Goan Vegetable Curry

Oh this was soooo yummy!  Lots of fresh colourful vegetables with a little tofu cooked in a Goan Curry paste and coconut milk.  This has got to be one of my new favourite recipes, its so easy to make (as most of my recipes are) and is really delicious and nutritious.  I had a wholemeal flatbread on the side with this dish and it was perfect for dipping in the coconut sauce mmm.  You could also serve this with some brown rice and a few salad items.

Ingredients

Coconut Oil 2 x tbsp

Chopped garlic cloves x 3-4

Fresh Lemongrass (tbsp of chopped)

Galangal (thumb piece of)

Sliced 2 x small red/green chillies

Onions

Broccoli

Colourful Peppers

Courgettes

Goan Curry Paste 3-4tbsp

Coconut Milk x 1 tin

Soy Sauce

Tofu or marinated tofu pieces

Coconut Sugar (Optional)

Stir fry the garlic, lemongrass, galangal, chilies and onions for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat.  Add the remaining vegetables and cook through with some additional water until almost tender, add in the Goan curry paste and stir.  Add in the coconut milk and a little soy sauce and tofu pieces.  Season with salt, pepper and a dash of soy!  You can also add a little coconut sugar for sweetness if you like.  Cook through until tofu is warmed up.

Serve with rice, breads, salad and smiles!

Enjoy!

Love and Coconuts

x Angie x

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Spaghetti Bolognese

I love this dish, the sauce is light but with a good flavour, you could also use this recipe to make a speedy lasagne!  I like to top mine with chopped chilies for some heat and some red onion or other salad ingredients but you could add chillies into the main cooking stage if you prefer.  I added some beans into this recipe but they are not essential, I was just using up some fridge ingredients.

Ingredients

Wholewheat pasta

Garlic

Chilies (optional)

Onion

Carrots chopped into small cubes

Celery chopped into small pieces

Green Pepper chopped into small cubes

Vegetable Stock

Lentils

Beans (optional)

Tomato Puree x 4 tbsp

Tinned Tomatoes

Oregano (dried or fresh or parsley)

Chill powder (optional)

Salt & Pepper

Cook the wholewheat spaghetti in boiling salted water for around 15 minutes until cooked through.  Meanwhile cook up the chopped garlic, onions and chillies (optional) for a few minutes then add in the rest of the chopped vegetables and a little vegetable stock to simmer away until cooked.  Add in the lentils, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes and simmer away for a few minutes then add in the herbs (oregano).  Add in a little chilli powder to spice it up if you wish at the end.  Add in extra stock to create enough sauce and simmer to thicken.  Serve with the cooked pasta.

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Love and Bolognese!

xx Angie xx

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Mexican Veggie Wrap

I love Mexican food and especially easy mexican recipes!  I made this really quick meal tonight for myself.  You could mix the veggies up a bit and use your own favourite vegetables.  It’s basically some garlic curly kale with mexican flavoured peppers and mushrooms with refried beans, homemade guacamole and homemade salsa.  I love using shiitake mushrooms, not only are they super nutritious but they are really meaty and a good replacement for the meaty meals! 🙂  I’ve broken the recipe up as follows:

Salsa

Cherry tomatoes

Lime

Red onion finely chopped

Chilies (optional, I left out as the kids were eating it)

Coriander chopped

Salt & pepper

Chop up all of the cherry tomatoes, blend very lightly if you wish, add in a squeeze of lime, finely chopped red onion, sliced chilies, and chopped coriander and season to serve.

Guacamole

Avocado

Lime

A spoon of salsa

Coriander

Salt and Pepper

Mash up a whole avocado or more if your making a bigger quantity.  Add in a squeeze of lime to your tastes, a spoon of the salsa, chopped coriander and season to serve.

Refried Beans

I used tinned mexican beans…mmm…you can make your own by mashing up pinto beans with stock garlic, water and seasonings.

Garlic Kale

Kale chopped

3 Garlic Cloves Chopped

Onion Chopped

Seasonings

Cook the kale up in a little water with the chopped garlic and onions and simmer until tender.  Season to serve.

Mexican Spiced Peppers & Meaty Mushrooms

Red Peppers Sliced

Onions Sliced

Shiitake or other meaty mushrooms sliced

Mexican Spice Mix

Fry up the peppers, onions and mushrooms in a little olive oil or water and add the spice mix to your tastes.  Season and serve.

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Love and Meaty Mushrooms

Angie x

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Easy Vegetable & Bean Curry

This curry is super easy to make and so delicious and creamy!  There are loads of colourful vegetables and greens in this recipe and you could mix the vegetables up a bit depending on what you have available.  I served it with some brown rice or you could also use white or some cous cous.

Ingredients

3-4 cloves of Garlic

1 Onion

1 super hot sliced Chilli

Small bunch of Green Beans

1 Red Pepper

Mushrooms ( about 6)

Cannelini Beans ( half a tin)

Sweetcorn ( 4-5tbsp)

Two handfuls of chopped spinach

Curry Powder (4-5tbsp or to taste)

Cream (dairy free – oat or soy)

Brown Rice

Cucumber

Salt & Pepper

Chop up all the vegetables in small pieces, cook the garlic, onion, and sliced chilli in a little water or use some olive oil.  Add all the chopped vegetables apart from the spinach and simmer down for about 15-20 mins under everything is cooked through.  Add in the spinach, curry powder and seasonings and cook for about 5 mins.  Add in the dairy free cream of choice until the recipe is nice and creamy.

Sever with some brown rice and some chopped cooling salad items like cucumber or tomato.

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Enjoy!

Love and creamy curries!

xx Angie xx

 

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Grey Berry Smoothie

Ok I know the colour is absolute yuk…but not all of my smoothies come out in beautiful pastel colours! lol! 😉

Super easy to make, simply blend all of the ingredients in the list and add in some of your own if you wish.

Ingredients

Handful of Blueberries

A few tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

A tbsp of Cacao Powder

Banana

A tsp of Super Mushroom powder (you could add in a Superfood Mushroom supplement of choice)

Chia Seeds

A splash of almond milk and Water

This is a super nutritious blend combined together.  Check out some of the links below for further research and information on these superfoods.

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is chocolate in its raw and natural state, its super nutritious.  Click below for access to a really interesting article on the benefits of Cacao Powder.  There is loads of information online regarding the health benefits of Cacao, I would recommend doing further research in this area.  You can also make your own Raw healthy Chocolate with cacao powder…yes chocolate can be healthy.  You can buy Cacao Powder in the supermarket but I find its better value to buy it in bulk.  Check out the brand below for a high quality raw product.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Cacao / Cocoa Powder 1kg

Super Mushroom Powder

I use a blend from Indigo Herbs, I absolutely love their products and find their powders deep in colour and very high quality.  They are a Uk company.  I’ve added a link to the super mushroom powder that I use below.  There are instructions provided with how much to take, do your research and go easy, its very powerful!

 
Super Mushroom Nutri-Complex – 100g – Indigo Herbs

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Love & Smoothies

Angie xx

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Easy Fruit Salad with Chia

I used some Lemon Coconut yoghurt to make this awesome and super quick fruit salad with chia seeds and walnuts.  Me and the boys shared this after lunch and it was divine!

Ingredients

Chopped up fruit of choice

Coconut flavoured yoghurt or other dairy free yoghurt

Chia Seeds

Chopped nuts of choice

Maple Syrup (optional)

Basically all you need to do is chop up all of the fruit you wish to use and top with the yoghurt, sprinkle with some chia seeds and chopped nuts of choice and its ready to serve!  You could also drizzle a little maple syrup over the top if you wish for that sweet tooth family member.

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are super awesome and have been used for thousands of years.  Check out the link below for some further reading!

Chia Facts

They are pretty easy to purchase in most supermarkets these days.  I bought mine from Tesco but you can get them online also.  Click below to buy them in bulk.  I find this particular bulk option is cheaper and obviously lasts a lot longer.
Suma Wholefoods Chia Seeds 1 Kg

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Beetroot Juice

I made a really simple organic beetroot juice this morning!  It was divine!  This was a great choice for me to drink before my Step Aerobics, I felt so strong and energetic after this powerful antioxidant packed juice!

(I did share this massive glass with the kids)  😉

Ingredients:

4 Beetroots

1 whole pack of celery

2 lemons

2 large pieces of tumeric root

4 carrots

4 apples

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Chop all the pieces and put through the juicer, it sometimes helps to add the softer items with the hard.  Drink immediately or store in a tightly sealed jar.  Check out some of the awesome ingredients below.

Tumeric is a powerful ingredient and is thought to be a great anti inflammatory.  You can purchase it in powder format but if your juicing it I would recommend getting the fresh root.  I’ve included some links for the powder and the root format, you can use both in smoothies but I would personally recommend the fresh for juicing.  You can also juice with a little pineapple to create an awesome tumeric shot! 😀

Tumeric Roots

 
FRESH TURMERIC ROOTS 250g

Tumeric Powder

 
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Turmeric Powder 500g

Beetroot is also thought to help the body in a variety of ways during exercise.  I have included a link to a good blog post I have read for some further research you may wish to read.  https://www.endurancesportsnutritionist.co.uk/blog/using-beetroot-juice-to-boost-endurance-sports-performance/

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Love and Beetroots!

xx Angie xx

 

 


Chickpea Tuna Wrap

Approx Calories:

This is one of my favourite lunch items at the moment I just love it!  🙂  I’m always on the look out for new sandwich and wrap ideas for lunch and this one just hits the spot.  It’s light and you can also mix it up a bit by adding spring onions or perhaps some chopped celery into the mashed chickpeas.  You could also add a little mayonnaise or sweet chilli sauce for a different flavour.

