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Vegan Tapas With Alvalle Gazpacho

Vegan Tapas With Alvalle Gazpacho


I'm so excited to share a project I have been working on in partnership with @Alvalleuk celebrating their Gazpacho. The idea is to escape to Spain without leaving your home by putting on a fabulous feast to enjoy with family and loved ones. With 'staycations' becoming more popular than ever, throw yourself a Spanish Food Fiesta - it's easier than you think!


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What you need to escape to a hazy evening in Southern Spain:

-Delicious tapas (definitely a serving of patatas bravas in there)

-Alvalle authentic Gazpacho served chilled

-'Classic spanish guitar' playlist on spotify

-Sangria

-Picnic blanket

-Scented candles

Alvalle Gazpacho Vegan Tapas 

Get creative and set up your table themed for a Spanish supper - it's great fun to enjoy with family and friends!


Memories of Barcelona

I have loved creating this Spanish inspired food fiesta with fond memories of my time spent in Barcelona with the refreshing taste of gazpacho washed down with ice cold sangria still on my mind. I visited Barcelona with my best friends just before turning 18, and I remember the giggly afternoon we had sipping sangria, eating paella and gazpacho having the best time!

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It is moments like these that are so fun to recreate without being the price tag of flying back over to Barcelona. So with the last of the summer desperate to make an appearance, why not recreate your very own staycation!


What to make?

The idea is that you can create your very own Spanish inspired feast simply with tapas, drinks and a serving of gazpacho is perfect if you have spent a little too much money to jet off to Spain. It's far easier than you think can be delicious, filling and fast! I love meals that are quick to prepare which is why tapas is a favourite, think;

-charred peppers

-patatas bravas

-salty olives

-ice cold sangria

-chilled glasses of gazpacho with cucumber strips

-Jugs of elderflower infused with fresh lime, cucumber

-Fresh olive bread

Even better you can prepare this in no time…… cue the time saver Alvalle! (You can get it here...) These cartons of gazpacho are fantastic to store in your fridge, you simply need to chill them a few hours before serving and you have a beautiful glass full to enjoy as part of your spread! Alvalle use authentic produce creating an easy and delicious way to help you achieve one of your five a day perfect to enjoy within your feast! 


The perfect soundtrack

For my escape to Spain I simply put on a Spanish classic guitar playlist, lit scented candles, filled the glasses and set the table full of delicious foods and was instantly transported back to Barcelona.

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Recreate your own fiesta and be sure to tag me & @Alvalleuk in the photos!

For more inspiration head over to their Instagram @AlvalleUk

For more vegan friendly and time saving recipes head over to my Instagram @lucy_and_lentils


Happy Food Fiesta!

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Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco

Tesco’s Food Love Stories Campaign

 

Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco When you think of Tesco adverts, it’s usually a promotion for seasonal snacks or a two-for-one offer to make you rush to the nearest store…. You may not instantly think of a plant based recipe that not only looks fantastic but is vegan friendly! The new Food Love Stories campaign is a great shoutout to vegan recipes showing that they aren’t boring.

 

I am all for celebrating seasonal vegetables and trying to get you eating more plants, and what better way to get the nation excited then by showing them how easy and more importantly tasty it can be!

 

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Whether you’re vegan or not, this recipe is a fab way to get the family feasting. The key is all down to flavouring! Chilli, coriander and rosemary are perfect for seasoning vegetables that take these mushrooms from a earthy taste to a spicy and smoky sensation.

 

Smoked paprika is fantastic spice to add and works perfectly with the BBQ sauce. It is so important to season the mushrooms to really take them to the next level. Allowing the mushrooms to infuse in the oil and spices, then bake in the oven to go crispy, transforms your ‘shrooms into a filling and delicious main.

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I love finger food, by that I mean food that you can share with friends and family and get in there with your hands. These mushroom buns look fantastic, which means you start tasting with your eyes before having taken a bite. I love food that gets you excited to try and these will hopefully have the same effect on the people you’re feeding!

