7. Apple Spice Delight

πŸπŸ‚ Β It’s Friday and what better to celebrate the weekend and day seven of Blogtober than with this cheeky tipple?! It tastes like autumn, makes you feel all cosy and is the perfect way to start a fun filled night.

To make one drink you will need-
– 1 shot of spiced rum (or two if you are so inclined)
– 1/2 tsp of gingerbread or pumpkin spice syrup (you can easily find these on Amazon)
– 1 cup of appletiser (or any fizzy apple beverage)
– 1 star anise

Et voila! You can thank me later! 🍹🍹

Nutritional spotlight-
πŸ˜‰ just kidding… It’s all about balance and moderation.

Happy creating!

Rewired πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

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5. White Wine & Thyme Spaghetti

πŸπŸ‚ Hello and welcome to day five of Blogtober! Today’s recipe is great for a family meal as it caters for the non-vegans too. It’s so rich and creamy, they will never know that it contains no weird cow hormones or traces of antibiotics that you would normally find in dairy products. It would also work for a date night as it is quite special, you just need to halve the ingredients as this recipe serves four 😊😊😊😊

What you will need:

-150g tagliatelle per person (choose dried corn or rice pasta to avoid any pesky eggs getting in there)
– 1 onion
– 3 carrots
– 1 leek
– a handful of button mushrooms
– 1.5 tsp dried thyme
– 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
– 1/2 cube of veggie stock
– 1 cup of white wine
– 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
– 300ml rice milk
– salt and pepper to taste
– basil/parsley to garnish (optional)

Step 1
Thinly slice the onion and peel and chop the carrots. Add these to a pan of boiling water (about 150ml) and turn the heat down to simmer. When the onion becomes translucent, chop the mushrooms and leek and add them to the pan. Add the herbs and the wine and let it reduce down for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 2
Add the nutritional yeast, rice milk and the halved stock cube to the pan and let it simmer on a low to medium heat until it becomes a creamy texture perfect for a pasta sauce. This should take around 15 minutes. The longer you leave it, the tastier this will be. Make sure you season with salt and pepper and taste as you go. When you are waiting for this to cook, boil your pasta as directed on the packet.

Step 3
When your pasta is drained and ready, pour your sauce over it and mix well. Garnish with your chosen fresh herbs and serve πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Nutritional spotlight-
*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this meal is a healthy one.
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in this dish because there are not enough in it to worry about.
*The ingredients in this delicious dinner have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Thyme is a wonderful thing. It has antioxidant properties and contains many flavonoids which help the antioxidants work their magic. It is also an anti inflammatory and antibacterial so is great for your digestive health and can get rid of nasty gas.
Nutritional yeast is a godsend for vegans. It contains vitamin B12 which is vital as you can’t get it anywhere else other than meat or through shots at the doctors. It is antibacterial, antiviral and also boosts your immune system.
Rice milk contains almost as much protein as cows milk but doesn’t come with the cholesterol, lactose, hormones or antibiotics – win.

So there you have it. It’s really quite simple but tastes absolutely lovely.

Happy creating!

Rewired πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

 

4. Bruschetta with homemade Ciabatta

πŸπŸ‚ Happy day four of blogtober! Today I will be showing you how to make bruschetta with home made ciabatta bread. If you don’t have time to make the bread, have no fear. You can just buy some from the supermarket and prepare it the same way to save time. I find it quite satisfying knowing I made everything from scratch and I have a lot of nostalgia for when I used to make this for guests when Mike and I used to work in France as chalet hosts. It looks so fancy and is actually really simple so here goes!

What you will need:

For the ciabatta
– 500g strong white flour
– 1tsp salt
– 1tbsp olive oil
– 400ml luke warm water
– 1 heaped tsp yeast

For the salsa
– 1 white onion
– 1/2 red onion
– 6 salad tomatoes
– juice of 1/2 lemon
– a handful of fresh basil
– salt & pepper to taste

You will also need a garlic clove and some extra olive oil for toasting the bread ✌🏻️
You may also want to drizzle some balsamic glaze over the finished product to make it look fancy and taste heavenly, but this is optional.

Step 1, Making the dough
Sift your flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt and yeast either side of the bowl so they don’t touch. (Don’t ask me why; science).
Make a well in the middle of the bowl and add the water and olive oil.
Fold in the flour and need the dough for 5-6 minutes. Add extra flour if the mixture is too wet. If you don’t have the elbow grease, or can’t be bothered like me, put it in a food mixer and use the hook utensil to do it for you!
When the dough holds and has an elastic quality to it, lightly oil another bowl and place the dough in it. Soak a tea towel in hot water, rinse and cover the bowl. Leave this in a warm space for at least 30 minutes for the dough to expand. Make a cup of tea and relax.

