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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!

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


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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Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Road Trip Time!

It’s well known that we love the big hearted brand Viridian here in Only Natural so when we were invited to their Natural Health Summit in London recently we knew we had to attend!

Viridian are known for doing things right – the company was founded on two fundamental principles; to develop a range of supplements with the highest possible ethical standards and to generate significant funds for children’s and environmental charities – so we knew their health summit would be no different.  It was an all-day event with a host of inspirational, world-leading experts.  The theme of the day was Transformation – transforming the health of people, lives, society, future generations and the planet.  So with that Nichola and Michelle headed off with open minds, hoping to come back all inspired.

The first and fourth speaker of the day was Deanna Minich and she was discussing ‘The Science of Colour and the Art of Healing’ and then delving into this in more detail in her afternoon talk on ‘Phytonutrients: Latest Science and Clinical Application.

Viridian Natural Health Summit Deanna MinichAccording to Deanna ‘We can think of food as pure physical nourishment – to give us the calories we need to function – to move, speak or think.  Or, we can expand our vision to encompass eating as something that connects us to our inner and outer landscapes – our emotions, creativity, mind, heart, truth, expression, intuition, and need for connection with the environment, people, animals, plants, earth, water, planet and universe.

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Oliver McCabe’s Protein Punch Energy Smoothie

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It’s getting close to the time when juicy, delicious, sunkissed Wexford strawberries will be found in abundance on the road sides the length of the country and we think this Oliver McCabe smoothie recipe is one to be kept on hand.  Not only do strawberries taste of summer but they are also an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting Vitamin C and keeping with our Healthy Skin theme this month Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin repair and growth.

This recipe is high in plant protein, essential fats, dietary fibre, magnesium and antioxidants plus to boost the skin loving effect of this smoothie even more we added a tablespoon of Udo’s Choice oil, however any essential fatty acid oil such as flaxseed, hemp oil or a fish oil could be added.

This recipe is enough for 3 tumbler glass size portions


400ml unsweetened almond milk

7 strawberries, topped and tailed

1 1/2 bananas, peeled

1/4 mango, peeled and stoned

1 heaped tablespoon hemp or pea protein

1 teaspoon golden flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 20 seconds.  Pour into a glass and serve immediately. And enjoy the taste of summer!

For more easy to prep wholefood recipes why not join with us and Oliver on the 7th May in Murphy’s Barn for a demo of 9 recipes from his book The FuelFood Cookbook followed by a gorgeous 2 course lunch. A lovely morning away from it all in the peaceful surrounds of Murphy’s Barn – for tickets call instore or book here nowwebsite-slider2


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