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Nothing better than a warm bowl of soup to nourish the soul. I haven’t made mushroom soup for years but I’ll definitely be making it again. This was so delicious, rich and creamy!
The humble mushroom is packed full of goodness. They’re full of B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.
And white button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D, making them a perfect veg to add to your diet in the winter months when we could all do with some extra vitamin D!
To make this soup simply saute one diced onion and one clove of garlic for 5 mins, add 500g of mushrooms, a couple of frozen cauliflower florets if you have them to make the soup nice and creamy, some thyme or parsley and veg stock. That’s it! Simmer for about 20 mins or longer if you can to really marinade the flavours. Blend up and enjoy! .
#soup #midweekmeals #mushrooms
Crunchy crunchy granola! I love granola especially served with a big dollop of full fat Greek yoghurt. But anyone else find the shop bought stuff too sweet? This recipe is super easy to make, tastes so good, is much cheaper and you can vary the ingredients and sweetness depending on your taste buds. I made this for us to enjoy at the weekend but it’s been great for a quick work and school morning breakfast this week. It also made a great snack to take out and about with us over the weekend.
It’s the kind of recipe you can improvise with and make your own but this makes a good base:
250g rolled oats, 15Og mixed nuts roughly chopped, 100g dried fruit, (I used a mix of cranberries and dried apricots), 100g seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds), 2 handfuls of raw coconut chips (optional), 2 tbsp dessicated coconut (optional but I had some in the cupboard) 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, zest of one orange and a squeeze of its juice and 4 tablespoons of maple syrup or brown rice syrup. Add a generous tablespoon of melted coconut butter to the ingredients and give a good mix around, pour into a roasting tray and roast in the oven on 160 for approx 20-25 minutes.
Leave to cool and sprinkle over some yoghurt and berries for a delicious nutty crunch. .
#crunch #breakfast #granola
This is one of my favourite ways to eat - a big sharing board full of different flavours and textures to nibble and pick from.
The perfect easy night meal after a big lunch out celebrating Tom’s birthday. 🎉🎂
It’s so much fun to pull together, looks so pretty and is great popped in the middle of the table for everyone to pick and choose from.
This board included a mixture of veg sticks, hummus, walnuts, dried apricots, apple, the most delicious sourdough crisp breads and a selection of cheese, including my favourite Manchego and some Parma ham for the birthday boy.
Saturday night easy feasting at its best! 😋
#sharingboard #easyfood #birthday
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away!’
We’ve been enjoying our neighbours Bramley apple harvest over the last few weeks, lightly stewing them with some cinnamon and serving on top of our morning porridge, with full fat natural yoghurt and walnuts and as part of a crumble to top of a Sunday roast.
I’ve also popped a load of portions of stewed apples in the freezer so we can keep enjoying this yummy fruit when our harvest runs out.
The humble apple is one of the most consumed fruits in the UK and is a little nutritional powerhouse. They’re rich in antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fibre and are great for gut health too! What’s your favourite to enjoy this super fruit?
#apples #autumn #harvest
I’m away tomorrow night with work so we celebrated fireworks night last night at home with this delicious vegetarian chilli eaten sat around the fire pit, with sparklers and fireworks in the garden. ⭐️🔥🎉
I love eating outside under the stars and this vegetarian chilli (inspired by @jamieoliver) was the perfect dish to enjoy cosied up by the fire. Packed full of veg and plant based protein from the pulses, it was super comforting and nourishing.
It got big thumbs up from Tom too who is a big carnivore.
To make I chopped some sweet potato into bite size chunks, sprinkled with cinnamon and cumin and salt and pepper and roasted for 25 minutes. Meanwhile I sautéed a chopped onion and some garlic with cinnamon and cumin for about 5-10 mins and then added some chopped carrots and red pepper and sautéed for another 5 minutes. I then added two tins of chopped tomatoes (I love Cirro for their rich flavour) and a tin of black beans and a tin of kidney beans and simmered for about 30 minutes.
Toward the end I added the roasted sweet potato and some fresh coriander including the stalks and then served up on to buttery jacket potatoes. I added some cayenne to mine and Tom’s when serving to add a fiery kick!
Definitely a recipe we’re going to have again and is a great one to batch cook. What’s your favourite fireworks night feast? .
