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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Food For Friends - Vegetarian Restaurant | Review



Brighton is one of my favourite places to eat as there's such an amazing choice of restaurants, cafes and delis that are suitable for those following a more plant-based diet. One of my favourite restaurants (not just in Brighton but ever) is Food For Friends, which is an award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the South Lanes. I first ate at Food For Friends a couple of years ago and have since been back a few times as I just can't get enough of their unbelievably flavoursome, fresh, delicious food!


A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to Food For Friends to review some of their new dishes and I can honestly say it was one of the most wonderful meals I've ever had - from the service to the drinks and food, it was all outstanding. The only thing I could complain about is the baby crying on the table next to us for rather a long period of time, but hey...that's not the restaurants fault!

Food For Friends is situated in the trendy South Lanes in an old but modernised space with elegant decor yet a laid-back, comfortable vibe. The space is quite small but by no-means claustrophobic thanks to the well-arranged tables and huge windows that let in lots of light and allow you to people watch as you eat. Food For Friends was founded with the ethos of serving global vegetarian cuisine that was not 'just a load of old lentils' but instead opening customers eyes to the fact vegetarian food can be just as (if not more) flavoursome as meat dishes. I am a vegetarian myself but my boyfriend who isn't agreed that you actually forget Food For Friends is a vegetarian restaurant...you don't look at the menu wondering where the meat is or feeling as if anything is missing from the dishes.
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Beluga Lentil & Black Bean Chilli


Chilli is one of my all-time favourite meals. I love how quick and easy it is, how inexpensive the ingredients are, how wholesome and nourishing it is and of course it tastes utterly amazing too.

For my final recipe of National Nutrition & Hydration Week in collaboration with Merchant Gourmet I'm bring you a chilli recipe that's out of this world! This Beluga Lentil & Black Bean Chilli is hands down one of my favourite recipes ever and I can't wait for you to make it yourself.





This beluga lentil & black bean chilli is a great meal for the whole family. It's so quick and easy to make, the ingredients are easily sourced and inexpensive, it can be served with a variety of accompaniments such brown rice, quinoa, baked potato, courgetti or simply on it's own. It's suitable for vegans, vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet, and it's incredibly delicious and really satisfying.

This chilli is not only lusciously yummy but it's loaded with nutrients to keep you feeling happy and healthy too! The Beluga Lentils from Merchant Gourmet and the black beans provide your body with plenty of plant-based protein, all important fibre and energy-boosting carbohydrates, the tomatoes give you a healthy dose of vitamin C & K and the spices all have anti-oxident properties! Winner!
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake


My fourth recipe for National Nutrition Week in collaboration with Merchant Gourmet is one of my favourites! If you're trying to eat more nutritious foods it can sometimes feel like you're going to miss out on the sweet foods like cookies and cakes, but that doesn't have to be the case!

This Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake is an amazingly sweet treat that tastes incredibly indulgent but actually only contains the most natural, wholesome ingredients that won't leave you feeling sluggish, bloated or give you a sugar rush. It's entirely gluten free, refined sugar free and suitable for vegans but you'd never know it as it's bursting with so much flavour and it doesn't taste like it's missing a thing.





I made this cake with Merchant Gourmet polenta which adds a pleasantly crumbly texture but still manages to stay moist. I also used ground almonds which really help to create that classic spongy texture, cacao powder to add such a wonderful richness and is so incredible combined with the zest orange to give that classic chocolate orange taste.

This cake is the perfect recipe for afternoon tea, for a birthday or just if you fancy a slice of cake with your cup of coffee without all the artificial ingredients!

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wholegrain Rice & Seaweed Sushi (Vegan)


Sushi is really delicious and as popular as ever but shop bought sushi can often be full of refined ingredients and added sugars, so it isn't always the healthiest choice. Plus, sushi isn't often suitable for those on a plant-based diet or if you're avoiding gluten. The answer? Make your own! Making your own sushi at home is not only super fun but it ensures you know exactly what's going into the delicious seaweed rolls.

These vegan sushi rolls are made with Merchant Gourmet's Rice & Seaweed, which is far more nutritious than the white rice sushi normally contains. The wholegrain rice is lightly flavoured with wakame seaweed which is known for it's essential nutrients and vitamins, and simply cooked with only water and a dash of olive oil - the perfect sushi filling!



These sushi rolls are made with an amazing avocado cream that helps to hold all the ingredients together and adds an incredible creaminess to the sushi rolls, as well as some healthy fats that'll help your skin to glow, your hair to shine and keep you feeling fuller for longer. I chose red pepper and carrot strips as the veggie filling but really you could use anything you fancy - how about cucumber, beetroot or beansprouts.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Blueberry & Quinoa Superseed Breakfast Bars


These Superseed Quinoa & Blueberry Breakfast Bars are perfect if you're looking for a delicious, nutritious breakfast that you can just grab in the morning when you're low on time or simply enjoyed as a hearty afternoon snack. They're really energising, full of goodness, easy to make and most importantly taste amazing!

This week it's National Nutrition Week and I'm sharing 5 recipes using Merchant Gourmet products to show you just how easy, inexpensive and exciting eating nourishing, wholesome foods can be.
In this recipe I use the Merchant Gourmet Superseeds product which is a blend of quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds - making it a real powerhouse of nutrition.



These Superseed Quinoa & Blueberry Breakfast Bars are a great source of protein and fibre thanks to the quinoa and seed mix, which will keep you fuelled all morning, aid digestion and keep your blood sugar levels steady - all things you need in a breakfast! Quinoa is also packed full of iron, magnesium, copper and B6 to give you a real vitamin & mineral kick first thing.

Every mouthful is bursting with juicy, fresh blueberries which are total heaven when cooked - they become so succulent and gooey, sweet hints of vanilla, luscious texture from the grains, a slight creaminess from the cashew butter and just the right amount of sweetness from the bananas and pure maple syrup. I know these bars may sound a little tricky to make, but really they couldn't be more simple. The Merchant Gourmet Superseed is all cooked and ready to go, meaning you can just throw all the ingredients together in one bowl, mix and it's ready for baking!
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Herby Quinoa Falafels


This week is National Nutrition Week, so I'm working with Merchant Gourmet to bring you a new delicious and nourishing recipe every day to show you just how easy, inexpensive, fun and delicious nourishing foods can be! I'm kicking off this week of recipes with delicious Herby Quinoa Falafels...

Homemade falafels are a pure delight! They're utterly delicious with salad, pita bread and hummus or just on their own to munch on as a savoury snack throughout the day. They're incredibly satisfying, wonderfully filling and packed of nutrients. This recipe for herby quinoa falafels puts a twist on the classic falafel recipe by adding red & white quinoa mix (from Merchant Gourmet), which not only adds an unbeatable texture and taste but also lots more protein, ups the fibre and gives you even more of a nutrient boost to keep your body and mind feeling happy and healthy.




As I said, I love falafels but this recipe takes them to a whole new level! Adding quinoa is genius (if I do say so myself) as it adds so much substance to the little chickpea balls of goodness, makes them even more filling and really helps to keep any cravings at bay. Using the Merchant Gourmet pre-cooked quinoa makes this process super quick, easy and cheap but you're still getting all the essential nutrients and no nasties!
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