‘ Store cupboard essentials’ porridge

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Ahhhh… so nice to be back home in London again. My off-piste eating excursions have been rather exceptional so I can’t wait to kick-start my good food habits anew.  Being on holiday is great but you never have your ‘stuff’ at the ready. All those extra curricular condiments and such like that you’ve collected over weeks and months and that you take for granted when you assemble/cook food at home. On holiday you have the choice to buy the whole lot again – or not in my case. I did it the local way instead and ate what was there and enjoyed it. Basta. Continue reading “‘ Store cupboard essentials’ porridge”

Children’s Breakfast Granola

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Here is a surefire winner in the breakfast department at our house. Home made granola. Yes, some batches are better received by the children than others but complaints are generally due to nuts/seeds not being ground up enough. Overall, it is a staple that we are all happy to eat daily. Add to it some creamy organic greek yoghurt and am happy knowing my kids have started their day with nutritious seeds, nuts, fats and gluten-free grains. It is also a fun thing to be making together on a rainy day. My daughter loves finding pretty jars for our granola that we can put ribbons onto and display (proudly) in the kitchen. Continue reading “Children’s Breakfast Granola”

Energy Bites

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Presented with a choice of sweet or savory, I’d go for savory every time. This penchant is probably reflected on the Green Swede blog where juice, salads and main courses dominate.  However, friends have asked me to feature more desserts as there are so many great new recipes for cakes and puddings that replace the traditional flour, sugar, egg combo with healthier alternatives that are actually good for you. Continue reading “Energy Bites”

Nutty Porridge

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Some days, only comfort food will do. After an alarmingly early morning wake up call to drop off my son at the coach for his school trip to France, I returned home ravenous. Perhaps it was the early morning darkness, the cold, damp air and slight trepidation that my eldest was going abroad without me? Whatever it was I needed stodge.

I don’t know about you but in my book there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of hot porridge. Growing up in Sweden, porridge WAS breakfast. These days I don’t put jam in the middle like I used to and I use almond milk instead of cows milk, but apart from that it still makes me feel that all is well in the world. And porridge can be bastardised to whatever mood you’re in –  some days I swap oats for brown rice or quinoa depending on what I feel like and what’s left in the fridge. But when I do use oats I tend to buy gluten-free flakes from the supermarket – I prefer to stay mainly gluten-free as it just seems to work better for me. Today’s recipe has lots of nuts and seeds included too – I love the feeling of getting through all the good stuff without really being aware of it. As most of it is ground up it just becomes part of the porridge. Here’s my Nutty Porridge recipe for you this Monday morning. Have a great day! X

Nutty Porridge:

Serves 1

1 cup gluten-free oat flakes

2 tbsp ground nuts + seeds (almond, brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)

1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 LARGE tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tbsp ground chia seeds

1 small apple, grated

3-4  walnuts

Flaked almonds

Cook porridge according to package instructions. When done stir in 1 large tablespoon of coconut oil until dissolved. Add the ground nuts and seeds, including the ground flax seeds and chia seeds (I keep a jar of ground nuts in cupboard – when it runs out I just re-grind more so that I’m always ready to add to smoothies or porridge). Grate an apple finely and add to the porridge mixture, top with milk (I use almond but do whichever you prefer), walnuts and flaked almonds. Top breakfast with all nutrients you need for the day ahead. X