Tag Archives: Gluten Free

How to start the day right


Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, especially when I have my homemade Banana Granola on hand. It is gluten and dairy free deliciousness without the added sugar, preservatives, salt etc that you find in shop bought cereals. I like to have mine with almond milk or cashew nut yogurt.

This granola will keep for one week if kept in an airtight jar.  If you live in a warm climate, I would recommend keeping it in the fridge.

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Budget Pleaser: Smoky Baked Beans

smoky baked beans

As the season is changing, I am starting to seek out warming, healthy meals. So, this week I am making a budget pleaser meal: smoky baked beans.

Now not all baked beans are the same. I was shocked to discover that my one of my university days staple meals, shop bought baked beans, is full or sugar, preservatives and salt. So much for thinking I was making a health choice.

I have instead made a batch of smoky baked beans from scratch with a no mess, no fuss recipe from the book The Art of Eating Well by the clever Hemsley and Hemsley sisters.

This recipe is super easy to cook, budget friendly and free-from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

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Coconut and Ginger Snaps

coconut and ginger snaps

What I like about this recipe is that you can modify it to use up what ever nuts and seeds you have in your pantry cupboard. They are also really nice with the addition of ground ginger for some extra kick. They are quick to make and go perfectly with a cup of herbal tea.

Buckwheat groat are a type of gluten-free fruit seed with a nutty taste. They are a good source of fibre, B-group vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, potassium and selenium. The addition of cinnamon adds some sweetness without adding sugar, and also assist with maintain blood sugar levels.

They are great on their own or with some yogurt as a crunchy breakfast ‘cereal’.

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Falafels with Sumac Dipping Sauce

Falafels with sumac dipping sauce

Falafels are a great way to use up those tins of chickpeas you have hiding in the back of the kitchen cupboard. Originally cultivated in the Middles East, chickpeas are a really affordable, filling and nutritious ingredient to cook with.

Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein making them great to control hunger. They have also been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease.

While the butternut squash is a anti-inflammatory vegetable that is a rich source of omega 3 and beta-carotene, both of which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu.

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Immune Boosting Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Crunchy cucumber salad

Salad doesn’t have to be boring any more. This crunchy cucumber salad has an asian sweet’n’sour edge to it that will make your taste buds dance.

It goes with meat and fish alike and is a prefect accompaniment to a BBQ. I also like to have it as a side salad to my spicy thai noodles.

Cucumber wards off dehydration, combats heat, increases energy levels, assists with weight loss and contains vitamin K, C, A and B-6. The use of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will assist with digestion and good gut health, plus it boost your immune system. The cloud ball that you can see in the apple cider vinegar is called ‘the mother’ and it is ‘the mother’ that gives the vinegar its probiotic quality.

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Salmon Pate

salmon pate

This salmon pate is a regular on my party menu list, either as an entree or as part of a mezze share board. This recipe is healthy for your heart and your brain with a winning nutrition combination of salmon and gelatine.

Salmon is one of my favourite types of fish. Salmon is nutrient dense and an excellent source of high-quality protein, is a good source of potassium, selenium and vitamin B12, plus it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Gelatin contains collagen, which is one of the materials that makes up cartilage and bone. This is why gelatin might helpful for strengthening hair and nails as well as assisting with joint conditions and sports related injuries.

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Capsicum Cashew Dip

Capsicum Cashew Dip

Capsicum is versatile vegetable that adds a nutrient burst to your diet. It is rich in beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and is full of antioxidants to combat those free-radicals. It also aids digestion, boosts your immune system and energises your metabolism.

I like to serve this dip as part of a mezze plate or with cheese and olives. It also works as a healthy snack or a flavour burst to my lunch time tuna salad wrap.

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Basil Pesto Five Ways


Once you make your own zingy pesto you won’t be going back to the shop bought varieties.

Basil is a powerhouse of a herb, it is an antioxidant and has antibacterial properties, plus it contains vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese and magnesium.

This pesto recipe is super quick and can be used in several other ways to add some oomph to your cooking. Here are a few suggestions….

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Christmas Day Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate-2

Happy Christmas day!

I hope you and your loved ones are having a fabulous day and celebrating in style.

Here in the UK, it is winter and I am hoping that snow will fall to create a white Christmas. Following our Christmas day lunch we are planning to rug up and take a little walk in the late afternoon, just as the day light is going and the Christmas tree lights are being turning on. Magical.

After our Christmas day walk, I am planning to make this indulgent hot chocolate to warm us up and keep the festivities going.

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Lose weight: Eat Breakfast

Lose weight Eat breakfast

What are you having for breakfast today – coffee?

Do you barely glance at the kitchen in the morning, opting instead to run out the door without eating any breakfast?

There is ample evidence to show that the simple act of eating breakfast is a big part of losing weight, and keeping it off.

Research coming out of the United States of America shows that people that skip breakfast tend to replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling and over eating at lunch and dinner, thereby setting themselves up for poor health and weight gain. The research further found that women who ate breakfast regularly tended to eat fewer calories overall during the day.

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