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About angelamilne

I am obsessed with holistic health and healing through natural living methods.

Cheesy Kale & Walnut Pasta

We love pasta in this house and this comforting cheesy dish is a favourite family meal in the colder months. I have used delicious garden fresh kale, runner beans and spelt spinach pasta. Its a comforting but healthy dish!

The recipe can also be made dairy free by using olive oil and dairy free cheese.

You could also use spinach instead of kale and mix up the green vegetables a bit to create a variety of different meals. The walnuts add additional healthy fats and crunch but pine nuts would work well too.

I have used oat cream for the sauce because it is my fave cream but you can also use plain single cream for this recipe too.

I hope you enjoy experimenting with this dish!

Ingredients

2 tbsp of butter or olive oil

2 handfuls of chopped fresh kale

2 cloves of chopped garlic

2 small cartons of Oatly oat cream (about 2 cups) or single dairy cream

Grated cheddar cheese (about 2 handfuls)

Nutmeg (about 1tsp)

S & P

Pasta

Green beans or other green vegetables

Gently heat the butter or oil in a large pan and add the chopped garlic. Stir in the chopped kale and cook lightly for around 5-10 minutes.

Add the pasta to boiling water with the chopped green vegetables, I used runner beans because that’s what was in season at the time but use whatever you fancy here, green beans or broccoli also work well.

Add the oat cream to the sauce and heat gently. Add in the grated cheddar, around two handfuls, but please use more or less if you prefer. It really does depend how cheesy you like it. My kids like a cheesy pasta and if it means they will eat more green vegetables then I am happy with that.

Heat the cheesy creamy sauce until all the cheese has melted. Add the walnuts and season with salt, pepper and the nutmeg.

Drain the pasta and vegetables and add to the cheesy sauce, mix through and serve.

My kids like to add extra Parmesan to the top but I prefer it without. A green salad on the side goes really well too with some cucumber, tomatoes and other salad items.

Enjoy! x

Apricot Chicken & Spinach Pilaf

This delicious one pot slow cooker wonder is so easy and quick to throw together. The chicken and rice go really well with the fragrant spices, sweet apricots and velvety super green spinach. I dolloped a tablespoon of fresh live yoghurt on the top and it worked really well. Plates were empty so I’m guessing it was a hit with the kids!

I like to use chicken thigh meat because I think it has better flavour, especially from an organic chicken. You could also use chicken breast if you prefer but the breast does create a slightly drier texture. I also like to use the unsulphured dried apricots which are darker in colour and sometimes brown rice for this recipe.

You will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

1 tbsp of coconut oil or ghee

1 finely chopped onion

4 chopped garlic cloves

2tsp of cumin seeds

2 tsp of ground coriander

2 tsp of tumeric

1 cinnamon stick

A small handful of chopped dried apricots

1 1/4 cups of basmati

3 chopped up chicken breasts or 6 chopped up thighs

700ml of vegetable stock

3 cubes of frozen spinach

Live yoghurt to serve

Set the slow cooker to high (2 -3hrs cooking time) or low (4-5 hrs cooking time) depending on the length of time you have to cook the meal. I like to prep my meals late morning or around lunchtime so that everything is ready for dinner around 5pm.

Add the coconut oil or ghee to the slow cooker and let it melt. Add in the onion, garlic, spices and chopped apricots and give it a stir around to coat everything evenly.

Add the chopped up chicken meat into the rice mixture and stir evenly to coat in the spices, apricots and rice. Add in the hot stock, frozen spinach cubes and stir once more.

Pop the lid on and leave to cook for the required time as above – high setting (2 -3hrs) or low setting (4-5hrs).

Serve with fresh greens or other seasonal vegetables and add a dollop of live yoghurt on top to serve.

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Autumn Fall Cookbooks My Faves!

I love cook books! I love the photographs, the graphics and even the smell of a good book, lol! I thought I would share my fave family cook books that I bring out in the Autumn Fall season to stay warm and to keep the family nourished! I hope you find some inspiration here in this video for your own family.

There are links at the bottom of the page where you can buy the books from Amazon, (they are affiliated links and I should probably notify you that I might earn 10p or so if you click it lol!!!!) If you have an independent book shop, order them in there and support small local business instead!

With love x


Granny’s Gingerbread

I love a hot latte style drink and a thick slice (emphasis on the thick!) of this delicious sticky gingerbread. I use this to create a hearty and warm filling breakfast with some stewed slices of apple on the top and a sprinkle of additional walnuts. It also makes a great after school snack or wrapped in a little beeswax a school break time piece.

Follow the recipe below for a delicious addition to your Autumn faves!

