21 May 2015

This fruity little number plus another 7 of my favourite green smoothies for National Vegetarian Week

Fruity green smoothie 
Green Smoothies. 

I couldn't live without them now. I feel totally rubbish on the days I'm in a rush and don't manage to make them in the morning.

I would never have believed how tasty they are. I totally prefer them to fruity smoothies, although this one's a fruity little number.

The greens I add to my smoothies are:
  • avocado
  • basil
  • broccoli
  • cucumber
  • hemp protein powder
  • kale
  • lime
  • mint
  • spinach
  • sugar snap peas
  • wheatgrass powder
I have to say I've not had any luck with broccoli yet. It seems to leech out the flavour in my smoothies, but some of my Instagram followers have suggested adding Himalayan salt, dates and lemon. Probably not all at once though.

My fruity little number has passion fruit and mango in it as well as greens and it was rather special. One of the best I've made yet. The type that makes your toes curl!

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Fruity green smoothie
'Fruity Little Number' Green Smoothie
A fruity smoothie that still has the good green stuff in there. Improve your day instantly.
  • 2 large handfuls of kale
  • ¼ cucumber
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 3 passion fruit
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 shot/8g chia seeds
1. Prepare the fruit and add it to your blender with the greens, powder and seeds. 
2. Top up with water until your blender jug is ¾ full and add ice cubes, then blend until smooth. Don't add ice cubes if you don't have a powerful blender like mine, you'll only burn out the motor. Add it to the glass instead. 
3. Pour and enjoy!
Total time:
Makes 6-8 smoothies

The best green smoothies 
  1.  Green Mango and Spinach Smoothie
  2.  Kale and Mango Smoothie
  3.  Mean Green Smoothie
  4.  Melon, Spinach and Avocado Smoothie
  5.  Ultimate Chocolate Green Smoothie
  6.  Apple and Kale Green Smoothie
  7.  Swamp Juice
If you don't have a power blender like mine, why not enter my giveaway to win one or head over to the Froothie UK Facebook page. Like the page and share the competition to enter.

Are you in love with green smoothies? 

What would you add to my green list?

20 May 2015

The Ultimate Vegan Sandwich for National Vegetarian Week

The ultimate vegan sandwich

This is my ultimate vegan sandwich. It could do with posher bread, but it was gorgeous. It was inspired by one I enjoyed last week, while we were staying in the Taynuilt Hotel, a smashing wee hotel up north. I'll share our trip with you soon. It's a beautiful area and it's well worth a visit. 


While we were in Oban, I went a bit crazy in the deli on the waterfront. I just about bought up the whole shop.  There was so much choice. I got some vegan treats for Graham, some jams, chutneys and a rather splendid deep green bowl. It was just as well Graham arrived when he did or my bank balance would have taken quite a hit.

It was gloriously sunny so we ate ice cream while walking along the waterfront and enjoying the view. We stopped to have a chat to a very friendly man with the cutest little dog and Cooper managed to insult some Jehovah Witnesses.

I know, I know you can't take that boy anywhere, he has an opinion on everything! He picked up a leaflet from their display and had a good look through it, asking us questions and checking some words. He was appalled that they didn't believe in dinosaurs, so when we arrived at another stand, he put the leaflet back saying "thank you very much, but I'm returning this because it's full of lies!". What can I say, I personally think he had a point.

For lunch we found a teeny wee sandwich shop that made some great vegan sandwiches, which we ate while watching the waves, passing boats and diving seagulls.

Cooper wasn't so keen on all the fancy fillings, so we passed over one of our newly bought jars of homemade strawberry jam and he had a jam sandwich.

Graham and I were delighted with the choice and we both decided to have a brown bread sandwiches with hummus, roast pepper, sun blush tomatoes and watercress. I came home from our holiday still thinking about that sandwich and decided I would pimp it up.

The ultimate vegan sandwich

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The Ultimate Vegan Sandwich
The ultimate vegan sandwich, well in my opinion anyway. Go on try it and let me know if you think it's as good as I do.
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread (or something a bit more exciting)
  • 3-4 tbsp homemade kale and coriander hummus (or your favourite hummus)
  • ½ roasted pepper, sliced
  • 1 ripe salad tomato, sliced
  • 3 sun blush tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 slices cucumber
  • 3-4 falafel, halved
  • 2 pickled baby beets, sliced (optional)
  • a good handful of rocket (arugula)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Spread one slice of bred with a thick layer of hummus. You can spread the other side with a little dairy free spread if you want, but I don't think it needs it.2. Layer up your sandwich tomato, pepper and cucumber.3. Top with falafel and beetroot and season with black pepper.4. Add the rocket and season again.5. Top with the other slice on bread, push down gently and slice in half.6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 1 amazing sandwich

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19 May 2015

Kale, Coriander and Hemp Hummus for National Vegetarian Week


Hummus is a staple in our house, especially now Graham's vegan. It's a great substitute for cheese in sandwiches and wraps. Funnily enough he was never keen on it, but now he loves it.

Rocket Hummus
I often make plain hummus, but sometimes it's fun to add other flavours to it. Here are a few of my hummus recipes:
I like hummus on oatcakes; on a wrap with roast vegetables; on a toasted bagel with falafel and mango chutney; on a mezze plate with grilled halloumi, salad, sun blush tomatoes and falafel (yes it goes very well with falafel); as a topping on a veggie burger in a bun with salad on the bottom, in a finger roll with a veggie sausage with fried onions.

Mmmmmm! I'm in the mood to eat more hummus now!

I was really pleased with the combination of kale, coriander and hemp in this hummus and the fact its super healthy is just a bonus.

I'll leave you to try it and see what you think.


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Kale, Coriander and Hemp Hummus
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 30g kale
  • 30g coriander
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp hemp protein powder
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Peel the garlic and squeeze the lemon juice.2. Add all the ingredients to the blender and blender until fairly smooth, although it is good to have a bit of texture.3. Taste to check the seasoning and adjust if you need to. The flavour of the garlic will develop as it sits. 4. Serve and enjoy.notes: any leftover hummus will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.
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Yield: Makes 1 tub of hummus

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