There is no doubt about how good seeds are for your health, and they taste pretty good too. One of the ways we like to ‘spice’ up simple meals is with a spicy seed sprinkle. Sprinkle a few seeds over poached eggs, avocado or a simple green salad, the skies the limit.
After a recent conversation in the back office with our IT specialist Dean, we were inspired to try out one of his favourite soups from childhood, Fasolada. Fasolada has its origins in Greece as a soup made of beans (and sometimes meat) with a few vegetables, lemon and olive oil. There are many variations of the recipe across Greece and after a little experimentation by Kym (our stock manager and lover of anything beans) we have a recipe that is certifiably blog grade. Don’t be put off by the amount of ingredients as this is actually a very easy soup to make.
Thank you Dean for the inspiration and Kym for your cooking efforts.
It seems anxiety is the buzz word these days (no pun intended) and something many of us can relate to experiencing at some point in our lives. Anxiety affects us on many levels, from a slight feeling of uneasiness, to the ‘butterflies’ in the stomach feeling and on to more extreme levels of anxiety often experienced as panic attacks, rapid breathing and a rise in heart rate. Yet, no matter what level of anxiety we experience, it all has a wearing down effect on our nervous and endocrine systems which eventually leads to physical exhaustion.
Yet another gem from Tris of Balanced Body Nutrition. This one uses many of our favourite products including chia seeds, Medjool dates, sunflowers seeds and pepitas. Super nutritious, nutty and delicious! As a healthy snack, this recipe pretty much speaks for itself.
Following on from last weeks article Understanding Gut Health by Jesabe Warner, here are our top wholefoods for fostering a healthy gut.
Recently joining our team of fantastic food bloggers is the charming Evanna Kate. Evanna has worked with food in the hospitality industry for the past 9 years, spending some of that time training as a chef. She now works for Affordable Wholefoods as well as taking up the role of baker and barista part-time in the popular local ‘Clunes Cafe’.
Another inspiring recipe from Nutritionist Casey-Lee Lyons of Live Love Nourish. For those of you who are new to our recipe blog, Casey-Lee has a great business that runs out of Brisbane hosting interactive online nutrition programs for healthy living. All the recipes contributed by Casey-Lee on our site are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free which fits with her food philosophy.
You can’t go past this soup for a tummy warmer in winter. With delicious warming spices, creamy sweet potato & carrot and wholesome chickpeas, this is a recipe for the whole family and so simple to make. Enjoy.
Serving Size: Serves 4-6
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large brown onion (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
- 600g orange sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 500g carrots (peeled and diced)
- 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock (depending on your preference)
- 1/2 cup chickpeas (soaked and cooked) OR 1 x 300g tin organic chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 small lemon rind
- In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes stirring often.
- Add the coriander, cumin and chilli spices and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add the cooked chickpeas and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Blend the soup in batches until smooth, then return to the saucepan on low to medium heat. Stir in the lemon rind and season with salt and pepper (do not boil), then serve piping hot garnished with fresh parsley and coriander.
Know more at: Affordable Wholefoods
The first recipe from site contributor and Naturopath Holly Layland. Holly practices out of a clinic in Evans Head that offers Naturopathy and Massage. She also loves cooking and is passionate about sharing her recipes with others.