Pea & Mint Soup

This simple soup is my go to if I need to go food shopping or just need to eat something really comforting. I love homemade soups as I like to know exactly what is going into the food my family and I are eating. Also ideal for vegetarians, as a starter or chilled in warmer climates. Packed with absolute goodness, super easy to make and really quick, you can’t go wrong! As always you can add whatever you like as you go along, experimenting is all part of the fun, but this recipe is fool proof and tastes delicious. If you’re on a budget it’s really cost effective and incredibly filling. Served with some crusty bread and a little crème fraiche this super healthy meal will definitely become a firm favourite in your home as it has in ours. Download must Tove Lo Featuring Hippie Sabotage ‘Stay High’ Amazing! Enjoy!

What you will need: Two cloves of garlic, One onion, Olive oil, Half a bag of frozen peas, One vegetable stock cube, A handful of fresh mint and half a bag of spinach, Salt and pepper to taste, Crème fraiche or natural yoghurt (Optional of course)

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Step one; Heat the oil of your choice in a large pan, add the garlic, onions and slowly cook for around ten minutes on a low heat. Careful not to burn!

Step two; Add a litre of boiling water, pop in the vegetable stock, peas, mint and spinach, bring to a boil and then let it simmer for around thirty minutes.

Step three; Season with salt and pepper and blend! Easy peasy!

 

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Falafel Burgers

This is my mums recipe for home made falafel burgers, she is an amazing cook and everything I know has been taught from her. As a family we have always ate nutritious home cooked meals, even when I leave my Grandparents house I am laden with bags full of organic goodies from my Granddads allotment. Eating clean, fresh, good food is a way of life for me, without having to compromise on taste or spending all my life slaving in the kitchen. I don’t believe in fad diets, eating three good meals a day, knowing how to control your portion sizes, choosing the right snacks in between and having treats  in moderation is the way to not only look after your figure, but to also feel good, have great energy levels and know that you are taking care of your inner self. If you are on a budget this recipe is really cost effective too, for the kids toast a whole wheat burger bun, melt a little cheddar cheese and add some ketchup, they will go down a treat! The past year I have really cut down on my intake of red meat, I still enjoy the odd fillet steak or lamb dish, but I mostly eat white meat & fish. These burgers are super filling, incredibly tasty and so easy to make. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, mainly made of chickpeas, you can roll this mixture into balls and also eat in pitta breads, gorgeous warmed up with salad and houmous. Falafel is high in protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre. Chickpeas are also low in salt, fat and contain no cholesterol, key nutrients are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine and vitamin B. Wow! So you get the idea, a great alternative too meat and really good for you!

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What you will need to make four patties:

2 cans or 1 large jar of chickpeas, breadcrumbs, olive oil, 1 lime, half a red onion, half of a courgette, 1 carrot, a handful of cherry tomatoes, 1 spring onion, half a handful of fresh coriander, 1 tsp of ground cumin, 1 tsp of ground nutmeg, 1 tsp of paprika, If you like them spicy a few dried chilli flakes.

Preparation:

1. Drain the chickpeas, put into a large pan, mash, add the juice of half a lime and the spices, add salt and pepper to season.

2. In a separate frying pan heat the olive oil, finely slice the veggies and fry off over a medium heat for five minutes. After five minutes add the veggie mixture to the chickpeas, mix well.

3. Take the mixture, sprinkle breadcrumbs onto a cutting board, with your hands form into separate patties ensuring to coat well with the breadcrumbs (So it all sticks together) You can also use an egg to help the mixture stick, but I didn’t find it necessary.

4. Once the patties are formed, go back to your frying pan, heat some fresh oil and fry off for around 4-5 minutes each side, until they start to look nice and crispy.

5. Serve with a fresh rainbow salad and your choice of sauce on the side, we love them with some ali oli (garlic mayonnaise) Squeeze the other half of the lime over the burgers and salad to finish. As seen in the pics, they’re also tasty with a fried egg on top, which is how my brother takes his 😉