Chickpea Tuna Wrap

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This is one of my favourite lunch items at the moment I just love it!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m always on the look out for new sandwich and wrap ideas for lunch and this one just hits the spot.ย  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.ย  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.ย  Season well and add into the wrap, top with the salad ingredients of choice and wrap and serve!ย  Enjoy!

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

Love and chickpeas!

xx Angie xx

 

 

 

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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!ย  Here are three very easy salads to make at home and they all compliment each other perfectly.ย  These are great as side dishes to a BBQ, Pizza or Greek style dinner night.ย  I just love all the beautiful colours they create together.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  I’ve always used this brand and would recommend it.ย  You can also use a cup of this salt in a hot steamy bath and enjoy the benefits of that.ย  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??ย  Well…its a middle eastern inspired herb mix which you can buy in bulk already premixed.ย  It’s awesome in salads, dressings, stews, bakes and once you have a batch it lasts a long time in the cupboard.ย  I would recommend the Greenfield’s brand of Za’atar.ย  It smells so delish!ย  Click on the image for further details.

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.ย  The recipe is so easy, blend the smoothie ingredients and pour into a bowl of choice.ย  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!ย  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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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.ย  The entire recipe consists of only two ingredients and its really easy to make.ย  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.ย 

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.ย  Add more almond oil if nessecary until you get the consistency you are after.ย  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.ย  This will keep for a long time!ย  I would say about 6 months to a year.ย  Check it before use if its been a while.ย 

The cream is brilliant when used overnight after a nice relaxing hot bath.ย  I apply the cream to my hands throughout the day during the winter months to prevent cracking and dry skin.ย  I also add my own essential oil blends but please do your own research when it comes to essential oil use.ย  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.ย  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!!!)


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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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, jalapeรฑos 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!” ย And the recipes all have a different twist which makes things a bit interesting.

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So for the ๐ŸŒถ 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 ๐Ÿ…

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. ย Pop in a tray into the oven for 30-40mins until tender.

Cook the chopped onions and garlic in theย coconut oil for a few minutes, add the chopped green peppers and carrots and cook for another few minutes. ย Add both the tins of mixed beans and the tomatoes, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes to taste and the salt and pepper to season. ย 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! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ย 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. ย I hope to continue further along with some plant powered study! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ย 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 ย morning brain fog! ย It seriously felt like a light coming on, it could also have been the ginseng kicking in! ย 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! ย I topped up with water as I had ran out of almond milk! ย 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! ย It’s quite a lot to consume yourself!

Plant powered body fuel! ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž


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. ย You could use more or less but I had two adults and three young kids to feed. ย 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.