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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

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Cacao Halva Fudge

This is a really easy recipe to make and in a few minutes you have created a tray of healthy snacks for the family!  I’ve added a link to a short video below for the recipe if you would rather watch it.

Ingredients

Sesame Seeds x 2 Cups

Medjool Dates x 1 Cup

Organic Cacao (powder) – 1/2 cup

Vanilla Extract – 1Tbsp

Pinch of good quality sea salt

Agave Syrup (raw or the best quality you can find)

Superfood Toppings (optional)

Add the sesame seeds to the food processor and grind on high for a minute or two, add in the medjool dates and blend again on high for about 5 minutes.  Add in the cacao powder, vanilla, salt and a squirt of Agave syrup if the mixture is too dry.  You should then have a slightly sticky dough consistency (not too sticky).

Roll the mixture into balls or shape in a chocolate tray as per the video.  Add superfood toppings of your choice if you have available.

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe.  Please subscribe to my Youtube channel for future recipes and holistic health tips and ideas.

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Love and Cacao Fudge Balls

Angie x

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

Kids Taste Test – Tesco Vegan & GF Snacks

 

A quick funny video of the kids first taste challenge, they were so excited about it Maggie rushed out to purchase all of the snacks for the next one from the Asian grocery store in Aberdeen.

This video consists of 6 snacks from Tesco which are gluten free and/or vegan friendly in an effort to get the kids to try new foods and not be scared off by how things look or appear at first.

Honest opinions are given, kids find it hard to lie lol! 🙂  The mustard I sneaked in at the end was a good surprise.

This video was Maggie’s idea and she made the signs etc. so I can’t take the credit for this one.

Well done Maggie xxxx

 

Melty “cheese” sandwich

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Oh yummy!

I don’t usually use fake meats and cheese because I don’t really feel they add that much to us nutritionally, I could be wrong but sometimes you just fancy some greedy foods!

I picked up some vibites beef slices in Holland and Barrett the other day so I had some vbites beef style slices with a violife cheese slice, tomatoes, jalapeños and some “mayo”.

Melted the lot in the foreman grill and served with a little salad

Chilli, corn bread and potatoes

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We are all soooo full up after our veggie chilli, roasted potatoes, corn bread, rice and cheese(violife).

wow where do I start…ok so first of all the corn bread recipe came from my new awesome book which I would totally recommend purchasing at the link below…it’s called “Peace and Parsnips – vegan cooking for everyone!”  And the recipes all have a different twist which makes things a bit interesting.

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So for the 🌶 I used the following ingredients…

Large potatoes and olive oil

2 or 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Chopped garlic

Chopped onions

Green peppers chopped into cubes

Carrots chopped into cubes

Tin of mixed beans

Tin of kidney beans

2 x tins of tomatoes 🍅

3-4tbsp of cumin seeds or powder

2tbsp of smoked cayenne pepper

chilli flakes to taste

Salt and pepper

Potatoes

Slice the potatoes thinly almost straight through and repeat along the potato, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Pop in a tray into the oven for 30-40mins until tender.

Cook the chopped onions and garlic in the coconut oil for a few minutes, add the chopped green peppers and carrots and cook for another few minutes.  Add both the tins of mixed beans and the tomatoes, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes to taste and the salt and pepper to season.  Bubble away on a low simmer for about 15-20mins, cook some rice and serve with the bread and potatoes.

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!  😎

Fresh green apple juice

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I was lucky enough to get two massive bags of green apples from a family member this year and before I made jam and pies I wanted to make some delicious fresh apple juice.

I chopped and put through about eight apples into the juicer.  You could use more or less but I had two adults and three young kids to feed.  I also added some ginger and lemon for a boost against some coughs and colds in the house just now and four sticks of cavolo Nero kale torn fresh out of the garden plot.

A delicious boost of seasonal nourishment before school and so easy to make.

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

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