Pomegranate Sauce [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 10
Yields: about 400ml
Prep & Cooking Time: ≤ 8mins
Type: Dip, Sauce, Dressing
Tools: Large measuring jug, whisk, small dish, non-stick pot

Like other ‘healthy’ and wholesome foods, pomegranate can play a great part in supporting a healthy diet and lifestyle! Originating from the Middle East, this lovely fruit is a good source of fibre but also contains vitamins C, E & K, iron and other antioxidants. Although there has been studies (1,2,3,4) that have indicated and helped support possible health benefits, such as protecting us against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, the evidence is still inconclusive. Nonetheless we can still enjoy this delicious fruit as one 150ml serving of (pure) juice/day or by scattering these lovely, red jewels over our porridge, yoghurt, salads, rice dishes or any other delicious plant-based meal that we desire! It can be a wonderful way not only to brighten up our meals, but to add some additional nutritional value to them. 🙂

Today we are sharing a lovely pomegranate sauce (dressing or dip)! It’s easy to make and variable depending on what you want to use it for. In all honestly though, this sauce is a ‘treat’, simply because one being we don’t really drink juice and two, unless you can source cheap pomegranates or (100%) pomegranate juice (as ‘juice drinks’ tend to have added sugar, colourings and/or additives), it can be a bit pricey to make.

If you’re feeling rich or the change in your pocket is starting to weigh you down, then we recommend that you whip up a batch! You can adjust how much starch you use to create your prefect consistency and even experiment by adding a cheeky splash of red wine and/or your favourite spices or herbs for a delicious and unique fusion of flavours! We hope that you enjoy some as a dressing over salads or a plate of steamed veggies (mmm broccoli please!) or as a dip/sauce for your plant-based burgers (or bites) or tasty crudities! 

Have a great weekend everyone and happy cooking! 😀

 

Ingredients

+++400ml            100% Natural Pomegranate Juice (or 4 fresh pomegranates/juiced)
+++1 tbsp              Lemon Juice (fresh or concentrated)
+++½-1 tbsp         Fruit Sweetener (*optional)
+++4 tsp                Potato Starch (*variable)

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Directions

1. Pour the pomegranate and lemon juice into a large measuring jug. Add the sweetener (if using). Whisk together.

2. Place the starch into a small dish with equal parts water. Whisk with a fork to dissolve the flour and until combined; forming a ‘slurry’. Tip: you might want more or less potato starch depending on whether you are making a dip, sauce or thinner dressing.

3. Pour and whisk the slurry into the measuring jug.

4. Transfer the mixture into a non-stick pot. Place it over a medium-low heat. Keep whisking until the sauce starts to thicken (and/or your desired consistency is achieved); do not allow it to boil. Tip: start with a small volume of ‘thickener’. You can always add more of this ‘slurry’ mixture if you want a thicker sauce; just remove the pot from the heat and whisk through. Return to the heat and whisk until your desired thickness is achieved. Remove from the heat. Allow it to cool before storing.

5. Serve warm or cold as a dip, sauce or dressing!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Mmm, it’s delicious with our kidney bean burgers!

 

Refrigerate any leftover sauce in a sterilised, air tight and resealable jar; best consumed within 5-7 days.

 

Sources:
NHS Choices- Pomegranate: superfood or fad?
USDA

 

Have you tried making pomegranate sauce before? What’s your favourite (homemade) go-to sauce that you just can’t live without?!

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Chickpeas and Amla Usli/Salad

Healthy Recipes

What a simple, nutritious and delicious looking chickpea salad! It’s packed with so many great flavours and ‘Indian gooseberries’; an ingredient we are not familiar with and are keen to explore! Thanks for sharing this great recipe Chitra; we can’t wait to try it! 

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Chickpeas UsliAbout:

If your chickpeas is cooked and ready – This is an easy, quick salad  that you can throw together in about ten minutes. It’s great for a quick lunch, served with crackers or as a accompaniment for rice. Although the basic recipe below is quite tasty. And finally, this little dish makes a lovely snack and a fasting food.

Health benefits:

Chickpeas are indeed very good for you, not least because two to three tablespoons equate to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned chickpeas are fine, but fresh boiled ones are slightly higher in vitamins and mineral. Both are equally good sources of fibre, including soluble fibre which can help to lower cholesterol.

  • Yields-2-3 servings
  • Preparation time-20-25 minutes (includes the boiling of chickepeas)
  • Soaking time-overnight
  • Cooking time- 10 minutes

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Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Vegetable Marinara Sauce W/ Kidney Beans [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 7-8 hrs
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, colander, blender, slow cooker, large spoon

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added salt, sugars and fats!  

What better way to start the week, fight the cold weather and help keep your healthy lifestyle in check than with a delicious, Free From & simple pasta sauce!

We’d like to think that our sauce is suitable for any dinner guest (well, excluding anyone that might be allergic to vegetables! Sorry Emma!) and love that it’s really effortless to prepare! With minimal prep and the use of a slow cooker, you’ll have a delicious marinara sauce that is not only vegan and gluten free, but one that contains over six types of veggies…but we are willing to bet that your kids will never be the wiser! 

Our veggies and herbs are chopped, diced and blended before slow cooking into a great depth of flavours; we even threw in some added kidney beans for some added texture, carbohydrate, protein and soluble fibre! Keep the veggies seasonal, fresh, frozen or just some of your absolute favourites! If you’re not a fan of kidney beans, we’d recommend using some pinto, black or butter beans instead. 🙂

A few good things to note include:

  • If you prefer a slightly thicker sauce, just whisk through a ‘corn flour slurry’ at the end of cooking until your desired thickness is achieved.
  • If you’d prefer a chunkier sauce, just omit the ‘blender step’!
  • We added a spoonful of sweetener. This is optional, but as tinned tomatoes tend to have a slightly bitter taste, we’d recommend it. However, if you’re using fresh/ripe tomatoes instead of our basic tinned ones, you probably won’t need it!
  • If you don’t have a blender, you can always use a high-powered food processor instead.

If you fancy some further pasta sauce (or pasta meal) inspiration, check our some of our precious tomato-based sauces including: our Soya & Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognese, ‘5 Minute Thrifty Marinara Sauce’, Home-made Marinara (as featured with our Red Kidney Bean & Quinoa Meatballs!) and one included in our delicious  Vegan & Gluten Free Lasagne w/a Tofu & Spinach Filling!

 

Quick Foodie Fact:

  • Per serving, this sauce contains about 4.5 servings of vegetables towards your 5-A-Day! What an easy way to incorporate a variety of veggies into your diet! 

 

 Happy cooking and buona cena everyone! 😀

 

Ingredients

+++++++3              Garlic Cloves (fat ones!)
+++++++200g       Red Onion
+++++++160g        Red Bell Pepper
+++++++200g       Carrot
+++++++25g          Fresh Basil
+++++++480g       Cooked Red Kidney Beans (2 tins/no added salt or 250g dried/cooked)
+++++++4              Tins Plum Tomatoes (no added salt/ 1.6kg)
+++++++40g          Sun-Dried Tomato Puree
+++++++30ml        Balsamic Glaze
+++++++30ml        Lemon Juice
+++++++30ml        Extra Virgin Olive Oil
+++++++1-2 tbsp   Fruit Sweetener (*optional)
+++++++½ tsp        Asafoetida (or onion powder)
+++++++½-¾ tsp   Salt
+++++++                 Ground Black Pepper
+++++++160g         Frozen Spinach, defrosted (about 7 cubes)

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Directions

  • Peel the garlic. Peel and quarter the onion. Wash, remove the stem and core and then roughly chop the bell pepper. Wash, trim the ends, peel and then quarter the carrot. Wash and then roughly chop the basil. If applicable, drain and wash the kidney beans in a colander.
  • Place the garlic, onion, bell pepper, carrot, basil, 1 tin of tomatoes, 40g sun-dried tomato puree, 2 tbsp balsamic glaze, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp asafoetida, ½ tsp salt (or to taste) and a few grind of black pepper into a blender. Tip: If your blender is large enough, add all of the tinned tomatoes during this step! Blend until puréed. Transfer the mixture into a slow cooker.
  • If applicable, open and place the remaining tinned tomatoes into the blender. Blend until smooth.Transfer into the slow cooker. Mix until thoroughly combined. Taste and season the sauce as necessary. Add the cooked kidney beans. Stir through. Cover with a lid. Cook for 7-8 hrs on a low-heat setting.
  • About 30 mins before the end of cooking, carefully dice some frozen spinach into smaller chunks. Add the spinach into the slow cooker. Stir through. Alternatively, dice and steam the spinach, and then stir it through the sauce at the end of cooking. Taste and season the sauce as necessary.

 

Serve warm. Ladle the sauce over your favourite pasta with additional veggies or a small multi-grain roll (if desired). If preferred, garnish the sauce with a few marinated olives, basil or oregano leaves and/or a spoonful of nutritional yeast!

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftover sauce in an air-tight and resealable container; gently reheat over a medium-low heat (do not allow it to boil) and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively store and freeze in one or several container(s) and then just simply defrost and reheat; best consumed within 1-2 months of freezing.

Vegetable Miso Soup W/Fusilli [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 8
Prep & Cooking Time: ≤ 35 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Measuring jug, 2 *non-stick pots, chopping board, sharp knife, colander, measuring spoons, wooden spoon.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and per serving is low in added sugar*, salt* and sat fats! *Variable due to brand and/or quantity of soya sauce, stock and/or miso used.

Firstly, I am going to vent (sorry). This has nothing to do with this post or food, but I just wish that WordPress would stop changing their formatting! Don’t be surprised if some of our older posts start looking ‘shabby’ because of it. 

Secondly, it’s been so cold lately that this has meant there has always been a pot of soup cooking away in our kitchen! Not that we’re complaining, we love soup we’re just not too keen on cold weather; me especially as I suffer from Primary Raynaud’s Phenomenon. It’s not physically deliberating, you can self manage and you’ll find that slightly more women suffer from it than men, it’s just not very nice. 

Anyways, back to the food! We love authentic miso soups, but we do not enjoy their excessive salt contents. However, it’s not all or nothing in our kitchen, we’ve come up with a suitable alternative (at least for our palates!). That being a delicious and savoury soup that we made a couple weeks ago- our vegetable miso soup with fusilli. It’s packed full of inspired Asian flavours, nutritious ingredients and some pasta to help keep you going throughout the day ! It’s also completely adaptable to the season, your own personal tastes and/or budget and definitely one not to miss! We only hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!

A few good things to note include:

  • We tried to keep most of our ingredients bite-sized, but feel free to adapt as you see fit. 
  • Only add your pasta before serving, especially if you are planning to eat this soup over several days (the pasta will lose some of its lovely texture if it’s left soaking in the soup). We refrigerated ours separately to the soup; just add a drop of rapeseed oil to the pasta before storing to help prevent it from clumping together. 
  • Only add the miso to the soup once it has been removed from the heat; adding it to boiling hot water will kill its beneficial probiotics. Traditionally, you can dissolve it in some warm water (creating a miso ‘slurry’) before adding it into the soup to prevent it from clumping. We skipped this step; ours was at room temperature and it didn’t ‘clump up’ when it was whisked through.
  • Rewhisk/stir your soup before serving as miso has a habit of settling to the bottom of the pot. 

 

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Miso is a naturally aged fermented paste that is made from fermented soya beans, cultures, salt and grains, e.g. giving rise to various types of miso paste. Quite commonly it’s a staple food item used in East Asian cuisine, giving dishes a great depth of flavours! Savoury, salty, sweet and umami comes to mind! 
  • Soya beans (also known as edamame beans) are a legume native to East Asia but are now commonly seem/grown throughout others parts of the globe. They are highly nutritious and healthful; a great source of protein, insoluble fibre, iron, potassium, polyunsaturated fats, phytoesterols, isoflavones (just to name a few) and various other vitamins and minerals! They also give rise to many other soya products (such as milk, miso, tofu, tempeh, flour and oil) and can be a great alternative to meat! 

There are many potential health benefits from soya foods. For instance, they have been shown to actively lower cholesterol levels and therefore reduce your risk for heart disease (*when consuming 25g of soya protein/D as part of a healthy diet), e.g. two glasses (500ml) of soya milk, a 250ml glass of soya milk and 75g of silken hard tofu or 85g of soya (edamame) beans would be plenty.

Have a great weekend and happy cooking everyone! 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++2                Garlic Clove (fat ones!)
+++++++++++100g          Spring Onion
+++++++++++100g          Root Ginger
+++++++++++400g         Carrot
+++++++++++420g          Bell Pepper (red & yellow)
+++++++++++2.5L            Water
+++++++++++400g         GF fusilli
+++++++++++                   Vegetable Stock Powder (low-salt/DF/GF)
+++++++++++300g          Frozen Soya Beans
+++++++++++200g          Bok Choi
+++++++++++10g             Fresh Coriander
+++++++++++2-3 tbsp    Soya Sauce (low-salt/ or Tamari Sauce for a GF alternative)
+++++++++++50-60g      White Miso Paste (about 3 tbsp)

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Directions

1. Fill a large, non-stick pot with 2.5L cold water. Cover with a lid. Bring to a boil.

2. Fill another pot with cold water. Bring to the boil. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain.

3. In the meantime, peel and dice the garlic. Wash, trim the ends and then roughly slice the spring onion. Wash, peel and then chop the ginger into small cubes. Wash, peel, trim the ends and then chop the carrot into small, bite-sized pieces. Wash, remove the stem and core and then chop the bell pepper into ½ cm pieces.

4. Once the water is boiling, add some vegetable stock (we kept ours to a minimum). Stir until dissolved. Add the garlic, spring onion, ginger, carrot, bell pepper and soya beans. Stir to combine. Cover with a lid, bring back to the boil. Cook and simmer for 6-7 mins or until the beans and vegetables are tender.

5. In the meantime, Remove the bok choi leaves from its stalk, wash and then roughly slice (as small or as large as preferred). Wash the coriander, remove its leaves from its stem and then roughly chop them.

6. Remove the pot of soup from the heat. Add 2-3 tbsp of soya sauce and 50-60g miso paste. Stir to dissolve.  Add the bok choi and coriander. Stir through. Taste and season the soup as necessary. Cover with a lid and allow the soup to sit for 10mins.

7. Add the cooked pasta just before serving. Stir through.

8. Give the soup a good stir before serving. Ladle the soup into a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander and sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; gently reheat in a pot over a medium-low heat and consume within 4 days.

 

Sources:
BDA- Soya food and health
USDA

Vegan & Gluten Free Herby White Sauce

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 6
Yields: 500 ml (approx.)
Assembly & Cooking Time: ≤10mins
Type: Sauce
Tools: Non-stick pot, whisk, large wooden spoon

Notes:

After perusing through some FreeFrom products in a local supermarket last weekend, it’s come to our attention that not only has the variety grown overnight, but how cheekily the supermarkets still overprice them (sauces being one of them)!

Sometimes premade food items can be a life saver- just look at how many of us buy tinned legumes?! However, now all of them are healthful (or appropriate) and where possible we should learn to make our own.

We’re certainly not by any means ‘professional chefs’, but we think that sauces are one of the basic food items that anyone can learn to prepare, such as our delicious plant-based, herby white sauce. It’s mostly inspired by a more traditional white sauce, commonly known as ‘béchamel sauce’!

We have previously used variations of this recipe as a topping to our lasagne, pasta bakes and stuffed bell peppers! It’s so versatile. You could possibly even adapt it into a tasty ‘cheese’ sauce that would be the perfect addtion to some cauliflower maccaroni and cheese, as a pizza topping or in a veggie gratin! Just add some nutritional yeast or anything else that you fancy. Alternatively you could swap our herb blend for some Herbs De Provence, parsley, or more traditional ‘béchamel-style’ seasoning’s (bay leaf and cloves). 

Ours only takes a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps; whereas you’ll find that more traditional white sauces look at infusing your milk with your herbs or spices of choice first. We’ve always found that the time spent cooking our sauce was enough to thoroughly infuse it with the herbs, but if you have the time or a recipe that might benefit from this step, feel free to experiment! 

