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15 Carrot themed recipes in time for Easter!

I notice I have shared a few recipe round-ups recently. I promise I do have other new recipes waiting in the wings... I have just been busy with my coaching work and researching content for a new book I'm writing focussing on 'creativity' that I haven't had as much kitchen time for cooking and photography. 

I'm actually spending Easter in Vietnam with my mum, visiting my sister who lives overseas. In the meantime before I leave on Wednesday, I have Easter on my mind and the one food (other than chocolate) I associate with Easter is... carrots!

So here you have it, a few of the popular carrot themed recipes from my archives to tempt your creations over the holiday period and beyond!

There are plenty to choose from but if you are intrigued to know my personal favourites, they would be:

1) Carrot Cake Brownies

2) Carrot Apple and Ginger Cake

3) Carrot Burgers  (and oldie but goodie!!)

Enjoy... let me know if you make any of these recipes or come up with your own carrot themes Easter dish! Best place to catch me is Instagram

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Pancake Day... 15+ Recipe Roundup!

It's less than a week until Shrove Tuesday.... yay Pancake Day!! 

I haven't made pancakes for ages but will definitely be doing so next week. In the meantime, I am re-sharing the classic British Pancake recipe (more like a crepe than a fat American style pancake) and a roundup of all my blog favourites.

I would love to hear your favourite recipes or flavour combinations you'd love to see me create?

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Recipe: classic pancakes

Makes 3 medium pancakes (serves 1 if you are anything like me!)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white spelt flour

  • 1 tsp ground flax or chia seed

  • 1 tsp agave syrup

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • tiny pinch salt

  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk (reduce to ½ cup if you prefer a thicker pancake)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbs melted coconut oil

Method

Mix dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients. Mix well until you have a smooth batter with no lumps.

Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized frying pan with very light covering of oil (I used rapeseed oil lightly rubbed over the surface with kitchen roll). Once the pan is hot add a large spoonful of batter to the pan and move the pan in circular motions to spread the batter into a larger circle. Cook for approx. 2 minutes and then carefully flip to cook the reverse for approx. 1 minute until both sides are lightly brown. Run a little more oil over the surface of the pan and then repeat for two more pancakes.

Serve hot with toppings of your choice.


Want more inspiration... here is a recipe round-up of pancake ideas, with a savoury option too!

AND, since pancake day is just the day before Valentines Day.. why not join forces and create a two-in-one dessert with wow factor... 

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Peanut Butter Roundup... 15 recipes for #nationalpeanutbutterday

Do you know what day it is today?

January 24th 2018 = National Peanut Butter Day!

I almost missed it - again! It was brought to my attention in the nick of time by the peanut overload as I scrolled through Instagram. So yep, I am now adding to the noise by giving you a round up of top peanutty recipes from my archives to try! Plenty of sweet and savoury options to inspire you. Or maybe you've come up with a recipe combo of your own?

If nothing else... I hope you celebrate today by grabbing a spoon and dipping it in the peanut butter jar!

Mmmm, if you want to know my top two favorites out of ALL of these recipes, it would have to be...

1) Nutty Chocolate Truffles

2) Sweet Potato Rostis

If you make any of these recipes please tag @johodson on Instagram so I can see too! :-)

Enjoy...


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50 Vegan Curries Recipe Round-up for National Curry Week!

Earlier this week a friend reminded me that as well as being National Porridge Day... it was also National Curry Week! Oh gosh... I couldn't let that one sail by- I love a good curry! Actually, it was one of the first dishes I made on this blog and that recipe is still a firm favourite with everyone who had tried it since, and it has starred in many of my retreats!

I conjured up a super simple '5-minute curry' creation as shared below, but also decided to reach out to the wonderful community of Finding Vegan bloggers so see if they'd like to share with me their own favourite curry recipes and curry relates side dishes. I've added a couple of mine in the mix too. 

