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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)

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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

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

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Aug – Family Breakfast Ideas

We are still in August but to be honest it feels more like September with the colder temperatures and rain we have been having. Below you will find my ‘week of breakfasts’ video which I created from our weekly breakfast meal plan.

We decide on 5 breakfasts for Monday to Friday and repeat those throughout the month. This way I find we eat more variety (yes more!) and we are prepared for breakfast in the morning. Meal planning also helps a lot with budgeting and meal planning and has helped us stick within our budget and even save money from it too.

Click the video below to watch our week of breakfasts in August, I hope you find some ideas for your own family:

Monday – Peanut butter bagels with bananas

Tuesday – French toast sticks with berry topping

Wednesday – Granola and yogurt bowls with fresh fruit

Thursday – Omlette with spinach and cheese

Friday – Granola with almond milk and fruit

With Love

Malaysian Prawn Soup

I love this recipe its one of my absolute faves! It is so super easy to make, you can follow the recipe below or click on the video link below to view it in video. The instructions are really simple and easy to follow.

Click the image for the full recipe video. 🙂

Ingredients

1 medium bowl of small prawns (about 300-400g) Tofu for a vegetarian substitute

4 noodle nests

1 can of coconut milk

1 liter of vegetable stock

2tbsp of coconut oil

small bowl of garnishings (chopped cucumber, spring onions, fresh chilli)

salt & pepper

1tsp of paprika

1tsp of ground cumin

1/2tsp of ground coriander

1/2tsp of tumeric

1tbsp of lemongrass puree

1 small piece of ginger

5 peeled shallots

5 cloves of garlic

5 fresh chillies of choice

1 red pepper chopped

1 head of broccoli chopped

Blend the chillies, garlic, shallots, ginger lemongrass and all spices in a small blender with a little water. Heat the coconut oil in a non stick pan and add the blended spice mix, brown lightly. Add the stock and vegetables and cook the vegetables on a medium simmer. Add in your prawns or tofu and stir through and cook through for a few minutes.

Add the coconut milk and cook through until dissolved. Serve on top of the cooked noodles and garnish with the chopped cucumber, spring onions and chillies.



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

 

 

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

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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

Cannellini Bean Curry

I love this curry its so simple to make but so delicious!  You can mix the curry ingredients up a little bit to your liking but this is the basic recipe that I use for this recipe.

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil (1-2tsp) use additional water if recipe is sticking

1-2 sticks of cinnamon

5 cardamon pods

3-4 sliced small onions

4 chopped garlic cloves

1-2tsp of chopped ginger

A mix of chopped vegetables like carrots, courgette, peppers etc.

1tsp of tumeric powder or freshly grated tumeric

4-5tsp of chilli powder

4tsp of ground cumin seeds

2 tsp of coriander seeds

4 Large tomatoes grated

Tin of carton of cannellini beans or other beans of choice

Additional chopped greens of choice

1-2tsp of Garam Masala

Salt & Pepper

Bulghar Wheat

Melt the coconut oil in a large pan, add in the cinnamon sticks and cook lightly for a minute or two.  Add in the cardamon pods for a few minutes and then the onions, garlic cloves, chopped ginger and chopped vegetables.  Add a small amount of water to the pan with the tumeric powder, chilli powder, ground cumin seeds, coriander seeds and grated tomatoes then simmer lightly for around ten minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add in the beans and some additional greens like spinach or kale and simmer lightly for a few minutes, add the garam masala and season with salt and pepper.

I cook my bulghar wheat in my rice cooker on the white rice setting with a little vegetable stock and sometimes some extra greens.  You can also cook it in a pan of water similar to how you would cook white rice.

Enjoy

Love & Bulghar Wheat

x Angie x

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