Ingredients:

A carton or tin of chickpeas

A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Salt & Pepper

Optional (chopped celery, chopped spring onions)

Salad ingredients – chopped tomato, cucumber, red onion, lettuce etc.

Wrap of choice – I used an Italian flat bread

Mash the chickpeas together with the lemon juice and optional ingredients.  Season well and add into the wrap, top with the salad ingredients of choice and wrap and serve!  Enjoy!

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If you have any questions please drop me a comment below.

Love and chickpeas!

xx Angie xx

 

 

 


Green Smoothie Matcha Bowl

Approx calories: 335

I made an awesome green smoothie bowl this morning with several superfoods such as Green Matcha, Cacao Nibs and a sprinkle of Goji berries.  These foods are positively awesome and I felt so much energy after eating this bowl of colourful foods this morning.  I’ve provided some info at the bottom of this post about these superfoods and where you can purchase them.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, you can mix it up a bit with the greens and different plant milks etc.  Any questions drop me a line 😀

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp of Coconut Yoghurt

A handful of spinach leaves

1 Tsp of Matcha

Almond milk – just enough to create a soup like consistency

Goji Berries

Cacao Nibs (Raw chocolate pieces)

Chia Seeds

Sliced fruit of choice

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Blend all of the ingredients together adding the almond milk in slowly so you create a soup like texture.  Sprinkle the Goji berries, Cacao Nibs and Chia seeds on the top and add some sliced fruit of choice.  Enjoy!

Goji Berries

Goji berries come in dried format in this part of the world and they are packed full of nutrients.  You can actually also grow the plants yourself if your feeling adventurous.  Check out the link below for further information:

https://thehealthyeatingsite.com/the-health-benefits-of-goji-berries/

You can buy Goji berries in most supermarkets, I personally buy this brand as it is organic and you tend to get more for your money if you buy in bulk!  You can click on the image to order. Pipkin 100% Raw Organic Goji Berries 500g, All-Natural Non-GMO Large Whole Sun Dried Tibetan Plateau Wolfberry, Certified by The Soil Association, Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are fairly easy to come by these days in most supermarkets and I even purchased some from Lidl recently which is a discount supermarket.  If you want to buy them in bulk I personally use this brand, they are of excellent quality.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Raw Chia Seeds 1 kg

Matcha Powder

Matcha powder is one of my favourite superfoods and is apparently one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet.  It is thought that 1 serving of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.

This needs to be purchased in high quality for best results, I have personally bought this brand in the past and it is really high quality and I would recommend it.

This is a really high quality matcha and is very expensive for the size of the tin but you really do get what you pay for when it comes to matcha, and this goes for green tea also.  This one is actually very reasonably priced for the size, I have paid much more for this brand before.

http://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/


teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder 80 g

If you have any other questions please drop me a line at angiecadie45@hotmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Love and green smoothies!

xx Angie xx



Three Easy Salads

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Three Easy Salad Recipes

I don’t make enough salads but when I do I really enjoy them!  Here are three very easy salads to make at home and they all compliment each other perfectly.  These are great as side dishes to a BBQ, Pizza or Greek style dinner night.  I just love all the beautiful colours they create together.  I’ve provided the recipes below, I haven’t added any specific quantities on some of the main ingredients as it’s always better in this case to tailor the desired quantity to your own tastes and diet requirements.  If you wish you can watch the recipe video on Natural Living YouTube Channel with assembly instructions, click on the link below.

Please feel free to print out this page and keep as a reference.

I would love to see your finished creations please post your pics on my Facebook Page ‘AngieMilneNaturalLiving’ (a link to my page is at the bottom).

Now lets make healthy salad!

Pita Bread Salad

Ingredients:

Pita Bread (cut into squares and lightly fried in olive oil)

Baby Gem Lettuce (chopped into square shaped bits)

Tomato

Cucumber

Green Pepper

Mint or Coriander (freshly chopped or other choice of herbs)

Red Wine Vinegar (about 2 tbsps)

2 tbsp olive oil (cold pressed & preferably organic)

Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)

3 Tsps of Za’atar Herb Mix

Pomegranate Seeds (1 Pomegranate)

Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

Mix all the chopped and prepared ingredients together in a large bowl add the desired quantity of mixed dressing ingredients, season and serve with some additional herbs & perhaps a slice of lemon on the top to make it look all pretty.

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Pomegranate Rice Salad

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice

Pomegranate seeds (1 pomegranate)

Juice of 1 Lemon

Chopped Fresh Parsley or coriander

Sliced Red Chillies

Sliced Red Onion

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Pepper

Leave the rice to cool a little, then add in all the ingredients and season.  Serve with the other salads.

