Three Leafy Green Pesto

My Three Leafy Green Pesto recipe is something that you can easily throw together yourself in less than ten minutes from start to finish! It is also bursting with nutrients, meaning you can use it as your delicious go-to dip on those days when you feel you need an extra burst of goodness! Personally, I love making it for dinner parties! Continue reading Three Leafy Green Pesto

Super Simple Polenta Chips

So, I know that sweet potato chips are the new chip craze but today I want to show you just how simple and how delicious  polenta chips can be!

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White Bean Dip

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Today I want to share my recent White Bean Dip Recipe video! This dish takes less than ten minutes to create and is great for serving as a side during a dinner party, or also just as a snack for one!

Several of the ingredients in my White Bean Dip, such as the garlic and olive oil, are fantastic for providing your body with the energy that it needs, as well as being helpful for protecting the immune system. Additionally, the cannellini beans are an amazing source of fibre, making them great for weight loss and optimum digestion.

Turmeric is one of my star ingredients and is something that I try to include in my diet every single day. One of the best things about turmeric is that it is super anti-inflammatory, meaning it can keep levels of inflammation in the body at a positive level. It also helps to protect against the onset of certain health conditions, such as some types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and liver damage.

Ingredients:

400g cannellini beans
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp of turmeric
1 inch of fresh ginger, chopped
Pumpkin Seeds
Pistachios

Method:

Take the canned cannellini beans and drain the water before adding them to your food processor with a quarter cup of olive oil. You can then add in the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, the teaspoon of turmeric, the minced garlic and the chopped ginger.

Blitz the contents of your food processor until your dip has the consistency of hummus. You can then scoop it out and place it into a bowl to serve. Top with pistachios and pumpkin seeds and you are good to go!

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Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

My cabbage rolls not only look great when served at a party but they taste fantastic too! They are the perfect snack or appetiser when you have guests over. Also, these rolls are stuffed with all good things, so they are bursting with nutrition, and they are so easy to make!

Cabbage isn’t often thought of as an exciting food and is most popularly used in soups and stews. However, there are so many ways that you can be original with it. The fact that cabbage is so good for your body is an additional reason to find ways to work it into your diet regularly. Cabbage contains high levels of antioxidants and is known to stimulate detoxifying enzymes in the body. It is also incredibly rich in vitamin K and vitamin C as well as other vital nutrients.

To make 8 – 10 rolls, you will need the following ingredients:

For the rolls:

1 small white cabbage

For the filling:

1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
2 cups / 5 1/2 oz / 150g of button mushrooms, washed & finely chopped
Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

For the sauce:

1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
3 large tomatoes
2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of cold water
1 cup /2 1/2 oz / 70g of spinach

Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls3The first step is to remove 10 outer leaves from the cabbage—being careful not to damage the leaves as you do so. Next, bring a large pan of water to the boil on a high heat before adding the cabbage leaves. Allow to cook for a few moments then reduce the heat. Leave the leaves in the pan on a low heat for a few more minutes or until they have softened. Remove the cabbage leaves and set aside on paper towel to cool and dry.

To make the filling, heat the coconut oil in a skillet (frying pan) set on a medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring gently. Next add the mushrooms and sprinkle over the salt. Cook for a further 3–5 minutes. Remove from the heat and blitz with a handheld blender, or in a food processor, for a few moments or until smooth.

To make the sauce, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet or wide-bottomed saucepan set on a medium heat. Add the garlic and gently fry it on a medium heat for 3–5 minutes. While the garlic is cooking, place the tomatoes and spinach in a food processor and blitz for a few moments or until smooth, before adding to the pan with the water. Leave to simmer on a medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 8–10 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, assemble the rolls by placing a tablespoon of the mushroom mixture onto each cabbage leaf, making sure to leave about 1in (2.5cm) around the edge. Then roll each of leaves around the filling to create rolls.

Once all the rolls are ready, use a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully place the rolls into the pan of sauce, taking care to ensure that the seam of each roll is facing downwards to keep the rolls closed.

Leave to cook in the sauce on a medium heat, occasionally drizzling with sauce. After 10 minutes, reduce the heat and allow the rolls to simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Place the rolls on a plate, drizzle over with the remaining sauce, and serve immediately. To make this dish more of a main meal, serve the cabbage rolls on a bed of brown rice.

