So this week I was inspired by these very colourful beetroot and spinach wraps from Marks and Spencer.
I just love colourful food and try to eat the rainbow every day, and no I don't mean a bag of multicoloured skittles or smarties! I mean naturally brightly coloured food, which translates to lots of my favourite food, vegetables!
Orange sweet potatoes, yellow sweetcorn, purple kidney beans, red onions, green spinach and coriander, red tomatoes and red pepper.
Add a delicious avocado dressing and you have all the colours of the rainbow!
These wraps are just fantastic and so vibrant. I have to say the beetroot ones are my favourite, they are soft and slightly earthy and sweet which is just delicious! The spinach ones tasted a bit too vegetably so I wasn't quite so keen on them!
White tortilla wraps are perfect for this recipe too, I just fancied making something eye catching to post on my Instagram account!
So the filling for these delicious enchiladas are simply mashed sweet potato and spicy mexican flavoured beans, a perfect combination!
A tomato based sauce and a creamy avocado and coriander sauce finish these off rather nicely, although they would still be delicious with just the bean filling, if you don't have time to make the sauces!
So although there are a few different elements to this recipe, none of them are difficult and they can be prepared in advance, making these perfect for a weekend crowd pleasing dinner, which is also extremely healthy!!
So first of all you need to cook some sweet potato, then mash it! Then you need to prepare the beans, easy just open a tin and stir fry a few veggies with some seasoning. Next you need to make the tomato sauce, see recipe, or you can use salsa, mild, spicy, shop bought or home made! It's always good to have options!
We are a divided family when it comes to spicy food, so just adjust the amount of chilli powder accordingly!
I prefer to keep the mashed sweet potato as a separate layer but you can easily just mix the beans and mashed sweet potato together, which will incorporate all the lovely flavours!
So here are the ingredients you will need to make these awesome enchiladas!
Ingredients - makes 6 large enchiladas
For the Filling
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil and add all spices. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about a minute. Add onions, a couple pinches of salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another couple minutes. If the pot gets dry at any point, add a little of the tomato juice from the can.
2. Pour can of tomatoes into the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste.
3. Carefully transfer the tomato mixture to a blender. Add pitted dates, tahini, lime juice and a couple tablespoons of the water. Blend on high, adding water to thin as needed, until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste.
4. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.
Avocado Coriander Cream Sauce
Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency.
So although there are a few different elements to this recipe, you have options, and can buy shop bought salsa or spicy tomato sauce but do be aware of added sugar!
Just make the filling up, then you are good to go! The Avocado Sauce is optional but it is really delicious and simple to make. I really hope you give these a go, I have high hopes these will become a family favourite...!
......your health in your hands......
I've been running a series of Healthy Eating Workshops with North Glasgow Homes in Springburn.
The focus is on healthy, cheap, tasty food, made with ingredients that can be bought locally.
All of my workshops are plant based with a heavy reliance on lentils, beans and pulses which are cheap, versatile and extremely healthy. Add in loads of seasonal veggies and you have an extremely climate friendly, healthy, inexpensive way of eating.
This week the theme was Indian so we made lots of delicious rice, lentil and bean dishes. The favourite dish was this Coconut Lentil Dhal so I thought I'd reshare the recipe! I posted this one last year, it really is one of our go to family favourites.
It's perfect comfort food, like a big warm coconutty hug! Richly flavoured with spices, this lentil dish is good enough to impress your friends, your husband/wife and kids!
It's made with orange split lentils, the easiest to digest and fastest to cook so its a perfect dish for the weekend. You can rustle it up in no time!
All lentils are high in protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and literally support every system in the body. They are also incredibly cheap, versatile and you can store them for ages and they won't go off ( less waste!) so they do tick a lot of boxes!
Delicious, nutritious and super healthy; with superstars turmeric, garlic, ginger and coconut providing bags of anti inflammatory, pain relieving, circulation boosting, energy boosting, immune boosting benefits.
You can up the nutritional benefits even more by serving with brown rice and steamed greens! Dinner, in my opinion, is just incomplete without some kind of greens. My favourites at the moment are kale, cavolo nero, pointed cabbage and spring greens, all highly alkalising, and packed with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fibre.
