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Pum recommends…Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday isn’t a new concept to me.  I’ve previously come across it and dismissed it on many a blog.  I just love meat so much!

I mean, I completely understand why some people choose not to eat meat and respect their reasons, but that’s just not for me at this point in time.

However… that being said the more I’ve read about Meatless Monday recently, the more I’m totally on board with it!

Forgoing meat for at least one day a week isn’t actually about trying to turn people vegetarian.  Going meatless could reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also help reduce carbon footprint and save the world’s resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.

When you put it like that it’s quite hard to argue with!

So tonight I’m embracing Meatless Monday and having scrambled eggs, baked beans on rye bread.  Simple but pretty good!

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I do genuinely tend to have a fairly good mix of vegetarian meals and those with meat, so here’s a few meal ideas that I’ve enjoyed over the past week to help you through Meatless Monday

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto from the gorgeous Kirsty.

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Peppers stuffed with sweet potato and halloumi served with quinoa and sauerkraut (courtesy of Josh).

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And super speedy prawns with vegetable rice (straight from freezer for emergency hunger!).

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Pum x

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Pumspiration…Recent Recipe Roundup

Here’s my recipes to try in August…

 

Roasted  Salmon with Watermelon Salsa

This looks so fresh and summery, here’s hoping we get some sunny weather to go with it!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with hot Honey Drizzle

A really simple idea but I’m sure a delicious one.

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Cinnamon Stresuel Banana Almond Muffins

Of course my eye wanders to the sweet recipes I come across.  This sounds so yummy I love cinnamon so much!

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Millet Tabbouleh

I remember first being introduced to tabbouleh by big sis Biff when I visited her in Dubai.  Another fresh recipe this is ahhhmazing with hummus.  Can’t wait to try the millet version!

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto

I go through phases of being really into pesto and then forgetting about it completely.  This recipe sparked my interest so I’ll definitely be whipping up some pesto during the week for various meals.

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Baked AB&J French Toast Oatmeal

Yum yummy yum yum yum!

How good does this look?! As a lover of all nut butters and porridge this one has to be tried!

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Pum x

 

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Pum update…Eating In Lately

Last week I updated you on Eating Out Lately  so thought I’d pull together a post on some of my recent tasty eats-in.

I made my tried and tested lasagne  the other week and it was such a treat.  Thankfully Josh took a few portions home since I always make too much!

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I’ve really been getting into scrambled eggs recently.  It’s funny I go through phases and when I’m off them I really can’t stand them but when I’m loving them I can’t get enough, hence the scrambled eggs for dinner tonight!

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Followed by fruit salad with loads of pink grapefruit, fave!

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Using half a roast chicken I whipped up a really yummy chicken soup on one of my Sunday cooking sessions.  The added rosemary really finished it off and I didn’t mind at all having this for lunch all week.

Not given up my porridge-loving-ways I’m back into the date syrup (with peanut butter obv).

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I’ve also made a delicious new discovery of mint in salads.  Who knew?!  Definitely makes a green salad less boring!…

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Sticky honey, soy chicken has been one of my go to dinners lately, just really quick and easy to pull together!

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When the weather was gorgeous here I enjoyed dinner at Chez Cat’s (…aka Catriona’s house).  As soon as the sun’s out I become instantly jealous of people with gardens!  Cat served Asian salmon with mango salsa and salad.  It was sooooo good, perfect for outdoor dining.

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Josh has also made some pretty good meals recently, credit where credit’s due eh. Grilled asparagus with parma ham, chicken stuffed with black pudding wrapped in bacon with a whisky sauce (hello!) finished with rhubarb crumble.  Not even going to pretend this was a healthy dinner but it was bloomin’ good!

Aaaand rounding off today’s post is the immense chocolate calzone that Josh also made me (after the infamous ‘calzone incident’ where I wasn’t allowed to order a chocolate banana calzone in Zizzi lest we miss the cinema…joking, it wasn’t that bad but I still got a homemade calzone out of it).

 

Pum x

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Pum update…Eating Out Lately

In the last month or so I’ve been eating reaaaallly well.  And by well I don’t mean particularly healthy but just absolutely delicious food!

Here’s an update and a bit of a review of where I’ve been eating and what I’ve been enjoying…

Yauatcha Soho

I spent this past weekend in London (don’t worry I’m likely to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic weekend!).  One of the highlights of the trip was catching up with an old friend over a fantastic meal.

She recommended we go to Yauatcha, a Michelin stat dim-sum restaurant in Soho.

My first Michelin star experience (hopefully not the last) and I was not disappointed!

We had an amazing selection of dim-sum, pictured below is the char siu bun, venison puff and prawn cheung fun.

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The Ship on the Shore

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I spent a lovely Sunday in Edinburgh.  We went to a seafood restaurant in Leith which I would recommend so much.  We has mussels, seafood chowder and lobster paella.  I love fresh seafood and this was just great!!

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Singl-end

I caught up with the lovely Emma over lunch on a recent Saturday and she recommended we went up to a little place on Renfrew Street in Glasgow.  I would never have know this was there without her telling me!

I had the delicious meaty baked eggs which was eggs oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli!

We then split 2 of their selection of gorgeous cakes; the peanut butter and jelly cake and the millionaire shortbread.  YUM!

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India Quay

I took Chris for a late father’s day dinner/movie date and decided on the India Quay since it was close by to the IMAX.  I had been there before and know it’s a great choice for just a really good Indian meal.

