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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Four Benefits Of Pumpkins

Pumpkin is just about everywhere this time of year, from a scary carved pumpkin in your window to celebrate Halloween to delicious sweet pumpkin spiced lattes served at near enough every coffee shop in the country. But did you know pumpkin has a wide range of health benefits and is a great food to include in your diet?!
I have to admit, I don't think I'd ever eaten pumpkin until last year. I always thought of the round orange vegetable as something you just carved at halloween and perhaps made a lousy soup out of with the remains....little did I know just how delicious and nutritious pumpkin actually is.

Pumpkin is actually within the same veggie family as cucumbers and butternut squash. It's one of the most popular field crops around the world both for it's flesh and it's seeds inside. Pumpkin is extremely nutrient dense, low calorie and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. It can be boiled, steamed, roasted and baked. I personally love to roast it with a little olive oil, dried herbs and sea salt then mix it into salads, quinoa bowls, rice dishes or even stews and curries. I recently mixed it into a spaghetti dish (recipe on my Instagram) with a mustard, lemon & olive oil dressing, toasted flaked almonds and wilted spinach - it was superb! If you're not convinced to try adding pumpkin to your diet yet, here's some more reasons why you definitely should -


Monday, 22 October 2018

Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork Burgers with Jack Daniels Sauce

My boyfriend and I visited a gorgeous pub recently that served the most incredible looking food from vegan burgers to proper English gluten free fish & chips and aromatic curries to pasta bakes. One thing I noticed on the menu was a Pulled Pork Burger, now of course I didn't even consider this option (being veggie!) but it caught me eye because I'd never thought to recreate this meal option Nourishing Amelia style before, until now.

This recipe for a vegan BBQ Pulled Pork Burger is absolutely the best vegan alternative ever. I used jackfruit (available in many supermarkets & health food shops) to create the pulled pork texture and flavoured it with the most amazing BBQ sauce from Jack Daniels. The flavours are irresistible, the texture is unbelievable and it's just so more-ish! I can't wait for you to recreate this meal at home yourself.

As I mentioned above, I used Jackfruit as the pulled pork substitute - it's completely vegan and gluten free! Then I used a BBQ sauce from Jack Daniels to give it a wealth of flavour. I used their Full Flavour Smokey barbecue sauce (which is vegan and suitable for coeliacs!) for extra smokiness and that gorgeous hint of J.D Tennessee Whiskey is so rich and luxurious tasting. I also found the texture of the barbecue sauce to be perfect for this recipe - sticky as BBQ sauce should be but also wonderfully smooth and heats well.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Sausage & Butterbean Bake

I don't know about you but I've felt the temperature drop a little in the last couple of days. The trees are turning, the days are becoming shorter and there's a real chill in the air. This season change has got me craving all the comforting meals for the colder nights and I've been having a lot of fun getting in my kitchen to come up with the best recipes to enjoy and to share with you too!

My latest creation that my boyfriend and I totally devoured last night is this Sausage & Butterbean Bake. I'm a huge fan of veggie sausages in the winter time, I just think they're great and super convenient option to base a meal around. I generally just cook them to serve either with something like a roast dinner or with mashed potato and greens but yesterday I was feeling inspired to make something a little different. This Sausage & Butterbean Bake was the result of that inspiration and I can tell you now I know it's going to be a staple for me this season!

The bake is absolutely the most warming & comforting dish. There's a stew style base made with chopped tomatoes, herbs & spices as well as some butterbeans added in there for more plant-based protein, fibre and an amazing consistency. You can combine the flavoursome stew with some veggie sausages (I used these ones from Quorn) to bake in the oven for an incredible meal in less than 45 minutes.

You could enjoy this stew simply as it is with some steamed greens as it's surprisingly filling or you could add some creamy mashed potato, crispy roasts or even some wholegrain rice. I personally served mine with mash which was just heavenly! I was certainly full and comfortably satisfied afterwards!
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