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Tomato and Olive Salad

Ingredients:

Tomatoes

Freshly chopped basil, coriander or some parsley

Sliced Red Onion

Chopped mixed olives

Lemon Juice (about 1/2-1 lemon)

Olive Oil (around 2-4tbsp)

Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper

Mix all the prepared ingredients together in a large bowl, add the seasonings and dressing ingredients to taste and serve with a sprinkle of additional herbs and extra olive oil if necessary.

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Pink Himalayan salt…

…has many health benefits and you can even purchase it in larger supermarkets now.  Personally I would recommend getting your own grinder and buying it in bulk as it can be over priced in places.

If you click on the image above it will take you to my favourite brand of pink salt.  I’ve always used this brand and would recommend it.  You can also use a cup of this salt in a hot steamy bath and enjoy the benefits of that.  Here are a few links to several further studies and information relating to the healing and health benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt, some of which are referenced.

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/

https://www.reference.com/health/benefits-himalayan-pink-salt-43cc8a4f87d61ace#

Za’atar Herb Mix

You might be wondering what the ingredient Zatar is??  Well…its a middle eastern inspired herb mix which you can buy in bulk already premixed.  It’s awesome in salads, dressings, stews, bakes and once you have a batch it lasts a long time in the cupboard.  I would recommend the Greenfield’s brand of Za’atar.  It smells so delish!  Click on the image for further details.

Angie x


Wrap Pesto Pizza

Wholemeal Wrap Pizza

A really simple lunch meal to make at the weekend or wrap it up for a packed lunch day! 🙂

It’s so easy to make, cook the mushrooms, onions and tomato first then lay the wrap onto a pancake maker or flat frying pan on a low heat.  Spread with pesto sauce, sprinkle with rocket leaves, add in the cooked mushrooms, onions and tomato and the remaining ingredients in quantities of your own choice.  Season with chopped chilli, salt, pepper and sauce of your liking.

To watch the full video please click on the link below:

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Peace, love & enjoy your pizza!

Angie x


Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Treat Bowl

Delicious strawberry and banana smoothie bowl made with the addition of maca powder and live coconut yoghurt.  The recipe is so easy, blend the smoothie ingredients and pour into a bowl of choice.  Top with all of the toppings, coconut chips, dried bananas, date syrup, chopped pistachios and live coconut yoghurt, drizzle to finish with delicious date syrup!  You can mix up the toppings to your liking.

So delicious – enjoy!

If you want to find out more about the health benefits of consuming maca powder check out the link below:

https://www.themacateam.com/maca-benefits

You can purchase Maca powder from most health food shops but if you would like to purchase it online click on the link below, this is one of my fave suppliers and I have tried many over the years:

Organic Peruvian Maca Powder – 500g (Certified Organic)

 

These are also my fave coconut chips mmm:
Urban Fruit Coconut Chips Straight Up 14 x 25g

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Cacao & Apple Spiced Porridge

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Cacao Spiced Apple Porridge

A real nourishing treat for the winter months!  There are no particular measurements for this recipe please adjust to taste and requirements.  You can also soak your oats in almond milk over night which I find makes them more enjoyable, but you don’t have to.

Cook up the oats with water or dairy free milk of choice, I would use Organic Almond Milk.  Once off the heat add a dash of Organic Vanilla Extract and some live coconut yoghurt to thicken.  Spoon in a couple of tbsp of raw cacao to taste and stir.  Divide into bowls and top with the chopped apples, chopped brazil nuts and raw organic manuka honey or maple syrup for a complete vegan option.  Sprinkle with some mixed spice and additional cinnamon and enjoy!

Please don’t feed the raw honey to under 1’s and the cacao is not suitable for very young children.  Please google the latest research on this!

Such a hearty treat for all the family!  Please note cacao is not recommended for very young children!  Enjoy! 😀

Love and warm wishes in the winter months!

Angie xx

 

 


Whipped Shea Butter Cream

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Organic Whipped Shea Butter and Almond Oil Recipe

This luxurious hand and body cream is amazing for the winter months.  The entire recipe consists of only two ingredients and its really easy to make.  It is particularly good for dry chapped hands, dry skin on your face and for any eczema or psoriasis you may have.

You will need:

A food processor

Storage Jar or Tin

Piping bag

Organic Cold Pressed Almond Oil (3-4tbsp)

Organic Shea Butter (1 1/2 cups)

I put about a cup and a half of shea butter into the food processor and blend on low power until smooth. 

Keep the machine running and add the almond oil into the shea a tbsp at a time, this will fluff up into a thick cream.  Add more almond oil if nessecary until you get the consistency you are after.  Keep checking, it literally takes a few seconds of blending to fluff up.

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into your suitable container.  This will keep for a long time!  I would say about 6 months to a year.  Check it before use if its been a while. 

