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LUNCH

SMOOTH SWEETCORN PANCAKES

Snacks, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Lunch, Recipe, Gluten free, Dairy Free, Brunch, Breakfastdanielle coppermanComment

I’m incredibly aware that things have become quiet around here during the last couple of months. In fact - I’ll be real - make that the last year. It’s like I’ve been a terribly terribly unprepared parent, neglecting the fairly low maintenance first born in becoming completely tied up and overwhelmed with the bringing up the second. Thankfully, at only 22, I’m talking theoretically and about actual children of mine, but it's a pretty accurate comparison in my opinion. Qnola happened to me completely out of the blue and i was unprepared to say the least. 

Almost 2 years in, i still work through the night, but i now have a help, which means i can finally start dusting off the recipes i’ve been recording since 2014 that never quite made it to the stage of being uploaded. there are some wonderful recipes buried deep inside my computer, along with valuable travel tips from my recent adventures of living in new york and travelling the world whenever i can. to start with though: a recipe just over a month late which i intended to post in time for pancake day, but which got intercepted by general life. in my opinion, and ok, in attempt to justify my lateness, one day is simply not enough time to give pancakes the praise they deserve, so let’s ignore last months hype and have pancakes whenever we want to.

As a child, i excelled in making pancakes and that was more or less the purpose of my life from the age of 8 to i’d say, well, the present day if you ask any of my friends who still demand a pancake party the morning after they stay over. These pancakes, though, are not like those from my childhood. I’m more conscious than i was then and have replaced the gluten, removed the dairy and injected these nourishing pancakes with antioxidants, healthy fats and plant proteins. I also made them as neutral as possible in flavour, meaning they work with both savoury and sweet toppings. Pictured here with savoury chicken salad and homemade nut and seed pesto, but enjoyed the leftovers with fresh lemon juice, thyme and coconut palm sugar.

INGREDIENTS
100g Almond Milk
10g Olive Oil
150g Sweetcorn, cooked
10g Hemp Seeds
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
30g Quinoa, cooked
2 Eggs (can replace with chia seed gel or flax seed gel)
50g Buckwheat Flour
Fresh Herbs - optional 

METHOD
Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on a high speed. You can add your choice of fresh herbs or even spinach or kale to make these pancakes even healthier and more flavoursome. Once the mixture is completely smooth, heat some coconut oil in a large saucepan until it has melted, then take a large spoonful of the batter and create 3-4 small pancakes - as your frying pan space permits. Fry over a medium heat for about 1-2 minutes and then flip when the underside can be loosened from the pan. Flip and fry on the other side and re-flip if you want a crispier result.

Top with sweet or savoury toppings like coconut palm sugar and fresh citrus, homemade raw cacao spread, honey and coconut yoghurt, or pesto, houmous, raw/cooked vegetables, fish/meat or this dairy free chicken salad.

CHICKEN SALAD

INGREDIENTS
Serves 2-4

200g Shredded Chicken (This works best with tender meat generally from around the bone, but i used sliced chicken breast and it worked perfectly)
2 Egg Yolks
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Pinch Himalayan Pink Salt
½ Clove Garlic, sliced
Small Handful Coriander
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Orange Juice
1 Teaspoon Lime Zest
1 Teaspoon or Pinch Nutritional Yeast - optional
30g Avocado (or soaked sunflower seeds)
½ Teaspoon Mustard - optional

Optional:
20g grated apple
20g grate kohlrabi
20g grated courgette
chopped basil optional
chopped black or orange apricots

METHOD

Start by blending the egg, oil, salt, garlic, coriander, citrus zest and juice, nutritional yeast and avocado (or soaked sunflower seeds) until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl, and stir through the grated fruit and vegetables (if using), the herbs and finally the chicken. When fully coated, top each pancake or serve as a side. Perfect for salads, sandwiches and picnics.

TURMERIC AND MUSTARD CREAMED CORN

Snacks, Sugar Free, Travel, Vegan, Vegetarian, Lunch, Recipe, Gluten free, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfastdanielle coppermanComment

Sweetcorn was something I would have eaten every day of my life when i was a child if i’d had any kind of power or control over my own decisions as a 6 year old. However, leaving my life in the much more capable hands of my mother (and father, but hmm not so much where food was involved - my mum still doesn’t know about our detours ‘thru’ Mcdonalds when it was his turn to pick me up from gymnastics on a saturday morning), I had a positively varied diet and am obviously grateful that i wasn’t forced to live off of tinned vegetables until i learned to cook. 

When i did learn to cook, and when i started my blog, sweet corn was absent. I swayed away from tinned foods and also those higher in sugars, and didn’t respect sweetcorn for its nutritional values as much as some other vegetables - like dark, leafy greens and sweet potatoes. However, this summer changed everything. I found myself in a dark bus station, transferring from one chicken bus to another, somewhere along the Guatemalan border, tired, hot, and hangry. When you’ve been on a bus designed to accommodate a quarter of the amount of people crammed onto it, gloria gaynor blasting throughout (who am i kidding, that bit was great), with only a mint from the driver to munch on (cute, but not quite sufficient), let me tell you the first thing you need after finding space to breath is a corn on the cob. i didnt know it at the time. But standing there waiting, as if she knew i was on that bus you know, on a torn apart pavement was a woman, with a smile, and a corn cart. (These things exist). Damn, that woman was serving all kinds of corn - sprinkled with lime or lemon or chilli salt or pepper, hot sauce or mayonnaise (ok maybe not). But it was everything. My friend and I abandoned our belongings - gigantic backpacks containing most of our lives - as if nothing else in that moment mattered other than getting us some of that corn. well. we got it. and damn did we love it. life was sweet, and in this moment, crouched atop our luggage eating juicy boiled corn with our hands, i knew these golden kernels of goodness were back in my life for good.

When i returned home i kept up my sweetcorn obsession, adding it to my lunch bowls, broths and other meals, as well as using it as a base for dips and soups. But since the winter is a coming, and my body is craving food not just for its energy but also its warmth, i needed to work it into a more comforting dish i could cuddle up with. this recipe is deeply warming and genuinely soothing. i love that food can do that to you. it hits every spot in the body that needs hitting. Now that we’re well into the season of making no plans to socialise whatsoever, spending time in the kitchen should become less of a chore and more a way to pass time between new series/christmas movies and online gift shopping, and to warm you up if the heatings not cutting the chill.