 

Gone are the stigmas attached to vegan food, being branded as boring, bland and expensive and hello to a simple recipe that shows how fun it can be!

 

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As a full time worker I understand the need for a quick and simple meal when you get home. Kicking your shoes off at the end of a long day in the office, then faced with the prospect of cooking in the kitchen for the next hour can be extremely off putting. Have no fear - this recipe takes minutes to prepare, uses only a few pans and is completely fool proof!

 

So if you want to try to incorporate more vegan food into your diet, or you simply love the look of this recipe, why not give it a go! You can get the kids or the partner to prepare the buns and side salad whist you tend to the mushrooms - after all #EveryLittleHelps!

 

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My Favourite Recipes From Last Month

 

 

Tasty Toasts With Two Toppings


Simply Swap to Sweet Potato

For those of you who have followed me on social media, you will know I love toast (in fact I have written an entire blog post on it!) So I decided to give sweet potato toast a go - albeit a bit late to the party - but it was worth the suspense!

So how do you actually make sweet potato toast?

Just in a toaster! I know some people oven bake theirs however I am lazy so decided the toaster would do. It takes about 4 times as long as normal bread and you have to wait until the skin starts to blister to know it is cooked all the way through.

How do you know when its cooked?

 I found that slicing the sweet potato to only 1cm thick helped cook it all the way through. The thicker slices were a bit firm on the inside even when the skin was blistered, so I think with this toast the key is the thinner the better!

Toppings!

Mashed avocado, chickpeas, cracked black pepper, chopped chilli & fresh parsley & a perfectly poached egg sitting on avocado topped with fresh chilli.


 

 

Spicy Chickpea Patties


A Pitta Perfect For Lunch!

I had been experimenting making a chickpea scramble and had lots of leftovers so decided to throw them into some toasted pittas. 

 You can find the recipe for my chickpea scramble here 

These were a delicious mix of creamy avocado, fresh baby spinach, a dash of heat with freshly chopped chilli topped with a dairy free coconut yogurt. 

I warmed these pittas up by placing them in a cast iron skillet, then placing them under the grill until the pittas started to toast then drizzled the yogurt and garnished with fresh parsley.

 

I love the versatility of chickpeas and I feel I'm only beginning to scratch the surface in discovering all the ways they can be used! They have got around 7g of protein per portion so are a great way to keep fuelled for the day.

 


 

Lentil Dhal 


They don't call me Lucy & Lentils for nothing!

This recipe was one of the first to make it onto Lucy & Lentils - after all the name had to come from somewhere!I love making this dish again and again as you can alter it to fit whatever is in your pantry. Sometimes I add a dash of cinnamon, or bulk up the batch with some sweet potato, the end result is always different but that’s what I like about this recipe!

You can find the recipe for my Lentil Dhal here

Why not try adding a dollop of coconut yogurt, a pinch of parsley & cracked black pepper?

 


 

Oat & Date Cake


Why not grab a slice of my Vegan friendly energy packed cake!

With a colourful explosion like this, how can you say no?

I love making sweet treats with oats as they keep you going throughout the day with their slow releasing energy. This cake is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Refined Sugar Free

 You can find the recipe for my Oat Cake here

 

 

Why not try making this batch in two halves, then melt dark chocolate for the filling?

 


 

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Dairy Free Blinis

New to the Blog is a delicious recipe for dairy free blinis. These are a great idea for parties, gatherings or brunching!

They take no time to make and can host all sorts of toppings. 

Here are a few options to get those taste buds tingling....

 

This batch makes up to 30 Blinis depending on what size you choose to make, however they can quite easily be made bigger to support more topping.

 

For the sweet.....

Pomegranates

Coconut Yogurt

Bee Pollen

80% Dark Chocolate 

Cashews

 

 

 

For the Savoury...