The cream is brilliant when used overnight after a nice relaxing hot bath.  I apply the cream to my hands throughout the day during the winter months to prevent cracking and dry skin.  I also add my own essential oil blends but please do your own research when it comes to essential oil use.  I add the oils after the initial shea blend and additional oils and butters can be added to the cream too.

It is important to use Organic Ingredients where affordable as they are so much kinder to your skin, the environment and the producers of such ingredients.  Also look out for Fair trade options for your ingredients as this will ensure you are putting your money towards good causes, small farms, cooperative groups etc. and helps to support those who need it the most.

I hope you enjoyed the video below and I would love to hear of your experiences with this cream, please drop me a comment or two.

Peace, love and blessings to you!

(!!!You should always test new products on your skin before use and list ingredients/check allergies before giving as a present!!!)


Brazil Nut Chocolate Cake

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The recipe for this chocolate cake is really easy and quick to prepare, there is no baking involved and it is made with fresh raw food and superfoods.  Its packed with nutritious ingredients and is a really quick and clean snack for the whole family.  Raw cacao is really nutritious and is well known for its high levels of antioxidants, its widely available online or in your local health shop.  Some larger supermarkets even stock it these days but to be honest you get more for your money online.  Indigo Herbs is a trusty brand and you can purchase from amazon at the link below –

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The Ingredients

Cookie/cake base:

1 and 1/2 cups of Brazil nuts

1 cup of pitted soft medjool dates (don’t use the ones that have added sugar products)

2/3 cups of cacao powder

pinch of salt

Chocolate Frosting:

1/3-1/2 cup of medjool dates

1/4 cup of honey/agave or sweeter of choice

1/2 a medium ripe avocado

1/2 cup of cacao powder

So the method is really easy, you’ll need a powerful blender or a food processor.  Blend up the Brazil nuts first until they are pretty fine…don’t go to far or you will end up with a nut butter lol!  Add in the dates, the cacao powder and a pinch of salt…blend!  If the mixture is too dry and not clumping together (it depends on the dates) then add a little honey to get a dough like consistency that should stick together in your hand.

Remove from the food processor bowl in small amounts and push through a cookie cutter of choice, keep adding until its about 1cm thick.  Remove shaped piece from cookie cutter then repeat until finished.  To prepare the topping you need to blend the dates in the food processor until pureed, add the agave syrup or honey, avocado flesh and cacao powder.  Blend and scrape down until its completely blended together and looks like chocolate frosting.  Spread on top of the cookie cut cakes and serve with fruit on top.

You can keep it for a few days in the fridge but the strawberries will go a bit yuk! and the icing is made with avocado so best eaten as fresh as possible.  Be warned this cake is so nutrient dense your body will get full quickly so eat in small quantities! :-). Delicious!


Quick Indian Curry

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Ok so here goes my super quick Indian curry recipe, this recipe was the result of me forgetting my Indian jar of sauce at the supermarket but I’m sure it was ten times tastier anyway than the jar I was supposed to pick up.  So here goes…

Ingredients

4 garlic cloves chopped or grated

1 knob of ginger chopped finely

2 green chilies, sliced, seeds included for extra heat (optional but don’t be a wimp!)

Cinnamon stick whole

4 cardamon pods

1 thickly sliced courgettes

1 thickly sliced red pepper

hot curry powder 3-4tbsp

Soy Cream

1 handful of cashew nuts

1 carton/tin of chopped tomatoes

4 cubes of frozen spinach

parsley (optional)

lime pickle and mango chutney or any other condiments

rice of choice

So chop and prepare everything and put a small amount of oil in the pan, stir in the garlic, ginger and green chilies, cook for 5 mins, stir in the cinnamon and cardamon pods and cook for a further 5 mins.

Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 10-15mins, add the chopped tomatoes, curry powder, frozen spinach, a dash of water , cook until the vegetables are tender.

Add a dash of soy cream, the cashew nuts and cook a further 5 mins, season and serve with the rice and condiments and parsely on top if you wish.

Thats it enjoy! 🙂


Greek Falafel & Salad Wraps

greek_wrapsThese are so super easy to make and I can’t personally take credit for them as my husband made them for us all.  All you need to do is chop your vegetables of choice, you can see what I used from the picture but Ive also listed the ingredients below.

Black Olive

Tomatoes

Hummus (lots of)

Cous cous (I used a premade one)

Cucumber

Red Pepper

Lettuce

Falafel

Tofu pieces (optional)

Tortilla Wraps

Avocado

Red Onion

So you quite simply chop everything up and serve into little dishes and everyone gets to make their own.  My kids love their vegetables raw and would rather eat them this way, its the cooked veg I have to bribe down them, they would eat plates and plates of raw veggies.  My youngest son is actually a cucumber addict lol!  He would eat cucumber for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could. 🙂

So anyway, once you have all your veggies chopped and into dishes, put your wraps in some tinfoil and stick them in the oven for a few minutes to warm up.  Once warmed spread with hummus and top with the vegetables of your choice.  Wrap up and serve with the cous cous on the side.  I also added in a little spicy sauce.

