21. Cous Cous

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Blogtober day 21 is happening right now. This is a really quick and easy lunch to put together, you can even make it the night before and take it to work or school as a packed lunch ๐Ÿ˜Ž

What you will need (per person):
– 100g Cous Cous
– 160ml water
– 1/4 cube of veggie stock
– ground Italian herb mix
– the juice of 1/2 a lemon
– fresh basil to garnish (optional)
– 1 pitta
– 1 tbsp hummus
– veggies of your choice (also optional but will definitely liven up your plate)

Step 1
Boil the kettle and measure out 160ml of water. Add to a pan with the cous cous on a medium heat. Crumble the veggie stock in and squeeze in your lemon juice.

Step 2
After one minute, turn the heat down to low until all of the liquid has been soaked up. Then, turn off the hob and stir in the herbs. Cover the pan and leave for 10 minutes.

Step 3
Serve your cous cous with some pitta and hummus – delicious. I always add a good few veggies for added colour and taste ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ

Nutritional spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know this lunch is a healthy one.
* Rewired isnโ€™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:
Cous cous is a great source of vegetarian protein. It is high in fibre and rich in vitamins.
Chickpeas in hummus are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.

Happy creating!
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19. Thai Green Curry

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ It’s day 19 of Blogtober and this meal is so easy to make, really delicious and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold autumn eve.

What you will need (serves 4)
– 1 onion
– 1 carrotย peeled and chopped
– 8 baby sweetcorn
– 1 handful of snap peas
– 1 handful of broccolini
– 2 spring onionsย chopped
– 1 red bell pepperย sliced
– 1 tin of chickpeas
– 1 chilli pepper (optional)
– 1 tbsp Thai green curry paste
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp ground ginger
– 1/2 tsp lemongrass
– 3 tbsp coconut milk
– 1 lime
– coriander to garnish
– rice

Step 1
Slice the onion and sautรฉ in a pan of shallow water along with the red bell pepper on a medium heat. When the onion softens and becomes translucent, add the Thai green curry paste, ginger, garlic and lemongrass.

Step 2
After 2-3 minutes, add the carrot, snap peas, broccolini, baby sweetcorn and chilli ( if you have one) to the pan along with 200ml of water. Let this simmer for 15 minutes. This is a good time to cook your rice.

Step 3
Squeeze in the juice of your lime and add the chickpeas and coconut milk to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes on a low to medium heat.

Now you are ready to serve, garnish generously with coriander ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Nutritional spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know that this Thai curry is a healthy one.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in this meal for you as there are not enough in it to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this dish have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Chickpeas are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Carrots are a source of beta-carotene which is excellent for your heart and your eyes (it is sometimes used to treat age related macular degeneration).
Broccolini is one of the most wonderful vegetables around. If you want protein, calcium, zinc, iron, omega 3 fats, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A,B,C,E and K amongst many other nutrients, broccoli is your best bet.

Happy creating!

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18. Falafel wraps

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Day 18 of Blogtober brings you a delicious and healthy lunch recipe. I have these wraps at least once a week and they are yummy. You can make my paprika and lime falafel recipe hereย but if you don’t have time, just buy falafel from the store as it will make preparing lunch much quicker!

To make each wrap, follow these instructions:

๐ŸŒฏ Choose any tortilla you like. You can buy so many different types these days (always check the label to make sure they are vegan).
๐ŸŒฏ Spread 1 tbsp of hummus or vegan mayo onto your tortilla and add some leafy greens (raw spinach, kale or if you’re not ready for the dark stuff go for lettuce or baby leaf salad).
๐ŸŒฏ Chop up some tomato and/or bell peppers (you can buy ready made roasted peppers in a jar which taste amazing in these wraps). If you like a bit of spice maybe put in some spicy sweet fire beetroot or just some sriracha (or both ๐Ÿ˜‰).
๐ŸŒฏ Add as many falafels as you can fit in and wrap it up. Toast in the oven for a few minutes if you have time for perfection ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Nutritional spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know that these wraps are healthy ones.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in them for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these wraps ย have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Chickpeas in falafel are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Kale and spinach are great for a healthy immune system. They boost the health of your eyes, bones and cells. They are also rich in antioxidants.
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.

Happy creating!

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17. Chilli Sin Carne

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Day 17 of blogtober is here and we are over half way through – phew! Today’s recipe is a really warm, filling meal with some really healthy ingredients including protein, carbs and legumes making it a really balanced dish. If you’re not one to read recipes, you can watch my video Here

What you will need (serves 2):
-1/2 red or white onion
– 1 tin chopped tomatoes
– 2 tbsp passata
– 2 garlic cloves pressed
– 2 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tsp ground coriander
– 1/2 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tin mixed mexican beans
– 2 tbsp sweetcorn
– 1/2 a lime
– 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
– salt and pepper to taste
– fresh coriander to garnish
– rice of your choice

Step 1
Finely chop the onion and saute on a medium heat in shallow water until translucent. Then add the smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, coriander and cumin to create a paste with the spices and water for a few minutes. Add the passata, garlic and chopped tomatoes. Season as you go and simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes.