INGREDIENTS
Serves 2 as a main meal, 4 as a side.

400g Cooked Sweetcorn
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1/2 Cup Almond Milk + 1 Tablespoon to make Bean Paste
5 Tablespoons Solid Coconut Milk Fat / Cream
1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Tablespoons Tahini
8 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (can also use ghee or butter if not vegan/dairy-free)
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/3 Tin Cooked Cannellini Beans (any soft white beans)
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast - optional
1 Teaspoon Reishi or Shilajit Mushroom powder - optional

METHOD

Start by making the bean paste/puree. Take your white beans and strain and rinse them in a sieve. Tip them into your blender or food processor and then add 6 tablespoons of your oil (save the other 2 for cooking), 1 tablespoon of your almond milk and 1 tablespoon of tahini. Blend on a medium - high speed for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. It should be runny, relatively thick, but not lumpy.

Next, cook your corn. If it is on the cob, boil the whole cobs for around 10-12  minutes and then use a sharp knife to cut away the kernels. If you are using frozen, boil for 8-10 minutes until it is juicy and soft. If you are using pre-cooked tinned corn, follow the instructions below.

In a separate saucepan to your corn, combine the remaining oil (or butter), the remaining almond milk, the coconut milk, salt, nutritional yeast and reishi or shilajit, if using, and mix with a wooden spoon. Stir over a medium - low heat and gradually add the cannellini bean mixture, stirring constantly. Once the sweetcorn is cooked, drain the water and add the corn to the milk mixture. Stir constantly and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the mustard, to taste, starting with a little amount and building up the flavour as you desire. Simmer for a further 10-12 minutes, to allow the mixture to thicken.

Serve hot with cooked quinoa, cubed avocado, shredded spinach and alfalfa sprouts, or other green vegetables - raw, boiled or sautéed. Add a source of protein such as chicken breast or salmon fillet. Also enjoy cold stirred through a salad, cold quinoa or other pseudo grains, or served as a side to any savoury meal. It is delicious added to mashed avocado on gluten free toast, served with eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast, stirred through soups or served as a cold side, I imagine, at a barbecue or picnic.

PUY LENTIL AND OLIVE HOUMOUS

Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten freedanielle coppermanComment

Simply the best.

INGREDIENTS

100g Cooked Puy Lentil
1 Tin Chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup Olive Oil
50g Black Olives, pitted
Juice from 
1/2 Fresh Lemon
3 Tablespoon Tahini
1/4 Cup Water
Lemon Juice
1 Large Handful Fresh Basil

METHOD

Simply place all ingredients in your blender and blend for 2-3 minutes on a high speed. Add a little water if the mixture needs help to get going. Season to taste and enjoy.

COURGETTE AND SPINACH CREPES

Snacks, Vegetarian, Lunch, Gluten free, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfastdanielle copperman1 Comment

When i was a child, i thought that pancakes literally came from heaven. i made them every weekend and used to dowse them in maple or golden syrup, peanut butter, or sugar and lemon. It began to be less about the pancakes and more about the toppings.

They are delicious, and the best thing about them is how easy they are to make. I used to make 3 ingredient crepes which just involved whisking the mixture and pouring it into the pan. As my tastebuds and nutritionally hungry mind have developed, i have found ways of making these pancakes with as many ingredients as possible. And by that, i don’t mean artificial additives. I add fruit and vegetables to my pancakes these days, and substitute white flour and cows milk for creamy nut milks and nutritious, fibrous, high-protein seeds (amaranth, millet, buckwheat, quinoa) or their flaked versions. I also add as many super foods as possible, and only sweeten the pancakes with natural, unrefined syrups or coconut palm sugar. Although these green crepes are savoury and i don’t use any sweetener at all, you could very easily make them sweet, as the crepes themselves have a very neutral flavour, and don't taste as spinach-y as they look! You could top them with fruit, natural syrups of your choice or raw nutella, but I prefer these for lunch or dinner, topped with vegetables, salad, tahini and other dressings.

Happy pancake day! 

INGREDIENTS
(makes 10-12 large crepes)

220g Buckwheat Flour
3 Eggs
2 Cups Coconut Milk or Almond Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, melted
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Large Handfuls Spinach or Watercress
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil Leaves
1 Cup Courgette, grated or spiralled
1/2 Teaspoon Spirulina or Chlorella
1/2 Teaspoon Charcoal Powder, optional
Coconut Oil, for frying

METHOD

Simply place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender. Add the milk and the eggs first to avoid the flour becoming a lump and clogging the blade. Blend on a high speed for about 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and becomes a pale green. Once completely smooth, heat a heaped teaspoon of coconut oil in a frying pan. When it has melted, pour the crepe mixture directly from the jug of your blender (less washing up!) and spread the mixture out evenly across the pan by moving and rotating it gently. Don't use too much mixture at once of the crepe will be too thick and cakey. Pour in enough to cover the middle of your pan, leaving about 2 inches between the edges of the pancake and the sides of the pan. Then spread the mixture to make it slightly larger, and thinner. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip with a spatula and cook on the other side. The pancake should begin to brown and crisp ever so slightly at the edges. You may need to flip it over several times to get it exactly right and cooked through.

Repeat until you have used all of the mixture, or store any leftover batter in the fridge, in a jug covered with cling film or an airtight container. I'd advise you to cook them all at once though, so you'll always have the foundations of a healthy snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner, when you're short for time.

+ Serve with Chanterelle Pate, Tahini Avocado Cream or simple mashed avocado, Carrot Sesame Dressing, Red Pepper Houmous, Pure Tahini and fresh or steamed vegetables. These are also amazing with Pea Houmous, Bean Slaw and Celeriac Broccoli Slaw.

