Nurture to Blossom

My favourite healthy recipes

Need some inspiration on how to cook delicious, healthy meals at home? Take a look at some of my recipes that you can try.

RECIPES

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

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 Ingredients 

85 g Almond flour or Self-Raising Gluten free flour (you can also use half and half)

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

1 tbsp Coconut Palm sugar

100 mls unsweetened dairy free milk such as coconut, oat, almond, chocolate hazelnut

1 egg beaten

Optional – 1 heaped tsp of raw cacao (if you like chocolate pancakes)


Method

Mix flour, baking powder, salt (raw cacao if using) and sugar in a bowl. Beat egg in a separate bowl and mix with milk. Pour this into dry mix and blend. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan and pour the mixture in, fry until golden on both sides. 

Serve with: A drizzle of maple syrup, Oatly crème fraiche (dairy free), chopped berries or banana.

Chia Seed Pudding

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

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Ingredients   

40 g milled chia seeds

300mls unsweetened dairy free milk (coconut, almond, oat milk)

½ tbsp raw cacao

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tbsp maple syrup (optional)


Method 

Mix seeds, raw cacao and cinnamon together. Mix milk and vanilla extract along with maple syrup if using in another bowl. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients well and pour into a jar or a glass and cover. Stir again after 1 or 2 hours. Refrigerate overnight – serve with mixed berries, chopped nuts or granola 

Mushroom Soup

Gluten Free Pancakes

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Ingredients  

400-450g of a mixture of mushrooms white/shitake/oyster roughly chopped

1 large or 2 small onions roughly chopped

1-2 stalks of celery thinly sliced

3 cloves of garlic minced

35g of butter

½ tsp of black pepper

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

2 tsp of cornflour

750mls chicken broth/stock  

50mls oat cream (optional) 


Method

1. Chop up onions, celery and washed mushrooms. 

2. Melt butter in a saucepan, add the onions and celery and sauté for 5 mins, cover with a lid, stirring regularly. 

3. Add chopped mushrooms and sauté for a further 4 mins. 

4. Add minced garlic, stir and replace lid on a medium heat for 1 min. 

5. Add salt, pepper & corn starch, stir for 1 min. 

6. Add chicken stock/broth and stir, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 mins, stirring occasionally. 

7. You can blend at this point using a hand blender for a smoother texture or leave whole if you wish. For a creamier soup you can add some oat cream or pour a tsp on top and sprinkle with a pinch of chopped parsley. 

Green Smoothie Recipe

Carrot and Courgette Salad

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Choose one type of  liquid, one type of protein, with a choice of greens and fruit, blend together and voila, you have a healthy smoothie!!


Ingredients 

250 mls of liquid 

Coconut water/Unsweetened Oat/ Almond/Hazelnut milk 

3-4 handfuls of greens 

Spinach/baby kale/bok choi/romaine lettuce

350g of fruit

Blueberries,, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, orange, mango, grapes, pear, apple. 

If using fresh add ice, frozen makes the smoothie creamy or combine both.

Protein 

Seeds (flax, chia, hemp)/ Nuts (pecan, almonds),/Nut butter/raw cacao/cooked quinoa. 

Protein helps to keep you satiated and blood sugars balanced.

Optional Sweetner 

Dates/ maple syrup/raw honey/molasses/stevia – use a small amount if needed 

Optional

nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, lime. 

Carrot and Courgette Salad

Carrot and Courgette Salad

Carrot and Courgette Salad

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 Ingredients 

3 Coarsely grated carrots

1 coarsely grated courgette

1 dessertspoon of pumpkin/sunflower seeds

1 dessertspoon of sesame seeds

2 dessertspoons of fresh coriander chopped finely

4 tablespoons of French dressing

Optional: Freshly squeezed orange juice


Method 

Dry roast the seeds in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat until lightly coloured, allow to cool.

Grate the carrots and courgette in a large bowl.

Add the french dressing, coriander, orange juice and seeds to the bowl and mix together.

Season and garnish  

Black Bean Burger

Carrot and Courgette Salad

Carrot and Courgette Salad

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Ingredients 

400g Black beans drained and rinsed

1/2 green pepper

1 small onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 egg (beaten)

1 tablespoon Mild Chilli powder

1 tablespoon of Cumin

50g Gluten free breadcrumbs


Method 

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees fan oven and lightly oil a baking tray

In a bowl, mash the black beans with a fork.

Put chopped pepper, onion, garlic and beans - blend.  In a small bowl, stir beaten egg, chilli powder and cumin together.  Mix this with bean mixture and breadcrumbs in a bowl and divide in to 4 patties.  Bake for about 10 mins on each side.

Serve with gluten free burger buns, with tomato, pickle, hummus and harissa along with a side salad!

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

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 Ingredients

360g rolled oats (gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola)

225g of combination of nuts and seeds (pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, flaked almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

70mls melted coconut oil 

125mls maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30g Desiccated coconut (optional)

90 g dried cranberries (optional)


Method

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line a large tin with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.

3. Melt the coconut oil and pour into mixing bowl with maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well. 

4. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.

5. Bake until lightly golden for about 20-25 minutes.

6. Stir halfway – add Desiccated coconut here if using.

7. Allow to cool, then add cranberries if using. 

8. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Serve with natural or coconut yogurt!!

Veggie Stir Fry

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

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Ingredients 

1 small onion or 4 spring onions

1 carrot chopped finely

150g mushrooms

1 red or yellow pepper

1 courgette

150g tenderstem broccoli or 150g brussels sprouts peeled

50g of Mangetout

2 cloves of garlic

1tsp grated ginger

1 tablespoon of Soy/Tamari Sauce

1 tsp honey 

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 lemon or lime

Handful of Cashew Nuts


Method 

1. Heat a wok on a high heat and add the coconut oil. 

2.Add the carrot, onion and mushrooms and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the pepper, broccoli/brussels sprouts, courgette and mangetout and stir-fry for a further 3 minutes. Toss the ingredients from the centre to the side of the wok using a wooden spatula. Do not overcrowd the wok and keep the ingredients moving.

3.Add the garlic, ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute, then reduce the heat. Take care to not brown the vegetables.

4. Add 1 tablespoon water, soy sauce honey and cook over a high heat for a further 2 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked but firm, ensure vegetables are not soft.

5. Squeeze lime or lemon juice and add the cashew nuts and serve.

Minestrone Soup

Homemade Granola

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Ingredients 

1 large onion 

2 large carrots 

4 sticks celery 

1 courgette 

1 tbsp. olive oil 

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

Pinch dried chilli (optional) 

Large pinch dried basil/oregano 

1 can chopped tomatoes 

100g gluten free brown rice pasta or spaghetti broken into pieces 

1.5 L stock /bone broth  

1 can cannellini / butter beans 

½ head greens shredded (cabbage/kale/spinach) 

 

Method   

1. Chop onion, carrots, celery, courgette into small pieces 

2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and gently sauté the chopped vegetables, garlic and chilli for 5 minutes 

3. Add the tomatoes, pasta, stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes .

4. Add the beans and cabbage and cook for a further 4 minutes or until pasta is cooked 

 

Serve with some chopped parsley and/or grated Parmesan.


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