Tzatziki, Olives, Cucumber

Guacamole, Tomatoes, Lettuce

Humous, Radish, Poppy Seeds

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rice Flour (Can also use buckwheat or plain)
  • 1 Cup Cashew Nut Milk (other nut milks will work)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Heaped tsp Baking Powder

 

Method

  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  • In a small bowl whisk the egg then add to the dry ingredients and combine
  • Cover and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes
  • Place a non-stick pan on medium-high heat with a drop of coconut oil
  • Ladle 4 small dollops of mixture into the hot pan and cook on each side until they start to make little bubbles (around 1 minute)
  • Flip and cook for a further 1 minute, then repeat until all the batter is used up!
  • Serve as sweet or savoury - choose your favourite toppings
  • Share with friends and enjoy!!!

 

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Tomato & Basil Tortilla Twirls With Three Silver Spoons

To find the full recipe for my tortilla twirls please visit this exclusive recipe on Three Silver Spoons here

Introducing my Tomato & Basil Tortilla Twirls

With a rich tomato and basil sauce coating soft tortilla rolls stuffed with olives, finely chopped red onion, cherry tomatoes and chopped mushroom it has a very similar feel to pizza. Instead of using dough and replacing it with a thin whole meal tortilla this feels like a perfect dinner to feed those cravings for something fulfilling yet light on the stomach.

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This dish came about by simply experimenting in the kitchen one afternoon by procrastinating instead of doing university work. I love Italian style food especially with pizza but find I often feel bloated after all that dough, so by replacing a heavier base with something as simple as a tortilla it stays lovely and light on your stomach.

 

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This dish really is fool proof, and is a fantastic idea to have with a group of friends in a large casserole dish each with a fork in hand. It has a real tear and share feel with each roll stuffed with delicious veggies keeping this homemade meal wholesome and nutritious.

This simple recipe requires minimal ingredients which as a student a life saver at times, as well as being low in cost and easy to source. It can be varied to whatever you have in your fridge that day, for example if I have a load of courgette’s that need to be eaten I will simple chop them up finely and add them to the mix.

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Find the recipe here

 

 

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Time Saving Tips For Staying Healthy When Life Gets Busy!

When Life Gets Busy, How Do You Stay Healthy and Focused?

This time of year always seems to be a bit manic.... Whether you're studying for exams at school, university, working really hard at your job, or simply find that life is throwing everything at you, it can be really difficult to stay healthy. 

I have just finished my three year university degree and feel like a zombie right now with the late nights, constant work and the worry of 'what am I going to do with my life after?' It was the kind of busy where I couldn't remember when I last washed my hair, I had no clean clothes and I had no idea when the last time I had an actual conversation with my parents where my only response wasn't a half hearted grunt...

So how do you stay healthy when you don't even have time to brush your hair in the morning?

Fear not!!! 

After a few days of eating bad food, constant snacking and wolfing down a bowl of porridge three times a day because I didn't have time to cook I noticed it was I was struggling to stay focused! Feeling lethargic, bloated or on a sugar crash is not exactly productive when every hour counts towards meeting a deadline! 

So here is a blog post with some time saving ideas for healthy snacks that take minutes to make. No thinking required on your behalf just follow some of these recipes for healthy meals and snacks!

 

 

 

Breakfast

Porridge is such a fantastic way to start the day. Oats are packed with energy and keep you from heading to the biscuit barrel all morning.

To make this super speedy simply measure out the ingredients the night before. In a bowl measure out your dry ingredients, chop your berries ready to add in the morning and put aside a cup of almond milk.

There's a feeling of smugness in the morning when you manage to fit in a delicious breakfast even when you're completely rushed off your feet! 

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Ingredients for Vegan Banana Porridge

1/2 Cup of Oats

1/2 Ripe Banana (mashed with a fork)

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

For the Topping

1/4 Cup Halved Blueberries 

Other Half of Banana Chopped

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

 Method

This really is a 'throw it all in' kind of breakfast!