CARROT SESAME DRESSING

INGREDIENTS

2 Carrots, grated
Juice of 1/2 Orange
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon or Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Tamari or pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
1 Tablespoon Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger or fresh ginger, grated
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric or 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric
2 Tablespoons Goji Berries, optional (can substitute for 1/2 teaspoon honey)

METHOD

Soak the goji berries, if using, in a small bowl in just enough boiling water to cover them. Let sit for 5 minutes, to soften. Place all of the other ingredients into your blender, adding the goji berries once they become soft, and blend together on a high speed for 2-3 minutes, until the carrot is no longer lumpy, and the mixture becomes smooth and thin.

Season to taste.

+ Thicken with tahini if you want a thicker dip/dressing. Or blend 1/2 ripe avocado in with the rest of the ingredients.

PARSNIP, CELERIAC AND QUINOA BURGERS

Snacks, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Brunchdanielle coppermanComment

These patties are a quick and easy way to get in plenty of vegetables, vitamins and nutrients. Blenders are a godsend for many reasons, one of them being that they make it possible to disguise and/or completely reinvent vegetables into something far more delicious and flavoursome. Making pesto with kale or spinach and adding vegetables to homemade houmous are two of my favourite quick and easy blender recipes, as well as vegetarian burgers and patties, like these. The great thing about both pesto/spreads and burgers/patties is that they are both perfect for using up leftovers too. There are no real foundations, meaning you can add pretty much anything to them, and as long as they stick and combine properly, you’ve got a vibrant and filling meal in an instant. If in doubt - make patties. They are total crowd pleasers. You can serve them as snacks or canapés, starter or sides, or make a real meal out of them and serve them with plenty of sides as you would a normal burger. These are great in the summer, but just as good during the winter when the best ingredients are in season, and in abundance.

INGREDIENTS
Makes 8-10

2 Parsnips, grated
1 Carrot or 1/2 Sweet Potato, grated
1/2 Celeriac, grated
5 Medium Spinach, Kale or Broccoli Stems, chopped
1 Egg
180g Quinoa, cooked
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds or Nuts of Choice
1 Clove Garlic
60g Cup Buckwheat Flour
1/4 Cup Ground Almonds
1 Tablespoon Fresh Dill
1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 Teaspoon Sumac
1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
Pinch Salt

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160c. Line a baking tray with baking paper, or grease the tray with a little coconut oil.

Blend the sunflower seeds in a blender or food processor for 10 seconds. Add the greens or broccoli and garlic and blend for about 20 seconds until everything is finely chopped.

Transfer to a large bowl, and grate in all of the vegetable ingredients. Mix to combine and then add the cooked quinoa, fresh and dried herbs, flours, salt, oil, egg and nutritional yeast. Mix with a wooden spoon and bring the mixture together with your hands once it has reduced in stickiness. 

If the mixture is too wet, add more buckwheat flour or ground almonds. If it is too dry, add a little extra oil. Form the mixture into flattened burger shapes, or into small balls if you wish to make them more like falafels.

Place them on your prepared baking tray, careful not to place them too close together. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

GOJI TAHINI DRESSING

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Goji Berries
3 Tablespoons Tahini
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of Half an Orange
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger or Fresh Ginger, grated
1/2 Teaspoon Raw Honey
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2-3 Tablespoons Water

METHOD
Start by softening the goji berries. Place the berries in a small bowl and cover them with boiling water. Leave to sit for about 5-10 minutes, then drain the berries and put them into your blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on the highest speed for 2-3 minutes. If the mixture seems to thick or isn’t becoming smooth enough, add a little more water, but the longer you blend it for the smoother it will become.

Serve from a jug as a dressing or in a small bowl as a dip.

SAVOURY TAHINI DIP

INGREDIENTS
3 Tablespoons Tahini
5-6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Tamari
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
+ Sweetener of choice, optional

METHOD

Simply mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl or add to a blender and blend on a slow speed until combined.

CHESTNUT, QUINOA AND BRUSSELS NUT ROAST

Vegetariandanielle coppermanComment

I am no vegetarian, but this nut roast… it’s quite something. Something - perhaps not something to replace the turkey and ham that’ll sit atop my table this christmas - but something never the less. I have never made or even eaten nut roast, so this was quite a blind baking session for me. I didn’t really know what it was supposed to taste like, or even look like, and it certainly isn’t the most beautiful thing you will ever make, but it is delicious. At least, this version is, even if i do say so myself. 

Nut roast doesn’t look or sound particularly appealing, and although it is a traditional vegetarian option when it comes to roast/christmas dinner, it is very underrated in my opinion. It is just as delicious and flavoursome as stuffing is, and isn’t dissimilar in taste or texture, but the beauty of this nut roast is that it is crammed full of vitamins, nutrients and plant-based protein. Most nut roasts (and stuffings for that matter) are bulked out with breadcrumbs and flour, which can be strenuous on your digestive system, especially if you suffer from a wheat or gluten intolerance. These ingredients make the nut roast extremely bland and stodgy, so I wanted to rework this vegetarian crowd pleaser into something that would actually please a vegetarian, and a non-vegetarian for that matter. My recipe uses cooked quinoa and ground almonds instead to bind the vegetables, nuts and seeds, which are not only easier to digest but also exceptionally higher in protein, fibre and valuable nutrients. As the name suggests, nut roasts involve a lot of nuts. However, although nuts are incredibly nutritious and a great source of protein (particularly for vegetarians who can sometimes find it hard to get enough protein from their food), too many can also cause complications within the gut. For that reason, I have reduced the amount of nuts in this recipe, and increased the amount of vegetables.

+ You can experiment with your own combination of vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs in this recipe, and the great thing is that the more you add the better it tastes. I’d recommend prioritising the sweet potato, chestnuts, ground almonds and as many herbs as possible, as these are the foundations that make it all come together, but other than that, add what you like!

Serve this as a vegetarian main, a vegetarian stuffing alternative or as a side to accompany meat dishes if you are feeding meat-eaters. It also makes the perfect starter as it isn’t dissimilar to seed & nut bread, so is brilliant with chutneys, soups, cheeses or as part of a canapé spread. I baked mine in mini loaf tins, serving one per person alongside the mains.