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Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Spicy Kale Chips

Kale has boomed in popularity in the last few years – and for good reason! It is not only incredibly nutritious but also super versatile and can be included in countless dishes. Chuck it in your morning smoothie, add it to your lunch time salad or top your dinner with it. However you choose to eat it, doing so is great for your health! It has such an amazing nutritional profile, with Vitamins A, C and K being present in extremely beneficial amounts! It is also a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium, iron and those all important antioxidants!

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu4So, munch out on this super-healthy snack that has all the crunch of potato chips (that’s crisps for those outside of the U.S!) but with all the good stuff and none of the bad!

To make a dish of my spicy kale chips that will serve two to three people, find the following ingredients:

1 big bunch of kale
1½ tbsp of almond butter
1 tbsp of olive oil
½ tsp of ground cumin
½ tsp of chilli flakes
½ tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie MontaguGet started by first preheating the oven to 350F/180C/gas mark 4. You can then wash and dry the kale. Make sure you dry it completely and then tear it into large pieces. As you do so, make sure to remove the thick stalks and set them aside.

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu5Next, in a large bowl, mix together the almond butter, olive oil, cumin, chilli flakes and sea salt until well combined. You can then place the kale leaves into the bowl and toss in the almond butter mixture. Mix this together well until all of the kale leaves are evenly coated.

The next step is to spread the kale leaves on a non-stick baking tray and place in your preheated oven for 10–15 minutes or until crisp. After this time, remove the tray from the oven and transfer the spicy kale chips into a bowl.

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu3You can either eat them straight from the oven or, if you want to eat them later, then they will stay fresh stored in an airtight container for three days.

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Beans, Beats and Herbs

This colourful dish can either be used as a very light lunch option or alternatively as a fantastic side dish to go with a healthy dinner. Beets are amongst the healthiest foods in the world and they contain a unique type of phytonutrients known as betalains. Research has shown that betalains are amazing for providing antioxidant, detoxification and anti-inflammatory support in the body. The combination of these benefits means great things for the health of the cardiovascular system in particular. Add to this that they are also known to be effective in combatting cancer growth and contain high amounts of manganese, potassium, copper and fibre and you are eating an all-round winner!

If you are a fequent follower of my blog then you will know that coconut oil is a favourite of mine – but you might not know why! Well, it is my opinion (and one widely shared) that it is one of the healthiest oils to cook with. It can help with a whole range of things, from aiding weight loss to improving digestion, as well as boosting your immune system and your metabolism.

To make this dish to serve six people, you will need the following ingredients:

8 x beets
Coconut oil
1 x 400g tin of white beans

For the dressing:

2 Tbsp. capers
1 garlic clove
A handful of mint, parsley and basil
1 tomato
The juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

To get started making this dish, you will first need to preheat your oven to 180C. You must then coat the beets with coconut oil, a splash of water and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. You can then cover the beets with tin foil and roast in the oven for one hour or until the beetroots are cooked through. Once you are sure they are cooked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. Next, combine the beets and the white beans in a large salad bowl.

Now it is time to move on to make the dressing! All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. You must then take this mixture and coat the beets and beans with it. Before you serve, you can top with extra mint, parsley and basil as desired – enjoy!

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Spiced Coconut Kale with Avocado

The key to making a proper kale salad taste good is to not cook the kale!  You just need to give it some love and soften it with an acidic ingredient or dressing. In my view this side is perfect for any main dish! Eating this dish regularly alongside your main meals also brings a nutrition boost to any meal. Kale is one of the healthiest leaves on the planet and can really help to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels. It has also been explored extensively for its potential cancer preventing abilities. It is believed to reduce the risk of developing at least five different cancers (bladder, colon, breast, ovary and prostate). With over 45 different flavonoids contained within, with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, kale is an absolute winner for your the health of your body.

The addition of avocado and almonds to this recipe also ensures you are getting a good dose of good fat that is essential for many functions in the body. Getting an adequate amount of good fat through your foods can also help towards your weight loss goals. Both of these ingredients will also help to keep your cholesterol levels at an optimum level, and will also help to protect against heart disease!

