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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Spicy Mango and Noodle Salad

Everything in this is raw apart from the noodles and it has so much TASTE! Just 20 minutes prep time… the perfect midweek dinner.

 

Ingredients:

1 large mango

1/2 red pepper

1/2 orange pepper

1/2 red onion

1 chunk of cucumber

100g mange tout

100g sugar snaps

1 big red chilli

1 spring onion

1 handful of cashews

1 small bunch of coriander

2 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 chunk of ginger

2 limes juiced

2 nests of vegan/vegetarian noodles depending on preference

 

 

Method:

  1. chop red onion, peppers, cucumber and mango into long strips. Cut mange tout and sugar snaps in half. Place all in a bowl.
  2. Cover the chopped veg with the juice of 2 limes, and the vinegar.
  3. Boil the noodles till soft and allow to cool.
  4. Chop the spring onion and cashews roughly. Chop the ginger and chilli finely. Chop the coriander roughly.
  5. Add the ginger, coriander and chilli to the veg mix.
  6. Combine the noodles and the veg mix.
  7. Serve in bowls covered with spring onion and cashew!Mango salad
Recipes

Goat’s Cheese & Roasted Veg Salad

Now the sun is out why not try this lovely summery salad. Perfect for eating outside with a glass of wine.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

125g soft goat’s cheese

1 yellow courgette (green will work too!)

1 red pepper

1 red onion

1/4 of an ice-berg lettuce

10-20 plum tomatoes

1 chunk of cucumber

2 steamed beetroots

2 tablespoon of caramelised red onion chutney

1 teaspoon of oil

Salt & Pepper

Salad dressing of your choice

Method:

  1. Chop up the courgette, onion and pepper. Place them on a baking tray and mix through the oil. Roast at 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes.
  2. Chop up the lettuce and place it into bowls. Also chop the cucumber, tomatoes and beetroots and add them to the bowl.
  3. Drizzle with your choice of dressing (or just a little olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar).
  4. Add the roasted vegetables when they’re ready (I like to add them warm).
  5. Dot the goat’s cheese around the bowl and then add small patches of caramelised onion chutney.
  6. Enjoy!

 

 

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Chickpea and Green Bean Salad

Serves 4 (2 if pretty hungry!)

I got back from climbing earlier and I just needed something tasty and quick which wouldn’t make me feel like I had undone all the good of exercising. This was it…

Ingredients:

250g Green beans

Half a red onion

1/4 jar of partially drained sun-dried tomatoes

1 can of chickpeas

1 can of cannellini beans

200g spinach

2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1/4 of a lemon

1 clove of garlic

Caper berries in brine

salt and pepper

Optional – corn tortillas

Method:

  1. If you want to add crispy tortillas to this recipe just pop them in the oven on about 200 degrees C to crisp up. Remember to take them out when they are crispy! (takes between 5-10 minutes depending on whether the oven is preheated and how strong it is).
  2. Chop the red onion finely and take the tops off the green beans. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes coarsely.
  3. Steam the green beans for a few minutes to your personal preference. I like to keep them with a bit of crunch!
  4. Drain and wash the chickpeas and Cannellini beans, then pour into a microwaveable bowl. Add the chopped red onion and sun-dried tomatoes (with the oil they come in). Add a crushed clove of garlic. Squeeze in the 1/4 lemon. Mix the paprika through
  5. Cover the mixture with the spinach. Microwave for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Mix thoroughly and serve topped with a couple of caper berries and the crispy tortillas 🙂 Enjoy!
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Date and Macadamia Truffles

Really fast and tasty. Someone in yoga class asked me if I was going to try and say they’re healthy… well they’re better than eating a processed chocolate bar 🙂

Makes about 20 truffles.

Ingredients:

50g Macadamia nuts

225g Soft pitted dates

100g dark chocolate (you can use milk, but the sweetness of the dates goes well with dark)

Method:

  1. Cut the dates roughly into halves or quarters.
  2. In a food processor blitz the Macadamia nuts, if you like a crunch of nuts keep them slightly bigger, if not blitz them more finely.
  3. Add the dates and blitz in pulses until it forms a sticky dough
  4. Roll the dough into roughly 20 small balls and put in the fridge
  5. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over boiled water.
  6. Roll the date balls in the chocolate and put on a board or tray covered in baking parchment. Pop them in the fridge for two hours.