 

A few additional things to note include:

  • If you want a slightly thinner sauce, add about 10g less flour or little more milk! We think that the current consistency is great for layering between lasagne sheets or over the top of your pasta bake. 
  • Do not burn your margarine and flour (there’s no coming back from that!) and make sure to cook it (just ever so slightly) to help remove the floury taste from your sauce.
  • You can add slightly less herbs than we’ve used (we love ours extra herby!), especially if you are not baking the sauce after it’s cooked; some dried herbs will have a bitter after taste if not cooked sufficiently.
  • If you’re not using the sauce straight away, cover the pot with a lid or some cling flim.
  • The sauce can be made in advance. Once cooled, re-whisk and then transfer the sauce into a resealable container and refrigerate. Tip: It’s best to refrigerate sooner rather than later to prevent a skin forming on top of the sauce. Before using, just add a little bit of milk and whisk through (this will help to ‘relax’ it). 
  • Feel free to use another type of DF milk; we find soya milk to be ideal (it’s nice and creamy!). 
  • The serving size is an approximation; it’s based on the ideal that this will be added to a pasta dish that will serve six people!

We hope that you enjoy the simplicity and the flavours of this sauce and with any luck it will save you a few extra pennies too!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++30g               Vegan Margarine
+++++++++++30g               Plain GF Flour
+++++++++++450ml          Soya Milk (unsweetened & fortified)
+++++++++++¾- 1¼ tsp     Dried Herbs (¼ thyme & ½ of both basil, & oregano)
+++++++++++¼ tsp            Ground Nutmeg
+++++++++++                      Salt and Black Pepper

 

Directions

1. Place a non-stick pot over a medium-low heat. Add 30g margarine. Once the margarine has melted, add 30g flour.

2. Using a whisk, stir the flour into the margarine until fully combined. Keep whisking for about 30 seconds; this will help to get rid of the floury taste. Tip: You have just created a ‘roux’!

3. Whilst whisking, gradually pour in the 450ml DF milk. Add the herbs and ¼ tsp nutmeg. Whisk until combined. With a whisk or a large wooden spoon keep whisking/stirring until the sauce has just thickened or your desired consistency is achieved. Tip: It’s important to keep whisking to prevent the sauce from burning to the bottom of the pot and to prevent lumps from forming. Remove from the heat.

4. Season it with some salt and a few grinds of black pepper to taste.

5. Serve with pasta or vegetable dishes.

Enjoy!

 

By this point the sauce had been sitting around a while; do you see the skin forming??

Meatless Monday: Kidney Bean, Broccoli & Spinach Burgers [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Yields: 22 Small or 11 Large Burgers
Serves: 6-11 (*Dependant on meal type.)
Prep & Cooking Time: ≤60 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or the number of kitchen helpers!)
Type: Main Meal, Snack
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, colander, steamer pot, food processor, baking trays, parchment paper, silicone spatula, cooling rack.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, E & K carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar*, salt* and saturated fats*! * Depending upon type of bread/bread crumbs, beans and/or tahini used.

Hi everyone! We hope that you’ve all had another great weekend?! How many of you woke up to a ‘winter wonderland’ yesterday? It was a lovely surprise! Although the roof tops and trees were glistening with a beautiful light dusting of snow, the ground was a wet and horrible mess! Perhaps others had the opportunity to build a snowman or go for a relaxing winter walk? 🙂

So, today’s recipe is all about ‘meatless burgers’ and these ones are crammed full of flavour and fibre! Whether you are in the midst of Veganuary, enjoy Meatless Mondays or just follow a plant-based diet like us, we think that everyone will enjoy this lovely meatless ‘burger’ recipe.

We actually made this recipe last a couple of times last spring, but have only just recently revisited it… but we’re so glad that we did! Hearty, wholesome and versatile ingredients; it’s another delicious recipe that allows you to adjust the costs and seasoning’s to your own personal preferences!  Enjoy them as a meal or a couple as a snack. 🙂

A few good things to note include:

  • We made fourteen small burgers and four large ones; it was more to clarify cooking times than anything else! Little or large, the choice is yours.
  • These burgers make a bigger impression if you use fresh (finely chopped) herbs and perhaps your favourite spices too! We forgot to add our Dukkah this time around (doh!), but we used it last time and thoroughly recommend using it! 
  • If a strict GF adherence is required, make sure to double check the oat bran packaging before purchasing!
  • Ours are not overly seasoned! For the ‘salt-o-holics’ out there, you might say these are bland! We suggest using more herbs and/or spices and a tasty homemade sauce, coleslaw or your favourite vegetable(s) to accompany them instead of reaching for the salt.
  • They would make a tasty and healthful option in child’s lunch!
  • Overall we think that homemade ‘burgers’ rock and are of course a million times better than store bought varieties! We served ours with some delicious homemade pomegranate sauce and coleslaw (recipes pending, so watch this space!), but feel free to add your own medley of veggies and or sauces! 

 

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • We have previously talked about the health benefit of beans before, but now we will elaborate on specifically on kidney beans! Kidney beans in their raw state are very toxic*, but when properly prepared they can be a great source of nutrients including: complex carbohydrates, protein, soluble fibre, B-Vitamins (including folate!), Vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium (just to name a few!). They are also naturally low in fat and can count towards helping you to meet your 5-A-Day!
  • We have talked about the benefits of porridge oats before and oat bran is no different! It is also a versatile, high fibre* and low-GI food that can provide you with a good source of insoluble and soluble fibre (in the form of beta-glucan). Beta-glucan has been shown to help reduce blood cholesterol levels and therefore help to reduce cardiovascular risks(**when consuming a minimum of 3g of beta-glucans/D as part of a healthy diet), e.g. about a 52g portion of oat bran porridge or about 5 tbsp used throughout the day would be suffice. Try adding it to soups, stews, bread, muffins, ‘flapjacks’ or other oat-bars, ‘meatballs’, cereal, smoothies or yoghurt! *A 52g serving would provide you with about 9.5g of fibre; that makes up nearly a third of your recommended fibre intake! 🙂

Happy cooking everyone!

 

Ingredients

++++++++++++420g      Broccoli Florets (500g Head)
++++++++++++130g       Baby Spinach (160g Frozen Spinach)
++++++++++++120g       Bread Crumbs (about 1 slice of bread)
++++++++++++130g       White Onion
++++++++++++180g       Red Bell Pepper
++++++++++++2             Garlic Clove (10g fresh or 1 tsp garlic puree)
++++++++++++480g      Cooked Kidney Beans (about 2 tins or 250g dried/cooked)
++++++++++++10g         Fresh Chives (1 tbsp Dried)
++++++++++++5g           Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley (1 tbsp dried)
++++++++++++40g        Tahini
++++++++++++7-10g     Dukkah Spice Mix
++++++++++++3-5g       Mustard Powder
++++++++++++40g        Oat bran (about ½ cup)
++++++++++++½-¾ tsp Salt
++++++++++++               Ground Black Pepper
++++++++++++               Low-fat cooking oil spray

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Directions

If you’re using a head of broccoli, remove the broccoli florets from its stem. Wash and then place broccoli into a steamer pot with a little water. Bring to the boil. Simmer and steam for 4-6 mins or until tender. Drain. Tip: Alternatively cook in a pot of water or try steaming the broccoli in a microwave instead.

 

 

In the meantime…

Boil a little water in a kettle. Place the spinach into a colander. Rinse. Pour over a little freshly boiled water to wilt the spinach. Allow to drain. Tip: Alternatively, carefully dice some frozen spinach and then defrost it in a microwave. Allow to drain in a colander or sieve. 

 

 

  • If applicable, make some bread crumbs. Place the bread into a toaster or under a grill and toast. Remove and break it up into a food processor. Process the bread until bread crumbs are achieved. Transfer into a mixing bowl. Tip: If you do not own a food processor, toast the bread as hard as possible (without burning it) and then place it into a resealable kitchen baggie. Using a rolling pin, gently crush the bread to create your breadcrumbs!
  • Peel and quarter the onion. Wash, remove the core and stem and then roughly quarter the bell pepper. Peel the garlic. Transfer the onion into a food processor. Turn on. Whilst it’s running, add the garlic. Process until the onion and garlic are finely chopped. Tip: If you don’t own a food processor then finely grate the onion, bell pepper and garlic using a cheese grater or finely chop instead. Transfer the mixture into the mixing bowl. Place the bell pepper into the food processor. Process until minced. Transfer into a sieve to drain any excess water (if applicable). Transfer into the mixing bowl.

 

 

Remember to check and drain your broccoli if you haven’t already! 

 

  • If applicable, drain and rinse the kidney beans in a colander. Transfer into the food processor. Process until they are mostly ‘broken down’. Transfer into the mixing bowl. Tip: If you do not own a food processor, transfer them into a separate mixing bowl and mash them using a potato masher or fork- it’s a great upper arm workout! 
  • Place the broccoli and spinach into the food processor. Process until finely minced. Transfer into the mixing bowl.

 

If applicable, wash and finely chop the chives. Tip: A pair of kitchen scissors works perfectly for quickly chopping them! Wash the parsley, remove the leaves from the stem and then finely chop. Add the herbs into the mixing bowl.

 

Add 40g  tahini, 7-10g Dukkah spice mix, 3-5g mustard powder, ½ cup oat bran, ½-¾ tsp salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Using a spatula, thoroughly mix the ingredients together.

 

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF. Line one or two baking trays with a piece of parchment paper or some silicone mats. Spray a little low-fat cooking oil and grease each sheet of paper or mat.

 

Roll a bit of the mixture between your hands into a golf-sized ball (or larger if a larger burger is preferred). Tip: If the mixture is a bit too sticky, lightly four your hands. Place onto the baking tray. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Gently flatten them with a spatula. Place the tray(s) into the oven (use the middle and lower oven shelves only). Bake for 10 mins.

 

 

Remove. Increase the heat to 200ºC/400ºF. Spray the tops of the burgers with a little low-fat cooking oil. Carefully turn over the ‘burgers’ with a frying spatula or palette knife. Place the tray(s) back into the oven. Bake for a further 8-12 mins, or until lightly browned and slightly firm. Remove. Allow to cool for 5 mins on the tray(s) before serving. Tip: Our smaller burgers took an additional ten minutes whilst our larger one took twelve. If applicable, allow the burgers to cool completely before refrigerating. 

 

At last! Served with some tasty homemade wedges and rather messy homemade slaw; hunger always conquers photo ‘styling’!

 

If that doesn’t get your stomach rumbling, we don’t know what will!

 

If ‘burgers’ are not your thing, try adding them to salads, ‘bowls’ or turn them into meatballs instead…

 

…And for the little ones, make it a memorable and tasty adventure!

NB: This is one of last year’s trials (homemade burgers and oven chips); sometimes it’s fun to play with food! 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat (if preferred) and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively, individually wrap in some kitchen film, store and freeze; defrost, reheat and consume within one month.

 

Sources
USDA
NHS Choices
Heart UK
*Nutrition. 2013 Jun;29(6):821-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2012.11.010. Epub 2013 Feb 12. 
**Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Avocado Cream

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 3- 4
Prep & Assembly: ≤ 8 mins
Type: Dip, Condiment
Tools: Food processor or blender, sharp knife, measuring cups, spoon, silicone spatula.

Notes: This recipe contains: B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, is low in added sugar, salt and per serving is low in saturated fats.

Over Christmas, haven bought numerous fruits and vegetables (a few things impromptu, naughty we know!) we had a few extra items to use before their expiration, including an avocado. 

As lovers of guacamole, avocado-based sauces and well let’s face it, all things avocado this wasn’t going to be a problem! Haven seen a few avocado recipes on our travels last year, we decided to make our take on ‘avocado cream’ (which is really just a smooth dressing, dip or sauce, depending on how you look at it). It was a great idea as it utilised some other ingredients we had on hand; anything to reduce food waste right?!

Potatoes check, Brussels sprouts check, soya yoghurt check… yes, we felt a delicious salad ‘bowl’ and a break from Christmas’s indulgences coming on! So we present to you today our avocado cream! A creamy, tangy and light dip (or dressing) that can be enjoyed with starchy wedges (try making some with your favourite potato, celeriac or parsnip varieties), in salads or ‘bowls’, in a tasty sandwich or wrap, over pasta, as a soup garnish or maybe as a delicious ‘burger’ sauce! It’s also a great way to consume some ‘good’ fats and a little added Vitamin E and calcium! Mmm yes, we feel many falafel or meat-free wraps with this tasty dressing coming on! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

Have a great weekend and happy cooking everyone! 🙂

Avocado Cream

Ingredients

+++++++++++++1              Ripe Avocado Pear
+++++++++++++1 tbsp     Flat Leaf Parsley (*optional)
+++++++++++++½ Cup    Soya Yoghurt (fortified & unsweetened recommended)
+++++++++++++1 tbsp     Lemon juice (fresh or concentrated)
+++++++++++++1 tbsp     Apple Cider Vinegar
+++++++++++++20g        Tahini
+++++++++++++               Pinch of salt
+++++++++++++               Pinch of red chilli flakes (*optional)

Directions

1. Chop the avocado (vertically) into two halves. Remove and discard the stone and then peel away the skin. Place it into a blender or food processor. Tip: If you do not own a suitable kitchen gadget, mash and combine all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl instead! If using, wash the parsley (or your herb of choice!), remove its stem and then roughly shred them (we cut our parsley with a pair of kitchen scissors!).

2. Add 1/2 cup yoghurt, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp vinegar, 20g tahini and a pinch of salt. Blend or process until smooth, creamy and uniform in colour. Taste and season as necessary.

3. Using a spatula or spoon, transfer the avocado cream into a serving dish or resealable container (whatever is applicable).

4. If using, garnish the avocado cream with fresh herbs, chilli flakes or anything else you desire! Serve promptly with your desired meal or snack of choice! 🙂

Enjoy!

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; consume within 1-3 days. Tip: If your avocado is really ripe, then ideally you should consume this cream on the same day that it’s made.

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

 

Lentils Meatballs [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Yields: 20 Meatballs
Serves: 5 (*One serving =4 ‘Meatballs’)
Prep & Cooking Time: ≤60 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or kitchen helpers!)
Type: Main meal or Snack
Tools: Sieve, non-stick pot, non-stick frying pan, food processor, silicone spatula, small bowl, chopping board, sharp knife, baking tray, silicone mat, mixing bowl.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & E, protein, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added salt, sugar and saturated fats!

 

Hi everyone! Here are some easy and delicious lentil meatballs that we made last November! 

So, the question is whether to use legumes or pulses?! Both make great plant-based meatballs, burgers, sandwich fillingsfalafels, koftes, meatloaf (more meatloaf!) and sausages (just to name a few!); all of which are tasty, hearty and healthful in their own right. However, we are still undecided as to what we prefer!

Which do you prefer lentils or beans? 

Overall, these little lovelies are great! The lentils, nuts and seasoning’s all provide a great meaty and savoury delight. Enjoy ‘a couple’ as a lovely savoury snack (perhaps with houmous or another tasty dip of choice?!) or as part of a healthful meal; with pasta, as a meze or in a wrap! We enjoyed ours with a homemade spicy tomato sauce and an impromptu (almost!) patatas bravas- we highly recommend it! 

 

A few good things to note include:

  • Process or finely chop the ingredients as small as possible. Any whole lentils, or large pieces of veggies will prevent the ‘meatballs’ from forming- you’ll have to them pull out and discard the culprit ingredient(s)! We had to discard a few lentils, pieces of herbs and onion!
  • The lentils make for a great ‘blank canvas’! Just adjust or adapt the seasonings to taste.
  • You can opt out of cooking dry lentils and just use a tin variety instead however, as you have a few other pieces of prep to do before the actual assembly, you might as well just cook some lentils in the background. The choice is yours!
  • Do not be tempted to ‘over bake’ them. Plant-based ‘meatballs’ will be never as firm as standard ones and a dry ‘meatball’ if just not worth thinking about!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++160g     Dried Brown Lentils (approx. 1 tin cooked lentils)
+++++++++++50g       Walnut pieces
+++++++++++2-3g     Cumin seeds
+++++++++++40g       Slice of Bread (1 slice) or breadcrumbs
+++++++++++140g      Red Onion
+++++++++++100g     Red bell Pepper
+++++++++++180g      Carrot
+++++++++++5g          Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
+++++++++++5g          Fresh Lemon Thyme
+++++++++++2            Flax Eggs
+++++++++++1 tbsp    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
+++++++++++¾ tsp     Salt
+++++++++++              Ground Black pepper
+++++++++++ 2-3g     Garlic Salt
+++++++++++½ tsp     Asafoetida
+++++++++++2g          Mild paprika
+++++++++++20g        Plain GF Flour
+++++++++++12g         Sesame Seeds

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Directions

Wash the lentils in a sieve, remove any seeds and stones and then cook them according to the packet instructions.

 

In the meantime, heat a small, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the walnuts and cumin seeds. Dry-fry until lightly toasted/browned. Remove from the heat and transfer into a small bowl. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer into a food processor. Process until a fine mixture is achieved. Transfer back into the bowl.