 

kale avocado saladTo make a big bowl to divide between everyone at the dinner table, find the following ingredients:

For the salad:

 

A bunch of kale, torn into pieces and chunky stems removed

40g of coconut flakes
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
A large handful of almonds, toasted
 

For the dressing:

 

1 shallot, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of dried chilli flakes
1 tsp. of maple syrup
 

This is a really quick and easy one to make! First you have to do whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Once it is combined, put the kale in a large serving bowl and pour half the dressing over the top.  You can then use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale for a few minutes in order to soften it.  Next, add the coconut flakes, avocado and toasted almonds and mix together well. Finally, pour in the rest of the dressing and serve.  YUM!

 

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Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Cakes with Ginger and Mint

These cakes make an amazing savoury snack and can really get your appetite going before dinner! The combination of herbs and spices bring a unique taste to this dish which also packs a mighty amount of nutrition. The ginger in particular offers a twist of flavour as well as being antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent. Ginger contains a wealth of helpful minerals, such as magnesium, copper, manganese and potassium – the latter of which we know to be highly beneficial to blood pressure and heart health.

To make these cakes for yourself, grab the following ingredients:

1/2 a cup of dried quinoa
3/4 of a cup of dried puy lentils
1 1/2 cups of frozen peas
A large bunch of kale – stems removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
40g of cashews
45g of ground flaxseeds
40g of sesame seeds

In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with a cup of water and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. You can then remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool. At the same time combine the 3/4 of a cup of puy lentils with 1 and a 1/4 cups of water. You can then bring this to the boil. Then you must reduce the heat before you cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked.

Bring a large saucepan, half filled with water, to the boil and blanch the kale and peas for one minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Squeeze out any excess water from the kale and peas by using your hands. In your food processor, combine the kale, peas, onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, mint and sea salt and process into a chunky mixture. Transfer to a large bowl, add the quinoa and melted coconut oil and mix well.

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Next you can preheat the oven to 375F/190C and then in a food processor, grind the cashews into a meal and mix in a small bowl with the flaxseeds and sesame seeds. Keep 3/4 of a cup of the mixture to one side and add the rest to the puy lentil quinoa chunky mixture.

Scoop out 1/4 of a cup of the mixture and make round, flattened patties. Roll each cake in the leftover cashew-flaxseed-sesame seed mixture and coat well. Place the cakes on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes on each side. Serve with coconut yogurt as it’s delicious with the cakes!

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Garlic Peas and Kale with Smashed Avocado

This dish works well as a main meal for one or as a side dish for two or more. The combination of green vegetables with the healthy fats of the avocado mean that you are getting a dose of nutrition that’s difficult to rival! The four large handfuls of kale that you’ll use in this recipe are seriously beneficial for your body as kale is known to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Not only that but it is also rammed full of vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and K, manganese, copper and fiber among many others! The high antioxidant count of kale also makes it amazing for protecting your body against cancer – it is a leaf that truly deserves the superfood label!

The use of pumpkin seeds brings a massive serving of magnesium into this dish which is essential in keeping your heart, bones and teeth healthy, not to mention the proper function of your blood vessels and bowels. Pumpkin seeds are also a fantastic source of zinc which the body needs to keep your eyes and skin healthy, whilst also ensuring proper cell growth. The high omega-3 fatty acid count in avocados provides your body with the good kind of fat that it craves as well as a decent dose of protein. Fresh avocados contain a huge amount of antioxidants, most notably lycopene and beta-carotene which greatly help to reduce cell damage.

Sound like a meal that you want to enjoy?! Then make sure you have the following ingredients:

2 tbsp. of coconut oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
400g of frozen peas
4 large handfuls of kale, stems removed
1 avocado, roughly chopped
A handful of pumpkin seeds

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To begin, melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil has started to get hot, you can add the garlic, onion and peas until the garlic and onion start to soften. After a few minutes the peas should start to soften and cook too. Next, add the lemon zest and juice, kale, avocado and pumpkin seeds. You should then season with sea salt and ground pepper. The next step is to take a potato masher and roughly mash the mixture. Be sure to add in a decent drizzle of olive oil while you are doing so. Your Garlic Peas with Smashed Avocado is now ready to enjoy as it is or to add on to the side of another meal! The creamy mixture is sure to go down a treat with guests as an original addition to the menu!

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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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