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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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Recipe of the Month – Basic Flapjacks

Recipe of the Month Only Natural
It’s back to school time and a great flapjack recipe is a real asset. These are super easy to make and brilliant lunch box treats, breakfast on the go or any time snacks. The recipe is basic so pimp it in any way you fancy. Why not try seeds, chopped nuts or dried fruits (cranberries are delicious) , chocolate chips or cinnamon. I make no apology for the sugar, it really is necessary for the crunch and flavour, so maybe not an everyday indulgence. 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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Bellis Perennis – the Common Daisy

Common Daisy Doris Potter Only Natural

Submitted by Doris Potter

Do you remember from childhood past times, the playing with daisies or making daisy chains?

Can you put your foot on 7 daisies? According to a folklore saying: If you can, then summer surely has come.  I love the very common plants and knowing the mystery of their healing properties. Such a plant is the Common Daisy, growing in abundance all around us, but its very good healing properties are almost forgotten.

Its pretty flowers peep out from our lawns from early spring until late autumn. This plant has given its existence completely over to the course of the sun, even the day rhythm of light and dark is expressed in opening its petals in the morning and closing them in the evening. Is it surprising that “Daisy” is a shortened version of “Days-Eye” or that in the North Myths it is referred to as “Baldur’s eye”? Baldur being the Sun-god.

This little plant has not only an affinity to light and the sun, but also harbours an enormous amount of vitality. You mow it and already the next day it is there again.  Apparently its great healing qualities are equivalent to the nowadays better known Calendula or Arnica. It used to be called ”Bruisewort” or “Woundwort” indicating it’s use, also reduces bleeding. 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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Recipe of the Month Split Pea Soup with Moroccan Spiced Butter

Recipe of the Month Only Natural
We just got some dried fava beans into stock. They look like split peas only bigger and as soon as I saw them I thought ‘Wow, they’d make great soup’. I know that it’s been a mild winter and that spring is springing all around us but, as I so love comforting cold season food, I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe as a last nod to it. It’s a Nigel Slater recipe that takes a basic split pea soup and elevates it to a new level of deliciousness by popping in a dollop of easily made spiced butter at the end. It’s so good and, who knows, we may get another cold snap! read more →

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