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.


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.

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 - - 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'.

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.


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

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.

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.

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!


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

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
-Black olives
-Red pesto
-Olive Oil
-Salt & pepper

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