Food is medicine right enough and what a delicious way to improve your health! I hope you give this a go and consider at least having one or two meat free days a week, your body and the planet will thank you!! All the recipes I share are plant based so you won't be short of ideas and inspiration! If you haven't already then consider subscribing to the blog so you won't miss any posts! They will all be sent directly to your inbox, the power of technology!! And its free so go ahead and fill in your details, it could be the best decision you make for your health! Well you'd have to actually make and eat some of the food before it would benefit your health! Just reading the posts won't do a thing so follow up with action steps! Go out and buy some healthy staples including lentils and beans and no I don't mean Heinz baked beans, they are high in sugar and salt! I've just had an idea for another post, Healthy Shopping List..., coming soon....!
Here is my recipe...
COCONUT LENTIL DHAL WITH TOASTED ALMONDS
Wee point to note, I added a spoonful of Coriander Detox Pesto to mine instead of fresh coriander. This adds bags more flavour! I just dolloped a spoonful on each portion before serving, then topped with toasted almonds. Delicious!
.......your health in your hands......
So Jenna and I have been busy developing a few recipes for Susie at Dollop and Scoff, who makes a lovely range of jams, chutneys and relishes, all from her kitchen, using locally sourced ingredients where possible. She uses an open pan method and makes small batches for superior flavour. She makes some very interesting flavour combinations! Our favourite was Raspberry, Basil and Black Pepper Jam, which we made a delicious dressing from and spread liberally on our sourdough toast and coconut scones!
You can order from Dollop and Scoff direct on this link
So our remit was to come up with a range of vegan recipes, using jams, chutneys and relishes. Most of the range is vegan, apart from a few containing honey so we came up with five winning recipes, of which I'm sharing one of my favourites,
Spiced Carrot, Lentil and Oat Burgers.
I just love making burgers, the options are endless and often I just use up leftover rice, quinoa or veggies and add beans, seeds, nuts, flavourings and cram in as many veggies as I can, either grated or cooked.
The trick to making great burgers is to taste your mixture before you shape them into burgers. Sometimes a bit of extra seasoning, herbs, spices or chutney can really make the difference. If your burger mix doesn't taste great before you cook them, they won't taste any better cooked!
Another tip is to make sure the mixture is firm enough to shape. You can add extra breadcrumbs, oats, flour or polenta to get the right consistency.
Chilling them for an hour or so in the fridge will also firm them up.
So back to these lovely burgers. the main ingredients are three popular Scottish ingredients, carrots, red lentils and oats. I always have these ingredients and use them constantly, they are cheap, nutritious, quick to cook and delicious so tick a lot of boxes for me!
I really detest frying burgers and to be honest find they break up and and are never that good but on the other hand I have made loads of delicious veggie burgers in the oven so no faffing about with hot oil and a frying pan for me!
I have used mango chutney in this batch, since we had no Carrot, Orange & Coriander Chutney left, to give these a delicious sweetness, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a bit of crunch, baby spinach for colour and turmeric, cumin, and smoked paprika for flavour.
These are delicious served with potato wedges and a big salad or in a wrap or pitta bread for lunch, smeared with some extra chutney or relish. These are most definitely on my favourite burger list and I hope they are soon on yours too!
They also freeze well, if you have any extra leftover!
So here is the recipe....
Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Oat Burgers
Makes 10-12 burgers
....your health in your hands....
So I've had a lovely time lately! Alastair and I had a great few days away in Northumberland, at a fabulous 5 star Gastro Pub, called The Joiners Arms! Its well worth a visit, the rooms are gorgeous and the food was delicious!
We were also blessed with lovely weather, blue skies and sunshine so we had lots of lovely beach walks and fresh air!
We have all managed to avoid coughs, colds and viruses this year and long may that continue! However we don't put our good health down to luck, we eat really well and include lots of immune boosting foods in our diet!
Which brings me to this totally awesome and delicious immune boosting broth, which supports health on every level.
Alastair came across the recipe by the brilliant Anna Jones in The Guardian and immediately wanted to make it! I'm really glad he did, it is the most delicious, nourishing and bright green thai broth I have ever eaten.
Do yourself a favour and make this, your body and your taste buds will thank you, as will anyone you share it with!
In this season of detoxing, the buzz is all about depriving yourself of comfort food, but this soup has it all, its nourishing, healing, restorative, immune boosting and it just tastes amazing!
This is comfort food you can truly eat without feeling guilty, bloated or sluggish!
Its packed with the most health giving ingredients including coconut oil, ginger, garlic, chillies, coriander, turmeric and spinach.
There are so many benefits to this soup and its also really filling due to the rice noodles and chunks of butternut squash.
Some recipes have lots of ingredients and are a bit complicated and faffy and the end result really isn't worth the bother but not this one! Massive thanks to the awesome Anna Jones for this recipe.