The night before chop your blueberries and sed aside

Add the oats and cinnamon to a bowl and pour out a cup of almond milk

 

In the morning simply add the oats, and almond milk to heat on a small pan for 2 minutes, then quickly mash half your banana and add to the pot.

Heat until it's the thickness you prefer, sprinkle the toppings over and enjoy!

 

Lunch

Whether you're working from home, at a desk or on the go, having a lunch ready and waiting is perfect for when you're wanting to power through!

In the mornings I would rush to university and completely forget to make anything to eat, then kick myself later when I was having to buy the most boring sandwich that was unappetising and full of sugars. These literally take 2 minutes to prepare and can even be done the night before.

All hail the Avocado!

This little bad boy is full of healthy fats that fill you up and help keep you going!

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Ingredients for Avocado Toasts/Open Sandwich 

2 Wholemeal Mini Bagels

1/2 Avocado Sliced

3 Radishes Thinly Sliced

1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds 

1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

 

These can be toasted if you're eating at home, otherwise simply stack em' up and take to work in a lunch box! 

Dinner

 

Sometimes after getting in from work after a long old day, the thought of standing and cooking for hours can be a little overwhelming. When you're low on energy, have no brain power and are about as inspired as a turnip you need a quick and easy meal that hits the spot but also fills you up with the right kinds of nutrition.

PASTA!!!!

I am no stranger to carbs.. and in fact I've come to accept my little food baby pouch that is made purely from pizza, pasta and starchy veg... but I love it!

There are so many alternatives to pasta, wholewheat, spelt, gluten free, spinach and so on. 

So finding a one that suits you (I usually go for good old wholewheat) is ideal as you can enjoy it, feel full and most of all stay energised!

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Creamy Spaghetti With Sugar Snap Peas & Ricotta

Ingredients

75g Spaghetti (spelt or wholewheat are delicious)

1/4 Broccoli Head 

Handful of Sugar Snap Peas (Approx. 7 pods)

2 tbsp Ricotta Cheese Crumbled

1/3 Cup Spinach (Optional)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper

1 Heaped tbsp Pesto (For this I used Knorr new pesto pods as they are brilliant for small portions!)

4 Fresh Basil Leaves

Method

Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the spaghetti to cook for around 12-18 minuted depending on the type you have selected (wholewheat tends to take a bit longer)

Whilst the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli sprouts and prepare the sugar snap peas

4 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the broccoli and peas to the pan

Once the veg has softened drain the water and add the pesto and 1 tbsp of ricotta cheese, season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix

Layer the pasta in a bowl and add fresh baby spinach amongst the mix, then season with more cracked pepper and crumble the remaining ricotta cheese over the top

Garnish with a few basil leaves and enjoy!

 

Bliss Ball Energy Bombs!

Now I am one for snacking, in fact I don't think I eat three meals a day, I eat about 10.

I was definitely a cow in my former life (says a lot really)

When you hit that 4pm slum, its not quite dinner time, you still have work to do but you can't stop thinking about sugary snacks for a pick me up?

Instead of having something sugary why not have my bliss balls? (tempting no?)

Made from pecans, cacao and dates these have natural sugars, tonnes of energy and good fats to keep you powering through till dinner.

You can make your balls as small or large as you like, depending on your fancy. I Make mine small so I can feel guilt free when eating three... (it all adds to the carb food baby) 

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 Ingredients

2 Cups of Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans 

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 tbsp Cacao Powder

Grated Orange Zest

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (Dark Chocolate Chunks if Not Vegan)

Method

Blend the pecans in a food processor until broken down

Add the medjool dates, cacao powder, maple syrup vanilla extract, pinch of salt & orange zest then blend again until combined

Take out of the food processor and add the cacao nibs and fold together

Roll small balls into desired size and dust in a little cacao powder, and dust a little orange zest over the top 

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Oat & Banana Energy Granola Bars!

Delicious Energy Packed Vegan Snacks!

 

Stop the press...... these just happened!

I am currently fighting my way through the last few weeks of my degree which is not only terrifying as I will have to learn how to be an actual adult but is eating away into all MY eating time.

I have managed to stay healthy for the past two years whilst studying but even this final push is testing me, with serious chocolate cravings and finding myself justifying eating an entire weeks worth of food in one day is okay....

So after reaching for the biscuit barrel one to many times this week I decided enough is enough! So I set my alarm for 6am and made the time to make healthy snacks! Find the full recipe here

 

 

It's really easy to focus on calories and sugar intake and every other 100000 things we think about when trying to eat 'healthy' so even though these granola bars are full of nuts, dried berries and dates they are still packed with all the RIGHT kind of ingredients. 

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Breakdown of Ingredients

By using dried blueberries and goji berries instead of other dried fruits, you're getting an extra boost of superfood goodness! Foods such as oats, chia seeds, goji berries and blueberries are all packed with fabulous things such as omega oils, energy and antioxidants.

By adding small amounts of nuts, seeds and dates there is a good balance of natural sugar, and slow releasing energy to help keep you snacking for the rest of the afternoon. I find when I eat sugary snacks I crave more sugar just half an hour later, but by adding the wholesome slow energy releasing foods keeps those cravings at bay. 

Even though these have peanut butter in, don't panic yet! You can easily replace this with almond butter or cashew. However using an organic brand such as Meridian, that doesn't have any palm oil is a great option as it keeps the nasty additives out.

 

I add maple syrup however this is still full of sugar (even though it may be natural it still gives your blood sugars a spike, resulting in a crash a few hours later.) So if like me you are happy without it being oversewed simply leave the maple syrup out. If you are making these for kiddies and trying to lure them off all things sweet, these are a great stepping stone, which you can then reduce the amount of sugar you add!

 

 

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats (For this recipe I used Mornflake's Jumbo Oats)
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Berries (I use a mix of blueberries and goji)
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Linseed
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts (any other nuts will do!)
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Wet

  • 2 Really Ripe Bananas (the softer the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter (Try and find a nut butter that doesn't have palm oil if possible)
  • 3 Medjool Dates

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a baking tray with either coconut oil or baking paper
  • Simply measure out the dry ingredients and add to a medium size mixing bowl
  • In a blender or food processor add the wet ingredients (basically everything that's sticky) until the dates break down and a gorgeous binding mix is formed
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and give a good stir. If you want to add anything else to get creative then feel free! This really is a 'throw anything in' kind of recipe. I sometimes mix it up with different dried berries or different nuts depending on what I have in my cupboards that week.
  • Fill the baking tray with the mix and spread out evenly then place in the oven for 12 minutes
  • After 12 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and score roughly to allow an easy break once fully cooked then place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes (be sure to keep an eye on them as these can catch easily) 
  • These will only last a few days due to using bananas however mine never last that long as once they come out the oven they smell amazing!
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Four Favourite Ways To Enjoy Baked Sweet Potato

Baked sweet potatoes are great because they're great with a range of different flavours. They taste delicious with sweet or savoury food and can be transformed from a boring potato into a delicious meal to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

So here I have added my five favourite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, recipes I use on a weekly basis as they are so easy to prepare and take little time fussing around the kitchen. 

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Mexican Style With Black Beans & Red Onion Topped With Poached Egg

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Vegetarian

 To Create this Mexican inspired sweet potato I finely diced a small red onion and lightly fried it in a dash of olive oil. 

Hiding underneath are a few small finely chopped baby tomatoes that were added to the red onion, followed by 1/4 cup of black beans. I added a sprinkle of himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and smokes paprika over the top.

Once the potato is nice and crispy take out the oven and assemble with a poached egg on top. Garnish with some fresh rocket and sesame seeds. 

Humous Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Asparagus, Spring Onion & Asparagus

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Vegan

This really is as simple as it looks!

Mini sweet potatoes roasted in a thin coating of olive oil and himalayan salt. Stuffed with humous, steamed asparagus strips and spring onion, these are light and delicious! I use a julienne peeler to slice my asparagus then steam for around 5-7 minutes to keep the crunch. 