Step 2
Add the mexican beans, sweetcorn, lime juice and nutritional yeast. Simmer for a further 10 minutes or until you get the consistency you want. Cook your rice as you wait.

Step 3
Season to taste and garnish with lots of fresh coriander.

Nutritional Spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know that this chilli is a healthy one.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in the dish for you as there are not enough in it 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.
Cayenne pepper is thermogenic. It is a natural painkiller and reduces inflammation. It is also a blood glucose stabiliser.
Beans are amazing. Everyone should incorporate more of these into their weekly diet. Cannelini beans help with collagen production, vision and nervous system function and are also great for appetite regulation. Red kidney beans are Known to be great for cell development and anaemia prevention.

Who knew chilli was such a healthy dinner?! Make this one a staple in your house ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Happy creating!

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16. Apple Turnovers

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ All Rainy Sundays should consist of cozying up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea and a sweet treat. Blogtober day 16 has the perfect recipe for you with these lovely little pastries.

What you will need (makes 4):
– 250g block of jus rol puff pastry
– 3 apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
– 4 tsp apricot jam
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp nutmeg
– 2 tsp light brown sugar
– a sprinkling of icing sugar (optional)

Preheat your oven to 180c fan/200c convection oven

Step 1
Dust your kitchen surface with any white flour you have in the house and roll out your pastry. Cut into four segments (rectangles or squares).

Step 2
Distribute the apple slices evenly over half the length of each your pastry segments. Sprinkle the sugar and nutmeg over the apples.

Step 3
Fold the other side of the pastry over the apples and seal with water or vegan butter and press down with a fork.

Step 4
Heat up your jam in a pan on a low to medium heat until it becomes runny in consistency. Brush the top of your turnovers for a shiny glaze.

Step 5
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown. Dust with cinnamon and icing sugar and tuck in! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nutritional spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know that these turnovers are healthy ones.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in the pastries for you as there are not enough in them to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these tasty treats have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Cinnamon. What can I say? Itโ€™s one of those things that makes food taste like a treat and looks after you without you even realising it. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory, great for protection against disease as well as painful conditions such as arthritis. It also has beneficial effect on neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsonโ€™s and Alzheimerโ€™s by protecting neurons and normalising neurotransmitter levels.
– Look up to cinnamon for the benefits nutmeg has to offer as they are very similar. It helps to improve cognitive function whilst simultaneously reducing insomnia and helping with immune function.
Apples are also quite impressive when it comes to the prevention and the fight against disease. Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer with their antioxidants and flavonoids, apples are always a good idea.

Happy creating!

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15. Pizza

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ It’s the weekend and that usually calls for pizza so day 15 of Blogtober has the recipe for you. There’s something really nice about guilt free ‘junk’ food. Here’s how I make mine…

What you will need (makes 2 pizzas because who wants to share really?!):
For the base
– 250g strong white flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp yeast
– 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
– 160ml Luke warm water

For the topping
– 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
– 2 tbsp tomato purรฉe
– 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
– a handful of fresh basil leaves ripped
– veggie toppings of your choice (I went for courgette, mushrooms, olives and extra basil leaves)
– salt and pepper for seasoning

Step 1, make the dough
To make the base, measure out the strong white flour and add to a mixing bowl with the salt and sugar. Create a well in the middle of the bowl. Add the yeast to the warm water and stir well, the warmth of the water helps to activate the yeast. Pour the liquid into the middle of the well and fold in the dry ingredients. Using your hands or a mixer, knead the dough for 5-6 minutes. Lightly oil another bowl and transfer your dough.

Soak a tea towel in hot water, rinse it and cover the bowl. Leave this is a warm place for at least 30 minutes for the dough to rise.

Your dough should now have increased in size. Use extra flour to dust your kitchen surface and roll out the pizza bases.

Step 2, make the topping
Add the tinned tomatoes, purรฉe, garlic and basil to a pan and simmer on a low to medium heat for 15-20 minutes (I usually do this when my dough is proofing) until the mixture becomes a paste consistency. Season to taste.

Step 3, assemble
Spread the paste over the pizza base and add your chosen toppings ( if you use fresh basil, leave this until the pizza is cooked). Transfer to a baking tray (dust your baking paper with flour so it doesn’t stick to it) and cook in the oven at 180c fan/200c convection oven for 20 minutes until the base is golden brown and you can lift it easily from the baking tray.