 

 

If applicable, place the bread into a toaster or until a grill and toast. Remove and break it up into the food processor. Process the bread until breadcrumbs are achieved. Tip: if you do not have a food processor, toast the bread as hard as possible (without burning it) and then place it into a resealable kitchen baggie. Using a rolling pin, gently crush the bread to create your breadcrumbs! Transfer the breadcrumbs into the same bowl as the walnut mixture.

 

 

Wash, remove the stem and core and then roughly chop the bell pepper. Peel and quarter the onion. Place the bell pepper and onion into the food processor. Process until minced. Tip: You could also finely chop your veggies on a standard chopping board or grate your veggies using a cheese grater!  Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl.

Larger pieces will have to be chopped or discarded!

 

 

Peel, trim the ends and finely grate the carrot. Wash the parsley and thyme, remove the leaves from the stems and finely chop them. Place the carrot, parsley and thyme into the mixing bowl.

 

 

Drain the lentils. Allow them to cool slightly. Meanwhile, create the ‘flax eggs’. Place 16g of ground flax seed and 6 tbsp of cold water into a small dish. Mix until combined. Leave for 5 mins to set.

 

 

Transfer the lentils into the food processor. Add 1 tbsp of oil. Season with a little salt and black pepper to taste. Pulse until the lentils are mostly broken down and a coarse mixture is achieved. Tip: Alternatively place the lentils into a separate mixing bowl with the oil and mash using a potato masher or large fork!

 

 

Transfer the lentils into the mixing bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and walnut mixture, ¾ tsp salt, a few grinds of black pepper, 2-3g garlic salt, ½ tsp asafoetida and 2g paprika. Mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined (forming one giant ‘meatball’!).

 

 

Heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or some parchment paper. Lightly spray it with a little low-fat cooking oil. Set aside a small dish with 20g GF flour and another one with 12g sesame seeds.

 

 

Gather some of the mixture between your hands. Tip: use a little flour to coat your hands if the mixture is a little tacky. Roll the mixture into a ‘golf ball sized’ ball. Dip and coat the ‘meatball’ into the sesame seeds. Place it onto the baking tray. Repeat until all the mixture has been used. NB: we created twenty! Place the tray onto the middle oven shelf and bake for 11 mins. Remove and carefully turn the ‘meatballs’ over. Place back into the oven and bake for a further 8 mins or until lightly browned and slightly firm.

 

 

 

Try serving them with some roasted veggies!

Baby new potatoes, celeriac and fresh thyme!

 

Remove from the oven. Allow them to rest on the tray for 5 mins before serving. Serve as desired. As mentioned, we went for a spicy tomato sauce and an (almost!) patatas bravas! Delicious! 😀

 

Leftover ‘bowls’ are great too!

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. As a guesstimate store, freeze, defrost and heat within one month; we didn’t freeze any of ours, these lovelies were ‘meal prepped’ and consumed within 3 days! If anyone freezes them, you’ll have to let us know how you get on. 🙂

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Sri Lankan Inspired Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: 40 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or kitchen helpers!)
Cooking: 7-8hrs (*Over a low heat setting)
Tools: Small bowl, colander, chopping board, sharp knife, sieve, frying pan, measuring jug, slow cooker, non-stick pot.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar and salt and has a moderate quantity of fats! 

The cold weather is setting in and decadent Christmas flavours are now packed away for another eleven months… this could only mean four simple things- the need for hearty, wholesome and quick foods that will ‘warm your cockles’ and taste buds!

Well, we have just the cure for that- here’s another tasty, ‘slow cooker curry’; those are actually starting to become our three favourite words! Perhaps that’s because slow cookers are magic devices; not only do they slowly cook our food in abundance, but they also help improve how we feel about even the most basic of meals!

What’s the best meal that you have prepared in yours?! 🙂

For those of you that may have tried some of our previous slow cooker curries or S.C meals, you’ll know just how tasty they are (well, you haven’t told us otherwise!). 😛 Curry prepared in a slow cooker (although not traditional, not even a little!) is by far one of the best methods to develop a huge depth of healthy and aromatic flavours- well, that’s our opinion anyways! 

This time our spicy/slow cooker urge unravelled with a packet of Sri Lankan spices that we still hadn’t gotten around to trying; ergo the birth of our curry! This one is pretty hearty, spicy (well, this is subjective) and of course packed full of tasty and healthful ingredients; its plant-based eating that is designed to help make this more than a ‘one day occasion’! 

The curry: sweet and creamy potatoes (that melt in your mouth), combined with hearty and robust chickpeas and an abundance of delicious flavours. All served over a bed of fluffy rice! We’ve filled you in on our spice mix below and hopefully you can all find something similar or just create your own (as spicy as you dare)! If you are not keen on sweet potato, try adapting it with cauliflower, butternut squash or aubergine; just remember to adapt the other flavours as you see fit. We have used some reduced fat coconut milk, but still be mindful as there is still a moderate quantity of fat per serving; ‘reduced fat’ foods are not free passes to eat more! 

Happy cooking everyone! 😀

 

Ingredients

NB: Use about 2 tins of chickpeas or 260g of a dried/cooked variety. Our Sri Lankan Spice Blend: Coriander Seeds, Whole, Fenugreek Seeds, Whole, Cumin Seeds White, Whole, Fennel Seeds, Whole, Cayenne Chillies, Ground, Cinnamon Bark, Whole, Cardamom Green, Whole Pods, Curry Leaves, Whole Clove Buds ‘Hand-Select’.

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Directions

  • Peel and dice the garlic and shallots. Wash the chilli, remove the stem, deseed (if you prefer meals with less heat!) and then finely chop it. Wash, peel and then dice the ginger. Wash, remove the stem and core and then chop the bell pepper into ½ cm pieces.
  • Wash the lemongrass, trim off the ends, peel away tough/ dried-out outer layer (and discard), bash the woody exterior with a rolling pin to soften and then finely chop it. Tip: Bashing or firmly pressing the lemongrass will help release some of its aromatic oils. Wash the lime, grate the zest (do not juice it just yet like we have shown here, you’ll do this later on!).
  • Wash the sweet potatoes, peel and then chop into approx. 1″ pieces (we kept ours chunky!)

 

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat.
  • Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Add the garlic, shallot, chilli, ginger, bell pepper and lemongrass. Stir together. Gently fry for 2-3 mins or until softened.
  • Add the sweet potato. Spray a little more cooking oil. Stir together. Gently fry for 3 mins.
  • Add the lime zest, 1g fenugreek leaves and 6-8g Sri Lankan spice blend. Add a few grinds of black pepper. Stir together. Gently fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove from the heat.

 

In the meantime, prepare your stock according to the packet instructions.

 

  • Transfer the vegetable mixture into a slow cooker.
  • Add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Stir together.
  • Pour in the boiling hot stock. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Set to cook for 7-8 hrs over a low heat setting or over a high setting for 2-3.
  • Slightly defrost the spinach, chop it into smaller ‘chunks’. Add it to the slow cooker 30 mins before the end of cooking. Tip: If you’re using fresh leaves, roughly chop and then stir them through the curry once it has finished cooking. Let it stand (covered) for about 5 mins to allow the leaves to slightly wilt. 

 

Prepare the rice according to the packet instructions (if applicable).

Juice the lime. Stir the juice through the curry just before serving.

Spoon the rice into large serving bowls (If applicable). Ladle over the curry. Garnish with a wedge of lime, a small dollop of sweet & sour lime pickle or some fresh coriander leaves.

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftover curry in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively, store and freeze in an air-tight and resealable container(s); defrost, reheat and consume within 2 months.

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Seasonal Vegetable Soup W/ White Beans & Sausages

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: 40 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or kitchen helpers!)
Cooking Time: 4-8 hrs (*Dependent on S.C. setting)

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, carbohydrates, protein, fibre calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and per serving* is low in added sugar, salt and saturated fats. (*Dependent upon the type and/or quantity of stock and/or vegan sausages used). 

Happy New year everyone! We would like to take a moment again to thank everyone that has supported us during the last fourteen months; you have truly made it a very productive and rewarding time indeed! It’s been a pleasure sharing, interacting and seeing our posts receive visits from over 80 countries! Thanks everyone, we really appreciate the support and hope that we have helped make your culinary journey and healthy lifestyle easier, tastier and well informed! 🙂

Today we would like to share another great (mostly!) seasonal recipe that’s plant-based and easy to execute! A tasty and seasonal stew that will not only warm your heart and soul, but will help to kick off the year on a fantastic note! #5Aday

It’s a delicious soup that has a lovely natural sweetness from the carrot, swede and fennel and is wholly satisfying! We have suggested the use of plant-based ‘sausages’, but these are completely optional. The soup is tasty and satisfying without them, but those embarking on Veganuary might be keen to sample some processed/ plant-based goodies to help ease their transition. It’s important to note that these types of faux meats are not the gold standard to plant-based eating and/or healthy eating in general; a lot of these products can contain a lot of oil and/or high levels of salt. However, they can be quite tasty and useful in moderation, but we would always recommend trying to make these plant-based goodies yourself.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2016 and happy cooking everyone! 😀

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Per serving this soup contains about 5 servings of vegetables towards your 5-A-Day! Now that is truly #eating2health!
  • Butter beans are a great source of nutrients including: Vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc (just to name a few!), are naturally low in fat and count towards your 5-A-Day!

 

Tip: If preferred, use a mixture of  ½ volume water, ½ volume stock with some additional fresh or dried herbs instead of using loads of stock!

 

Ingredients

+++++++++12g           Garlic Clove (2 fat ones!)
+++++++++140g        Brown Onion
+++++++++200g       Yellow Bell Pepper
+++++++++400g       Fennel Bulb
+++++++++360g       Carrot
+++++++++1kg           Swede
+++++++++10g          Fresh Rosemary
+++++++++440g       Cooked Butter Beans (approx. 2 tins or 220g dried/cooked variety)
+++++++++1 tbsp      Rapeseed Oil
+++++++++                Salt & Ground Black pepper
+++++++++187ml      White Wine
+++++++++1               Bay Leaf
+++++++++1.4L          Vegetable Stock (low-salt/GF if required)
+++++++++240g       Frozen Green beans, defrosted
+++++++++6-9          Vegan Sausages (*optional)

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Directions

Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion. Wash, remove the stem and core and then finely chop the bell pepper. Wash the fennel, trim the ends, slice it (horizontally) into two halves and then finely chop. Wash, peel, trim the bottom and then chop the swede into cubes. Drain and wash the beans (if applicable). Wash the rosemary, remove the leaves from its stem and then finely chop them. Tip: Check out a previous recipe for some help on preparing your fennel. 

 

 

Wash, peel, trim the ends and then quarter the carrot(s).

 

 

  • Heat 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil in a large, non-stick a frying pan or pot. Tip: Looking for a lower-fat option? Swap the oil for some low-fat cooking oil instead.
  • Add the garlic and onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
  • Add the bell pepper, fennel and carrot. Stir together. Gently fry for 3-4 mins or until slightly softened.
  • Add the swede.
  • Cover with a lid and gently fry/steam-fry for a final 3-4 mins. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the vegetable mixture into a slow cooker.

 

Add the rosemary, butter beans, wine, bay leaf and stock (and/or water). Stir together. Season it with some black pepper to taste. Cover with a lid. Cook on a low heat setting for 7-8 hrs or on a high setting for 3-4 hrs instead.

 

In the meantime…

Snap the beans into halves and defrost them. Add them to the slow cooker during the last 30mins of cooking. Alternatively, steam and then add them to the slow cooker just before serving.

 

Cook the sausages according to the packet instructions. Allow them to cool and ‘set’. Add them into your soup just before serving (if applicable). Tip: Due to the ingredients in these types of sausages, they will quickly dissolve into your soup’s broth if you add them whilst the soup is still cooking!

 

Ladle the soup into large serving bowls. Add the cooked sausages (if desired); serve with bread if preferred (a friendly warning: this soup is super filling without!). Garnish with some fresh rosemary, parsley or chives if preferred.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftover soup in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively freeze in one or several containers; defrost, reheat and consume within 2 months.

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Sambar [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 6
Prep: ≤35 mins
Cooking Time: 2-3 hours (*On a high S.C setting)
Type: Main meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, veggie peeler, two pots, measuring jug, food processor, slow cooker

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar and salt! 

Happy Monday everyone! We hope that you’ve all had a great weekend? We are feeling pretty prepared for the weekend ahead and are really looking forward to enjoying some great food and reconnecting with some faces we haven’t seen in a while! 🙂 

Today we have a delicious and nutritious South Indian lentil and vegetable-based slow cooker curry recipe for you. We’ve been playing with sambar recipes for quite a while now and think that this one is pretty tasty! It’s particularly good for those that love spicy (although not completely paralysing meals) and lighter curries! This is down to the fact that it doesn’t comprise of any heavy sauces (no cream or butter!) or large quantities of added oils; it relies on so many great spices (as hot as preferred), including some tasty tamarind! We’ve used a store-bought tamarind paste this time, but check out this previous curry recipe on how to prepare tamarind pulp! Authentic versions of this curry are prepared with yellow lentils, a sambar powder mix (which has a few varied ingredients than what we have included) and is usually finished off with a tempered spice mix which includes a little more oil (more than we have used) and some curry leaves!  

Quite honestly, this curry feels more like a ‘lentil stew’ than curry, especially if you do not serve it with rice or some type of bread- although we thoroughly recommend that you do! It’s also very versatile, so do not feel that you have to use the same vegetables; baby turnips would make a great, tasty and lower G.I substitute to white potatoes! It’s good to note that the desiccated coconut adds a fair bit of saturated fat to the dish, so please use less of it if you want to make this meal low in fat; to further this point we would also recommend serving this curry with some plain brown basmati or wholemeal rice instead of heavier/oily breads.

As we like to control the quantity of spice used in our cooking, we never really add really hot chillies (like a bird’s eye!) to our dishes, we would rather drizzle over some infused chilli oil or add some chilli flakes just before serving. However, if you are braver than us, try using a hotter chilli and/or chilli powder or more chilli flakes to the curry before cooking!

We hope that you find this to be a tasty and quick alternative to the your current festive dishes on offer and perhaps a great recipe to have on stand-by for any post-Christmas parties or delicious New Year meals ahead!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Ingredients

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Directions

Peel and dice the garlic and onion. Wash, remove the stem and dice the chilli. Wash the lentils in a sieve and then remove any seeds or stones.

 

 

Place a large non-stick pot with 450ml water over a medium heat. Cover with a lid. Bring to the boil. Add the garlic, onion, chilli, lentils, 3g curry powder and ½ tsp salt. Stir together. Cover with the lid. Simmer and cook for 15-20 mins or until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat.

 

 

In the meantime, heat a separate non-stick pot or frying pan over a medium heat and get your curry paste spices and desiccated coconut ready. When the pot becomes hot, add the spices and coconut. Dry fry this mixture for about 1-2 mins or until the coconut is lightly toasted.

 

 

Transfer the mixture into a food processor. Processor until the mixture becomes fine and grainy. Whilst the food processor is still running, add 1 tbsp of oil and 1 cup of water. Process until the ingredients are thoroughly combined, forming a paste. Leave for the moment. Tip: This is your curry paste!

 

 

Wash, peel, trim the ends and dice the carrot. Wash, remove the stem and core and then dice the bell pepper. Wash, peel and cube the potato. Wash, remove the stem (if applicable) and then quarter the tomatoes. Place 20-25g tamarind paste into a measuring jug with 5 tbsp of water. Mix to dissolve.

 

 

Place the carrot, bell pepper and potatoes into a slow cooker. Add the lentil mixture, curry paste and tamarind mixture. Stir and thoroughly combine. Top with the tomatoes. Slightly press and submerge them into the liquid. Cover with a lid. Cook on a high heat setting for 2-3 hours. NB: Ours took 2.5hrs to cook! 

 

 

Snap the beans into halves and then defrost them. Add the beans to the slow cooker during the last 30 mins of cooking. Alternatively, steam and stir them through the curry just before serving.

 

 

Serve with brown basmati rice, wholegrain pitta,  flatbread or a dosa. Garnish with a slice of lime, chilli infused oil (chilli flakes steeped in 1-2 tsp of rapeseed oil!) and/or fresh coriander leaves (if preferred!). 🙂

 

Tip: Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3 days. Alternatively, store and freeze; defrost, reheat and consume within 2 months.

