Cauliflower Munchies

Cauliflower is a very under rated veg! I think because it’s white no one thinks it’s special – ahh!!

I love it – especially raw or crunchy like this recipe. Cauliflower is from the cruciferous family which makes it particularly fab because these contain, among other things glucosinolates. These natural phytonutrients which serve to protect the vegetables from pests and disease in turn protect us from cancer. This amazing family of vegetables also contain something called indole-3-carbinoles which evidence suggests helps protect us from oestrogen cancers because they help detoxify unwanted hormones. Personally I choose organic cauliflower because it tastes great and you are maximising all these wonderful phytonutrients.

Cauliflower munchies

Serves 4

 Cauliflower, cut into little pieces

Sea salt and black pepper

2 tsp olive oil

pinch of ground cumin

1 tbsp Tamari

pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika

 

1. Place all the ingredients in a large bag or bowl. Mix thoroughly and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

2. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins at 180C.

 

 

 

Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup

Squash and Lentil Soup 2015

Butternut squash are everywhere at the moment both cheap and good for you – I like them best in a soup! Roasting them first really brings out their flavour. Orange vegetables contain high levels of the anti-oxidant vitamin A and butternut squash the highest levels of all the pumpkin family.  They also contains vitamins B and C, magnesium and iron.

I think generally squash are a bit of a hassle to  peel and chop up so this recipe roasts the squash in it’s skin to save peeling.  It works really well with cumin and turmeric so you can make this a very flavoursome soup. Plus turmeric is a superfood supplying high levels of anti-inflammatory properties and an excellent anti-oxidant. Turmeric can be better absorbed with some fat so I include plenty of coconut oil when roasting which adds to flavour too.

Red lentils help to give it a lovely creamy consistency but also ensure the soup is filling because of the protein. Red lentils are so easy to cook as they only require rinsing before adding. An excellent source of dietary fibre and protein they should help sustain you for longer.

This soup is great for people with digestive problems because of the Vitamin A in the squash and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric although you may need to leave out the lentils.

Squash and Lentil Soup 2015

 

Energy Bombs

Energy Bombssept

OK so why are these little balls of deliciousness so healthy and why are they going to provide energy!? Doesn’t a biscuit or a chocolate bar do that after all???  Er not quite in the same way or life would be way too easy! To be honest these ones don’t differ drastically to other recipe’s available but I always like to try things out, make sure they are straight forward and tweak things a bit….sometimes it works and anyway….here is why I chose the ingredients for this recipe which you may want to tweak yourself…

Dates…well there is no getting away from it dates are high in sugar and if we munched on them all day long they would rot our teeth and do nothing for balancing blood sugars. Plus probably have us running to the loo frequently! However they also have lots of health benefits eaten in moderation. They are easily digested which is great for absorbing their dietary fibre which is essential for good bowel habits and getting rid of cholesterol! They also supply a useful source of vitamins and minerals. They are even a source of iron!

Sesame seeds and cashew nuts are used in the recipe to ensure blood sugar balance alongside the sweetness of the dates. Cashew nuts are rich in protein which helps keep us full for longer and counteracts the blood sugar effect of the sweet dates. Cashew nuts are high in magnesium and full of good fats! Good fats are great for the brain and improve our healthy cholesterol levels. Sesame seeds are high in minerals, with really high levels of copper, critical for energy production.

The raw cacao doesn’t taste much different to cocoa powder (which can be used) but is packed with goodness from the bean of which some is lost in the Burnsville variety. Just to remind you raw chocolate is an antioxidant (that means cancer fighting) plus contains high levels of magnesium and iron.

Phew maybe they should be called Mystical Energy Bombs as they are pretty impressive!