Merry Mince Pie Filling

It is my favourite time of year again folks: my birthday!! Just kidding. It is my birthday coming up but it is also CHRISTMAS. I just love winter and everything Christmas, it is my kind of thing. Cozy evenings spent by a fire with the most warming foods. Something that it is a bit of a Christmas tradition for me is making homemade mince pies. They are so much yummier than the store-bought ones and way less sickly sweet in my opinion. It is best to make the filling a good few weeks before you want to start making them so that all the flavours have time to mature and mingle and become even more delicious. I will share the recipe for the full mince pies closer to Christmas but I wanted to share this one with you today so you can all get cooking this weekend in time for Christmas! I make my mince pie filling with butter instead of suet, because suet just grosses me out to be perfectly honest! You can also sub coconut oil but it will alter the flavour slightly.

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Perfect Hummus

I have been testing and perfecting hummus recipes for quite a while now, for me, the texture is so important so I have been playing around with recipes and I have finally nailed it! This hummus is so velvety, light and creamy, just like you get in a restaurant. The secret tips? Cooking your own chickpeas and cold water. Check out the recipe to find out how!

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Pho-nomenal Chicken Pho

I have been attempting to perfect a chicken pho recipe for quite a while now! It is a tricky one to master as the broth needs to be light and fresh, but full of flavour. It also needs to be served with perfectly tender chicken and the right toppings. I finally have a recipe I am happy with and I cannot wait to share it with you all! The trick to the best broth is to use the bones of the chicken. This is key to creating the perfect flavour and is what you will see any good pho restaurant doing. The broth also needs to be seasoned and spiced perfectly and simmered very slowly to allow the flavours to develop fully. This recipe is certainly going to be a staple in our household throughout the winter months as I always find chicken broths to have mysterious healing and warming properties - chicken soup for a cold is a thing for a reason! I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

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5 Minute, 5 Ingredient Mango Salsa

After picking up a mango in the shops on a whim and trying to decide what to do with it, I suddenly became inspired to make some mango salsa. I am a massive fan of fresh salsa, particularly when it has citrus fruit in it, pineapple and mango salsa are my absolute faves! The fresh, citrus flavour pairs so well with the lime and coriander and tastes even better on a crisp tortilla chip. This salsa takes 5 minutes to make and requires 5 simple ingredients for a delicious side dish. I also adore this with fish tacos - so yum!

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Black Bean Quesadillas

One of my goals over the last few months has been to eat a more plant-based diet. I am by no means eliminating meat from my diet, but after learning about the impact the meat industry has on the environment, I have been trying to include more veggie meals in my diet and I am loving it! I have always been a big fan of veggies anyway so it wasn’t really a big change for me. Mexican food is a cuisine that I think really lends itself well to vegetarian and vegan recipes, all the beans used in Mexican cooking are an amazing source of veggie protein. So today I would like to share this recipe for black bean quesadillas with you all. These quesadillas are packed with veggies and are served with a delicious avocado dipping sauce.

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Baked Apple Oatmeal

Today I have a dish for you that just screams Autumn/Winter, it is full of cozy flavours and is just perfect to share on a Sunday morning, which is exactly what I am doing today! Baking oatmeal is a bit of a revelation to me, it turns a standard bowl of oats in to what is essentially an oatmeal dessert. It gives a crisp, chewy top and a gooey centre with the warmest flavours. I always recommend it to people who say they don’t like oatmeal as it changes the texture and feel of the dish so much! This baked apple oatmeal is filled with apple, raisins, maple syrup and cinnamon and is topped with more apple and a sprinkle of brown sugar. This recipe serves 1, but it is so easy to turn in to a bigger casserole - just double, triple or quadruple the ingredients! You may need to cook it for more like 40 minutes total if you are making one for 3 or 4 people.

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Autumnal Fig Oatmeal

After buying some perfect figs last week, I was inspired to think up an autumnal breakfast dish that was warm and filling and full of figs and this was the result! Fig, cinnamon and vanilla porridge topped with greek yoghurt, more figs, pistachios and a drizzle of honey. The perfect transitional breakfast dish!

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Going Non-Toxic

Hello and happy Sunday everyone! I am aware that this is technically a food and nutrition blog currently, but I really want to start incorporating more lifestyle content as nutrition and wellness really does extend well beyond food, so many factors can influence our health. This is why I have made the decision to switch to green, non-toxic products in all aspects of my life.

