I seriously love sweet potatoes; as a soft mash alternative, fried until crispy on the hob or perfectly roasted until deliciously crunchy. I don’t think I’ve ever found a variation that I haven’t completely loved! That’s why on Plant Power Day, I knew I had to celebrate with a delicious bowl of my favourite sweet potato fries.
I love parsnips; they’re one of my favourite root vegetables. I love to fry them and add to salads, use as a sweetener in soups, lightly roast as a delicious side dish or even bake them into a scrumptious, moist cake.
Maple roasted parsnips are definitely my favourite way to enjoy them though. Peeled, par boiled and fried with a little maple syrup. They make the perfect side dish and can be eaten with a roast dinner, a shepherd’s pie, or any other dinner or lunch. They’re so versatile!
But, aside from being absolutely delicious, did you know parsnips are also full of so many health benefits?! They contain high levels of fibre, water and protein. As well as Vitamin C; which helps to maintain good oral health and also helps the immune system by stimulating white blood cell production to attack foreign microbes in the body. Parsnips also contain folate and Vitamins B6, E and K. [Read more…]
I absolutely love hummus, it’s one of my favourite go to snacks. It tastes delicious with some crunchy veggies, gluten free crackers, a bowl of delicious crisps or even piled high on the side of a salad. There’s absolutely nothing about it that I don’t love! I always make sure that I have a pot (or two) in the fridge, and it’s usually homemade.
I always thought that hummus would be difficult to make, I thought it’d need tonnes of ingredients or take a million different steps to create. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! The recipe is actually so simple and easy to make and only takes about 5 minutes to put together. Hummus really is a staple in my diet and I can’t imagine not being able to enjoy my favourite snack!
I’m a total hummus addict. I just love everything about it; the creaminess, the light, fluffy texture and the fact that you can pretty much eat it with anything (and trust me, I do!). I used to buy ready-made hummus all the time. And would never even dream of not having it stockpiled in my fridge.
That was until I realised just how quick, easy and cheap it is to make your own. Ever since then I’ve made my own every week, and love experimenting with new and different flavours. I’ve shared my favourite, basic oil free recipe, and have used that base to create so many different flavours such as my beetroot hummus, which is bright purple and completely delicious!
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients, and one flavour I really wanted to master was carrot. Carrots are full of so many benefits and packed full of vitamin A and beta-carotene which are amazing for your eyes and overall health, as well as being part of your 5 a day. After many different adaptations, I think that I have come up with one of my favourite ever variations; a fluffy, creamy paprika spiced carrot hummus. Yep, it really is as good as it sounds!
Lately, I have been loving making my own beauty products. They are so quick and easy to create and only take around 5 minutes to whip together. And, not only do I know EXACTLY what is going into my products, but as all the ingredients are fresh everything really does smell amazing! I mean, don’t you just hate it when you open a brand-new product and you get an overpowering whiff of chemicals?! And the best thing of all? It is so much cheaper to make your own beauty products! Once you start making your own products, and see just simple it is, you’ll never go back to buying shop bought products again.
It all started with my Christmas cookie body scrub, it smelt just like a freshly baked treat! Then, in spring, I couldn’t help but make a slightly lighter lemon and lavender version. These were great full body scrubs, and always left me feeling so soft and smooth. But with summer officially on its way, and by that, I mean that it hasn’t rained for about 3 days, I really wanted to focus on getting another part of my body ready for the warmer weather. My feet of course!