Enjoy! x


Tom yum Thai soup vegan

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Tom Yum Thai Soup

This was a really delicious soup that I made with the Tom Yum soup kit I purchased from the Chinese supermarket.  You could also purchase the ingredients separately and it’s so easy and simple to make.

Ingredients

tom yum soup kit –

1 x veggie stock cube

2 cups of mixed vegetables, I used red peppers, carrots and broccoli

4 x lemongrass stalks

1 piece of galangal

5 -6 lime leaves

2 x red chillies (really hot)

Green Thai curry paste (optional)

soy sauce

salt and pepper

1 handful of chopped coriander

Bring to the boil the stock cube and about 6-800mls of water, you can add more or less depending on the amount of vegetables you put in.  Next add the galangal, chopped chillies, and lime leaves. Simmer for five minutes then add a soy sauce to taste and green Thai curry paste to taste if you wish.  I also added a dash of almond milk at the end.  Sprinkle with chopped coriander.

Another recipe I prepared alongside for the kids is pictured below for some inspiration.  Their is a Japanese buns recipe on my blog at

https://angiemilne.com/2017/01/07/steamed-yo-sushi-style-buns/

you can also view the recipe in the video below.

 


Goji berry winter smoothie – youtube

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A quick film in -9 conditions of me in my garden with my warm goji berry smoothie.  The ingredients for the smoothie are below the video.

Goji berry smoothie ingredients –

2 x bananas 🍌

1 tbsp of lucuma powder

1 tbsp of chia seeds

1 tbsp walnuts

1 Handful of goji berrys

orange juice/water or almond milk

Blend the lot together with the desired liquids and serve warm (to serve warm keep the blender running for 3-5mins on high, I use a vitamix, link below)

If you can’t find goji berries click on the image below to take you to amazon where you can buy them in bulk and not pay the high supermarket prices.

Below are some links to  the health benefits of some of the ingredients.

https://draxe.com/goji-berry-benefits/

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-is-lucuma/


Blackberries (brambles) for lunch!

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Seasonal warm smoothie made with freshly picked brambles (blackberries) that we found on our forest walk with the dogs today…I love those heavenly moments when nature provides something so delicious, nutritious and so unexpectedly!  🙂

So the ingredients were…

a handful of blackberries,

a green apple,

a pear,

tbsp of maca,

tbsp of goji berries,

tbsp of flax seeds,

tbsp of pumpkin seeds

and topped with half almond and half water…

In my vitamix I can blend it on high for a few minutes and it will warm it up because let’s face it it’s freezing outside and who wants to drink a cold smoothie heading into the winter months…not sure if this works in other blender models you can give it a try.

If you like it a litte sweeter you could add a date or two or a dollop of honey.  This recipe was shared between two people.


Kale super smoothie

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Sorry it’s been a while folks, I’ve been busy studying a very basic course on Naturopathy, it’s just the tip of the iceberg but the knowledge I’ve gained has been very useful so far and it’s a good introduction to Natural medicine etc.  I hope to continue further along with some plant powered study! 😊

So here’s a quick smoothie I knocked up and it was so powerful I went for a run afterwards, my legs are still sore and that was a few days ago ha ha ha!  The black kale plucked fresh out of the garden still covered in the morning dew was absolutely amazing and I could feel the effects of the nutrition immediately lifting my  morning brain fog!  It seriously felt like a light coming on, it could also have been the ginseng kicking in!  I’m so impressed with this stuff it’s definitely on the garden growing list next year!

So I blended it in the vitamix with persimmons (I’m a persimmons addict at this time of year) and a whole orange, a tbsp of pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and some ginseng!  I topped up with water as I had ran out of almond milk!  You could use half almond milk if you prefer.

Black kale (cavolo Nero)

whole orange peeled

persimmons

tsp ginseng

tbsp pumpkin seeds

tbsp of flaxseeds

I should probably add I shared this with the kids!  It’s quite a lot to consume yourself!

Plant powered body fuel!  😎


Locally grown vegetables

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Lovely fresh vegetables from the the Gordon Castle estate local to us in Fochabers, Moray.  I would recommend a trip up to the recently restored gardens and lovely cafe/restaurant.  The shop near the car park usually sells a selection of seasonal foods grown in the gardens.  In the past we have purchased delicious potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkin, squash, beans, artichokes and s fee other bits from the shop.

