body talk: recipes

recipes for living

These are a few ideas for preparing tasty, colourful, whole and healthy dishes. They are easy and fast and I’ve taken them from a little booklet I wrote called ‘Recipes for Living’ that you can order from me online.

Red, White & Green Salad
1 head of raw cauliflower florets
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, or 1 spring onion finely sliced
1 handful baby spinach leaves
1 sprig parsley or coriander, chopped
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 Tbsp plain live yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oilToss the ingredients together in a bowl 

Chicory, Apple  & Avocado Salad
1 small head of chicory, sliced thinly
1 tangy eating apple, sliced
1 spring onion, chopped
1 avocado pitted and sliced
1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl

Avocado and Walnut Salad
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
1 tangy eating apple, sliced
2 Tbsp chopped dates
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts

Put in a bowl and dress with olive oil and lemon juice / cider vinegar

Summer Fruit Smoothie

2 ripe conference pears, peeled or
1 tin pears in fruit juice not syrup
1 cup ripe strawberries
1 cup ripe raspberries
1 cup blackcurrants
½ pint cold pressed apple juice


Taste-Bud Ticklers
Even someone whose taste buds are tainted by chemotherapy will enjoy a tall glass of these next two delicious and nutritious drinks! Just whizz and sip. Super quick, tasty and energising!

‘Chemo Colada’
1 large ripe banana
3 or 4 chunks of ripe fresh pineapple
1 Tbsp coconut powder
Ice cold rice/ almond/ soya / coconut milk or a tin of coconut milk to make up a glass full – just whizz.

‘Tummy Treat’
1 banana, sliced
1 serving plain yogurt
1 Tbsp runny honey
½ tsp freshly grated ginger or a sprig of fresh mint (or both)

Whizz with half a glass of apple juice 

Anti-Inflammatory Dressing

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its properties are enhanced by black pepper

1 tsp ground turmeric or an inch of grated fresh turmeric if you can find it
½ tsp fine sea salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 garlic clove crushed
1 tsp dried dill
2 tsp honey
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Put all ingredients in to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well!!

Pour  over your favourite salad

NB: If you prefer a thicker dressing whizz up with ½ an avocado.
Now you have a creamy anti-inflammatory dressing.

Rainbow Savoury Salad

2 large tomatoes in chunks
1 cup finely chopped baby spinach
1 cup finely chopped yellow pepper
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 finely chopped cucumber
1 sliced red onion
1 stick sliced celery
Some sliced radishes

Serve with nutty maple magic dressing

Nutty maple magic salad dressing2 tsp tahini light
2 tsp organic maple syrup
1 Tbs organic soy sauce
2 Tbs virgin olive oil 

Beetroot & Apple Salad4 small cooked beetroot
3 tangy eating apples
1 carrot
1 large sprig parsley

Slice the apples into thin wedges.
Chop the beetroot into small cubes
Peel or scrub the carrot and grate .
Wash, drain and chop the parsley.
Mix all together well and then drizzle with bee healthy salad dressing

Bee healthy salad dressing2 tsp clear organic honey
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
2 Tbsp ‘tamari’ soy sauce
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 Tbsp virgin olive oil

Gingery Carrot Coleslaw
3 medium carrots, grated

2 cups red cabbage shredded
1 green apple, grated
1 Tbsp grated root ginger

1 cup sultanas
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

Serve with one of the dressings on this page or simply drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice or cider vinegar

Chunky Chilled Garden Gazpacho
1 tin organic chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 large fresh tomato, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped finely
1 sweet red pepper, chopped finely
1 stalk celery, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cucumber, de-seeded & diced
1 spring onion, chopped
½ tsp  cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ pint vegetable stock, cooled
In a large mixing bowl or jug, combine tinned tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and honey. Stir in remaining ingredients and refrigerate until chilled.
Transfer to a serving dish if liked, and garnish with croutons and finely chopped fresh chives, finely shredded lettuce, and / or chopped parsley.
Serve with crusty wholemeal spelt or sourdough bread.

Rainbow Fruit Salad
This salad made from fresh fruit is naturally low in fat, saturated fat, and sodium and is cholesterol free.

1 large mango, peeled and diced
2 Cups fresh blueberries
2 bananas, sliced
2 Cups fresh strawberries, halved
2 Cups seedless green grapes
2 apricots, stones out, sliced
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
Prepare the fruit.
Serve with honey apple sauce.

Honey Apple Sauce
1/3 Cup unsweetened apple juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1-1/2 Tbsp runny honey
1″ grated root ginger
Pinch of nutmeg

Shake all the ingredients in a lidded jar. Just before serving, pour honey apple sauce over fruit salad

Note from Bren …

These recipes and dozens of others that you can find in my book, became staples in our house while I was getting the rest of myself sorted out.

I am an incorrigible optimist and despite several setbacks I never lost hope. I am certain that the key to becoming healthy and staying that way is to believe that every thought in our minds has a physical reaction in our bodies. This may sound rather far-fetched to some, but I discovered undeniable evidence that not only is it true to say, “we are what we eat”, but it is also true that “we are what we think” as well.

My diet is more relaxed now, but I still enjoy cooking and eating whole foods and I find it second nature to maintain the body – mind – soul balance that is so important to keeping my body in tip top health. No matter what I eat I say to myself “This food is good for me!”

I never feel guilty if I eat the occasional cream bun or bar of chocolate. In the words of a great man, Martin Brofman ‘If you think it will do you harm, it will. But if something you eat makes you feel good it WILL do you good!’

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