Medicine in a bowl!
This warming and soothing soup is packed with immune boosting goodness. Continuing last night's theme, this time;
4 cloves garlic added towards end of cooking
All fried in our antiviral friend coconut oil.
A few florets of another sulphurous and detoxifying veg, cauliflower were added for extra creaminess and then a whole bag of organic watercress (my fav!).
Cover with boiling water, pinch of sea salt, black pepper and a handful of Herbes de Provence which contains immune boosting thyme and rosemary.
20 mins to simmer, a quick blast with the whizzer and you have a gorgeous nourishing, healing soup.
Did you know that not only is watercress known for its high antioxidant and free radical fighting ability, it also contains more vitamin c than some citrus fruit?
#watercresssoup #foodasmedicine #comfort #glutenfree #dairyfree#cleaneating #realfood #nourishinginsights
Well I had to make something special to take to the hospital for my daughter and this little experiment has turned out very well!
For the sponge just mix ...
2 tbsp softened coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp raw honey
Then in separate bowl mix...
12oz almond flour (or ground almonds will do as I used today!)
2 tsp baking powder
Half tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients with 4oz coconut milk and mix together. Then pour into a lined baking tin. I used a heart shaped tin. Bake at 180c for around 20-25 mins. Allow to cool in tin a few minutes and be careful removing as a bit softer than a regular sponge.
Topping: allow a tin of coconut milk to set in fridge overnight and use the set part as a cream. Cover with berries or sliced strawberries as preferred.
I couldn't resist adding strawberries as needed to be a pink cake today to celebrate my beautiful granddaughter born in time for Valentine's Day!
#glutenfree #dairyfree #sugarfree #nourishinginsights #nutrition #inverurie#valentine
Paleo style loaf
This wonderful recipe for a #paleo style #glutenfree #dairyfree #sugarfree loaf is so easy to throw together and even easier to eat!! And the good news is... This high protein, good fat, nutrient dense recipe won't spike your blood sugar! Yay!
Just get yourself 150g of pecan nuts. Whizz them up to a flour in seconds in your food processor and add a tsp cinnamon, half tsp each of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartare.
Put wet ingredients into the processor separately: 4 eggs, 1 large banana, a tablespoon each of olive oil and raw honey.
Combine ingredients together and pour into a lined 2Ib loaf tin and cook at 180c for about 40 mins. (I left mine in slightly over as got distracted with the rugby yesterday until I smelt it in the oven!)
Enjoyed this with a nice cup of #antioxidantrich Darjeeling and as you can see couldn't resist a nibble before the photo! Oops!
#nourishinginsights #nutrition #treats #aberdeen #inverurie
Sweet and SAVORY pancakes
Mmmmmm! These are gorgeous. And the only ingredients are...
Gram flour and water!
All you do is mix equal parts of each in a jug and whisk to make a batter. Then pour enough to make a pancake into your frying pan over some ready heated coconut oil. Turn over when they start to bubble and brown and voila... Pancakes for savoury or sweet!
I made one as a pâté and mixed salad wrap and the other I enjoyed with half a lemon squeezed and a wee squirt of raw honey - joy!
Gram flour is made from chickpeas and is high in calcium, magnesium, folate and B6. It not only supports energy but also weight as it stabilises blood sugar as the high fibre slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream! This makes it the perfect choice for those who are gluten and dairy free but also those wanting to avoid the blood sugar spikes associated with wheat flours (even whole wheat!). It also tastes amazing!
Sunday night ritual.....
Bone broth lovingly prepared every Sunday night in this house and when you consider the health benefits of this extraordinary food you will understand why! When it comes to 'food as medicine' this one is unbeatable!
Nutrient dense and full of flavour, it provides us with collagen for our skin and also to heal a leaky gut so if you have food intolerances, this is a must for digestive health. It provides minerals for healthy bones and even glucosamine and chondroitin! It supports the immune system, fights inflammation.....I could go on. In short, this is something you want in your diet.
After eating your roast chicken, pick of all the last bits of meat and save in a bowl in the fridge for soups, stews, curry etc.
Place the carcass in the slow cooker (or could simmer for 4-5 hrs in a pan) and cover with a carrot, an onion, some peppercorns, few bay leaves and a splash of apple cider vinegar which improves extraction from the bones. Cover with water and leave on a low setting.
Now go to bed and in the morning you have the most wonderful chicken stock which you can drink straight from your stock pot as a beverage or use in soups etc.
In New York and London, you can buy a mug of this for around £7.....or you could just make your own for free!
