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Nacho-coated spicy bean and sweet potato 🍔burgers

Hello!

So it’s been almost a month of meat-free living now and I’m actually not at all missing it! I’ve had some time off so I’ve been able to experiment and enjoy all the recipes I’ve been putting together and there has been a few dodgy concoction fails but ALOT of good ones! I’m really not missing meat at home at all and I’ve not dined out as much this year as I want both dining out and meat itself to be more of a treat than a habit ( I obviously still frequent my coffee shops) I’ve been whipping up a lot of hot/cold salads and today I made something I’ve wanted to make for quite some time, an all time favourite of mine actually! As a child I loved Mexican spiced foods and spicy bean burgers were my favourite! I was actually a vegetarian for a couple of years in my early teens because as a family we all took the plunge together and I think this is where my love for these burgers stemmed from. That being said, I actually haven’t had them since childhood and I’m not sure why as they aren’t at all time consuming , a mere 20 mins tops and I was taken right back! I made mine with cornflour flat-bread as I can’t have bread at all due to a yeast allergy and I’m yet to find a suitable bread or a recipe which is both gluten and yeast free! Which is probably why I don’t make burgers often but none the less it was super tasty with the flatbread. You of course can make yours in gluten-free burger buns or normal if you’re just vegetarian. I can’t express how much these did not disappoint and I just wanted to eat all 6 to myself!

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato (peeled and diced)

1 can of berlotti beans (kidney beans also work)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 handful of coriander (finely chopped)

Half a bag of lightly salted corn chips/nachos

Salt and pepper

1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 table spoon of cumin

Olive oil

Method:

Start by boiling the sweet potato, garlic, and beans until the sweet potato is soft enough to mash. Drain and put into a mixing bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the nachos and mash together and mix well.

Make into patties and set aside.

Add the nachos into your blender and mill into fine breadcrumb like texture.

On a plate cover the burgers in the nacho flour and heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Fry on both sides until golden.

You can also oven bake these but having tried both methods myself, I found it quicker in the pan and the burger coating was a lot more crisp. You could also double cook and bake for 10 mins then finish cooking in the frying pan.

Serve with garnish, I used baby spinach leaves and some light mayo. They are also super tasty (especially appealing for children) with a little cheese and ketchup.

If you would like the corn flatbread recipe it’s simply

Half a cup of Cornflour

1 egg

Baking powder

Salt

Half a cup of water

Combine together into a batter and simply fry like a pancake in a pan until golden on each side.

Enjoy!

Laura x

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Veggie new year!

Hello!

Wow, how long have I been away!? Well I’m back now, I’m here to stay! I had quite a long break because last year was all over the place for personal reasons and house moving etc! I hope everybody had a marvellous Christmas and we are all rearing to go in this new year of 2018!

I find New Years resolutions so cliche but what with last year seeming like a fog of chaos, I’ve vowed this year to be super organised and mindful! I mean, I know half the world are likely vowing to do the same but really I am!

Other than being Uber productive this year I’ve also decided to turn veggie! Yes veggie! Not full veggie mind you. I am going to be meat-free (and this is an ongoing thing not just a January thing) for 6 out of 7 days a week but not when I’m eating out at restaurants because let’s face it I have so many preferential needs already that I don’t want to make eating out even harder for myself and I want to be able to enjoy it as hard as that already is being gluten-free and not by choice! Now, I don’t want to step on any committed vegetarians toes here by saying I’m not doing this “for the animals” it’s mainly for my own health and well-being but I guess there is the added bonus of going meat-free and every little does help both the animals and the environment right? ( please be kind to me 🙈) Anyway, I mainly set out to consciously make an effort to eat more veg,pulses, grains, legumes etc! have always eaten healthy because of my allergies but not had a particularly varied diet of the above and tended to stick to the same few things weekly and mainly on the side of meat.

So, thus far, I’ve been green for two weeks now (nearly)and it’s actually not as hard as I thought. Food shopping is so much more fun ( not to mention easier on the pocket) and i don’t know if it’s all the added nutrients I’m eating or just the new year placebo but I actually feel better in myself. Anyway, what are your New year commitments? Do share! And I will update you with my new veggie meal ideas and of course all the clever clean bites as always!

