5 easy ways to use turmeric everyday

Move over coconut oil, turmeric is the superfood du jour.

I thought everyone was on the turmeric train already but I saw a story on the front page of the Irish Independent last Wednesday announcing that turmeric is the new avocado so I guess we’re just catching on to turmeric’s antioxidant powers in Ireland. With this in mind, I just thought I’d share the ways I’ve been sprinkling this fantastically hued spice into my life. If you think turmeric is just for curries, think again. But before we get to that, let’s talk about why turmeric is so good for you. Continue reading “5 easy ways to use turmeric everyday”

Fancy a healthy snack? Try these oat-so-good banana oat cookies

Someone at work recently asked me what I do for ‘downtime’ and I said ‘listen to podcasts and bake.’ (I didn’t think ‘worrying’ was the correct answer.) So today I made cookies and listened to an interview with Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel, one of my favourite writers, talking about smuggling cocaine into Norway in her diaphragm and almost destroying her writing career. Cocaine smuggling and cookie recipes go hand-in-hand, ya know.

Anyway, against this unlikely soundtrack I made the easiest healthy 4 ingredient cookies ever. Bananas, oats, coconut and sesame seeds. That’s it. I’m always looking for a healthy snack to binge on when I’m hunched over my laptop on a deadline – and I love recipes with 3 or 4 ingredients so I don’t have to go shopping for baking ingredients I’ll never use again – so these vegan oat cookies are my new go-to healthy snacks when I need a sugar-free pick-me-up. Continue reading “Fancy a healthy snack? Try these oat-so-good banana oat cookies”

Looking for a nutritious vegan dinner recipe? This lentil stew is all you need

It’s National Vegetarian Week so I decided to share my favourite recipe for vegan lentil stew, my go-to recipe when I’m feeling run down or I haven’t been looking after myself as well as I should.

I first came up with this recipe after I found out I had a vitamin b12 deficiency after a few years of traveling and not eating what my body needed. After 20 years of being a smug vegetarian who never so much as needed a packet of Galfer, I was angry with myself for being ‘one of those vegetarians’ and set out to add vitamin B12 into my diet as much as possible, which meant – as well as fortified foods – getting to grips with yeast extract. Some people detest Marmite but I promise you, you won’t even taste it in this recipe. More importantly, just 5g of Marmite gives you 25% of your recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin B12 so I try to eat this dish once a week at least.

As well as the high iron content of the green lentils and broccoli, I always serve it with a generous serving of bulgur wheat for extra B vitamins or quinoa for added protein on top of the tofu cubes. People always gripe that they’re never full after vegetarian food. Well, make this stew and you’ll be unzipping your skinny jeans, trust me. Continue reading “Looking for a nutritious vegan dinner recipe? This lentil stew is all you need”

Treat your sweet tooth with these no bake chocolate oat bites

‘Instagram is better than a travel magazine’, I declared to an unimpressed group of travel journalists about 4 years ago. The lesson here? Know your audience. But I still stick by my belief in Instagram’s influence.

As my wanderlust waned (more on that in another post) Instagram started to give me another kind of inspiration: #foodporn. And yes, I am now a member of the Photographing Your Food Twenty Times As It Goes Cold group. Anyway, I’ve found so many amazing plant-based food bloggers and accounts, including Plant Based Jane, the Minimalist Baker and – my favourite – the Beaming Baker. And discovered a whole world of easy recipes and ideas to try in my own cooking.

The Beaming Baker has an unbelievably easy but addictive recipe for peanut butter and coconut bites that I can’t stop making (and my housemate can’t stop eating when I’m at work). As I mentioned before, I’ve been trying to go vegan after twenty years as your standard vegetarian (OK, I was vegan for almost two years in my early twenties) but this has been one of those weeks where I just NEED chocolate…and it’s only Tuesday.

So, I decided to add chocolate to Beaming Baker’s recipe and see how it turned out. The verdict?  Continue reading “Treat your sweet tooth with these no bake chocolate oat bites”

Easy 4 ingredient snack recipe: the best raw snack you’ll ever eat

Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to cut down on sugar but I just can’t seem to kick the cravings for something sweet, especially after dinner. Going sugarfree is making me go a bit Incredible Hulk so to combat this, I’ve been exploring the world of baking. Or should I say no-bake baking because I am all about the raw vegan treats these days, as you can probably tell from my Instagram.

My favourite, most addictive creation to date are these no bake brazil nut and date squares covered in melted dark chocolate. Words won’t do justice to how delicious these vegan snacks are but they’re kinda like caramel squares but healthier and so easy to make. Trust me, someone who can’t make a Pot Noodle can make these. Continue reading “Easy 4 ingredient snack recipe: the best raw snack you’ll ever eat”

Easy vegan recipes: 4 ingredient no bake coconut & cashew cookies

These no bake vegan cookies are so easy anyone can make them. Trust me. What’s more, I’m willing to bet everyone – even your picky, vegan-food-is-terrible friend – will love them – and eat them all on you. They are seriously the best raw cookies I’ve ever eaten. (Wait, can I say that about my own cooking?! Too late.)

Anyway, if you’re looking for a healthy vegan snack this weekend that’ll keep your sweet tooth at bay and that only requires 4 ingredients, here you go. Continue reading “Easy vegan recipes: 4 ingredient no bake coconut & cashew cookies”

How to make Golden Milk in 5 minutes

“Decaf’s for babies!” I used to scoff, as I sipped my fifth coffee a day. Just call me the Gordon Gekko of caffeine. After all, you can’t be a cynical hack without being caffeinated, right?

After daily bouts of ‘am I dying?’ palpitations, crippling anxiety and severe nausea around 4 months ago, my love affair with the coffee bean came to a soggy, anticlimactic end. Well, I still indulge in a cup of joe first thing in the morning (ok, and an occasional Starbucks when I’ve had a long day) but otherwise I’m happy with that one kickstarter cup and plan on going caffeine-free completely. Eventually. Continue reading “How to make Golden Milk in 5 minutes”