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Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie Recipe!

Since receiving our Wedding Gift list items from John Lewis I have been on a bit of a cooking spree. How amazing it is to finally have all of the kitchen utensils and bits you have always wanted. My desire to become the next Betty Crocker seems somewhat more feasible now that I have an arrange of lovely serving platters! Haha

Jokes aside, I love cooking and all my new gear has kick started a new motivation in me to create scrumptious yet healthy meals for my family (and some not so healthy!)

In order to get healthier my husband and I have decided to incorporate more vegetarian dishes in to our weekly meals. With more and more research suggesting that our overly meaty western diets are to blame for a lot of health problems we thought it no harm to try a few veggie meals.

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

We love Spinach and we love Feta. I remember eating delicious spinach and feta Pide from the local Turkish baker back when I was a kid. It was something I would always reminisce about and think to myself I must try to recreate something similar. So with my new platters, there was no stopping me :p!

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

Ingredients

1 Large Bag of Organic Baby Spinach – I buy the big bag from Sainsbury’s which is about 400g)

1 Chopped White Onion

1 Block of Feta

2 Pods of Crushed Garlic

2 Eggs

Splash of Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Jus-Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry – This is new from Jus Roll and the pastry is just delicious. It has become my favourite gluten-free pastry since Genius.

Method

Preheat the oven to about 200°C

Put the chopped onion along with some Olive oil into a pan on medium heat.  Add the crushed garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent.

Boil the Kettle and put the spinach leaves into a large bowl. Cover the leaves with the boiling water and wait for the leaves to wilt.

Drain the water and put the spinach into a sieve and squeeze out any extra fluid. You need to make sure the water is properly squeeze out or you risk making the pastry too soggy.

Add the spinach to another bowl along with the onions, garlic, 2 eggs and as much crumbled feta as you like. Season with some salt and pepper and then mix together.

Lay the pastry onto a baking tray and heap the spinach and feta mixture into the middle of the pastry. Lift up the edges of the pastry so the mixture doesn’t come out and fold into a bowl like structure over the mixture.

Pop it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Serve with a nice large salad.

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

The whole family loved it! I will definitely be making this one again!

Looking for something healthy for a sweet? Try these Sweet Potato Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Addicted to Sugar? Why It Happens And How to Break It

I have to admit, I never thought that I would ever be addicted to sugar. I have always, and I mean always been a savoury over sweet kinda girl. Hand me a bag of crisps and I can and will devour them before you can even blink. But put Chocolate on the table and I will maybe have a square or two before I lose interest and forget they are even here.

I used to feel somewhat proud of this. I had fallen in to almost every other over eater category. What can I say I love food. So I was happy that I seemed immune to the sweet addiction. At least there was one thing that I didn’t feel the need to overindulge in.

This was me………. until I had a baby.

Addicted To Sugar

A lot of new mums I know have experienced the same need for sugar post baby so what is it about female hormones that make us crave sugar? Besides the need to up your calorie levels while breastfeeding, it is also said that serotonin levels drop dramatically after having a baby which leads to strong sugar cravings. Chuck in the sleepless nights and high levels of stress and BOOM. We turn into Sugar Junkies.

Unfortunately for us, once you have boarded the sugar train it is very hard to get off. Sugar is highly addictive, and has even been said to be more addictive than cocaine. It stimulates the reward centres of the brain which causes withdrawal symptoms if you do not get your daily fix. Read about How Sugar Hijacks Your Brain And Makes You Addicted here.

Not only is sugar highly addictive, it is now been classed as the root cause of obesity and obesity related diseases. Sugar is high in calories, however they are empty calories. Meaning that there in no nutritional value what so ever. So with its addictive properties making people want to binge eat and fill up on sugary foods. Their bodies in the mean time are consuming way to many calories whilst depleting the body of nutrients it needs for optimum health.

So How do you ditch the sugar?

