28. Polenta Served With Italian Herb & Wine Infused Veggies

πŸπŸ‚ Another day, another post for Blogtober. Today I have a really simple dinner idea which looks sophisticated but really only takes 10-15 minutes to make. It’s great for date night or an evening with your bff and is especially tasty with a nice glass of wine 🍷

What you will need (serves 2):
– 1/2 red onion
– 2 handfuls of button mushrooms
– 1 courgette
– 4 large tomatoes
– 1 handful of green beans
– 1 handful of olives (black or green)
– 1 tbsp Italian herbs
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 50ml red or white wine
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1tbsp olive oil
– 300g ready made polenta
– a sprinkling of nutritional yeast (optional)
– fresh basil to garnish
– balsamic glaze

Step 1
Chop all of the vegetables and add to a pan with the wine, garlic and Italian herbs. Let this cook down for 10-15 minutes on a low to medium heat and season to taste.

Step 2
Slice the polenta to 1cm thickness and add to a pan with the olive oil on a medium heat. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side, sprinkle a little nutritional yeast over the top if you wish.

Step 3
Plate up, garnish with basil and drizzle balsamic glaze over to serve. Bellissimo πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this plate is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this meal have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
– 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.
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.
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.

Happy creating!

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14. Creamy Avocado Pasta

πŸπŸ‚ It’s Friday again! This week seems to have flown by. Blogtober day 14 is here to save you from slaving away in the kitchen tonight, giving you more time to relax and have fun with friends. It’s such an easy recipe and tastes really scrumptious πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

What you will need (serves 4)
– 3 small avocados or 2 large
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 200 ml rice milk
– 1/2 lemon
– a handful of fresh basil leaves
– salt and pepper to season
– pasta
– veggies for the topping (I used green beans and cherry tomatoes)

Step 1
Get your pasta boiling as per instructions on the packet and steam some veggies.

Step 2
Pop the avocado, garlic powder, rice milk, juice of the lemon and ripped basil leaves into the blender. Blitz until creamy and smooth then season to taste.

Step 3
When your pasta is al dente, drain it and put at back in the pan. Pour the avocado sauce over the pasta and stir well. Let this heat up on the hob for 2-3 minutes and you will be ready to serve 😊

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this dish is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in this meal because there aren’t enough in it to be worried about.
*The ingredients in this recipe have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Avocados are a fantastic source of monosaturated fats (the good type of fat). They can lower your total cholesterol levels significantly and also help your body to absorb nutrients from other plant foods.
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.
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.

Have a lovely weekend everyone ❀️

Happy creating!

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9. Goodness Gnocchi

πŸπŸ‚ Happy Sunday kids. It’s day 9 of Blogtober and this is the perfect autumnal dinner to keep you warm and cosy as the evenings get colder. Another great family meal for non-vegans too as the flavour is lovely and rich, you won’t even think about the absence of meat.

What you will need (serves 2):
– 500g gnocchi
– 1 handful of button mushrooms
– 1 courgette
– 1/2 onion
– 1 cup of red wine
– 1 tbsp passata
– 1 tin chopped tomatoes
– 1/2 tsp rosemary
– 1 tsp thyme
– 1/2 tsp marjoram
– 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– salt and pepper to taste
– fresh herbs to garnish (optional)

Step 1
Finely chop your onion and sautΓ© in a pan of shallow water on a low to medium heat with a pinch of salt to sweat the onion. When the onion turns translucent, add your courgette and mushrooms (all chopped into small pieces) to the pan. Add more water if it dries up.

Step 2
After a few minutes, add the passata, garlic, herbs and wine. Let this reduce down for about 5 minutes. This allows the vegetables to soak up the wine and for the alcohol to cook out.

Step 3
Add the chopped tomatoes and Dijon mustard. Allow everything to simmer down on a medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until you have a thick sauce consistency. Season to taste and add extra herbs if you feel it needs more flavour.

Step 4
Boil you gnocchi following the instructions on the packet. Pour the sauce over and garnish with basil or parsley for added depth and prettiness.

Nutritional Spotlight-
* If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this dinner is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in this meal because there aren’t enough in it to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this dish have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Red wine contains resveratrol which is a naturally occurring phenol with cancer fighting abilities.
Rosemary has antioxidant properties and also contains essential oils which are anti inflammatory and antiseptic.
– Similarly to rosemary, Marjoram also has anti inflammatory and antiseptic components. It’s great for skin and hair also.

I really love this meal and it is really special with a nice glass of red, some candles and a good movie to watch. Relax and enjoy…🍷

Happy creating!

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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!

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