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 love making my own hummus and experimenting with different flavours. My latest experiment created this creamy, fresh and vibrant carrot hummus.
I have literally made, what seems like, hundreds of versions of this dish. I’ve found it so tricky to make a really ‘carroty’ smooth hummus – if you know what I mean. I have tried everything from grating the carrot to roasting it first but found that simply par boiling the vegetable not only gave the best texture but also helped to add the most flavour. Parboiling really did help the carrot flavour shine through.
I used the exact same recipe as I use for my basic hummus and just added the carrots before I blended everything together. It’s one of my best adaptations that I’ve made and is one of my favourite healthy snacks. It’s perfect with crudities, in a salad or spread on top of a lightly warmed pitta.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for roughly a week.
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!