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Meatless Monday: Baked Tofu Loaf #VeganChristmasRecipes

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6-8
Prep & Cooking Time: 70 mins
Cooling: 45-60 mins
Tools: Food Processor, 9″ Spring Form Tin, Mixing Bowl

Notes:

Hey everyone! Did you have a great weekend?? As we approach mid-December, doesn’t it just feel like one giant memory game of recalling all of the mundane errands, cleaning and end of year tasks you still have to do… including some seasonal meal prep?! :/

With only twelve days to Christmas, most people probably will have some idea of what they will be cooking. We had a chin scratch a few weeks back and knew that we wanted something a little ‘different’ from last year’s menu. We happened to come across the quirky ‘Tofurky’ that is making an appearance around cyberspace… have you seen it? It has a jaw-dropping effect, but not because it looks like the most delicious piece of faux meat you have ever laid your eyes on. No, it’s ridiculously expensive! Tofurky, No ‘fanky’! At £35 for a stuffed tofu log, (yeah that’s a lot of money for fermented beans and rice right?!), we never even gave it a second thought. I don’t even think that we’ve even paid that much money for meat (back in the day!) let alone tofu… but it did get our creative juices flowing!

We trialled a couple recipes, one being a pie (it was epic!), but have decided on this lovely and simple baked tofu loaf; our goal was to nestle it next to some tasty trimmings and then top it all off with a delicious gravy- which we did! The loaf is healthy (but that’s a given!), a little time consuming but not difficult… and we think that this is the most important thing here. Christmas dinner shouldn’t take you ten minutes to cook, but nor should it be overly expensive, contain five thousand calories or require the skills and planning of a Michelin star chef and his team! It should encompass great food and conversation, enjoyed with the people that you love… which won’t happen if you have to spend most of the day in the kitchen! In fact, for complete cooking ease, you could make this loaf a couple of days in advance and reheat it on Christmas day! The only negative point about this recipe is that you need a food processor or perhaps a hand-held stick blender as the tofu needs to be silky smooth!

It’s important to note that this recipe has fourteen staple ingredients, which may sound like a lot but it isn’t! We haven’t listed fourteen spices and/or ingredients that are only sourced at health food shops! These ingredients are not too obscure or expensive (relatively) and together they help to form the foundations of this round tofu loaf! Ultimately the additional seasonings and flavours are up to you! As tofu goes, it always needs seasoning and as you won’t be marinating it, you’ll need to decide on a few key flavours that you enjoy. We were happy with the ones that we used, but have highlighted (below) on how we will be adapting some of them on Christmas day! We have listed numerous suggestions for you to try- make it great! One suggestion is ‘just think big’; a half teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of dried herbs won’t cut it! You need to increase your portions to carry the flavour all of the way through!

Continue to watch this space! Throughout the week we’ll be posting our tasty sides and sauces to help make a well-rounded and delicious plant-based Christmas that everyone can enjoy!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Tip: When frying, try adding a splash of white white to your veggies for another depth of flavour!

 

Ingredients

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Directions
  1. Drain and press the tofu between two heavy plates or chopping boards for 30 mins to express any excess water.

 

2. In the meantime, wash the quinoa in a sieve under cold running water for 30 seconds to help remove some of its bitterness and then cook it according to the packet instructions. NB: Ours took 15-20 mins to cook.

 

3. If applicable, create some breadcrumbs. Tip: We toasted some delicious chia and soya-based bread and then created some in our food processor!

 

4. Meanwhile, peel and dice the garlic. Wash, trim the ends and finely slice the spring onion. Wash, remove the stem and core and then dice the bell pepper. Wash, peel, trim the ends and then finely grate the carrot. Wash, trim the ends and then dice the celery.

No celery pictured here- sorry!

 

 

5. Heat 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat (or spray it with some low-fat cooking oil). Add the garlic, spring onion, bell pepper, carrot and celery. Gently fry for 3 mins or until softened. Remove from the heat.

 

 

6. Heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Lightly grease a 9″ spring-form baking pan with some oil or margarine.

 

 

7. Prepare the ‘flax eggs’. Place 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed into a small bowl with 6 tbsp of water. Mix together. Leave for 5 mins to set. Next, wash the sage and thyme, remove the leaves from its stem and then roughly chop them. Wash and dice the chives.

 

 

8. Meanwhile, drain off the excess water from the tofu. Pat it dry with some kitchen paper. Crumble it into a food processor. Add 2 tbsp of DF milk. Process until the tofu becomes smooth and ‘mousse-y’.

 

 

9. Assemble the loaf!

Step 1: Transfer the tofu mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add the flax eggs, fresh herbs, cream cheese and your desired seasoning & flavourings!
Step 3: Mix until thoroughly combined.
Step 4: Add the vegetable mixture. Fold it through with a spatula. Taste and season it as necessary.
Step 5: Add the breadcrumbs (flour or stuffing mixture!) and the cooked quinoa (or rice).
Step 6: Fold it through and thoroughly combine.

 

 

10. Transfer the tofu mixture into the greased tin. Use a spatula or some grease proof paper to help press the mixture snugly into the base of the tin and flatten the surface as much as possible. Tip: The mixture will be a bit sticky, but just lightly flour your hands if necessary!

 

 

11. Place it onto the middle oven shelf and bake for 40-45 mins or until it’s’ lightly browned, firm to touch and the edges are slightly coming away from the tin!

 

 

12. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool in the tin on a cooling rack for 45- 60 mins. It stays warm for a very long time so you have plenty of time to prepare your side dishes and/or gravy! NB: In our trial run we were able to roast some tasty sides and prepare a sauce in that time it took to cook and set. 🙂

 

 

…Whilst your waiting for your tofu to bake, check out our first ‘Christmas meal attempt’! Alex wanted me to to post it (haha)! It’s a shame I didn’t take a picture when Alex first laid eyes on it- priceless! It’s was a monster (12×9″); it certainly ain’t no ‘pixie pie’!

It reminds me of something that would be on the table if #AdamRichman ever came to our house! baha! This pie ended up in the reject pile, not because it tasted horrible (it had three layers of tasty ingredients!), but because it was a tad too fiddly…at least for Christmas dinner. The inspiration came from the combination of an encroute and coulibiac! It’s the perfect example of what you can accomplish when you set your mind to something! If anyone wants the recipe, just send us a message. If we get enough interest we might turn it into a post, not that we are condoning pie-eating on a regular basis (everything in moderation right?!), but we have a long winter ahead (wink, wink)! 

 

Now for the baked and cooled loaf…

 

Garnish it with anything and everything Christmassy and enjoy with numerous tasty sides!

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within five days.

Slow Cooker Turkish Pilaf [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 6
Prep: ≤ 35 mins
Cooking Time: 2-3 hrs (*on a high heat setting.)
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board(s), sharp knife, colander, large/non-stick frying pan, frying spatula, measuring jug, slow cooker

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving has a moderate quantity of added sugar, salt and fat!

Pilaf is a simple, global and personalised dish; in fact it’s so simple that you can even cook it perfectly in a slow cooker! Arguably, it may of even cooked better than our stove top variety; sometimes ‘cheaper’ varieties of rice can be a headache! Yes, a simple rice dish (with minimum prep!) that is typically a one-pot meal (sorry about the frying pan!). 

Our fluffy Turkish pilaf was cooked in a seasoned broth with tasty mint, cinnamon and chilli and served with some of our delicious ‘crumbled feta‘, a dollop of low-fat houmous and a wedge of pitta bread. Garnish by scattering some lovely and beautiful pomegranate ‘gems’, toasted nuts, tasty dates and a delicious medley of herbs. Serve it in a large bowl and enjoy every delicious spoonful packed full of great Middle Eastern tastes! 🙂

Perhaps this is an ideal dish to add to your weekend planner?! #mealplanning 

We hope that you do try this delicious, stress free rice that can be seasoned with any flavour(s) that take you fancy; enjoy it often with spices and seasoning’s from all around the globe! 

Have a good weekend everyone and happy cooking!

 

We decided to use rapeseed oil (not olive) and no bell pepper! We also added a splash of rose water (not seen here). The ‘dried dill bottle’ was a reminder for us to defrost some of our frozen dill  and flat leaf parsley! We used packaged’ pomegranate seeds, but check out our previous Middle Eastern recipe on how to remove pomegranate seeds from a pomegranate. 🙂

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++3             Garlic Clove (fat ones, about 20g!)
+++++++++++++++180g       White Onion
+++++++++++++++1              Green Chilli (we used a 30g Serrano!)
+++++++++++++++260g      Carrot
+++++++++++++++1 tbsp     Rapeseed Oil
+++++++++++++++2g           Dried Mint
+++++++++++++++3g           Ground Cinnamon
+++++++++++++++¼-½ tsp Salt & Ground Black Pepper
+++++++++++++++350g      Dried Easy Cook Basmati Rice
+++++++++++++++720g      Cooked Chickpeas (*about 3 tins or 360g dried + cooked)
+++++++++++++++700ml   Boiling Vegetable Stock (low-salt/GF if required)
+++++++++++++++1 tbsp     Rose water (*optional)
+++++++++++++++60g        Hazelnuts (or pine nuts)
+++++++++++++++60g        Dried Dates (or your favourite dried fruit)
+++++++++++++++               Fresh Dill
+++++++++++++++               Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
+++++++++++++++100g      Pomegranate Seeds

 

 

Directions

If you fancy it, prepare our ‘crumbled feta‘ first. Cover and refrigerate until the pilaf has finished cooking. Alternatively prepare it the night before; dice and serve it with the cooked rice.

 

Peel and dice the garlic. Peel and finely chop the onion. Wash the chilli, remove the stem, deseed and then finely chop. Wash, peel, trim the ends and finely cube the carrot.

 

 

  • Heat some rapeseed oil (or spray some low-fat cooking oil spray) in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat .
  • Add the garlic and onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until soft.
  • Add the chilli and carrot. Gently fry for a further 2-3 mins or until softened. Tip: Whilst your waiting for the veggies to soften, boil 700ml of water in a kettle (you’ll need this for your stock!).
  • Add 2g dried mint 3g ground cinnamon. Season it with ¼- ½ tsp salt and black pepper. Stir to coat.
  • Add the rice. Stir to coat. Remove from the heat.

 

 

  1. Transfer the rice mixture into a slow cooker. Add the cooked chickpeas (*drain and wash any tinned varieties before adding!).
    2. Prepare the stock; pour it into the slow cooker. Add the rose water (if using). Stir together.
    3. Cover with a lid. Cook on a high heat setting for 2-3 hours (NB: ours took 2.5hrs).
    4. Fluff the rice grains with a fork just before serving; taste and season as necessary…but try not to eat it all of it straight out of the slow cooker! 😛

 

Before the rice has finished cooking, prepare some garnishes. Toast some hazelnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium-high heat (and then roughly chop), finely dice some dried fruit (if applicable) and wash/finely chop some fresh dill and/or parsley (if desired).

 

Serve in a large bowl in addition to the ‘crumbled feta’, houmous (or minty yoghurt!) and pitta bread (if desired). Garnish the rice with nuts, dried fruit, fresh dill and/or parsley.

Both pictures show one portion of pilaf. 🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftover rice in a resealable container (ideally within an hour after cooking); reheat and consume within 1-2 days. Alternatively freeze the rice (without garnishes) in one or more resealable containers; defrost, reheat and consume within 1-2 months.

Refrigerate the ‘crumbled feta’ in a separate air-tight and resealable container; consume within 3-4 days.

NB: When reheating, always check to make sure the rice is steaming hot all the way through and do not reheat the rice more than once. 

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: ≤60 mins
Cooking Time: 2-3 hrs (*On a high heat setting.)
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping boards, sharp knife, manual juicer, kitchen paper, mixing bowl, frying pan + lid, frying spatula, slotted spoon, food processor, slow cooker

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added salt and sugars and contains a moderate quantity of saturated fats!

Hi everyone, happy Monday! We hope that you’ve all had another great weekend! It’s been so collllld and I’ve lost count of how many hot beverages we’ve drank over the last three days! Thank goodness for tea and spicy curries to warm our bodies and soul! 🙂

Here’s another great plant-based curry from the Eat2Health Kitchen: ‘slow cooker tikka masala’! The true origins and ingredients can vary; with ours being 100% non-authentic but it’s absolutely delicious! Yes, a spicy, creamy, flavoursome and tomato-based curry which is also cheap and easy to prepare; arguably it’s one of the more popular Indian dishes in Britain! What’s your favourite type of curry??

Traditionally this curry is made with poultry, which is marinated and tenderised through a curried yoghurt sauce. We opted against using yoghurt; tofu doesn’t need ‘tenderising’, but we were also unsure of what kind of ‘after taste’ the yoghurt would give the tofu, in addition to the fact that we thought it would be a tad bit wasteful!  

We used a basic lemon, oil and paprika marinade on our tofu; it’s a very neutral taste that was lost within the curry. If you are looking for the tofu to have a slightly independent taste to the curry sauce, opt for marinating your tofu overnight in a mild or hot curry powder (and lemon juice mixture) instead. It’s also good to note that because of the nature of the recipe (it’s plant-based!), making a ‘curry paste’ is not necessary, unless you are planning on marinating the tofu with it. However, slow cooking the tofu in the curry helped to infuse it with some of its wonderful flavours. Yum!

We thought our curry looked similar to a ‘supermarket takeaway meal’ (particularly because we made some lovely pilau rice to accompany it!), but the taste was heaven in a bowl!

It’s truly a great comfort food, but without the typical caloric content of authentic recipes… although this curry is still a bit ‘richer’ than the ones we would typically eat! So use our spices or your favourite tikka masala spice blend. Don’t like oat cream? You can only try using a soya or coconut cream instead; we opted for oat for its neutral and unsweetened taste.

We hope that everyone enjoys this meal as much as we did; dancing taste buds and a meal that keeps on giving (it really does keep tasting better than the night before!).

So roll up your sleeves and start cooking! 😀

 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++800g        Firm Tofu (= 2*Tetra paks)
+++++++++++++2               Lemons (or 60ml of concentrated lemon juice)
+++++++++++++5               Garlic Cloves (about 20g)
+++++++++++++1                Brown Onion (large; about 200g)
+++++++++++++2               Chillies (1 Red & 1 Green; about 40g)
+++++++++++++100g        Ginger Root
+++++++++++++1                Green Bell Pepper (200g)
+++++++++++++2g             Mild Paprika
+++++++++++++2 tsp         Olive Oil
+++++++++++++                  Tikka Masala spice blend (1g of Ground Turmeric,
+++++++++++++                  3g of each: Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander & Garam Masala)
+++++++++++++½-¾ tsp    Salt
+++++++++++++                  Ground Black Pepper
+++++++++++++2-3            Tins Chopped Plum Tomatoes (400g/each)
+++++++++++++20g           Tomato Purée
+++++++++++++1-3 tsp       Agave or Fruit Sweetener
+++++++++++++50g            DF Margarine
+++++++++++++250ml       Oat Cream (1 carton)
+++++++++++++                   Brown Basmati or Long grain Rice (about 60-70g/person)

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Directions

Drain and press the tofu between two heavy chopping boards or plates for 20-30 mins to express any excess water.

 

In the meantime, prepare the veggies!

Juice the lemon. Peel and finely dice the garlic and onion. Wash, remove the stem and dice the chillies. Wash, peel and then grate the ginger root.  Wash, remove the stem and core and then finely chop the bell pepper.

 

 

1. Drain the excess water from the tofu. Pat it dry with some kitchen paper.
2. Place it onto a chopping board (if preferred). Chop it as chunky or as small as desired.
3. Transfer it into a dish; add the lemon juice, 2g paprika and 2 tsp olive oil.
4. Toss to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinade for the moment.

Tip: If preferred, marinade your tofu overnight; (especially) in some mild curry spices instead!

 

 

1. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil, or spray it with some low-fat cooking oil instead.
2. Add the garlic and onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins.
3. Add the chillies, root ginger and bell pepper. Gently fry for a further 2 mins or until softened.
4. Add the tikka masala spice blend. Season it with ½-¾ tsp of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir to coat. Gently fry it for a further 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove from the heat.

Next, prepare the sauce!

1. Get your food processor ready for action!
2. Place the tomatoes into the food processor.
3. Add the onion mixture, 20g tomato purée and 1-3 tsp agave. Cover with the lid.
4. Blend until smoothish and a bit of texture is left.

Tip: If you do not own a food processor, place the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and purée the ingredients using a hand-held stick blender.

 

 

1. Remove the tofu from the marinating liquid, but do discard the liquid.
2. Heat the same frying pan with 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil over a medium heat.
3. Add the tofu (in batches if necessary).
4. Gently fry the tofu for 6-8 mins or until lightly browned.
5. Add the tomato mixture and 3-5 tbsp of the reserved marination liquid. Stir to combine.
6. Cover with a lid. Simmer for 3-5 mins or until the mixture is hot. Remove from the heat but do not turn off the stove top; reduce the heat to a medium-low.