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Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

Knowing that I was starting work this week, working weird hours and also knowing that I am a #hangry being meant that I needed to be on top of my snacks! So I whipped up these oatmeal raisin energy balls which are a fave grab and go snack of mine (they basically got me through my 3rd year of uni). Loaded with filling oats, peanut butter, raisins and cinnamon, these bad boys will fill you up for hours with some great slow-release energy and fibre! Also they taste like cookie dough so win-win I say!!

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Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Dahl

This lentil dahl is the perfect dish to have in your repertoire as we go in to autumn. It is quick, hearty, filling and bursting with flavour! Dahls are a staple indian dish that are simple lentil (or pulse) curries, they are vegetarian and so easy to make. This recipe has sweet potato, spinach and coconut flavours that give it a little twist. The lentils mean it is packed with protein and fibre and makes a complete vegetarian meal. It reheats perfectly so is a great meal prep option to prepare for lunches mid-week! I love serving mine with some toasted pitta bread.

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Blackcurrant Almond Loaf Cake

Happy bank holiday weekend lovelies! I hope you all have some great plans for the long weekend. After being super social yesterday, the rest of mine revolves around relaxing at home and getting some cooking in. Today's bake is this delicious blackcurrant almond loaf cake: a moist crumb cake with juicy, fresh blackcurrants and a light almond flavour. Blackcurrants are just coming in to season and these tart berries contain a whopping amount of vitamin C and antioxidants and make a nice change from your standard blueberries. Give this cake a go this weekend and share it with family and friends!

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Green Mango Smoothie

This smoothie is the easiest thing to make ever and is a great way to get some nutrients in alongside your breakfast or as a snack! Smoothies can't count as more than 1 of your 5 a day because when we blend them, we break down a lot of the fibre which increases the sugar availability. However they are still loaded with vitamins and minerals! The best thing about this smoothie is that you seriously cannot taste the spinach, so it is a great way to get some greens in if you aren't a fan.

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Blackberry Frozen Yoghurt

This heatwave has been killing me lately, England is not built to deal with this sort of constant heat and I think the nation might just be melting. All I can think about is cold food and drinks, the thought of putting an oven on is just an instant no. I had a craving for ice cream and realised I had yoghurt and blackberries in the house and so this easy blackberry fro-yo was the result! It only has three ingredients and is the easiest thing to make ever - ideal for everyone's lethargic behaviour in the heat. It has a little honey to add sweetness, but it really has a lovely tart yoghurt flavour that is enhanced by the tart flavour of the blackberries. Blackberries are also coming in to season now and are loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre!

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So You Want to be a Nutritionist - Tips & Tricks

When I set out on this journey of becoming a nutritionist, I found it such a confusing process! You are faced with deciding between nutrition, dietetics and nutritional therapy, then deciding where to study and how long to study for, figuring out the course requirements and then getting accepted to the course, all before actually starting a course! After that, there are decisions about work experience, career paths, applying for jobs, becoming registered and so on. It is a confusing field to say the least! While I am no expert, I have now almost completed my masters degree and I am starting an amazing job as a nutritionist so I have navigated many of these problems and learned a lot along the way. So here are my tips for those interested in the field, whether you are at school, already on a nutrition programme or have already graduated.

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf

This loaf cake is the most deliciously moist cake with an amazing caramel apple flavour. A brown sugar cinnamon swirl through the centre adds even more indulgence for a truly yummy cake. It is loaded with fresh apples and is just perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

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Chickpea Hash Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Hello lovelies! I have an amazing vegetarian recipe for you all today that is full of flavour and is oh so filling! I am a big fan of the English classic that is jacket potatoes, the topping possibilities are endless and you can't go far wrong with potato and gooey toppings can you? The other day I was trying to decide on something for lunch and suddenly had a brainwave to make a jacket sweet potato and this is what I ended up with. It is topped with a flavourful chickpea hash that has mushrooms, spinach, shallot, paprika and curry powder all finished off with a curried yogurt sauce, pomegranate and coriander. Lots of flavours going on here! The addition of the chickpeas also means that it is a great source of veggie protein so it is a winner for you veggie folks out there. Baked potatoes can take forever but I will share my secret tip that has them fluffy and ready to go in under 20 minutes!

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Caramelised Banana Oatmeal

This cozy oatmeal recipe is a flavourful and seemingly complex dish that is surprisingly easy to whip up in under 10 minutes! A great recipe for when you are craving something a bit different but don't want to faff around with a tricky recipe. I came up with this a few days ago shortly after we moved in to our new house when I found myself without a toaster and without many ingredients in the cupboards. I had been surviving on cereal the past few days and was desperate for something exciting, and this is what I came up with! The caramelised bananas are to-die for, so gooey and rich in flavour. The oatmeal has mashed banana in it for some added flavour and the whole thing is topped with blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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