3. Gingerbread Latte Breakfast Smoothie

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Blogtober day three is here! When experimenting in the kitchen (my happy place) I came up with the idea for a gingerbread latte smoothie. I’m not really a fan of fruit – yes I know it’s strange coming from a vegan but I much prefer to eat veggies. However, I do love coffee (even though we share a tumultuous relationship) and I do like sweet spices so the idea of making a smoothie taste like cake mixture sounded quite fun and a good way to get some fruit into my diet. So here it is, I really like it as its like eating pudding for breakfast ๐Ÿ˜Š

What you will need (for one serving):
– 1 ripe banana nice and spotty for sweetness
– 2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
– 1 tsp instant coffee
– 150ml almond milk
– 1tsp ground ginger
– 1tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1tsp vanilla essence
– 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
– 1/4 cup of porridge oats

Step 1
Heat up the almond milk with the instant coffee to dissolve the granules. This only takes a minute or so on the hob.

Step 2
Add to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Easy peasy ๐Ÿ˜€
Nutritional Spotlight-
* If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this smoothie is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in the smoothie because there aren’t enough in it to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this smoothie have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Bananas are so good for you. They are not as massively rich in potassium as most of you may think but they are pretty much good for everything else! They are high in fibre, full of vitamins and protein – yes protein! They help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure for a healthy ticker.
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.
Cinnamon. What can I say? It’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 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by protecting neurons and normalising neurotransmitter levels.

So without even noticing it, this tasty treat will be your health’s best friend as well as giving you the energy to start the day.

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

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Seasonal Spicy Squash Soup

It’s Autumn! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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 ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Easy Peasy Puff Pastry Pizza

The easiest pizza base ever – just roll and go! Here’s my recipe for an easy peasy puff pastry pizza which is both delicious AND Vegan – what more could you ask for?!

To make two small, or one large pizza you will need:
– about 30 minutes of your precious time
– 250g jus-rol puff pastry (it’s vegan yay!)
– 150ml – 200ml pasata
– 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
– a handful of basil leaves (and extra for garnish)
– a handful of spinach
– 1 1/2 courgette
– 1 tomato
– 2-3 sweetfire beetroots (optional)
– 1 mushroom (sliced)
– 1/2 small red onion (sliced)
– a dusting of flour (I just used plain flour)
– salt and pepper (to taste)
– 1/2 tsp garlic, herbs and tomato seasoning (or mixed, dried Italian herbs)
– vegan mayo (or you might want to branch out and use vegan cheese – I haven’t found one that melts yet)

Before you do anything, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius!

Step 1
Make the sauce. Pour the pasata into a pot with the garlic, some fresh basil and the dried Italian herbs. Simmer on a low to medium heat for 7-8 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2
Dust a chopping board with the roll out pastry. Make sure it’s a few millimetres thick as it will puff up in the oven. Prick the pastry with a fork (leaving the ‘crust’) so it doesn’t puff up in the oven.

Step 3
Assemble your pizza. Spread the sauce over the pastry and add the toppings.

Step 4
Pop the pizza in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the base is cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). If you want to add vegan cheese, add this to the pizza about 5 minutes before you take your pizza out of the oven so that it has time to melt.

Step 5
Garnish the pizza with a sprinkling of Italian herbs, fresh basil and spinach. Generously drizzle your vegan mayo over the top for extra prettiness.

Step 6
Enjoy your super tasty vegan meal. You might want to serve these with sweet potato fries or a salad for a lighter approach.

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Easy Breezy Coconut Curry

Hey peeps!

When you get home and it’s dinner time but you can’t be bothered, this is a great meal to whip up in just 15 minutes. Yea I got you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ingredients:
Rice (of your choice)
1 courgette
3 mushrooms
1 tomato
1 tbsp coconut milk
40ml water
1/2 tsp garam masala
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Put your rice on to boil in the pot (follow instructions on the pack). While this is simmering, chop your veg and put in a pan with your water on a medium heat. When the veg starts to soften (after about 4/5 mins) add in your garam masala and lemon juice. Keep this going for another 5 minutes and then add the coconut milk and season to taste. Add some fresh coriander if you have any available as it just makes everything tastes amazing and light and yummy!

Happy creating

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Creamy, Smokey Paprika Sauce

Hello people!

I’m back and I’m coming at you with a super indulgent, super yummy and also super healthy sauce to adorn your meals. With it’s deep flavour and creamy texture, you’re onto a winner making this as a topping for your pasta, gnocchi, baked potatoesโ€ฆ you could even just use it as a warm dip for chips, tortillas or veggies for a healthier snack.

