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Recipe of the Month Vegan Wellington with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Happy Pear Vegan Wellington Christmas Dinner
Dale Pinnock Christmas Dinner
This year again we’ve scoured the internet for the best recipes with which to grace your Christmas table. On Emma’s recommendation we tried, and loved, the Happy Pear’s ‘Beet Wellington’ and Michelle admitted to a serious fondness for Dale Pinnock’s Garlic and Paprika Butter roasted Brussels Sprouts. In the first we have a mix of sautéed and grated vegetables mixed with some nuts, couscous and a little seasoning enveloped in puff pastry (or not if you’re coeliac, read on) and baked to make a Christmas centrepiece to be proud of while Dales’s simple treatment of the humble Brussels Sprout elevates them with the help of butter, oil, spices and an oven into an unctuous, umami rich side dish that might just be too good to keep for Christmas.
Enjoy.

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Ger’s November 19 Monthly Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
You’ll notice a slight change of emphasis in one corner of our food display next time you’re in the shop. We love to bring you extra value and don’t think that you’re averse to it either, so we’ve cleared some space to bring you our new Special Offers area. From now on we’ll have a broader range of specials on both established and loved products and new ones that you might like to try at an introductory discount. So if you’re a value hunter don’t miss out, they’ll be piled high just past the bulk dispensers on the way in. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Carrot and Sleabhcán Cake

Marie Power The Sea Gardener Recipe of the Month
This recipe comes from The Sea Garden, a recipe book which we now stock, by Marie Power, The Sea Gardener.  Kim attended a foraging and cookery day hosted by Marie and was so impressed that firstly we started to stock her range of bars and dried seaweeds but secondly we are all starting to put more and more seaweed into our cooking – which can only be a good thing right?

I substituted Marie’s sweets and baking blend (a mixture of Sweet Kelp and Sleabhcán) for the Sleabhcán itself. The results were delicious and super nutritious. read more →

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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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