Raw Beetroot Kale Chip Recipe

food Oct 08, 2016

Although kale chips were one of the first raw foods I ate and loved, I don't think I've actually ever published any of my own kale chip recipes.

 

But lately I used beetroot in my kale chip dressing and it turned out such a wonderful combination, both in colour and flavour, that I just have to share it with you. I hope you love them too. 

 

Beetroot Kale Chips 

You will need a blender and a dehydrator for this recipe. You can also dry the chips in the oven. Use lowest temperature and keep the door open slightly. Check every hour to make sure they don't burn. 

 

Ingredients

500g kale (curly kale, purple kale or cavallo nero are all nice for this recipe, though curly kale holds the dressing best)
60g (1/2 cup) macadamia nuts
65g (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds
250ml (1 cup) water
1 large beetroot, chopped into small pieces your blender can handle
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional, not raw)
1/2 lemon, juice
1 clove garlic
1 shallot, peeled or...

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What to do with all those tomatoes?

food Aug 28, 2016

It's tomato season in all those countries where it's Summer right now. Here in Dorset, in the Southwest of England, we have the most delicious and juice organic tomatoes from our local grower, so I bought several kilos the other day at the market.

When a fruit or vegetable is in season, and therefore at it's best and cheapest, I like to stock up and preserve for the winter months. In the raw food kitchen this means either freezing or dehydrating. Home-dehydrated tomatoes are amazing and a completely different experience to the shop-bought sun-dried tomatoes.

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But what else can we make. As tomato season often goes with bell pepper (capsicum) season, it's a good ideal to combine the two. I find peppers on their own a bit intense... tomatoes add depth and lightness to recipes containing peppers.
 

3-in-1 recipe idea with tomatoes and peppers

So I thought I share with you the Creamy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup from my book Food...

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A short lesson in accepting what is

freedom love presence Aug 28, 2016

Where we live our internet connection is dodgy. Often slow and frequently not working at all. I usually say that this is the price we pay for living on the edge of ancient woodland. 

 

But it does get frustrating when there are things I want to communicate with you, blog posts and videos to upload and websites and course info to update. 
 

There is always blue behind the clouds

 

However I always try to ask myself why certain things happen in my life. Some people have the philosophy that issues, problems and stumbling blocks are put in front of us to help us learn something specific. I'm not entirely sure whether I believe it's so clear cut, but I certainly think that it is worth looking at the situation, accepting it as reality and then moving forward from there instead of complaining and continuing to be frustrated. 

 

And yes, there may be something to learn. For me it may be that being online 24/7 isn't the most important thing in my life....

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Melon Berry Medley

food Jul 26, 2016

Galia melons are at their best at the moment, and I was lucky to by a few of them really cheap the other day because they had just reached their best before date. Of course, for me, reaching the best before date is the best date, as it means the fruit will be beautifully ripe and fragrant.

 

The most obvious thing to do with a really ripe melon is to just cut it open, take a spoon and spoon out the juicy, sweet melon flesh. But with only a few ingredients and a good strong blender, you can create a very impressive dessert for guests or even just a simple vegan ice cream treat for your kids. Note that there is no added sugar in the ice cream, the sweetness simply comes from the melon, so you do really need a very ripe fruit! 
 

Simple & quick vegan, no added sugar, melon ice cream

 

Ingredients (makes 4-5 portions)

1 super ripe Galia melon
100g macadamia nuts (soaked for 30mins in water)
2 tablespoons baobab powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon...

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5 Tips for socialising with a new lifestyle

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2016

When it comes to diet, we’re often aware of how changing what we eat can affect our bodies and minds, but rarely do we talk about the impact it may have on our social lives.

 

For many of us, eating, drinking and socialising go hand in hand. We meet a friend for coffee, head to the pub for after work drinks, commiserate and celebrate with sweet treats and alcohol. It would seem that these things are inextricably combined. But do they have to be?

 

It can be difficult to adjust to socialising in a way that incorporates your new lifestyle. If you don’t drink alcohol you may not want to spend time in a pub, even if all your friends are there. Birthdays and celebrations usually involve cake, but that becomes less exciting when you don’t eat sugar and wheat. Even simple things like going to a friend’s for dinner can become difficult – people may be unsure what to cook for you, or you may worry about seeming too ‘fussy’.

Of course,...

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Super Quick Lemony Summer Veg Salad

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2016

On a Wednesday evening, my fridge is usually quite empty. That's because it's the day before Thursday, which is my organic market and farm shop day. So this Wednesday evening I looked in the fridge and discovered some uninspiring left overs.

 

Initially, I have to admit, they didn't look so appealing and I was a bit disheartened. I bet you know the feeling. It's late in the day... you're hungry... and your fridge is basically empty!

 

But I'm a raw food chef, right? Chefs don't give up

 

This is what I found: a half a cauliflower, a bit of coriander, a lonely Romano pepper, one small yellow courgette and half a fennel bulb. 

 

And, I was lucky to also have an avocado... we always have avocado in the house. So here is the recipe, and it was totally delicious!!!

 

Quick Lemony Summer Veg Salad

Serves 1-2 people

 

A small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro for my American friends)
1/2 cauliflower
1 Romano pepper (those are the red pointed...

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Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

food Jun 18, 2016

Broad beans (also known as Fava beans) are in season in the UK and it's the best time (and actually the only time) to eat them fresh and raw. You can just removed the young beans from their pods and scatter them over a salad or marinate them in lemon juice, cayenne pepper and olive oil for a protein fibre rich addition to your meal.  Broad beans are also rich in folates and B Vitamins, so you can only win with this unique legume.

 

I've been experimenting with falafel lately, as I'm always on the hunt for a new dish that give me a different texture to the usual crunchy vegetables and that allows me to smother it in delicious dressings such as cashew herb mayonnaise, basil avocado guacamole or preserved lemon tahini dressing. 

 

So I'm delighted to share with you my recipe for Raw Broad bean Falafel. Enjoy them as part of a raw food feast, on your salad or just as a quick snack to pop in your mouth when you're on the go. 

 

Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

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1-Day Easy Cleanse

food health Jun 01, 2016

You have most likely heard, read or even done a juice fast. It's a great way to detox, lose weight quickly and give the digestive system a break. 3 to 7 days of just juice a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, is often recommended as a regular cleansing detox. 

 

Some people go for up to 21 days of juicing and if you are healing from a serious health condition you may have considered juicing even longer. Watch my video for a short explanation of the difference between juices and smoothies. 

 

For me and my husband, juicing is now a daily part of our lives. A large green juice is our first meal of the day, supplying our bodies with rapid, easily absorbable nutrition, giving us already a minimum of five portions of veg and fruit early in the morning.

 

Now, if you are on a standard diet, including grains and animal proteins, then juicing will most likely throw you into quite a bit of a detoxification. So...

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Eating the rainbow!

food health Apr 24, 2016

Eating the colours of the rainbow makes me feel alive. It's not just that a colourful plate of vegetables pleases my eyes and makes my mouth water (an important prerequisite to creating valuable enzymes when producing saliva, to help digest food further down). By eating the colours of the rainbow I nourish my body with essential macro, micro and phytonutrients.

 

Phytonutrients were only discovered fairly recently, and more and more are being discovered as I write. Scientists now agree that while phytonutrients alone don't keep us alive, they help us to thrive and may play a significant role in protecting us from disease and making our bodies function optimally.

 

Phytonutrients help us to stay healthy, young and vibrant well into our later stages of life.

If you haven't heard of phytonutrients, you will have heard of antioxidants. Most people now understand that they are important for healthy cells and reducing the risk of cancer, heart...

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Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl

food Feb 08, 2016

I don't know about you, but at this time of year (British cold damp weather) my joints definitely make themselves known to me. I'm actually doing really well with my knees, given that I had surgery on my right knee when I was 19 (a whopping 39 years ago) and refused a second surgery a couple of years later. I'm rarely in pain. But recently both knees have been complaining and so has my hip. So it's time to upgrade my food intake to even more anti-inflammatory value.

 

Of course a raw, plant-based lifestyle is already rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory, alkalising, anti-viral and immune boosting, but at times of pain, we can do a little more. So if you find your joints are hurting, try read on and try my recipe below.



 

Papayas contain the enzyme papain which aids the digestion of proteins. They also contain another enzyme called chymopapain. Both these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Papayas are a real powerhouses when it comes to antioxidants,...

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