Category Archives: Recipes

Black Quinoa Salad

This salad is so quick and easy to make. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. It is tasty and super healthy. I cooked the quinoa but you can buy packs of already cooked quinoa making it even easier if you are pushed for time.

Ingredients

Makes a big bowl

1 cup of cooked black quinoa

1 cup of cooked white quinoa

150g of goats cheese cut into small pieces

125g of pomegranate seeds

2 handfuls of chopped coriander

3-4 cooked beetroots chopped ( I use the ones from Waitrose )

1 large avocado peeled, stone removed and cut in slices

Olive oil

Himalayan salt

Balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar (apple cider vinegar is healthier) or tamari and lemon dressing

Method

Toss everything into a large salad bowl and mix together. Add the avocado last. Season with salt and pepper, add the dressing, serve and enjoy.

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Turmeric Paste

Turmeric is so good for you. It is anti-cancer. This paste is so easy to make. If you have it on its own it will not taste that great, but you can put it into your smoothies, almond milk, porridge and curries. I even put it on my oven baked fish.

Ingredients

I/2 cup of organic ground turmeric

1 cup of water (you may need more)

1 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

70 ml of coconut oil

Method

Place the turmeric  and water in a pot on medium heat and stir until it becomes a paste. This should take about 8 minutes. It should not be too watery so if it is add more turmeric and if it is too dry add more water.

Once the paste is ready let it cool a little and when still warm add the black pepper, coconut oil and ground ginger and mix well together.

Once it has cooled place in a glass jar and store it in fridge. It can be stored for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.

 

 

Lamb Stew with Vegetables

Stews just like soups are perfect meals for the freezing cold weather and you can pretty much add whatever vegetables you like. You can use other meat like beef or chicken. Please make sure that the meat you use is organic as non organic meat is injected with antibiotics and hormones.

Ingredients

500 grams of  stewing lamb diced

300 grams of potatoes peeled and chopped

2 medium onions finely chopped

2 carrots chopped

2 celery sticks chopped

1/2 cup of frozen peas

A generous amount of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

500ml of meat stock

1 cup of water

1 garlic clove finely chopped

1/2 glass of organic red wine

1 bay leaf

1 small sprig fresh rosemary

Chili flakes

Himalayan salt and ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric

Method

Season the lamb with salt and pepper and sauté in olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté for 10 minutes adding the tomato paste, chili flakes, turmeric and the red wine.  Then add the bay leaf, rosemary, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then bring to a simmer and give it a good stir then put the lid on. Cook for 1 hour keeping an eye on it stirring it occasionally.  After one hour add the potatoes and cook for another 30-40 minutes. Keep tasting and season to your liking. Add the peas at the end before serving. If it looks dry add a little water.

 

Chicken Soup

I know it has been freezing cold back in the Uk so thought I would post a warming soup. This is a simple and easy soup to make and so delicious and healthy. Please make sure to use organic chicken as non organic meat is injected with hormones and antibiotics.

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1/2 an onion finely chopped

2 chopped peeled carrots

1 small chopped sweet potato

1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric

A generous amount of extra virgin olive oil

2 small chicken breasts (without the bone)

A handful of spinach

himalayan salt and pepper

4 cups of chicken stock

Method

Place a pan with the garlic, onion, olive oil on medium heat for a minute or two then add the chopped carrots and sweet potato and sauté for 7-10 minutes. If you prefer you can oven roast them for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

The chicken you can roast in the oven, bear in mind that it will take longer to cook than the veggies so you can prepare the chicken the day before. It will take the chicken about 30-40 minutes to cook. Pre heat the oven to 200C and  place in an oven tray and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Heat the chicken stock in a pan and add the turmeric. Once the carrots and sweet potatoes are ready, you can put half in the blender with a cup of water, puree them and add them to the stock together with the other cooked vegetables. Shred the chicken breasts and place them in the chicken stock and cook for 15 minutes. Then add the spinach and once the spinach has wilted serve.

 

Gluten Free Pancakes

Everyone loves pancakes. These are simple, easy to make and healthy pancakes so you can have them without feeling guilty.

Ingredients

1 cup of gluten free flour – I used Doves flour and a small mug

2 teaspoons of gluten free powder

2 tablespoons of coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt

1 cup of rice or almond milk

2 tablespoons of melted and cooled coconut oil

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

2 eggs

For the topping

Banana

strawberries

Melted dark chocolate – I used Green and Black’s

Maple syrup

Method

Start by putting the flour, salt, baking powder in a bowl and whisk making sure all the ingredients mix well together.

In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients: eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk the ingredients well and then combine them with the dry ingredients and mix.

Heat a pan over medium heat and using a spoon, spoon the batter onto the pan, Cook the pancakes until they are golden on both sides. Serve with the toppings and enjoy.

Creamy Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream

This is a deliciously creamy ice cream perfect for these last warm days of summer. Do not worry if you do not have an ice cream maker. I don’t have one and my ice creams still come out good. This is so easy, yummy and super healthy.

Ingredients

1 can of full fat coconut milk

2 cups of strawberries washed and tops removed

3-4 dates depending how sweet you like it. You do not have to use dates. You can use any healthy sweetener of your choice like maple syrup etc.

1/4 teaspoon of guar gum (This will make it creamier)

Blend all the ingredients in the blender until lovely and smooth. Taste it to see if it is sweet enough. Feel free to add more sweetener.  If you have an ice cream maker follow the  instructions. If you do not have an ice cream maker pour into a freezer safe bowl and place in the freezer.  Freeze for about 3 hours. To stop it from icing keep stirring it every 20 minutes. This is to keep it creamy for when you scoop it out. Once ready scoop, serve and enjoy!