Ooooh it's turned into a big juicy round-up with plenty of inspiration to see you right through the winter and beyond. Bookmark this page (or save it to Evernote which is what I usually do)  and give them a go... let me know what you make! :-)

>>> Make sure you scroll down to below my '5-minute curry' recipe to check out the round-up recipe collection! <<<

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Recipe: 5-Minute Coconut Curry

(cos' it literally only takes 5 mins - or 7 at tops!) ;-)
Serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 onion
2 cloves of garlic
3 sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbs curry powder (or paste of choice)
1/2 cup grated courgette
1/2 cup grated carrot (or sweet potato)
1/4 cup coconut cream flakes*
1 1/2 cup boiling water*
1 heaped tsp veg stock (or 1 stock cube)
1 can of chickpeas
2 handfuls spinach (or other green leafy veg)

(*or sub 1 can coconut milk and a little extra water at the end to reach desired consistency)

Method:

Finely chop the onion, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes by hand or in a mini chopper, transfer to a lightly oiled medium sauce-pan and fry for 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile grate the courgette and carrot, once grated add to the pan along with the remaining ingredients and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.

Serve into bowls and optionally decorate with fresh coriander on top (if you have it- I didn't at the time!) Serve with quinoa, rice or naan as desired.

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There are 50 epic recipes in this round up... there were many more to choose from but we would have been here all day if I'd included them all, so I chose a delicious selection to offer the biggest variety!

Enjoy...

(Pics run Left-Right, Top-Bottom)

Enjoyed this round-up? ...please share!

Also, let me know what other round-ups you'd like to see in the future!

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New Christmas recipe round up... including a FREE ebook!

Wow... nearly a month since I last wrote a food post! How has it been that long!

Well, I guess my mind and energy have been occupied with other things- namely my wellness retreat. It was amazingly epic, but I won't bore you here- you can hop across and find out more here and watch my videos if you fancy ;-)

Luckily I have festive recips to indulge in and share with you as during November I was busy creating an update ebook for Real Food Source and so here you have a little round up of some of the new delights we have for you... including these amazing sprinkles (aka bauble truffles!)

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There are loads of other great recipes in the book (all but a couple are vegan- those ones aren't mine!) 

These are the new recipes I created for this year...

  • Christmas Truffle Baubles
  • Rudolph Oaty Cookies and raw cookies (2 options!)
  • Choc-brownies xmas trees with festive frosting (love the frosting!!)
  • Choc-brownie trifle
  • Christmas wreaths
  • Mini Christmas puds

Plus you still get the awesome recipes from last year...

  • Christmas baked oatmeal
  • Coconut cream cheesecakes
  • Spiced Rice Pud
  • Mince pies with homemade refined sugar free mincemeat
  • Mini christmas pudding
  • Cranberry almond cookies
  • Christmas Cake
  • Chocolate Tiffin
  • Vegan 'Egg' Nog
  • Orange Cranberry Pancakes
  • Chocolate Muffins with ganache frosting 

You can download the book for FREE here!! 

They also have some lovely new products on their website that would make amazing Christmas gifts or stocking fillers- I will note here that not all are vegan- but they sent me a sample of their dark chocolate coated coconut balls and they are amazing- I have eaten way to many these last couple of days. I've had to hide the bag in a box in the garage to stop me digging in overtime I walk into kitchen. Seriously!  They have choc-raspberry balls too!

How will you be indulging this Christmas?

What is your favourite treat to buy or make?


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Product roundup... big up the super smoothies!

It's quite rare that I do a review post, and when I do it is usually when I have come across great products that have inspired me at food and wellness shows, and so I have personally asked the brand for some samples to try, instead of the other way round! 

I have been to so many health, wellness and food shows this year and have eaten soooooo many samples!! But now as we are heading swiftly towards the end of the year, and I have no more shows on my agenda, I figured a review post could be a useful thing - with the spotlight on two healthy new and unique smoothie brands in particular!

First up Pack'd Frozen Smoothie Kits...

As taken from their website: 

"Cutting edge frozen Smoothie Kits, designed with nutritionists to bring out your best. Each PACK’D Kit contains a pouch of freshly frozen, whole fruits and vegetables plus a sachet of natural superfoods. Simply blend ingredients with a choice of liquid - coconut water, almond milk, juice or water - for the ultimate smoothie without the hassle."

