Sunflower Mince Chilli

I loved this chili recipe made with the Sunflower Mince by ‘Just Whole Foods’ it was super delicious!  You can serve it up with a little cheese, rice and a side salad for a healthy meat free family meal.

To make the recipe you will need the following –

Ingredients

1 Packet of Just Whole Foods sunflower mince

Coconut oil

1 large onion chopped

1 red pepper chopped (optional)

4-5 cloves of garlic chopped

1 chilli seeds removed and chopped

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of kidney beans

2 tbsp of tomato puree

2 tsp of ground cumin

2 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of chilli powder

3 tsp of dried chopped coriander

Cheese or dairy free cheese grated for the topping (optional)

Re hydrate the mince as per the packet instructions.  Add a little coconut oil to a large pan and fry the onion and red pepper (if using) on a medium heat for five minutes.  Add in the garlic and chilli and cook for a further 3-5 minutes.  Add in the re hydrated mince and cook lightly for 5 minutes.  Add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, ground cumin, paprika, chilli powder, dried coriander and season with salt and pepper.  You can add more dried chilli if you like it spicy! Cook on a low heat for 20 minutes until all the spices have infused well.

You can serve up at this point with some rice and side salad but if using cheese or dairy free cheese, pour the chilli into a suitable oven container and top with the grated cheese, bake in the oven for 15-20mins on a medium heat until all the cheese is melted.

Serve and enjoy!

You can purchase the sunflower mince from their website at https://www.justwholefoods.co.uk/

or directly from amazon by clicking on the product image below.

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Take Care

Love and Healthy Foods!

Angie Milne

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Scotch Broth Soup

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Delicious and warming Scotch Broth soup made with organic beef brisket and fresh organic vegetables!  I also used the beef brisket from this recipe to make slow cooked Mexican beef fajita wraps with guacamole and salsa.  This gave me two nutritious meals out of one piece of meat and was such a time and money saver.

Just what a family budget and busy mum needs!

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This recipe is so easy to make, put it into the slow cooker or rice cooker in the morning and its ready by lunch.  Then you can transfer the cooked beef from the soup into your slow cooker for another meal at night time.  So the beef brisket is used for the soup flavour first off and a little meat for the soup and then slow cooked into a spicy Mexican fajita filling.  Click here for the secondary recipe!  You could also used the stewed brisket for a variety of other meals instead of the Mexican fajitas!

ingredients

You are going to need the following for the Scotch Broth soup recipe:

1 large piece of Beef Brisket (family size)

2 Carrots

2 Parsnips

2 Large Potatoes

Beef Stock

1 large Leek or 2 small

Broth Mix (optional)

Salt & pepper or any other seasonings (herb salt)

Remove the string from the beef brisket if necessary and place into the slow cooker (rice cooker with slow cooking function is also an option). You can chop it up into smaller pieces if necessary but I put it in whole to save time and it works better for the evening recipe.

Chop up all of the carrots, parsnips and potatoes into small cubes and add to the slow cooker.  You can also use turnip or other vegetables or greens you have to hand. This is a great way to use up vegetables from your cupboards or fridge.

Slice up the onions and leeks and add those to the soup, top up with enough water to cover the beef and vegetables, about 2-3 cm above.  You can also add a handful of dried broth mix here but I had ran out – oops!  Set the slow cooker to a medium heat for 3-4 hrs.  Cook until all vegetables are tender and the brisket is cooked through.

Remove the brisket and slice a quarter of it off.  Place the remaining brisket aside for the dinner recipe.  I’ve made Mexican fajitas but you could use it for a variety of other meals.  Shred the small brisket piece and add to the soup, stir through, and add in some chopped herbs and additional seasonings if required.

Enjoy and stay warm this Autumn! 🙂

Angie Milne

 

 


Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

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I love chocolate milk and especially this healthy homemade chocolate milk recipe made with juicy medjool dates and peanut butter powder!  This recipe is so quick to make and makes a great after school snack for the kids or a treat for the bigger kids at home 😉

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ingredients

Serves 2/3

1 Banana

2/3 Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder

3 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds

1-2 cups of Almond Milk

Water

You can vary the ingredient quantities a little here and there to your tastes.

Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and serve cold.  Adjust the almond milk or water for your preferred texture.  My favourite is a double cream texture.  In the winter I like to keep the blender on to serve it a little warmer, you could also warm it up on the cooker to make creamy hot chocolate.

Enjoy!

Angie Milne

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Apple Fall Recipes

Awesome Apple Recipes

I have four delicious apple recipes to make use of my homegrown apples and apples from friends.  These recipes are so easy to make, even supervised children could make them.  My favourite is the toffee apple smoothie!  If anything try this recipe!

Click the video below for the recipes.  You can also find the recipes further down this post.

Toffee Apple Smoothie

2x chopped apples

2-4 x medjool dates

3+ cups of Hemp Milk (or other milk)

Dash of maple syrup

1 Tsp of Cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  Add in a little extra milk if necessary.  Share with family and friends!

Apple Recipes

Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches

Oh these are so delicious!  Be warned they are addictive! 😉

Apple Slices (seeds removed)

Crunchy Peanut Butter

Chopped Nuts/Dried fruit/fresh fruit

Slice and remove the seeds from the apples (you can see how I did this in the video above).  Spread a tbsp of peanut butter on one slice, top with chopped nuts or fruit etc. and top with another slice.  Serve like mini apple sandwiches!  These make great after school snacks.

Overnight Apple Oats

I love overnight oats, they are so easily digested once left to soak the whole night.

1 x apple

Organic Oats

Hemp Milk

Additional fruits/veg (I have used pomegranate seeds in the video some grated carrots would be good too)

Cinnamon & Allspice (optional)

Grate the apple into the glass jug or bowl and stir in the oats, add in the additional fruits/vegetables (grated) into the bowl.  I used pomegranate seeds as I needed to use them up from the fridge.  Add in enough oats for 4 people (or less) and top up with hemp milk.  I topped up the hemp milk up and over the oats so that they have enough moisture to soak up. 

In the morning you could pop the oats into a tray and warm in the oven.  I topped with some live coconut yogurt and a dash of maple syrup. Delicious!

Apple Turnovers

These are really handy little snacks for kids and are great for packed lunches or for school break snacks.  My kids had these all week!

Ready to roll puff pastry

Chopped Apples

Cinnamon

Allspice

Caster Sugar

Leave the pastry to come to room temperature and unroll.  You can also make your own pastry but for a super quick recipe ready to roll does the job nicely!  Cut the pastry into rectangles and then into smaller triangles (as seen in the video) then add in some chopped apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon, allspice and a sprinkle of sugar.  Fold in half and close with a fork pressing into the edges.  Sprinkle sugar over the top and serve!  😀

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Weight Loss Journey Vlog 5

Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target! 

Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far!  I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone!  It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Weight & Diet Update

It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal!  It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far.  I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health.  I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods.  I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift!  hee hee!

I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉

Journaling

I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being.  I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better.  I’m not perfect but a work in progress!

Workout Routine

I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday.  I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury.  So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day.  This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.

So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder .  I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions.  So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic!  I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself.  This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout.  I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie.  Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.

Smoothie Builder

I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below.  It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations.  In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time.  I have detailed where you can buy those below.  Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).

‘Super foods’ –
Barley Grass
Spirulina
Wheatgrass
Acai Berry
Bee Pollen
Maca Root
Cacao

If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses.  There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable.  Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read.  They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.

This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.

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If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.

Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!

Angie Milne


Speed Cleaning 15 Minutes

These fifteen minute power cleans are saving my house at the moment!  Check out this video for my fifteen minute clean on the kitchen clutter worktop!

Set your timers and go!!!

You might be wondering why I’m talking about cleaning when my passion is health and wellness, but looking at my health holistically and all that has an impact on it, I have to take my housework into consideration.

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My housework causes me anxiety, stress and makes me feel like a failure if its not done!  I struggle for time though…I really struggle for time!  I am a busy mum of three messy little people and they need so much of my time and so much cleaning up after (which I don’t mind of course because I love them to pieces).

I can however spare fifteen minutes, knowing that in fifteen minutes I can get surprisingly a lot done!

