Warming spiced pumpkin apple soup (vegan)

This warming bowl of sweet spiced soup is perfect for this time of year, it fills your belly and warms your body which is just what we need when the weather outside is rubbish.

Benefits: The pumpkin/squash in this recipe is filled with skin loving vitamin A some of which is fat soluble, so to really benefit from it make sure to include the almond butter or another good fat source. The spices in this recipe are also great for skin due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus you get some vitamin C from the fruit and veg which is helpful for skin elasticity but also your immune system which can take a hit this time of year, plus it’s 2/5 a day so eat up folks!

Warming spiced pumpkin apple soup (vegan) Dinner Lunch vegan

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Chipotle carrot chips with hummus

This “chip” dinner is definitely a winner!
It’s full of flavour and heat but also counts as 1/5 a day and is a lower carb version of the normal potato based one.
Benefits: The carrots are filled with skin loving and antioxidant packed Vitamin A, roasting carrots actually increases their antioxidant levels which is a bonus. See here for more info.

If you don’t have hummus you can serve it up with whatever dip/sauce you like, but to me hummus is Heaven and I’ll have it whenever I can so it’s my choice of dip here.

Chipotle carrot chips with hummus Dinner Lunch vegan

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Chocolate chip banana avocado pancakes

This may seem like a strange combo but the banana and avocado in the pancake mix help to keep it really soft and moist even if it does have a slightly green tinge! Plus it’s a great way to get avocado into your diet without really noticing, making it a great recipe to use when introducing kids to avocado for the first time.

I used a wholegrain buckwheat flour for the mix which provides a gluten free source of fibre but the end result still remains light and soft because of the amount of moisture in the other ingredients and due to the baking powder, so don’t forget to add this.

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Bejewelled bean & creamy chipotle filled sweet potato

Creamy ✔
Spicy ✔
A pop of sweetness ✔
Protein and fibre packed ✔
2/5 a day ✔
What’s not to love?

Such an easy, tasty meal to whip up and depending on how you choose to cook it, it can be made in mere minutes!
This recipe is also super nutritious and a great one for after a workout with good carbs from the sweet potato, protein from the yogurt and beans and some great antioxidants from the pomegranates and Vitamin A in the sweet potato.
It can also be easily tailored for those with dairy allergies or vegans by using a dairy free yogurt.

Bejewelled bean & creamy chipotle filled sweet potato Dinner Lunch vegan

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Healthier taco chip

“Taco” a look at this indulgent, healthier Saturday night fakeaway! (sorry, couldn’t resist).

For those of you not from Northern Ireland you may have a different idea of what a taco chip is but over here it’s a typical takeaway dish that uses fried white chips that get covered in mince, melted cheese and a special taco sauce. It’s a properly indulgent, Saturday night blowout kind of treat. I’ve only ever had it once or twice in my life and I’m not going to lie, it’s flipping delicious! However, I’ve never really liked red meat so would always pick around this bit and I’ve been craving one recently so I decided to make a healthier one. This is what I tend to do with my cravings, I’ll try to satisfy them with a healthier homemade version first, which works 9 times out of 10.

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What’s even better is that this version contains 2/5 a day (the tomato puree actually counts as 1 as it’s so concentrated) and contains many more nutrients with none of the deep fried fat as it’s baked, you can also get some good omega 3 fats in there too by choosing an organic cheddar cheese.
As for the mayo and cheese, I feel no guilt with these ingredients as I use good quality versions and the rest of the dish is pretty lean therefore it actually needs the fat for flavour and moisture, otherwise you wouldn’t really want to eat it, but trust me, if you make this version, you WILL!

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20 min 1 pot veg packed lentil, cauliflower and mango dhal

This quick meal is not only tasty and cheap to make but uber healthy too thanks to the 6 different fruit/veg meaning it’s packed full of plant based goodness. There’s way too much to mention in detail so I’m just going to quickly summarise the main benefits below:
*Easily sourced cheap ingredients
*Lots of fibre = filling
*Protein from the lentils and peas
*Cruciferous veg from the cauliflower
*vit A and C from the mango
*Filled with plant based antioxidant goodness

Quick, cheap AND healthy, you have no excuse not to try this!
An optional but added bonus is the turmeric at the end which can help with digestion and is highly anti inflammatory especially as its absorption is greatly increased by the addition of black pepper.

20 min 1 pot veg packed lentil, cauliflower and mango dhal Dinner Lunch vegan

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