 

1. Gently transfer the curry mixture into the slow cooker. Cover with a lid.
2. Add 50g DF margarine into same the frying pan as before (don’t worry if there is a little sauce left in it!). Allow it to melt. Remove from the heat.
3. Pour the melted margarine into the curry. Stir to combine. Tip: Make sure all of the tofu is covered in the curry sauce.
4. Cover with the lid. Cook for 2-3 hrs on a high heat setting (ours took 2.5hrs.) Turn off the heat.
5. At the end of cooking, pour 250ml oat cream into the curry. Stir through.

Tip: To help reduce the fat content, you can use less cream and/or some thickened DF milk instead, use less DF margarine or skip this step entirely; the combination of margarine and cream is what makes this curry so creamy!

 

 

Serve warm. Ladle the curry into a large serving bowl. Serve with steamed green beans, fresh tomato (or side veggies of choice!), a dollop of plain soya yoghurt (if desired), homemade pilau rice or some of our tasty Savoury Flatbread, wholemeal pitta bread or your own homemade paratha instead!

Tip: For an extra pop of colour, garnish your curry with some fresh coriander leaves! 😀

We made a delicious pilau rice! If you want the recipe, just contact us for it. 🙂

Both pictures represent one serving of curry.

 

Enjoy! 

 

Refrigerate any leftover curry in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. Tip: Do not allow the curry to come to a boil, gently reheat it over a medium-low heat. Alternatively store and freeze in one or several air-tight and resealable containers; defrost, reheat and consume within 1-2 months.

Recipe updated: 19/02/16

Meatless Monday: Marinated Tofu & Veggie Skewers W/ a Peanut Satay [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 5
Prep: Variable & dependant upon the length of your marination! (See Below)
Cooking: 30-35 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping boards(s), sharp knife, mixing bowls, measuring jug, casserole dish, wooden or metal skewers & soaking dish, baking trays, parchment paper, manual juicer, whisk, frying pan, frying spatula, bowl

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E,  protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and per serving has a moderate quantity of added sugar, fat and salt!

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Survive the downpours?! It was so blustery yesterday- I felt a bit like Mary Poppins! Broken umbrellas, fuzzy scarves and bare trees, yep, winter is most definitely on the cards!

We’re still a little taken back by this weekend; it’s held so many terrible global events. How society got this position and how it will redeem itself still remains to be seen. On some level, everyone has a part to play, however small and it’s surprising how many of us don’t. Showing humanity and compassion doesn’t cost us anything, yet people are still consumed with exploiting indifferences and pursuing armed conflict. We should all take a moment and wish for a world where normality does not involve the dehumanization of society. 

On a happier note, this Monday we have prepared a great meatless alternative.

Marinated tofu and vegetables (inclusive of brussels sprouts!) skewers, served alongside some delicious, creamy and moreish peanut satay! The marinated tofu and veggies were delicious; although our opinion might be a tad biased as we love tofu! If you cannot wait until Christmas for your next batch of roasted sprouts, then we thoroughly recommend giving our variation a try! The sprouts really stole the show; beautifully roasted as they just melt in your mouth. 🙂

This recipe is quite versatile; use your favourite fresh or frozen veggies and/or adjust the marinade to your own personal preferences. If you are short on time, you can complete this meal in about 45-60 mins (45 mins if you marinade your tofu overnight)! Sixty minutes if you release your inner maestro and press the tofu for 20 mins, marinade the tofu and veggies for 15-20 mins, thread only the tofu*, roast everything for about 30 mins and then sit back and enjoy! However, the longer you allow for marinating, the better the overall flavour will be.

*You can also save time by not skewering and threading every piece of tofu and veggie, just skewer the tofu and roast the veggies alongside! Alternatively, place everything onto two baking trays and then bake the tofu and roast the veggies! We hope that you enjoy it!

Happy cooking everyone and if you haven’t already, please consider pledging your support towards Hugh’s War on Waste!  When we pledged nearly two weeks ago, he had about 38K worth of signatures; there is now over 250K pledges! 🙂 #uglyvegetables #loveallthevegetables #wastenot

 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++++—————————Skewers———————————————–
+++++++++++++++++800g       Firm Tofu (=2 tetra paks)
+++++++++++++++++600g       Frozen Brussels Sprouts, defrosted or Fresh!
+++++++++++++++++560g        Bell Peppers (2 Red, 2 Yellow and 1 Green Bell Pepper)
+++++++++++++++++240g        Red Onion
+++++++++++++++++2 tbsp      Olive oil
+++++++++++++++++3½ tsp     Garlic Infused Oil
+++++++++++++++++6 tbsp      Low-salt Soya Sauce (or Tamari sauce as a GF option)
+++++++++++++++++3 tbsp      Maple Syrup
+++++++++++++++++½ tsp        Asafoetida (or onion powder)
+++++++++++++++++1 ½ tsp      Ground Ginger
+++++++++++++++++3 tbsp       Sesame Oil
+++++++++++++++++3 tsbp       Walnut Oil
+++++++++++++++++2 tbsp       Rice Vinegar

+++++++++++++++++—————————Peanut Satay——————————————
+++++++++++++++++50g           Root ginger
+++++++++++++++++100g         Spring onion
+++++++++++++++++1                 Lime
+++++++++++++++++                  Low-Fat Cooking Oil
+++++++++++++++++80g           Natural Peanut Butter (smooth)
+++++++++++++++++1-2 tsp      Maple Syrup
+++++++++++++++++¼ tsp        Red chilli flakes
+++++++++++++++++¼ cup       Boiling Water
+++++++++++++++++2/3 cup    Soya Yoghurt (unsweetened or sweetened)

 

Directions

Drain and then press the tofu between two heavy plates or chopping boards for about 20-30 minutes to express any excess water.

 

In the meantime prepare the veggies and tofu!

1. Defrost the brussels sprouts in a microwave (if applicable). If you’re using fresh sprouts, just make sure to give them a thorough wash first!

2. Wash, remove the stem and core and then chop the bell peppers into 1 inch cubes (or larger pieces if preferred). Peel and quarter the red onion and then separate the layers.

3. Place the brussels sprouts, bell peppers and onion into a large mixing bowl.

4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp garlic oil, 3 tbsp soya sauce, 1 tsp maple syrup, pinch of asafoetida (or onion powder) and ½ tsp of ground ginger. Toss to coat and combine. Cover with kitchen film and refrigerate for same duration as the tofu. Tip: If you are marinating your tofu overnight, it’s best to prepare the veggies the following day!

 

 

1. Drain off any excess water from the tofu and pat it dry with some kitchen towel.

2. Place the tofu onto a chopping board. Chop each block into about twenty, 1 inch pieces.

3. Prepare the tofu marinade. In a small bowl or measuring jug, add 3 tsp garlic infused oil, 3 tbsp soya (or Tamari) sauce, 1½ tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp asafoetida (or onion powder), 1 tsp ground ginger, 3 tbsp sesame oil, 3 tbsp walnut oil and 2 tbsp rice vinegar. Whisk until combined.

4. Get a large dish or mixing bowl (we used a casserole dish!). Add the tofu. Pour over the marinade. Gently toss to coat. Cover with kitchen film. Place the tofu into the refrigerator. Allow it to marinate for as long as possible (ours marinated for 4hrs). Tip: The longer you can allow your tofu to marinate, the better the flavour will be!

 

 

  • If you do not own metal kitchen skewers, place some wooden ones into a dish of cold water about twenty or thirty minutes before you want to prepare your tofu/veggie skewers; this will prevent them from burning.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Line two baking trays with some parchment paper. Prepare your skewers anyway you desire! Tip: If you don’t have much time, do not worry about making them artistic, just thread all of the tofu and then place the veggies next to the prepared skewers on the baking trays or as previously mentioned, just place everything over the two trays instead.
  • Place the trays onto the middle and top shelves. Bake for 30-35 mins or until lightly browned and slightly crispy around the edges; turning once. Remove. Tip: It might be a good idea to swap the trays around half way; move the top tray to the middle shelf and vice versa.

 

Whilst the skewers are baking…
…cook some brown basmati rice (about 60g/person) according to the packet instructions.

 

In the meantime prepare the satay!

  • Gather your ingredients!
  • Wash peel and grate the ginger. Wash, trim the ends and finely slice the spring onion. Juice ½ of the lime.
  • Heat a small, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Add the ginger and spring onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened. Add the red chilli flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat.

 

Boil ¼ cup water in a kettle.

  •  Place the lime juice, peanut butter and 1-2 tsp maple syrup into a measuring jug.
  • Add 2 tbsp of  boiled water to help melt the peanut butter. Whisk until combined and creamy.
  • Add the soya yoghurt.
  • Whisk to thoroughly combine. Add more liquid if a thinner sauce is desired.
  • Add half the quantity of the cooked ginger mixture into the satay sauce. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the remaining ginger mixture into the rice. Mix with a fork. Taste and season it as necessary.

 

 

Serve warm. Spoon some rice onto a serving plate.Top with the skewers and serve alongside the satay and a wedge of lime (if desired).

Enjoy!…

 

…Especially the leftovers!  🙂 ❤

 

 

Refrigerate any leftover tofu or veggies in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume with 3-4 days. Refrigerate any leftover satay in a separate, an air-right and resealable container; consume within 3-5 days or refer to yoghurt’s use-by date.

 

Baked Beans

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 6-8
Prep: 30 minutes ( + 12hrs to soak dried beans!)
Cooking Time: 8 hrs (On a low S.C. setting)

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, mg, manganese, potassium, zinc, and (per serving/based on 8 servings) is low in salt, saturated fats and have a moderate quantity of sugar!

Ah, lovely baked beans! As the rain and cooler weather sets in they become even more desirable! 

We’ve tried various slow cooker bean recipes in the past (predominately using ‘white beans’), but we’ve found that the recipes that use a mixture of beans to be far more satisfying! Why limit yourself to one type anyways?! 

Our baked beans are not your typical ‘British’ bean that you’ll find in your local supermarket; they are not ‘tomato-based’ and we didn’t use a ‘haricot’ variety, nor do they have excessive levels of salt and sugar! Our slow cooker recipe produces a sauce that is not too salty, sweet or rich, just delicious; the treacle and brown sugar provides a lovely deep flavour!  🙂

The only possible amendment you may want to make is with regards to the volume of water. With about two hours to spare, we noticed that the sauce didn’t have the right consistency…so we added a slurry of corn flour! The choice is yours; use slightly less water (approx. 400-500ml) or just add the slurry as we have instructed. Also, feel free to adjust the flavours as you see fit; try a spicier or barbecue flavour next time!  

Serve these beans as a main meal or whip up a batch to take to your next family BBQ!

Quick Food Facts:

  • Beans, the variety and their health benefits are various and many! However (particularly for those following a plant-based diet), they can be a great source of: protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble fibre, B-Vitamins, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese and potassium (just to name a few!). They can also help you meet your 5-A-Day!
  • One serving of our beans (the recipe makes eight!) provides about 2.5 servings of your 5-A-Day; the typical tinned variety only provides you with one!  🙂

 

 

Ingredients

 

 

Directions

Place the dried beans into a large bowl of cold water. Soak overnight for 12 hours. Drain and thoroughly rinse.

We used a mixture of beans; 230g cannellini, 130g black turtle and 100g of red kidney beans!

 

 

Peel and dice the onion and garlic. Wash, trim the ends, peel and then dice the carrot. Wash, trim the ends and finely chop the celery. Wash, remove the stem and core and then dice the bell pepper. Wash and dry the thyme and then remove the leaves from its stem.

 

 

  • Heat 1-3 tsp oil into a large, non-stick saucepan or frying pan over a medium-low heat. Tip: Alternatively, use some low-fat cooking oil or a steam-fry technique to soften the vegetables!
  • Add the onion, garlic clove, carrot, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Mix together. Gently fry for 3 mins or until softened. Tip: covering with a lid will also help to soften the vegetables.
  • In the meantime, boil 1.6L water. Prepare 500ml stock according to the packet instructions (unless you are using your secret homemade variety!).
  • Add the thyme. Season it to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir together.

 

 

  • Transfer the beans into a slow cooker.
  • Transfer the vegetable mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Add 2 tsp sugar, 100g tomato purée, ¼ cup cider vinegar,1 tsp mustard powder and 2 tbsp treacle.
  • Pour in the stock and 1.1L of freshly boiled water. Stir together. Tip: Always make sure there is enough ‘liquid’ to cover your ingredients.
  • Create a ‘slurry’. Add 50g corn flour into a small dish with equal parts water. Stir until the flour has dissolves. Whilst stirring, pour it into the slow cooker. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Cover with a lid. Cook on a low-heat setting for 8 hours. Tip: Cooking with acidic ingredients can cause your beans to have a slightly ‘firmer’ texture. However, we found the majority of our beans to be soft and/or creamy.

 

 

Serve warm. Ladle into a serving bowl. If desired, serve it with a small bread roll and/or additional vegetables!

We used a small GF roll and some steamed red cabbage! 🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any any leftovers in an air tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, store and freeze; defrost, reheat and consume within 1-2 months.

Avocado & Spinach Soup [Vegan & Gluten Free]

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Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking Time: 20-30 mins
Type: Main Meal or Side Dish
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, large pot, frying spatula, blender or food processor, silicone spatula, resealable container

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, no added sugars and per serving is low in salt and saturated fats!. 

If you’ve never have an avocado-based soup before, you’re in for a treat. It’s creamy, delicious nutritious and it literally only takes about 5 minutes to get this recipe cooking on your stove top! Cooking really doesn’t get any easier than that!

 

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • This soup provides you with about 2.5 servings of vegetables/serving towards your 5-A-Day!
  • Avocados are actually a fruit, or more specifically, a single-seeded berry! They are a great source of: B-vitamins, Vitamin E, protein, fibre, potassium, zinc and mono-unsaturated fats (‘good’ fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle); among some other nutrients that are all great for maintaining a healthy body!

They are known for their high calorie and fat content; unlike other plant sources (e.g. coconuts!) they contain less saturated fat and more mono and poly unsaturated fats! Yay for healthy fats!

  • This is a great soup in moderation- for your waistline and wallet! If you’re like us, you probably only buy them on occasion, as they are a fruit native to central America- which means their carbon footprint does not always come cheap!

We also think that soup is a great example of how processed foods can deceive us if were not careful, even healthy ones. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, e.g. eating a homemade fruit smoothie can easily contain over 30 grams of sugar. Fruit sugar is great, when you are eating ‘whole pieces of fruit’… but not necessarily when you break down all of its lovely intrinsic sugars (a.k.a when you throw all of your delicious fruit into a blender)! Breaking down all the wonderful insoluble fruit fibre makes the fruit sugars (fructose) more accessible to your body; which increases the glycaemic index value (*see our article on sugar here).

This is why the BDA advises we only drink 150ml of fruit juice/day and why it should never be a used as a replacement to fruit; it only can be counted as one of your 5-A-Day.

… But we have digressed; let’s get cooking!

 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g     White Onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++2             Garlic Clove
+++++++++++++++++++++++++               Low-Fat Cooking Oil
+++++++++++++++++++++++++400ml   Water
+++++++++++++++++++++++++125ml     Vegetable Stock (low sodium/DF; GF if required)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1              Bay Leaf
+++++++++++++++++++++++++15ml       Lemon Juice
+++++++++++++++++++++++++300g     Frozen Spinach
+++++++++++++++++++++++++320g      Avocado Pears
+++++++++++++++++++++++++250ml    Soya Milk (unsweetened & fortified)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++               Salt & Ground Black Pepper

Need an easy-print recipe? Print here. 🙂

 

Nutritional Info

NB: This soup receives an orange traffic light rating for its fat and sat fat contents, and a green one for its salt; which makes it an OK choice. To lower the fat content, just use one avocado and some more lovely spinach instead!

 

 

Directions

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.

We used some leftover banana shallots and a white onion- anything goes! If you have a food processor or food mandolin (that you don't mind washing up later)- this step will be even quicker!

We used some leftover banana shallots and a white onion- anything goes! If you have a food processor or food mandolin (that you don’t mind washing up later)- this step will be even quicker!

 

 

  • Place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium heat. Spray it some low-fat cooking oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
  • Add the water, stock, bay leaf and lemon juice. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Bring to the boil.
  • Add the spinach. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Return to the boil. Simmer and cook for 3-4 mins or until cooked. Remove from the heat. Allow the soup to cool slightly.