Much love

Laura

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Yoga 

Hey guys! So just a quick post to share my daily yoga routine with you all. I’ve always been a fan of a little home self taught yoga from quite a young age and along with the ‘Sun salutation’ I found this online and it’s amazing after a workout to stretch your entire body out! 

  I always feel so aligned afterwards, if that sounds crazy!? But give it a go – if you have a reasonable amount of flexibility to start with then it’s a good routine, if not then maybe start with doing the ‘sun salutation’ once or twice a day for a month and you will be surprised how much of a difference it will make. 


Peace out yogi bears! ✌🏽️

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Hooray for pancake day!

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Yay! Pancake day is finally here, have you been eagerly awaiting this day as much as I have!? 24 hrs filled with guilt after mountainous stacks of naughty little rounds, piled high with butters and syrups…I know right? it still sounds so delicious even with the guilt and why not its one day of the year after all BUT if like me you are sworn to the life of clean eats, then we need alternatives and we need them now! There is such things as guilt free pancakes and they come to us in the form of protein! So here they are, enjoy your pancake day

 Ingredients:
2 scoops protein powder of choice
1 egg white
teaspoon Baking powder
Splash of Water
Blend all the ingredients in a blender and use as little water as possible and then you can add more if its too dry, it should be quite thick batter that can still be poured easily into pan.

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Heat up your pan with a little coconut oil and pour in half the batter, protein pancakes are quite fragile so its best to cook them for as long as possible on the first side before trying to turn over.

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Toppings:
Blueberry compote:
Blueberries, honey, water
Heat in a saucepan until stewed and water has become a syrup like consistency.

Banana, peanut butter, honey, cinnamon.

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You can pretty much chuck whatever takes your fancy on top of your pancakes, these two are definate winners for me though.

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Happy pancake day ! 

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Crispy kale !

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There are lots of natural clean snacks to chose from and I hope to introduce you to many of them in the near future.

Heres one of my absolute faves of the snack world, ive never liked crisps but for people who like to reach for the default snack that is the fried potato, heres one for you to try, ever so easy to make and bursting with flavour and of course more nutrients than your average crisp.

You can either bake or fry (bake being the healthier version) either way its super tasty, its more crispy if you fry it but if you want it for a regular snack, I would suggest the oven baked option.

Preferably the kale is best when its been out in the air for a bit and its not so moist but you can just cook it right up. For the oven baked version, sprinkle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and bake until crispy and to fry heat up a pan of olive oil and carefully put the kale in (it will spit alot for a few seconds because of the moisture in the leaves) fry for about 3 mins then take out and put on to some kitchen paper to soak up excess oil.

This is great on the side of a meal or for a starter or you can put it in a food bag and take for a packed lunches.

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Tuna, sweet potato, spinach and feta bake

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Looking for healthy ideas for dinner tonight, that the adults and children will both enjoy? Look no further than this little gem I rustled up a few weeks ago, packed with protein and other nutrient rich foods for the health conscious and the growing little monsters.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized sweet potato (peeled or unpeeled)

Fresh baby spinach leaves

Feta or other cheese of choice

1 leek

1 tin of tuna

1 fresh floret of broccoli

Sweet red pepper (diced)

3 large cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

Tin of chopped tomatoes in own juices

Cayenne pepper

Tomato paste

Sprinkle of mixed herbs

Start by cooking the leeks, garlic, sweet pepper, spinach lightly in a saucepan with a little olive oil or water. Add the tomatoes and a tablespoon of tomato paste, mixed herb then cover and cook for 10 mins on a medium heat, add the tuna,season to taste,stir and leave aside.

Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds and do the same with the broccoli stalk and cut up the rest of the broccoli into small pieces. part boil.

Get a medium sized lasagna dish or casserole dish and layer up like a lasagna, starting with the tomato mixture then a layer of sweet potato with some feta and so on, sprinkle some cayenne pepper between the layers.
Sprinkle a little of the cheese on the top and some fresh ground salt and pepper

Cook at about 200º for about 30-35 mins  or until the potato is soft and the top is crisp and golden in colour.

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