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To make my ‘Creamy, Smokey Paprika Sauce’ you will need:

– 30 minutes of your precious time
– 1 carrot peeled and chopped
– 1 sweet potato peeled and chopped
– 1/4 butternut squash peeled and chopped
– 2 cloves of garlic pressed
– 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
– 2 tsps smoked paprika
– 1 tsp cajun spices
– 170ml rice milk (or almond milk if you prefer)
– 1 tsp coconut milk
– The juice of half a lemon
– salt and pepper for seasoning (to taste)

Step 1
Put the carrot, sweet potato and butternut squash in a pan of boiling water. Leave on a medium heat for 20 minutes or so until the veggies are soft.

Step 2
Pour the rice milk and coconut milk into the blender. Drain the boiled veggies and then add them to the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

Step 3
Pour the mixture back into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes until hot for the garlic to cook and enhance the flavour of the spices. Season to taste et voila! Your sauce is now ready for pouring ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ

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Nutritional spotlight
*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that this sauce is a healthy one.
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories for you as there aren’t enough in the sauce to worry about.
*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in this sauce have many benefits and I will list just a few:
Carrots and 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 substances 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 so tasty who wouldn’t want to eat it?!)

So there you have it ๐Ÿ˜Ž Why not give this recipe a try? Just #rewired and I’ll keep an eye out for your creations on Instagram. Also, why not challenge me to try out one of your recipes? Just tag me and I’ll get right on it!

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Friday Faves

Here are three little treasures I’ve found recently for happiness and health โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

1. The Body Shop

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For me, living a more conscious life is about making little changes often. Trying to save the planet is too much to take on all at once and I would imagine you are less likely to succeed and more likely to become down trodden with guilt because in this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible to live without doing something that is damaging to your body and/or the environment.
One little step I have taken recently is to buy these beauties fromย the body shop:

*Coconut milk body lotion
*Coconut shower cream
*Vanilla body mist

They are all vegan (I checked their list of vegan products). Ethics aside, my skin feels softer than ever and I smell like ice cream – yes! I would highly recommend these items to anyone and I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

2. Big Magic

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Elizabeth Gilbert is a goddess. She is honest and humble and absolutely hilarious. If you’re feeling a little lost on your life path and need a few words of encouragement, Big Magic will be your go to ‘pick-me-up.’

After living in my new home for over 6 months, I finally set up my recording studio in my bedroom and started writing music again. I also downloaded a few photo editing apps to fiddle around with for my food photography. My yoga practice has become part of my daily routine again and I feel more connected to my body now than I have in a long time.

Creative living beyond fear is a reminder that the reason any of us creates anything is because we enjoy it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life so far, it’s that happiness is the key to everything. We don’t have to impress anyone, we don’t have to become successful in the eyes of others. Success is found in a life of fulfilment, having friends to laugh with, partners to love, family ties and activities to inspire us. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for giving me the kick up the arse I needed!
3. Hot For Food – Mac N Peas!

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Going vegan is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have found it incredibly easy and also really exciting coming up with new recipes and sharing them with friends and family (although I do have to tell my friends that I’m okay with it if they unfollow me on Instagram as it’s mainly pictures of food and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea).

As we are on the topic of Instagram, I love trawling through pictures of food and picking up tips and ideas for my next meal. I also love YouTube for this. Most online vegan ‘youtubers‘ really annoy me but I’m a little bit obsessed with Hot For Food‘s channel. Last week I tried their Mac N Peas recipe and OH MY. Wow. It’s so simple and easy to follow and the result is the most comforting, indulgent dinner I think a vegan can have. A massive thumbs up from me and I dare you to give it a go yourself, you deserve it!ย https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=510fDkRzNz4

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Paprika & Lime Falafel

Hello lovely people โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ

So it’s the Bank Holiday – the one bank holiday where it is actually sunny outside and the Graphic Designer husband has to work for a deadlineโ€ฆ So here I am wondering what to do. Falafel it is!

Falafel is a wonderful thing and I wanted to create a yummy recipe for you all to enjoy on this springtime long weekend so here goes:

What you will need (makes 10 falafels)โ€ฆ

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– 40 minutes of your precious time
– 1/4 onion finely chopped
– 2 mushrooms chopped
– A handful of fresh coriander
– The juice of a lime
– 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
– 240g chickpeas
– 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
– 1-2 tsp smoked paprika (in this photo is hot paprika but smoked is so much more flavourful)
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp salt
– ground black pepper (season to taste)
– 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 3 tbsp plain white flour

Step one
Fry off the onion in a little olive oil on a low heat. Once translucent add in the mushrooms and when they soften and brown add the garlic for a minute or so.