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Quinoa
1/2 Large Sweet Potato, baked
20g Apricots or Dates, chopped
60g Brazil Nuts, chopped
30g Pine Nuts or Pistachios (any nuts will work), chopped
1 1/2 Cup Ground Almonds
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon Tahini 
1 Red Onion
40g Chickpeas, optional
1 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Tablespoons Tamari
1 Egg
250g Chestnuts, chopped
A Few Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
A Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
1 Cup Brussels Sprouts, shredded
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
3 Tablespoons Linseeds
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon or All Spice
1 Teaspoon Sumac
1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage, chopped

Oil of choice, for frying/greasing

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 170c. 

Start by blending the sunflower seeds, half of the pumpkin seeds, the herbs and the chickpeas in a blender or food processor until they resemble a bread crumb consistency. Transfer them into a large bowl and set aside.

In a frying pan, sautee the onion, garlic, brussels and chestnuts in ghee, olive oil or coconut oil. Add the tamari and lemon juice and sear until the vegetables are completely soft. Place in a bowl then add the ground almonds chopped nuts eggs etc all flavours. mash and knead into a ball. press into a tin and bake. 

Meanwhile, measure all of the other ingredients, apart from the egg, into the bowl with the ground seeds and herbs. When the vegetables are soft, add them to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon, mashing the ingredients with the back of the spoon to combine them. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then stir it into the mixture thoroughly.

When all of the ingredients are combined, press into a greased loaf tin, mini loaf tins or a muffin tray, to make individual single serving portions. Alternatively, to make canapés or to make vegetarian stuffing, form into 2 inch balls.

Bake for 45-65 minutes, depending on whether you are baking a large loaf, or smaller individual ones - which will take less time to cook.

RECOMMENDED CONDIMENTS

PARSNIP APRICOT GINGER CHUTNEY

1 Large Parsnip
1/2 Large Cooking Apple
1 Inch Chopped Ginger
1 Cup Water
Juice of Half an Orange
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Chopped Apricots
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Agave or Coconut Palm Sugar
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Baobab or Maca, optional

METHOD
Place all of the ingredients apart from the chia seeds into a large saucepan, and simmer on a medium heat. Once the chopping and dicing is out of the way, chutney is easy work. Leave it to simmer and soften, checking occasionally to make sure there is enough water in the pan. Keep topping it up with cold water if the fruit begins to stick to the bottom of the pan. After about 20-25 minutes, check the fruit to see if it is soft enough. Add a little more water, then remove from the heat, transfer to a blender and blend for 5 seconds. If you prefer your chutney chunkier, don’t blend it. Pour into a bowl, jar or airtight container and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, and when the chia seeds have swelled slightly, seal the container and store in the fridge. 

Serve with the nut roast, or spread an even layer over the top and sprinkle with herbs or crushed chestnuts to garnish.

TRUFFLE TAHINI DRIZZLE

INGREDIENTS

1-2 Tablespoons Truffle Oil
6 Tablespoons Olive or Avocado Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Tamari
2 Tablespoons Tahini
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Clove Garlic, crushed
Water, to thin (optional)

METHOD
Simply mix the ingredients together in a small bowl, or use a blender for a smoother result. Serve as a dip, or thin with a little water and serve as an optional dressing to drizzle over the nut roast.

+ This dressing is wonderful on salads too, and instantly transforms tasteless salad leaves and vegetables, making them creamy and delicious.

Serve with Celeriac Brazil Nut Slaw.

    SWEET POTATO AND JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE PORRIDGE

    Brunch, Breakfastdanielle coppermanComment

    This winter, I have become reacquainted with porridge - a traditional breakfast option popular across the nation, but so underrated in my opinion. For me, it's not about the porridge (that's just oats and water, or milk at its best). It's about the flavours and the toppings. I have experimented with grains (using my favourite psuedograins like quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat), dairy free milks (which make it a hundred times creamier than water), fresh spices and herbs (i love cardamom or rosemary and basil) and toppings, such as fresh berries, compotes, almond butter sauces and much more. Today I decided that, seeing as it was nearer lunch time than breakfast by the time I woke up, i would have a go at savoury porridge. I used to be obsessed with risotto, and was eager to make a simpler, easier variation of it using gluten free oats. At lunch time, it's harder to find time to spend on cooking, and conventional risotto involves a lot of preparation and a lengthy cooking time. Here, I used a few of my favourite autumnal vegetables such as sweet potato and jerusalem artichoke. The artichoke brings a richness to the recipe and the sweet potato provides the perfect texture, and subtly sweetens the dish.

    + Perfect as breakfast, lunch or dinner, and delicious enjoyed hot or cold. Make extra and chill or freeze the leftovers for later on in the week/month.

    INGREDIENTS
    1/2 Cup Water
    1/2 Cup Coconut or Almond Milk
    1/3 Cup Oats
    60g Baked or Steamed Sweet Potato
    1 Tablespoon Fresh Dill
    A Few Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
    1/2 of 1 Jerusalem Artichoke, grated
    1 Teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
    1 Teaspoon Tamari
    3-4 Tablespoons Grated Sweet Potato
    1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

    Optional Extras
    Peas
    Garlic
    Tahini
    Mustard
    Chunks of roasted sweet potato or squash

    METHOD

    Start by cooking the oats. In a large saucepan, heat the oats and the water together. When the oats begin to plumpen and the water is dissolving, stir in the coconut milk and the sweet potato. I prefer using steamed sweet potato, but grated with create just as much flavour. The cooked sweet potato makes the porridge thicker and more creamy. Stir the porridge constantly to break down the large chunks of sweet potato, and add more water if you think it is needed. Add the grated jerusalem artichoke, dill, rosemary, nutritional yeast and tamari, along with any of your other chosen ingredients (peas work well for a filling lunch dish). Simmer for 10-15 minutes, adding more water or milk as you think is needed. The porridge should resemble a risotto more than a porridge, due to the thick, creamy sweet potato sauce.

