Almond, vanilla & seed granola!

  
I was bored of eating porridge everyday so thought I’d give granola a whirl! This is a recipe I’ve adapted to make my own!

Ingredients:

2 cups oats (gluten free if needed)
Half cup almonds (chopped or can buy ready chopped/sliced)
Half cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp vanilla
Generous desert spoon sugar (I use coconut sugar, adjust to your taste)
5 generous tbsp coconut oil
Generous tsp cinnamon
Half tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dates chopped into quarters (optional)

Preheat oven to 160C, fan 140C, gas 3, 325f and line a baking sheet or try with baking paper.

In a mixing bowl add everything apart from the vanilla and coconut oil and mix to combine.

  
Melt oil and vanilla gently in a small pan then tip into dry ingredients and mix well until everything is evenly coated. 

Tip onto your baking sheet and spread into and even layer. 

  
Pop in the oven for half an hour until golden brown, check every ten minutes and give it a bit of a shake or move it around with a wooden spoon so it cooks more evenly.

Leave to cool before keeping in an airtight container! 

To serve I mix in a desert spoon of flaxseed, add half a sliced banana and pour over cold oat milk! 

  

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Bacon, spinach & tomato pasta

  
I had some left over tomato sauce so today I used some up with my lunch! The tomato sauce is simply an onion chopped and fried in a little oil until soft, add a crushed clove of garlic or some garlic granules, some Italian herbs and a can of tomatoes, season and simmer for half an hour ish.

While pasta is cooking (I use gluten fre) I griddled some streaky bacon on the hob, removed from pan and used the juices from bacon to wilt a large handful of spinach leaves. Remove those from pan and then reheat the sauce in same pan (don’t waste the bacon flavour!) chop the bacon, then toss everything together! Next time I’ll add half a cup of sweet corn to the pasta while its cooking as think that would make this dish a bit extra yummy! 

Would also work with chicken I imagine!

A new way of eating..

Hello! Been a while I’m sorry, been a bit out of the blogging loop! But I’ve got something new to blog about now which kind of works with the ‘keep it simple’ tag only applied to food!

So lets go back.. for a couple of years or so now I’ve been suffering more than usual with my eczema. Mainly on my face which seems to have taken on a cycle of flaring up every few days. The same patches go very red and puffy and sometimes sore, then as quick as it came up it went down again. I’d have a day or so of clear skin before I could feel it starting again. It had started to get me quite down to the point where I’d start avoiding socialising when it was at its worst day in the cycle.

Doctors won’t test for ranges of food intolerances, rather they’ll test for one thing or another if they suspect a certain trigger. I’d looked into York testing in the past but not gone ahead with anything but then my husband found out a lady he worked with had gone through the testing (different symptoms) and had found intolerances, cut them out, and felt back to normal. So I decided to go ahead and get tested. Turns out I’m intolerant to a whole heap of things! Main ones being dairy, wheat, gluten, egg, beef and then coconut, sugar, carrot amongst a few other things are on the borderline list. After the testing you have a phone appointment with a nutritionist to go through what you can do next. In my case the plan is to cut out all triggers for three months whilst taking probiotics to get my gut back into shape, then after three months I can try and introduce one food per week and look for reactions. I’m half way into the third week of the new diet and have had one flare up!

Its been a challenge cutting out all the triggers, I have a very very sweet tooth and love my cakes/biscuits.sweets/chocolate BUT I haven’t found it as hard as I thought I would. The first week was a little tough, I had a couple of headaches and felt tired but now I feel much much healthier and have a lot more energy! My husband has been doing some of the diet with me, cutting out sugar and wheat, and he too has felt the benefits as well as losing some weight!

Breakfasts I’ve been having smoothies, lunch has mostly been soups and dinners we’ve been basing meals on rice and potato as opposed to pasta with lots more vegetables.

I’ll start posting recipes I’ve found and adapted in separate posts, it’s been a bit tricky as a lot of the substitutes for butter and dairy are coconut based which I can’t have! But for the most part I’m not missing sugary things, apart from when I’ve been breaking chocolate easter eggs for the children, the smell!

Off to make some lunch, might try hummus today!