I have both of her books A Modern Way to Eat and A Modern Way to Cook
and highly recommend both of them. She just talks so much sense and her passion for great flavours shines through.
I would seriously give this soup 10 out of 10 so here is the recipe so you can try it for yourself! Please leave a comment if you do!
BEST EVER THAI BROTH
4 tablespoons coconut oil
a thumb of ginger (50g) peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves peeled
1 or 2 small green chillies
4 spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
a bunch of fresh coriander leaves and stalks
a few sprigs of mint
1 heaped teaspoon turmeric
15 green peppercorns, fresh or brined
2 x 400ml tins of coconut milk
1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder or 1/2 stock cube
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
a stalk of lemongrass
1/2 butternut squash, peeled
handful of spinach or spring greens
100g brown rice noodles
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
I've been meaning to post this recipe all week since its a fab vegan alternative to that old Scottish staple, steak pie, traditionally served on New Years Day!
Note to self, stop procrastinating!!
As you will be aware, we are plant based and don't eat animals so steak pie has been off the menu for us for a number of years. However we are all very partial to a nice crispy pastry filled with veggies, which brings me nicely back to this lovely roulade!
I first tried this last year at the awesome Lee Watsons vegan cooking retreat, which was filled with the most delicious, flavoursome vegan food and it just looked amazing and most definitely good enough for a celebration dinner.
I tweaked the filling and my version has 3 layers, sauted leeks with thyme, oven roasted butternut squash and sauteed mushrooms with spinach and balsamic or tamari for extra flavour.
You can be inventive here and use whatever veggie combination you fancy, you can add beans or feta or goats cheese as an extra layer for non vegans.
Olives and sun dried tomatoes are a great addition too.
We are having two of these roulades on New Years Day, Jenna is making vegan haggis from scratch and will be filling her roulade with this and a layer of greens and will be serving a whisky sauce with it, she is an awesome vegan cook!
Jenna is also making vegan cranachan, that old traditional Scottish dessert, made with oats, double cream, whisky, honey and raspberries.
Her version will use coconut cream and maple syrup and will probably have a selection of healthy seeds and nuts through it too! Sadly she hasn't made it yet so I can't share her recipe or show you a photo. I will post it in the New Year.
So back to the roulade! Its actually really easy but does involve a few different steps since all the veggies for the filling are precooked and cooled before filling the pastry. I just use standard shop bought puff pastry, which is surprisingly vegan!
I used to think that puff pastry was made with butter but its actually made with vegetable oils now so perfect for anyone avoiding dairy!
A wee important point to note, any filling needs to be fairly dry so drain any liquid off or you will end up with soggy pastry, which is not what you want!
Take your pastry out of the fridge and let it rest at room temperature to make it more supple and less likely to crack and break. I always buy the pre rolled puff pastry sheets, rather than the block of pastry, which you have to roll out yourself.
I'm all for making life easier and just prefer the pre rolled version. Jus Roll do a good one and its widely available, all the supermarkets stock it!
This roulade will make 10 slices and looks lovely with all the colourful layers!
So have a wonderful Hogmanay and New Year, count your blessings, and enjoy precious time with your loved ones!
1 pack of shop bought puff pastry
2 medium leeks, washed and thinly sliced
few tablespoons fresh herbs, thyme, sage or rosemary, or a teaspoon dried herbs
1 250g pack of mushrooms, chestnut, or any mixture you like
good few handfuls of spinach, washed and chopped
250 - 300g butternut squash, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
1 teaspoon tamari or balsamic vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
soya or other plant based milk
.........your health in your hands.....
I haven't shared a beetroot recipe recently so thought I'd share this humdinger of a beetroot casserole with sweet potatoes, herbs and mushrooms with a good glug of red wine to lift the flavour to dinner party fancy!! I assure you, its that good! If you love beetroot and hearty casseroles then you will absolutely love this recipe!
Beetroot ticks a lot of boxes for me, its cheap, readily available, delicious, a fabulous colour and has lots of health benefits! It can lower blood pressure, improve memory and brain function by basically improving blood flow and relaxing the arteries, all down to nitric acid which beetroot has lots of! Its also a very effective internal cleanser, due to the powerful antioxidant betacyanin and supports kidney, liver and gallbladder function. Its also a great source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and easily digestible carbohydrates for a wee energy boost!
It's also extremely versatile and lends itself well to juicing, cakes, dips, soups, salads and casseroles!