 

 

In the meantime, chop the avocado into halves, remove the stone and then peel away the skin. Tip: If you are using frozen avocado, make sure it has thoroughly defrosted first! 

 

 

 

  • Remove the bay leaf from the saucepan and discard. Transfer the soup into a blender.
  • Add the avocado.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer the soup back into the saucepan or into a resealable container. Pour in the milk. Mix to combine. Taste and season it with some salt and black pepper (if necessary). NB: Add a little more water if a thinner consistency is preferred.

 

 

Place the saucepan back over a medium-low heat and gently reheat (if applicable).

 

Ladle the soup into a serving bowl. Garnish with some soya yoghurt, fresh herbs, nuts, seeds or simply enjoy it as it is!

We used some fresh chives and seeds. :)

We used some fresh chives and seeds. 🙂

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, freeze in a resealable container(s); defrost, reheat and consume within 1 month.

NB: When reheating, allow the soup to become hot, but do not allow it to boil. 

Oriental-Inspired Vegetable & Baked Tofu Soup

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Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking time: 60 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C & K, protein, fibre, calcium, potassium, iron and is low in fats!

We think its safe to say that most people still have soup or stew on tonight’s menu! …Being that it’s cold, damp and for the selected few, are battling snow drifts! 

This recipe is great! It’s versatile, simple to execute, packed full of flavour and Vitamin C (approx. 257% of your RDA be specific)… and if you add enough chilli you’ll be warm in no time! 😀

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

Nutritional Info:

 Traffic light alert! The fat and saturated fat get a green light while the salt receives an orange one. Remember, orange ratings still make it an OK choice, but green ones are always better! To achieve this, reduce the quantity of the stock and soya sauce to lower the salt content. Flavour it by adding with more fresh ginger, fresh chillies or any other spices that you desire.

 

Directions:

Open and drain the tofu. Place it between two heavy chopping boards for approximately 20-30 minutes to remove any excess water.

 

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper; lightly spray it some low-fat cooking oil.

 

 

In the meantime, prepare the vegetables. Wash and slice the mushrooms. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and chop the bell pepper into small slices. Wash, peel, trim the ends and chop the carrot into ‘match-stick’ pieces. Wash, peel and slice the ginger. Peel and chop the white onion into thin slices. Wash, trim the ends and diagonally slice the spring onion. Peel and chop the garlic. Wash the mange tout.

 

 

Meanwhile, drain and chop the tofu into small cubes. Place it onto the baking tray. Lightly spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Place the tray into the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove. Allow to cool slightly.

NB: The cooking duration depends on your own personal preference; for a firmer texture, bake it for a minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

In the meantime, place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the stock, water and the frozen cabbage and sweetcorn. Cover with a lid. Bring to the boil.

 

 

Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain.

The water took 10 minutes to boil, but the rice noodles only took 5 minutes to cook!  C’est le vie. 🙂

 

 

Add the mushrooms, bell pepper, carrot, ginger, the white and spring onion, garlic and chilli flakes. Stir together. Bring back to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Feel free to add more chilli flakes than we have!

 

 

Add the mange tout and soya sauce. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until tender.

 

 

Remove from the heat.

 

 

Add the noodles and seeds. Stir through.

 

 

Add the tofu. Stir together. Taste and season the soup as necessary.

 

 

Ladle into soups bowls and serve.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively freeze in one or more containers; defrost and consume within 1-2 months.

 

 

If preferred…

  • Use seasonal vegetables; fresh or frozen!
  • Try using: shredded kale, sliced spinach leaves or some Pak or Bok Choi instead of frozen white cabbage.
  • Use some spaghetti (broken into halves), fusilli or soba noodles instead of rice sticks.
  • Try some cooked/cubed temph or soya beans instead of tofu.
  • Try a little brown rice miso paste instead of soya sauce… or use less soya sauce and ‘spice it up’ with fresh chillies instead; the addition of some star anise might also work nicely too!

Baked Rice (With Vegetables And Nuts)

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Serves: 4-8
Prep: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30-60 minutes.
NB: Ours took approximately 50 minutes to cook. The cooking duration is dependant upon the type of rice and baking dish used; opt for a dish that is  longer and wider as opposed to the one we used (*see below). You might also try soaking your rice before cooking it; this should help to speed up the cooking process.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, K & E, protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and is low in saturated fats!

This recipe has an abundance of flavours and textures; it’s so tasty and of course very nutritious! Serve it as a main meal or in a smaller portion as a side dish. Adapt the flavours and vegetables as you see fit! Try making it with an Asian, Thai, Mexican, African or Oriental Flavour! 

Quick facts:

This meal provides you with approximately 347% of your RDA for Vitamin C and 5 servings of fruit/vegetables/ serving!

 

Ingredients:

 

Nutritional info:

NB: Reduce the salt by omitting the olives and/or try using less stock; use water and more fresh herbs instead! 

 

Directions:

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F; place the garlic onto a baking tray. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Place it into the oven. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove.

 

 

In the meantime, place the green beans into a microwavable dish. Snap them into halves. Place into the microwave and defrost. Drain.

 

 

Peel and dice the onion. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and chop the bell peppers into slices. Wash, trim the ends and chop the aubergine into quarters. Wash, trim the ends and dice the courgette. Wash and slice the mushrooms.

 

 

 

Wash, remove the stem and chop the tomatoes into thin slices.

 

 

***If you have a large oven proof dish that is also capable of stove-top cooking- use that!***

Otherwise, place a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil.

 

 

Add the green beans, onion, bell peppers, aubergine, courgette and mushrooms. Add more cooking spray if needed. Stir together. Gently fry for approx. 10 minutes or until softened.

 

 

In the meantime, wash, dry and roughly chop the chives and parsley. Wash, dry and remove the thyme leaves from the stem. Drain, wash and chop the olives into slices. Wash the spinach. Wash and slice the lemon into quarters.

 

 

Add the tomato approximately 5 minutes into the cooking time. Stir together. Fry for a further 5-6 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the chives, parsley, thyme, cranberries and paprika. Stir through.

 

 

***If you’re using a large oven proof (stove-top) dish, add the rice, boiling stock and water. Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste. Add the spinach. Place the garlic bulb into the centre; gently press it down into the mixture (until partially submerged). Place it into the oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked; stir halfway. NB: Remove the garlic temporarily to stir the rice.***

 

Alternatively, transfer the mixture into a large casserole dish/oven proof dish. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste.

We used this large ceramic dish (its the only thing we had that was big enough!)

 

 

Top with the rice and spinach.

 

 

Pour over the boiling stock and water.

 

 

Place the garlic bulb into the centre; gently press it down into the mixture (until partially submerged).

 

 

Place into the oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.

 

 

In the meantime, lightly toast the nut & seed mixture in a dry frying pan until lightly browned. Remove and transfer into a small dish.

 

 

Remove the baking dish halfway through the cooking time. NB: Remove the garlic temporarily.

 

 

Add the olives, nuts and seeds.

 

 

Give everything a good stir! Submerge the garlic bulb. Place it back into the oven until the rice is cooked.

 

 

Remove from the oven.

Be careful- it will be steaming hot! Ours went back in for a further 15 minutes (after this picture), as there was still a  few bits of rice that weren’t cooked!

 

 

Remove the garlic and give the rice a good stir. Break apart the bulb. Remove the skin. Add as much garlic to the dish as you prefer.

 

 

Serve immediately. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with herbs and a slice of lemon.

We used some chives.  🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container (ideally within an hour after cooking); reheat and consume within 1-2 days. Alternatively freeze in one or more resealable containers; defrost and consume within 1-2 months.

NB: When reheating, always check to make sure the rice is steaming hot all the way through and do not reheat the rice more than once. 

 Freeze any remaining garlic! Defrost and use it in future soups, stews, casseroles or some home-made houmous and/or dips!

 

 

If preferred…

  • Use your preferred vegetable mixture! Just defrost (if necessary) and gently fry to soften them prior to baking.
  • Adapt the herb and seed medley as you see fit.
  • Try adapting this recipe and make it in your slow cooker!

Vegan ‘Korma-Style’ Curry

Healthy Recipes

Serves:6
Prep & Cooking time: 65-70 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, no added sugar and is low in saturated fats! 

This is a delicious, creamy and mildly spiced (South Indian-type) curry that is really easy to prepare! It’s great for those that do not enjoy curries with with a spice factor over 1 or 2; very low on the Scoville scale, but were not sure of the exact number! Typically this type of curry is high in fat from the use of: coconut milk, double cream or even crème fraiche; along with the addition of either poultry, beef, lamb or game. It’s not great news if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle or a WFPB diet!

Our curry recipe only contains (approximately) 4 grams of fat and 117% of your RDA for 
Vitamin C/serving- so dig in everyone! 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

 

Nutritional info (*curry only):

NB: Reduce the salt by using more water and less stock!  Also, use slightly less chickpeas and milk to reduce the fat contain.

 

 

Directions:

Place the spinach, peas and cauliflower into a microwavable dish; defrost in the microwave. Drain off any excess water.

 

 

In the meantime, peel and dice the onion and the garlic. Wash, peel and chop(or grate) the ginger. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and chop the bell pepper. Wash the chilli (remove the stem and finely chop if desired).

 

 

Wash, peel and chop the potato into small cubes. Wash, peel, trim the ends and chop the carrot into quarters.

 

 

Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and crush (if applicable).

 

 

Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas.

 

 

Place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Spray it with low-fat cooking oil.

 

 

Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Gently fry for 1-2 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the bell pepper. Fry for a further 2-3 minutes, or until softened.

 

 

Add the chilli, cardamom and cumin seeds (if using) and 1/2 the quantity of the curry powder. Stir together. Gently fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

 

 

Add the stock, water and bay leaf. Bring to the boil.

 

 

Add the potatoes and carrots. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes or until tender.

 

 

Add the spinach, peas, cauliflower and chickpeas approximately 5 minutes before the end of cooking. Stir through. Cover with a lid. Cook for a further 7-8 minutes, or until tender.

 

 

In the meantime, prepare your slurry. Add the flour into a small dish. Add equal parts water. Stir until dissolved.

 

 

Pour the milk into a measuring jug. Whilst stirring, pour the slurry into the milk until combined.

 

 

When the vegetables have finished cooking, stir and pour the milk into the curry. Continue stirring until slightly thickened; approximately 2-5 minutes.

We removed ours of the heat momentarily as there was too much stream once the lid was removed!

 

 

Add the remaining curry powder. Stir through.

…Opps! Also add the turmeric (and stir through)!

 

 

Once the curry has thickened, remove it from the heat. Add the yoghurt. Stir through.

 

 

Taste and season it with some salt and pepper if necessary.

 

 

Don’t forget to remove the bay leaf before serving (and if preferred…maybe the chilli )!

 

 

Serve with rice, millet, quinoa, flat bread or maybe even home-made sweet potato wedges! Garnish with chopped tomatoes, fresh coriander, chopped nuts or whatever else you desire.

We garnished our curry with some chopped tomato, a few cashews and fresh coriander. 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. NB: When reheating, make it hot but do not allow it to boil. Alternatively freeze it; defrost and consume within 1-2 months.

 

 

If preferred…

  • Change the medley of vegetables; make it seasonal, keep it fresh or use frozen varieties!
  • Adapt the spices to your own personal preferences.
  • For non-vegans use a low-fat (plain) cow’s yoghurt and/or milk.

Banana & Berry Soya Muffins

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 12
Prep & Cooking Time: 60-70 mins

Notes: This recipe contains: B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, potassium and is low in salt and saturated fats!

We went through a phase last year where we were making loads of these muffins! This is a recipe that we both enjoy and recommend! 

Ever since we began our vegan journey, our sweet tooth has slowly become a thing of the past! Which is why these muffins do not contain any added sugar. The ripe bananas and berries add a wholesome, natural sweetness; use fresh berries for an even sweeter taste! 

These muffins are gluten free (GF), but they are are not your typical GF product (you know what we mean!)… they are not dry, nor do they burst into a pile of crumbs as soon as you take a bite! They have a spongy texture (obviously less moist than a classic muffin- which contains butter, milk and sugar!) with plenty of flavour.

Feel free to experiment; try altering the fruit and flavourings as you see fit! We would also encourage you to use some wholemeal flour (if gluten is not a concern) instead- just make sure to omit the xanthan gum as it won’t necessary. 

 

Quick(ish) Foodie Facts:

  • Porridge oats are a versatile and low-GI food that also provide a good source of soluble fibre (in the form of beta-glucan); which has been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels (*when consuming a minimum of 3g of beta-glucans/D as part of a healthy diet), e.g. a bowl of porridge containing 30g of oats and 2 tbsp. of oatbran sprinkled over some yoghurt, soup or stew would be suffice.  
  • Soya isolate is a versatile and high protein food source also containing iron, calcium and all of the essential amino acids- which includes tryptophan (which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin!); literature has shown that a drop in tryptophan can cause a corresponding drop in brain serotonin production, which therefore can cause mood swings and memory impairment.

Soya products have also been shown to actively lower cholesterol levels and therefore reduce your risk for heart disease (*when consuming 25g of soya protein/D as part of a healthy diet), e.g. a 250ml glass of soya milk and 75g of silken hard tofu or 85g of edamame beans would be plenty.

  • Ground flaxseed is a versatile, high fibre and low GI food containing omega three oils, polyunsaturated fats, protein, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc; it makes a good ‘food fortifier’! 
  • Baking powder is high in calcium. Make sure you throw a little extra into your recipe the next time you bake; we did and it added an extra 347mg of calcium to our muffin batter! 

 

 

We didn’t use the sunflower seeds (they were going to be a ‘topping’)!

 

 

Ingredients:

++++++++++++++++++++140g      Frozen berries (or fresh)
++++++++++++++++++++100g      Porridge oats (Coeliac friendly if needed)
++++++++++++++++++++480ml   Soya milk (unsweetened and fortified)
++++++++++++++++++++40g        Soya isolate
++++++++++++++++++++               1 ‘Flaxegg’ (16g flaxseed mixed w/3 tbsp. water)
++++++++++++++++++++310g      Banana flesh (approximately 3 ripe bananas!)
++++++++++++++++++++60ml     Rapeseed oil
++++++++++++++++++++4g          Vanilla essence
++++++++++++++++++++220g     Plain GF flour (if needed)
++++++++++++++++++++8g          Baking powder (GF if needed)
++++++++++++++++++++5g          Baking soda
++++++++++++++++++++4g          Xanthan gum
++++++++++++++++++++8g          Ground cinnamon
++++++++++++++++++++               Salt (just a pinch!)
++++++++++++++++++++10g         Vegan spread (low fat)

 

 

Nutritional Info:

 

 

Directions:

Place the berries into a microwavable dish. Defrost in the microwave!

These are defrosted! NB: We used a ‘mixed berry’ pack, but we normally opt for just blueberries!

 

 

Meanwhile, place the oats into a large mixing bowl.

 

 

Place the milk into a ‘shaker cup’. Add the isolate. Cover. Shake until mixed.

Alternatively, whisk the milk and isolate in a mixing bowl (add the milk first though).

 

 

Pour the milky isolate mixture into the oats. Whisk together. Leave the oats to soak for approximately 10 minutes.

 

 

Create the ‘flaxegg’. Place the flaxseed into a small dish. Add the water. Stir until combined. Leave for approximately 5 minutes.

 

 

Peel and place the banana into a separate mixing bowl. Mash.

 

 

Add the oil, ‘flaxegg’ and vanilla.

 

 

Mix together.

 

 

Place the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt) into a separate, large mixing bowl. Mix together.

 

 

Grease the muffin tin with the spread using some parchment paper (or for a ‘0 calorie’ approach- line them with ‘paper muffin casings instead!).

We find this GF mixture sticks to paper casings…so we prefer to grease the tin! Perhaps a silicone muffin mould would work better all round?!

 

 

Add a little flour. Shake and tip the flour around to coat the sides of the tin.

NB: We used approx. 10g of flour for this step.This flour will give the mixture something to ‘climb’ when it’s baking (hopefully it stops them from collapsing!)

 

 

Heat the oven to 190°C/380°F.

 

 

Make a ‘well’ in the centre of the dry ingredients.

 

 

Add the banana mixture.

 

 

Stir and fold until combined.

NB: The mixture will be quite ‘tacky’.

 

 

Add the oat mixture.

 

 

Stir until combined.

NB: The mixture will be quite thick/dense at this stage- this is completely normal!

 

 

Add the berries.

 

 

Fold them into the batter.

NB: We haven’t squashed the berries! The batter has gone slightly purple from the ‘berry juices’ created in the microwave!

