The Journey From Fat to Fit

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Roasted Red Pepper Humous

Humous is an incredibly popular dip that is quite versatile when it comes to what it can be enjoyed with. If you have never made your own humous then you are missing out! Making it yourself at home is super simple and allows you to have complete control over what you put into your recipe. That means no preservatives or added sugar! It also means you can experiment with different flavours and there is no limit as to which foods you can add to the recipe in order to create different flavours and textures.

My Roasted Red Pepper Humous Recipe uses turmeric and paprika, which are two healthy spices, in order to boost the flavour and increase the nutritional value of the dish. They also contribute to the colour of the finished dip.

Turmeric is believed to be one of the most powerful medicinal spices available to us in the present day and has a wide range of uses. The most well-known of these uses are to fight inflammation in the body and to tackle pain. Furthermore, it is also known to be an anticoagulant, meaning it helps the blood to clot as it should. Paprika, on the other hand, is amazing for the optimum health of your skin and hair. This is because of the wealth of vitamins and antioxidants that are present. The presence of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, is especially anti-ageing and will help to keep your skin looking fresh and young.

To make this delicious humous, you will need the following ingredients:

3 red peppers
2 tins of chick peas
4 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of paprika
2 tbsp of turmeric
Salt and pepper

Roasted Red Pepper Humous2 Julie Montagu
To get started you must first drizzle the peppers with olive oil and place them in the oven to caramelise. Once the edges start to brown you should remove these edges with a sharp knife. You can then combine the rest of the ingredients in your blender, and once the peppers have finished cooking you should add them in to the blender also and blitz everything together.

Once your humous has reached the desired consistency you can season it with a dash of salt and pepper. Depending on how thick you like your humous you might also want to add an extra drizzle of olive oil.

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Miso Aubergines

This recipe is super simple to make and does not take a large amount of time either! It is a great choice when you practically want dinner to just cook itself whilst you get on with other tasks in the evening. It is also a fun plant-based dish to whip together when you have guests over for a BBQ, as you can cook them in advance and then keep them warm on the grill wrapped in aluminium foil!

Aubergines are a vegetable that are at their seasonal best between August and October, so now is the perfect time to make this recipe! This delicious vegetable contains phytonutrients with antioxidant properties which help to protect the body against existing and future damage. Studies have shown that regular consumption of aubergines is great for cardiovascular health as they can help to lower cholesterol levels.

The addition of sesame seeds to this dish brings further health benefits as they are high in copper, calcium, manganese and magnesium, all of which are essential to the proper function of the body. Including sesame seeds in your diet often will help to promote healthy skin, as well as maintaining your oral health. Sesame seeds are also a great plant-based source of protein, with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce of seeds. Additionally, sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound known as phytate. Studies have shown that an adequate presence of this compound in the body can slightly lower the risk of a person developing particular types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer.

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

2 aubergines
Rapeseed oil
1 tbsp of miso paste
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tbsp of tamari
2 tbsp of sesame seeds

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 10.01.02To get started you will first need to slice the aubergines in half and score before drizzling with rapeseed oil. You can then cook them in the oven at 240C for 30 minutes.

While the aubergines are cooking, take a bowl and combine the rest of the ingredients bar the sesame seeds. Once the aubergines are cooked, remove them from the oven and mix the ingredients from the bowl onto them. Place the aubergines back into the oven for five minutes to finish cooking. You can then remove them again, sprinkle them with sesame seeds and serve!

For more recipes like this one that will fill you with goodness, head over to The Flexi Foodie Academy!

Stuffed Sweet Potato

My stuffed sweet potato recipe is the perfect dish to cook up after a particularly taxing day. This is because it will re-energise your mind and nourish your body due to the combination of super healthy ingredients!

Sweet potatoes are packed full of calcium and potassium, as well as an abundance of vitamins A and C. In fact, the gorgeous colour of this vegetable is due to the presence of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. The presence of this vitamin in adequate amounts is key to the optimum health of your skin, immune system and your vision.

You may not have come across samphire in your cooking before but there are many great reasons to begin making an effort to include it in your diet. This tasty sea vegetable grows in abundance in marshland and along shorelines. It is perfect for adding to salads but some people prefer to boil it as it can often be quite salty. Samphire has a very exciting nutritional makeup, containing a wealth of vitamins A, B and C, as well as being a good source of folic acid. It is thought to be useful for aiding digestion and boosting mental clarity.

Stuffed Sweet Potato2 Julie MontaguTo make this dish for two people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes
Rapeseed oil
1 onion (finely diced)
2 garlic cloves (finely diced)
100 grams of red split lentils (pre-soaked)
1 tbsp of cumin
1 tbsp turmeric
A handful of samphire

To get started making my stuffed sweet potatoes, you will first need to score each potato. Once this is complete you can drizzle them with olive oil and add a dash of salt and pepper. Place the sweet potatoes in the oven and cook them at 200C for 45 minutes. By this time they should become soft on the inside.

While the potatoes are cooking, add the onion, garlic, cumin and turmeric into a pan with a tablespoon of rapeseed oil and a dash of water. You can then cook this pan on a medium heat until the onions are caramelised. At this point you should add the lentils into the pan too and season with salt and pepper.

Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, remove them from the oven and serve with the lentil mix. Top with samphire and enjoy!

Eating a diet that includes foods bursting with nutrients is essential for the optimum health of your body and mind. To learn more about nutrition and healthy eating, head to my online e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy!