HEALTHY CHOCOLATE & PEANUTBUTTER SMOOTHIE

Hello my beautiful souls,

Today I thought I would share my favourite ultimate indulgence smoothie with you. With feeling so under the weather at the moment this smoothie was the perfect choice in helping me feel better. It’s chocolatey, peanut buttery and most importantly pretty healthy as there is 0 added sugar! So here goes:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (freeze one the for a colder more refreshing drink)
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I use meridan of whole earth – make sure it’s a good peanut butter with no additives!)
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 400ml of almond milk
  • 200ml of water
  • 10 dates (optional for a bit more flavour and sweetness, but works well without too)

Pop everything into a blender and whizz together till smooth – then pour into your favourite glass (I love my ball mason jars with a stainless steel straw) and enjoy!

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Love Carina xo

BUTTERBEAN DIP

Good evening beautiful souls,

I have recently been obsessed with this Butterbean dip for the Peace & Parsnips recipe book. It is soo good I just had to share it with you! I use my mini food processor to blend this delight together and recommend you buy yourself one (you can find a link on my Shop page) it’s cheap and super useful. The Cookbook is another I would recommend – even if you aren’t vegan I believe it’s great to try different healthy meals you wouldn’t usually eat and have some fun exploring new recipes. Anyway here goes the easy quick Butterbean dip:

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Ingredients:

  • Garlic (I would use at least 4 large cloves – use this as your starting point and you can always add more or less depending on your taste)
  • Butter Beans
  • Parsley or Coriander (I like to use quite a lot of fresh herbs, more than in the recipe, but again start with a little and keep adding to suit your taste)
  • Pepper & Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice

Method:

Depending on the size of your blender you might be able to make this in one go or like me have to split the ingredients in half and blend two lots.

  • Chop up you garlic and parsley/coriander and put into blender
  • Add the Butter Beans, the olive oil and the lemon juice
  • Grind some salt and pepper into the mix
  • Now blend together

Suggestion – I admit I never measure the lemon juice and olive oil, I just keep adding them into the mix bit by bit until I get a smooth slightly thicker than hummus consistency

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Ways to use the Butter Bean dip:

This recipe comes in the cookbook as an accompaniment to the beetroot burger (which recipe I will most definitely be sharing at some point too as it’s amazing!) but I have since used it in many different ways and here are some of my favourite – have a go and see what you like and if you can think of any other ways to use the Butter Bean dip, do tell me because I would love to know!

  • Use it like a dip (make it less thick by adding more oil, lemon juice or a splash of water) then chop up some carrot and cucumber sticks or use bread sticks, dip in and enjoy!
  • My favourite is probably these pitta breads – pop a pitta in the toaster and spread the Butter Bean dip on then top with tomatoes or cucumbers or whatever topping you like!
  • I tried this one for the first time last week and thoughΒ  it was yummy – the Butter Bean dip works well in a wrap and filled with delicious fresh veg like carrots, cucumber and salad – you could also add some falafel which would be scrumptious.

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Love Carina xo

FAJITAS

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I made vegan fajitas – it’s one of my favourite easy meals to make and so I thought I’d share my recipe with you – I hope you enjoy!

(serves 4-5 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • Tofu (Instead of meat I use tofu, although I guess you could use vegan mince as well)
  • Fajita spices
  • Salad
  • Wraps

Method:

  • Chop up your onion, garlic, pepper, chilli and tomatoes
  • Drain the tofu and cut up, then marinate in the fajita spices. Tofu by itself is rather tasteless I feel, but marinate it in fajita spices and it changes everything.
  • Fry your onion and garlic in a little olive oil, once a little brown add the peppers and chilli. After 5 mins add the tomatoes and kidney beans
  • Wash the salad (I used Kale to fill the fajitas, but it is quite coarse so any other salad would work well too)
  • Fill your wraps (I recently discovered these amazing beetroot and spinach wraps in Tesco – I definitely recommend). Alternatively you can use romaine lettuce as a wrap which makes for a lighter fresh meal.

Now sit down and enjoy!

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Love Carina xo

PUMPKIN SOUP

Good evening my lovelies,

The other day my housemate Jessica and I had a wonderful evening bringing the Halloween spirit into our house. We carved out pumpkins whilst watching Annie (not the most Halloweeny movie I know, but I just really felt like it aha), roasted the seeds and then made soup with the scrapings.

The soup turned out really nice and so I thought I’d share the recipe with you! I hope you enjoy and please do let me know if you try making this soup too!

For 6 servings you will need:

1kg of pumkin – 200g of peeled carrots – 100g or peeled parsnips – 100g celery – 100g leek – 1 large red onion – 1l stock (made with 2 stock cubes and 1/2 tbsp of swiss bouillon) – pepper, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp basil, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tsp paprika – olive oil

Wash and peel the vegetables. Chop up the onions, leeks and celery. Heat the oil in a big soup pot. Add onions and saute for a few minutes. In the meantime, chop the carrots and parsnips and pumpkin. Boil 1l of water in the kettle. Now add the leeks and celery to saute for a few minutes too. Make your stock and pour into the pot before adding the parsnips, carrots and pumpkin. Stir well and then add the seasoning. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Put lid on and let the vegetables cook for around 30 mins or until softened. Next blend the soup, you can decide how coarse or smooth you want your soup. Last but not least, taste and extra seasoning if necessary.

For the topping:

Pumpkin seeds – pepper, salt, garlic powder, paprika

Save the pumpkin seeds when carving your pumpkin. Wash them and spread them out on a tray over baking paper. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Roast in the oven at ca.200 degrees centigrade for around 10 mins.

Serve soup in your favourite bowl and top with the roasted pumpkin seeds.

And there you have it guys – my pumpkin soup! I hope you enjoy!

Love Carina xo