How to simplify your life: Meal Planning

Meals at the table

Food, glourious food, it is life’s great pleasure! We love celebrating special moments with food and share meals with our loved once. That has not changed for decades.

When I think of my grandma, I clearly remember her spending most of her time between the allotment and the kitchen. The kitchen really was the heart of the home. She had an amazing ability to  trasfer her love and passion into fantastic, home made food! Now, while we still enjoy great quality food, our lives are a very diffrent. Faster paste and longer working hours prevent over 30% of British population from cooking , according to a recent study. Instead many reply on pre-prepared foods, ready meals, processed foods or take aways. Limited time can be a challange, however everyday cooking does not have to be complicated or overly time consuming! The simplest of dishes can be super delicious and can certainly be very nutricious.

Instead of using limited time as excuse not to cook, make the most of it by starting with meal planning! Continue reading “How to simplify your life: Meal Planning”

Crunchy Filo Samosa

Crunchy Wrap

This simple recipe is a great way of using leftover potatoes or any other excess vegetables you have available. Inspired by Indian samosas this lighter, baked version is full of Indian flavours and thanks to use of filo pastry deliciously crunchy. Perfect idea for quick lunch that the whole family will enjoy or a party snack.

Spices such as cumin and coriander are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Calcium rich chili busts your immunity and aids digestive health. It’s really worth spicing up your life!

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Aromatic Detox Bowl

Detox Bowl

It is particularly satisfying when out of very humble ingredients comes out a delicious dish that the whole family enjoys. It might not be the prettiest of dishes but this super quick and easy one pot feast is the perfect midweek family meal. Split Peas are great source of iron, magnesium and potassium. Red lentils provide additional thiamine and vitamin B6. Kale is a powerhouse of Vitamins A, B and C while turmeric adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Continue reading “Aromatic Detox Bowl”

Benefits of sustainable living

Sustainable Life

Living sustainability means putting our best efforts to protect the resources, minimize pollution and being conscious consumer. At the moment we overly exploit natural resources and continually reduce the ability of the environment to provide more of them for the future. There is no doubt that being more sustainable on every level is crucial, not an option anymore but absolute necessity.

Making the effort to live more sustainable not only benefits the planet but also can greatly benefit your personal health, well-being and your pocket!

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Most Delicious Falafel

Falafel and salad

I still remember this bursting with flavours, most amazing Falafel I have ever tastes while on paragliding holidays in Granada, Spain. Warm pita bread filled with mixture of fresh crunchy veg, salad and the perfect Falafel. Simply delicious! Ever since then I have been trying to re-create this taste in my homemade Falafel. Crunchy on the outside, soft and full of flavour on the inside. A bit crumbly, but only once you quash it. You have to try this recipe I developed, improved and tested many times! Still, can’t get enough of them!

Falafel is made of mixture of chickpeas, spices and herbs. Satisfying, nutritious, delicious. Chickpeas provide you with good source of protein and fiber and well as iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6.

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Matcha Coconut Balls

Matcha Balls

Matcha tea originates from East Asia and has been around for centuries. Now somewhat trendy around the rest of the world, for very good reasons indeed! This concentrated form of green tea with distinct umami flavour comes with great health benefits. 137 times more antioxidants than regular cup of green tea and a good source of vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It helps improve your metabolism, calms mind and relaxes the body.

Almonds are great source of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium plus vitamin E. It’s long list of benefits for such a small little treat and they are soooo easy to make!

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5 Myths about plant based diet

Plate of fruit

Scientists provides plenty of evidence suggesting that plant based diet can be long term and sustainable healthy choice. Science aside, what comes to your mind when you hear “plant based diet”? Too restrictive, complicated, expensive, boring…? Let’s take a look at the most common misconceptions I came across.

I’m hungry when I don’t have meat!

We know that whole plant based diet is very beneficial for your health, but can it be satisfying? Absolutely yes and it’s mainly due to fibre which most population is not getting enough off! Fibre is found in plants and to put it simply it is the “tough stuff ” that holds the plant together. Our body does not digest fibre well which helps slowing down the process of emptying our stomach making us feel fuller for longer. It also slows down release of glucose helping manage undesirable blood sugar spikes and related mood swings and cravings.

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5 Easy sustainable swaps worth considering

Tea Pouring

It is not at all difficult or expensive to be a bit more Eco friendly. While sustainable living principles are about re-using and re-purposing in fact you can save your budget and time! You don’t at all have to find an extra dosh, what you need to find is a consideration within you and will to break old habits.

Most people are aware how badly we have been managing our global waste. Most of us have understanding of the global waste issues, excessive amount of plastic covering acres of landfills . We hear that our oceans and marine life are struggling with shocking prediction for plastic to exceed the amount of fish in our seas by 2050. We might be aware of fast fashion issues and food waste around the world. All of us heard of global warming and pollution. We hear it and we feel shocked and horrified, it makes us worry. Many of us see the issue with our own eyes or experience the climate change. Continue reading “5 Easy sustainable swaps worth considering”

The art of fining life balance

Women cycling

Today, a bit of reflection about life. It turns out that motherhood and self – employment both comes with seemingly endless demands, it feels impossible to keep up, there never seems to be enough time or money and expectation always high. A feeling of failure and guilt is not unfamiliar to me. Work, family, friends, play, leisure, relaxation, caring for others and ourselves, social and political consciousness, environmental awareness, physical needs … there is just so many things we are having to juggle in life. Is it possible to find a balance and if so, how to do it? Balance surely means something different to each of us.

Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Continue reading “The art of fining life balance”

Homemade Oat Milk

Oat Milk

Shop bought oat milk can be quite pricey and comes with few more added ingredients than you bargained for. While this non dairy drink should only contain oats and water most oat drinks available in the shop contain sugar, stabilizers for even texture, preservatives for longer shelve life, oil, thickeners and emulsifiers for more creamy consistency.

To enjoy healthy dairy alternative keep it virgin by making it yourself! It’s super easy, it will save you a small fortune and takes less than 5min to make.
This milk alternative can be used for your morning bowl of cereal and delicious smoothies, can be added to your favorite hot drink or used for baking. Oats provide the additional fiber that we all need as well as iron and vitamin B6. Continue reading “Homemade Oat Milk”