Recipes

Carrot & Coriander Soup with Ginger & Tumeric

Tumeric and ginger are SO good for us and they also make this traditional carrot & coriander soup warming and delicious.

Ingredients

4 medium carrots

1 small potato

1 small onion

1 large garlic clove

1/4 bunch of coriander (incl. stalks)

2 inch piece of ginger

2 teaspoons tumeric

1 veggie stock cube

salt & pepper

 

Method

  1. Finely chop the onion and ginger then add to a pan on medium heat. Crush the garlic into the pan too and add a little cooking oil. Add the tumeric and a little slat and pepper. Stir well.
  2. Slice carrots and potatoes into cubes. Finely chop coriander
  3. When the garlic and onion has softened add the carrots and potatoes to the pan. Also add the coriander stalks. Maybe add a little water to prevent sticking. Stir well and fry for 2 minutes
  4. Cover the carrot & potato mixture with boiling water and crumble in the stock cube. Mix well.
  5. Boil for 10-15 minutes adding more water as necessary.
  6. Make sure veg is all very soft. Then add remaining coriander and blitz with a hand blender.
  7. Enjoy with toast 🙂
Recipes

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Here’s another handy tip that works great for this curry recipe. I just discovered it recently purely through curiosity in the kitchen – you can crush ginger in a garlic crusher… no really it works like a dream and then you get that fresh zingy flavour with so much less effort 🙂

I was really kindly given a copy of Happy Vegan by Fearne Cotton by a lovely lady in my classes and this is 100% inspired by her recipes… mixing chopped tomatoes and coconut milk has been a total revelation for me!

Ingredients:

½ a medium butternut squash

1 small onion

250g frozen chopped spinach

1 tin chickpeas

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tin coconut milk

2 teaspoon garam masala

2 teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoon turmeric

1 red chilli

2 gloves of crushed garlic

1 thumb sized piece of crushed ginger

1 teaspoon miso paste

Dash of soy sauce

1 veggie stock cube (Knorr is vegan… apparently some aren’t)

Veg oil for frying

Method:

  1. Peel the squash and dice it into 2cm chunks. Roast in a tray with some oil and salt for 20 -30 minutes until soft with some caramelisation on the edges, stirring about half way through.
  2. Microwave the frozen spinach for 5 minutes and drain of excess water.
  3. While the squash cooks dice the onion finely and fry with cumin, turmeric, garlic and ginger until the spices are fragrant and the onion is soft. Chop the chilli into small pieces and add the mixture. Add the miso paste.
  4. Drain the chickpeas and add them to the pan. Fry for a further minute or two.
  5. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and the tin of coconut milk. Bring the boil
  6. When boiling break up and add the stock cube, then stir through.
  7. Bring the heat down and keep the curry simmering
  8. Add the dash of soy sauce.
  9. When the squash is ready add it to the mixture and stir through
  10. Serve with naan bread or rice… and perhaps a dollop of yoghurt (soy if you want to keep it vegan).

 

Recipes

Carrot & Apple Spiced Pies

Ingredients (makes 12):

1 smallish carrot

2 large apples

75g dried cranberries

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon and one desert spoon of agave syrup (maybe a little more depending on your sweet tooth)

50-80g cashew nuts

50g pumpkin seeds

1 pre-rolled pastry sheet (unless you are less lazy than me and make your own)

 

Equipment: Food processor*, cupcake tray 

*you could grate the carrot & apple, and buy crushed nuts if you don’t have a processor

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Using a food processor or grater blitz the carrot & apples.
  3. Add the carrots & apples to a saucepan with a little water, the nutmeg & the cinnamon. Cook until softened (about 5 minutes mid heat)
  4. Add the cranberries & agave to the apple & carrot mix and stir
  5. Unroll the pastry. Using a round cutter or top of a large glass make round pastry circles and place them into the cupcake tray
  6. Spoon carrot & apple mix into the pastry cases
  7. Put the tray in the oven and cook for 10 minutes
  8. While cooking blitz 50-80g of cashews (depending on how nuts you want to go) & then mix with 50g pumpkin seeds. Add a desert spoon of agave syrup to sweeten.
  9. Take the tray out of the oven, add the cashew & pumpkin crust, cook for a further 5 minutes (be careful the topping can burn! If the pastry doesn’t look at all cooked at this point you may want to cook them another few minutes before adding the crumb).
  10. Let cool a bit before enjoying (perhaps with a herbal tea 😊 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wild Rice Salad

I don’t normally like rice that much, it’s always been one of those things I just can’t cook right and it goes gloopy… but this I love it’s really crunchy, fresh & zesty with lime. Also, although the rice took 45 mins to cook, the actual work is SO minimal.

