Lentil & Minted Pea Pate

lentil pea & mint pate

minted lentil & pea pate

At the yoga retreat one day we had a left over Lentil dish that I needed to use up, a pate always goes down well on a hot sunny day and is super simple and quick to make – so I decided to turn the leftover lentils into a yummy summer pate. The lentil dish that I was using was one that had been made by someone else the previous day, so Im not sure of the exact ingredients, it had some veg in it (peas & carrots) and this would have added to the taste.
Although Im not sure of the exact ingredients, I still wanted to post this recipe just to show that you really can use anything, it is so simple to make delicious new dishes out of leftovers from the following day (and a pate is probably the easiest of all) – just taste and see what you feel would be good to add.
Remember it really does not matter if it doesn’t quite work, this is how we learn how to put flavours together.  It’s all about getting to know how tastes, spices, oils, etc go together.  Enjoy tasting as you go, and relax and laugh if it all goes wrong – Im sure the dog will be most impressed with his new pate lunch!  😉

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really just have a play, taste your leftovers first and see what you have in your cupboard that could make a new and exciting dish.
For the dish in the photo I used….
Cooked Speckled Lentil leftovers
Tahini
Olive Oil
Fresh Mint Leaves
Balsamic Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Salt

If you are not sure of a lentil dish to use then have a look at this Lentil & Pea dish from one of my previous posts.  However, if you use this dish then you won’t need to add much or maybe any of the balsamic as it has quite a bit already.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with an electric hand blender.   Taste and add more of the same or add something new.
Garnish with some fresh leaves and there you go.  Simples!

Raw Porridge

raw porridge

raw porridge

I got to make this delicious raw porridge for our breakfast on the days off here at the yoga retreat, it is perfect for warm days and can also be heated if you would rather a yummy hot porridge for those winter mornings.
It takes just two minutes to prepare in the evening and two minutes to complete in the morning!
This porridge is so delicious you will have trouble believing that it is also super good for you.  And, as if it needs any more benefits, oats are high in fibre and nutrients and so slow to digest, so along with the nuts and chia seeds this raw porridge breakfast will keep you full and more likely to be snack free until lunch time.

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Unsweetened Brown Rice Milk (or almond milk)
Porridge Oats 

Chia Seeds
Raisins
Almonds (chopped)
Pinch of Ginger Powder
Two Pinches Cinnamon Powder
Pinch Sea Salt

Mashed Bananas

Any other fruit – I used chopped fresh Apricots 

Place all the ingredients (except the bananas and fresh fruit) in a large bowl and cover well in which ever milk you are using – it needs to be quite liquidy at this point so that the milk can be readily soaked into the oats and chia seeds.  Give it a good stir and have a little taste now, adding more of what ever you need/like.  Cover and leave in fridge overnight to soak.
In the morning, add more milk if necessary until you reach your desired consistency, then mash the banana and stir into the porridge.
Top with your favourite fresh chopped fruit to serve.

 

Chocolate Peanut Fudge

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yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!!!!

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Dates
Coconut Oil
Cacao Powder
Carob Powder
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Salt (maybe if needed)

I used equal amounts of dates, oil and powder (mixing the two powders together)
Chop dates and remove stone, then soak in hot water for about 20 mins to soften.  Place the soften dates, coconut oil, cacao and carob powders in a blender and blend until smooth (takes seconds) Have a taste now, does it taste chocolaty enough?  Carob is more bitter so if it you like your chocolate bitter you know what to do.  Place this paste into a bowl and stir in the crunchy peanut butter. Have a taste now, does it need salt?

Place this mixture into a non stick cake tin and place into the fridge to cool and set.  When firm, cut and devour!!!

ps – cacao contains caffeine so best eaten a long time before bedtime (if you are caffeine sensitive you can always use more carob and less cacao)

Mushroom Rice

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Super simple to make, this delicious vegan mushroom rice dish is almost a meal in itself and is a great way to use up left over rice.  Will compliment most dishes and really easy to taylor it to the flavour to best suit your meal.

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Brown Basmati Rice (left over rice is great in this recipe)
Mushrooms
Onion
Courgette
Olive Oil
Cumin

These are the ingredients that I used for the dish in the photo but you really could use anything.  I began by slicing the mushrooms into quite small pieces, covered in a little oil  and then placed in the oven to roast for about 1 hour – stir every 15 minutes or so to prevent burning, and roast until they are browning nicely.  Chop the onions into small pieces and then fry in a little oil in a wok, I used a little cumin here but really you could use what ever you like or nothing.  When the onions are beginning to brown add the rice and stir well until hot throughout.  I grated a green courgette and a yellow courgette for colour and added right at the end and cooked just for a little while to keep the courgette crunch.  Stir in the mushrooms and your done.

Try experimenting with different herbs and different veg too.  Spice up your rice!

Roast Sweet Potato with Sprouted Seeds and Houmous

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This has got to be the most trouble free, simple, delicious recipe of all; I love sweet roast potatoes, I love sprouted seeds, I love love love houmous, I love easy recipes, cant go wrong really – stick the potato in the oven, time for a quick yoga practice and chuck it all together when done!  I actually made this recipe for the first time purely by what I had left over in the fridge and it has quickly become one of my favourites.

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Sweet Potato
Sprouted Beans/Seeds (I used a real mixture of alfalfa & broccoli seed, aduki & mung bean and chick pea sprouts! or you could sprout your own?)
Houmous (or make your own, recipe coming soon)
Olive Oil
Rosemary
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

After scrubbing your sweet potato under water, rub the oil, salt, pepper and rosemary into the skin and pop into a hot oven (180℃) for 30-50 mins depending on the size of your spud.  The skin will be crisp and you should be able to stick a fork easily into the centre when done.
Chuck on a large handful of sprouts and a huge dollop of houmous and you are ready to tuck in.
Super simple, super easy, super delicious!!!

Berry Chocolate Green Smoothie

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I love a green smoothie, and this one is my favourite recipe at the moment, I will quite often have one for breakfast, they are super nutritious, quick and easy to make, great to set you up for a busy day working and delicious after morning yoga practice.
Being a chocolate lover, but unfortunately being a little sensitive to caffeine, using carob powder gives that wonderful chocolaty flavour that goes so well with berries, without the disadvantages of consuming chocolate.
If you want to make a green smoothie you will need a high powered blender to break up the cells of the green leaves, I use a Vitamix.  My friends commented that you would have to be mad to buy such an expensive machine, but I have to say that it has been worth every penny.  I use it pretty much every day and it is extremely good at what it does.
There is a whole host of information out there regarding the benefits of drinking green smoothies, I personally would say that I feel good when I drink them, I somehow feel more awake in the morning after drinking a green smoothie.

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Green Leaves – I used the carrot top leaves in the photo, they are quite peppery so less needed if you are new to green smoothies, spinach is less strong so perhaps could use more of these
Berries – I used frozen blackberries, any will do, fresh or frozen
Ripe Banana
Almonds – handful, soaked overnight in water
Coconut Water – you could use almond milk, rice milk, plain water….
Spirulina – 1 teaspoon, perhaps less if you are new to spirulina
Carob Powder – 1 large teaspoon, or more if like me you love chocolate!
Acai Berry Powder – ½ teaspoon

Add the leaves, berries, almonds and liquid to the blender and blend at a high speed (for about 30 seconds if using a Vitamix).  Once the mixture has become liquid turn off the machine, add the banana and the superfood powders and blend again.  I have given a couple of guidelines for amounts in this recipe, but do play around with it, different flavours in different amounts create new tastes and experiences.

I feel that it is worth mentioning here that it is always good to use a variety of leaves, eating too much of anything, good or bad, can often lead to problems and/or boring habits.  So although this may become your favourite recipe too, use different leaves and fruits often, try different things – and don’t forget to let me know if you invent a good one! x

Delicious & Healthy Breakfast or Snack

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I absolutely love this tasty little treat, one of my favourite quick and easy breakfasts or snacks, was a favourite with the yoga apprentices this summer, no sugar, no wheat, just healthy yumminess!

I love rye bread but it really needs toasting to bring out its full nutty taste and softness with a crunch.  I bought this delicious variation yesterday with nuts and fruits (it tasted as good as it looks)  Once toasted I covered it with lashings of organic almond butter and sugar free organic blueberry jam!  Very self-indulgent.