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!
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)
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.
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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.
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.
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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
Pita Bread (cut into squares and lightly fried in olive oil)
Baby Gem Lettuce (chopped into square shaped bits)
Mint or Coriander (freshly chopped or other choice of herbs)
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.
Pomegranate Rice Salad
Pomegranate seeds (1 pomegranate)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Chopped Fresh Parsley or coriander
Sliced Red Chillies
Sliced Red Onion
Himalayan Pink Salt
Leave the rice to cool a little, then add in all the ingredients and season. Serve with the other salads.
Tomato and Olive Salad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
tbsp pumpkin seeds
tbsp of flaxseeds
I should probably add I shared this with the kids! It’s quite a lot to consume yourself!
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.
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.