Category Archives: Recipes

Discover our favourite recipes which prove that eating healthy food does not mean eating bland tasteless food.

Gut healing the vegan way

Gut healing the vegan way

We have bought a book about healing your gut  and it is really great but the thing it doesn’t tackle is, what if you are vegan?

Most of the time you read about bone broth being healing for the gut because of collagen, and I will be honest here, my partner has so much pain in his stomach at the moment we even considered for like 2 minutes actually using bone broth to fix him and then go back to being veggie, but then I thought I would look into it further to see what the alternatives are, because through this journey from meat eaters to veggie lovers, there is always an alternative, with a bit of imagination and some research you never miss out.

So this gut healing vegetable broth from Wallflower Kitchen is fantastic!

Pop over to her site for the full recipe and loads of information about gut healing and why she feels bone broth isn’t really that great

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VitaMatcha pancake recipe

With pancake day being just around the corner, how about trying a new take on an old classic with these green tea pancakes!

VitaMatcha is simply powdered green tea leaves and therefore one of the most potent types of green tea, carrying a huge amount of health benefits – just two grams of VitaMatcha per day is equivalent to 20 cups of green tea, in terms of nutritional value & antioxidant content.

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Introducing vegan health coach Alex Walker

Alex is a passionate Health Advocate and lives a predominantly Raw Plant Based Lifestyle. He is an inspiring vegan health coach, who shares his vitality and joy through food, he also has a cracking smile and a wonderful, positive and uplifting personality.
We are so pleased to introduce you to him.
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His vision is to inspire as many people as possible in a Healthy and compassionate way, through food, exercise and mindfulness. Alex believes that educating the next generation is the key to building a world of truly healthy, Powerful, thriving people.

Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin Halloween special

Halloween is a great time of year to have fun with food, so why not give this devilishly fun Halloween recipe from Stoats a try this autumn?

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Putting their spin on the seasonal vegetable, Stoats has created the Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin, using their premium Scottish oats.

This easy and inexpensive recipe is definitely less trick and more treat. The pumpkin flavours and spices combine with the oats to create a mouth-watering autumnal dish that tastes just like pumpkin pie.

The spiced pumpkin can be made using any of Stoats’ porridge blends, but with its Halloween coloured costume the super scrummy Apricot and Sultana Porridge works perfectly with this dish.

PORRIDGE STUFFED SPICED PUMPKIN | Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 200g Stoats Apricot and Sultana Porridge
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt

Method

  • Carve out and remove a lid in the roof of your pumpkin and scoop out the inner seeds and stringy flesh
  • Fill the empty pumpkin with the oats, milk, water, spices, sugar and salt
  • Place the lidless pumpkin on a tray and bake for 30 minutes in a 180 degree oven
  • Slot the pumpkin lid back in its place and continue baking the whole thing for a further 30 minutes
  • Remove the pumpkin from the oven and stir the filling to introduce its soft inner flesh to the mixture
  • Serve up into bowls! Stoats recommend adding a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds at this point, or even a crumbled biscuit to really enhance the ‘pie-ness’ of this dish

You must try cacao, its the new healthy high!

Have you tried cacao yet? it is amazing and the new healthy trend that is taking the UK by storm.

Raw Cacao (pronounced Ka-cow)

It is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter), you can get it in various forms, nibs ( like little chocolate chips), beans, powder and in blocks. It is the purest form of chocolate you can get.

What better than pampering yourself with a hot chocolate made with Sicilian orange oil, cacao, almond milk and maple syrup.

It’s blumming delicious!

 

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Or make yourself some bliss balls.

using only 3 ingredients, cacao powder, ground almonds and medjool dates, so simple and tastes like heaven!

Bonus is they only cost 30p per ball

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Check out our energy boosting raspberry and cacao smoothie recipe

Also check out what all the fuss is about with our guide to cacao

or how about trying this amazing Matcha and peppermint chocolate crunch bar, totally delicious!

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Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

We have been very blessed by Mark Hartstone, chef proprietor at La Fosse at Cranborne  for sending us a special vegan recipe to share with you.

The restaurant has a special vegan and vegetarian theme night coming up on 14th July, pop over to book your place.

Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

The great thing about this recipe is that it is almost entirely from store cupboard ingredients.

Other than the sorbet the dish can be put together whilst your dinner guests are digesting their main

course! The walnuts can be prepared in advance along with the sorbet, however the caramel on the

banana will dissolve into the fruit and therefore must be done at the very last minute.

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Energy boosting Raspberry & cacao smoothie

When you get that afternoon slump instead of grabbing a bar of chocolate blend up an energy boosting smoothie, if you go out to work, make it in the morning and take it with you just make sure you keep it chilled at work. Simple to make and tastes like velvet, you will get a buzz from the cacao and baobab which will last a lot longer than a bar of chocolate.

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10 simple tricks to sneak more vegetables in your diet

Do your meals tend to look mostly beige on your plate?

When was the last time you had a portion of veg?

Can’t remember? Don’t worry – you are not alone! According to latest research, nearly 70% of Brits don’t eat their ‘5 a day’! *

How much is enough?

Nutritionists and food experts have been saying for some time now, that the  ‘5 a day’ rule is outdated and should be seen as the minimum, not the optimum recommended daily intake. But does this mean five apples a day will keep the doctor away? What are the rules?

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at www.SuperfoodUK.com, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing explains, “People don’t generally seem to have a problem eating fruit and the 5 a day concept is confusing – with some thinking that the message translates into 5 portions of fruit per day. Fruit, while nutritionally good for us, does still contain natural sugar (fructose) so the ratio should be 1 portion of fruit to 4 portions of vegetables. If you eat more than 5 portions of vegetables in one day, do not exceed more than 1-2 portions of fruit”.

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Gennaro’s summer vegetable stew recipe

With more of you embracing vegetarian options because of social media and environmental awareness and hopefully this website 😉 I thought you might like this lovely Summer Vegetable Stew recipe by Gennaro Contadlo who is going to be at this years BBC Good Food Show Summer.

Gennaro has, had a place in our hearts since appearing all those years ago on Jamie Olivers cookery programmes, his accent and smile are infectious and I am so excited to see him on Thursday 16th June with the other half of the Greedy Italians Antonio, when they will be cooking live on the  Supertheatre. We will be going to check out the show and bring you back all sorts of foodie goodness if you can’t make it to Birmingham yourself.

We have a Special offer to our lovely readers if you want to visit the show, 20% off tickets using code MV20.

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Easy dairy and meat free lasagne recipe

Easy dairy free and meat free lasagne recipe, serves 6.

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You will need:

Packet of lasagne sheets (these can be gluten free if you wish)

Tin chopped tomatoes

Bag of quorn mince (or vegan option could be green lentils)

2 large cloves of garlic

1 onion

Salt, pepper, chilli flakes, paprika, mixed dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram etc (fresh works great too)

Coconut oil

1 Aubergine

Potatoes

Wild garlic oil ( any flavoured oil would work, even plain olive oil)

Flour, dairy free marg, nutmeg (optional), non dairy milk, kale, garlic clove, coconut oil for the topping and side serving.

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