Sunday, 7 January 2018

Feeling Green Hangover Helper

I wasn't hungover when I made this juice, I can assure you. But what I wanted was a green juice which had a caffeine kick and one which would make me feel a little more alive first thing on a cold money. What I found was this refreshing and nutritious green juice from my much loved 1000 juices book. A great way to start the week. 

1 white tea bag
175ml very hot boiling water
2 green apples, quartered
75g piece cucumber
50g fresh spinach
15g fresh mint leaves
1/4 lemon
2tbsp honey
2 sprigs of mint

Put the tea bag in a teapot or heatproof jug. Steep in the hot water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bag; leave to cool.
Process all the ingredients except the honey and mint sprigs through the juice extractor. Pour into 2 glasses, sweeten with the honey and serve immediately garnished with a sprig of mint.

Makes 2 glasses.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Pumpkin, Black-Eyed Bean and Coconut Curry

I'm trying to include more vegetables in my diet this January by replacing my animal rich diet with vegetables and attempting to eat more vegetarian based meals. One of my favourite vegetarian dishes is making a vegetarian curry following a fridge raid of vegetables that had a better life but need to be cooked quickly. This recipe hails from my latest addition to my cookbook collection, Fresh India by Meera Sodha. I opted to use butternut squash rather than pumpkin as this features weekly on my shopping list. The rest of the ingredients for this curry, I had knocking about in the fridge/cupboards. What I found really interesting is the use of roasting butternut squash. It made the curry more earthy and as the butternut squash is naturally sweet, there was a slight sweet tang. The curry was moderately spiced, there was certainly a kick to the curry with the use of chilli. I served with coconut flavoured curry with corn (cornmeal based) roti, the recipe is also included in this book.


Serves 4 as a main course
1.2kg pumpkin or squash
1 tablespoon garam masala
salt and black pepper
coconut or rapessed oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 green chillies, slit lengthways
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic
1 x 400g tin of black-eyed beans, drained
150g ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 x 400ml coconut milk.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6 and line two baking trays with foil. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out and discard the seeds, then cut it into crescents around 2cm at widest part. Transfer to a big bowl, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with garam masala, 1 teaspoon of sale and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat evenly, ten arrange in a single layer. Roast for 30 minutes, or until soft and tender.
Meanwhile, put 2 tablespoons of oil into a large lidded frying pan over a medium heat and when hot, add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the slit green chilies and the onion. Cook for 12 minutes, or until the onion is soft and golden then add the garlic. Cook for another couple of minutes, then add the drained beans and stir to mix together. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes until soft and jammy around the edges.

Next, add the turmeric, 1/3 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the coconut milk. Tip the roasted pumpkin into the pan and stir to mix. Cover with the lid and leave to heat through for 5 minutes. Check the salt and chilli, adjusting if you wish, then transfer to a serving dish.



Tuesday, 2 January 2018

December 2017 Monthly Eatings

 December was another foodtastic month, I visited restaurants in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury and thoroughly enjoyed the culinary delights.

Bella Italia - Wolverhampton

Westacres - Wolverhampton

House of The Rising Sun - Shrewsbury

Natural Healthy Food - I wrote a review earlier in December 

D'arcys - Ironbridge

Thank you everyone who viewed my blog in 2017, I hope to share more foodlicious treats with you over 2018.


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The Benefits of Vegetarianism

This is a guest post by Pure Healthy Living.

Discover Why Vegetarianism Is the Way to Go and How You Can Do It. 

Vegetarianism is on the rise, and it's no surprise, considering the health risks that face people in the developed world. Diets that are rich in fat, sugar and highly processed foods are contributing to a number of health issues. Vegetarianism is a winning diet for many because it helps to reduce cholesterol and vegetables are an excellent source of cancer-fighting properties. Vegetarians also receive another benefit from their diets. Vegetables are healthy, calorically dense foods. Eating them a few times a week instead of an animal rich diet, could mean that you eat fewer calories and lose fat. 

With a growing interest for a plant based diet, more and more meatless alternatives come to market, expect the number of first-time vegetarians to grow in 2018. Food choices and access to easy to make recipes are helping more people to make the switch. Another winning idea is using a vegetarian prepared meal service like the one offered by Nutrisystem. That eliminates all guesswork by having meals come directly to you, already made! For people who are looking for the benefits of vegetarianism but aren't committed to learning all the details, nothing could be more natural than a program like this.