I drink geen smoothies and blends pretty much every day, I personally don't feel the need to buy kits BUT I appreciate that many people do not have the same flexible lifestyle I have and don't necessarily want to buy a cupboard full of expensive 'superfood' products. 

In that respect I felt that these frozen blends ticked a few innovative boxes- whole frozen fruits and veggies as well as a sachet of 'booster' ingredients. The least amount of processing for the easiest smoothie blend. One downside for some would be space- you need to fit the pacs in your freezer- there are two servings in each pack.

So far I have tried the Detox and Defence blends. I tried both mixed only with water as I want to test the flavour in the purest form. The flavours were great in my opinion, the Detox blend does taste of 'green-ness' which might be too much for some, but I enjoyed it and you could easily make it sweeter with a touch of juice or coconut water.

My top tip- when you open the little 'superfood' sachet and pour the contents in, refill it with water and add then that too to make sure you get all the bits that might stick to the packaging- no wastage that way!

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Second up... Love Your Blender

As taken from their website:

"We combine superfoods, whole nuts, seeds and other tasty ingredients such as vanilla pod and rose petals. Over 90 per cent organic, 100 per cent vegan, and totally delicious! Simply add to fresh produce in your blender to super-charge your smoothies."

What I liked most about these little packets of goodness, when I found them at a food event, was the fact they contained whole foods as well as being very conveniently packaged. I also liked the label which offered suggestions to changed up the flavour to suit all tastebuds (I tried the creamy option with both). The offer another convenient way to portion up your power packed smoothie ingredients.

I did find these blends still had a slightly grainy texture even with my high powered blender, not a problem for me but something to bear in mind if you are a bit sensitive to texture. 

Note: neither of these blends offer you something you can't create for yourself with a little effort and a few ingredients BUT for many it's that little bit of effort too much to fit into a busy schedule and I feel that inspiring yet easy ways to get good nutrition is a good thing. :-)

 

I'd love to hear from you... what are your favourite new products of this year?  What would you like to see more of on the shelves?

Here's a little shout out to some of my other interesting favourites...

In particular (now that I have had a chance to try all of the items in the photo) Savvy Spreads chocolate and sesame spread, Teapigs Matcha tea drink, Pumpkin Tree oat and smoothie blends and Kind Bars.

Plus all the brands in my porridge ebook launch giveaway- there was a reason I asked to collaborate with them after all! :-) I highly recommend OMG Matcha Tea, Steenbergs Organic, Sweet Freedom & Choc Shot, Real Food Source... and last but not least Thrive Magazine.

On that final note Thrive Magazine are offering a special discount for Including Cake readers.... enter #CAKE at the checkout for a discount of £5 off a printed or digital subscription.

This was a haul from one single food show!!! (I then had to carry this lot across London and on the tube and train home!)

This was a haul from one single food show!!! (I then had to carry this lot across London and on the tube and train home!)


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A collection of the most 'wholesome' recipes you'll find!

I have long been a follower of Dr Greger of Nutritionfacts.org  I love his quirky personality and style of presentation and the topical videos he creates that are short and to the point... easy to fit in between moments of my day.

In case you have no clue what or who I am talking about, here's a video extract from his website about page...

"Whenever there is a new drug or surgical procedure, you can be assured that you or your doctor will probably hear about it because there’s a corporate budget driving its promotion. But what about advances in the field of nutrition? The reason we don’t see ads on TV for broccoli is the same reason groundbreaking research on the power of foods and eating patterns to affect our health and longevity gets lost and buried in the medical literature–there’s no profit motive. It may not make anyone money, but what if our lives would profit?

NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Michael Greger, M.D., launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Now a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org provides free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are now hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics, with new videos and articles uploaded every day."

So you can see he really does offer a great contribution to the nutritional world and so I was very excited a few weeks back when I saw a post in a Facebook group I am part of notifying that they were looking for recipe submissions that fell within their (very strict) whole food ingredient criteria...

...this meant not only plant based, but absolutely nothing processed or without the 'whole' food. This included nut milks, soy, any sweeteners other than fruit or date products an also no salt or proceed flavourings (other than natural herbs)

Wow.. what a challenge... but I was onto it!