#foodasmedicine #nourishinginsights #nutrition #delicious #nourishment
This is what I call 'what's left in the fridge' soup! Mainly parsnips which are nice and sweet and great for disguising the more bitter flavours of the greens! I bought my whizzer before my first baby was born so that I could make my own baby food. Still using the same one 26 years on! Soup is a fab way to get your 'five a day' often in one meal and is ideal for children as blitzing allows you to sneak in other veg.
Just fry an onion into a desert spoon of metabolism/immune boosting coconut oil, add your chopped veg, some stock to cover, handful of mixed herbs and 2-3 bay leaves, sea salt and black pepper.
Bring to boil and simmer for 20 mins. Then put your feet up and enjoy the heart-warming aromas in your kitchen! (That's what I did this morning with some relaxing music and a book) Remove bay leaves, blitz and serve.
Tip: always best to add a protein source eg leftover chicken, cup of lentils or butter beans as this will sustain you longer and help manage blood sugar. Adjust cooking time to suit if adding pulses. Butter beans, chickpeas etc can be bought ready cooked to save time.
#5aday #simple #nutrition #inverurie #aberdeenshire #weightmanagement#nourishinginsights #mindbodysoul
Thai style chicken curry
Looking for inspiration?
Well, I had some left over chicken and also had some veg, a tin of full fat coconut milk and a fancy for a Thai style chicken curry!
Fry up veg e.g., onions, carrots, peppers, celery, green beans, broccoli (or whatever you find in the fridge) in a desert spoonful of coconut oil.
Soften on low heat and add your tin of coconut milk.
Whizz up 4 garlic cloves, a thumbnail size of ginger and a chili.
Add your fresh spices along with ready cooked chicken and a couple of handfuls of spinach. (Plus fresh coriander if you have or dried if you don't)
And hey presto you have a delicious, nourishing meal in as many minutes as it takes to cook your veg!
Serve with brown rice, cauliflower rice or sweet potato as preferred. Sorted!
#thaicurry #saturdaynight #nutrition #nourishinginsights #fastfood#glutenfree #dairyfree #yum #leftovers
Who says fast food can't be healthy?!
This fabulous kedgeree was made in about 15 mins.
Whizz up a cauliflower as shown in the food processor for 1 minute to make cauliflower rice. Pop into steamer and leave on low gas for few mins.
Chop large onion, 12 mushrooms (great immune boosters) and a large courgette and fry in coconut oil for 5 mins. Throw on half a bag of spinach for extra folate and magnesium. Wilts in about 2 mins. Now just break up your ready cooked smoked mackerel and flake over your veg and add seasoning to taste.
Finally combine your steamed cauliflower rice with your fishy veg and while the flavours mingle, you've got time to pop a couple of eggs in to the water that is already boiling in your pan beneath the rice! How opportune! 2 minutes and your poached eggs are ready to adorn your fast simple and delicious kedgeree!
Tip: poached eggs cook better in a little apple cider vinegar and stay whole
#fastfood #delicious #glutenfree #dairyfree #weightloss #realfood #omega3#yum #hearthealthy #autoimmune
What to do when you have very little in the house and the roads are blocked due to flooding?! Make buckwheat waffles of course!
Easy recipe with equal parts buckwheat flour (naturally GF and packed with nutrients!) and water (a mug of each) plus 1 egg and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.
Simply whisk together ingredients and cook in a waffle maker or griddle/frying pan over some heated coconut oil. This recipe will provide 2 large waffles to share.
Harriette had some blackberries in the freezer so we heated them in a pan with a teaspoon of water and a dash of honey at the end.
#glutenfree #dairyfree #foodintolerance #Nutritionaltherapy #Nourishinginsights #comfortfood
Socca for breakfast
I always have a hearty breakfast to get me firing on all four. But today I had a special treat! I've spoken before about the benefits of gram flour (made from chickpeas and high in fibre, protein and nutrients!) as it is very nourishing and keeps our blood sugar stable.
This particular dish couldn't be simpler. It is basically a pancake whose origin is in the South Of France in the beautiful city of Nice! It is known in Nice as Socca and is served as a starter or aperitif hot from the oven. It's often served alone to tear up and share but sometimes comes with olives and anchovies. It is also served with salads and makes an ideal wrap in place of less nourishing bread alternatives.
I had mine with a little chicken and lots of watercress.
Equal parts gram flour and water. I used a small teacup of flour and equal amount of water. (you can vary ratios depending how thick or thin you like) and this amount was enough for 3 pancakes so you could half it if you are just making for yourself.
In France it's usually baked in the oven but can be fried in a little coconut oil which is what I did for speed. I have to say it tastes absolutely wonderful and one pancake is all you need. If you find you make too many, just put one in the fridge to have later as a wrap.
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