Beetroot Mash

beetroot-mash

How gorgeous and bright does this look for a dull winter’s day? I just love the colours of nature and colours are a great way to entice children to eat vegetables. Beetroots are full of nutrients and are such an important vegetable.

Beetroots are an excellent source of folte so a great food to eat when pregnant or trying to conceive. They are also high in iron, potassium and fibre and are great for the heart. Generally an all-round wonderful vegetable.

I had a bunch of fresh beets in the fridge and juiced a few but wanted something warm so I decided to make this beetroot mash. It’s more like a beetroot puree really as I blended it. So creamy and soft and moreish.

I made something very similar a while back and added horseradish, so if you like a kick to your mash, try that one out!

Ingredients

2 beetroot
5 white potatoes
Quarter cup almond milk
Quarter cup vegetable stock
Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste

Method

Peel and chop the beetroots and potatoes.

Put the potatoes in a saucepan with boiling water and boil. If you have a steamer saucepan, put this over the top of the potatoes and put the lid on so they can steam and boil together. If you don’t, boil or steam the beets separately.

When they are both soft, mash the potatoes with a masher.

Add the beets to the blender and blend until smooth, then add the potatoes, stock, almond milk, salt and pepper and blend until puree-like.

Add more stock or almond milk if you need.

Love & health,
Lauren

Easy Chicken Rice Vegetable Dinner

Easy Chicken Rice Veg Dish

Easy, throw-it-together dinners that don’t take too long. We’re all looking for more of these aren’t we? Who has time mid-week to stand in the kitchen for hours making a gourmet meal? Certainly not us! I saw a TV chef making something similar once so I decided to put my own healthy stance on it and create a new version for Two Kitchens.

Of course it goes without saying (because this is our entire ethos at Two Kitchens) that any meat used in our recipes must be organic, free-range from trusted sources. Everything we use in our recipes is organic, but it is especially important when it comes to meat as with vegetables, you ‘only’ have the worry of pesticides and insecticides, with non-organic meat, you have the grass the animals eat which will have the pesticides on it to begin with, then they are also injected with steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics, all of which we consume and absorb when we eat this meat.

Boring stuff aside, this is delicious!

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts cut into strips
Coconut oil for frying
Pinch salt and pepper (I used Himalayan salt)
1 tbsp organic honey
2 large onions, chopped
1 red pepper
3 cloves garlic
200g mushrooms, sliced
1/4 tsp mild chilli powder
1 tbsp curry power
1 tsp turmeric
1 mug brown rice
1 mug frozen peas
4 tbsp soy sauce
1 egg for each person dining

Method

Firstly, make the rice and boil the peas (separately but at the same time). Once ready, mix the two together and leave to cool.

Fry the chicken in coconut oil. Coat with honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Fry the onions, garlic, pepper and mushrooms then add chilli powder, curry powder and turmeric.

Once ready add the rice (must be cooled) and mix, then add the chicken and mix it all through. If the rice isn’t cool first it will go stodgy.

If you like it, fry an egg and when you dish the food onto a plate, put the egg on top.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Favourite Summer Salad

Sweet pot salad 1

This is my ultimate go-to summer salad. It’s so easy and quick to make and works so well as a yummy, filling, nutritious meal to eat out in the garden on a warm evening. You can omit the halloumi if you are vegan, and you don’t have to stick to this recipe, you can add any vegetables you like.

Ingredients

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped in bite sizes
1 block of organic High Weald halloumi, sliced
About 6 romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
10 cherry tomatoes, sliced in 4
1 red pepper, chopped
2 mini cucumbers, chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
Handful of olives of your choice
Small tin of artichoke hearts
Extra virgin olive oil
Himalayan or Oryx desert salt

Sweet pot salad 2

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees while you peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Put them on a baking tray covering with baking paper, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix them around the tray until they are all covered in the oil then place in the oven for around 30 minutes.

Prepare the rest of your veg and add to a bowl then drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper (you can add lemon here if you like it) and mix well.

Place the halloumi under the grill or on the BBQ (we love it on the BBQ) and grill until nicely charred.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and place on top of the salad, then remove the halloumi from the grill or BBQ and place on top. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Pasta with Sweet Potato and Sage Sauce

Sweet Potato Sage Pasta

Raine and I seem to be so in sync with each other that even though we’re on other sides of the planet, we both made a variation of the same dinner tonight! So she has posted her Butternut & Sage Pasta and here is mine, made with sweet potatoes instead…

People always ask me what can you make for dinner when you’re vegetarian, so I like to experiment with easy, tasty and healthy recipes that people love. This is one of them. The sage is probably the best part of this recipe – I just love the taste. This recipe is seriously indulgent but gluten free and dairy free as well as full of nutrients.

Ingredients

Brown rice pasta – enough for two servings
1 sweet potato
About 10 sage leaves
Handful pine nuts
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Half cup almond milk
Garlic salt
Himalayan salt
Black pepper

Method

Peel and chop the sweet potato then steam or boil until soft enough to mash.

While it’s boiling, heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan, then add the garlic, pine nuts and sage and cook until pine nuts are roasted and sage is cooked. Once this mix is ready, put in a bowl and set aside.

Start boiling your pasta with a pinch of Himalayan salt. Brown rice pasta usually takes around 8 minutes.

While this is boiling, drain your sweet potato and mash it. Add it to the pan (which you don’t need to wash after the sage and pine nuts) with the milk and mix on a low light until it resembles a thick sauce.

Do not over-cook the pasta. As soon as it’s ready, add it to the pan with the sweet potato and mix it all in, then add the garlic, pine nuts and sage, some garlic salt and pepper (and salt to taste if you want) and mix it all around for about a minute or two, until hot, then serve.

Have a good week everyone.

Love & health,
Lauren

Braised Red Cabbage and Apple

Red cabbage

Sorry, not the best picture, and a quick post because I’m in a rush but I wanted to share this gorgeous, yummy and healthy dish with you so you can use it as a side dish with dinner tonight! Red cabbages are in season and have so many nutrients, give it a go!

Ingredients

Half a red cabbage, cut into smallish pieces, lengthways
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 apple, peeled and cored
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp coconut palm sugar (or demerara if you don’t have coconut palm)
4 tbsp red or white wine vinegar, whichever you have available!
Himalayan salt and ground black pepper

Method

Put all your ingredients in a large saucepan, turn the heat on medium and stir it around for a bit until you can feel it’s getting hot, then turn down the heat to low, put on the lid, and let simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve straight away or heat gently in the oven.

Easy!

Love,
Lauren