    TOP WITH
    Truffle or Avocado Oil
    Grated Beetroot or Jerusalem Artichoke or Sweet Potato
    Tamari Toasted Seeds
    Chopped Avocado
    Poached or Halved Soft Boiled Egg
    Fresh Herbs of choice
    Homemade Spinach or Kale and Nut Pesto
    Tahini

    GREEN SUNFLOWER PESTO

    Snacks, Vegan, Vegetariandanielle coppermanComment

    I know it’s a bold statement but my first homemade pesto - and not just homemade pesto but healthy, nutritious, dairy-free pesto - turned out to be the best pesto I’ve ever tried. Since experiencing this variation of pesto i have come to realise that normal shop-bought pesto is far too oily and bitty. Another thing i dislike about it is the inclusion of cheese which i try to avoid as i don’t eat much dairy. If i’m going to eat cheese it’s going to be a huge slice of locally sourced cheese covered in chutney. That would be worth it. But in pesto i think it is pretty unnecessary, especially when the option of nutritional yeast is available, which adds a nutty, cheesy taste similar to parmesan, but also boasts an abundance of nutrients and high levels of vegan protein, to entirely upgrade your pesto (and most other savoury recipes).
    On top of that, many supermarket brands of Pesto use sugar and preservatives which are unnatural and can be detrimental to health. You also must be careful when choosing pesto to make sure it is made with natural oils such as extra virgin olive oil and not with artificial, hydrogenated fats such as vegetable oil. You’re safest and healthiest bet is to buy organic or local, homemade pesto, or make it yourself (its as easy as a smoothie)!

    This pesto is a lot creamier than most brands of pesto due to the sunflower seeds and avocado i use. Sunflower seeds are an amazing base for sauces and creams and add a unique texture to this condiment. I also substituted pine nuts for pistachio nuts as i love their intense flavour and thought it would work well with the sunflower seeds. As well as basil I used a large handful of spinach leaves to increase the nutritional value of the recipe and also to thicken it a little. This pesto is incredibly healthy and is high in healthy fats (from the avocado, nuts and seeds), protein (from the nuts, seeds and nutritional yeast) and antioxidants (from the spinach, garlic, avocado, lemon, basil and spirulina). It also contains alkalising properties due to the use of lemon, leafy greens and spirulina and contains a diverse range of vitamins, minerals and fibre from all of the natural ingredients.

    Enjoy as a spread, as a dip for vegetables or sweet potato chips, as a side or condiment for most meals including fish, meat or eggs, and incorporate into savoury sauces or soups for extra flavour. And throw out the Sacla.

    INGREDIENTS

    1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
    1/2 Cup Pistachio Nuts
    Large Handful Fresh Basil Leaves
    Large Handful Kale or Spinach, diced
    1/2 a Ripe Avocado
    1/2 Cup Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
    Salt
    1-2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
    1-2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
    1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
    Pinch of Spirulina (optional)

    METHOD

    Add the sunflower seeds, pistachios and a tablespoon of the oil to a blender and blend for 5 minutes. When the mixture begins to become smooth, add the avocado (best to chop it first), basil leaves, spinach or kale, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, lemon juice and the rest of the oil (as well as the spirulina, if using). Blend again for a further 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and all ingredients are combined. You may need to scrape the sides. I quite liked mine with a few chunks in it but if you prefer a smoother spread, continue to blend until you are happy with the consistency. Scrape from the blender into a bowl and season with more salt or lemon or spirulina or nutritional least until you are happy with it. 
    Cover with cling film and store in the fridge. It may become slightly dark on the outside due to the avocado oxidising but just stir before serving and it will be absolutely fine

    CANNELLINI WHITE BEAN AND SWEET POTATO QUISOTTO

    Vegetarian, Lunch, Dinnerdanielle coppermanComment

    November is here and, like most November’s, you’re probably cursing its premature arrival, certain that we should still be in October. November is a stressful month for many reasons. The weather gets colder, the days get darker, christmas gets closer and before you know it, the year is already over again. This means more colds, more early nights, more last minute shopping and get-together plans and more New Years Resolutions. It depends which way you look at it. Let’s forget all of that for a moment and think about the fact that food has never tasted so good, duvets have never felt so comfortable and staying in is far more enjoyable than going out anyway. This is the perfect time to wrap up indoors, to get creative with this seasons most nourishing foods and take time to make truly great food for you and your loved ones. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year in terms of fresh produce. Everything is so hearty, earthy and flavoursome and I love cooking with soft vegetables and soft fruits, making everything into warm, nourishing concoctions.

    Now, although the weather is unusually warm for this time of year, there is still a sense of urgency to rush into the house after a long journey home and slam the door in the face of darkness. I mean, I started my journey home from one part of London at 3pm the other day and by the time I’d gotten back over ground, it was pitch black. The nights are chilly and the darkness makes me feel like we are living under some kind of winter blanket, even though I’m not wearing gloves yet. All I want to do is get into the kitchen and straight back out of it so I can enjoy some wholesome, homemade food from the comfort of my bed or on the sofa. There is nothing more soothing than a bowl of steaming goodness, like a hearty soup, a thick, creamy risotto or nourishing stew. And with any one-pot recipe, you can just keep adding to it. You can add spices and herbs, homemade stock or broth, spinach or kale that may look like it’s seen better days. In a one pot, everything combines into a unique amalgamation of flavours, food groups and most importantly, nutrients, so cram as much in as you can, and be sure to make enough for leftovers for times when hibernation seems more appealing than cooking. 

    This recipe is similar to my Crown Prince Quinoa Sotto - something I made over a year ago now, when I first started this blog. This recipe is quicker and easier though, as it doesn’t require cooking the sweet potato or pumpkin separately. You literally add everything to one big pan and let it all simmer together. Risotto was my favourite meal before i changed my dietary habits, but it always made me feel uncomfortable afterwards - too full to move and not especially nourished. This recipe doesn’t use cream, cheese, butter, sugar or processed risotto rice like most recipes do. It uses coconut milk, fresh herbs and quinoa, making it high in fibre, protein and low gi sugars, and low in starchy carbohydrates, grains, gluten and dairy (absolutely free from them, in fact). Enjoy playing around with this recipe, as there is always room to add more. I always add greens like spinach, diced broccoli or grated courgette as they cook down and become so soft you hardly notice them. 

