Quinoa stuffed peppers

Quinoa stuffed pepper

There are certain foods you should always have handy. Quinoa is one of them. Peppers are the other.

These two foods are so versatile – you can cook them into just about any meal. But I’ve found you can make a particularly tasty last-minute dinner when you pair the two together.

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Strawberry mojito overnight oats

Strawberry mojito overnight oats

Much as I love meal planning and food prep, I realise the fact that I have time to do it every week makes me pretty lucky. 

To be honest, if I didn’t think that what I eat has an impact on my mood, I probably wouldn’t bother. Having a daily meal plan can be restrictive (it’s not the same as just picking up whatever you fancy on the way home from work) and food prep is most definitely time consuming (thank goodness my Sundays are usually relatively free!)

But, since I reckon a healthier diet is helping me to live life ‘worry free’, the time I spend drinking coffee, browsing recipe books and writing shopping lists each week is time I’ve learned to love.

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Raw cacao coconut oil hot chocolate

Raw cacao hot chocolateSugar free January is nearly over, and to be honest I’m kind of exhausted!

Between the meal planning, the weekly food prep and daily helpings of overnight oats, turns out learning to live life sugar free takes up a lot of time.

That’s not to say I’m wouldn’t do it all over again though. My energy levels are up, my weight is down, and although anxiety still rears its ugly head, it’s easier to manage its symptoms without sugar rushes clouding my mentality.

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Spiralised vegetable burrito bowl

Spiralised vegetable burrito bowlI’m officially a sugar free failure!

Last Friday, after a super busy couple of days, I gave into temptation and indulged in a takeaway pizza.

I really wanted to hate it. I so wanted to be able to say I’d lapsed, but I didn’t enjoy it. But, despite the amount of sugar that I know must have been in that meat, cheese and tomato topped treat, I was pretty happy to carry on eating it. I guess it’s going to take a little longer than three whole weeks for my tastebuds to truly change!

Anyway, despite that minor set back in my journey towards learning to live life sugar free, and with the help of my trusty spiraliser, I’ve hopped back on the health food wagon. (more…)

Chorizo and black bean soup

Black bean soup

Did you know it’s National Soup Month?

Explains why I’ve been eating so much of the stuff lately – although my post-Christmas bank balance might also have something to do with that.

I love that there’s a month to celebrate a food that’s both heartwarming and healthy. Having said that, I wouldn’t say no 30 days of pizza if we decided to celebrate that food in Feb!

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Homemade avocado pesto

Avocado chilli rosemary pesto

Taking some time off sugar has given me a great excuse to go back to basics, and cook even more meals from scratch.

And by ‘from scratch’, I mean from scratch – sauces, dips, dressings, the works.

So far I’ve mastered homemade salsa, bbq sauce, and even a butternut squash puree (which ended up cooked into a tasty chicken lasagne!) (more…)

‘Mulled wine’ smoothie

Mulled wine smoothie landscape

It’s been a while since I posted a new smoothie recipe.

They’re amazing for packing nutrients into your body at the start of the day – fill them up with fruit and large handfuls of veg and you’ve got a delicious healthy treat to fuel your body with at breakfast.

So, knowing the inevitable spread of overindulgence that awaits us all tomorrow (not that I’m complaining at all!), I thought I’d create a seasonal smoothie treat to fuel the body with on Christmas morning.

Introducing my ‘mulled wine’ smoothie!

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