#fireworks #chilli #comfortfood
Breathing. It’s highly underrated. It’s up there with sleep as a cornerstone to wellbeing. And when I say breathing I don’t mean the breathing we do without even thinking about it I mean that lovely long, deep intentional breathing. Give it a go....In for 4, hold for 6, out for 8, repeat.
Practicing a regular, mindful breathing exercise can be calming and energising and is a great tool for helping with stress related health problems too ranging from panic attack’s to digestive orders.
Give it a go, it’s free, no equipment needed and will make you feel a whole lot calmer. ✨
#breathe #relax #simplethings
Happy Halloween! 🎃👻We kicked the day off with a healthy Halloweeny breakfast of Witches snot - green smoothie made with spinach, cucumber, avocado, apple and banana served with a portion of rats brains and witches warts - creamy porridge with blueberries and chia seeds. Who knew snot and rats brain were
so good for you! 🎃👻
#halloween #halloweenfood #foodisfun
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! They’re a really nutrient dense food; rich well in vitamins and minerals and high in fibre and that lovely orange colour comes from the antioxidant beta carotene which helps support our immune systems.
I used the flesh from our carved pumpkin (full credit to Tom for the carving) to make a lovely creamy tomato soup.
Sauté an onion for 5 mins then add 2 x sliced carrots, 1 x red pepper, the flesh from one small pumpkin, a tin of chopped tomatoes and approx 500ml of stock. Simmer for 30 mins and then blend and enjoy!! If you don’t have any pumpkin just replace it with either sweet potato or butternut squash. The squash mellows and sweetens the tomato flavour and makes a lovely creamy soup.
The seeds make a fab snack too. Simply give a wash, dry and pop in a roasting tray, drizzle in olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and gently roast on 160 for about 30 mins.
It’s nearly Halloween!! 🎃👻🍁
#meatlessmonday #pumpkin #soup
Nothing like some fresh sea air to blow the cobs webs away and get perspective.
Especially when it’s cold but the sun is shining and you’re all wrapped up in hats and scarf. This makes me so happy! 😍🌊☀️
#simplethings #suffolkcoast #nature
I love making soup this time of year, it’s so warming and comforting. And this is one of my favourite recipes; roasted parsnip and cauliflower. Doesn’t look that exciting but it’s soooo good and so simple to make. It’s a lovely, rich creamy soup with....no dairy!
Simply prepare and roast a clove of garlic, an onion, 3 parsnips, and 1/4 head of cauliflower with some smoked paprika and thyme for 30 minutes on 170. When cooked, pop everything into a saucepan and cover with stock, bring to the boil and simmer for a few mins. Blend and enjoy a rich creamy bowl of deliciousness. The cauliflower gives the soup a lovely creamy taste and velvety texture and the parsnips add a lovely earthy sweetness.
Roasting really brings out the flavour of the veg too.
Perfect served with some crusty bread!
#soup #autumn #comfortfood
One of my favourite quick and easy go to meals today! Roasted kale, sweet potato, beetroot, chick peas and a drizzle of tahini. Loads of lovely root vegetables which are great to enjoy this time of year and some lovely plant based protein from the chickpeas and tahini sauce makes this a colourful and really filling meal.
Pop the oven on at 180, drain and rinse the chickpeas, drizzle in olive oil and a pinch of smoked paprika, salt and pepper and pop in a large roasting pan in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel and chop the sweet potato and prepare the beetroot (I used precooked) and tahini sauce. After 10 mins add the sweet potato and beetroot and another drizzle of olive to to the pan with the chick peas and put back in the oven for 20 mins. After 20 mins add the kale and massage in some more olive oil and salt and pepper into the leaves. Turn the temperature down to 170 and roast for another 10 mins. To make the tahini sauce, just take a teaspoon of tahini, and a splash of water and squeeze of lemon, mix together to make a saucey consistency.
When every thing is nicely roasted and the chick peas and kale have a bit of crunch to them dish up into a bowl and drizzle with the tahini sauce.
A one pot wonder at its best! .
#plantbased #eatarainbow #onepotmeal
I’m loving green smoothies at the moment. Just look at all that green! So vibrant and rich, packed full of chlorophyll and plant power. Chlorophyll (the green!) helps to replenish and renew red blood cells, rejuvenating the body. And loaded with phyto nutrients ‘greens’ are great to help boost the immune system.