Check out the link below for further info.

http://www.gordoncastle.co.uk


Christmas apple & blackberry gin

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Christmas booze!  I don’t really drink alcohol anymore but I have guests to feed and water at Christmas time so I made this with the berries I foraged for the other day.  When purchasing the gin don’t go and purchase the best one you can find, seriously the cheapest bottle is perfect for this recipe.  In fact I was told the cheaper the better!  If your not an alcoholic drinker then you could also whizz it up into some fizzy sparkling water and serve.

Blackberries (Brambles) 3 or 4 handfuls

Apples chopped

Gin

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The blackberries were popped into a bowl and I added chopped apples of the same quantity, not weight quantity but equal visual quantity, a good two cups of sugar or more if you want it sweeter and squeezed it all into a kilner bottle which had been sterilised in a low heated oven for 30mins.  Pop it into the cupboard for three months or longer, shaking gently everyday for 1 month to help the sugar dissolve and then strain and enjoy in time for Christmas.  Obviously it might land on a different time of the year but I am making my gin at the end of September.  Here’s a good link to purchase 4 kilner bottles at a very reasonable price.  Shop around as supermarkets or high street stores always charge top dollar for these items.

Click on the image to purchase a similar kilner bottle.

Natural Coconut Water

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Natural coconut water is so simple and so refreshing.  Fill up a sports flask with coconut water and half water for pre or post workout drink, also a great drink for the summer garden.  Its Autumn here just now though and I’m drinking my coconuts indoors before I move onto hot cacao drinks mmmm…

Coconut water is a great natural electrolyte, and it contains high amounts of potassium. It is also lower in carbohydrates — It only contains about 4.5% carbohydrates, whereas typical sports drinks can contain a 6%-8% carbohydrate concentration. (Dr. Axe)

My son drank two of these after school the other day, they are expensive fresh and I cant keep up with that demand ha ha!  You can buy a good high quality coconut water from the supermarket but most of them are heat processed and I try to avoid pasturised drinks where possible, simply because pasturisation in most cases = high heat which in turn destroys some of the nutrition (not all of the nutrition though), they are still beneficial to your health in some aspects though. Coconuts are not always easy to obtain fresh though and if I cant get them fresh the pasturised stuff is second best.

Also a great addition to smoothies and deserts, some raw desserts use coconut water in the blending processes.

Here are some additional facts in the links below.

https://www.davidwolfe.com/how-coconut-water-can-help-your-body/

If you are looking to purchase coconuts in bulk, which is possible via mail, then you can purchase them in a 6 or 12 pack by clicking on the image below.  If your not using many though I would purchase a 6, I have purchased a 36!! before and they all went off before i got through half of them.

Click on the image to order coconuts

 


Spicy mushrooms with peanut slaw wraps

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I was looking for a really quick lunch fix the other day and this Asian infusion hit the spot!  Spicy mushrooms and onions with homemade peanut slaw wrapped in a corn wrap with additional spicy sauce if your brave enough.  I adapted a recipe from the book below – Rich Roll – The Plant Power Way.

Its a great book for easy family plant powered recipes and Rich Rolls story to fitness and health is very inspirational.  I’m also studying his plant powered educational course on the Mind Body Green website.  Its great for getting ideas for fueling your body for fitness and for daily meal ideas.  Click on the image to take you to his book.  Anyway back to my recipes, the ingredients are as follows…

Mini corn wraps

Mushrooms

Onions

Mini cabbages

Carrots

Peanut butter or Almond Butter

Tamari Sauce

Mirin

Rice Vinegar

Garlic Clove

Sunflower seeds

Shred the mini cabbage and the carrots and mix in a bowl, in a jar add equal amounts of soy, mirin and rice vinegar and a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter, close the jar and shake or use a small blender.  Add to the shredded cabbage and carrots and mix through.  Cook the mushrooms and onions in a little coconut oil and add a spicy sauce of choice.

Add the slaw to the corn wrap and top with mushrooms, wrap and enjoy!  Yummy! 🙂

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Courgette pancakes

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Tasty and mega simple courgette and pepper pancakes!  My kids always complain about courgettes but with a bit of good quality (next time I’ll make my own) BBQ sauce on the side these went down a treat and they didn’t even realise they were eating courgettes until the end! Lol! 😀

The inspiration for this recipe came from the Forks over Knives cookbook.  You can view and purchase the cookbook here at the link attached.
Grate two courgettes into a bowl and add 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour, finely diced red pepper and you could also add a tin of sweetcorn.  I didn’t have in the cupboard so I skipped this but would probably add it in next time for a little sweetness.  Season with salt and pepper and clump into little balls, fry in coconut oil in a non stick pan.  Serve with salad.  We had these topped with cream (soy cream) spinach sauce (recipe in the sides section) fried mushrooms and chipotle hot sauce!  We also had potatoes cooked in cauliflower cream on the side too!

