I love trying new recipes but rarely make time to experiment in the kitchen.
I love eating colourful, energy giving food but too often make lazy, bland choices.
I love the saying “let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food” but I’m fickle about remembering it. All these things I appreciate about eating are fundamentally about practicing good self-care – something it’s easy to forget on days when cooking from scratch with a toddler trying to climb up my leg seems like too much effort. Which is why I’m so excited to share how I topped up credits in my Mumma Bear’s ”good self-care” Bank last weekend.
Mum and I spent a blissful couple of hours watching Caroline, the nutritionist at Maggies in Cheltenham, prepare 5 quick and easy, immune boosting recipes. That would have been treat enough and then, we sampled everything! Not just a nibble but a whole lunch worth; lentil bolognaise with noodles, lentil and sweet potato stew and warm red cabbage with apple, walnut and dried cherries.
Breakfast muffins packed with nutritious seeds, oats, banana and blueberries
And rounded it all off with Date and Lacuma Cocao fridge bars.
So delicious and so good for you.
Such a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning and I’m brim full of inspiration now to create the right kind of comfort food as we head into Autumn. I left with napkin wrapped cocoa squares for G and E to sample. It made a nice treat for a little boy who’d taken a tumble while Mummy was away and split the inside of his lip.
Too good to share with just anyone but your luck’s in if you’re 3 inches tall and made of plastic). ‘‘Euan bite, man bite. Euan sharing, nice’‘.
Hunkering down indoors on the wet stormy day that followed our cooking demonstration was the perfect excuse to put Caroline’s nutrition tips into action. Vegetable casserole is a fairly regular meal for us; different every time depending on what’s in the fridge.
Our Maggies inspired Sunday stew included:
– sweet potato rich in flavanoids and anti-oxidant beta carotene
– green lentils for protein, minerals and fibre
– red onions for their high levels of Quercitin, an anti-inflammatory
– dried mushrooms high in beta-glucans to stimulate the immune system
– Carotino oil – a blend of red palm and rape seed oil, high in anti-oxidants, Vitamins A & E and Omega 3 & 6. (we later reviewed Carotino oil here)