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Coleslaw with Lime and Coriander (Cilantro)

25 Mar

I love coleslaw and most weeks make a batch of it to go with my lunchtime frittata.   This makes a nice change by spicing it up with lime and coriander (cilantro).  You could also add some hot sauce to this too.   Or perhaps chop up a few mild chilli peppers too.  Coleslaw is a great way to get some raw veggies in you too!As for the mayonnaise, it goes without saying that I use homemade and none of that white rubbish in a jar!  It is very easy to make and far tastier!   A batch of home made mayonnaise lasts about a week in the fridge, in a sealed jar/tupperwear pot.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cuban Salad

8 Feb
A colourful salad

A colourful salad

A salad that is full of colour and looks good enough to eat!  Part of the fun is the assembling of the salad but you could change how I have it if you are feeling creative enough.    This Cuban salad  recipe is an easy salad to make and very refreshing.     The dressing is fresh and tasty too.   I had difficulty restraining myself from munching the whole plate in one sitting! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cherry Tomato Stuffed Avocado

23 Jan

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I love avocados and this made a wonderful lunch for me, but you could serve this as a starter too.    It looks pretty on a plate and is just so simple to put together.  I love the bright colours and it almost looked too good to eat.    It tastes fresh  and light but will be fairly filling because of the nutrient density of the avocado.   Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients, healthy fats  and heart-healthy compounds.   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

18 Jan

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I normally use almond milk in my Chia puddings, but this time tried coconut milk.   It was lovely and creamy.  A great version of strawberries and cream for breakfast!  Or a dessert.  I often have chia puddings for breakfast but this can make a lovely dessert option too.  Chia seeds are gluten and grain free but one tablespoon of the little seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk.  More Omega 3 than salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries!  They give you energy and are also great for weight loss as they absorb about 12  times their size in liquid.  So will expand and keep you full as well as being nutritious.  They also keep your blood sugar levels at a sensible level.   They are one of the most versatile superfoods. Yummy, Tell me more Diva…

Minted Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Salad

5 Jan
Light and refreshing

Light and refreshing

This is a very light and refreshing summer salad.  If you like mint, you will like the taste of this. If not, move along, nothing for you to taste here!  I used my spiralizer to make curls of the zucchini, but you could grate this instead.   If you were serving more than one person, serve them in small individual bowls for an added cuteness factor.    My tip is to make sure you salt the zucchini well to get rid of the moisture as you do not want to be left with a bowl of water. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Strawberry, Spinach, Avocado and Goats Cheese Salad

8 Sep
Strawberries in a salad!

Strawberries in a salad!

I’ve used raspberries in a salad so thought I’d try strawberries.  Throw in a creamy advocado, a few spinach leaves and voila!  I added goats cheese as I like the tang of this against the sweetness of the strawberries.  If you wanted to keep this dish Vegan, just omit the cheese.   Or feel free to use another cheese…something blue would be nice.   Well, I just loved this.   It was sweet, creamy but not too sickly with a slight tang of the onion and the dressing.  In fact, I had two bowls and am circularing the fridge with a gleam in my eye, pondering whether to eat the rest or save it for lunch tomorrow.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Lemon and Blueberry Chia Pudding

14 Aug

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Although this pudding was not as thick as the others I have made this week, I still loved the slightly wet texture with the zest of the lemon against the plump sweetness of the blueberries.   Very uplifting and a lovely start to the day. If you wanted it thicker, add another tablespoon of Chia seeds.   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Nectarine and Ginger Chia Pudding

13 Aug

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I was actually looking for a fresh peach to make this but the shop only had nectarines which still worked out well.   They are like smooth peaches really!  Chia seeds are gluten and grain free but one tablespoon of the little seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk.  More Omega 3 than Salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries!  They give you energy and are also great for weight loss as they absorb about 12  times their size in liquid.  So will expand and keep you full as well as being nutritious.  They also keep your blood sugar levels at a sensible level.   They are one of the most versatile superfoods. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chocolate, Coconut and Raspberry Chia Pudding

12 Aug
Pudding for breakfast? Don't mind if I do..

Pudding for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do..

Chia seeds are a great superfood.  They are rich in omega-3, antioxidants and many minerals. Higher in calcium than milk, and high in fibre.   I wanted to start incorporating these little power seeds into my diet and now have a pudding for breakfast!  Who would have thought the phrase breakfast pudding was healthy?!   The great thing about this is that it is very filling and will keep you full.  Just make sure you drink plenty of water as they are high in fibre and absorb a lot of water. Yummy, tell me more Diva…!

Chia Seeds

12 Aug

Chia seeds

I’ve recently been playing around with Chia seeds and currently enjoy them most in a pudding form that I have for breakfast.   Pudding for breakfast you say? Madness?  No.  It’s a great way to start the day, keeps you full and are full of nutrients.  Chia seeds are gluten and grain free but one tablespoon of the little seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk.  More Omega 3 than Salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries!  They give you energy and are also great for weight loss as they absorb about 12  times their size in liquid.  So will expand and keep you full as well as being nutritious.  They also keep your blood sugar levels at a sensible level.   They are one of the most versatile superfoods.

When added to liquid they create a substance that looks like gelatin.   Or a tapioca pudding.  This gel like substance is due to the soluble fibre in the Chia seed.  This form is often used as an egg substitute.  I’ve tried it without success but will try again.   However, a great substitute for those with an egg allergy.

Allegedly, this little power houses of seeds were used as a staple of their diet and as an energy food.  Runners and warriors would use them for sustenance whilst running long distances or during battle.

Try to keep to one to two tablespoons of seeds a day.   Mix up in a pudding, add to a smoothie, sprinkle over a salad.

Personally, I love making breakfast puddings and chia seed jam with them to get my daily boost of these super seeds!

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