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Eating Vegan is healthy? right?

vegan Oct 09, 2020

Tell people that you are vegan and they assume that you are super healthy, existing on a diet of mung beans, sprouts and kale...

However, it's easy to eat just as badly following a vegan diet as that of your average westerner - think fast food, takeaways, ready meals, snacks with a 2 year shelf life...  this is mostly because of the intention behind the decision to eat this way.    Many people choose to follow a vegan diet for economic and ethical reasons (to save the planet or...

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Nourishing Your Teenage Skin From Within

health Oct 02, 2020

Acne can be a horrible condition for those suffering from it, particularly if it doesn't seem to be getting better.

Let's face it, being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with unpredictable skin blemishes.  Puberty unleashes a volatile cocktail of hormones on the body and acne is one of the many issues you may be dealing with.

 Technical jargon alert!   Acne begins where the sebaceous gland and the hair follicle connect, known as the pilosebaceous unit....

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Cacao Bliss Balls Recipe

recipe snackrecipe Sep 29, 2020

Ingredients: makes at least 10

250g cashew nuts

250g desiccated coconut

250g pitted dates

brown rice syrup (sometimes called malt rice syrup) or other sweetener

125g raw cacao

 

 

Method:

Blitz the cashews in a food processor until you get even crumbs

Add the coconut and do the same.

Add the dates and blitz until broken down.

Add the cacao and salt and blitz again.

Add rice syrup a bit at a time, start with 2 tbsp then blitz and check the consistency - it should hold together in...

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Vegan Bean Burger Recipe

recipe vegan Aug 09, 2020

1 tin black beans

250g cooked brown rice (use a pack of pre-cooked rice as a shortcut)

half onion finely chopped 

1 tbsp flour (any kind, I use brown rice flour)

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp garlic powder

half tsp salt

Fresh chopped herbs like Coriander/Parsley (optional)

Fresh chopped Chilli (optional, if you like it spicy)

 

Method:

In a food processor add the rice, onion, flour and spices and blitz until fairly smooth.

Add optional herbs and drained black beans,...

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Elevated Chocolate Adventures in Bali

chocolate love's kitchen Mar 06, 2020
Three days in Bali was unfortunately not long enough to visit all the foodie places on my wishlist, however, I did manage to visit number one on my list! which was Elevated Cacao in Ubud.
 
Elevated Cacao caught my eye on Instagram a while back, I have an interest in raw vegan chocolate and just loved what they were doing. I contacted Paul (pictured) and was invited to pop in to see the operation. I was expecting an enormous factory setting, how wrong I was! They are based in an...
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Cooking in Bali

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2020
When I was invited on a trip to Bali, I was beyond excited. I've never travelled to that part of the world before, the furthest I've been is Morocco or America.
 
The trip was a short one, just a few days - a long way to go for a few days some people said to me... well I didn't care, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up, particularly as I was travelling with someone who knew the area well and had arranged for me to cook with some locals.
 
 
Bali was everything I...
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Cocktail Blini Pancake Recipe

guthealth recipe Jan 15, 2020
Ingredients:
Makes at least 20
 
150g Flour (any kind, self-raising gives thicker blinis)
1 egg / 1 Chia Egg*
150ml milk (any kind)
Olive or coconut oil (I use a light olive oil spray)
 
* 1 Chia Egg = 1 tbsp Chia Seeds mixed with 2.5 tbsp water and leave for 10 minutes til thickened.
 
Method: 
Mix the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk (you can use a hand mixer too), until combined.  You want a yogurt like consistency.
 
Rub a little...
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Butternut Waffles Recipe

recipe Jan 06, 2020
Serves 4
50ml milk of choice
2 large eggs (or 2 Chia eggs if you are plant-based*)
400g cooked butternut squash, mashed or blitzed in a food processor
120g Flour of choice (gf or spelt etc)
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
olive oil spray for cooking
 
* a chia egg = 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 2.5 Tbsp water, mix together and leave for 10 minutes to turn thick - you can use seeds or ground.
 
Method:
Start with the squash which needs to be cooked and...
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Salted Caramel Slice Recipe (Vegan)

recipe snackrecipe Dec 29, 2019
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup or similar
1 tsp sea salt
60g Vegan Dark Chocolate
 
Method:
Whizz all ingredients in the food processor until it resembles crumbs of equal size.
 
Empty mixture onto a sheet of baking paper or foil and roll up like a sausage. Refrigerate while you melt about 60g chocolate.
 
Pour the melted chocolate on to the top of the sausage shaped mixture and...
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Greek Style Pasta Salad Recipe

recipe Dec 12, 2019
Cooked cooled wholewheat (or brown rice/chickpea) pasta (between 200-500g)
Chopped onion (red onion or spring onion)
Tomatoes (large or cherry, chopped or sliced)
A whole cucumber, chopped
Feta cubed or crumbled / Vegan Koko Greek style cheese
Tinned Chickpeas or cannellini beans (optional)
Handful chopped herbs (flat leaf parsley, mint, basil etc)
Chopped olives and capers (optional)
Diced peppers (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
 
Method:
Less...
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