Blackcurrant CHIA and Mint Protein Smoothie

Blackcurrant chia and mint smoothieRolling on from my post last week, where I shared a neat Infographic explaining some of the nutritional health benefits of popular culinary herbs, this week I decided to add a little bit of mint to my diet. I don’t often use mint to be perfectly honest, mainly because I seem to forget about it. Does that ever happen to you with certain foods? You’ll forget about them for ages and then one day realize ‘Oh yeah! I forgot about that! I haven’t had that in ages!’

Anyway, I spotted some fresh mint in store and it quickly found it’s way into my shopping basket.

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Mixed Herb Lentil and Wild Rice Chunky Soup

 

Mixed Herb Lentil and Wilde Rice Chunky SoupAs the days get shorter and the mornings get darker, I can feel the changes in the weather. Although subtle, the crisp cooler air in the mornings is becoming more apparent, and I can feel the seasons shifting. In a way I am glad. I’m not particularly fond of the cold, but I am grateful for balance, even in nature. It allows me to appreciate the warmth of Summer and for that I am grateful. Life is all about balance, and so why not embrace the balance of nature.

With that said, I had been craving something nourishing, dense and filling. A dish of substance and bold flavors, one that would satisfy every taste bud. And so I stumbled upon a mixture of wild rice, and was instantly inspired. A warming, fueling bowl of hearty soup was born. Now I tend to enjoy my soup smooth, and blended to a fine puree, but in this instance I decided to step out of my comfort zone, and relish in a chunky flavorsome bowl of Mixed Herb Lentil and Wild Rice Soup, and my oh my! A goodie was created! 😉

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Roasted Red Capsicum, Tomato and Basil Pasta

Roasted Red Capsicum, tomato and basil pastaCan we just all stop for one second, and revel in the news that Plant-Based Food’ is named a top trend for 2016. Say What??? I mean, HELL YEAH!!!! It’s about time!!! This little snippet of information has got me super excited, and happy that more and more people are opting for a plant based lifestyle. This is amazing, and I’m so thrilled as I truly do believe it is the way forward! The fact that more awareness is being steered towards nourishing wholefoods, and lifestyles free from animal products is so inspiring! And this Roasted Red Capsicum, Tomato and Basil Pasta is an example of how delicious this lifestyle can be. Continue reading

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Chunky Hummus

A plant based diet is slowly being recognized as the way forward, which is so exciting! As more and more people feel the benefits from eating this way, less are looking back at their ‘old ways’. Now one of the main things we as plant based eaters get asked constantly, over and over and over again, is “Where do you get your protein from? Are you eating enough?” I chuckle and remain nonchalant. The truth is, yes protein is essential for our health and for our body to thrive as it is the building blocks of every cell in our body, yet over the years, the big shots in control of the ‘RDA’ stats have blown the requirements of protein way out of proportion. Be that as it may, and before I go on a tangent about protein requirements, I have a delicious recipe for a chunky hummus, that is loaded with plant based protein, and is a staple in most ‘plant based thrivers’ kitchens.

Chunky Hummus

This recipe is super easy, and I’m always so surprised at how much hummus you can make with one can of chickpeas. In an ideal world, I would have soaked and cooked my own chickpeas, but in reality, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat” 🙂 Continue reading

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