with a cuppa or to help cure those afternoon munchies. These take very little time to make and the smell of these baking is quite frankly, heavenly!
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Carrot & Quinoa Salad


This vibrant and colourful quinoa dish is so tasty and is really easy to throw together - it makes for the perfect side dish to any meal, or simply enjoy a big bowl on its own. I served this up with some oven roasted chicken thighs for dinner but it would also be great for on the go lunches.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Paella Hot Pot


I seem to have acquired a serious love for paella inspired dishes since returning from my holiday in Spain. So here's a paella inspired dish that my friend & I decided to cook up; we fancied something quick, easy and comforting for lunch today as it was looking rather glum outside. Here's the recipe:

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Something Different!


First off, Good Morning! I hope you've all had a lovely week and are now enjoying this beautiful sunny day.

So, although this may not be massive news I thought I'd share with you all a decision I've taken; which is to start including (in moderation) foods that contain small amounts of egg. I will still continue to avoid eggs in their most purest form - so, no fried, scrambled, poached eggs as they tend to disagree with me. But recently, I've discovered that I don't seem to have a problem eating food items that contains egg in its ingredients.
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Courgetti, Salmon & Greens


On the odd chance of a lovely English summers evening I always feel like I need to make the most of it and by that I mean making something really light and delicious that I can enjoy outside. This courgetti dish is exactly that.

I have to say this is one of my favourite courgetti dishes (so far) - I'm sure I will continue to create courgetti dishes that will out do the other one and the one before that! I hope you like this as much as I do, and what's great is it requires very little time & effort. So here it is:

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Cherry Tartlets


As I'm sure you may recall I posted some strawberry tartlets on the blog a few weeks back (recipe in archive). Since then, my family requested to have them again so I decided to mix it up with a cherry version. Perfect for summer as cherries now are so ripe and juicy. Although the recipe is similar to the strawberry version there are a few differences so I thought I'd post it again.

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Simple Pesto Pasta Lunch


Sometimes all I fancy is a big bowl of pasta, made simply and quickly but with delicious ingredients and of course suitable for me to eat. Sacla do a delicious wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free pesto which is perfect with pasta or even drizzled over salad with a little olive oil. It tastes exactly the same as the original pesto they make. I know this is an easy one to make but it's always nice to share the simplest of recipes that taste so good and require very little effort. Of course you can make the pesto fresh (I have a recipe for this on a courgetti/zoodle dish which you can find in the blog archive).
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Monday, 10 August 2015

Green Greatness


Recently I invested in a Nutribullet and I am so glad I did. I have made some delicious smoothies since getting it, including this green jar of goodness which just tasted so unbelievably fresh and healthy.

What you'll need:

-2 ripe bananas
-About 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
-Some ice
-Water/Almond milk/Soya/Coconut Water
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Spanish Paella


I recently returned from the most relaxing and lovely holiday in beautiful sunny Spain. But before heading out there I was starting to worry that I wouldn't be able to find anything to eat whilst I was there. Luckily, we chose to be self-catered and had an amazing kitchen with a gorgeous view over-looking some hills, so cooking was a pleasure there. So, being in Spain it would've seemed silly not to try my hand at making a big paella dish and i've always wanted to use one of those big paella pans to cook with so it seemed like a great excuse. I was surprised at just how easy it was to make and the way we cooked it took less time than imagined as well. So, here's the recipe for this delicious dish. We made it for a family we became friends with whilst on holiday and they seemed to enjoy it so I hope you do too!
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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Nectarine & Raspberry Summer Crumble


Summer is absolutely great for fresh fruits but they do tend to go a little soft or squishy in places very quickly. So, instead of throwing them away and wasting perfectly good fruit, I like to make fruit crumbles which are ideal for both breakfasts or afternoon sweet treats.
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Courgetti With An Avocado Cream & Mushrooms


This was one of the first courgetti dishes I made upon changing my eating habits. The avocado cream works so well as a sauce for the courgetti and adding veggies and the crunch of some pine nuts makes for a really tasty dish.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Strawberry Tartlets


These strawberry tartlets went down an absolute treat on the weekend with my family - so, I hope you like them as much as we all did.