Ingredients

125g of butter

50g golden syrup

175g molasses

225g spelt wholemeal flour

2tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of ground ginger

75g of soft brown sugar

2 eggs

50g chopped walnuts

150ml almond milk

1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

Turn on the food mixer or processor and cream the butter, golden syrup and molasses. Add in the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, brown sugar and mix further. Whisk the eggs with a fork in a cup and add to the mixture, mix further on a medium setting. Add in the chopped walnuts and milk and bicarb, mix further and pour ino a lined or buttered loaf tin. Bake at 160oc for 1hr and 30 mins. Remove, cool and serve.

Autumn Monthly Meal Plan

The cold is setting in quickly into this part of the world and I don’t know about you but I’m all about comforting warming dishes this time of year! I love a good slow cooker recipe or pressure cooked stew.

Check out the video below for a look at our September monthly haul and the cosy four week meal plan is at the end of the video. It is also written at the bottom of this page for you.

I hope you find some inspiration for your own family meals, love Angie x

Autumn Fall Home Decor & Haul

I love Autumn it is my absolute favourite season, I love the cooler weather and the beautiful colours that fall brings. I really enjoy spending time with the family at this time of year and there are always so many memorable things to do around the home and outdoors. It is such a special time.

I created this video below to show you how we are enjoying the season at home with decorations and foodie treats (of course!).

Love Angie x

Meal Plan – One Week August

A quick meal plan to warm you up for my monthly September plan coming next week! There are no attached recipes its just to give you an idea on how we plan our meals and vary our diet and to give you some inspiration for different family meals.

Click the video below for a look at the food haul and our meal plan is written below. Lunches are just a variation of tuna, cheese and egg sandwiches and wraps this week and breakfasts were granola, smoothies and toast this week.

Meal Plan Ideas One Week

Monday (Vegetarian) – Five Root Vegetable Soup

Tuesday (Fish) – Fried Breaded Fish

Wednesday (Vegetarian) – Stuffed butternut squash

Thursday (Meat) – Venison Stew

Friday (Vegetarian) – Leek Tart

Saturday – No planned meals

Sunday – Chicken pieces roasted in herbs

Apple Oat Bars

These are such a great breakfast snack and make a perfect make ahead breakfast for busy families!

I used the apple pie butter recipe for the filling but you can also use canned pureed fruit. The recipe is very simple and I hope you enjoy these fruity bars as much as we did!

Love Angie x

Ingredients

1 cup of all purpose flour

1 cup quick cook rolled oats

2/3 cup of brown sugar or coconut sugar

1/4 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cup of butter

1 1/2 cups of apple butter or other fruit filling

Preheat the oven to 180, grease a baking tray and combine the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and baking powder. Crumble and rub together in the bowl until it looks similar to the crumb topping for apple pie.

Set aside half a cup of this mixture and press remaining into the tray. Spread the apple butter on top of the pressed in mixture and sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top. Press down lightly.

Bake for 30-35mins. Cool, then slice into chunky bars!

August Faves 2019!

I love the end of Summer…the weather is still warm during the day but I love the cooler evenings and the prep for the Autumn/Fall ahead! Autumn and all the colour it brings is my favourite season of course!

Click the video below for some of my favourite products for household, baby, reading, kitchen and foodie items! There are links at the bottom of the page where you can find them if they inspire you!

Love Angie x 😉

Bio D Cleaner – https://amzn.to/2MCq5G5

Kite Clothing – www.kite-clothing.co.uk

Frugi – www.welovefrugi.com

Sweet sleep book – https://amzn.to/2ZgSiJm

The Art of Hygge – https://amzn.to/322CNl4

Fruity Fruits – https://amzn.to/2Zucoz3

Neals Yard Hair Treatment – https://amzn.to/2KThJI0

Silicone Trays – www.lakeland.co.uk

Two week meal plan

Another easy and affordable meal plan for two weeks!

The kids are back at school this week so I made this meal plan with that in mind…hearty meals for hungry tummies, easy and quick to make with my new baby in the background and really affordable!

I’ve also included a small tour around the larder cupboard (because its clean for once) and a peek at our bulk snacks order for school lunches and break snacks!

Check out the food haul in the video below and the meal plan is at the bottom of the page! 🙂

Meal Plan

Below is our two week meal plan, I hope it gives you some ideas for new family recipes to make.

Week 1

(vegetarian) Monday – Broccoli & Cauliflower bake with Pasta

(Fish) Tuesday – Fish Tacos

(Vegetarian) Wednesday – Vegetable Stir Fry & Tofu

(Meat) Thursday – Spicy Chicken

(Vegetarian) Friday – Baked Potatoes – Tuna & Cheese, Chicken Mayo

Saturday – Free

(Meat) Sunday – Beef Brisket in BBQ Sauce

Week 2

(Vegetarian) Monday – Vegetarian Lasagne

(Fish) Tuesday – Fish & Spinach

(Vegetarian) Wednesday – Pad Thai Meal Kits

(Meat) Thursday – Venison Stew

(Vegetarian) Friday – Dhal, rice & naan breads

Saturday – Free

(Meat) Sunday – Lamb Stew

With Love

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