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
Toss all the ingredients in a bowl
Avocado and Walnut Salad
Put in a bowl and dress with olive oil and lemon juice / cider vinegar
Summer Fruit Smoothie
2 ripe conference pears, peeled or
| 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!
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.
Whizz with half a glass of apple juice
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
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.
|Rainbow Savoury Salad
2 large tomatoes in chunks
Serve with nutty maple magic dressing
Nutty maple magic salad dressing2 tsp tahini light
Beetroot & Apple Salad4 small cooked beetroot
Slice the apples into thin wedges.
Bee healthy salad dressing2 tsp clear organic honey
Gingery Carrot Coleslaw
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, cooledIn 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
Honey Apple Sauce
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!’
next: thoughts about thoughts