 

 

 

 

Spoon and distribute the mixture evenly among the muffin cases.

 

 

Top with some spare oats and a dash of spice, seeds, crushed  nuts, a berry or a slice of banana if desired.

We used another small banana (it weighed aprox. 80g without the skin). 🙂

 

 

Place into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.

 

 

Reduce the heat to 180°C/360°F. Bake for a further 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown/firm to the touch.

 

 

Remove. Allow them to cool/set in the tin for 5 minutes before removing.

They may not look perfect, but they are made with love 😀

 

 

Enjoy!

Juicy blueberries!  So delicious!

 

 

 Place in a resealable container; consume within 3-5 days (potentially sooner; temperature permitting). Alternatively, freezing them is a great option! They can be frozen for 1-2 months; just defrost before eating of course!

 

 

If preferred….

  • Add some grated orange or lemon zest.
  • Maybe try using a lemon, orange or almond extract instead of vanilla essence; using vanilla extract is also fine!
  • Add ground ginger instead of cinnamon.
  • If you prefer an even sweeter taste, add a little honey or agave syrup.

Pea & Watercress Soup

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Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking time: 20-30 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C & K, protein, fibre, potassium, manganese, iron, calcium no added sugars and is low in fats!

This is another great soup recipe to try as this cold weather continues! It’s quick, simple, versatile, nutritious and has volumes of flavour! 

 

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++180g       White onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++60g          Watercress
+++++++++++++++++++++++++500g        Frozen peas
+++++++++++++++++++++++++                 1Kcal Fry Spray (low-fat cooking oil)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++800ml     Vegetable stock
+++++++++++++++++++++++++600ml     Water
+++++++++++++++++++++++++                  Salt & Ground black pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200ml     Soya milk (unsweetened & fortified)

 

 

Directions:

Peel and chop the onion. Wash the watercress.

 

 

Heat a non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Spray some low-fat cooking oil.

NB: Alternatively, skip this step and start heating the stock and water. Add the onion to the saucepan when you add the peas.

 

 

Add the onion. Gently fry 1-2 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the stock and water. Bring to the boil.

 

 

Add the peas. Cover with a lid. Bring back to the boil.

 

 

Add the watercress. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the peas are just tender.

NB: Alternatively, do not boil the watercress (preserve more nutrients)! Add it to the soup once the peas have cooked.

 

 

Remove from the heat. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Allow it to cool slightly.

 

 

Transfer the soup into a blender.

NB: You might have to complete this step in batches.

 

 

Blend until smooth.

 

 

Return the soup to the saucepan or a resealable container. Taste and season as necessary.

Lunch prep!

 

 

Add the DF milk. Stir together.

 

 

Place the saucepan back over a medium-low heat (if applicable) and reheat gently.

 

 

Ladle into a serving bowl. Garnish with some fresh or dry herbs (try mint or chives), soya yoghurt, seeds, chopped nuts, croutons or some spare watercress if desired.

We garnished ours with some mixed seeds and served it with  a ‘toastie’ sandwich! 😀

 

 

Enjoy!

NB: Here’s a version we made last year! We used more watercress and on this occasion, but we didn’t blend all of the soup. (It’ was also topped with soya yoghurt and fresh chives-delicious!) 🙂

 

 

If preferred…

  • For a thicker soup, thicken it with a slurry of potato starch or add a (peeled/chopped) potato to the soup when cooking.
  • Try using rocket, spinach or kale instead of watercress…and consider using a larger quantity (if desired of course)!
  • Try adding some cooked green lentils, quinoa or pearl barley (if gluten isn’t a concern) to the soup.

Gnocchi W/ A Zesty-Spinach Pesto Sauce! (Vegan)

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Serves: 2
Yields: about 350ml pesto.
Prep & Cooking Time: 30-40 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, manual juicer, food processor, silicone spatula, resealable container, non-stick pot, colander, mixing bowl

Notes: This meal contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, no added sugars and a moderate quantity of fat per serving.

This is a simple, stodgy and satisfying Italian-inspired meal. The pesto sauce is refreshing, creamy, nutritious and the perfect accompaniment for your gnocchi; you can even make it the night before if you are short on time!

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Pesto is a lovely addition to many recipes, but it’s naturally high in fat (from the oil, nuts and traditionally added cheeses). It can contain some ‘good fats’ (mono and polyunsaturated) from the added nuts and/or oil, but unless you are making it with hard cheeses (and being mindful of your overall ingredients), high saturated fat contents start making an appearance. Nonetheless, it is something that can be enjoyed in moderation (just be mindful of your portion sizes)!
  • Gnocchi are small Italian dumplings, traditionally made with potato, flour, egg and seasoning. However, some store-bought gnocchi can contain lactose or milk proteins and most brands use ‘wheat flour’; if you have dietary requirements, make sure to check the label before throwing them into your supermarket basket!

They can be a great alternative to pasta and rice (be mindful though, as some brands contain a fair bit of added salt/serving)! …Which is why you should try making it yourself! We have tried to make it on a few occasions, but the final product still needs some perfecting! With any recipe, it can take practice, patience and perseverance! Luckily potatoes and flour are relatively inexpensive, so you won’t break the bank trying! 

Happy cooking everyone and buona cena!

 

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++++65g        Baby Spinach Leaves
+++++++++++++++++60g        Fresh Basil
+++++++++++++++++12g          Garlic Clove
+++++++++++++++++1              Lemon (zest & juice)
+++++++++++++++++80ml      Extra Virgin Olive Oil
+++++++++++++++++                Salt & Ground Black Pepper
+++++++++++++++++40g         Pine Nuts
+++++++++++++++++160ml     Water
+++++++++++++++++200g       Plain Soya Yoghurt (unsweetened & fortified)
+++++++++++++++++200g       Gnocchi (Vegan; GF if preferred)

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Directions

Wash and dry the spinach and basil. Peel the garlic. Wash the lemon, grate some zest and then juice it. Tip: We used all of the zest and juice from the lemon, but feel free to use less (or more!) if preferred.

 

 

Prepare The Pesto

  • Place 40ml olive oil into a food processor. Add the lemon zest and juice (as much as desired). Blend until blitzed! Whilst the food processor is still running, add the garlic. Blend until the garlic is minced.
  • Add the nuts and 160ml cold water.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. Scrape the mixture off the sides into the bottom using a silicone spatula. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the spinach and basil. Tip: Use the basil leaves and stems! We gently ripped some of the basil prior to adding it to the food processor. Blend until creamy NB: there will still be a few bits present.
  • Add the remaining 40ml oil and an additional 2 tbsp of water.
  • Blend until combined. Tip: Add more water if a thinner pesto is preferred. Taste and season as you go.
  • Transfer the pesto into a resealable container (as you won’t be using all of it today!)

 

 

Decision time! You can simply just prepare the sauce and the gnocchi …or organise a few extra veggies to add to this meal!

Veggies rule so go on and fill your boots!

The veggies that we chose to use included: 160g Frozen green beans, 80g Chestnut mushrooms, 20g Sun-dried tomatoes, 40g Shallot, 10-20g Spinach leaves!

 

 

See our pot?? The gnocchi will initially sink to the bottom and then rise to the top!

  • Place a large saucepan full of cold water over a medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Tip: Our pot of water took about 10 mins to boil! It was just enough time to prep your veggies! Add the gnocchi. Cook according to the packet instructions (ours took 3 mins). Tip: Once gnocchi starts to rise to the surface of the pot, they’re done!. Drain.
  • In the meantime, prepare any veggies you plan on using! We gently fried some shallot and chestnut mushrooms, steamed some green beans, drained and diced some sun-dried tomatoes and shredded some baby spinach.

 

 

Assemble The ‘Pesto Sauce’

Place 200g yoghurt into a large measuring jug. Add about 100g of the pesto. Mix until combined.

 

 

Assemble The Dish

  • Place the cooked gnocchi into a large mixing bowl. NB: We added some spinach at this stage and mixed it through. If you are not adding ‘greens’, just add the sauce.  Tip: The hot gnocchi will allow the spinach to wilt slightly.
  • Add the sauce. Mix to coat.
  • If applicable, add any other prepared veggies. Mix together. Taste and season it as necessary.

 

 

Ladle the gnocchi mixture into a serving bowl. Garnish with some sun-dried tomatoes whatever else takes your fancy! Tip: For fewer calories (and a pop of colour!), try using some: diced red bell pepper, sweet paprika or some baby plum or cherry tomatoes.

Based on the amount of pesto, yoghurt and gnocchi we used, each serving contains approximately: <400kcal, (extra ingredients not included…although adding some cooked, fresh or frozen vegetables is negligible!).

 

Refrigerate the remaining pesto; consume within 3-5 days. Try using it on pasta, in a lasagne, wrap or sandwich, as a dip with some crudities or run a bit through some steamed vegetables.

 

If preferred…

  • Pesto is versatile! Try making it with different vegetables, herbs and/or nuts/seed combinations. Try experimenting with: kale, wild rocket, sun-dried tomato, cooked beetroot, roasted aubergine, fresh coriander or parsley or some ground almonds, walnuts or pistachios instead!
  • For a low-fat version, use less pesto/sauce or just drizzle your gnocchi with a little ‘herby’ oil and a top with a few veggies of choice! Alternatively use a basic (low fat/sugar) tomato-based sauce, ‘creamy-broccoli’, roasted red pepper, a roasted squash and sage sauce, or a ‘cheesy’, low-fat and DF white sauce made (with DF milk, nutritional yeast and flavourings of choice)!

Dal [Vegan, Gluten Free, Low-Fat]

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Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking Time: 55-65 mins
Type: Main meal
Tools: Sieve, mixing bowl, chopping board, sharp knife, veggie peeler, sieve, large pot, wooden spoon, measuring jug, small dish

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, no added sugars and per serving is low added salt and fats! 

Although this curry can have a ‘porridgey’ appearance, we assure you it’s a wonderful little recipe packed full of flavour, nutrients and energy to keep you going past 3pm! Our recipe may not be 100% authentic, but it’s still a great way of expanding your palate to all of the wonderful South Asian flavours! A dish that contains red lentils, tomato and spices and tastes better each time you eat it- just go for it!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Dal is an Indian word meaning ‘spilt pulse’ (a.k.a. the lentils!). There are so many great dal recipes, all with a slightly different translation (based on the ingredients and cooking methods used). Have a new adventure this year- go and buy an Asian cook book and experiment with all the wonderful recipes; substitute ghee for some rapeseed or low-fat cooking oil!
  • Per serving, this recipe provides you with about 3.5 servings of veggies towards your 5-A-day and provides you with 90% of your RDA for Vitamin C!

 

Ingredients

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 Nutritional Info

 Traffic Light Translation: Fat & S/Fat= green/low values, Salt=orange/medium value. =This meal gets two thumbs up from us! Tip: Lower the salt simply by being mindful of how much ‘added’ salt you use and by reducing the volume of stock and using more water instead!

 

 

Directions

  • Boil 1.5L water in a kettle. Place the lentils into a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Remove and discard any stones or seeds. Transfer them into a large mixing bowl. Cover the lentils with 500ml boiling water. Let them soak for 15 mins. Drain and then rinse. Tip: If in doubt, check your own packet instructions first!
  • In the meantime, wash, peel and dice the ginger. Peel and finely chop the onion and the garlic. Wash the chilli (remove the stem and chop it up if you prefer a hotter curry!).
  • Prepare the stock according to the packet instructions.

 

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large, non-stick pot over a medium-low heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic. Stir together. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
  • Add the chilli, 4g mustard seeds, 4g cumin seeds and 1g chilli flakes (more or less as preferred). Stir together. Fry for a further minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the tin tomatoes, 2g ground turmeric, 14g ground coriander and 12g ground cumin. Stir together. Cook for 3-4 mins or until the tomatoes are softened.
  • Add the lentils, 800ml stock and 1.2L water. Stir together. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20 mins or until the lentils are tender. Tip: Add less boiling water if you prefer a thicker consistency; always have enough liquid to cover the lentils. NB: Our lentils took approximately 20 mins to cook.
  • Meanwhile, prepare a ‘slurry’. Place 48g corn flour into a small dish with equal parts water. Stir/whisk together until the flour is dissolved.
  • Wash and dry the coriander; from the leaves from its stem (if preferred) and then roughly chop them.

 

 

  • Whilst stirring, add the ‘slurry’. Stir until slightly thickened (about 4-5 mins).
  •  Add the coriander and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stir through. Season it with some salt and a few grinds of black pepper to taste. Remove from the heat. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.
  • Ladle into a small serving bowl. Serve with: a small portion of basmati rice, a wholemeal pita or some flat bread (check out our previous recipe!). Garnish with fresh herbs or spices (if desired). We garnished ours with: fresh coriander, a dash of sweet paprika and some brown mustard and cumin seeds!

It’s delicious and very satisfying! 😀 NB: This bowl contains one portion.

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, freeze in individual portions (if preferred); defrost, reheat and consume within 1 month.

Meal prep finished! More fantastic meals await! NB: This shows the full volume of soup produced!

 

 

If preferred…

  • Keep it simple! Alternatively just use a ‘garam masala’ spice blend (to taste) and omit some of the other spices.
  • Use less boiling water and omit the ‘slurry step’ if a ‘naturally thicker’ consistency is preferred.

Curried Parsnip Soup (V, GF, SF, Low-Fat!)

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Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking time: 50 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, no added sugars and is low in fats!

This soup has a lovely creamy texture and has a naturally sweet and very satisfying taste. The parsnips work great as a ‘blank canvas’- absorbing all the fantastic spices! 

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++1L          Vegetable stock (Low-sodium, DF, GF)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1L          Water
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1kg       Parsnips
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g     White onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++8g          Garlic cloves
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g          Ground Cumin
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g          Ground Coriander
+++++++++++++++++++++++++3g          Curry Powder
+++++++++++++++++++++++++               Salt
+++++++++++++++++++++++++               Ground black pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++150ml   Soya milk (fortified/unsweetened)

 

 

Nutritional info:

NB: You can reduce the salt content further by: swapping some of the stock with extra water and/or DF milk and by not adding any additional salt (add more spices instead!)to the soup; make sure your spices do not contain any ‘added salt’. 

 

 

Directions:

Place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium heat. Add the stock and water. Stir together. Bring to the boil.

NB: Our vegetable stock contained turmeric.

 

 

In the meantime, wash, peel, trim the ends and then chop the parsnip into slices. Peel and chop the onion and the garlic.

 

 

 

Add the parsnip, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and curry powder to the saucepan. Season it to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Reduce the heat. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat.

 

 

Allow the soup to cool slightly.

 

 

Transfer the soup into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

NB: You might have to complete this step in batches.

 

 

Transfer the soup back to the saucepan or a large plastic container.

NB: Ours went into this plastic container; lunch prep for the next 3 days! 🙂

 

 

Pour in the DF milk.

 

 

Stir together.

 

 

Place the saucepan over a medium-low heat (if applicable). Heat to warm.

 

 

Serve warm. Ladle into a serving bowl. Garnish with some: herbs, nuts, seeds, croutons or soya yoghurt (if desired).

Ours was garnished with black pepper, dried chives and soya yoghurt.

 

 

Serve with some GF bread or a roll (if desired). 🙂

NB: This represents one portion of  the parsnip soup. We served ours with some low-fat houmous and homemade GF bread!

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

If preferred…

  • Try a different combination of spices and flavours. Make it Moroccan, Thai-flavoured etc!
  • Swap approximately 200g of the parsnips for peeled baking potatoes.
  • Increase the volume of the fortified DF milk for some extra nutrients!

Vegan Chilli (GF, SF, Low-Fat!)

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Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking time: 70 minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, no added sugars and is low in fats! 

Chilli is so versatile and it’ s something that the whole family can enjoy. Its a one-pot wonder containing so many wholesome flavours, nutrients and textures; ours is packed full of vegetables, legumes, pulses and a grain! It can be served with rice, a jacket potato or even a delicious multi-grain bread roll.

We sincerely encourage everyone to try and make their own; tinned and processed versions are really not that nice and can be high in sugar, salts and/or fats! Ours has a ‘mild’ chilli taste, but feel free to make it as hot as you like! It can be fairly inexpensive to make if you stick to a few basic ingredients and spices; some of these ingredients can be purchased in ethnic food stores for less than mainstream prices.

You will notice that this recipe also contains cinnamon! This spice is awesome and it really helps make this dish! If your unsure, add a little at first and see how you go!