    INGREDIENTS

    1 Tin Cannellini Beans
    1 1/2 Cups White Quinoa
    1 Tin Coconut Milk
    1/2 Cup Water
    1 Medium Sweet Potato (or pumpkin, squash or beetroot)
    1 Handful Basil, Sage or Coriander
    1-2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
    Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt or 1 Teaspoon Tamari
    120g Chickpeas
    2 Cloves Garlic
    1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    3 Tablespoons Tahini
    1 Teaspoon Cumin
    1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
    1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Chilli or Chilli Flakes

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS
    Cooked Puy Lentils
    Peas
    Spinach
    Kale
    Diced Broccoli
    Grated Courgette

    METHOD

    Start by making the quinoa as this is your base. Use a large saucepan leaving space for you to add and build, and cover the quinoa in twice its amount of water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and leave it to simmer. 
    In a blender, blend the chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the tahini until smooth. This is a quick houmous recipe which adds a delicious creaminess to the sauce. You can also use shop bought organic houmous if you have it. Once smooth, set aside.
    When the water is draining away from the quinoa and it is more or less cooked, add the 1/2 cup water, the coconut milk (solid and liquid), the cannellini beans, grated sweet potato and fresh herbs and stir to combine. Keep on a low-medium heat, stirring constantly and adding water or plant milk if the mixture is becoming too thick. Add the salt or tamari and the nutritional yeast, then stir in the houmous and coconut oil. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon, adding your extra vegetables of choice. When everything is soft and all of the flavours have simmered nicely together, remove from the heat, season one last time and serve. 
    I like to serve mine with a dollop of coconut milk or cashew nut cream, or sprinkled with baked basil or kale chips for extra crunch. My Savoury Qnola, which will be available in the New Year, is also delicious on top.

    SWEET POTATO, KALE AND CARAMELISED GARLIC TART

    Snacks, Vegetarian, Lunch, Gluten free, Brunchdanielle coppermanComment

    I made this pie around thanksgiving, inspired to use yams. You could definitely chuck some shredded turkey in there to make it a proper thanksgiving pie, and making it a perfect solution for leftovers. The base is one i have experimented with before in sweet tartlet recipes. To make it savoury i just added extra salt and two of my favourite flavoursome ingredients: sumac and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has been cropping up a lot lately which is good because it is a rich source of protein, and is vegan. People refer to it as ‘the vegan cheese’ because it has a nutty, cheesy kind of flavour. In my opinion it is a godsend, as i never thought i could live without cheese; but this satisfies my cravings. Just about. It is such a versatile ingredient to work with. You can eat it raw and simply crumbled onto salads, or work it into any baked good recipe. It particularly brought the flavour out in my Miracle Bread (which you should definitely try - very easy). Nutritional yeast boots the nutrient levels in any meal and is perfect for instantly adding flavour to something bland and uninspiring. 
    Next, the herb thats having a moment in all of my savoury recipes right now, sumac. This was introduced to me by my sister recently and is also to thank for its tasty nutritional boost. It has been used for years for its medicinal properties including being anti-fungal, rich in antioxidants and also anti-inflammatory. It is full of vitamin C and omega 3 fatty acids, helping to prevent illnesses and cardiovascular disease. It has been proven to help remove free radicals from the body. Research also suggests that sumac is effective in helping with hyperglycaemia, diabetes and reducing obesity. It has a tart, slightly astringent kind of taste when eaten alone, but is also cheesy in its own unique way and brings something really amazing to any recipe it is incorporated into. Sumac is a berry which is dried and then ground, which is the form i use it in in my recipes. It sounds exotic but it is super easy to get hold of. 
    This tart requires quite some concentration. It isn’t difficult, but its a bit like a roast dinner; you need to time things well and keep an eye on a lot of things at once. To prep, you can start by dicing the greens and chopping the cauliflower and broccoli florets into a rice consistency and then set them aside. Also you can thinly slice the beetroot before you start the body of the tart, just to be organised. Once that’s sorted you just need to keep an eye on the sweet potato whilst you make the perfect savoury tart base.
    Take time over this one - it should be made for a lazy lunch or to accompany a warm dinner. Savour it, and enjoy it in company; you wont be able to stop talking about the flavours as they come through one by one. You wont get bored, lets put it that way.

    INGREDIENTS
    (
    Makes one large pie of 18-20 small tartlets)

    BASE

    150g buckwheat flour
    150g ground almonds
    1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    30g coconut oil, soft
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon agave
    salt
    1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
    1 tablespoon ground sumac
    1 tablespoon nut milk or water

    FILLING

    4 eggs
    2 Large Sweet Potatoes, cubed
    2 handfuls of kale
    10 brussels sprouts, chopped finely
    2 tablespoons original coyo or dairy free yogurt
    1 raw beetroot, sliced
    Handful of spinach (or greens of choice)
    3 Cauliflower florets, chopped finely into a rice
    3 Broccoli florets, chopped finely into a rice
    1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
    1 Tablespoon ground sumac
    6 Garlic Cloves

    METHOD

    Preheat the oven to 170c. 
    In a large saucepan boil the sweet potato cubes until soft. Whilst they cook, make the base. 
    Mix all of the base ingredients in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form. When it does, form into a ball and wrap tightly in cling film. Leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. (You can get away with leaving this step out if your dough is dry enough and seems to be moulding successfully).
    Press the mixture into the bottom of a tart dish. Press the mixture down firmly with the back of a spoon, and at the edges of the tart tin too. Make sure the pastry is compact otherwise it will crumble.
    Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, a little longer perhaps, if your pastry seems quite thick. Remove and set aside.
    Whilst you wait for the sweet potato to get soft enough to mash, in a small saucepan heat a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the garlic cloves, whole or halved, along with a splash of water, pinch of salt and drop of agave or raw honey if desired (this will caramelise them). Simmer for about 10 minutes, adding a little more water if it evaporates instantly. The cloves should brown a little and become soft.
    When the sweet potato is soft enough put half in a bowl and leave half to drain in a sieve. Mash the sweet potato in the bowl until a puree forms. Press the sweet potato puree onto the bottom of the tart until the entire base is covered.
    Next, slice your beetroot thinly, and layer several slices on top of the sweet potato puree, until the entire base is covered.
    Now scatter a handful of diced, raw brussels (you can cook these if you like - either will work) on top of the beetroot layer. Do the same with your finely chopped kale and spinach, and any other leafy greens you may choose to use. Be sure to leave half your amount of greens for the top layer.
    Now take the cubed sweet potato and the garlic cloves and fill the pie evenly. Scatter the remaining greens on top of the sweet potato, followed by the diced cauliflower and broccoli florets.
    In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly. I added Organic Coyo to make the tart creamier, but that is not essential. You could leave it out or substitute it for tinned coconut milk. Whisk continuously for about 2-3 minutes and then gently pour over the tart filling. You may need to rearrange the fillings to allow the egg to spread throughout the layers.
    Bake for another 40-50 minutes. It may take longer depending on the amount of your fillings. To be sure it is cooked thoroughly, test the middle of the tart with your finger. If it feels jelly-like, it needs longer. Alternatively you can test it with a knife and if it comes out of the middle of the tart clean, thats a sure sign it is ready.

