Category

Food & Nutrition

Category

Seasonal Broad Bean Recipe with Vegan Pesto

My New Summer Dinner Party Favourite

Cooking with seasonal and local ingredients is better for your health (and wallet).  When foods are grown in season they need less chemical pesticides to grow well, they taste better, are fresher and contain more nutrition. Seasonal produce is picked when its ripe and fully developed, so doesn’t require any ripening treatments. I’ve recently started receiving the amazing Abel & Cole Organic Veg/Fruit boxes and last weeks box contained beautiful broad beans and new potatoes. Since some of my favourites ladies were coming for dinner, I decided to get creative. I ended up making this light healthy broad bean recipe and hosting a little dinner out in the back garden. It was really delicious and everyone enjoyed it, so I thought I’d share it with you lovely lot! It’s my new favourite dinner party dish, as it is light and super tasty.

Seasonal Broad Bean Recipe - The Vegan Edit

Main Ingredients

400g mixture of frozen Garden Peas, frozen Edamame Beans and fresh Broad Beans

150g Toasted Buckwheat

750g Organic New Potatoes

2 large ripe Avocados

200g Smoked Tofu (I recommend Taifun’s range)

Vegan Pesto

2 generous handfuls of fresh organic basil

½ cup pine nuts (or sunflower seeds if you have a nut allergy)

2 cloves of garlic

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil (the finest you can get your hands on)

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

How to make it…

Buckwheat is easy and quick to cook, simply place the buckwheat in a pan with two parts water (2 cups) to one part buckwheat. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes until tender, then drain off any excess liquid.

Tip the peas, edamame beans and broad beans into a large pan of salted boiling water, and cook for 3 mins (or until cooked and tender). Drain, and cool under cold water, once cool drain again thoroughly.

You could buy vegan pesto from the supermarket Free From section, brands such as Sacla or Meridian Foods. However, I like to make my own in a big batch and pop a few little pots full in the freezer. That way it is fresher, healthier and also more garlicky and zesty that the shop bought versions. I also tend to add a little drizzle of flax seed oil to add in some Omega-3. To make the vegan pesto simply blend together the ingredients and season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

For the new potatoes, start by giving them a wash and then place in a pan of lighly salted water. Bring to the boil, and simmer for about 10 minutes until tender. Whilst the potatoes are boiling, melt 1 tbsp coconut oil on a baking tray in the oven.  Drain the potatoes and transfer onto the tray, but be careful of the hot oil. To get the potatoes crispy and fluffy, squash down with the back of a wooden spoon and shake/stir them around the tin to ensure they are covered in the oil. The potatoes should crisp up after about 10-15 minutes in a medium heat oven (180 degrees if fan oven, 200 if standard).

Whilst the potatoes are cooking, mix together the buckwheat, peas, and beans and add in the chopped tofu. Serve with the potatoes, sliced avocado and drizzle over the pesto to finish.

A lovely light summer supper that is simple, healthy and seasonal. Give it a try and let me know how you get on 🙂

The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

London Cafe Review: Social Brew & Social Raw

Social Brew & Social Raw is a welcome addition to the Putney café scene. After a leisurely walk along the river it’s the perfect stop off where you can sit down for a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch or drink. Hellooo cooling down with a cold smoothie whilst London is scorchio!

The interior is spacious and light, with friendly baristas and a chilled aussie vibe. If you’re a coffee fan, I definitely recommend the iced coffee. It’s beautifully served with the coffee in ice cubes and the milk to pour over as you wish.

Social Brew Putney - Iced Coffee

There are plenty of vegan options, both savoury and sweet. The counter shows off the beautiful vegan patties, decadent slices and raw cakes. There’s something to suit every hunger level and dietary requirement. I love finding these new cafes that offer such awesome Vegan options!

Social Brew Putney - Counter Treats

Hipsters and health food addicts are well catered for, the menu includes foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, acai bowls and almond butter toasties.  Plenty of Instagram-worthy options to keep everyone happy.

Social Brew Putney - Green Juice & Acai Bowl

With a drink options of matcha lattes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice. The smoothie menu features some epic flavour combinations, peanut butter and banana anyone?