 

Quick facts:

Do you love cinnamon? We do! Trying experimenting and adding it to different recipes. Various studies have shown that cinnamon can have a modest effect on stabilising our blood glucose levels and others that suggest that it can help lower our blood lipids too; although the specifics are not 100% conclusive. None the less, it can add a whole other dimension to your meal/recipe! 

One serving contains approximately all of your 5-A-Day needs! …But this doesn’t mean that you can’t eat even more throughout the day! 10-A-Day anyone?!

 

Fresh and vibrant!

 

 

Ingredients:

 NB: We used dried black beans (*soaked overnight for 12 hours and then boiled/simmered for 1.5 hours) before adding them to this recipe. 

 

 

Nutritional info for chilli:

NB: One serving contains approximately 195% of your RDA for Vitamin C!

 

 

Directions:

Peel and dice the onion and the garlic. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and roughly shop the bell pepper. Wash, trim the ends, peel and dice the carrot. Wash, trim the ends and dice the celery. Wash, dry and slice the mushrooms. Break the green beans into halves.

 

 

Meanwhile, place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat. Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil.

NB: We used ‘4 sprays’.

 

 

 

Add the onion and garlic. Stir and gently fry for 1-2 minutes, or until softened.

 

 

Add the bell pepper, carrot, celery and mushrooms. Stir together. Gently fry for 3-5 minutes or until softened.

NB: We used an additional ‘2 sprays’ of low-fat cooking oil.

 

 

 

Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, cinnamon, cumin, dried coriander, cumin seeds, onion powder and tomato purée. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Stir together. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 6 minutes, or until the tomatoes have  broken down slightly.

 

 

 Add the stock, quinoa and lentils. Bring back to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the quinoa and lentils are cooked/tender.

At about 12 minutes in it really smelt delicious! 😀

 

 

 

Add the green beans, sweet corn, kidney and black beans. Stir together. Simmer for a further 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

So many lovely veggies!

 

 

 

In the meantime, prepare a slurry. Place the corn flour into a small dish. Add equals parts water. Whisk together until dissolved.

NB: Give the mixture a quick whisk again before adding it into the chilli.

 

 

 Chop the coriander (leaves and stems).

This  coriander came straight out of our freezer stash!

 

 

 Add the coriander to the chilli.

 

 

Whilst continuously stirring, pour in the slurry. Stir until thickened; approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.

 

 

Serve warm. Ladle into a serving bowl…..

 

 

 Serve with rice, a small baked potato or bread roll if desired….

NB: Just be mindful of portion sizes! We served ours with some brown basmati rice.

 

 

Top with soya yoghurt, avocado, radishes, spring onion, herbs or anything else (if desired).

This is one we made last year! 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container; consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, place in a resealable container(s), freeze and consume within 1-2 months; defrost before use.

This is perfect for another 2 meals!

 

 

 

If preferred…

  • Use any variation of veggies! Try kale, spinach, aubergine, squash, sweet potato or courgettes!
  • Experiment with the spice blend! Add as little or as much as desired; try using fresh chillies, or turmeric, or maybe even some basic curry powder.
  • Vary your beans! Try haricot(navy), pinto or soya beans, or maybe some black-eyed peas or chickpeas!
  • Reduce the legumes and use some rehydrated soya mince instead; non-vegans can try using some Quorn, turkey breast mince or an extra lean beef mince.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup (V, GF, Low-Fat!)

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Serves:10
Prep: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 5-8 hours

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, no added sugars and is low in fats!

This is a nutritious and hearty recipe. Soup is great for winter, perfect for keeping your food costs down (just use seasonal and/or frozen vegetables and/or dried pulses/legumes) and is ideal for those that do not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen; leftovers can easily be stored and reheated!

Quick facts:

We’ve read that Minestrone means ‘the big soup’ in Italian. Its a substantial dish consisting of vegetables and beans (occasionally meat), with either rice or pasta; the recipe varies in most households but it’s loved all the same! 

It’s ideal to have recipes in a slow cooking format. Slow cooking is great for when you have to serve people in large quantities, saving on electricity costs and reclaiming some of your valuable time! Prep the vegetables the night before and store them in a container full of cold water (so they do not dry out); place your ingredients in the slow cooker before you go off to work! 

*Based on 10 servings, one serving provides you with approximately 4 of your 5-A-DAY! 

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++Step 1:
+++++++++++++++++++++++++180g     Dried Butter Beans (soaked overnight)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++300g     Celery
+++++++++++++++++++++++++250g     White onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++450g     Baking potato
+++++++++++++++++++++++++280g      Carrot
+++++++++++++++++++++++++140g      Red Bell pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++16g        Garlic cloves
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g     Frozen green beans
+++++++++++++++++++++++++20g        Fresh parsley
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1600g   Tinned plum tomatoes (no added salt/sugar)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++2g          Herbs De Provence
+++++++++++++++++++++++++2g          Dried Oregano
+++++++++++++++++++++++++              Salt & ground black pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1.5L      Vegetable stock (low-sodium, DF, GF)

+++++++++++++++++++++++++Step 2:
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g      GF Fusilli
+++++++++++++++++++++++++120g      Frozen sweet corn
+++++++++++++++++++++++++160g      Frozen spinach

 

 

Nutritional info:

  *This recipe provides approximately: 140% of your RDA for Vitamin C and 200% of your RDA for Vitamin A/ serving!

 

 

Directions:

Prepare the dried beans according to the packet instructions. Drain.

NB: Our beans were soaked overnight for 12 hours.

 

 

Wash, trim the ends and slice the celery. Peel and chop the onion. Wash, peel and dice the potato. Wash, peel, trim the ends and then dice the carrot. Wash, remove the stem, de-seed and then finely chop the bell pepper. Peel and mince the garlic.

 

 

Snap the green beans into bite-sized pieces. Wash, dry and roughly chop the parsley.

We used parsley straight out of our freezer. 🙂

 

 

Place the tomatoes into the slow cooker…

NB: Go the frugal route and buy ‘whole’ tin tomatoes like us…then just quickly chop them up in the slow cooker. 🙂

 

 

then the dried beans…..

 

 

…followed by the celery, onion, potato, carrot, bell pepper, garlic and green beans.

 

 

Add the parsley, Herbs De Provence. Season it to taste with some salt and pepper.

 

 

Pour in the ‘boiling hot’ stock. Give it a stir.

 

 

Cover with a lid. Place on a medium or low heat setting; 5-6 hours or 7-8 hours respectively.

 

 

For the second phase of this recipe, cook your pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain.

NB: We cooked ours for slightly less than the packet asked for… to help keep its integrity when its added to the soup! We find that GF doesn’t always hold its shape in soups!

 

 

Defrost the corn and spinach before adding it to the soup.

Still frozen at this point!

 

 

Drain off any excess water.

 

 

Add the cooked pasta, corn and spinach 30 minutes before the end of cooking.

 

 

Stir through. Cover with the lid.

 

 

Alternatively, cook your remaining vegetables and pasta; add them to the soup when it has finished cooking.

 

 

When it was finished, ours went straight into this plastic container.

Ready for many delicious lunches!

 

 

Alternatively, ladle into a soup bowl and serve warm.

NB: This represents one, re-heated portion of  the soup! We garnished ours with a few pieces of fresh parsley. 🙂

 

 Place any leftovers into a resealable container and refrigerate; consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, place the container(s) into the freezer and use within 2-3 months; defrost before use.

Enjoy!

 

 

If preferred…

  • Stick with your favourite and/or seasonal veggies!
  • Adapt the herbs and choice of legumes to your taste. Non-vegans can try adding a little cheese and/or using a different stock/flavouring if desired.
  • Try using wild rice or lentils instead of pasta!
  • Use a spelt, wholemeal or spinach/wheat-based pasta if gluten is not a concern to you.

NB: If you prefer to add dried pasta to the recipe (at the start of the cooking process), adjust the liquid levels accordingly.

  • If you are not used to eating this quantity of fibre, reduce the quantities of vegetables slightly!

Mushroom Burgers & Sweet Potato Wedges

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking time: 65 minutes

Recipe adapted from: ASDA

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, potassium and iron.

This recipe was our New Year’s Eve Meal! It contained a lot of lovely flavours and felt like an upmarket pub meal. Haha yes… before you say it…we know! We’re not chefs, professional photographers or people that have hours to spend in Photoshop (the pictures do not lie right?!), so the presentation will never look perfect!…But were not aspiring to be chefs or food stylists- just a nutritionist and a dietitian providing you with healthy meals and advice! So all vegans, healthy trend setters and mushroom lovers rejoice- this is a great recipe! 

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++500g    Sweet Potato
+++++++++++++++++++++++++250g    Large Mushrooms
+++++++++++++++++++++++++20g      Wild rocket
+++++++++++++++++++++++++14g      DF Margarine (low-fat) (+4g for frying)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             1 Kcal Fry Spray (low-fat cooking oil)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++4g        Herbs De Provence
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             Salt
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             Ground black pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++60g      White onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++120g    Salad tomato
+++++++++++++++++++++++++40g      Walnuts
+++++++++++++++++++++++++30g      DF Hard cheese
+++++++++++++++++++++++++4           GF Bread rolls (small) (optional)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++5g        Balsamic vinegar
+++++++++++++++++++++++++16g      Sweet chilli & tomato chutney (optional)

 

Nutritional Info:

 NB: includes values for the bread and chutney.

The fat and salt contents in this recipe fall under the  ‘orange’ traffic light setting; meaning it’s an OK choice most of the time, but ‘green’ options are always the healthier choice!

Reducing the quantities of the: DF margarine, nuts and ‘cheese’ will help reduce the overall calories and fat content of this recipe; also ‘opt out’ of using condiments and load up on salad vegetables!  You can also try serving the burgers with a little wholemeal rice instead of a roll; this will help to further reduce the salt, sugar and/or fat contents.

 

Directions:

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Prepare two baking sheets; line one with kitchen foil or a silicone mat.

 

Wash and chop the potatoes into wedges. Wash and pat the mushrooms dry; remove the stems and set aside. Wash the rocket and allow to dry. Place the margarine into a small dish; melt in the microwave.

 

Place the potato in to a large mixing bowl. Spray it with the low-fat cooking oil. Add half the quantity of the Herbs De Provence. Season them with some salt and pepper to taste.  Mix to coat. Transfer onto the baking sheet without any foil. Place into the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.

Raw, sprayed & seasoned wedges 🙂

NB: We baked ours for 33 minutes!

 

Meanwhile, use a pastry brush and brush the underside of the mushrooms with the margarine. Place them onto the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet onto a ‘low oven shelf’. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove.

Annoyingly the store did not have a ‘four pack’ of mushrooms…. an odd mushroom?!….let the table wars begin!

 

 

In the meantime, dice the mushrooms stems. Peel and dice the onion. Wash, remove the stem and then thinly slice the tomato; reserve the bottom slice and dice it. Roughly chop the nuts.

 

 

Finely grate the cheese.

Ours was a fake ‘cheddar cheese’.

 

 

Remove the mushrooms from the oven. Gently place the tomato on top. Season as necessary. Place back into the oven. Bake for a further 3-4 minutes. Remove.

 

 

In the meantime, heat a large non-stick frying pan or a medium-low heat. Add the remaining margarine. Allow to melt.

We used a wok…but its all the same!

 

 

Add the mushroom stems, onion and reserved tomato ‘bottoms’. Gently fry for 1 -2 minutes or until tender.

 

 

Add the nuts and remaining Herbs De Provence. Mix together. Gently fry for a further minute.  Remove from the heat.

 

 

In the meantime, prepare and/or heat your rolls (if desired/applicable).

 

 

Transfer the mushroom mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese and vinegar. Season it as necessary.

 

 

Mix together.

 

 

 Spoon the mushroom mixture on top of the tomato. Place back into the oven. Bake for a further 5 minutes. Remove.

As you can see… the mushrooms and tomatoes give off a lot of water!

Cooked and ready to eat!

 

 

Cut the rolls into halves. Place the rocket onto the lower half, followed by the mushroom and  then top with the other half of the roll. 🙂

NB: We went into ‘burger mode’ and put chutney on the roll 😦 …this is not recommended! If you are using the chutney, save it for the wedges!

 

 

Serve the potato wedges ‘to share’….

 

…or next to the burgers with some sweet chilli and tomato chutney (if desired).

NB: This plate has 2 portions. Feel free to serve these ‘burgers’ with more salad vegetables!

 

 Enjoy!

Broccoli, Leek & Potato Soup

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking time:  45minutes

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K,  protein, fibre, calcium, potassium, iron, no added sugars and is low in fats!

 This is a great, simple and delicious soup that can be created in less than an hour! It has a very velvety and satisfying taste; as broccoli is out of season here in the UK, use a frozen variety if preferred. 

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++360g      Broccoli
+++++++++++++++++++++++++220g      Leek
+++++++++++++++++++++++++200g      Potato
+++++++++++++++++++++++++4g           Garlic
+++++++++++++++++++++++++140g       Green lentils
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1.5L         Vegetable Stock (low-sodium, DF/GF)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++500ml   Water
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g            Dried thyme (optional)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++                Salt
+++++++++++++++++++++++++                Ground black pepper

 

Nutritional Content (*Based on 4 Servings):

1 serving provides: 192kcal, 13.3g Protein, 1.4g Fat, 0.51g Sat/fat, 11g Fibre, 0.3g Salt,    95mg Calcium, 7mg Iron

 

Directions:

Wash and chop the broccoli (including the stem). Trim the ends, slice and then wash the leek (preferably place it into a large bowl filled with water; allow to soak and then drain). Wash and roughly chop the potato. Peel and dice the garlic. Remove any stones from the lentils; wash and then drain.

 

Meanwhile, prepare the lentils according to the packet instructions. Drain.

NB: Once cooked, my lentils went straight into this plastic tub; this soup was going to be many delicious lunches for us throughout the week. 🙂

 

In the meantime, place the vegetable stock and water into a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Add the broccoli, leek, potato and garlic. Stir together. Bring back to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

 

Remove from the heat. Add the thyme (if using). Allow to cool slightly.

 

Use a hand-held blender in the saucepan or transfer the soup mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

 

Transfer back into the saucepan (if applicable). Add the lentils. Stir together. Season it to taste with some salt and pepper.

 

Return to the heat. Warm slightly (if applicable).

 

Ladle into a soup bowl. Garnish with seeds, nuts, herbs, rocket, croutons or plain yoghurt if desired and serve.

 

 

If preferred…

  • Try swapping the potatoes or the broccoli for some brussel sprouts!
  • If you are not vegan, try adding some cheese to the soup.
  • Use onion if you are not keen on leeks.
  • Try adding a bit of cooked brown rice instead of lentils; adjust portions accordingly.
  • Use fresh or frozen vegetables.
  • Once the soup is puréed, try adding some DF milk or yoghurt (or low-fat dairy products if you’re not vegan). If you decide to do make this alteration, slightly reduce the amount of water used.

Vegan Sicilian Pasta With Chickpeas

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 2
Prep & Cooking time: 20 minutes

Recipe adapted from: fatfreevegan

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, fibre, potassium, iron, no added sugar and is low in saturated fats!

From what I’ve read, Sicilian pastas dishes include cheap, simple and tasty ingredients! This recipe is very fresh, light and it’s easy to execute! The orange and chilli flavours work beautifully together and it’s a nice change from dense tomato, pesto or creamy pastas.

Quick fact: The corn-based pasta and the chickpeas provide a nice bit of ‘protein combining’ action!

 

Ingredients:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++130g   GF Spaghetti
+++++++++++++++++++++++++400g   Tin Chickpeas (in water)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++16g     Garlic cloves
+++++++++++++++++++++++++140g   Red onion
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             1 Large orange (zest and juice)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++220g   Baby plum tomatoes
+++++++++++++++++++++++++40g     Black olives
+++++++++++++++++++++++++8g        Fresh basil leaves
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             1kcal Fry Spray (low-fat cooking oil)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++             Salt & ground black pepper
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g        Chilli flakes
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g        Dried oregano
+++++++++++++++++++++++++1g        Dried basil

 

 *Based on this meal serving 2, this recipe provides approximately:

485Kcal, 18.2g Protein, 8.1g Fat, 1g Sat/fat, 1.12g Salt, 4.6mg Iron

(NB: To lower the calorie and fat content, reduce the quantity of the chickpeas.)

 

Directions:

Place a large, non-stick saucepan over a medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions.

 

Meanwhile, drain and wash the chickpeas.

 

 Add the chickpeas to the saucepan just before the pasta is finished cooking. Save one cup of cooking water before you drain the pasta.

NB: The brand of GF pasta I used took 12 minutes to cook.

 

 In the meantime, peel and chop the garlic into slices. Peel and dice the onion.