Sweet Potato Soup with Chia & Linseed

You can’t beat a good soup and one packed with nutrients is even better. This creation combines wholesome sweet potato with healthy garlic and flavoursome onions. It is incredibly simple to prepare and can easily be done whilst you multi-task during a busy evening at home! The thyme is the secret weapon in this delicious soup and really brings a splash of extra flavour. Many people prefer to peel sweet potatoes before they use them in cooking but the skins are actually a fantastic source of nutrients such as fiber and potassium. So for this recipe I advise that you keep the skins on to get that extra dose of goodness into your meal! Add to that the amazing health benefits of chia seeds and linseeds  and you can’t go wrong. To make enough for two people, acquire the following ingredients.

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Two medium sized sweet potatoes

One large onion

Five cloves of garlic, finely sliced

A bunch of thyme

Two carrots

Two cups of vegetable stock

Chia seeds

Linseeds

Salt and pepper to taste

Coconut oil

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So to start, slice your onion and cut your sweet potatoes into manageable chunks. Then fry the onions and garlic in coconut oil over a medium heat. After two or three minutes add the sweet potato in too. Leave this to heat for ten or so minutes, remembering to stir every now and then to prevent anything from burning.

Next, take the bunch of thyme and finely chop it. It is more than likely that the thyme won’t get totally broken down during the blending process so the better you chop it now, the less time you will have to spend sieving later! You can also take this opportunity to chop the carrots.

sweet_potato_soup_chia_linseed_the_flexi_foodie3If your ten minutes has passed then you can move the garlic, onion and sweet potato into a large pot with two cups of water and two cups of vegetable stock. Add in the carrots and boil the pot for a further ten minutes, then reduce the heat to simmer. Leave it on a low heat for twenty minutes to really soften the sweet potato up before removing from the heat, chucking in the thyme and blitzing with the blender.

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Once you’ve got as fine a soup as you can manage, leave on a low heat for ten to fifteen minutes before passing through your sieve. Then simply serve into two bowls, garnish with chia seeds and linseeds before you enjoy!

Cabbage, Carrot & Flaxseed Coleslaw

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways to make coleslaw! Having a bowl of it as a side dish to a meal can really up the flavour of your meal but store bought varieties are often quite fatty. Making coleslaw yourself is a great way to keep the calories down and making a completely plant-based version that is devoid of dairy is perfect for keeping it healthy! It is not only delicious but also incredibly simple and you can easily rustle up a batch while your main meal is cooking. Although coleslaw is traditionally eaten with meat dishes, it is also delicious to have with pasta, pizza or even to mix in with a salad.

To make my recipe for two people you will need the following ingredients.

One cup of savoy cabbage

One cup of purple cabbage

One cup of carrots

One cup of mange tout

Two small red onions

One lemon

Olive oil

Raw honey

Flaxseeds

Salt & black pepper

Cabbage_Carrot_Flaxseed_ColeslawThe first thing you’ll need to do is wash and finely slice both cups of cabbage and the carrots. You can either do this by hand or with a food processor. Next finely slice the mange tout by hand and slice your red onions. Simply put all of these ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

Cabbage_Carrot_Flaxseed_ColeslawNext, take another bowl and squeeze the juice of your lemon into it. Add to that four tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of both salt and black pepper. Now is the time to mix in one tablespoon of raw honey before whisking together really well until it becomes creamy. A great way to ensure this dressing is as creamy as possible is to leave the olive oil and lemon in the fridge overnight before you make it! Once your dressing is ready pour it into the first bowl, add a tablespoon of flaxseeds and mix well before serving.

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Artichoke and Lentil Salad with Raspberry Dressing

This dish is amazing for all round nutrition as it combines fruits, vegetables and legumes in one delicious creation. The inclusion of maple syrup in the dressing gives it an extra nourishing kick and because this meal doesn’t take long to make, it is the perfect choice after a tiring day at work! When I’ve had a long day teaching yoga and then running the kids around after school, this is one of my first choices as it means less time between getting in the door and filling everyone up! The raspberry dressing is a great fit for most salad dishes and if maple syrup isn’t to your tastes then it can be swapped out in equal measure with any other natural sweetener!

To feed two people you will need the following ingredients and just double up for a family of four!

One cup of puy lentils

Pink Himalayan salt

Two cups of kale

50 grams of raspberries

One lemon

Apple cider vinegar

Maple syrup

Olive oil

One cup of pre-cooked artichoke

One red onion

Half a cup of sun-dried tomatoes

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It’s always best to soak puy lentils before you use them. Upwards of four hours will do the trick but if you want to leave them soaking in the fridge overnight then that’s great too. Once your lentils have been soaked, boil them in a pan with two cups of water and a dash of salt.

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As soon as this pan is heating up, chuck your kale into a separate pan with three cups of water and boil. Next, in a jug or mixing bowl take your raspberries and blend them with one teaspoon of lemon juice, two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of maple syrup, one tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of water. Sieve this mixture and place in the fridge for now.

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After approximately 10 – 15 minutes your kale and lentils should be cooked. So the next step is to transfer the kale into cold water to cool down and then drain the lentils before returning to the pan (with the heat turned off). Finely dice your red onion and mix with half a cup of sun-dried tomatoes into the pan of lentils. Once the kale is cooled it can also be added into the pan with the lentils, onion and sun-dried tomatoes. Your meal is now ready to serve so spoon onto two plates, drain the artichokes before you add them and finally take your raspberry dressing from the fridge to drip on as required.