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Recipe of the Month – Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Recipe of the Month, Only Natural, Oliver McCabe
A tireless advocate of natural health in Ireland is natural food chef and author Oliver McCabe and, as I chatted to Ollie at the Vitality Expo, I thought of how long it had been since we’ve shared one of his wonderful recipes. So as we head into the time when we all want nourishing and warming soups and casseroles here’s Oliver’s recipe for Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpea Stew. What a doddle, prep it in 15 minutes, cook it in 40! Because of the addition of herbs and spices, olives and lemons the flavour is divine and the lean protein, chickpeas and millet make it super nutritious. Try this one when there’s a chill in the air and your body’s craving comfort. read more →

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Life Changing Bread

Sarah Britton My New Roots
“It took me a long time to settle on the title for this post. Why? Because it’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life.” So said Canadian Holistic Nutritionist Sarah Britton in her My New Roots blog when she first posted the recipe that I’m going to share here today.I can see where she’s coming from and don’t think the name’s too exaggerated at all.
Why? Because for most of us, me included, bread is at the heart of our diets and so of our lives. It makes sense so that, if we can make that bread as nutritionally dense as possible and replace lots of the less nutritious bread we eat with it, then it’s going to make big changes for the better in the way we feel. So according to Sarah here is that loaf, it has no downside. read more →

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Recipe of the Month Coconut & Peanut Aubergine Curry

Recipe of the Month Only Naure Higher Nature
This recipe came from an informational magazine we received instore from Higher Nature and it looked so delicious that every member of staff who saw it claimed they were making it that week for dinner!!  It’s a lovely creamy vegan curry and is very quick and simple to make, a great mid-week dinner or instead of the take-away at the weekend!! read more →

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Green Lentil Dahl

Green Lentil Dahl Only Natural Recipe
Emma our newest member of staff is vegan and Ger asked her to provide us with one of her favourite recipes and this is what she gave us!

According to Emma “this is an easy to make, delicious, hearty meal inspired by the Happy Pear.  A hug in a bowl!” read more →

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Benefits of Plantain

Plantain Doris Potter Only Natural

by Doris Potter

Plantain, (Ribwort, Fleawort) – Plantago Lanceolata and Plantago Major

Plantain is another favourite of mine, mostly unnoticed, yet abundantly grows along the edges along lanes and footpaths, camouflaged amongst grasses. The slightly sticky seeds get carried around with our foot wear. The very observant Red Indians named it the “White Men’s Foot Step” as it grew wherever he had been.

It again proves to be a very nutritious and powerful healing plant. It is easily found and is the perfect first aid plant when out and about. Rub the leaves and put it on itchy allergic skin, or insect bites, or use it as a plaster on wounds. For blisters on your feet, just put the leaves over the blister in your shoes. It is antiseptic, ant inflammatory and promotes the healing process in the tissues.   Plantain also helps wounds that just do not want to heal, like bedsores, ulcers etc. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake on a Sunflower Crust

Recipe of the Month Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake
This month’s recipe is from ‘The Green Kitchen’ by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl and I love it. It’s super easy to make, I knocked it together in less than 30 minutes. It’s rather summery so I’m thinking of the long evenings ahead, maybe you’re having friends over for somethIng off the barbecue, this is what I’d like for dessert afterwards on a balmy summer evening.
The base, whose main ingredient is toasted sunflower seeds, is very clever and keeps it gluten free. The topping can be made with or without dairy so it can easily be made into a vegan treat. I see lots of possibilities for variations, why not try raspberries or blackberries instead of strawberries, pimping it with cacao nibs might work too. Do try this, for very little effort it’s guaranteed to impress. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Maple Glazed Salmon

Recipe of the month maple glazed salmon

Hardly a recipe at all really, here’s a way (shamelessly lifted from Wiley’s Finest’ Blog) to turn a piece of salmon into something special. With a coating of some quickly blended spices, a blast of heat and a drizzle of maple syrup the fish turns into a mix of spicy, salty and sweet Unami. I tried it with some of Jimmy Meyler’s organic salmon, delicious!

Ingredients:
Serves 4

4 (6-ounce) Salmon Fillets
1⁄2 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
Oil for Cooking
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey

Spice Mixture

2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Smoked Paprika
1⁄2 tsp Ground Cumin
1⁄2 tsp Brown Sugar

Method:

1. Heat a pan  or griddle pan on high for 10 min. and then turn to low before cooking. Combine the spice ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle fish with salt; then rub with spice mixture on all sides except skin.
2. Spread pan surface with cooking oil and place fish skin side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes depending on thickness. Test with fork—fish will flake easily when done.
3. During the last minute of cooking, drizzle maple syrup or honey over fish and continue to cook for 1 min.
4. Serve immediately with sautéed vegetables or your favorite side. This is also great over a mixed greens salad. Enjoy!

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Your Local Food Network

Your Local Food Network

“Food is a currency of trust” – Richard McCarthy, Slow Food, USA

The idea for Your Local Food Network sprung from many hours spent propping up a coffee stall at our local farmer’s market. Like-minded friends gathered weekly to buy food from a spattering of local producers. We often asked ourselves why our market wasn’t a more lively and vibrant space. Shouldn’t we have more choice from local farmers and growers? Where are they? Why can’t we buy directly from them?
And so, hundreds of coffees and several pounds of cake later, Your Local Food Network was formed.

Its goal: to connect more people to local growers and farmers and encourage active collaboration.

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Paul and Asthma an Anna Skrine Case Study

Anna Skrine Case Study Only Natural

Your body is truly miraculous in what it can do if you take away the cause of its problems! This case history is of a man who was almost 70, and who had been suffering with asthma since he was 20, and taking medication for it daily since then. His condition was getting worse and worse in that he kept getting chest infections that needed yet more drug intervention; and when I saw him he had even had to give up his daily walk for fear of getting yet more chest infections. It has taken only three months for him to get well, and he is now almost drug free, and back walking his usual 2 miles daily!

Paul and Asthma

I very recently saw Paul (age 69) who had had asthma since he was age 20, and has been on inhalers since then.  For the last 10 years he had had a series of chest infections which always started in the wind-pipe trachea.  When it was bad it took weeks to clear with antibiotics and steroids, and sometimes the physical intervention of a bronchoscopy too.  But it always came back again, with the same cycle of drugs needed to temporarily clear it.  He had never been a smoker.  He used to walk in the evening, but was now afraid to go out into the cold.  He was on 8 puffs a day of the inhaler ventolin, and another inhaler as well.  After the allergy test Paul gave up all dairy foods and white bread (these are incidentally the most common causes of asthma, and he was having both daily). read more →

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Lorna’s Back to School Tips with Active Iron

Back to School Tips Active Iron Only Natural

It’s that time of year again for the kids to head back to school. As they dive in to classes, sports, and other after-school activities, it’s a good idea to take a few measures to help set them up for a healthy year. Here are our top 5 back to school health tips to think about.

Bedtime

It’s important for kids and adults to get enough sleep each night. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep every night with kids needing a little more. Sticking to a routine is important so those early mornings don’t become grumpy ones. Set them (and yourself) up for the day with a reasonable bedtime. read more →

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