  1. Pick the worst area of your home!  (yeah I mean it, go for it!)
  2. Set the timer to 15minutes!
  3. Ready Set, Clean!
  4. Clean likes there’s no tomorrow!  Solid cleaning for fifteen minutes! 
  5. Stop when the timer stops and leave the rest for the next session

You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in fifteen minutes, I know I was!  I was surprised!  If you don’t get a whole area clean, that’s fine just work on it next time you have a 15 minute block free!

I hope this helps to reduce your stress and anxiety around cleaning and remember if you are reading this or watching this then you are taking steps towards a better, cleaner house so give yourself a wee hug for that!  Your doing a great job!

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Weight Loss Vlog 4

Hey Everyone!

Weight loss Vlog no.4 is now up on my Youtube Channel – Check it out below for my latest weight loss journey update!

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Well what can I say, it was a crap month for weight loss, I blame the school summer holidays and the kids dragging me to places like pizza hut and Frankie and Bennys all summer lol!  🙂  We had great intentions of creating wonderfully healthy picnics to take everywhere but lets face it when you’ve got three kids, a messy house and an unorganised brain who has time to make such things so it resulted in a lot of eating out during our day trips!

I don’t mind, they are only young once and every second is to be enjoyed with them before they grow into big smelly adults lol!  So this weight loss vlog details all of my latest struggles and wins and I’ve been shopping to Primark because I’ve still lost enough weight to drop a few dress sizes up top so I am happy with that 😉

I would love to hear about your own weight loss journey, your struggles, your wins!  Drop me a comment below to share!

Love

Angie xx

 

 


Naturisimo Beauty Haul

One of my favourite websites for natural beauty products and they have a large selection of organic and vegan products available!  Check them out at Naturisimo they are an awesome company and I buy a lot of products from them.  I’ve found most things to be of really high quality and just work for my skin!

Click the video below to check out my natural haul!


Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan

Check out my awesome Autumn weekly meal plan for some nourishing slow cooker family meals!  5 Days of warming meals for a busy week!  Pop your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and relax knowing that a healthy family meal will be ready by family dinner time.

 

I love taking advantage of kitchen gadgets to take the pressure off now and again!  I would recommend the Morphy Richards Accents Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 6.5L 48705 Brushed Stainless Steel Slowcooker it has worked so well for us and one of my favourite slow cooker recipes books is the Superfood Slow Cooker: Healthy wholefood meals from your slow cooker there are some amazingly healthy recipes in this book and it is one of my faves for slow cooker family recipes.  Check them out if you need inspiration!

Pinterest is also worth a search for ideas and I also love the BBC website search facility too.

I hope you find some inspiration here in this video for your family slow cooking experiments!

Enjoy my video below by clicking on the play button, if you have any questions or need any help drop me a line in the comments below.  What are your favourite slow cooker recipes I would love to know 🙂

Love Angie x


Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

My kids absolutely love a warm breakfast when the weather is getting colder and it doesn’t really take that much longer to prepare, especially if you soak and prepare all the ingredients overnight!  I love to serve mine with a nutritious super-foods smoothie packed with greens or berries! 😉

We’ve been lucky to have a sunny spell the last few days but its been a bit cold and wet the last few weeks and its definitely felt like Autumn was well on her way!  I welcome with open arms of course because I absolutely love Autumn and everything that comes along with this beautiful season! 🙂

Try this recipe and variations for a warming breakfast that will fill you right up until lunchtime.

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Ingredients

1 cup of Porridge Oats

1 Cup of Quinoa Flakes

1 tbsp of Cinnamon (or quantity to taste)

1 Tbsp of Mixed Seeds

1 Finely Grated Carrot

Handful of Raisins (optional)

Chopped Walnuts (optional)

Almond Milk to cover and more to cook

I added all of the ingredients to a large bowl or other container, pour in enough milk to cover the mixture and stir.

Leave the mixture in a bowl in the fridge overnight and pop in a pan in the morning, add in some further milk or water to cook through and serve with maple syrup or honey and some additional chopped fruit if you desire.

I’ve added in a link to some quinoa flakes from Amazon if you can’t find them in your local shops.  They can be tricky to find at times.

If you liked this recipe check out my Natural Living YouTube Channel where I share a variety of holistic health and living ideas, recipes, beauty, garden, home, family etc.

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Enjoy!

Angie xx