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Tomatoes on a Toast

Didn’t really want to have a big meal but needed something tasty, easy and cheap for supper.

When I was a kid, we’d have “something” on toast. Spaghetti or beans on toast were our childhood staples. One of the dishes that I loved was tomatoes on toast.

We used to cook them by frying the tomatoes in oil and adding some sugar to sweeten them. Hmmm. Not exactly healthy.

So here is my new version.

Ingredients:
2-4 slices of whole wheat bread (we had some sourdough bread), per person.

Lots of tomatoes, chopped (min of 4-6 per person)

For the cooking liquid:

1 Tsp Veggie Stock Powder

1-2 Cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed/chopped

1 Cup of water

2 Tsp Tamari

2 Tsp Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 Tsp Dried Mixed Herbs or Herbs de Provence

2 Tsp Tomato Sauce (optional)

Sweetener – 2  Tsp Agave or Maple Syrup

Salt or Herbamare and Pepper

Garnish

2 Tsp Nutritional Yeast

2 Tsp Chopped Parsley

Method:

In a blender, food processor or using a stick/hand blender, whizz up the cooking liquid.

Place the liquid in a pan and bring to the boil, boil hard to reduce to about half the volume and to concentrate the flavours.  It should be getting thick and syrupy before you add the tomatoes.

Add the chopped tomatoes, simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile toast or griddle the bread.

Serve the tomatoes on the toast, and sprinkle over the nutritional yeast and the chopped parsley.

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Last taste of summer? Watermelon Smoothie

Ingredients

1/4 medium Watermelon, peeled
1 Lime, juiced
1 Orange. peeled
1 Nectarine
Handful of ice.

The recipe


Intro

Watermelon is such a refreshing and hydrating fruit. I love watermelon juice. It’s packed full of goodness. Take a look at: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

Decided to start my day with a light smoothie. The weather has turned cooler with morning mists and the leaves are starting to change colour, so this felt like the last taste of summer.

This makes 4 glasses.

The method

Peel and chop the watermelon and juice the lime. Stone and chop the nectarine. Peel the orange. Pop the prepared fruit into the blender.

If you have a high powered blender like a VitaMix. Add the ice. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve over ice if you did not include it.

It is so refreshing and a lovely start to the day. It also is a good pre workout drink. My trainer didn’t know what hit him!

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Pomegranate and walnut muesli

Ingredients

2 cups of Porridge Oats
2 Tblsp Flaxseed meal (optional)
1 pack of Pomegranate seeds or seeds from 1-2 pomegranates
1 x handful of walnut pieces
2 Tblsp of pitted prunes in apple juice
2-3 cups of Plant-Based Milk (I used Almond)

The recipe


Intro

Just fancied something a bit different for breakfast today before my workout. I do get in a rut eating the same old breakfast.

I had some ready prepared pomegranate seeds in the fridge and thought I’d use them.

So here is what I did:

The method

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Use more or less plant milk to your desired consistency.

The above quantities make about 4 portions. It will store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. You could add other fruits when serving such as chopped banana or grated apple. It will thicken up when stored as the oats will swell and absorb the plant milk so add some more or water when serving to get your desired consistency.

This is a good filling breakfast for summer and should give you a nice slow release of energy from the oats.

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My Go-To Breakfast, quick, filling and utterly delicious and keeps me full till lunch

Matcha Green Tea Breakfast Smoothie and matcha latte.

Ingredients

For the breakfast smoothie:
1 level tsp of Matcha Green Tea
1 tsp of ground flax seeds
1 tsp of sprouted Barley Grass (optional)
1 Banana (peeled)
1 tablespoon of Porridge Oats
1 cup of Plant Milk (ideally vanilla flavoured)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 handful of fresh spinach (or equivalent frozen)
Handful of ice cubes
1 tbl sp of Maple Syrup

The recipe


Intro

Matcha Green Tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants. We all hear today about superfoods and the benefits of them and how we should get our fill of antioxdants to off-set the oxidative stress that we all cope with everyday.

Matcha Green tea is a fine green powder made from the tips of the tea leaf. It is hideously expensive but you are paying for something that has one of the highest antioxidant or ORAC values.

For information on Matcha Green Tea and benefits follow this link

I find it quite a strong green tea, even for me who loves the stuff usually, so I thought I’d make it into an iced latte or a smoothie.

The method

To make the latte:

In a high-powered blender place 1 level tsp of matcha powder, 1-2 cups of any type of plant milk (preferably vanilla flavoured) add some vanilla extract, some maple syrup (approx tablespoon), a banana and some ice. Blend until snooth, rich and creamy.

For the breakfast smoothie:

If you have a high speed blender, place all the ingredients in and blitz until smooth.

In an ordinary blender or food processor – grind the oats and flax, add remaining ingredients (do not use frozen spinach or ice) blend. Serve over ice.

You can watch a video of this recipe here

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Red Rocket Fuel – A great start to your day

Ingredients


2-3 large beetroot – washed thoroughly and topped and tailed.
2 Limes (wash off any wax under warm water)
1 punnet of strawberries washed and hulled

The recipe


Intro

Please note – You need a juicer for this recipe.

This is a light smoothie that’s great as a pre workout drink or for a light breakfast on a day when you need energy.

It was hot and muggy last night and I had very broken and disturbed nights sleep. Having to face a personal trainer session first thing, I thought I’d better fortify myself with some good nutrition to kick-start my day.

If you aren’t keen on the earthy taste of beetroot, try organic ones. I find they are sweeter tasting. Clean thoroughly or peel. The strawberries give a really pleasant sweetness that reduces the earthy taste of the beetroot.

For 2 large glasses:

The method

Juice the beetroot, followed by the limes (no need to peel).

I wash the juicer through with some water to get all the goodness out, or add some water to the juice.

In a high powered blender blitz up the strawberries with the juice and a handful of ice.

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My Go-To Breakfast, quick, filling and utterly delicious and keeps me full till lunch

Breakfast Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 tbl sp of porridge oats
2 tsp of flaxseed meal
2 cups of plant milk (vanilla flavoured ideally)
1 banana
Vanilla extract – few drops if milk not vanilla flavoured
1 tbl sp of maple syrup (or use my apple and prune purée)
1-2 large handfuls of fresh spinach (or you can use frozen)
Handful of ice cubes

The recipe


Intro

This is my go to smoothie for a quick filling and healthy breakfast. I also make it before i work out. It is filling.

If you are not looking to lose weight you can add some peanut butter which gives a great rich caramel taste when blended – but the trade off is the calorie load. I do this when I need a treat but not on a regular basis. Meridian do a great no salt peanut butter, by the way.

Ideally you do need a high speed blender like a vita mix.

The method

Add plant milk oats and flax and blend on high. Then add all other ingredients and blend on high till smooth and the ice is completely incorporated. If you do not have a vita mix or blendtec do not add whole ice cubes as it may break your blender – just pour the smoothie over ice in the glass.

Makes 1 greedy serving or 2 normal servings.

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Basic (filling) Breakfast muesli

Ingredients


In a bowl mix:
2 cups of porridge Oats
2 Tbl sp of flaxseed meal
1 tbl sp if sunflower seeds (optional)
Add approx 3 cups of plant milk
Sweeten with apple and prune purée, (see recipe). Or date purée, maple syrup etc.

The recipe


Intro

Here’s a way to stay filled up until lunchtime, or good fuel an hour before a workout:

The method

Mix and refrigerate. (Keeps for up to 5 days).

I serve this with extra plant milk and some of the apple and prune purée over chopped banana or with mixed berries etc.

Here is a video of this recipe

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