I really do love the humble beetroot, whats not to love?
Anyway back to this fabulous recipe, the idea came from the awesome Anna Jones cookbook A Modern Way to Eat. I love Anna Jones, she makes the most delicious vegetarian food, wholesome, flavoursome and nutritious. A fabulous book if you want to transition to a more plant based way of eating, full of family favourites, lovely photos and simple, easy to follow recipes.
So back to this one...
I used vacuum packed beetroot, instead of fresh beetroot. I always have packs of beetroot in the fridge for dips, houmous, salads and soups and it's already cooked so can just be added for the last 10 to 15 minutes. Fresh beetroot can take up to an hour to cook, so if you are using fresh then cut into smallish chunks, to speed up the cooking time.
Puy or dark green lentils are another favourite ingredient of mine. They are packed with fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins and support health on every level. They are really filling and make a great substitute for meat. They don't require soaking prior to cooking and cook in around 20 minutes. All the supermarkets sell puy type lentils now, they hold their shape well and don't go mushy, which the more common red lentils do! I always have a selection of lentils in my cupboards, they are so versatile and delicious and great for adding fibre and protein to a meatless meal.
Sweet potatoes add lots of beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A and supports skin and digestive health. They contain a wonderful sugar called fructo-oligo-saccaride which acts as a food source for good bacteria in the gut, producing a chemical called butyric acid that can repair and strengthen the gut wall and rejuvenate the digestive tract! We should all be feeding our good gut bacteria and sweet potatoes are just so delicious this is just another excellent reason to eat loads of them. Even though they are naturally sweet, they contain blood sugar regulating properties and improve the cells responsiveness to insulin, so won't spike your blood sugar!
So all in all a very healthy dish to make for dinner, its just full of beneficial veggies, lentils, herbs and lots of garlic to boost the immune system and add lots of flavour!
We had this served with a big pile of creamy mashed potatoes and steamed green beans and Jenna used the leftovers by adding more mushrooms, stock and potato and blending it to a smooth velvety pink delicious soup!
We never waste food at Nourished by Nature!!
So here is the recipe, please leave a comment if you try it!
Ingredients Serves 4 to 6
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
4 cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed
8 to 10 small cooked beets, quartered or fresh beetroot peeled and diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into dice
4 bay leaves
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
250 ml red wine
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 cup (200g) small dark lentils, rinsed and drained
handful of mushrooms, halved (optional)
....your health in your hands.....
I have started a block of healthy cooking workshops with a lovely group of ladies from Clydebank and we are using herbs and veggies from the community gardens, which is just great! You don't get any fresher than just picked from the garden, no pesticide residues to contend with and loads of nutrition to boot!
So this week we had rainbow chard, cavolo nero, beetroot, spring onions, tomatoes and loads of flat leaf parsley!
It was soup, snacks and smoothies week so we ended up with a few bunches of rainbow chard leftover which I gladly brought home since no one else knew what to do with it! That's part of the point of the workshops, to introduce new ways of cooking and introduce new ingredients!
We are doing meat free mains next week and I'll be demonstrating how easy it is to add greens to your diet. Finely shredded and steamed or lightly stir fried is a great way to use greens, they retain most of their incredible nutrients cooked this way and the addition of some good quality oil helps with the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins! I always add a delicious garlicky, turmeric, balsamic vinegar dressing too to add heaps more health benefits and incredible flavour!
There are no boring boiled plain veggies at Nourished by Nature!
We did add a lot of greens to our various soups but rainbow chard has quite an earthy taste, its from the beetroot family and so it can be a bit of an acquired taste!
I didn't think the green smoothies would go down so well packed with chard so we made do with spinach, avocado and frozen peas! We did however add kiwi, orange,pineapple and banana and some coconut soya yoghurt and everyone loved them! There is always a way to sneak more veggies into your diet!
So I made this rather easy, nutritious and delicious curry recipe to use up the lovely rainbow chard
I can't abide waste and its shocking the amount of perfectly good food that is thrown away, I can feel a rant coming on!!
I'll save it for another post and get on with the recipe.
I've demonstrated this recipe at various healthy eating workshops and it's always a favourite.
Part of the appeal of this recipe is that it uses few ingredients, just Thai Green or Red (if you like spicy!) Curry paste, some peanut butter and coconut milk. A lot of curries need lots of different spices which most of us don't have, unless we are curry fanatics, which I am not.
Red onions, garlic and ginger make up the other flavour components, adding a fair amount of anti inflammatory action to this dish!
