When you need to recalibrate your body fast, look no further than veggie fast food – also known as ‘clearing the remains of your veg drawer’. Today’s recipe is jam-packed with omega 3 fatty acids, protein and minerals and is quick and easy to prepare. It also has no set parameters as you use what you’ve got at home so the world is your oyster. That’s the really practical aspect of eating mainly vegetables – it all works!
Food prep has to be fast and furious in my house (mainly because I’m ravenous at mealtimes), so I shred, spiralise and chop in minutes before making a quick dressing to pour over my creation. If you’ve got left over sweet potato, chick peas or lentils lurking in the fridge things go even swifter. The key here is not necessarily to follow my recipe but rather to use what you’ve got and be your own chef! Love fennel? Then use that. Colourful carrots or sweet romano peppers? Then use that instead. That’s how simple this vegetable malarkey really is. The ginger and sesame dressing is a favorite of mine but you can easily just use your own vinaigrette with Dijon mustard. Be creative. Be inventive. Be you.
Fast Food – Green Swede Style
1 sweet potato, cooked and cubed
1 handful spinach, wilted or raw
1 courgette (zucchini) spiralised
Generous pinch of wakame seaweed, soaked in warm water first
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1″ ginger, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 tsp miso paste
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp honey/maple syrup
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
1-2 tbsp water
Combine all vegetables, including seaweed and cooled sweet potatoes, in a large bowl. Add dressing ingredients into a bowl and use your stick mixer to blend all into a smooth paste. Adjust until you have desired consistency. Pour over mixed vegetables and sprinkle the seeds on top. Share if you dare – voila!
When I prepare breakfast smoothies for my children I’ve learned that the trick for immediate consumption is the use of colour – and green is not the colour of choice! Instead, using red or black berries of any variety gives the smoothie that required pink/purple wow factor needed for a thumbs up. Following easter’s sweet fest I felt they needed a much-needed boost of nutrition that did not come out of an easter egg. They just got over a pesky cold so I also wanted to make sure they got a big dose of vitamin C, coupled with some vegetable protein and important omega-3 fatty acids. Smoothies are good that way – you can put all kinds of goodies inside and no one will know!
Top tip! Until the season is here when berries start to grow locally again, buying frozen fruit (organic if possible) is a great way of always being five minutes away from a great smoothie.
Here is what went into this morning’s smoothie! (more…)
“If you are planning to fall off the gluten-free wagon, Germany is a good place to start”
Easter holidays are coming to an end which I dread and welcome in equal measure. Doing the daily school run for another term is daunting when you’ve got used to PJ’s until early afternoons and homework free evenings. But I also welcome the routine which keeps me on the straight and narrow when it comes to sleep and food/drink in particular. (more…)
The Japanese kitchen is one of my favorites and I love discovering new and healthy cafés which incorporates both Japan and health under one roof. Otabé in Putney is such a place and if you ever find yourself in South West London you should try it. Their Matcha Latte is divine as is their brown rice porridge. After my lovely big bowl of vegetable donburi (rice and vegetables) I decided to create one at home which reminded me of Otabé’s version as this is a dish I could seriously have daily. (more…)
Start the way you mean to go on. Old cliché maybe but in the past I have talked about the importance of rituals in my own life and how they may affect the way we carry ourself in the world. Beginnings are powerful as they give us a chance to start fresh and bring new intentions to the table. Finding your own ritual, one that works for your life situation, can be a challenge as we are all so busy. But pursue it, I urge you, as it can make a huge difference to how you feel, both mentally and physically. Rituals can include food and drink choices, exercise and relaxation that you do to be the best person you can be on a daily basis. (more…)
Happy Friday Everyone! We’ve had a solar eclipse over London today which was a bit of a non-event. Too much cloud and not much to be seen but quite exciting even so. Will have to wait until 2026 for the next one. (more…)
Looking for a quick pudding? Here it is. That this mix tastes as good as it does is just a testament to the ability of chocolate to make most things scrumptious. This is a truly HEALTHY pud too as it contains wonderful avocado (omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids, vitamin B, magnesium and zinc, raw cacao (anti-oxidant superstar), maple syrup (anti-oxidant, zinc) and potassium laden banana. It takes literary minutes to make (including scraping the sides which seems to accumulate some of the mousse) but just a word of caution – a little maple suryp goes a long way, just sayin… (more…)