Quinoa porridge with berries and pomegranate seeds

I started the HonestlyHealthy 5 day cleanse today out of curiosity. I love their cookbook so I thought I'd give this a try. First up this morning was the superfood packed quinoa porridge (top quality plant protein) with macadamia nut milk and raspberries (rich source of vit C) , goji berries ( studies show these to be good for your eyesight) and pomegranate seeds (antioxidant & reduce risk of heart disease).

Summer Salad & Broad bean, pea and mint hummus

A tasty salad rich in folate and B vitamins (from broad beans) which are good for your energy, brain and blood. Peas are packed with vitamin C and the antioxidant lutein which is good for your eyesight. 

It’s broad bean season and a large bag of them arrived with my veg delivery today. I absolutely love them so look forward to this time of year when they are in season. Wanting to use them all up and make the most of them I made two things today. A summer salad of broad beans, peas and herbs and a broad bean, pea and mint hummus. Both recipes are below.

SUMMER SALAD 

INGREDIENTS :

  • Some baby carrots
  • Handful of broad beans
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • handful of peas (fresh or frozen)
  • small handful of mint
  • small bunch of chives
  • small handful of parsley
  • few handfuls of rocket/rucula leaves

For the vinaigrette : 

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 good tsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 heaped tsp of raw cane sugar
  • good pinch of sea salt
  • about 8 tablespoons of olive oil (judge this yourself as you mix it)
  • Whisk the ingredients together until smooth and emulsified 

HOW TO : 

Salad :

  • I roasted the carrots to get a caremalised taste from them
  • I boiled the peas and broad beans for a few minutes until tender
  • Chop and mix up a salad from the other ingredients then add the carrots and broad beans and peas to the plate. 

Broad bean and pea hummus 

Ingredients : 

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • large handful of cooked broad beans and 2 handfuls of cooked peas
  • Olive oil 
  • a few mint leaves
  • a few pinches of sea salt
  • lemon
  • tsp of tahini (optional) 

HOW TO : 

I didn’t really measure anything for this and just winged it so my best advice is to pop the dry ingredients and squeeze in the lemon in the mixer and slowly add olive oil whilst it’s mixing until you get a nice creamy smooth texture

 

Coriander pesto recipe

This pesto is packed with coriander which is full of antioxidants that help prevent ageing, it has also been shown to lower the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good one (HDL) from the various acids it contains.

Coriander Pesto 

  • 2 large handfuls of chopped coriander
  • 1 handful of hard cheese ( i used goats)
  • sprinkle of sunflower seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of salt
  • some olive oil (hemp oil also if you have it)
  • Whizz together

 

Strawberry & almond milkshake

I love this smoothie, it tastes so light and refreshing. Perfect for summer. Even better is the fact that strawberries have a really high content of vit C and flavonoids which help fight against cancer.

Strawberry & almond milkshake

  • Handful of strawberries
  • Almond milk ( I made mine fresh)  see recipe HERE
  • Squeeze of maple syrup  
  • Banana (optional) 

Celeriac & apple soup with parsley pesto

Celeriac is a vegetable I didn't know what to do with for a long time. It looks so uninviting at first but now I adore it in soups and mashed mixed with some mustard for added kick. The bonus is that it's a source of vit B6 which helps soothe your nerves after a stressful day.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 head of celeriac
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 leek
  • 1 - 2 apples (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1 litre of stock
  • bunch of thyme
  • garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley pesto to serve 
  • (optional - you can add in some sweet potatoes)

HOW TO : 

  • Chop and put all ingredients in a pot, season well
  • Simmer until the celeriac is soft then blend together 
  • Serve with the pesto and some nuts if you want added texture

FOR THE PARSLEY PESTO:

  • Large handful of flat parsley leaves, i’d say easily 100/150 grams
  • 100/150g of cheese ( i used a mature hard goats cheese )
  • 150/200ml of olive oil (or you can use rapeseed or hemp oil) Adjust to how oily you want it
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to season

 

Cacao & coconut balls

These are a big hit in my home and with friends. Then again I have a huge soft spot for dates and love to eat them as a sweet treat alternative. I love the toffee taste you get from them. More importantly I love that they contain more then 15 minerals including selenium which is linked to cancer prevention. Also they contain a good source of fibre that helps lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Chocolate, date and coconut power balls

  • 10 pitted dates
  • 50g cacao powder
  • 25g whole almonds (or pecans, walnuts etc)
  • 4 small cups of coconut flakes or desicated coconut
  • 30g maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of water 
  • Blend in the mixer then roll into balls and bake for 10mins at 180 degrees
  • *Adjust the ingredients to your taste 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These are amazing, I sometimes use almond butter as well which is equally as delicious. I always use raw cacao powder to make them as it has really high levels of antioxidants (to keep you looking young) and magnesium (good for your bones).

INGREDIENTS :

  • 100g raw cacao butter
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 75g Raw cacao powder
  • 150g organic crunchy peanut butter

HOW TO :

  • Melt the cacao butter gently in a bowl over the boiling water. 
  • When melted add the agave and cacao powder and mix 
  • fill the bottom and side of the paper cups
  • place in the freezer for 4 mins to harden
  • Fill the centre with peanut butter 
  • Cover the top with the rest of the chocolate
  • Place in freezer for 5 mins to set then keep in the fridge


Pesto and Goats cheese stuffed Aubergines

I'm always looking for any excuse to eat this delicious pesto. This is such a simple recipe to make too and something you could probably whip up for friends easily. They will love you for it! Even better you will be filling them with parsley which contains myristicin which studies have shown to inhibit tumour formation.

  • Roast thin slices of aubergine for about 15mins or until soft
  • Spread the pesto along the aubergine slices
  • Sprinkle on the cheese and roll, stick together with cocktail stick
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    FOR THE PARSLEY PESTO:

    • Large handful of flat parsley leaves, i’d say easily 100/150 grams
    • 100/150g of hard cheese ( i used a mature hard goats cheese )
    • 150/200ml of olive oil (or you can use half olive half/ hemp oil) Adjust to how oily you want it by adding it slowly til you get your desired consistency 
    • 1 crushed clove of garlic
    • handful of sunflower seeds or pine nuts. 
    • salt and pepper to season

     

     

    Cacao & Almond smoothie

    To give this smoothie some extra benefits I've added  carob powder (high in fibre and calcium), maca powder (dense in minerals and good for energy) and lacuma powder (source of iron and fibre). They all bring their own unique lovely flavours too. 

    INGREDIENTS :

    • 1 teaspoon carob powder
    • 1 teaspoon maca powder
    • 1 teaspoon lacuma powder
    • large heaped dessert spoon of cacao powder
    • good squirt of maple syrup
    • 1 banana
    • Almond milk

     

    Easy way to make fresh Almond milk

    I don't drink cow's milk so this was a simple and easy to make alternative with some great health benefits. Almonds contain vit E which is protective for your skin and works as an antioxidant in the body and prevents damage from free radicals. It's also a good source of the cancer-preventing mineral selenium.  

    HOW TO :

    • - Take two handfuls of Almonds
    • - Soak in 1 litre of water for 8 hours
    • - Pour everything into a mixer and blend
    • - Pour through a sieve to remove the smal hard pieces left
    • - Et voila… Almond milk made