Mango & Pineapple Smoothie

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie 4

This is a super refreshing smoothie and really healthy too. I love this one for breakfast as it really wakes me up. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie 1

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie 6

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 1
Calories Per Serving: 350

Ingredients

  • 1 Mango, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped
  • 2 Apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 0.5 Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 Cups/50 g/1.5 oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup/250 ml Water

Method

  • In a smoothie maker or a food processor, blend together the pineapple and mango until you have a smooth consistency
  • Add the apple and water and blend until smooth
  • Finally, add the baby spinach leaves and continue to blend until you have a smooth drink with no lumps left

Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole 3

Simple and delicious, a couple of minutes and this delightful dip is ready to be enjoyed. Serve with your favourite vegetables, or enjoy as an accompaniment to a yummy Chilli.

Chunky Guacamole 2

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Preparation Time: 3 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 2
Calories Per Serving: 173 (Average)

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado, flesh only
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 0.5 Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Method

  • In a small dish mash the avocado with a fork
  • Add the garlic, onion, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper, and mix together
  • Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days

Tropical Smoothie

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For a smoothie full of flavour and goodness, this is it! I am loving smoothies at the minute, hope you enjoy this as much as I did 🙂

Tropical Smoothie 1

Tropical Smoothie 6

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 2
Calories Per Serving: 301

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 Kiwis, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 Apple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • 2 Sticks of Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 Mango, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped
  • 1 Banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup/250 ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

Method

  • Place the celery, apple and almond milk into a blender and blender together until smooth
  • Add the rest of the fruit and continue to blend until it is all smooth
  • Best served immediately

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie

A quick and simple smoothie that you will want to make time and time again. I have to practically fight my toddlers for this as they love it as much as I do!

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie 1

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie 3

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 1
Calories Per Serving: 248

Ingredients

  • Half a fresh Pineapple, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 Banana, chopped
  • 1 Cup/25g/1oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup/250ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

Method

  • Blend together the Pineapple and almond milk until you have a smooth consistency
  • Add the banana and blend until nearly all of the lumps have gone
  • Add the baby spinach and blend until fully smooth
  • Best served immediately

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

I think soup could be my new favourite food at the moment! It’s so simple to make, very healthy but also a great comfort food on these cold wintery days. What could be better than that really! 🙂

Tomato Soup 6

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 120 Minutes
Serves: 4
Calories Per Serving: 197

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Small Red Chili, (about 6 or 7cm long) finely chopped
  • 12 Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 Sticks of Celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 Red Peppers, thin slices 2cm long
  • 1 Cup/250ml/9 fl.oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Cups/500ml/18 fl.oz Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  • Add the oil to a large pan and heat up over a low heat
  • Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the Garlic and red chili and saute for a further 5 minutes
  • Place the tomatoes into the pan and simmer for 10 minutes
  • To the tomatoes add the rest of the vegetables, milk and stock and simmer for about 90 minutes until all of the vegetables are nice and soft
  • Blend the soup with either a hand blender in the pan or in small batches in a food processor until smooth
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper and the dried parsley and warm back through
  • Heat through and serve immediately, or keep in the fridge for 2 days
  • This can also be frozen

Broccoli & Spinach Soup

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When you’ve only got a couple of things left in your fridge before you do your shopping, there aren’t that many things that you can make. This is were a good soup comes into it’s own. A simple soup that you can leave to cook while you’re busy doing other things. A few ingredients and you’re ready to go! Serve with some homemade crusty bread and this soup is a real winner 🙂

Broccoli & Spinach Soup 10

Broccoli & Spinach Soup 9

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 90 Minutes
Serves: 4
Calories Per Serving: 177 Cals

Ingredients

  • 550g/1lb 3oz Broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 50g/2oz Baby Spinach
  • 4 Celery Stalks, thinly sliced
  • 2 Onions, diced
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2l of Water
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt

Method

  • Heat the oil up in a large pan over a low-medium heat
  • Add the onion and celery to the hot oil and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add the garlic to the pan and saute for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the Broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Pour the water into the pan and let the vegetables simmer for about 50 minutes over a low heat
  • Once the vegetables are nice and tender take the pan off the heat and blend the vegetables until smooth. You can either use a hand blender directly in the pan or a blend in batches in a food processor
  • Once the soup is smooth add the uncooked baby spinach and blend again until smooth
  • Taste the soup and decide if you want to add any salt or not
  • You can now either put the pan back on the stove and heat through to serve immediately, or store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • You can also freeze this soup if you wish

Red Berry Smoothie

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When I’m having a busy day and I can’t seem to find the time to grab breakfast or have a bite to eat for lunch, I think smoothies are perfect. They’re quick to make, filling, delicious and full of yummy vitamin packed whole foods.

There are so many recipes out there for smoothies, but that’s because the combination of ingredients is endless! From simple two ingredient mixes, to mega packed concoctions that have been lovingly created. I’m hoping over time to have a mixture of smoothies on this blog, ranging from both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Here is my first offering, I hope you enjoy as much as I do 🙂

Berry Smoothie 1

Berry Smoothie 2

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 1
Calories per serving: 209

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups/220g/7.5oz Frozen Mixed Berries (Frozen Weight)
  • 3 Cups/60g/2oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup/190ml Water
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar (optional)

Method

  • Use the berries straight from the freezer. I used a mix of Strawberries, Blackberries, Cherries and Raspberries, but any mix will work. Just make sure there are no other added ingredients, it should be just 100% fruit
  • Add the berries and the water to a blender or smoothie maker and blend until smooth
  • Roughly chop the banana and add this along with the spinach and blend this with the berry mixture until smooth
  • At this point taste the smoothie and decide if you need it to be any sweeter. I added a tsp of Agave Nectar to sweeten it up, but you don’t need to add this if you don’t want
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy 🙂
  • Because of the frozen berries in this recipe this is the perfect smoothie to take to work or to take out and about with you as it stays nice and cold even out of a fridge