So you can literally have this cooked in 30 to 40 minutes. You can cheat by using the jars of ready chopped ginger and garlic but I always prefer the fresh option!
Spinach is a good alternative to the rainbow chard and you can add a whole bag since it wilts down so much and is packed with all sorts of nutritional goodies!
On that note, I'm off to prepare a vegan lunch for tomorrow for the volunteers at the most successful Lets Eat Glasgow event last weekend, which I was a part of!
It's great to see so much quality Scottish food being promoted and even better to be a part of it all!
It's Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight so please support local producers!!
Here is the recipe, it's perfect for the weekend....
Chickpea, Squash & Rainbow Chard Curry
Ingredients - Serves 4
So this week I've been trying out a few new gluten free recipes and I came across the idea for these delicious bites in Aine Carlins new cookbook which is full of delicious healthy vegan recipes. It's called The New Vegan and I can highly recommend it!
The main ingredients for these wee bites you may have guessed from the title, are the equally awesome superfoods, quinoa and broccoli, both of which I love and are a regular part of my diet in various forms!
Lidl had a great deal on organic quinoa last week which I took advantage of and stocked up so when I came across this recipe idea I just had to try it!
We had them for dinner last night and they got a big thumbs up from everyone, even Kathryn, who doesn't normally like quinoa!
So whats so good about quinoa... well lots of things actually! It really does deserve its superfood title.
Although considered a grain, its technically the seed of a plant related to beet, chard and spinach. Cooked quinoa is fluffy and creamy with a slight bite to it and a delicate nutty flavour.
Quinoa is a great source of protein, containing all essential amino acids, is packed with magnesium, three times as much as the calcium it contains. Its also high in B vitamins, vitamin E and fibre and a great source of minerals including iron and zinc.
Its considered the least allergenic of all the grains and its a fantastic gluten free choice.
So these wee bites are really easy to make, I oven baked mine since I hate frying food and oven baking them is easier and healthier!
So all you need to do is cook the quinoa and steam your broccoli then you can essentially add whatever flavourings you like. I used paprika and nutritional yeast to flavour mine but you could use cumin, chilli, lemon, garlic or coriander. Nutritional yeast is a great source of B vitamins especially important for those on a vegan diet. They are really cheap and add a mild cheesy flavour. The tahini works as a binder to stick everything together but you could easily substitute an egg if you are not vegan.
I also added a tablespoon of milled chia seeds which needed used up and a tablespoon of gram flour, which is my gluten free go to flour. Its so cheap and its a great source of protein and minerals. It's used a lot in Indian cooking and is made from chickpeas, which I could eat every day of the week! Another great gluten free alternative is polenta which is made from corn and its a lovely colour and a great substitute for breadcrumbs in burgers.
I made these quite small and the recipe made 15 small bites which are perfect for lunch on a wrap or for dinner with a big salad and a spicy mayo or salsa. You could also make them into bigger burgers and have them on a roll with all the trimmings!
So here is my recipe...
QUINOA & BROCCOLI BITES
Ingredients - makes 15 small bites
1/2 cup quinoa (about 100g)
small head of broccoli ( about 250g)
I tablespoon milled flaxseeds or chia seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon gram flour or polenta
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tsp paprika
1 tablespoon tahini
sea salt & black pepper
This Lentil Chilli recipe is a family favourite and a real crowd pleaser! Meat eaters won't even notice the lack of meat!
Its just delicious and so filling and its one of those dishes which is even better the next day!
I have adapted this recipe over the years and I'm confident that this version is the best.
There are a few unexpected ingredients including dark chocolate and mango chutney which give real depth of flavour and adds a lovely sweetness to balance the heat from the chilli.
I have as usual crammed lots of veggies into this dish, along with lots of beans and of course lentils so this chilli is just bursting with nutrition and literally supports every body system!
I usually serve it with Guacamole which adds even more good fats and vitamins and a cooling yoghurt based dip with mint, coriander, cucumber and lime.
We are a very divided family when it comes to hot and spicy food. Alastair and Emma love hot food and the rest of us are total wimps so I usually compromise and make ours medium hot!
The chilli lovers can always add extra chilli at the end!
This is a great weekend dish and can be served with rice, tortillas, toasted pitta breads or with baked potatoes for a wee change.
I tend to use tinned beans which are just so handy although I do also cook batches of beans in my pressure cooker if I'm really organised!
