Aubergine & Chickpea Tagine

One pot meals are brilliant, you throw the ingredients in a pot, give it a stir and let the flavours develop and end up with a tasty meal at the end.  That is why I love casseroles, stews and tagines.  There is of course the added bonus of less washing up!

Tagine2

Lately I seem to be eating less meat and using more vegetables and pulses in my meals instead.  If I do buy meat I make sure that it is organic and free range; some animals are pumped full of drugs and hormones that it is a scary thought that we could be consuming those drugs too.  While it may cost more to buy free range and organic meat at the end of the day you know that you are eating quality produce.

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Red Pepper Hummus

Another hummus recipe?  So soon after the last one? Yes!  But this is just too good not too share.

I’m slightly delayed in posting a recipe this week as I was hit with the terrible Winter sickness bug that seems to be going around.  And when I say hit, that’s exactly what it felt like.  One minute fine, next minute….well lets just say I am glad I have underfloor heating in my bathroom as I spent many hours there the past few days!  I seem to be over the worst now and raring to get in the kitchen again and practice some recipes.  I could tell that I wasn’t well when even the idea of food made  my stomach turn.

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Apple, Pear & Ginger Juice

There seems to be something of a juicing phenomenon occurring just now.  Or maybe it’s always been around and I’m only noticing it more now since I have a juicer!  I was given my juicer for my birthday last year and lets just say it is really well used!  I have at least one fresh juice a day and the fun part is trying out different fruits and vegetables, some combinations have been a success whilst others haven’t!

Apple Pear Ginger juice

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Hummus

Hummus

I must admit I do love hummus, anytime of the day I can find a way to sneak it in to my meals!  My favourite way to enjoy it just now is with some quinoa and root vegetables roasted in a little coconut oil…simple yet delicious.

Hummus is easy to throw together and keeps well stored in the fridge.  Store bought can be just as good and quite convenient but some manufacturers add sugar!  Why would sugar be needed in hummus? If you are buying prepared hummus from a store just have a quick read through the ingredients and make sure there is no sugar hidden in there.

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Banana, Blueberry and Kale Smoothie

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the year ahead.

Smoothies are so easy to throw together and this one is filling and very good for you.  Just what is needed after the excesses of the Christmas and New Year festivities! It makes a perfect breakfast if you’re in a hurry, simply blend, pour into a flask and you have a healthy on-the-go breakfast.

Banana, blueberry, kale smoothie

You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries for this smoothies.  I always have bags of frozen berries in the freezer as this time of year can be expensive to buy fresh berries and I go through a LOT of berries!

Ingredients

-1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

-1 banana, peeled

-2 large handfuls of shredded kale, washed & woody stalks removed

-1 cup almond milk, unsweetened

-1 tsp. Acai Berry powder – I used Organic Burst – (optional)

How To Make

Place all ingredients in to a blender and blend until desired consistency.  If using berries straight from the freezer the smoothie will be quite thick, add more milk until you get the consistency you like.

Banana, blueberry, kale smoothie

Enjoy! 🙂