We ate a lot…

A sharing platter of starters (not pictured), 2 different curries with rice and naan.  We were absolutely stuffed but it was worth it!

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Krispy Kreme

Now I’m not sure if this really qualifies as eating out but I had a coffee and donut with Kathi in Krispy Kreme and I loved it so it’s made it onto the post!

Chocolate dreamcake for her and PB&J for me!

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I pity people that don’t enjoy eating out as much as I do…it’s just so great!

 

Pum x

 

 

 

 

 

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Pum’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Chili

This is my tried and tested recipe for turkey chili.  I love beef chili but like to mix it up and use turkey now and again for something a little lighter.

I usually make a big batch of this and freeze off portions.  Then when I fancy having some for lunch or dinner I just defrost overnight.

This is great with quinoa, brown rice, baked jacket or sweet potatoes!

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Pum’s Tasty Turkey Chili

Ingredients
  1. 500g lean turkey mince
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 red peppers, chopped
  4. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tin kidney beans
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 300ml stock (I prefer beef stock to make it richer)
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
What Pum did
  1. Heated the oil in a large pot and browned the turkey mince.
  2. Added the onion and cooked until soft.
  3. Mixed in all other ingredients and left to bubble for 30-45 mins until sauce thickened (remembering to stir occasionally).

 

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This is so tasty and you can totally adapt the spices to your own preference.

It’s also deeeelicious with some grated cheese melted on top for an extra treat!!

 

Pum x

 

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Pumspiration…Newest Recipes

Newest recipe inspiration from my favourite blogs!

 

Madeleine Shaw

Red Lentil and Harissa Hummus

My preferred healthy snack is definitely fruit but I know it’s probably better for me if I vary it with veggies so this hummus caught my eye.  I looove lentils and think this sounds like a really tasty combination and great way to up the veggie snacking!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Whole Grain Blender Breakfast Muffins

These muffins sound like a great grab-n-go breakfast and I’m pretty sure they would freeze well too.  With pureed strawberries and bananas they definitely appeal to my sweet tooth!

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Whole Nourishment

Stuffed Zucchini with Quinoa Mint & Feta

I think this recipe would be great for having friends round either as a starter or along with salad.  The flavours of mint and feta are great for transforming simple veg into a really flavoursome dish, can’t wait to try this one!

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Faring Well

Lentil & Cucumber Salad w/ Dijon Dressing & a Savory Scone

Another one with lentils sorry can’t resist!  I bet the Dijon dressing on this is yuuum!!!

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And finally…

 

Livia’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bourbon

CHOCOLATE

PEANUT BUTTER

BOURBON

Need I say more…?

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Pum x

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Pum’s favourite recipes…Healthy Raw Fererro Rocher Cake

This is a cautionary tale of how attempting a recipe using the wrong kitchen equipment can break your nutribullet (sob) but can result in creating a new (superior?) recipe!

So…

Last week I was having a couple of different dinners with my friends and thought it was an excellent opportunity to try a dessert recipe I’ve been meaning to for a while Madeleine Shaw’s Raw Nutella Slices.  I mean how amazing do these sound!  Plus they would certainly appeal to my friends’ differing taste buds – a mix of some healthy, some incredibly fussy (cough Vivi) chocolate lovers (cough Vivi again!).

Using only natural ingredients and no baking to come up with a dessert that mimics the nutty deliciousness of Nutella…I’m in…or so I thought.

The recipe seemed simple enough, except for the fact that a good food processor was needed which my kitchen is currently short of…but hey if I add a little liquid my nutribullet will do, right?  WRONG!  Half way through blitzing the walnuts and dates my nutribullet decided it had had enough and packed in.

Part way through a recipe I wasn’t going to give in and improvised to see how best to save it.  Madeleine’s recipe required a food processor to blitz the nuts into a smooth nut butter…but if I combined my chopped dates and walnuts by hand it would give a similar flavour but a rough texture.  And the result was surprisingly amazing…

The first thing that sprung to mind was this was less like smooth Nutella and more like one of my favourite fancy chocolates, Ferrero Rocher…yuss!

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Pum’s Healthy Raw Ferrero Rocher Cake

Ingredients
  1. 25 medjool dates pitted and chopped
  2. 200g of finely chopped walnuts
  3. 1 pinch of salt
  4. 200g finely chopped roasted hazelnuts
  5. 4 tbsp of raw cacao
  6. 100ml of almond milk
  7. 3 tablespoons honey
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
What Pum did
  1. (If you had not bought the nuts and dates already chopped) With a sharp knife finely chopped the walnuts, hazelnuts and medjool dates and kept separate.
  2. Combined the dates and walnuts together with a pinch of salt and 50ml almond milk (this can be done in a blender/food processor on low speed or by hand with a wooden spoon- the result should be a combined mixture with a good amount of texture from the nuts).
  3. Fill a flexible round cake tin (or a traditional cake tin lined with baking parchment to allow for easy removal) with the base layer mixture and put in the freezer to harden.
  4. Mixed the chopped hazelnuts, honey, vanilla, cacao and remaining almond milk then spread the mixture on top of the base layer and put back in the freezer to solidify.  Store in the freezer.

     

     

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I’ve found that this is best to be kept in the freezer as it doesn’t take long at all to thaw out…and is actually delicious still semi-frozen.

The closer the cake gets to room temperate the softer this gets which changes it to more of a cheesecake-y texture…equally yummy!

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This is definitely one failed recipe that has turned into an absolute winner!

 

Pum x