Go Cold Turkey

I am sorry to say but there is no other way but to go cold turkey. Just like with any other addictive substance, cutting it out straight away is the best way to detox and get it out of your system. Going down the moderation route will end in disaster. One little bite will set you up and leave you wanting more. Choose a few days where you are likely not to be tempted and go cold turkey.

Do not Give in

This is where you need to muster all the willpower you have. It will be hard but it will be worth it in the end. For me it was harder than I thought. I had serious withdraw symptoms. My usual lazy self was willing to take my son and hike up the hill in the rain just for a piece of cake. I gave in a few times only to make it harder on myself the next day. Be strong and stay in the house if need be. You don’t need any temptations at this time.

Do all your shopping online

This piece of advice was my saviour. If i were to go and walk around the grocery store while fighting my cravings I would be setting myself up for failure. Online shopping not only helps me to save time in my busy mummy schedule and it helps me to get straight to the point and buy only the things I need for our meals. No shopping cart envy or lovely smells to tip me over to the dark side.

Get your 5 a day

Another reason you may be finding it hard to curb the sugar cravings is that your body is desperate for some nutritional therapy. With our modern diet revolved around a lot of processed food. Chances are most of us are not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. What helped me to curb my cravings was to start the day with a green smoothie. Check out my recipe here.

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So there you are. I hope these tips can help you to cut the sugar addiction and detox your body. I know that it is hard, but in the long run your body and skin will thank you for it.

 

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Kylie’s Nutrient Packed Super Green Smoothie

My life changed when I started on the super green smoothie craze back when it was not a craze. I was suffering from severe constipation and bloating problems and general lethargy. The bloating was incredible. Some days I looked like I was 7 months pregnant and would be extremely painful. So I decided to take a look into my diet to see what i could do to improve my digeststion. That was when I started making green smoothies.

Healthy Green Smoothie

All I can say is that it changed my life. Not only do I no longer suffer from bloating or constipation, my energy levels sky rocketed. I felt healthy in my body. My hair started to grow faster, my nails were stronger and my skin started to glow.

I made sure to take the smoothie first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to aid the digestive process. As well as fill my body up with fruit and veggies first thing in the morning.

The main ingredient that I think boosted my health is Spirulina. Spirulina is an algae that has been named the most nutrient dense substance on the planet. If you are deficient in nutrients this is the supplement to take. It is high in plant based protein and iron, making it great for women like me who suffer from low levels of iron due to heavy menstrual periods.

I do warn that it can have a detox effect when it is first ingested. I suffered from the worst headaches for the first week as it detoxed my body of heavy metals. After the week was up I started to feel the positive benefits almost straight away. Start with a small amount and gradually increase with time to decrease your detox symptoms.

I use Rainforest Organic Spirulina Powder which you can get if you click here

Check out the benefits of Spirulina here

Kylie’s Nutrient Packed Super Green Smoothie

Super Green Smoothie

Super Green Smoothie

 

You can adapt the fruits to add more variation. I often substitute the mango for apples or pineapple but I always keep the celery, banana and spinach.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Satisfy your Sweet Tooth with these Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies!

By Posted on 5 2 m read

I was never a huge eater of sweet things. Chocolate and cakes were never my go to indulgence. Give me a packet of crisps any day and I would devour them in 10 minutes. However once I fell pregnant that changed drastically. I don’t know what it is about being pregnant, but the general consensus I have from other fellow mums is that you become a major sugar junkie after you deliver your little bundle.

My once non sugar self, is now addicted to anything sweet. It amazes me the lengths I am willing to go to to be able to get my sugar fix. My usual lazy self would be willing to run a marathon if it meant I could shovel a whole chocolate fudge cake down my face. Don’t forget the cup of tea to go with it.

So what am I to do? I am a firm believer in keeping young and healthy through food, and there is growing evidence that sugar is the reason for most of our western health problems. More and more studies confirm that most diseases including cancer are a result of years of eating chemical laden foods packed with refined sugar that have little to no nutrients in them.

