New Recipe! 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Waffles!

I made these yesterday on a random impulse and craving for Waffles and I loved them so much I knew I had to share them on here before I forgot how I made them!

This was super simple (providing you have a waffle maker, perhaps super difficult if not) and super super versatile! You can make them as standard with cows milk and plain flour, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and low FODMAP! Just choose your preference and adapt one of two of the ingredients to suit!

Yesterday I topped them with cheese for a snack and todays version I topped with scrambled egg for lunch. There’s even more versatility in that you could make these sweet or savoury, part of a meal or a meal in itself. I reckon (though I haven’t tried) you could even try frying the batter in a pan to make them into pancakes instead!

Behold them in all of their waffley glory and if you want to try them yourself click here to go to the recipe!

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New Recipe Alert! Low FODMAP Egg Fried Quinoa!

And I thought Egg Fried Rice was good! This protein packed alternative is an awesomely tasty way to inject some extra protein into a vegetarian dish and you can take your pick of your favourite veggies to throw in so the possibilities are endless!

Go make yourself a plate and feel the veggie protein-y love! Just click the tasty photo to go to the recipe!

One Small Step: The Magic of Teas

Ah tea…it’s a truly magical thing and truly a habit I fully advocate. Now I’m not talking about these nonsense “skinny” or “detox” (detox is a forbidden word on my blog, only a medically trained professional can “detox” you) teas, I mean proper real life non health branded tea. Why? Well just google the health benefits of green, black or red tea, there are a multitude of awesome things this magic liquid can do for you and with so many varieties, there is really is something for everyone.

Enjoying my Bluebird Tea Company Salted Carmel Matcha sample in style, everything is better with Pusheenicorn

Thinking way back I believe drinking green tea was the first healthy habit I went for. I bought some flavour green tea (twinings probably) and I will be perfectly honest here; it smelled way better than it tasted. Thought not fully enjoying it for some reason I was determined to persevere, and in time I found myself where I am now: a self confessed tea snob and damn proud of it.

So if you want to make one small step toward a healthier life and think tea might be your jam then here’s some thing to know and places to go!

Things to know:

  • There are loads of varieties. Black (earl grey, chai and English breakfast group here), Green, Oolong, Red (aka Rooibos), Yerba, and herbal/fruit (unless they state they contain tea they aren’t technically tea but well count it for now).
  • Black contains the highest levels of caffeine and Red is caffeine free
  • Tea comes in two forms: tea bags and loose leaf. Loose leaf means it’s one big container of tea and to use it you’ll need a tea infuser.
  • Loose leaf tea is generally more expensive so it may be best to start with the more affordable supermarket teas if your not sure that you’re going to stick to it.
  • Loose leaf though a little pricier is still way cheaper than buying lower quality tea from your local coffee chain everyday so if you like your new habit consider investing in some good quality loose leaf.
  • If budget ain’t and issue there tea of the moment: matcha! The superfood of teas, though with a very strong flavour it’s perhaps not for the beginner!
Staying on the theme of maturity, meet Frogbert my tea infuser

With that in mind here’s are my favourite tea haunts!

  • Bluebird Tea Company (stores across England and online). They have an amazingly huge range of tea and an awesome and unrivalled flavoured matcha collection. They also have a tea made with IBS in mind, “The Digester” is an awesome tea made for when you gut needs a little TLC!
    Matcha tea, the current king of teas and superfood. Using the remaining Christmas money to treat my self to this beauty.
  • T2 Tea (online and stores across the uk). A new addition to my list having visited the new Glasgow store and already finding a new favourite in Green Rose.
    T2’s ‘Green Rose’ a new favourite after discovering their Glasgow store.
  • Tea Lyra (online). Tea Lyra have a HUGE selection of teas, and loads of rooibos flavours for the caffeine free fix. They also offer free UK delivery and some flavoured matcha at a slightly more affordable price that I’ve found to be great for baking and my matcha rice porridge.
Another matcha, this time from Tea Lyra. This raspberry matcha makes for an awesome baking ingredient!

New Recipe on the Blog! Scotch Broth “Dhal”

It was a very very rare day today as I had a vegan lunch! I bought a Scotch Broth mix (it’s a mix of barley, lentils and split peas that you’re supposed to add to Soup) ages ago and I was determined to use it for something.  So On went my experimental cooking hat (Random thought: I should make an actual hat for this) and behold I produced a tasty wee Dhal adaptation that I felt was worth sharing since it was super easy! Click the photo to go to the recipe and give it a try! Enjoy! 🙂 

The Meat-tox: Making a Good Habit out of a Bad one

A few weeks ago I had the absolute joy of going to Pula (Croatia) for a weeks holiday. Now, I went with the best intentions;  I was going to keep working out each day and stick to the meal plan…all I will say is that I came home 7lbs heavier (essentially putting all of my pre-transformation weight, plus some more, back on)…

It’s not that I was eating unhealthy food (quite the opposite), I just ate waaay too much of the good stuff. Part of that was meat, I ate A LOT of meat so, by the time I got home I decided I needed a few days meat-free.

So generally I eat meat every day, a good mix of fish, red and white meat. Since it’s pretty much tasty with minimal effort, I’m not especially adventurous with my cooking; so taking meat out of the equation has always made me nervous. What would I eat? A plate of raw veg for lunch and dinner? No thanks! So, with this in mind, I decided for 4 meat free days I had to make an effort and get some recipes. Cue ‘Womens Health’ ‘Eat Clean Get Lean’.

This Magazine/book hybrid, along with my Womens Health and Train magazines made this deep dive into vegetarianism  marvellous experience!

Here’s my Veggie Venture in Pictures!
Sweet Treats/Breakfasts: Raspberry Chia Pot and Apple Cinnamon 0% Fage yogurt

Salads/Lunches: Fig/Freekeh Salad (top/bottom left), Chilli Mango Salad (top right), Blackberry Feta Salad (Mid/Bottom Right) and Pea and Green Lentil Salad (Mid Bottom)

Down-right Awesome Dinners: Baked Sweet Potato and Balsamic Lentils (top left), Wild Rice Stuffed Squash (top right), Baked Potato with mixed Pulses (Mid Right), 4 Bean and Quinoa Chilli (Bottom Left), Aubergine and Chickpea Curry (Mid Bottom/Bottom Right)

Conclusions: First thoughts on this experience is that I am a damn good vegetarian cook, every meal turned out great and tasted wonderful! I enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to take up “Meat-Free Monday’s”.
Overall my meat-tox was an amazing and eye-opening experience. Vegetarian is an exceptionally varied and colourful diet that does encourage you to be more adventurous with your cooking. Admittedly it is tough to get your proteins naturally and keep the macro’s where you want them; but 110% I’d recommend putting a meat-free day into your meal plan!

(Also worth noting – by the end of my meat-tox I had lost 5lbs of my holiday weight, although I suspect some of it was water weight!)