I sifted through my archives and found some recipes I hoped would meet the mark. Those that were approved now have official status... with a stamp! I feel quite proud!

Whist I myself do not feel the need to be this strict with every aspect of my daily diet I do really appreciate Dr Greger's approach and his desire for recipes to live up to that. In the email correspondence I received back they state: "There is a whole spectrum of healthy eating, but Dr. Greger wants to make sure we only approve the most stringent whole-foods, plant-based guidelines"  once they have enough recipes submitted there will be a place for them available in the website as well as Pinterest..so keep a look out!

Here are my approved recipes... including my favourite and oh so versatile 'chickpea cauli-quiche'. You can make these knowing they are some of the most wholesome recipes you could ever find!

Click the images below to go straight to the original recipe blog post...


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Picnics... the plant-based way!

Schools out...and so is the sunshine, er kinda...

The sun might have hidden the last few days where I am but excusing the little blip in the weather  (I hope) it has been HOT HOT HOT as of late... and that means one thing, dining al fresco!

Even though the sun isn't out much today, I still sat outside to eat my lunch and that's when it occurred to me to write a picnic post for the holidays, so here you go!

It's funny really as sometimes blog posts take a while to come to fruition... beginning as a thought that might sit in my 'drafts' or 'to try' folders on Evernote for months. Yet sometimes they literally spring forth in a matter of minutes. Being the messy creative type you could probably guess that I don't have a lot of structure going on behind the scenes when it comes to blogging, it;s kind of whatever my head throws up in any given moment... hmmm, yeah I should probably get onto that ;-/

I was also sitting and dreaming about my retreat and all the food i'd love cook up- simple yet tantalising dishes that everyone (including kids and picky eaters) would enjoy and most importantly be able to recreate back home! This seemed to lend itself nicely to the picnic philosophy, so here's a little round up of ideas to get you going... if you make any off them please take a pic and tag me on Facebook or Instagram as it always bring a super shiny smile to my face!

The lunch I happened to be sitting and eating earlier was this one... a spin on my classic 'chickpea cauli quiche' (featured in the round up) and because it was a little different (with broccoli subbing some of the cauli) I figured it was deserving of a full recipe post of it's own.

Recipe: Cauli-Brocolli Mini Quiche

Makes 4 mini quiches

Ingredients: 

  • ½ heaped cup finely processed broccoli (approx. 4 florets or stalk)

  • ½ heaped cup finely processed cauliflower (approx. 4 florests or stalk)

  • 1 cup chickpea flour

  • 1 tbs flax

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 3 cloves crushed garlic

  • 1 heaped tsp dried mixed herbs

  • 1 scant tsp baking powder

  • ½ cup water (plus 1-3 tbs extra if needed)

  • ½ a red onion- chopped

  • ½ a courgette sliced into thin half moons or quarters

Method:

Add all ingredients to a food processor other than the water, red onion and courgette. process until the cauliflower and broccoli are a rice-like consistency (it should be a bit pasty due to the chickpea flower. 

Tip the sticky mix into a medium mixing bowl and add the chopped onion (courgette can be added now or at the end end). Add the water and mix through well until the mixture is very thick but easily spoonable and the top can be smoothed, add a little extra water if needed but not so that the batter is runny.

Spoon the mix into large muffin cups (or an 8" tin) I use silicone muffin cups/tin, but you could also use a metal one with removable bottom or line the cups to ensure easy removal.

Press the mixture firmly into the cups and smooth the tops, press the courgette into the tops. Bake at 180C for approx. 20 mins for muffins (longer for a single large quiche) until the tops are nice and a skewer comes out almost clean.

Serve either hot or cold. Perfect cold for picnics and because it freezes well it can also be made in advance.


Plant based picnic round up...

All the recipes are perfect for portioning, for serving cold and making in advance. Perfect for picnics ...or just whilst sitting on a blanket in the garden!

They appear a little randomly below as they are listed in chronological order in the summary window. P.s the cauli-cheese sauce makes the perfect dip alternative to hummus which is why I included it!

I'd love to hear your own picnic ideas too... let me know in the comments!


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