Marrakesh Chickpea & Vegetable Curry

This is a Moroccan curry, but it could also pass for a stew. I have to admit, the first time I came across the original version of this recipe I was a bit skeptical. Orange juice in a veggie curry? I wasn’t sure how it would taste -especially with my healthy adjustments- but I was intrigued to try it out. I’m so glad I did, because it tastes amazing! The combination of cinnamon, curry spices and sweetness from the orange juice, sultanas and sweet vegetables go really well together, and the almonds add a nice change in texture from the rest of the ingredients. It’s also got a really diverse nutrient profile, thanks to all of the different vegetables, and it’s full of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. The various veggies also make this a really well-rounded source of phytonutrients (there’s almost every colour of the rainbow packed into this dish!). If you’ve got them, coconut yoghurt and mango chutney go really nicely on top.image3 (3)
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Is Soy Healthy?

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Whether or not soy is healthy or even safe to consume has been a source of continual controversy over the past few decades. In fact, it’s one of the most researched foods in the world. In the centre of this controversy are it’s effects on hormones and nutrient absorption – and all of the voices for and against it. Mixed messages make for confused consumers, and in such situations it might seem best to avoid soy to be on the safe side. Using research is always important when looking at the nutritional qualities of a food, so I’ve trawled through the latest evidence to come up with the current facts about soy.

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Minestrone Soup

This is one of my favourite, classic meals to make in winter: An easy, one-pot dish that is delicious, warming and full of goodness. It’s pretty much a nutrition all-rounder, containing veggies, grains and legumes, as well as some very nourishing herbs and spices. It’s full of antioxidants, fibre, iron and calcium. I make a big batch of it and save the leftovers for lunches and dinners on work nights. If you’re extra organised when it comes to meal prep, you could even freeze batches (if you remember to use them later on, that is – usually I don’t!). Make it the day before to let the flavours meld and develop further – it tastes even better.

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Black Bean Fudge Brownies

image2 (2).JPGIf you read about all of the benefits of beans in my last post, you have probably found a reason to eat more of them. But what if you really don’t like the taste of beans? Here’s a recipe you can make that has beans but tastes nothing like them. No one will ever know 😉 And of course, they’re healthy. I’ll be the first to admit that this feature won’t go completely undetected- they won’t taste like they came from a patisserie. The texture is amazingly dense and fudge-y (hence the name), however they’re a lot lighter without the oil, and not overly sweet- just sweet enough to be considered a dessert.  Continue reading

Why You Should Be Eating Beans!

Beans, peas and lentils (known collectively as ‘legumes’) are a forgotten nutrition champion, having been condemned for their gassy properties and image as a bland vegetarian food for hippies. I often bring up beans with my patients, not only because most people don’t eat them at all, but also because they are such a universally beneficial food, shown to have benefits for many common chronic health conditions.

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