Garnish with fresh greens and sweet pomegranate seeds, with the addition of poppy seeds.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey!

Fresh Spring Greens With Black Beans, Pomegranate Seeds & Cress

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Vegan

For days when I need a healthy lunch and an excuse to pack in some greens, this is an easy and simple way to do so!

I use Vegan butter (can be found in most supermarkets) to make the centre soft and creamy, drizzle a little lemon juice then season with salt and pepper.

For the filling I like to steam fresh spring greens, then add black beans and to complete I add pomegranate seeds for a sweet crunch.

If you prefer greens such as asparagus, broccoli or even green beans this an excuse to fit any in!

Steamed Asparagus, Spring Onion, Poached Egg & Poppy Seeds

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Vegetarian

Vegan butter is a great alternative I found in Waitrose. There are a range of options to chose from which are lower is saturates and plant based (good for the heart.)

By adding a tbsp of vegan butter to the centre of the sweet potato is heavenly!

Crunchy steamed asparagus, chopped spring onion and peppery cress go so well together with the addition of a perfectly poached egg on top! The egg marries the flavours together which is topped with sesame, poppy and sunflower seeds!

Season with himalayan salt, a crunch of black pepper and a tiny pinch of chilli flakes.

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Four Favourite Ways To Enjoy My Sweet Potato & Paprika Patties

I love quick and easy recipes, that don't require a lot of faffing! I'm all about simple ingredients and simple steps that combined make a delicious outcome!

These sweet potato and paprika patties are so versatile and can be enjoyed with different flavours depending on what you are combing them with. Instead of using paprika and spices, you could add basil, oregano and thyme to give an earthy Italian flavour. 

Here are four of my favourite ways to enjoy these patties all can be made vegan if you should wish.

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Ingredients For the Patty

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Makes: 2 Cakes (Vegan)

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes

¼ tsp Chilli Flakes

¼ tsp of Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tsp Tahini

A Squeeze of 1/2 a small lemon

4 Fresh Crushed Basil Leaves

Generous Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Pinch of Wholemeal Flour (I Use Brown Rice Flour ) 

To Make Potato Cake

Preheat your oven to 180˚ C

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes then boil in a pan for around 15 minutes

In a medium size bowl add all the spices, olive oil and tahini and the squeeze of half a lemon.

Drain the potatoes and add to the bowl with the spices and mash together.

Divide the mix into two, and mould into little cakes (around the size of the palm of your hand)

Dust a little flour over the top and edges to help crisp

Place on baking parchments and place in the oven on a low shelf for around 20 minutes.

Take out the oven, and enjoy! 

Sweet Potato Burger Open Sandwich With Crunchy Celery, Pomegranate Seeds, Topped With Peppery Rocket 

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The sweet potato & paprika is brought alive with the nomination of houmous. To be honest I don't think there is much that houmous doesn't go well with... but getting back to the recipe. With the patty being moist and soft in texture I wanted to add some crunch with finely chopped celery and really enhance the sweetness with the pomegranate seeds. The peppery cress and rocket make this whole stack a mixture of sweet and savoury!

 

Brunch Sweet Potato Stack With Spinach & A Perfectly Poached Egg  

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This is a great way to enjoy brunch! Whether you're meeting friends, waking up late or needing a post morning gym meal this is a great way to get healthy fats and proteins in all before midday! 

For this version I usually add a leave out the cayenne pepper and a little less paprika to really bring out the flavour of the poached egg. I toasted a wholewheat slice, added a handful of fresh spinach, added the sweet potato patty then finished it off with a perfectly poached egg. Sprinkle a little black pepper and cress and enjoy!

