Vegetable pie with creamy cashew sauce

Ingredients – Makes 2 pies.

1 1/2 cup of peas

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 chopped pepper, any colour!

1 cup of spinach

1 stem of chopped spring onions

1 cup of hot water with half a vegetable stock cube

1 cup of cashew nuts (soaked for at least 2 hours with water)

1 roll of puff pastry

1 tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp melted butter

Directions

  1. Throw all the vegetables into a frying pan and cook until they begin to go a little soft or a light brown colour. If you find that your vegetables are sticking to the bottom of the pan, add some warm water to it.
  2. While that is cooking, prepare your cashew sauce by draining them first. Add it to the blender with your coconut sugar and the cup of vegetable stock water. Blend it until creamy 🙂
  3. Take the vegetables off the heat and add the cashew sauce into it, stirring until fully covered. Set aside.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry, cut it half way so that you have two squares.
  5. Gently place each square pastry into your cooking pots or a non-stick baking tray. Pressing down on the sides so that the pastry takes form of the pot.6. Pour the vegetable mixture evenly into both pots.
  6. Fold over the remaining pastry to cover the filling. It should close perfectly, without leaving any gaps for your filling to over spill.

8. Glaze it with some melted butter and coconut sugar for that extra taste.

9. Place into the oven for 20 minutes, until the pastry hardens, rises and becomes golden.

First smoothie in ages!

I forced myself to go to my Pilates class the other day after not getting much sleep. Seriously, it was a battle. But, guys, I did it! I promised myself that, afterwards, I’d go home and make a nice smoothie. Because all this cake baking is making me feel extra unhealthy, plus I miss making them. So here it is…

Oh, and I also used prickly pear cactus water instead of plant-based milk, and OMG, it’s the best thing ever! If you haven’t already, you gotta get yourself some and try it ASAP! Click here to buy.

Ingredients

4 tsp crushed almonds

4 mint leaves

1 parsley stem

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp Hemp seeds

1 1/2 cups cactus water

1 tsp agave syrup

1/4 cup of blueberries

2 pears

1/4 cup of chopped celery

 

…yes, it’s very random but it’s yummy, I promise! Just chuck it all into a blender.

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It taste better cold so add a few ice cubes into the blender 😊 x

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Releasing your emotions is so important!

Never apologise for expressing yourself.

Never apologise for telling people how you feel.

Never allow them to make you feel wrong for doing so.

 

You may have been that person who always opened up but had it thrown in your face afterwards, which has now made you quite reserved.

 

You may have never had anyone who’d listen to you and attempt to understand you, so you’ve naturally become used to repressing your thoughts and feelings.

 

Either way, know that, feelings should be respected and honoured. All the damn time!

 

I was so used to opening up to people I really cared about, only to have them tell me things like, “you’re too nice” or “you’re draining my energy” or “no, you’re wrong, it’s not true” or, even worse… they became so distant with me afterwards, as if I’ve scared them away. Expressing myself, talking about my true feelings, basically always got thrown back into my face. So I stopped, for ages. I always thought that if I told someone how I felt, they wouldn’t understand, so it was easier to go through it alone. Until I realised, that it’s not actually wrong to tell people how you feel, that you will only scare away the ones who aren’t supposed to be in your life.

 

I still, to this day, find it challenging to talk about my feelings, because I fear being misunderstood, I fear not actually being listened to. The thought of explaining something to someone and being scared of the way they will react puts me off, as it mostly always ends up with them getting defensive and bringing up a load of random shit that had nothing to do with what I was saying in the first place. The thought of opening up makes me vulnerable but I always try to do it. I do it because I love to see the outcome, it allows me to see someones true colours, how they truly feel about me, and how much they value our friendship/relationship. I also open up through my writing, like right now, because it is a way for me to release the past, or present emotions, without me having to directly rely on anyone to help.

 

I went through a whole year where I was repressing everything that I felt. It was my hardest year yet. I held it all in, I never opened up to anyone, yet it was the one time when I should have. But I kept it all to myself. Slowly, my immune system became so low from all of the negativity that I was keeping locked inside of me. My skin became a way for all of those TOXIC thoughts and feelings to release themselves. I ended up getting this horrible skin disorder that left scars all over my body. I struggled so much with it. I had no idea why I was getting it or what it was, and was in and out of my GP and hospitals for 6 months straight, because the doctors also had no idea what it was. The only advice I received was, “you’re stressed” and “you need the sun.” Believe it or not, they were absolutely right. There was no physical or medical cure for my skin problem.

 

I began to learn that my feelings of being trapped and not having anyone to talk to anything about, feeling as though no one understood me, putting myself in situations that I couldn’t handle and having people in my life who were no good for me, all added up. I weren’t saying or doing ANYTHING about it. I started to resent people around me, mostly family and friends, for not being there, and became so angry to the point where I couldn’t look after myself. I was at such a low point that I didn’t even want to. I wasn’t listening to my body and what it was telling me, so it had to free itself somehow. It definitely showed me though.

 

The moment I began to change things around, removing those toxic people from my life, leaving my part-time job, not allowing my parents divorce to bother me as much, my skin improved. So, that was my cure all along. A positive mindset, self-love and change, good change! That was the start of my self-care journey. That was the moment when I decided to pull myself up and never go back down again. I promised myself that no matter how low I do go in the future, I will NEVER stop focusing on my health and myself. I turned to spirituality to help with that, which introduced me to yoga, having healthy mind, body and soul, and loads of amazing spiritual and self-improvement books.

