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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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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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Recipe of the Month – Bone Broth

Bone broth, the elixir of life?

Receipe of the Month Bone Broth
If you’re vegetarian or vegan look away now, this post isn’t for you. Bone broth is nothing more than a long simmered soup made from animal or fish bones plus vegetables and other seasonings if you like. It’s nothing new and forms part of practically every culture’s native culinary traditions. Our parents and grandparents certainly made soup from animal leftovers and now it seems that nutritionists are linking regular consumption of this with many, many benefits.

Here are the main benefits that I’ve come across. 

1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

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Recipe of the Month – Ollie’s Mammy’s Stew

Irish Stew

What? Cocoa in a stew, who’d have thought?
I’m really loving Oliver McCabe’s new The FuelFood Cookbook and it was a great pleasure to have him signing copies in Only Natural recently. We’re equally excited at the prospect of having him do a demonstration day in Murphy’s Barn on Saturday May 7th. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to benefit from Oliver’s unique wholefood cookery knowledge at first hand, on top of which we’ll be throwing in a delicious and wholesome lunch with recipes from the book and all in the most inspiring setting not far from Wexford town. Why not keep the date free? Tickets are now available online here.

Anyway back to the recipe. It’s Oliver’s mammy’s very own recipe for Irish Stew and, what with Paddy’s Day just round the corner we thought it might be good to remind you that, even in today’s multi cultured food world, our own tradition of simply prepared, wholesome dishes deserves to be honoured and enjoyed. This Irish Stew however has a bit of a twist, yes cocoa! I’ve added chocolate to chilli before and I must say that this works too. The result is a rounded, mellow flavour where the strong taste of the lamb isn’t quite so dominant. The quality of the ingredients is everything in a recipe like this so we’d suggest (A) supporting your local Craft Butcher for better quality meat and (B) buying organic vegetables where possible. The chilly season isn’t quite over yet and trust me, this is what you want when it’s cold and rainy outside. Do give it a try!

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