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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 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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POSTPONED Juicing & Nutrition Workshop with The Juice Works

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF NUMBERS.  THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN SEPTEMBER, A DATE WILL BE CONFIRMED SHORTLY.

We are super excited to be co-hosting a juicing workshop in conjunction with Laura from The Juice Works, this workshop will be held in Joyces Expert on Saturday 15th June from 2pm to 5pm.

Fancy learning how to make the nicest raw chocolate in less than 5 minutes? maybe making your own crackers or nut cheese dips?

Laura is one of only a handful of fully qualified JUICE THERAPISTS in Ireland.  She’s passionate about nutrition and believes there is so much poor nutritional information out there, that the general public is confused.
So to help you understand how your body works, why you crave certain foods, why you have the best of intentions on a Monday morning but by noon you have eaten a chocolate bar, she runs a very hands on FOOD AND JUICING WORKSHOP that will help you get healthier.

We will cover:

  • raw chocolate making
  • dehydrating
  • Juicing
  • Blending
  • sprouting
  • & more.

You will get:

  • recipe booklet to take home
  • ginger shots
  • cold pressed juices
  • raw nutella
  • cashew nut cheese
  • raw chocolate
  • rosemary crackers
  • and much much more

Tickets cost €20.00 (Kids are free) and are available here for all the above which we think represents great value and it promising to be a fun and interactive afternoon.  Can’t wait to see you all there.

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A Chaga Recipe from Anthony William

Anthony William Spiced Chaga Latte

Anthony William is a blogger and author on natural healing that I admire a lot and when I read this recipe based on the therapeutic properties of Chaga mushrooms I immediately wanted to share it here. I’m in no position to personally endorse anything as an anti cancer agent but, given the proliferation of the disease in today’s society, I feel that people should be aware of its potential and given the choice to use what they choose alongside of, or indeed in place of, conventional treatment. Here’s his take on Chaga and a suggestion on how to use it.

Spiced Creamy Hot Chaga

Nothing quite hits the spot and soothes the soul like a warm drink on a cold day (or anytime of year!). Add in the incredible medicinal properties of Chaga mushroom and some special healing spices, and you have yourself a deeply therapeutic and delicious drink to enjoy. This recipe would be wonderful to serve to friends and family or to savor on a quiet morning or evening alone. read more →

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Ketogenic Naan Bread with Melted Garlic Butter

Naan bread
Once again this grain-free, ketogenic bread has been supplied by our Blood Sugar Balancing Guru (as he is otherwise known!) Paul Wright! Paul is a qualified Nutrition and Health Coach and is currently studying to become a Nutritional Therapist. He became interested in nutrition to help control his own Type 1 Diabetes and through his own experience and experiments has obtained a vast amount of knowledge on how to control blood sugars. read more →

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Westgate’s Aubergine, Sprouted Mung Bean & Fennel Salad

Salad Bar Only Natural Recipe of the Month

Anyone for Salad?

I’d say that Westgste Design’s brilliant food selection is a leading light locally when it comes to offering a wide choice of tasty food covering wholefood, vegetarian and vegan, gluten free and raw options. Darron’s keen sense of flavor combinations has never let them down. The unrivaled selection of super delicious salads has alway been a major draw for me with offerings as diverse as carrot and beetroot slaw, roasted cauliflower and chorizo, sweet chilli noodles and broccoli and feta salad.
(I can imagine nothing further from the Spartan collection of lettuce, tomato, cooked ham and a boiled egg which was the less appealing ‘salad’ of my childhood.) You can’t imagine my joy on discovering that the already great range on offer has just been increased. I’m talking about the new takeaway salad bar just opened on street level. If you haven’t tried it out it’s a must!
Darron was kind enough to share the following salad recipe with us in case you feel like a little kitchen creativity or it’s one of many you can pop into Westgate and take away any time!

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Recipe of the Month – Gluten Free Pasteis de Nata (Portugese Tarts)

Recipe of the Month Only Natural
You can’t go to Portugal without trying their famous custard tarts, Pasteis de Nata. Growing up, when it came to picking a holiday location, we never ventured from Portugal. We fell in love with the people, the beaches, the weather and, more than anything, the food. There’s nothing quite like finding a local café on a quiet cobbled street and basking in the morning sun while sipping an espresso (or a “bica” as they call it) and taking a bite of a freshly baked custard tart. Perfectly flaky pastry and scrumptious homemade custard – heaven!

I have just recently started baking a coeliac-friendly version of these bad boys for my Rake of Cakes stall in the Bullring Market and decided I had to share the recipe of the month Only Naturalrecipe! For this recipe, I’ve used our delicious new Commons Farm Raw Milk to make the custard and it makes for a wonderfully creamy finish. I’ve also used Silly Yak Puff Pastry, which is 100% coeliac friendly and available in the freezer instore!

Notes:
– Make sure you have defrosted the pastry in the fridge before starting to bake.
– Use the best quality vanilla extract you can. I love Neilson Massey Organic Vanilla Extract.
– This recipe makes about 30 – 32 tarts
– The custard is delicious over desserts or on its own as well!

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Recipe of the Month – D’lush’s Gigantes Recipe

Wexford’s newest healthy eating place

Gigantes Recipe
When we heard that Eugene, owner of D’lush Café in Wexford Arts Centre, was planning on opening a new eatery, and on our doorstep opposite Bank of Ireland, we got very excited. I’ve always maintained that Eugene, or Rocky as he’s more commonly known, had an amazing grasp of how to combine simple, natural ingredients into stunningly flavourful and nutritious meals. Many’s the happy lunchtime I’ve spent in D’lush and I’m really looking forward to sampling the new offering.

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Ger’s March Update!

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural

So what’s the low down on Only Natural this month??

 Firstly our rather fantastic Surya Brasil Henna Hair Colour Competition

If you’ve ever coloured your hair with henna (and I have, albeit a while ago), you’ll know just how good it feels. Unlike chemical hair dyes which penetrate the hair shaft, henna coats it. The result is a wonderful thickening and conditioning of the hair. It’s also the only 100% natural hair colorant I know of.
Our friends in Surya Brasil have given us a fantastic prize worth €500 exclusive to Only Natural!  Just check out here to find out more details.

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