Recipes to nourish and feed — Summer Edition

If you’re seeking a few new ideas for the summer season, I’ve created a juice, breakfast, a ‘feast’ and salad idea to spark your inspiration (and appetite)!

The Juice: When the weather gets hot and humid, I often feel foggy-headed and a bit ‘meh’ This juice is hydrating and full of protein and minerals to bring back some va va voom:

  • 3 cups spinach (kale and chard would also work)
  • 1 pear
  • 2 cups broccoli (florets and stalks)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

*Juice everything except the coco water and chia seeds — stir them in at the end and drink away!

The Feast: You’re super hungry, or have a group of super hungry people at your dinner table. Here’s a dish all about wholesome abundance. Serves 4 nom nom nom!

3 Bean Chilli with guacamole

The Chilli

  • 200g pinto beans, 100g black beans & 100g cannellini beans (tinned beans are so much easier than dried — no soaking required!)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika

*Heat a tablespoon of oil and cook the onion and garlic until lightly browned. Add the carrot, celery and peppers to soften and finally, add the beans, tomatoes, chilli, paprika — simmer gently for 30 mins and serve with the guacamole. (If you need extra carbs add some brown rice or flatbreads to the table)

The Guacamole — cut ingredients bigger for a chunky salad style side dish, or mush together for smoother sauce to ‘dollop’

  • 4 avocados, sliced or cubed
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • handful of coriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon

*mix all the indredients together in bowl, serve alongside the chilli

The Salad: when you are feeling hungry; your salad needs to be filling, tasty and simple to keep you from grabbing trashy snacks!

  • 2 generous handfuls of cabbage — red, white, or both
  • 1 generous handful of coriander
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Some slices of red onion (depending on how much you like onion)
  • Handful of raw or toasted cashew nuts (peanuts or pisachios also work)

*Toss together your salad ingredients and for a dressing stir together 1 tsp tahini, 1 tsp lemon or lime juice, 1 tsp nut butter, a pinch of chilli flakes and a splash of water if needed.

The Breakfast: You don’t want to be dealing with cooking when its hot, this makes overnight oats perfect for a cool and calm breakfast!

  • 60g Oats — (I like Flahavan’s organic oats)
  • 240ml milk of your choice — almond, rice, soy, dairy
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and/or vanilla

*Mix all the ingredients together and leave in a bowl in the fridge overnight, in the morning; take the bowl out of the fridge and add a splash of extra milk if needed. Top with a handful of berries, nuts or a banana and a drizzle of agave nectar :)

Happy Summer Feasting! xxx