Even wrinkles and grey hairs are starting to be linked to poor nutrition and poor digestion! Yikes, I am doomed! So I have decided to take control nd try to wean myself of the sugar. But how? By supplementing with healthier sweet options!

This recipe is by far my favourite from one of my fav health gurus Deliciouslyella.com, These brownies are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and the bonus is that they are packed full of nutrients!

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

First you need

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 2/3 Cup of ground almonds
  • ½ Cup of gluten free flour
  • 14 Pitted dates
  • 3 Tablespoons of Pure maple syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons of cocoa. For added nutritional value use raw cacao powder

Steam the potatoes until they are soft and then blend or mix with the dates until you get a paste consistency. In another bowl add all the remaining ingredients together and then add the sweet potato mixture. Mix well and spread out onto a lined baking tin

 

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Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean on 180 degrees. Once finished allow to cool and dig in!

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

YUMMMMM!

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Chocolate Coco Balls : A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate

Easter is peering its head around the corner, and I am excited to start the tradition with my little boy. One of the joys of parenthood is seeing the excitement and wonder on their faces with events such as this and  I am eager to encourage his imagination and create happy memories.However with all this excitement there is one thing I am not too keen on. That is the excessive amount of chocolate that my child will be exposed to, thats why I am on a quest for a healthy alternative to chocolate.

I know I sound like a party pooper but hear me out. He is only 1, and even though I am all for everything in moderation.  I am well aware that at Easter time the word ‘Moderation’ does not exist. We already have a cupboard full of easter eggs and it is not even Easter yet!

So I have decided to make my own healthy Easter alternatives. With these not only will Gabriel be able to celebrate with delicious chocolatey treats like everyone else. I will also be reassured that he will not be bouncing off the walls from a sugar high.  I used to make these for myself before Gabriel was born and I think they will go down a treat. They are refined sugar, gluten and dairy free. Made with raw cacao powder and medjool dates, they have a great chocolate flavour while also being packed full of vitamins and minerals.

NOTE: Raw Cacao Powder is a superfood. It contains more antioxidants than blueberries, and is full of Calcium and Magnesium. A good source of plant based Iron, it has also been accredited to be a Natural Mood enhancer and Anti-depressant!

Not only are these healthy and delicious, they are very easy and quick to make. It is the perfect recipe to do with your kids, but beware of the mess! The below recipe makes 16 balls.

KYLIE’S CHOCOLATE COCO BALLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

After these have been chilled in the fridge, you can then wrap them up in cellophane or put them in little Easter baskets like I have done and they make a great healthy gift for Easter!

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

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Homemade Ella’s Kitchen Smoothies with Squooshi!

By Posted on 2 3 m read

Anyone who knows me personally knows that my son is a eater! He could be in the worst mood on the face of the planet but hand him a snack or anything edible and he is all of a sudden the happiest chap alive. Always thought the saying was a cliché but the way to this boys heart is definitely through his stomach! But as he is getting older and no longer taking in as much milk as he used to, feeding him has become a challenge. Cooking him homemade meals everyday is a job in itself, but when it comes to puddings and snack time, thats when things get complicated. That was when a sneaky Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie came in.

A pouch full of fruity goodness, when we first discovered them we thought they were a perfect solution to our snack dilemma. However we quickly discovered that our little one loved them way too much and as his appetite increased so did our weekly grocery bill. We would easily get through 3 pouches a day and he was still wanting more. These pouches were a life saver, I could pack them in his bag whenever we would go out and it would be an instant no mess healthy treat. What were we going to do?

That was when I discovered Squooshis!

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These adorable reusable pouches were just what we needed. They are BPA, PVC and phthalate free and also dishwasher and freezer safe. They have a zip lock on the bottom so that you can open up the pouch and spoon in homemade purées and take them on the go with you. The pack includes 8 cute animal pouches with lids, food labels and sippy caps and are really easy to clean. I am in love with them and our son loves the different animal shapes they come in. They are just too cute!