When your pizza is ready, add some fresh basil leaves for a herby aroma (and for the aesthetic let’s be real). Dinner is ready!

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that these pizzas are healthy ones.
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in the pizzas for you as there are not enough in them to be worried about.
*The ingredients in these pizzas 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 ๐Ÿ…
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 itโ€™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 โ€“ a safer way than taking an Aspirin a day.

Happy creating!

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14. Creamy Avocado Pasta

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ 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 ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 itโ€™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 โ€“ a safer way than taking an Aspirin a day.

Have a lovely weekend everyone โค๏ธ

Happy creating!

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12. Caramelised Onion & Butternut Squash Pastry Parcels

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Hello! Blogtober day 12 is here with these little babies. I like these parcels because they make a great starter or you can have a few of them as a main meal.

What you will need (makes 6)
– 1/2 a butternut squash
– 2 red onions
– thyme
– 3-4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– 2 tsp light brown sugar
– salt and pepper for seasoning
– 1/2 cube veggie stock
– 6 sheets of filo pastry (jus rol are vegan and available in most supermarkets)
– balsamic glaze (optional but does make a difference)

Step 1
Chop your squash into small cubes and boil or steam them in the veggie stock for 5-6 minutes.ย When the cubes are fork tender, drain them and and leave to dry out.

Step 2
Thinly slice the onions and add them to a pan on a low to medium heat with either 1 tbsp of olive oil or 100ml of shallow water. Season with salt for the onions to sweat. When the onions begin to soften, add the balsamic vinegar and the sugar to caramelise them. Don’t try to rush this process as we want the onions to be really soft but not burnt, slow and steady please. Sprinkle over some herbs. Keep tasting a little as you go and add more herbs, sugar or balsamic vinegar if you feel they need more depth.

Step 3
Assemble your parcels. Add some onions and squash to each sheet and wrap however you wish. I tried to make mine triangular. The sheets are quite big so there is room for error. If you wrap them well, you won’t need to bind them together with vegan butter or water. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c fan/200c convection for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is cooked on both sides (you may want to turn them over at half time).

So there you go, ready to serve. I like to drizzle balsamic glaze over for added flavour ๐Ÿ˜

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that these pastry parcels are pretty healthy.
* Rewired isn’t going to tell you how many calories are in each parcel as there aren’t enough in them to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these tasty treats 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.
Butternut squash is excellent for your bones. It helps with calcium absorption and even improves the mineral density of the spinal column. It’s also great for your heart and lowers blood pressure.
Onion is such an underrated food. It is so good for you. It can improve your mood, does wonders for your skin and hair and reduces the risk of many types of cancer โ€“ yay for onions!

Happy creating!

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11. Chocolate Brownie Cake

๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Day 11 of Blogtober brings a little indulgence to your Tuesday. Sometimes you just want something warm and sweet to eat with your cup of tea or coffee.
Since turning vegan last year, I have struggled with sweet recipes. I haven’t been able to make even one cake taste nice, it’s a struggle! I have managed to make brownies in the past but minus the eggs and butter, there’s a hell of a lot of oil going on. However, with a bit of creativity, I came up with the best compromise; A vegan brownie cake! I learnt how to make a ‘chia egg’ and substituted butter for vegan spread and boom, no oil in sight โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ

What you will need (makes a small cake in a 7″ tin):
I know these are American measurements but I have a set of cups and oh my does it make everything so much easier! Google can calculate the weights or you can invest in a set – they are seriously handy!
– 1/2 cup vegan margarine/spread
– 3/4 cup golden caster sugar
– 2 chia eggs (1 egg = 1tbsp chia seeds to 3tbsp water)
– 1tsp vanilla essence
– a pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 3/4 cup self raising flour (this won’t rise much as it is a brownie mix)
– 30g cocoa nibs/dark chocolate chips
– 20g vegan marshmallows (optional but very naughty ๐Ÿ˜‰)
– 1/4 cup almond milk
– 1tbsp maple syrup

Step 1
Preheat your oven to 170c fan/190c convection

Step 2
Bung all of the ingredients in a mixer and mix until smooth

Step 3
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Test with a cocktail stick and if it comes out clean, it’s ready!

It’s as easy as that!

Nutritional Spotlight-
I can’t say that this is the healthiest snack ever, but what I can say is this; it’s far healthier to eat a cake with ingredients like chia seeds (now they are seriously healthy) and coconut spread (or any other vegan margarine) than with butter or eggs. Chances are, you’re not going to clog your arteries quite so quickly with this cake and you can relax knowing that you won’t be consuming any funky hormones/antibiotics/infections from animal products *ends rant here*

Happy creating!

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