What you'll need:
(Makes 4 small individual tarts)

-2 cups of almonds
-1 cup of medjool dates
-1 cup of oats (gluten free)
-2tbsp maple syrup
-2 punnets of fresh strawberries
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Smokey Paprkia Sweet Potato Crisps


These sweet potato crisps are so yummy and it is far too tempting to just eat the whole batch in one sitting. They're so easy to make as well. So here's how:

What you'll need:

-1 large sweet potato
-2tsp smoked paprika
-Sunflower oil
-Salt for seasoning
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Monday, 6 July 2015

Courgetti Salad


I recently made this delicious courgetti salad for a ladies lunch and it went down an absolute treat. It's so light and works perfectly as a side dish for those summer lunches or bbq's - I served this with some poached salmon.
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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lemon & Blueberry Muffins

The combination of the zesty lemon and the sweet blueberries is just so yummy in these muffins. They're perfect for breakfast as they are filling but also great for an afternoon treat!

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Poached Salmon, Rosemary Potato Salad & Broccoli


I love a simple dinner or lunch and this one is just perfect for a summer's evening meal.

What you'll need:

-1 small potato or baby potatoes
-Tender-stem broccoli
-Salmon fillet
-Rosemary
-Fresh lemon
-1tbsp Mayola (egg & dairy free mayonnaise)
-Salt & Pepper for seasoning
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Almond Cake


This almond cake is surprisingly light and fluffy and is seriously tasty. I've made just a plain version here so you can choose what to accompany it with but it is also delicious if you add some jam or compote on top and swirl into the mixture before baking.

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Veggie Kebabs


Summer's finally beginning to show it's face and to me, that means any excuse for big bbq's with friends and family.

These are the perfect thing to throw on the bbq and take minutes to prepare and cook.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Nutty Rice Salad


This is a great dish to serve up at bbq's or girly lunches as a side salad.

What you'll need:

-Wholegrain brown rice
-Flaked almonds
-Sunflower seeds
-Soft dried cranberries
-Fresh basil leaves
-Olive oil
-Balsamic vinegar
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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Caramel 'Bounty' Bars


I never really used to be a massive fan of Bounty chocolate bars, but recently I have really started to like coconut. So, naturally I decided to make my own version. Here they are, with a slight caramel twist, I hope you like them! So easy to make as well:

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Raspberry, Coconut & Oat Cookies Drizzled With Dark Choc


I absolutely love these coconutty cookies. I am still trying to work out exactly what they remind me of so until then I'll just keeping tasting them until I figure it out...
These are a similar method and recipe to the apricot, pecan and oat cookies I made (recipe in blog archive) but these ones take even less time to prepare.

What you'll need:
(Makes 6 Cookies)

- 75g Soft dairy free butter (room temperature)
- 60g Fresh raspberries
- 70g Desiccated coconut
- 80g Oats (Gluten free)
- 1tsp Agave nectar / Manuka honey
- 50g Dark chocolate (85% for dairy free)


How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan

Start by chopping up the raspberries into quarters (or halves if they are small). Then quite simply place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Once it has all combined, take table-spooned amounts of the mixture and mould into a cookie shape, press firmly so all the mixture sticks together nicely. Bake for around 25-30 minutes and until golden brown on the top and round the edges. The cookies will then need to cool for about 10-15 minutes so whilst they cool, melt the chocolate either over a bain-marie or in the microwave for about a minute or so. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies; don't hold back! You can either wait for the chocolate to cool on the cookie or tuck in straight away whilst they are still slightly warm and chocolatey. Between myself and my Mum, these vanished fairly quickly, so I really hope you like these as much as we did.
Enjoy!

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Friday, 29 May 2015

Peach Pot Breakfast


Now that it's slightly more Summery, I've started to buy fruits such as peaches as they are just so beautifully sweet and juicy at this time of the year. I really like this recipe and as always it's so easy to make and will keep you full until lunch time.

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Pasta & Greens


Sometimes all I fancy for lunch is a big bowl of pasta and what better way to enjoy it than with some fresh tasty greens. This is so quick and easy to make as well, what more could you possibly want?

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Cookie Dough Bites


Cookie dough always reminds me of when I was little; it was always a miracle if any cookies were actually ever made. I would just usually eat the cookie dough as it was before even putting them in the oven. These tasty little cookie dough bites are my healthy / healthier take on something I used to love as a kid. Hope you like them!