Step two
Put all of your ingredients into a blender. (Sometimes the chickpeas are quite tricky to blend so you might want to have a go with a potato masher first to smash them up a little bit first).

Step three
Roll a spoonful of the mixture into a ball then repeat until all of the mixture has been used.

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Step four
Fry the balls in a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes to seal them.

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Step five
Put the falafels in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius (fan oven) or 200 degrees celsius (conventional oven).

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And there you have it. Paprika and Lime Falafel! You can add them to a salad or put them in a wrap for a yummy lunchtime feast.

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy falafels!
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories for you as there aren’t enough in them for you to worry about.
*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these falafels have many benefits and I will list just a few:
White onion is an antioxidant. Onions help with immune function and collagen production.
Mushrooms are known to help with metabolism and energy use.
Coriander is a blood sugar stabiliser. It can lower cholesterol and help with weight loss.
Chickpeas are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Cumin is a detoxifier. It aids digestion as well as being very good for the immune system.

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

 

 

Peri Peri Tofu Burgers!

Hey lovely people!

I haven’t been on here for a while and I can only put it down to getting marriedย – all that organising takes up SO much time ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•

I am back now though and with a delicious recipe for your chops โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

How to make the peri peri tofu burgers (2-4 burgers):

Step 1. Sautรฉ some red cabbage (about 1/5 of a cabbage) in apple cider vinegar for 3-5 minutes until it softens and season to taste.

Step 2. Fry off 225g braised tofu in 1 tsp coconut oil (or just break a block of firm tofu into the pan).
Stir in:
– 1 tsp of salt (use extra to season if necessary)
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1 tbsp Tomato purรฉe
– A sprinkle of onion powder
– A sprinkle of garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tsp ground coriander
– A sprinkle of nutmeg
– A sprinkle of cinnamon
– 1/2 the juice of a lemon
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– A sprinkle of oregano
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp agave nectar for a little sweetness
– 50 ml water

After about 8-10 minutes in the pan the sauce should thicken. If you need to add more water and or spices, feel free as you go along so that the tofu as flavourful as you want it to be.
Then you can begin to build your burgers ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Get your bread buns ready. Use a hand full of salad as the base then add the red cabbage. The peri peri tofu can then be placed on the cabbage followed by a generous serving of guacamole then add a tbsp of salsa and slice some red onion on top of you wish et voilร !

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Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

Guilt-free Coconut & Raspberry Puds

Hello people,

It’s Fridaywhoop! Today I returned from a week away with my girlfriends for my hen party so I’m in good spirits.

As I’m feeling all loved-up and romanticalย  I’ve decided to post a recipe just in time for Valentine’s day. This is something super easy to make with all natural ingredients so it’s guilt free and sweet enough to treat you and your other half this weekend or if you’re single this year, why not catch up with a friend and indulge

What you’ll need (makes 4 small or 2 large puddings)…

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– 15 minutes of your precious time
– 1 large handful of raspberries (frozen or fresh) and a few extra for decoration
– 1 small handful of blackberries (frozen or fresh)
– 1 avocado
– 2 tbsp agave nectar
– 1 tin of coconut milk (refrigerated – discard any excess water)
– 1.5 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp cinnamon (feel free add more if you fancy)
If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar

– A sprinkling of desiccated coconut will add to the taste and texture of the puddings and also looks very pretty.

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Step one
Put all of your ingredients into a mixer or blender (minus the desiccated coconut and extra raspberries).

Step two
Mix on a medium speed for 3-5 minutes. This will allow the coconut milk to whip and the mixture to become a mousse-like texture.

Step three
Up the speed to full for an extra minute to ensure the mixture is smooth (have a taste to see if you want to add any sugar or more spice).

Step four
Distribute evenly into serving bowls (or use empty jam jars).

Step five
Decorate the puds with the desiccated coconut and raspberries.

Step six
Leave to chill/set in the fridge for at least 15-20 minutes et voila!

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy puds!

* Rewired encourage you to eat these as a part of a balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen.

*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these puddings have many benefits and I will list just a few:

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener made up mostly of fructose, a type of sugar found naturally in fruit and vegetables.

Raspberries are a super fruit! They are great for immune function and help with collagen production as well as having detoxifying qualities!

Blackberries are also detoxifiers. The help to balance electrolytes and encourage iron absorption.

Coconut Milk is a great vegan alternative to dairy, rich in fibre and B vitamins.

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

 

 

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