Pasta Toppings

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A quick post for a healthy salad topping idea. Just a simple thing you can rustle up to add more nutrients to your meal with minimum effort. You also get a range of textures to add some crunch to your meal. Simply prepare the ingredients below and sprinkle over your salad. The cucumber is light and refreshing and provides the body with water and soluble fiber, being low in calories. Radish is a delicious root vegetable, which can spice up a meal as they sometimes have a peppery taste. Walnuts have so many health benefits but my favourite is the high source of phytochemicals that support brain function and health. Sesame seeds although small are a great source of nutrients that support optimal immune function, including iron, zinc, and copper.

Ingredients:

  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame seeds

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*Check your countries portion recommendations for optimal nutritional benefits.

Chickpea Cauliflower and Coconut Curry

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Today I have a delicious vegetable curry perfect for all the family. I’ve added a little brown sugar for sweetness, even though it isn’t traditional in a curry it really adds to the flavour. I’ve used dried chickpea’s which have been soaked overnight to aid in better digestion and also help with reducing the cooking time. Although the chickpeas were cooked for just over 25 minutes, they still had a bite to them but delicious nonetheless.

Recipe: Chickpea cauliflower and coconut curry (serves 2-3)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil

3 slices of red onion, diced

150g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

1/3 turmeric

Pinch of salt

½ tsp cumin

1/3 coriander

400ml coconut milk

1 tsp tomato puree

100g cauliflower, chopped

100g broccoli, chopped

1 leaf kale, shredded

½ tsp brown sugar

20g cashew nuts, toasted

1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Serve with rice or flatbread

Method

  • Prepare all of the ingredients above first. Remember to soak the chickpeas overnight so that they are easier to cook and be absorbed in the stomach. Cut a few slices of onion and then dice, wash and chop the vegetables and then lightly toast the cashew nuts and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and once hot, add the onion cooking for a few minutes. Drain the chickpeas and add to the pan, season the chickpeas with cumin, salt, turmeric and coriander.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and tomato puree then cover with a lid on a medium simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Next stir in the broccoli, cauliflower, kale and sugar, leave on a gentle simmer for 7-10 minutes depending on how soft you want the vegetables to be.
  • Once everything is fully done, sprinkle on the toasted cashew nuts and sesame seeds, then serve and enjoy.

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Seasoned Flatbread

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A quick post today featuring chickpea flour which is a fantastic source of protein, flatbread is also the perfect accompaniment for curries, sauces and anything else you can dip them into. Enjoy this lightly seasoned recipe which elevates your average flatbread.

Recipe: Seasoned flatbread (makes 3)

Ingredients

50g plain flour

50g chickpea flour

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of paprika

1/2 tsp dried herbs

50ml warm water

1/2 tsp oil

Method

  • Place the flours, salt, garlic, paprika and herbs in a bowl and combine.
  • Make a well in the middle and slowly pour the water in mixing with your fingers until it forms a dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, it may be slightly stiff because of the chickpea flour.
  • Leave to rest in a bowl covered for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces.
  • Roll out each piece into a circle and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until it puffs up slightly, repeat until they are all done and wrap in a tea towel to stay warm.

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Book Review: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today I’m sharing another review to end September as we arrive in October, the start of Black History Month!!

Book: The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl by Issa Rae.

This book is great, very funny and entertaining, it’s kind of like an autobiography mixed with a bit of fiction at the same time. Very easy to read and nicely written. I found some sections more interesting than others but overall a really great book. I think my favourite chapter’s are the ABG Guides, although quite stereotypical, it’s all very true and I imagine every black girl out there can relate to something written on the pages.

It’s also a book that I feel like many people would relate to specifically if you’ve got loads of siblings, didn’t have money for expensive things or had divorced parent’s, you might find that you’ve had similar experiences growing up. It’s also so nice to read a book written by a black woman who really draws from her life experiences about growing up and family values in a black house hold. I won’t spoil it too much because there’s so many great stories to read.

You should definitely check out the YouTube series: The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl as it’s hilarious and so well written. It’s about 7 years old but and definitely low budget but at the same time really entertaining which shows you don’t need loads of money to make a great series. Also, there’s a new season finale of Insecure coming out which I imagine will be just as good, based on the trailer!

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Peanut Butter Bites

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Just a quick post here today, with a few simple ingredients. I always enjoy using peanut butter because its my favourite spread and I thought I would try out coconut flour. These peanut butter bites are super smooth and have quite a strong coconut taste but it’s not too bad once you get used to it.

Peanut butter bites (makes 6)

Ingredients

50g peanut butter

1 egg

30g brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

15g coconut flour

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and take out a small baking tray.
  • Add everything to a bowl and mix very well.
  • Evenly spoon onto the tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and leave to cool down before eating.

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