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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’s take on…Valentine’s Day

As a single girl, Valentine’s day shouldn’t be affecting me too much.  But sitting here eating my Sunday oats I am feeling the love!  I wanted to take the opportunity on this day of love to acknowledge all the amazing girls in my life that constantly support and encourage me.

(UPDATE…as chances would happen very soon after writing this post I found myself not so single and paired up with an amazing guy…I should definitely tempt fate more often!)

I’m so lucky to have a wide variety of great friends and family (that feel like friends).  In and out of relationships I’ve always made the effort not to forget my friends, because they’re the ones that are there throughout and I think the reason why, at this age where your friends might start to deplete, I still have a NUMBER of ‘best’ friends.

So many of them have been really encouraging and responsive to my attempt at a healthier lifestyle and for this I’m so grateful.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard comments such as ‘just eat it’ ‘ don’t get obsessed’ ‘urgh that’s boring’…but never from my girls!

So here’s to all my girls…

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So if Valentine’s day isn’t really for you, don’t forget to think about all the other lovers in your life!

Have a great day!

 

Pum x

Pum’s tips…A Creamy Coconutty Porridge

I can never go too long without a new porridge post can I?

This morning in Scotland is very snowy and it is beautiful…but also obviously very very cold!

Lying in bed I was sent pictures of the dogs out walking in the snow by Chris and I got up and looked outside to the equally snowy view from my flat and knew just what I wanted for breakfast.  Porridge!

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Jade in the snow

 

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View from my window this morning

 

Recently I’ve been making my porridge with a new milk for me, the mix of coconut and almond milk from Alpro which was recommended by Catriona as having the delicious coconut flavour but with the creamier consistency of almond milk.  She was so right!  This is just perfect in porridge and how I’ve been having mine most days since the discovery.

Simply use 1 cup of the coconut and almond milk with 1/2 cup oats and you will have a yummy and creamy coconut flavoured porridge.

Topped with your favourite fruit, this is some breakfast!

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Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Christmas Chestnut Porridge

It’s tradition in my family that on the 1st of December we put on the Neil Diamond Christmas Album and that marks the beginning of Christmas (sad but true and loved by us all!).

Hearing him belt out ‘The Christmas Song’s opening line ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire…’ has inspired my latest recipe which combines my usual oats with pureed chestnuts to make a deliciously smooth and creamy breakfast.

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And of course the addition of chocolate to ANYTHING instantly improves…

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Pum’s Christmas Chestnut Porridge

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1 cup almond milk
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 tbsp. chestnut puree
  5. 1 large square dark chocolate (highest % cocoa you can find)
What Pum did
  1. Combined all ingredients (except the chocolate) in a pan and mixed well.
  2. Stirred over a medium heat for 5 mins until the mixture is thick.
  3. Topped with dark chocolate and swirled in.

 

This turned out so much better than I had hoped.  The pureed chestnuts are mild but the texture is so smooth that it really does add something special to the porridge.  I’m already planning out what to do with the leftover puree in my head…I’m thinking chestnut mug cakes and chestnut/cashew butter combo spread onto toast!

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Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Crunchy Coconut Cashew Oats

I love cashew butter (as with all nutbutters) but the best thing about this recipe has to be the crunchy coconut topping of nuts and seeds.

This is such a delicious way to vary up your morning oats bowls and takes the same length of time to prepare.  We all know nuts are excellent for heart-health so if you don’t normally snack on nuts give this a go, it’s good for you!

Pum’s Crunchy Coconut Cashew Oats

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup of your favourite milk
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Small handful cashews
  5. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp. desiccated coconut
  7. 1 tbsp. oats
  8. 1 tsp. pumpkin seeds
  9. 1 tsp. sunflower seeds
  10. 1 tbsp. cashew butter
What Pum did
  1. Combined the oats, water and milk in a pan over  medium heat and stirred for 5 minutes until thick and porridge-like.
  2. Meanwhile in a small pan added the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, nuts and seeds and tossed regularly over a medium heat to toast (careful not to burn).
  3. When the oats were ready topped with cashew butter and crunchy topping.

 

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Happy Honey Walnut Porridge

Whenever I feel a scratchy throat or sniffly nose coming on I reach for a little of the delicious golden nectar that is honey.  There’s something about the soothing honey that helps me feel right on the mend.

Honey is widely known for it’s health and beauty benefits and when used in moderation can help aid weightloss.  One way I love to use honey is in my happy porridge which provides a high energy breakfast that makes me feel good all day!

Pum’s Happy Honey Walnut Porridge

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Small handful walnuts
  4. 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. runny honey
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
What Pum did
  1. Combined the oats, water, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. honey in a pan and stirred over a low heat for 5 mins.
  2. When reached a thick porridge consistency removed from the heat and topped with walnuts and 1 tsp. honey.

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Happy porridge, happy Pum.

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Warming Maple Apple Oat Bran

Oat bran is a favourite breakfast of mine and is so great for you.  See the reasons why I love it here if you missed it…https://pumdiets.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/pum-recommends-oat-bran/

My new favourite way to eat oat bran is with apple, cinnamon and pure maple syrup, so delicious…

Pum’s Warming Maple Apple Oat Bran

Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup oat bran
  2. 1 cup boiling water
  3. 1 apple cubed into small chunks
  4. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  5. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
What Pum did
  1. In a pan combined all ingredients except the maple syrup.  Stirred over a low heat continuously for 10 mins.
  2. When thick and porridge-like, remove from the heat and serve drizzled with the maple syrup.

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It’s getting so wintery in Scotland just now and this is just perfect on those cold mornings.

Pum x