There are roughly 400 million vegetarians in the world, and as more people adopt the practice, more choices for food will become available. Check out the supermarket and you'll find numerous plant-based options with only a small bit of searching. Nutrisystem has been offering diet plans to the public since 1972 and has had a vegetarian menu for many years. The program is incredibly simple and involves customers ordering a month's worth of food at a time. There are a few small staple items that people need, but all meals come with the plan. The cost is relatively inexpensive, and the program works for most people because it caps calories and encourages the dieters to count them. Counting Calories Is a Proven Weight Loss Tactic Counting calories and eating prepared meals is one of the easiest possible ways anyone can experience a vegetarian diet. The program eliminates all of the guesswork, and all that remains is to stay consistent. The primary drawback to the plan is that some people may crave more diversity on the menu, but for short-term weight loss, this will rarely become an issue.

Despite all the information and alternative ideas about weight loss, one truth remains. People who cap their calories at a specific intake level lose weight. Nutrisystem diets aim for around 1,200 for a woman and 1,500 for men. That amount of calories is enough for an average overweight person to lose 1 to 2 pounds weekly. If they add exercise, they can reduce their bodyweight even quicker. It's a simple mathematical reality, and Nutrisystem meals are ideal for losing weight. Learn to Love Plant-Based Food Choices Vegetarianism will only catch on with people who enjoy eating the meals. Although people are used to eating meat at many of their meals, substituting the meat for a plant-based alternative is very easy. Once you lose weight using a prepared meal plan like vegetarian Nutrisystem, you will have the knowledge required to eat that way permanently. Nutrisystem works best when you drink large amounts of water and exercise regularly. Hydrating helps flush your body of toxins and eliminates fat faster. Training is the only way to burn excess calories to reduce body fat. Combining diet, hydration, and exercise along with journaling your efforts is a "can't miss" way to drop pounds forever. Plus, Nutrisystem is not a cost deterrent like you might think:  Vegetarianism is practiced all over the world, so there are as many variations to vegetable dishes as there are cultures. People have no problem learning about new recipes and substitutions, primarily if their motivation is the substantial health benefits that the movement offers. Prepared meals are an excellent way to dip one's toes into the water, to see if this way of eating is attractive. Not only will a dieter experience weight loss, but they will also try some meals that could become staples in their diet. There are few reasons to avoid vegetarianism and many strong ones to try it. Whether you're going with a prepared meal program or go it alone doesn't matter. Just stick with the diet long enough to see results and chances are likely you'll continue indefinitely.


Monday, 18 December 2017

Review Naturally Healthy Food Birmingham

I'm a self-proclaimed carnivore, I absolutely adore meat: the variety, the different tastes and textures. But for the last couple of years I have tried to eat more vegetarian meals, averaging one vegetarian meal a week. But what about a vegan meal? In all honesty, I don't think I've eaten a vegan meal in my life until I checked out Naturally Healthy Food. I mean a meal without any animal products, no milk, eggs, butter or cheese, what would it consist of. I also thought, how would this taste, would the food be bland and boring or luscious like my favourite meals. 
When the lovely people at Naturally Healthy Foods invited me to check out the brunch menu at the first vegan restaurant in Birmingham, I was intrigued and sceptical. I'm the girl that travelled to Harlem for fried chicken and waffles so how could a vegan brunch compare to that. It's not until I saw a breakfast picture from fellow blogger Nutella Tasha of The Naturally Healthy Breakfast that I was gaining momentum for my visit.

My cousin and I visited and started off our vegan feast with plant based lattes I ordered the beetroot latte £3.95 (beetroot powder, vanilla, stevia, plant milk) and my cousin ordered the chocolate latte £3.95 (peruvian cacao, banana powder, lucama, plant milk). My beetroot latte was luscious, vibrant in colour and rich in flavour, my cousin said she thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate latte.

For our main event, my cousin and I ordered The Naturally Healthy Breakfast £9.95 (scrambled tofu, aubergine bacon, tomato, mushroom, greens, beans, organic gluten free toast, hash browns). I was incredibly impressed by the aesthetic presentation of the brunch. I've tried tofu on one occasion and was disappointed, but the scrambled tofu was surprisingly good, the tofu was lightly seasoned and flavoursome. The hash browns were more like sautéed potatoes, but equally delicious. The whole breakfast was a plate of deliciousness and I'm convinced I ate 5 out of my 5 a day. After a gorgeous vegan, organic, and gluten free breakfast, my cousin checked out the ferro rocher cheesecake which was rich, dark and nutty.

I would definitely visit Naturally Healthy Foods again, it's centrally located and a dining here is a fab way of eating great tasting nutritious and vegan meals.

Disclaimer: I was invited to review Naturally Healthy Food, all opinions are my own.
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