 

 

Sweet Potato Mini Patties With Fresh Basil, With Avocado, Pomegranate Seeds, Baby Spinach On a Kallø Rice Cake 

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After working on a collaboration with Kallø they sent me a batch of their fantastic products (mainly their rice and corn cakes.) For a lighter lunch idea I used a rice cake for the base, added half a small sliced avocado, some baby leaf spinach with a few pomegranate seeds and cress. I drizzled a tsp of tahini over the top to really compliment the sweet and savoury flavours.

In the Sweet Potato Patty I added four crushed fresh basil leaves, a 1/4 tsp of dried sage and 1/4 tsp dried thyme. I leave out the paprika and cayenne pepper to really bring out the Italian Herbs.

 

Chunky Sweet Potato Burger With Houmous, Greens & Crunchy Raddish 

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There is nothing more satisfying then the crunch of a jam packed burger, especially when you're craving something indulgent. The wonder of this stack is even though it hits the spot, feels indulgent and certainly fills you up, it's still incredibly healthy!

Swap white bread for wholemeal, if you're not making your houmous then buy a lower fat option and have a salad on the side instead of chips.

For the patty, I like them thick and chunky when adding to a burger so for these i add around 2 tbsp of tahini with 1 tbsp of flour added to the mix. This helps the burgers be a little fluffier and smoother in texture.

If you are cooking the patties a little fatter then usual, add an extra 10 minutes in the oven, careful not to burn the edges. 

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Energy Boosting Overnight Oats

I once lived on breakfast cereals, being addicted to the sugar rush in the morning, and turning to it as a quick meal to get that 4pm fix. But gone are the days of processed foods after finding delicious and nutritious meals that not only please my sweet tooth but keep me going all morning!

Overnight oats are by far the easiest breakfast to make, all it takes is five minutes the night before, and a few seconds to sprinkle on fresh fruit in the morning. 

For all of the recipes, each one includes :

Portion: 1

Vegan, Dairy Free, Vegetarian

1/2 cup of Oats

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1 tsp Cinnamon

1tbsp Chia Seeds

Raspberry Oats Topped With Seeds & Pomegranate Seeds

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For this bowl, I mashed 4 raspberries with the back of a fork then added the oats and milk & other ingredients to give a lovely pink and tart oats make the base. In the morning, I added fresh blueberries, more chia seeds, pumpkin seeds & pomegranate seeds. Add a drizzle of maple syrup to compliment the tartness of the raspberries if you have a sweet tooth.

Matcha Oats With Matcha Granola & Edible Flowers

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Edible Flowers are a great investment, given they offer no nutritional value, who can deny they are just pretty to look at!

For this bowl, I added 1 heaped tsp of matcha powder to give it this fabulously bright green colour. Not only does it look pretty but it has 137x more antioxidants then a cup of green tea!

 

Raspberry & Cacao Oats With Matcha Granola & Strawberries

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For Mornings where I'm really craving something sweet, I add fruit like strawberries, even though they are naturally high in sugar, it is far better then caving in to a bowl of coco pops....

For the oats, I mash up four raspberries and add 2 tsp of raw cacao. In the morning I add small chunks of 85% chocolate & pomegranate seeds for crunch, with the contrast to the sweet fresh strawberries.

Find the recipe for the matcha granola here.

Cinnamon Toasted Banana With Pumpkin Seeds & Dried Raspberries

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If you like bananas, then this is a definite must! Toasting the banana in cinnamon, creates this intense flavour that not only gives you a sweet hit, but will give you energy throughout your morning!

Raspberries are delicious, however they go off very quickly, so I would recommend investing in dried raspberries. Not only do they look beautiful but give you a tang of the raspberry flavour, which compliments the banana really well!

I always add an extra tsp of cinnamon to the oats with this recipe, because cinnamon is such a fantastic way of natural sweetener. 

Grated Apple & Cinnamon Oats With Blueberry Compote 

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Blueberries are a fantastic superfood, packed with antioxidants, they are really great to add to your diet. 

When heated, these make a delicious compote to add in the morning, to really give these oats a makeover.

All I do is heat 1/2 cup of blueberries in a pan with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil.