This thick, creamy and filling soup not only tastes great, but is a great immune booster to help ward off those winter sniffles that are just around the corner, kindly provided by the inconsiderate sod who sneezed ON YOU on the bus (thanks dude!) Luckily for me I have THIS anti-sniffles-guard, so I'm just fine thanks! This garlic, onions, leeks and turmeric in this soup make it an anti-inflammatory super-force to be reckoned with. Interesting (or not) fact, I have not had a single cold since being vegan, so bang goes the theory of pale and sickly vegans withering away in a corner!! I'm sure there are many pale sickly vegans, (as there are many pale and sickly omnivores) and that's because they probably just eat bread and chips, and, well... who is going to be strong and healthy on that?!
Here is a deliciously simple one to brighten up your mornings! A light, tasty yet very filling breakfast bowl of overnight oats, made lovingly with lucuma and cinnamon to sweeten your world up a little. Packed with health, Lucuma powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador, and provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It has a caramel-like flavour and is a great healthy way to naturally sweeten and flavour your dishes without raising your blood sugar levels. Added to the dish are chia seeds which will keep you full and hydrated. They contain calcium and phosphorous which promote bone health, fibre which promotes digestive health, omega 3 to reduce inflammation. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. They are high in protein and regulate insulin levels. So..... can you imagine a better way to start your day?!
So autumn is here but we are lucky that it seems to be a rather balmy one. Good news for me since I am almost allergic to the cold (take me back to the tropics of Thailand, please!!) It's not quite ready for hearty plates of steaming hot comfort food yet, so today I decided to skip the 'winter warmer' and instead go light and energising instead. This is what I created, a satisfying plate of decadently delicious salad with a creamy and tangy dressing. Yum. I give it a big thumbs up so I thought I'd share my creation with you, in an optimistic wish that this warm weather continues!!
Olives. I love them. Always have. I know there are many people out there who shudder at the mere thought of them. My boyfriend was one of those people when we first met, he had an almost passionate hatred towards them, but tastes change you know!! Now he is his happiest when piling olives into his mouth. He even hi-fived his best mate about Kalamata olives on a drunken night out. Now the implications are deeper with this, as it means he is now so passionate about olives that he drunkenly and excitedly talks about them on a night out. Ridiculous? Probably. A drunken buffoon? Maybe. A passionate olive zealot? Most definitely!! See? Tastes do change!
Some days I just wake up hungry. You know, really hungry. Eat the contents of the fridge and still be hungry, hungry. You know the sort, when you start to think you may have worms or something. Chances are you don't have worms, just need an extra boost of energy that sustains you instead of quick sugary fixes that leave you in more of a mess than when you started. When I get this hungry it usually lasts a good couple of days, so chances are I already know I'm going to be hungry in the morning. For breakfast I usually have a smoothie, packed with with at least 2 bananas (sometimes 3 or 4) with some superfood powders (wheatgrass, spirulina, raw cacao, chlorella, lucuma, baobab, maca, chia seeds.....take your pick!) and iced green tea for a little boost of caffeine. There are some days though when just a smoothie doesn't quite cut it, so that's when overnight oats come in.
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Oh yes, you'd better believe it. To me these are the definition of a treat. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so usually my treats are of the crunchy savoury variety, and what better than a savoury snack that packs a punch of protein?! Nothing is better. These are the real deal and I've already cooked them twice this week.......well......y'know, it's cold now, a girl's gotta treat herself!! These are based on a recipe by Bryant Terry, however I've changed them around a bit and added in new flavours. I was particularly excited with these as it is a completely new way for me to cook beans, and considering my boyfriend and I smashed through the first lot I made in about 5 minutes, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Well, it's in the fritter!