Thai Red Tofu Curry
This thai curry is so unique in that it has all the authentic flavours of a traditional thai red curry but with a Mediterranean twist. I decided to use vegetables that are traditionally used in one of my favourtie French Mediterranean dishes: Ratatouille! So I stuffed this curry with tomatoes, baby marrows, aubergines and green beans to celebrate all these amazing vegetables but paired it with all the exotic flavours of Thailand. Purists may want to kill me for this but in my opinion there is nothing like merging the flavours of two traditional cuisines to create a next level taste experience. This has become a staple recipe in my home as it is so simple and easy and keeps beautifully in the fridge for a good few days. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I have.
Detox Cabbage Soup
As a cruciferous vegetable, cabbage has so many health benefits: from suppressing cancer cell growth and lowering cancer risk to combating oxidative stress and providing a host of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fibre! Unfortunately though, most people just don't love eating their cabbage on a regular basis. This is where cabbage soup comes in: not only is it a great way to pack in the cruciferous veggies but it is the ultimate winter staple and super budget-friendly. Cabbage, along with the parsley, also have diuretic properties and together with the high fibre content, it means that this soup is perfect for combating water retention, bloating and constipation. It is so satisfying and nutritious but also low in calories so it is easy on the waistline and basically the ultimate "flat tummy" elixir.
Give it a try.
I rarely get sick, but when I do get the odd sniffle I prefer not to take any medications unless absolutely necessary. I love using foods in their natural form to boost my immune system and fight whatever bugs are getting me down. In particular, I think that the antimicrobial benefits of fresh garlic and ginger are exceptionally powerful but unless you love chewing on raw garlic, getting them in can be a struggle. That's why I came up with this immune-boosting salsa.
It perfectly combines the super potent anti-microbial effects of ginger, garlic and parsley with the immune boosting anti-oxidant Vitamin C (from the tomatoes, lime juice, and parsley). It also includes some turmeric which has anti-inflammatory benefits whilst the tahini and pepper help to enhance the absorption of the turmeric. Best of all, you will hardly notice that you're eating 4 whole cloves of raw garlic with this delicious salsa!
Chocolate Coconut Date Balls
What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than with some homemade healthy Chocolate Coconut Date Balls?
This is one of my favourite recipes as not only is it super healthy, high energy and nutrient dense but it is also quick and easy to make, keeps (almost) forever in the freezer and doesn’t require any complicated ingredients. Make a large batch and place them in a sealed bag in the freezer, when you feel the need for a sweet treat, just pop one or two out the bag and enjoy!
Best of all they are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and of course vegan!
Cashew Yoghurt Tzatziki
This recipe includes one of my all time favourite dairy alternatives: Cashew yoghurt. This yoghurt is made with live probiotic cultures so it is a great way to improve gut health and immunity. In addition, cashews are super high in healthy fats and minerals like iron and zinc.
I love making my cashew yoghurt into a creamy savoury tzatziki dip and then add it as a condiment to my hot bean dishes, rice, salads (it makes for a great salad dressing) or use it as a spread on wholegrain crackers or toast or as a dip for raw veggies. It also makes a wonderful sauce for falafel along with some hummus and tahini. But best of all, I often serve this at dinner parties and nobody ever knows that it's not the "real" dairy version.
Pina Colada Smoothie
Everybody loves a good summer time cocktail, however most cocktails are full of sugar and empty calories while providing little nutrition. That is why I created this fabulous Pina Colada Smoothie recipe. It has all the flavour of one of my all-time favourite cocktails, but with no added sugar and tons of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes from all the fruits and coconut water. The ground flax seeds add a good dose of Omega 3 essential fatty acids and beneficial plant fibres which will help to keep your gut and immune system healthy.
Simple Kale Salad
If you are anything like I used to be, the thought of eating raw kale in a salad might be completely intimidating to you. I have always loved my greens but for some reason I took years to wrap my head around eating raw kale... until I came up with this recipe. This recipe is so simple and quick that it has become a week-night favourite in my home and I often make it on a Sunday as part of my weekly meal prep as it keeps brilliantly in the fridge for about 4-5 days. The trick to making a good kale salad is to massage the kale in order to tenderize it or else it is quite tough and course. This kale salad recipe is a perfect way to learn how to tenderize kale in a few minutes plus it has loads of fibre, Vitamin K and highly absorbable calcium so eat up.