 

So, basically, the moral of my story is, never hold in your emotions and don’t quiet your voice for anyone! Because when you do this, you are really just locking the hurt, the anger and the pain inside your body with no way for it to escape, other than through your body. You’ll notice that when people are stressed, they start loosing hair, they become ill all the time (low immune system), they develop skin disorders and other harmful, life threatening problems… Why? Because of all the harmful feelings and emotions that are eating away at their insides, at their hearts. They are trying to solider through the pain without seeking help, without being heard. Even thinking that they can and should deal with it themselves, without realising that the pressure they are putting on themselves is just as harmful.

 

You don’t have to be alone in these situations. You don’t have to hide. Let it all out. Talk to your friends; find a way to release the pain, preferably through self-care and healthy hobbies, such as the gym, yoga, healthy eating, writing, meditating, reading, singing etc. It is so hard to loose yourself in these moments, it’s so hard to stop yourself from being happy but with enough self worth, you will be fine. Remind yourself daily that you are worth it! You are strong, beautiful and worthy of being heard. You are worthy of living a good life and you sure as hell deserve to do so! We all do.

 

There is so much light in the dark, you just have to look for it.

 

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Mini chocolate filled biscuits

I made these ages ago and have only just recently remembered that I was meant to write-up the recipe for you lot, but completely forgot to do so. Sorry, here it is…

INGREDIENTS

Biscuits

1 1/2 cups of flour

Half a cup of sugar

3/4 cup of butter

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp of cinnamon

Chocolate filling

1 large bar of dark chocolate

1/4 cup of vegan butter

1/4 coconut oil

4 tbsp agave honey

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DRAGON FRUIT and Chia layered smoothie

Firstly, you gotta make sure you check out the Pink Power Tonic by Misty Day Plant Potions. The powder gave this smoothie those beautiful shades of pink and a sweet but refresssshing flavour.

100% VEGAN. 100% Dragon fruit (Pitaya) powder. 100% natural and contains NO sugar. You can add a teaspoon of powder into hot drinks, desserts, smoothies, drinks and baking in general for extra nutrition and colour! I love knowing that I have a completely natural and vegan food colouring for my smoothies. It’s quite pricey for 50g BUT it will last if you use it well and is very much worth it.

Click here to view the product, they also do a range of other tonic powders that help provide energy, detox, calmness and have their own individual benefits.

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RAW Matcha and Cacao oat slices

Last nights full moon had me doing so many things, and even though I have actually been VERY exhausted, I’ve managed quite easily. My mind is constantly running through things that I want to do and then figuring out ways that I make those things happen. It’s been difficult trying to sleep at night because I have all this energy and excitement that’s keeping me up (makes a change). Up until a few days ago, I’ve been so unmotivated and drained and have struggled to get out of this mess that I am in. I’ve also stopped doing so many things that I love doing due to being that drained. So trust me, I’m THANKING the full moon for sending me that positivity this week.

Annnd, because of yesterday’s full moon’s expressive energy, I managed to put together a recipe for these yummy Matcha and cacao oat slices.

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Turmeric Latte

BENEFITS OF TURMERIC

I bet you never thought of Turmeric in a latte before? Scroll down if you want to jump straight to the ingredients. But, you should really read this

Turmeric is part of the ginger family therefore has anti-inflammatory properties that help to heal wounds and irritation, so it’s often used for skin care. The herbs antiseptic properties help to reduce acne scars, spots and pigmentation when consumed consistently. It has loads more benefits including helping with digestive issues, building your immune system and managing depression! Whenever I’ve taken it, I’ve noticed that it puts me in a really calm and relaxed state, all I want to do is just cuddle up and sleep. That means something right?

Turmeric produces a chemical called Curcumin, which gives it that beautiful golden colour. Curcumin is proven to help with joint pain, stiffness and the functioning of the kidneys and brain, keeping them all very healthy. You should actually take black pepper with turmeric as it will absorb it a lot more! When you read on, you will find a link to the turmeric paste that I used to make my latte, this already has black pepper inside, so you don’t have to worry about that.

You coffee & black tea lovers should definitely start replacing your daily drinks with this! If you didn’t know, caffeine actually soaks up all of the iron packed meals that you might be consuming with your tea’s and coffee’s, making you even more tired. Therefore triggers migraines and headaches and possibly leading to iron deficiency. I know this because I went through a stage where I was constantly researching how to boost my iron levels once I became vegan, and stumbled across this fact. Also, GREEN TEA, I didn’t know this before, but most green tea’s contain caffeine. So watch out for that! Drinking it with a meal can decrease iron absorption by 50% or more.

I stopped having normal tea for about 6 months when I first became vegan and let me tell you now, I noticed a MASSIVE DIFFERENCE! I replaced my tea’s with herbal’s and I felt a lot better for it. Now I’m trying out Turmeric Latte’s and Matcha tea’s.

Try this out…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of Almond milk 

1 tsp of ginger Turmeric paste (see the link on the image below to check out the paste that I used)

5 dates

Boil the almond milk with the dates in a saucepan. Once it’s heated, pour it into a blender and blend 😊 The blender will naturally give you that thick latte texture and will be really fluffy. The longer you leave it blending, the better.

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Sonnentor’s Ginger Turmeric Latte, Golden Milk, Click here to view.

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