These two are a fan…

Social Brew Putney - Smoothie Fans

If you’re inspired to make some raw creations of your own, or just need some more healthy food supplies, you’ll also find shelves of staple raw cooking ingredients like Walnuts, Cacao and Maple Syrup.  The ‘Social Raw’ part of the deal…Social Brew Putney - Tucking into the Cacao Acai Bowl

What a welcome addition to Lower Richmond Road, it’s already proving popular with the locals (don’t worry, you’ll still get a table). When you’re next in the area, pop into Social Brew to fuel up – you’ll be so glad you did!The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Best Vegan Ice Creams: Cruelty-Free Cool Downs

Since the weather is absolutely scorchio, and it looks set to stick around for a while, I thought it was worth rounding up the best vegan ice creams! I’ve got to make sure my fellow dairy-free and vegan gods and goddesses can keep their cool in this balmy weather! Whilst I’ll admit you won’t often find me eating anything sugary, in this heat I will make an exception!

Iced Luxury: Booja Booja

Booja Booja products are seriously rich and tasty. Their products are cashew-based, raw and organic. Really beautifully produced, and pretty packaging too. Branding is on point!

Delicious flavours – Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle, Raspberry Ripple, Caramel Pecan Praline and Chocolate Salted Caramel. Vegan Ice-cream decadence at it’s best! No need to buy a dessert for these to go with, they are perfect all by themselves. Great for a dinner party, or just a Friday night catching up with your friends Netflix!

 

Supermarket Special: Swedish Glace by Wall’s

This is your classic vanilla ice cream, it’s soy-based and you’d never know it was dairy free.  You can also get it in raspberry and chocolate. The best thing is that it’s really easy to find as it’s in all the big supermarkets. I’ve even found it in deepest Devon much to my delight!

Swedish Glace Vegan Icecream

Swedish Glace is a soya-based, Italian-style ice cream that’s deliciously creamy and comes in vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate flavours. The brand also offers a box of mini ice creams covered with chocolate, which you can find in most major supermarkets.

 

On-The-Go Hero: Miiro Ice-Cream

These are seriously ah-mazing – totally moreish and delicious. They are coated with raw chocolate, so even contain the amazing benefits of cacao. They’re gluten-free and refined sugar free and come in three mouth-watering flavours… Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut and Salted Caramel. No wonder these guys win awards! Out of all the best vegan ice creams… this one comes out top for me every time. Super tasty, lovely treat size and a great young company to support too!

These beauties are available from Whole Foods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVhyAzFAyuu/?taken-by=miiro_ice_cream

 

Tropical Vibes: Coconut Collab

For those who love the bounty bar vibes, these beauties are spot on! Cute little packs of coconut ice-cream pops, what more could you want during a heat wave? If you’re a fan of ice-cream tubs, have no fear, you can also get chocolate snowconut tubs! Available in Sainsbury’s, and other supermarkets too.

This weather calls for one thing, and one thing only…

A post shared by The Coconut Collaborative (@coconutcollab) on

 

nIce N Nutty: Almond Dream

Delicious flavours of mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and salted caramel – vegan friendly goodness fresh from our yank neighbours over the pond!

Almond Dream Ice Cream

[photo credit @pcos_nutrition] 

 

Plant Power: Alpro

Alpro is a really well known brand when it comes to dairy-free milks and yoghurts, so I was delighted when they announced their new ice-cream flavours;  vanilla, coconut, and hazelnut chocolate! The hazelnut chocolate is one of my all time favourite flavour combinations, great with a vegan pear crumble, or just straight out of the tub…

Best Vegan Ice Creams

[photo credit @spamellab]

 

I hope you’re enjoying this weather and keeping cool!

Happy ice-cream coma’s y’all 🙂

Ruth xx

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

London Vegan Brunch: Favourite Eateries in Notting Hill

Brunching is what the weekends are made for, are you with me? There’s nothing better than quality time with friends or family and a table of great food. I love to start the day off with a tasty and nutritious breakfast, and laughs with my favourite people. The London vegan brunch scene is growing with more and more amazing places to go, and I’m slowly trying them all out!

I tend to do a lot of brunch dates around Notting Hill, as there are some great shops, restaurants and fitness/yoga studios too. Easy to have a nicely rounded Sunday 🙂 I love to do an early morning gym class at one of the boutique gyms, following by a healthy delicious brunch with friends. There’s no better way to start the day! So, to help share some of the gems with you, I’ve pulled together my favourite eateries in Notting Hill, where you’ll find the best Instagram worthy vegan brunches!

Daylesford Organic Cafe

I’d recommend the protein porridge which is really delicious, and will keep you going until lunchtime whilst still feeling light on your tummy.  It’s walnuts, black quinoa, raw cacao, coconut, vegan cashew cream, dates and pistachios. Topped with sliced apple too. I chose the ‘b green’ juice, as it is all vegatables. I avoid fruit juice as it is very sugary and without the fibre, especially likely to cause a sugar spike. The green juice contains cucumber, spinach, lime, parsley, mint, aloe vera. I find aloe vera really helps my digestion, so like to have a little shot of it each morning. Pukka do great organic aloe vera juice – all the goodness!

 

Best Brunch in London : Daylesford

 

Farmacy

Now if you haven’t been to Pharmacy, it’s about time you gave it a try. It’s really different to many other ‘healthy’ restaurants, and has a gorgeous interior and is super stylish.  The menu is incredible and I love it here so much I’ve written a whole post about it which you can read here. If you need any further convincing I have two words for you…vegan pancakes.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

 

Bodyism

The Bodyism Cafe is on the super stylish Westbourne Grove, so a great spot if you fancy a mooch around Portobello Market post feed. It’s a smaller cafe, so you won’t find a full vegan breakfast on the menu. However, you can get a delicious nutritious smoothie bowl topped with nut and seed granola, coconut flakes and fresh fruit. A great option for a quick and tasty brunch.

It’s owned by the Australian duo behind Clean & Lean, James & Christine Duigan. They’re really inspiring, and I’ve been following them both for years now. They’ve built an inspiring wellness empire, there’s now a studio at the cafe too so you can also book in a class.

Best London Vegan Brunch - Bodyism

Granger & Co

Now, as far as a London vegan brunch goes, this place certainly delivers. Whilst it’s a less ‘healthy’ place for those purests out there, it does serve carnist options, there are a few great vegan options on the menu.  There is a fair bit of hype about this place, so there is usually a bit of a queue. Be prepared, and turn up early for a more relaxing start to the day. Even though it’s busy, the staff are great and this doesn’t effect service.  There is a great section on the menu called Fruit & Grains which has delicious vegan options such as coconut yoghurt, chia pudding, and white miso porridge with coconut milk. My favourite is the Acai Bowl, with banana, berries and vegan granola.

Vegan Brunch London - Granger & Co

Crussh

The best place to get fit food and a green juice on the go is definitely Crussh. However, the breakfast and brunching options are strong, and worth checking out too.  The menu is super strong, and is regularly updated. You can get things like avocado bagel, banana and almond butter bagel, almond milk porridge, coconut and quinoa yoghurt and croats (yup.. carrot & sultana overnight oats – pretty relish actually!). I love the green juices too, and there are a tonne of awesome smoothie and juice options on the menu.

We love breakfast! The only struggle is picking a porridge topping…? 🍚 #StartFit #Breakfast #FitFood #Healthy

A post shared by London Fit Food & Raw Juice (@crusshjuicebars) on

There are still a few of Notting Hill’s healthy eateries that I haven’t yet been to that are on my list to visit, so keep your eyes peeled as you’ll see these reviews up on the blog in a few weeks no doubt! The London vegan brunch scene is so on-point right now, and getting better every week. For now, I’m sure these lovely vegan hot spots will keep you busy.

Happy Brunching,

Ruth xx

Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Quick & Easy Breakfast

Now the weather is warming up here in the UK, I’ve started to add a smoothie bowl recipe back into my weekend routine. It’s always easier getting up on the weekend when you have a delicious breakfast planned! This is a super easy recipe that only takes about 5 minutes to make. It’s healthy, filling and full of antioxidants from the berries too.

