My journey to good health started with an elimination diet that was designed to figure out the root cause of some of my health issues. It did so much more than just that, which is why I’m such a great advocate for undertaking an elimination to get to the bottom of your health concerns. 

Not sure if you could stick to an elimination diet? Read on as I explain how to fit it into your life.

This recipe was inspired by Julie Cooke who was inspired by Rick Stein in his Food Heroes series. I spent all my childhood holidays at Padstow in Cornwall so have a real affinity with the sea and all things Cornish. 

We love these tasty seedy crackers straight from the tin but they are equally nice with a spicy topping. You can experiment with the flavours but I’ve found the sweetness of the molasses and the fiery nature of the chilli work really well.

Ingredients

 

  • 125g quinoa flakes
  • 50ml rapeseed oil
  • 250g pumpkin seeds
  • 130g sunflower seeds
  • 50g linseeds
  • 3-4 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 – 4 tsp dried chilli flakes, to taste
  • 200g molasses

 

Directions

 

Vegan Chickpea Wraps                      

 

These versatile Chickpea wraps are perfect as an accompaniment to curries or stews but work equally well as a salad wrap or with fajitas. I got the inspiration from the wraps they make on the Italian coast of Liguria. Here they are cooked on a super hot griddle often to great proportions and cut into triangles to serve along side fresh fish and salads.

 

I got into Matcha last year after discovering Matcha Latte (made with almond or coconut milk). It made a refreshing change from peppermint tea when I wanted a warm drink that felt more indulgent than a herbal tea. Having given up caffeine 4 years ago I don’t miss the taste or the ritual of it (or the headaches I used to suffer) but I do sometimes miss the warmth of a creamy drink.

What do you do with all those unused root vegetables at the end of the week?

My favourite option is to turn them into nutritious soup. This is one of my favourites. You can add pretty much anything you have to hand but I have a tied and tested recipe which seems to work well with a few tweaks here and there is we have a glut of spinach or chard etc

Give it a go and let me know your favourite combinations.

Ingredients

100g dried haricot beans – soaked in cold water overnight then drained.

2 heads garlic. Cut horizontally so you can see the bulbs

 

Sometimes a good old Sunday Roast is just what you fancy. This was an experiment which was a huge success. Expect to see the chickpea stuffing coming up in many guises as I experiment with stuffing chicken breasts with a meditarean version too.  I love roast vegetables and while Miss H has been reticent of late this was a real hit - possbly because there wasn't a roasted courgette in sight! You can experiment with anything you have in the friedge, roast cauliflower would work well I think. 

Serves 4

I love a home made granola where I know what’s gone into it and how much healthier it is than the shop brought stuff. This is the king of Granolas. It’s gluten free and made with coconut so is great for those who are oat intolerant too. Coconut is a fantastic source of good fat and helps you metabolise bad fat. Cocao, the purest form of chocolate without any added sugars is packed with anti-oxidants and carob, a relatively new ingredient for me, has many health benefits including being low in fat and high in fibre. 

 

I love Chia Pudding. It’s amazing how it soaks up liquid to become a gloopy, sticky mess. You need to get the consistency right or it can be a bit frogspawn-ish! So do experiment. Chia seeds are super hydrating, and are bursting with four times more iron than spinach! You can add any fruits that are in season to create a breakfast bowl or supper dessert. I like to add coconut flakes and seeds and nuts too for added fibre and protein.

 

Oh these little bars of heaven are oh so good. When I first made them they were devoured within minutes so if I want to keep them for more than a few days I have to double the batch ingredients (which fits in my tin better too)  and pop them in the freezer, ideally with a label no one can read but me! 

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