    AUBERGINE ALMOND SATAY

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    INGREDIENTS

    1-2 Aubergines, depending on hunger levels or number of mouths to feed
    2 Tablespoons Coconut, Olive or Sesame Oil
    2-3 Tablespoons Almond or Cashew Butter
    Fresh Ginger, finely chopped
    1 Tablespoon Tamari
    2-3 Tablespoons Coconut Milk, tinned or from a carton (solid milk from the tin will add a thicker, creamier texture but normal coconut milk will still add a wonderful flavour and help to thin and combine the ingredients).
    A Few Drops of Agave
    2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
    1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice

    METHOD

    Preheat oven to 180c. Fill a medium pan with about two inches of water. Bring to the boil and then lower the heat. Place your steamer in/on the pan and place the aubergine – sliced lengthways – into the steamer. I use a small metal steamer that looks like a sieve. If you have a proper layered steamer, use this as you normally would. Place a lid on the top and leave for 10 minutes. The aubergines should be soft when you remove them. Transfer the steamed aubergine to a baking tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice. The sesame oil gives this dish an amazing flavour but if you don’t have any, olive or coconut will work fine to crisp up the edges of the aubergine. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. 
    Meanwhile, make the sauce.

    In a bowl, combine the remaining oil, nut butter, coconut milk, tamari, agave, lemon juice, diced garlic and crushed ginger with a fork. Mash the nut butter to disperse it into the rest of the mixture and whisk to combine. When the aubergine is slightly crisp but still incredibly soft, remove from the oven and pour the sauce over evenly. You can stir the sauce through the aubergines and serve like that or even leave the sauce separate and serve as a dip. Create a little aubergine fondu.

    Top with toasted or raw nuts and/or seeds. I also like lemongrass coconut yogurt. Simply take 3 tablespoons of original Coyo or solid coconut milk and place in a blender. add some fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Blend until combined and serve on or with the aubergine. You could also add mint to the blender to add flavour.

    JUICE BABY

    Travel, Wellbeing, Reviewdanielle coppermanComment

    Despite the name, Juice Baby is by no means infantile. This place is more like the daddy of raw food, and with a menu I thought I would never find this side of the pond, it is so ahead of the game. Their Raw Pad Thai is like no other, their millionaire shortbreads are so nourishing it's like biting into a slice of happiness, and the chia seed pudding, with an abundance of homemade toppings, is Spot. On. And what I love about it most is how silently it has crept onto London's health food scene.

    The atmosphere is wonderful, and something I find really important in any kind of eatery, especially a healthy one. People can easily feel intimidated entering a health food store, feeling under educated or out of place if they aren't a regular juicer with a sturdy E3 shot schedule. But Juice Baby is calm, laid back and has beautiful interiors that don't make you feel on edge about spilling a little kale juice. This place could very easily be your best friends living room.

    Their menu is what sets this place apart from other health food jaunts across the UK. They've gone one step further than a few bliss balls and a box of courgetti, offering amazing sea kelp noodles and salads with vibrant, tasteful dressings, delicious chocolate treats, homemade nut milks, juices, smoothies and shots, and other snacks that fit perfectly into a busy lifestyle with little time to dedicate to cooking. They make salads instantly more delicious with simple dressings and dips, and their lunch boxes are full of a combination of ingredients, making them exciting and interesting, as opposed to plain, dry and limp-looking. They take traditional favourites like thai noodles and mexican chilli and rework them with natural, raw ingredients, brimming with life as well as flavour.

    The staff are lovely, the vibe is admirable, the owner is passionate and, although it feels like the other side of the world from where I live, it is definitely worth the journey. No noisy coffee machines, no loud chart shows, just calming interiors, chilled music and a lovely energy. Sit and enjoy their salads or order from their breakfast menu, or if you're in a rush, empty their fridges and fill your bags. 


    W H A T   T O   G E T

    Sea Kelp Pad Thai
    Taco Bowl
    Caramel Slice
    Raw Brownie with Cacao Frosting
    Chia Seed Pudding

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    SEED AND NUT BREAD ROLLS

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    Following the great success of my miracle bread I wanted to have a go at a different bread recipe. The miracle bread was easy to make and i had a lot of feedback from people who have given it a go. I miss bread all the time and whatever gluten free bread i find in stores is usually full of things like rice flour, potato flour, tapioca starch, sugar, preservatives and flavourings. This recipe is made primarily from nuts, seeds and vegetables, meaning even in small doses it will help increase your omega 3 intake for the day as well as the amount of protein in your diet. With essential fatty acids and Soup is not the same without a warm piece of toast, and burgers (with organic meat and no fillers) are never as good wrapped in lettuce. So, I thought, it’s about time I made some bread rolls.

    This recipe is quite similar to my Miracle Bread although it uses eggs and vegetables as well as buckwheat flour. The vegetables increase the nutritional levels of these rolls and the eggs, as well as helping to merge the other ingredients together, increase the protein levels of the recipe. Initially I was going to keep this recipe plain so the rolls could be enjoyed sweet or savoury. The recipe will make a delicious sweet version if you omit the green vegetables and perhaps the herbs, and if you add a little sweetener such as agave or coconut nectar. I would recommend adding chunks of raw or dark chocolate or cacao nibs too, to increase the flavour. The texture of these buns is quite similar to that of a muffin or a scone almost. I think they are perfect toasted as a bun with grilled chicken or steak sandwiched in the middle. They also act as a perfect bread muffin for your eggs to sit on, and if toasted enough are perfect with a bowl of steaming, rustic soup.