This smoothie bowl recipe is easily adapted to suit what ingredients you have around. If you have a pear, fresh berries, pineapple etc then these will be just as delicious. Just be sure to have enough frozen fruit, at least half, so that the consistency is correct. As a breakfast, you’ll be enjoying a mixture of delicious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre. If you have them handy, you can add extra goodness by adding in a teaspoon of Maca, Lucuma, Cacao Powder or other superfood powder. I tend to had a sprinkle of each just for good measure, to add extra nutrients!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Getting creative with the toppings is the best bit. Try adding granola topping, seeds, chopped figs, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced apple. You can go as fancy or plain as you like – it will taste amazing whichever way you choose. Nuts and seeds add healthy fats and additional nutritional value, as well as more crunch!

My favourite thing is that it’s a pretty cheap breakfast, bananas and frozen berries are great value products that you can get in even the smaller supermarkets. I tend to make my own Oat Milk using a blender, which is a great money saver too. Read my article on plant-based milks here.

I first got into smoothie bowls when I visited friends Bali, over there they even have smoothie bowl bars dedicated to these dreamy breakfasts! One of the more well known cafes is called Nalu Bowls. If you’re ever over in Bali you definitely need to check them out.

I hope you enjoy the recipe,

Ruth x

Print Recipe
Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Berries & Banana
Here is a simple and quick smoothie bowl recipe thats great for a weekend treat!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Instructions
  1. Blend banana and berries until they are chopped into little pieces.
  2. Then add the powder and milk and blend again until you've reached the desired consistency. Ideally, your mixture will be thicker than a regular smoothie but thinner than ice-cream.
Share this Recipe

London Review: Raw Press Cafe in Belgravia

There are so many lovely places to visit in Kensington & Chelsea, from the Saatchi Gallery to the Natural History Museum to the lovely shops of the Kings Road. There is something for everyone! It’s a great place to spend the day exploring on the weekend, and if the sun is shining it’s even more delightful. When it comes to deciding where to re-fuel at Lunch, you’re spoilt for choice. But if I were to pick one absolute gem in this area it would have to be Raw Press, located just off Sloane Square.

Raw Press offers nourishing salads, acai smoothie bowls, fresh organic cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks from The Hardihood (nutritious raw cakes that are to-die-for-delicious!). Like all our favourite café’s, the menu includes nut-butters and avocado a plenty.  Seriously though, sweetcorn & avocado waffles? Yes please!

Raw Press Salad Spread
The ‘Superfood Bar’ is seriously impressive, and luckily you don’t have to pick just one dish, you can have a bit of everything!  The chefs are always adding new recipes to the menu so you’re unlikely to have the same thing twice. Think spiralised celeriac salad with cashew dressing, endive & radicchio salad with hemp seeds and pear, and ‘cream’ of mushroom soup with freshly baked sourdough.

A massive plus – the portions are generous…

 

RawPressSalad

You can wash your lunch down with cold-pressed juice, almond mylk or a matcha latte.

Raw Press Super Juice

The juices range from a pre-workout Coffee & Mylk or a sweet Carrot & Orange juice, to the hardcore veg only Super Green. In the words of Raw Press themselves… “Brace yourself for a green tonic so potent that your taste buds will be recalibrated and your cells zinging.”

If you’re thinking this place sounds great, well, there is more! The cafe set up is brilliant – with free Wifi and plenty of plug sockets, you could easily set up camp and have a productive couple of hours tucked away. There are toasters on some of the tables, so you can make your own nut butter toast for breakfast whilst catching up on emails. What a dreamy situation that is! Multi-tasking heaven.

Hardihood Cakes - Raw Press

Raw Press have a couple of London cafes, one on Dover Street in Mayfair beneath Wolf & Badger, and another on Chelsea’s Ellis Street – a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. If you happen to be in Notting Hill, you can also pick up the delicious Raw Press juices from the Wolf & Badger store on Ledbury Road.

Wellness warriors such as Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters are all big fans, so if you’re after a lunch supercharged with the healthiest food nature has to offer, pop down to Raw Press and fill your boots!

Ruth x

Raw Press Cafe Front

 

This post originally appeared over on Fitness Blogger Zanna Van Dijk’s website as a guest post by yours truly 🙂

Check out Raw Press at www.rawpress.co where you can find out about their Juice Cleanses and Cafes.