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Friday, 21 December 2018

Nut Roast Bites

One of my most popular recipes both on my blog and with my friends & family is my Lentil Nut Roast. It goes down a storm with everyone I've made it for and it's got some great feedback from people who have made it themselves. Now, that recipe is undoubtedly amazing but I have a new recipe inspired by that old recipe that may just beat it! Welcome my Nut Roast Bites!

I came up with the idea to make these Nut Roast Bites when I was thinking of some quicker, easier free-from Christmas recipe ideas. Nut Roasts are fab but they can be a little time consuming as they take a fair amount of time to cook, but dividing the mixture into a muffin tray cuts the cooking time down considerably! These babies only take 20 minutes max. in the oven!

These cute little Nut Roast Bites made with red lentils, cashews, almonds, leeks, mushrooms & herbs are so perfect in every way. Taste wise they're very similar to my classic nut roast but with a few little twists like the addition of fresh rosemary, breadcrumbs and almonds. The fact they're bite-sized means they're just perfect for storing as leftovers, they'll work well on Boxing Day and there's no mess when trying to cut into them (like a nut roast!).
I'm just so excited to be able to share this recipe with you. I have no doubt in my mind this is going to be a really popular recipe. I know I'm going to be making it year after year!


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington - Vegan & GF

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a delicious feast! Every year we gather around the table with an abundance of incredible food to devour amongst our nearest and dearest. Having been a pescatarian since I was just a little I've always had meat-free Christmas lunches and I'm so excited to see more and more people opting for a veggie Christmas lunch and realising the lack of meat doesn't make the meal any less filling, delicious or indulgent. I've had a variety of plant-based Christmas dishes over the years from veggie sausages to nut roast and en croutes to vegan pies, but this year I've made something extra special that will just be perfect for the big day!

My Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington is the most amazing vegan recipe! It's incredibly filling thanks to the hearty mushrooms and chestnuts, so flavoursome thanks to the fresh rosemary & thyme and pairs perfectly with all the festive sides such as roast potatoes, parsnips, brussels sprouts and of course gravy!

You may be thinking this recipe looks a little complicated or time consuming but you'd be very wrong! The recipe is super easy and you can use ready made and rolled puff pastry to make it even easier. I personally used the Jus Rol gluten free & vegan puff pastry which worked splendidly.

My boyfriend and I devoured the whole Wellington in just one day, and had zero regrets! It was just so tasty. We snacked on some after I'd finished photographing it then enjoyed the rest in the evening for a full on roast with roasted potatoes, an array of steamed veggies and lots of gravy.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Christmas Spice Apple Pies

Not a mince pie fan? I have just the alternative for you this Christmas!
Now, I personally do love a mince pie but I know many people aren't keen on the traditional Christmas treat due to the dried fruits inside. I've come up with this raisin and sultana free pie alternative that will still love you feeling super festive. Welcome Christmas Spice Apple Pies!

These festive apple pies actually look like mini mince pies, don't they? But the contents is very different! Instead of mincemeat they're filled with cooked apples and plenty of warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger to give that Christmassy flavour. Each pie is packed full of flavour, the gluten free pastry is buttery and soft, the pies are perfect on their own but they're even better with a dollop of dairy free cream or perhaps some coconut yogurt.

My boyfriend (who isn't a mince pie) devoured these spiced apple pies, and I scoffed a few myself! I have to say, it was quite nice having a bit of a change to a mince pie!
Give the recipe a go, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Pecan Gingerbread Cookies

I'm a massive fan of anything Gingerbread  (especially at this time of the year!) so I'm super excited to be bringing you this delicious Pecan Gingerbread Cookie recipe.
The recipe is a total winner; the flavours are to die for, the texture is soft & buttery and they're super filling as well. I used a secret ingredient to give these cookies that bit of extra flavour, texture and added fibre and protein as well. That ingredient is Go Nutz Pecan Gingerbread Energy Balls.

I was approached by Muscle Food about these vegan energy balls and at first I was surprised....I mean, Muscle Food wanting to promote a vegan product? Sounded a little strange! Little did I realise just how fab the variety is on the Muscle Food website - if you're thinking it's all meat and protein powder you'd be very wrong! Not only do they stock these delish vegan & gluten free energy balls but there's vegan protein bars, vegan & gf pizza bases, quinoa packs, oats, noodles, bread and not to mention an array of superiors and baking ingredient such as cacao powder, coconut sugar and chia seeds. I really was so impressed to see how Muscle Food cater for every dietary requirement and couldn't be happier to be working with them to give you this warming cookie recipe.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Mulled Rosè with Blossom Hill

'Tis the season for Mulled Wine!
I do love a glass of warming mulled wine during the festive season. There's something about it that brings me so much joy, happy memories and I instantly feel full of Christmas spirit. Classically you'd use a red wine but Blossom Hill have come up with this gorgeous recipe using their Pale Rosè and I can confirm it's absolutely delicious!

Using Rosè instead of red wine might be a little controversial, but it's a game-changer. The taste is a lot lighter and softer with a refreshing crisp, clean, elegant taste that is paired perfectly with the warm spices infused as it's mulled. I made this for a couple of my friends as a girls night in treat and everyone loved it! We all agreed it was the perfect drink to curl up on the sofa with whilst watching a Christmas film and eating mince pies. I went down so well I'm actually planning on making it again for our Christmas party and I'm absolutely going to be mixing some up on Christmas Eve to serve to my family. It's a real winner.

To make this mulled wine I simply poured Blossom Hill's Pale Rosè into a saucepan and added 1/4 tsp nutmeg, a few cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, 2 tbsp coconut sugar, a little fresh vanilla and I also included some fresh oranges slices to really bring out the fruity flavour!

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

How To Exercise With PCOS

One of the first things you're told when diagnosed with PCOS is to make some healthier lifestyle changes. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is all to do with abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body, but many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of the insulin in their body and produce higher amounts of the hormone to combat this. This then contributes to increased production of hormones such as testosterone. Regular exercise has been shown to help the body respond better to insulin and balance out hormones! This can not only help PCOS symptoms but also reduce the risk of possible side effects and complications such as reduced fertility, diabetes and depression.

I've personally found exercise to be absolutely necessary in order to keep my PCOS symptoms and pain at bay, it most definitely helps with my mental health and I really feel the negative impact when I don't exercise for a while. That being said, you do have to be a little careful with your exercise regime and find a healthy balance that suits you delicate body!

When I was first diagnosed with PCOS and told to exercise more I thought 'the more the better'. I believe the more I exercised and the more intense the workouts the better it would be for my body. so I jumped straight in with 5-6 HIIT sessions a week! At the time I didn't see anything wrong with this, however when I was doing this I lost probably too much weight, I lost my period and my energy levels were pretty low! When I looked into HIIT and PCOS I found that HIIT actually puts your body under a huge amount of stress and strain. It ultimately increases our cortisol levels which is NOT good for PCOS and can cause all sorts of problems. That isn't to say HIIT should always be avoided but doing it more than 3 times a week isn't recommended to anyone, especially if you have a hormonal imbalance.

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