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Now that I had my own pouches it has been easy for me to just stew a few apples and pears and pop them into the pouches, but to mix it up a bit I decided to make my own Ellas kitchen recipes and they go down a treat!

THE WHITE ONE 

(My favourite one)

160g Banana

150g Apples

115g Pineapple

75g Coconut Milk

THE YELLOW ONE

225g Banana

165g Apples

75g Mangoes

3.5g Apricot

THE GREEN ONE

300g Apples

100g Bananas

7g Pears

3g Kiwi Fruit

Choose which smoothie you wish to make. Stew the apples with a little water, once soft and cooked through blend all the ingredients together in the blender. Add a dash of lemon juice and then spoon the contents into the Squooshis! Keep in the fridge or freezer. You can buy these amazing pouches at www.squooshi.com

And there you go! A happy baby and a happy bank account!

xxx

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Gluten free homemade pizzas

So I have been a little behind on my blog posts lately, things have been hectic. With me recovering from surgery, planning our wedding and organising Gabriel’s 1st birthday, it has been manic! With my to do list getting bigger and bigger I have found it easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon and grab anything and everything I can get my hands on. Hungry and unorganised Kylie = eating junk and getting fatter Kylie. Not good for my wedding dress! But sometimes it is hard to eat what you should. I am a lover of comfort food and eating salad especially on a cold Aberdeen day just is not going to happen. So that is why I decided to make my own ‘Healthy’ pizzas. It was a quick and relatively healthy option that I could also feed to my husband to be.

Here is what you will need

Ingredients

  • Warburtons Gluten Free wraps
  • Italian cherry tomato paste with basil
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese or Feta Cheese if you are looking for a healthier option
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Baby Spinach
  • Pepper
  • Meat of your choice : We chose chorizo slices and ham for our little one
  • You can add what ever you like, but I find if you put too many toppings it becomes over crowded and not as tasty.

Method

Preheat your oven or grill to 200°C. Open the pack of wraps, these are one of the best gluten free wraps out there and really makes a delicious, thin, crispy pizza base. Evenly spread the cherry tomato paste over one side.

Once that is done, start putting your toppings on. I started with Chorizo slices, Tomato, Pepper, Spinach and then cheese.

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Bake in the oven until crispy and the cheese is melted. And viola! A quick and tasty lunch.

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Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

xxx

 

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Quick and easy chicken and pea risotto for you and your tot!

Today has just been one of those days where I just cannot be arsed! With a sick baby and a sick fiancé it has been hard to juggle all the tasks that I need to do, plus look after them both. So when my partner told me that we couldn’t stick to our meal plan due to his stomach, and when I realised that I had no more prepared food for my bub in the freezer,  I just about flipped. How was I going to have time to think about putting something together for my partner, me and the baby, in such short time? But to my surprise, after a few minutes of racking my brains I came up with this easy yet satisfying dish that I was suitable for all three of us! WIN!

Here is what you will need

  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts
  • 250g of Arborio Rice
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of Frozen peas

1L of low sodium chicken stock

NOTE: If you wish to add more flavour then you can add 100ml of dry white wine. Don’t worry, cooked wine in meals is ok to serve to kids.

Add the tsp of coconut oil, when it has melted add the chicken. Brown the chicken on medium to high heat and then set it aside.

Chop up the onions and mince the garlic, and then add it to the pan. Cooking it until the onion is transparent. Add the chicken, rice, peas and the white wine (if you are using it) and stir for a few minutes until the rice is covered in the juices.

Once everything is mixed together and the rice is well covered, add the stock.

  • Let it simmer until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is nicely cooked. Once done, turn off the heat and add some parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast if you are avoiding dairy like me, and stir it all together. Voila!

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It went down a treat with both Gabriel and my partner having second helpings. My usual #mumfail was narrowly missed, at least for today anyway.

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