I use dried green lentils for this dish but puy or brown lentils work equally well. I cook them first in twice their volume of water for 15 to 20 minutes, then add them to the chilli. I cup of lentils will yield 2 cups of cooked lentils and I generally add them all but if I'm using tinned lentils then I just use one tin since they are quite expensive!
The frozen peas and sweetcorn are optional although they add a splash of colour and extra vitamins and fibre.
I tend to add spinach to most of my dishes. Its just so easy, wilts in minutes and adds so much extra nutrition. Always add it at the end and just mix it in, don't carry on cooking it or you'll destroy some of the valuable antioxidants which boost our immune system and help us to fight disease. You can quite easily freeze spinach and just add it frozen. It will thaw in minutes.
A couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate and a couple of spoonfuls of mango chutney make all the difference to the flavour of the chilli.
Cumin, turmeric, garlic, cayenne, chilli and mustard add a real depth and heat!
I really hope you give this a go. I'm convinced it will become a firm favourite!
We had this last night and it easily fed 7 of us with fairly large portions! If you are using just one tin of lentils then obviously it will feed less. That's one of the reasons I cook my own lentils, it's way cheaper and you can add double the amount! For folks with smaller appetites this could feed up to 10, if you serve it with rice, tortillas, pittas, guacamole and yoghurt dip!
Please leave me a comment if you try it!
So here is the recipe.....
BEST EVER LENTIL CHILLI
Ingredients Serves 6 to 8
.....your health in your hands.....
I seem to have been posting lots of cakes and treats recently so I thought it was time to redress the balance and post a lovely healthy dinner recipe!
This one is really easy to throw together and ideal for a mid week supper.
I find aubergines a great replacement for meat, they have an interesting texture and work really well in curries and spicy dishes. Gone are the days when you had to salt them for hours then fry them in loads of unhealthy oils! In this recipe, just dice and add them straight to the pan, easy, peasy!
This dish contains many ingredients with amazing health benefits. We have my usual favourites;
Red onions, packed with antioxidants, great source of fuel for our gut bacteria and great infection fighters.
Garlic which is just a nutritional superstar on every level,
Turmeric which even surpasses garlic in the health stakes, improving pretty much every health issue from brain health, to fighting cancer to reducing inflammation from arthritis, improving digestive issues and improving skin health.
Ginger another amazing anti inflammatory and great for soothing the digestion.
Coconut milk, deliciously creamy, full of healthy fats, metabolism boosting, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial and something that I sneak into as many dishes as I can. I just love it!
Lentils of any kind support every body system and are packed full of fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also cheap, versatile and easy to cook and an essential ingredient in my kitchen.
Coriander a fantastic herb for detoxing, especially good at removing heavy metals from the body and high in antioxidants and cancer fighting phytochemicals.
Spinach another nutritional superstar containing 22 different phytochemicals and a great source of iron, calcium and magnesium.
Once you start to think of food in terms of nutrition, you become much more mindful of what you are actually feeding your body and that is a very good thing!
I tend to think in terms of every time we eat or drink something, we are either feeding disease or fighting it and I choose to support my body by choosing nutritionally dense foods which support me on every level.
Admittedly no one is perfect and eats well all the time but we need to find a balance where we can be our best selves and that means eating decent food the majority of the time.
Since I am Nourished by Nature, for me this is mostly plants and wholefoods, natures' super-foods!
The 80/20 rule is a good one to follow and means we can eat really well 80% of the time and allow ourselves less healthy food and treats the rest of the time.
Life is for living and being happy and healthy, its not about deprivation, guilt and regrets so don't make your life about these things.
There ends my sermon for the day!
Right back to the recipe. I had no frozen peas since my freezer broke this week, and it was full of kale from my garden, frozen berries and bananas! Luckily I could squeeze some of it into my other freezer but the frozen bananas were just mush. Anyway I discovered a bag of edamame beans in my other freezer so added them instead. They are such a nice colour, almost lime green and sweet and delicious.
I also had a bag of lovely wee organic potatoes which I wanted to use so I cooked them separately and added them to the dish at the end. I served it with some lovely steamed green beans.
So here is the recipe.. enjoy!
AUBERGINE, LENTIL & COCONUT CURRY
1 cup of puy or green lentils (250g)
650ml vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil or coconut oil
1 large red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
2cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped
1 level teaspoon dried chillies (more if you like it hot!)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground coriander
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 can coconut milk (400ml)
2 aubergines, washed and cut into cubes
1 cup of frozen peas or edamame beans
Handful of chopped fresh coriander
Big handful of spinach
........your health in your hands......
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