Step 2, Bake!
When your dough is ready, place it in a loaf tin (you may want to lightly oil the tin or use vegan butter/margarine to grease it so the dough doesn’t stick to the sides.)
Pop it into a preheated 200c fan/ 220c convection oven for 20-25 minutes. The bread should have a lovely golden colour when it’s ready.

Step 3, Salsa prep
When you are waiting for the bread to cool, now is a good time to make the topping.
Chop the onions and de-seed the tomatoes and chop them into small 1/2 cm pieces. Tear some fresh basil and put everything to a bowl. Squeeze over the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir well.

Step 4, Toasting (it’s go time if you bought your bread)
This recipe is not for those who are afraid of oil. It is a treat though and everyone should be allowed to indulge from time to time. When your bread has cooled down, slice it to about 1.5cm thick. You should be able to get about 10 slices from this I reckon. Brush each piece with olive oil on both sides and pop them under the grill for 2 minutes on each side.

Step 5, Plating
Peel your garlic clove and rub it over each piece of toasted ciabatta, be light with this as it can taste quite powerful!
Add the salsa generously and then use the balsamic glaze if you have it. Garnish with extra fresh basil for a beautifully aromatic plate.

Nutritional spotlight –
*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that this bruschetta is full of goodness.
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in the ciabatta or the salsa because as a starter or a snack, there are not enough in them to worry about.
*The ingredients in this recipe have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats – don’t be scared of the word fat because this is a good type of fat. It helps to prevent disease including diabetes and cancer and metabolic syndrome. Be careful when frying food with it – always use a low to medium heat to prevent carcinogens from raising their ugly heads.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins. They are great for your skin, your heart and your eyes. They also help to repair damaged cells from smoking so put your cigarette out and eat some tomatoes πŸ…
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.

These are great for dinner parties, you can use two loaf tins to make smaller loaves for crostini or use this original recipe for a starter. I love bruschetta because it tastes great all year round.

Happy creating!

Rewired πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

Seasonal Spicy Squash Soup

It’s Autumn! πŸ‚πŸ

It’s getting all cosy and the weather is cooling down so what better than a seasonal spicy squash soup to warm your cockles?! It’s so healthy you wouldn’t believe and its really easy to make. It’s really tasty and whenever I make it I surprise myself with how good it is so if you only try one of my recipes, make sure its this one.

What you will need:

– 30-40 minutes of your precious time
– 2 sweet potatoes
– 3 carrots
– 1 small onion (1/2 a large onion)
– 150ml rice milk
– 3tbsp nutritional yeast
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
-1 tsp Cajun spice
– 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves of garlic)
– 1.3L water
– fresh basil to garnish
– crusty bread (of your choice)

Step 1
Peel and chop all of your veg. You can chop the pieces relatively chunky as you will blend them later anyway.

Step 2
Add all of the veg to the pot along with 3-400ml of water on a high heat and set to boil.

Step 3
Once the water is boiling, add garlic, paprika and Cajun spice and season with salt and pepper. Let this continue to boil/simmer on a medium heat for about 5-7 minutes for the veggies to soak up the spices.

Step 4
Add the nutritional yeast, rice milk and extra water to the pot. Cover the pot and leave to simmer on a low to medium heat for 15 minutes.

Step 5
Put the mixture into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Step 6
Put the blended mixture back into the pot and simmer for 5 more minutes to let the flavour deepen. Season to taste and garnish with basil. Serve with bread for extra indulgence and enjoy! (It tastes extra yum with some cashew cream on top – if you’re feeling fancy πŸ˜‰)

Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that this soup is a healthy one.
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories for you as there aren’t enough in the soup to worry about.
*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in this soup have many benefits and I will list jut a few:

Carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes all help with eye health, collagen production and lung health.
Garlic is well known for it’s health benefits. It protects against cancer by blocking the conversion of nitrates and nitrites into cancer as well as inhibiting the action of aflatoxins (the substance found in peanuts which cause cancer). It can lower cholesterol and also prevents blood clots – a safer way than taking an Aspirin a day.
Nutritional yeast – A vitamin B12 supplement which is a must for all vegans (plus it’s very very tasty – bonus!).

So there you have it – why not give this recipe a try? Just use the hashtag Rewired and I will keep an eye out for your creations on Instagram.

Happy creating!

Rewired πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

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