What you'll need:

-100g Ground almonds
-50g 85% dark chocolate
-50g medjool dates
-20g Dairy free butter

How to make:

Place the dark chocolate into a food processor or chop up finely using a really sharp knife, then whizz the dates up, add in the ground almonds and butter. Make sure it has all mixed together nicely, then simply spoon out bite-sized pieces and roll into balls. Perfect for a sweet pick me up and also great with a hot cuppa or coffee.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Macaroni with Salmon, Peas & Spinach


Summer lunching! Here's a tasty and light pasta dish to share with friends whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

What you'll need:

-Gluten free macaroni (or any pasta you like)
-Pink Salmon; you can either use tinned salmon or freshly poached/baked salmon fillet.
-Frozen peas
-Spinach
-Lemon
-1Tbsp dairy free butter or olive oil
-Salt & Pepper for seasoning

How to make:

Boil the pasta until soft and at the same time boil the peas for a few minutes. Once both are cooked, drain the water and put both back into one of the saucepans just used. Over a really low heat; add in the spinach (allowing it to wilt), add in the butter or olive oil, add in the salmon, slice a wedge of lemon and squeeze in the juice (make sure no pips fall in) and finally season with salt & pepper. Give it all a good stir, then place into a big bowl with a slice of lemon.

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Fruit & Nut Chocolate Shards


I love a chocolate bar and one of my favourite chocolate bars used to be good old Cadburys Fruit & Nut. So, here is my take on it - hope you like it!

What you'll need:

-100g 90% Dark chocolate
-Pistachio nuts
-A big handful of cranberries
-1/2 cup of puffed rice (gluten free)

All measurements are fairly rough for this recipe as you can make it to suit your preferences. Add more of anything if you like!

Quite simply melt the chocolate over a ban-marie, mix in some chopped up pistachio's and cranberries along with the puffed rice and pour the mixture onto a lined baking tray. I set aside some pistachio's and cranberries to sprinkle on top but that is only really for presentation. Place the tray into the fridge for about 15-20 minutes or until it has completely set.

Once it has completely set, break up into shard like pieces and enjoy! I suggest create small shards, these will satisfy a chocolate craving and also because they are very rich so you will only want a small amount.

As always, enjoy!!

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Prosciutto Salad


Simple and easy lunch dish that is light, filling and full of flavours and textures.

What you'll need:

-Salad leaves (I included spinach and rocket)
-1/2 ripe avocado
-Prosciutto slices - remove any fat on edges
-1 desert spoon of hummus
-Sunflower seeds
-Pumpkin seeds
-Vinaigrette dressing (Olive oil, balsamic, honey, mustard)

Chuck it all together in a bowl and enjoy! I will be uploading some more simple and easy dishes like this for lunch and dinner inspirations.
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Apple, Blueberry & Raspberry Breakfast Stew


I sometimes struggle with what to have for breakfasts every morning as I like to have something quite filling and usually fairly sweet too. This fruity breakfast 'stew' is so yummy and takes minutes to make and could even be made in advance and heated up again or eaten cold.

What you'll need:

-1 red apple
-a handful of fresh blueberries
-Fresh raspberries
-A splash of water
-A squeeze of agave nectar/maple syrup/honey (Whichever you prefer)
-Gluten free oats

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 190 fan

Chop the apple up into small chunks, removing the core and remove the skin if you prefer but I kept it on for extra texture. Place in a non-stick saucepan along with the blueberries, agave nectar/syrup and water. Allow to simmer for about 6 minutes or until the fruit has softened. Whilst the fruit simmers, place a small baking tray of oats mixed with a little honey into the oven for a couple of minutes.

Once everything has cooked and is ready, place the fruit into a bowl, topped with some raspberries and the cooked oats. Optional - add a dollop of soya yoghurt or coconut yoghurt.
Have a nice day!

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Fruity Florentines



Florentines are one of my Mum's favourite sweet treats; so I made her some as a thank you for always looking after me when I'm not feeling my best. I absolutely love florentines too and they are surprisingly easy to make.