    INGREDIENTS

    2 Eggs
    2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
    1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
    1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
    3 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds and Flax Seeds (optional)
    1/4 Cup Ground Almonds
    1/3 Cup Buckwheat Flour
    2 Tablespoons Psyllium Husk Powder
    2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
    1 Cup Water
    1/2 Cup Sweet Potato, boiled and mashed or blended into a puree
    Handful of Spinach or Kale, chopped
    As much Asparagus as you like, chopped (or other vegetables - tomato would be nice)
    1 Garlic Clove, chopped
    Salt
    Sumac
    2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
    1/2 Tablespoon Arrowroot (don’t worry too much if you can’t get hold of this)
    Fresh Rosemary
    Dried Herbs of Choice (Mixed herbs, basil, rosemary, oregano)

    METHOD

    Preheat the oven to 175c. Measure the chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, ground almonds and nutritional yeast and pour into a blender. Grind together into a flour and then transfer into a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (the psyllium husk, buckwheat flour, arrowroot, garlic and herbs). Mix together with a wooden spoon and then stir in the melted coconut oil. Next, add the eggs (make sure you have whisked them in a separate bowl before adding). Stir until combined and then add the pureed sweet potato and mash the mixture with a potato masher or a wooden spoon. Gradually add the water bit my bit to loosen the mixture. You may not need much of the water at all but 1/2 a cup will improve the consistency of the mixture if it seems too dry. Add the chopped greens or if you are making sweet bread rolls/buns then add chopped dark or raw chocolate or cacao nibs, or dried fruit - whatever you prefer. 
    Leave the mixture to sit for half an hour in the fridge and then shape into bun shapes or large, slightly flattened balls, at least an each apart on a baking sheet. (Line a baking sheet with baking paper and lightly grease the paper with coconut oil as the dough may stick - and removing that paper is impossible).
    Cook for 50 - 60 minutes, until the buns are crispy on top but doughy in the middle. Use a knife to test the middle of the buns and if it comes out clean then they are ready. The buns will continue to cook once removed from the oven, so even if you think they seem too doughy, go with it or you’ll end up with dry, crumbly biscuits.

    Best enjoyed straight from the oven spread with coconut oil or mashed avocado. They also make a perfect dinner party starter and are great for packed lunches or quick snacks.

    THE DETOX KITCHEN

    Travel, Wellbeing, Review, Lunch, Lifestyle, Brunch, Breakfastdanielle coppermanComment

    It didn’t take me long to decide how I felt about The Detox Kitchen – the newest addition to london’s community of healthy eateries. To see a large bowl of fresh guacamole on the counter as I walked in was enough to get me interested. A menu the size of an entire wall boasting revitalising juices as well as a huge variety of food had me quite literally transfixed. And noticing anthropologie paraphernalia in every corner - as if at home in my own kitchen - made me want to sit down and never leave. Which was lucky, as it’s obvious upon entry that grab-and-go is hardly their ethos. With a sense of calmness and a chilled atmosphere (just what I like), natural light coming in through a huge window overlooking the cobbles of kingly street and amazing service, it couldn’t be more inviting.
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    I arrived at The Detox Kitchen late on their second day of business. Only one lonely bowl of salad remained and the fridge was looking smugly empty. I took this as a good sign and quickly grabbed a pot of Quinoa with Cashew Pesto before anyone else did. I also bought some mind-blowing Wild Garlic and Spinach soup to take home with me. As a quinoa addict this is a strong statement but the quinoa pot was one of the best quinoa combinations I had ever tried. The flavours were amazing and the ingredients were ‘so fresh and so clean’ – in the words of Outcast. My only regret was not having arrived earlier, as I spent most of my time gazing at the menu and thinking about their egg rolls. Luckily for me there remained some baked goods on the counter so I tucked in to a Banana Muffin, which of course was delicious and light, and left me feeling clean – not a effect many muffins can have on people.

    I love anywhere with salads on display because you know what you’re getting and your decisions are visually educated. The prices here too are very affordable, unlike many specialist health joints that the general public view as only places the rich and famous visit. You can take away handpicked salad boxes for lunch, choose from a selection of small pots or trail-mixes to take on-the-go with you if you are time-poor, busy or travelling a lot, or stock up on healthy staples to take home, like their large pots of soup or bags of cereal. And if you have more time, sit inside and watch the world go by over a fresh pot of tea and a wholesome plate of food. The drinks menu is also phenomenal with a large selection of smoothies and juices. On my second visit I had a Lemon & Ginger tea, and half expecting a soggy Twining’s tea bag I was excited to see vibrant, brightly coloured ginger slices and the juiciest chunks of fresh lemon floating atop my hot water. This attention to detail was enough to confirm that anything you find at The Detox Kitchen will be as fresh, pure and wholesome as it possible can be.

    The Detox Kitchen is definitely one of my favourite new eateries in London and I can’t wait to go back for a proper wholesome lunch. I love their philosophy and what they stand for, I love the location and the interior of the eatery, the people are incredibly friendly and the food is spot on. The menu features pretty much all of my favourite meals and snacks, meaning I can finally eat out and not have to redesign the entire menu or mix and match a selection of sides in order to have something half healthy. They have mastered the balance between eating healthily and still being able to enjoy your food. There are no skimpy salads and nothing is disallowed - just lovingly made food created by people passionate about real, nourishing, feel-good ingredients. The salads are interestingly dressed vegetable dishes - as opposed to bland, wilting salad leaves commonly associated with ‘healthy eating’ - and the brownies by the till – which I hear they are already gaining a reputation for – are a sure sign that The Detox Kitchen lifestyle is not a boring, monotonous, tasteless one. Founder, Lily Simpson points out “Healthy food can be brilliantly tasty. It can fill you up, and yes, you can have pudding”. That pretty much sums it up.

    Visit their website for information on the delivery side of the business. They offer fresh food plans delivered to your door whilst you sleep, so all you have to do to keep healthy and feel great is plate up. You can choose from a selection of packages all of which consist of fresh, wholesome ingredients developed by their team of nutritionists and top chefs. Expect to start your day with a vibrant shot of wheatgrass or a greens juice, enjoy a wholesome protein or vegetarian evening meal and allow yourself a satisfying, guilt-free dessert.