My new favourite combo is 300ml water, handful of spinach, 1/4 avocado, chunk of cucumber, a big old chunk of fennel, a banana and some ginger. I also add chia and pumpkin seeds once blended for added protein and crunch!
The avocado and banana make this a lovely creamy smoothie and the fennel and ginger add some zest and heat. I love adding ginger to smoothies especially during the colder months for some added fire to warm the body.
Whizzing up a smoothie like this is one way I practise self care on a morning - nourishing my body for the day ahead before it all goes crazy.
#drinkyourgreens #greensmoothie #nourish #iin #iinhealthcoach #green
I’ve had one of those weeks where my brain feels fried from work and life. Today is my day off with little Sophia so I made a commitment to myself to take it back to basics and do the things that nourish me. So we baked some homemade spelt soda bread, made a veg and lentil stew for tonight and had a walk and play in the beautiful autumnal sunshine at Beningborough gardens @nationaltrust. And when Sophia fell asleep in the car, I parked up and rather than checking work emails, closed my eyes and did some breathing. Simple things but so powerful.
Back to bread... inspired by the soda bread my mum made last week and how easy she said it was to make I decided to give it a go. It took about 45 minutes from start to finish, no lengthy kneading or proofing needed and it was so delicious. Isn’t there something so comforting about homemade bread?
We used spelt flour in this recipe. It’s an ancient whole grain and has a lovely nutty taste that I just love. I also find it easier to digest. We used: 170g of spelt flour, 170g organic self raising flour, 290g butter milk, 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate and a pinch of salt. Mix the flour and bicarbonate together and then add the other ingredients. Knead briefly, shape into a round and pop in the over on 200 for 30-40minutes. Serve whilst warm with lashings of salty butter. Does it get much better?
And now it’s time for a glass of red and some @lindt 78% dark chocolate 🍷🍫 Happy Friday!
What are your favourite ways to reset?
#workingmum #nourish #keepitsimple
I can’t get enough of these at the moment. Juicy medjool dates stuffed with crunchy walnuts. It’s a fudgy, nutty, juicy, crunchy taste sensation!
These little bites are packed full of goodness. Dates are high in fibre, potassium and magnesium and deliver a power punch of energy. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and are a super plant source of omega 3’s. Simply cut the medjool dates in half and stuff with walnuts.
Et voila! .
#walnuts #dates #snacks
When you need to breathe and find space, nature’s always got your back. ✨
#itsthesimplethings #nature #headspace
Happiness is...toasted sourdough bread smothered in homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. Perfect to make and enjoy at home on a rainy Sunday. Chocolate in its finest form 👍😋 and absolutely devoured by us all.
This was hazelnuts roasted for 10 mins, skins brushed off and then blitzed in the blender to form a delicious hazelnut spread. Then some raw cacao powder, vanilla extract, dash maple syrup, dollop of coconut butter and pinch of salt added and whizzed again to make the most deliciously chocolatey and nutty spread. Perfect spread over anything or enjoyed straight out of the jar!
Cacao is packed full of antioxidants and is the highest plant-based source of iron known. It’s also a great source of scientifically proven ‘bliss’ chemicals associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Like other nuts, hazelnuts are rich in nutrients and have a high content of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals making this a chocolate spread that nourishes body and soul. ✨💕
Think Bella’s face says it all!
#bliss #chocolate #heaven
Nothing better than my mum’s home cooking to nourish the body, mind and soul at the end of a busy week. Today I was treated to a warm puy lentil, butternut squash, kale, goats cheese and parsley salad served with freshly home made soda bread. The kale and parsley were picked fresh from their garden this morning and tasted so fresh. Look at that lovely green colour, just bursting with goodness. Herbs are a great way to add flavour and add a nutritional boost to any meal. The humble parsley has long been used as a diuretic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent and is also claimed to be a great digestive soother. And it works so well with so many dishes. I’ve come home with some bunches from their garden that I’ll be chopping up and keeping in the freezer so that I always have some to hand. What are your favourite herbs?
Have a great weekend!
#mumsarethebest #homecooking #gardenharvest
Happy 2nd Birthday to our scrumptious baby girl Sophia. 💕✨What a beautiful soul you are. We’ve been celebrating at home this afternoon with family, homemade food, birthday cake and fizz. 🥂🎂 Feeling well and truly nourished. 💕✨💕✨
#daughter #birthday #heartandsoul
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