What you'll need: (Makes 8 small florentines)

-200g flaked almonds (1 bag's worth)
-4 tbsp agave nectar or honey
-1 handful of cranberries
-3 soft dried apricots
-100g 90% dark chocolate (for dairy free)

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 190 fan

Mix together in a bowl the almonds and agave nectar. Chop up the dried fruit into small chunks and place them into the bowl with the almonds and mix well. Place the mixture onto a baking parchment paper lined tray but try not to spread the mixture out too thinly. Keep an eye on the mixture as it cooks, give it a few shakes if some areas are cooking quicker than others. It should take around 10 minutes for it to get all crispy and sticky. Once it is golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes but not too long otherwise the mixture will be impossible to work with. Using a small pastry cutter to help create the circular shape, spoon the mixture into the cutter and press down to stick it all together, then lift the cutter (carefully) and repeat with the rest of the mixture. Once you have used all the mixture to create the circular shaped florentines, place them into the fridge for a few minutes so they are strong enough to be picked up and dunked into the melted chocolate.

Next, you will need to melt the dark chocolate - break up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a ban marie to melt or a use a microwave. Dunk the flat side into the chocolate then place the plain side face-down on a plate/tray. Pop them into the fridge again for a few minutes until all the chocolate has hardened. Enjoy with a nice hot cuppa tea or coffee - I hope you like these as much as I do.

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Vanilla Chia Pudding


This is such a simple thing to make and involves very little in terms of ingredients and time. It reminds me of vanilla ice cream or rice pudding, 2 things I absolutely love - Hope you like it!

What you'll need: (Serves 1)

-2tbsp chia seeds
-2/3 cup of almond milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla essence or flavouring
-1tbsp agave nectar/honey

How to make:

Place all the ingredients into a bowl or jar, give it a stir and pop it into the fridge for a few hours or overnight - this will allow the seeds to absorb all the liquid and sweetness. Simply serve with some fresh fruit for breakfasts or puddings.

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Green Pesto Zoodles


I'm a huge fan of zoodles or courgetti spaghetti (whichever you prefer to call them), they are the perfect healthy alternative to spaghetti and are great if you fancy something light but wont leave you feeling hungry about an hour later.
Here is a really simple recipe that tastes delicious and requires very little in terms of time and ingredients. So here is my green pesto zoodle recipe with roasted vine cherry tomatoes:

What you'll need:

-1 Courgette
-1 Handful of pine nuts
-2 Handfuls of fresh basil
-1Tbsp olive oil (add more if required)
-Cherry tomatoes on the vine
-Salt & Pepper for seasoning

How to make:

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180 fan so you can roast the tomatoes. Drizzle a little olive oil over the tomatoes and pop them in the oven - they should take around 10-15 minutes to soften.

For the zoodles you will need a spiralizer to create the noodle like effect, however if you do not have one you can create 'ribbons' of courgette using a peeler.
For the pesto, place the pine nuts, basil, olive oil and salt & pepper into a blender and blitz up the ingredients until it has all been finely chopped and mixed.

You can eat the zoodles raw but I personally like to give them a few minutes over the heat to soften them up. Place the zoodles and the pesto into a non-stick saucepan/frying pan and heat for around 5-6 minutes (don't let them fry so keep stirring them). Finish the dish off with the sweet roasted cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of pine nuts.

Keep an eye out for more zoodle recipes still to come. Enjoy!

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Banana Ice-Cream


I love a big bowl of ice-cream every now and again but let's be honest, who doesn't? This is such an easy recipe and it's such a creamy way to make ice-cream without any dairy. This recipe is inspired by one of my lovely housemates from university, who used to make a cheeky chocolately version of this banana ice-cream when we had a craving for something sweet and this always hit the spot!

All you need for this recipe is 2 ripe bananas and a hand-held blender. Simply chop up the bananas into small slices, pop them in a sandwhich bag and put them in the freezer overnight. All you'll need to do the next day is blitz them up with the blender (you can add a tiny dash of almond milk if it doesn't blend easily but it shouldn't be necessary).

Top the creamy banana ice-cream with anything you fancy; I used some crushed up almonds and chia seeds.

Enjoy whilst watching a film or on a hot summers day with friends!

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Prawn & Noodle Salad


Fancy a light and healthy lunch in the sun? This dish takes minutes to make and tastes so fresh!

