Almond Tofu Curry

You can’t beat a good curry and this super healthy, super tasty recipe is a testament to that! The sweet potato forms just a small part of the recipe but is actually where a lot of the sustenance and nutrition lies! Sweet potatoes are especially high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin! They are also high in carotenoids, which is where their fantastic colour comes from!

Adding tofu to this dish also helps to make it a filling, wholesome meal. Tofu contains beneficial amounts of protein as well as being a great plant-based source of calcium. Tofu also contains a type of phytoestrogens, known as isoflavones. These plant hormones have health boosting properties and are thought to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

To make this curry for two people you will need the following ingredients:

1 onion, diced
2 chillies, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
An inch of ginger, finely chopped
1 cup of whole almonds
1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
A dash of water
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 block of firm tofu, cut into chunks
400ml of coconut milk
200ml of vegetable stock
1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks
2 cups of broccoli, chopped
1 cup of fresh spinach

Almond Tofu Curry2To get started you must first place the onion, chillies, garlic, ginger, almonds and tamarind paste into your food processor with a dash of water. You can then blitz into a paste. Feel free to add a dash more water if necessary.

Almond Tofu Curry3You can then add this paste to a large skillet with the coconut oil and cook on a medium heat. After a few moments you should then add in the chunks of tofu. Stir the skillet and cook for 15 minutes before adding in the coconut milk and vegetable stock. Continue to stir well and then add in the sweet potato and broccoli. Leave to cook for ten minutes before you add in the spinach and then cook for a further five minutes before serving.

You can either eat as it is or serve over brown rice or quinoa.

This is a recipe from an upcoming course on my e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy – head there now to check out what’s already on offer!

Understanding and Alleviating Anger

Anger is a natural human emotion and can occur for any number of reasons. Some people are much quicker to get angry than others but there is certainly not a single person on the planet who does not get angry at something!

Disappointment and frustration are two common causes of anger, alongside lack of control over certain ongoing events and isolated incidents. During these situations, your brain will be flooded with adrenaline and cortisol as your body enters fight or flight mode. Excess cortisol in the body can actually be damaging to the immune system as well as having the potential to impair memory function.

Persistent angry episodes are not only unhealthy for your body and mind, but can also cause further reaching problems in other areas of your life – such as your relationships with others.

Although anger is a natural response, understanding your reasons for becoming angry and being able to process this emotion in a positive way, will help you to deal with it in the long term.

As soon as you feel yourself getting angry it is a great idea to distance yourself from this reaction by rating your anger. When you do this you will start to see your anger as being separate from yourself and it therefore becomes much easier to process. When rating anger, I find it helpful to use a scale of one to five, with one being not very angry and five being the angriest you can imagine being. It is unlikely that you will ever rate your anger at a level five when you stop to think about it, and this realisation can be very helpful in alleviating your mood and temper.

I am a big fan of the benefits of breathing and I find it to be especially useful during periods of anger. Immediately making the effort to focus on your breathing when you start to feel anger rising will not only distract you from the situation, but will also work to relax your body. Anger can often cause your body to tense up and breathing is a great way to combat this.

Understanding why you have become angry in the first place can help to prevent the same thing from happening again in the future. Try to consider the reasons why the situation has left you feeling disappointed or frustrated. Consider the ways that you could regain control of the situation in order to gain better control of your emotions. Only then will you be able to work towards better control of your anger in the future and better maintain a positive outlook. 

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Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes

As the weather slowly starts to warm up, many of us look to find lighter meals that will still provide us with the nourishment we need. This dish does exactly that without compromising on flavour either!

Broccoli is the perfect vegetable to load your plate with during the summer months as it is filling without being heavy. Being low in calories as well as high in essential vitamins and minerals is just one of many great things about broccoli. It is a particularly rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as folate, potassium and fibre! 

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes2The rich flavour of sun dried tomatoes is hard to beat and they are also a serious competitor when it comes to their nutritional value. Including them in your cooking regularly is an easy way to up your fibre intake, which can help you to prevent constipation as well as leave you feeling fuller. When it comes to getting minerals into your body, sun dried tomatoes are a fantastic option. they are especially rich in potassium and magnesium, which is good for your nervous system and energy production respectively.

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes3To make this dish for two people you will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of broccoli florets
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

The first step is to heat the onion and the garlic in a large skillet with the coconut oil. After a few moments, add in the red pepper and continue to fry for five more minutes. You can then add in the broccoli and lower the heat slightly as you continue to fry for a further ten minutes. Finally, add the sun dried tomatoes into the skillet, fry for five more minutes and then serve into two bowls. 

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes4.pngThis is a recipe from an upcoming course on my e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy – head there now to check out what’s already on offer!