Oh yummy!  😊

Two courgettes

1/2 cup of wholemeal flour

1 finely diced red pepper or colour of choice

1 small tin of sweetcorn

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The Forks over Knives plant based cooking meal plans are also available at the link below.  I have not personally tried the meal plans as I make up my own but if your new to plant based eating then I would recommend checking out the book below.


Veggie feast!

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I was so hungry tonight and in desperate need of a veggie feast after a crappy food week!  My new vitamix professional blender arrived yesterday and anyone that owns one will understand my excitement and inspiration to get cooking again.  It is an amazing machine and I’ve waited very impatiently for three years to own one…finally my blender dreams have come true ha ha ha!  Check on the picture below for a full spec.

So to give my vitamix a workout I made a cauliflower cream sauce to cook my thinly sliced potatoes and onions in the oven and topped with nutritional yeast…also know as “cheese” sprinkles in my house!  😊

Then I blended up some garlic cloves with alpro soy cream and spinach.  I cooked this lightly in the pan to create the spinach sauce for the top of the courgette fritters.  These were so simple and I made them by grating the courgettes and adding peppers and seasonings, then fried lightly in a little coconut oil.  To top it off I added some fried mushrooms in the non stick (I try to use little oil) and chipotle sauce!  The tomatoes were fresh out of the greenhouse and were super sweet on the side.

I added a huge dollop of high quality BBQ sauce and a blob of coconut oil on top of the kids potatoes for some extra fats!  I also gave them a cheeky, cacao, banana, peanut butter with a dash of soy cream on the side smoothie which they had double helpings of.

A meal full of protein, iron, vitamins and about nine different veggie ingredients, it makes me feel super happy when my kids pack themselves full of nutritious foods.  They certainly don’t all of the time, kids are kids and they are free to eat as they wish but I hope to inspire them! 😍

Superfood for super kids! 😎

All of the recipes are available in the menu and will be posted soon. 😎  I love it how blogging makes me hungry again lol!  Mmmm what to eat now…

ps – I am a vitamix blender addict now! 😊


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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Angie Milne

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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

 

 

 

 


Broad Bean Soup

Just what I needed today after a cold walk with the dogs and collecting leaves with my son for some leaf identification work we were doing.  Such a warming recipe, I served it up with a little drizzle of hemp oil but you could also use olive oil and perhaps some croutons.    mmmm!

Ingredients

3-4 cups of broad beans (frozen or fresh)

1 leek (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1-2 red chillies (chopped)

2 tsp of cumin

1 tsp of tumeric

1 tsp of paprika

oat cream, or other dairy free cream ( a dash during blending, optional)

Green Smoothie Bowl

Add all the ingredients apart from the optional cream to the soup pot along with the stock cube and water to just over the vegetables.  Cook for 40-50 mins or until vegetables are tender and blend in the blender (be very careful when blending hot liquids, make sure the blender has the lid on securely) add in the cream of choice if you like to your desired consistency.  Serve with warm wholemeal bread or perhaps a toasted sandwich.

Any questions pop them in the comments below.

Love Angie

If you enjoyed this recipe pop over to my youtube channel for more recipes, holistic health tips, my family life, and my weight loss vlogging!  Thank you! Angie x

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Vivera Steak Test

Trying out the new Vivera steak!  I must admit I don’t eat fake meats very often but I do really love the new Vivera producs!  They are fab!  My fave is the new kebab meat it is sooooo good! 🙂

I liked this one but not as much as the kebab meat!

I made a lovely recipe out of it, love xx

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Family Exercising Cycle in Scotland

Click on the video below to watch our awesome Scottish Highlands adventure mountain biking through the Rothiemurchus Estate! 🙂

Follow us through the Scottish Highlands as we try to keep fit together as a family!  There’s a few accidents and a beautiful stop at a beautiful Scottish Loch!  Can you guess where we are?

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Sainburys Healthy Food Haul

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping at Sainsburys lately, I absolutely love the healthy dairy free products they are stocking at the moment! Especially the ones with all of the live cultures. 🙂

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Check out my quick shopping haul below for a look at what I’ve been buying for my food shops!  I do small food shops now and usually plan meals when I am organised, it doesn’t happen every week and in the school holidays my good meal planning often falls to pieces lol 🙂

Enjoy, love Angie xxx


Natural Clay Face Mask Recipes

I love these natural clay face masks!  Check out the video recipe below for three really easy recipes made with ingredients from the kitchen.

Simple clay mask

Clay & avocado

Clay & banana

(all can be made with optional oatmeal)

They are so easy to make and make your skin super soft and the clay helps to clean your skin of toxins.  It really helps to keep my skin super soft and smooth and spot free!

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Try using this every week or two and I’m sure you will notice a difference.  If you’ve never used bentonite clay, here’s a good link to a brand I would recommend below.

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ps – don’t leave it on in the sun as i did, I almost baked my face! ha ha ha 🙂

Much Love, Angie xxx