What you'll need:

-Rice noodles (50g/1 nest per person)
-Salad leaves (I used a mixed bag - red leaves and spinach)
-Edamame beans
-Prawns
-Sweet chili sauce

How to make:

All you need to 'make' for this dish is the rice noodles - Place them in a saucepan with some boiling water and allow to cook for around 5-6 minutes until they have softened, then drain the water, give them a little stir (they stick together fairly easily) and allow to cool for a minute or two. Serve them up with some shredded salad leaves, fresh prawns, edamame beans and a drizzling of sweet chili sauce - So easy to make and the noodles and prawns will fill you up until dinner time!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Hearty Granola

A few of my friends and family have been asking for the recipe for this tasty hearty granola, so here you go:

What you'll need:

-Gluten free oats
-Flaxseed
-Sunflower seeds
-Pumpkin seeds
-Flaked almonds
-Dried soft cranberries
-Agave nectar (or honey/maple syrup)
- 2tbsp Sunflower oil

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 190 fan

Cover a baking tray with some oats and a sprinkling of flaxseed. Add a handful each of the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaked almonds and the cranberries. Mix in the sunflower oil and then drizzle over the agave nectar (about a tablespoons worth). Give a little mix up so it's all coated in the oil and nectar. Cook for about 10-12 minutes for a slightly softer finish or leave it in for a couple more minutes if you like it really crunchy. Serve up with some fresh fruit and some soya yoghurt or whatever you fancy... I added another cheeky drizzle of agave nectar because it is just so sweet and delicious! Enjoy!

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rich Chocolate Tart


This rich chocolate tart is ideal for a summer dinner party with friends or even if you're just feeling like something extremely naughty and chocolatey. Works well as one big tart to slice up and share or can be made as 10 individual little tarts.

What you'll need:
For the base:
-2 cups of almonds
-1 cup of medjool dates
-1tbsp maple syrup
-3/4 cup of desiccated coconut
-1tbsp of HeyBoo coconut caramel

For the filling:
-225g 85% dark chocolate (I used Green & Black's) (85% is dairy-free)
-200ml coconut cream
-2tbsp maple syrup
-1cup ground almonds

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan

Place the almonds into a food processor and blend until it turns into a sticky flour type consistency, remove from the blender and put in the dates to blend until really tiny bits. Then put the almonds back in and add in the coconut, the coconut caramel and maple syrup and pulse so it is all mixed in together. Grease a baking tray with some dairy free butter (or coconut oil if you have it) then press the mixture into the tin using a spatula so you have an even base. Bake for 15 minutes until brown and then remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the filling, melt the chocolate over a bain marie, once it has melted let it cool slightly - then stir it into the coconut cream. Mix in the ground almonds and maple syrup then simply place the filling onto the base and spread evenly. I finished the tart off with some coconut flakes but some desiccated coconut sprinkled on top would also look pretty and give that extra hint of coconut.

This is a fairly rich and indulgent chocolate tart so you may only want a small slice - Serve it up with some cold coconut cream or even almond milk ice-cream. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Maize Cous Cous & Roasted Squash Salad


I used to absolutely LOVE cous cous and when I found out I couldn't have it anymore I was slightly gutted. But, then I found maize cous cous which tastes virtually the same and has the same texture as normal cous cous but of course contains no gluten.
The combination of all the different textures and flavours in this dish is just right.

What you'll need:

-50g Maize cous cous
-1 Butternut squash
-1/2 Ripe avocado
-Mixed cherry tomatoes (Yellow, Orange & Red)
-A handful of rocket
-Olive oil and Salt & Pepper for seasoning

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 190 fan.

For the butternut squash (I roasted it but steaming it is just as good) - cut up the butternut squash into cubes (not too thick otherwise they will take even longer to cook) place onto a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil. It takes around 45-1hour for the squash to soften completely - cook for longer if required until softened.
For the maize cous cous - place about 75ml of water into a saucepan and boil, once the water has come to the boil, add in the cous cous and stir. Allow the cous cous to soak up all the water for about 5-6mins; it will turn fluffy and soft when it is ready. Take it off the heat and allow to cool a little before adding some olive oil and salt and pepper for seasoning. Then quite simply chop up your avocado and tomatoes, grab a handful of rocket and add the squash all to the cous cous.

Lovely dish for summer - can be served either hot or cold and would also be great with a hint of spice if you fancy it!

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