Ingredients:

125g Wild Rice

1/2 pointed red pepper

1 red onion (homegrown if available)

1/2 apple (from the neighbour’s garden if in season!)

1/2 tin of unsweetened sweetcorn

1/2 tin of black eyed beans

2 limes

1/2 garlic clove

50g pumpkin seeds

1 chilli

A handful of mint

A teaspoon of White Wine Vinegar

Salt & pepper

Method:

  1. Simmer the rice for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Finely chop the red onion and dice the red pepper and the apple.
  3. Drain the sweetcorn and black-eyed beans and mix them in with red onion, apple and pepper.
  4. Squeeze the limes over the veg mix.
  5. Chop & add the chilli
  6. Crush the garlic and add to the mixture
  7. Finely chop and mix through the mint.
  8. Mix in the pumpkin seeds.
  9. Add the white wine vinegar.
  10. When the rice is cooked and drained, allow it to cool and add it to the veg.
  11. Season to taste with salt & paper.
  12. Maybe enjoy with a spicy homemade guacamole… because delicious & still vegan.
Yoga blog

7 Tips for Setting up a Daily Meditation Practice

Set aside a time to meditate

Meditation is great in the morning, although equally it can help people get off to sleep. Personally, I like to meditate in the afternoon to avoid the slump and feel rejuvenated. We’re all busy and we have commitments to family, work, friends etc. etc. so choose a time that works for you and stick with it.

 

Make a place where you feel safe and will be undisturbed

We can’t all build yurts in the garden, but if you have a busy house go into your bedroom and shut the door. Be comfortable. You could use a cushion or stack of blankets to sit on, or lie down on the floor or the bed. Make your own little ritual around getting comfortable, it will trigger your mind to relax and make the meditation easier over time.

 

Ensure that you are comfortable (at least at first)

At first it can feel like your mind and body are fighting against the meditation. As soon as you close your eyes your nose itches or you start thinking about what to cook for dinner. That’s normal, don’t beat yourself up about it. But learning to sit with a moderate amount of discomfort is really valuable. In life we can’t always be comfortable, sometimes our muscles might ache from being used, or our joints might ache from wear and tear. Coping with small amounts of pain and discomfort is part of life. And the same goes for mental pain, we can’t be happy all the time and things will sometimes not go the way we want them to. When you get started with meditation sit or lie down and be comfortable, but then start to challenge yourself – try sitting crossed legged without moving. If you feel an itch don’t immediately scratch it, if there’s some slight noise in the background don’t flick your eyes open. Sit with those feelings telling you to stop and move beyond them.

 

 

Use resources to help you

Well you’ve read this far into the guide so that’s a great start using resources!! And this is really the tip of the iceberg, there are loads of books and websites with advice (please see the resources section of the guide). Different strategies work for different people so hunt around and find what works for you.

 

Connect with others trying to add this into their lifestyle

I’d love to hear how your meditation journey is progressing and for us all to bond and connect, working towards being happier, healthier individuals. So why not join my Facebook group and keep in touch. You can also use the #hollysbreathingspacemeditation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And why not start a little meditation circle with your family or friends?

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a day

We’re human and we’re busy. Adding meditation to your life shouldn’t be a chore like taking the bins out. If you missed your time one day because any number of things intervened (or even just because that day you really did not feel like you could be present in that moment and it just didn’t happen for you) that’s ok. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

 

Do come back to it if you miss day

Don’t be hard on yourself, but do come back to it. Building a new habit takes time and effort, but it’s so worthwhile. Get in touch with others to help keep you motivated. Think about why you wanted to start this in the first place. And be thankful for whatever progress and positive change you’ve already seen in your life since starting.

 

Enjoy your meditation journey. If you have any questions or want to share you experiences with me, please do!