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Breakfast/ Quick meals

High protein gluten free pancakes

Gluten free pancakes

Who doesn’t like pancakes I don’t believe him. I think they can be the most amazing breakfast and so indulging as well…especially if you “soak” them in chocolate spread as we usually do. But thankfully, I have this amazing recipe which uses ricotta cheese which contains higher amounts of protein than fat (as it’s mainly made of whey cheese which is a by product of cheese making – so an amazing sustainability story:) ). I love using sprouted buckwheat flour for this as it’s gluten free and the fact that has been sprouted means the anti-nutrients have been mainly neutralized. Continue Reading…

Nutrition

10 simple principles of healthy eating

Healthy eating

Is this the year of healthy eating?

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you! May the new year bring you all the fulfilment and happiness you desire and may all your wishes come true.
With a new year come new resolutions for the year ahead! Have you set yours? For the first time I have thought far more about where I want to be next year. It is my belief that if you don’t really think about where you want to get to you will never be able to achieve your dreams because everything will just become a very foggy map. Just think about really mapping out where you want to go to and you will be far more accountable for the milestones by the end of the year (think this is very much my inner self talking to me as well :P). Continue Reading…

Mains/ Quick meals

Quick Celeriac Beetroot Fritters

Celeriac and Beetroot fritters

Thinking what to have for lunch that you can easily put together? Well this celeriac and beetroot fritters is the answer for you!

Soooo….celeriac…not a root veg everyone is in love with is it? But, I think it’s a wonderful one…it has an amazing slightly aniseedy flavour which treated well and in the right combinations gives an amazing result. For example, this winter veg as well as it close relative celery works amazingly with fruit (specifically apple). It also helps in giving an oumph of savoury flavour boost to your dishes which makes it great as a base for soups and stews and it is perfect for this fritter recipe.

Inspiration for this amazingly healthy lunch or dinner recipe comes from another of my favourites: beetroot. This is a really quick recipe you can put together in less than 30 min which is great for weekday when we don’t have that much time.

WHY is this recipe good for you? Continue Reading…

Sides & salads/ Snacks

Aubergine dip

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Aubergine or eggplant is not quite everyone’s favourite but I think this little purple gem looks so pretty no one should resit it:). And this aubergine dip recipe it’s a delicious way to get this introduced into your diet.

As the colour suggests they have beneficial amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart and blood vessels and help balance blood sugar levels. Some studies have shown that aubergines can help remove harmful toxins from the body as well as helping with bowel regularity and water balance. Continue Reading…

Mains

Veggie curry with Socca

This is a recipe inspiration from my travels to South of France where the food has North African influences. So I combined the British favourite  with socca, a chickpea flour pancake. And to celebrate autumn I am making this a veggie curry.

Some of you might remember that in August this year I went in the holiday of my lifetime:). Me and at that time boyfriend packed our Mini full of birdcages, lanterns, candles and what have you and off we went south passing the length of France and then going across Italy to get to our end destination: Florence. By the end of the week we got married in an incredible venue having the most amazing party. The funny thing is that my now husband (still having to get used to the calling him this) keeps complaining that I don’t mention him in my blog posts. Well, now he should be happy:).

As a true foodie my favourite way of experiencing a country is through the food. It’s the best way to understand a country and a culture…it tells you what the land/the sea is giving , what other populations have influenced the dishes through people coming as immigrants or as migratory populations. In Nice I have experienced Socca a chickpea flour massive pancake. Eaten by itself is a bit bland so I came up with a recipe that if full of flavour…you can call it an Indian-French fusion which I think it works very well. It’s a veggie curry served with socca as a side. Continue Reading…

Mains/ Quick meals

Purple carrot soup

Purple carrots

The carrot season is here!!! To celebrate this wonderful veg I’ve decided to show an easy peasy healthy carrot soup that will protect your heart and will fight against cancer.

But these are no ordinary carrots…these are purple carrots! Carrots (both orange and purple) are rich in beta-carotenes…no wonder their names…from which the body makes vitamin A and also is known to decrease the incidence of some cancers. In addition to the benefits of a normal carrot these contain extra antioxidant pigments (hence the colour of their flesh) that will help fight arthritis and heart disease. Continue Reading…

Mains/ Quick meals

Stuffed aubergine with quinoa

Meat free stuffed aubergine

Sooo…finally my first dinner recipe YAY! and guess what…it is indeed meatfree glutenfree and if you want to not decorate with lovely feta cheese it could even be dairyfree :). So cows, chickens and the animal kingdom can breath easy for tonight.

I think this recipe is deliciously yummy and it’s a great way to eat veggies and lower that meat intake. For the geek in you here’s a stat: the Food and Agricultural Organisation of UN estimate that the amount of protein required by men per year is 20 kg while for women 16.5 kg. Well the bad news is that in the UK we actually eat in excess of 79 kg of meat! Continue Reading…