January: such a wonderful time of year. Ignore the grey, cold weather, the food and drink induced lethargy, the lack of accessible funds and the expectant post-christmas blues and you have yourself a rather lovely month! Actually, I genuinely jest; I’m incredibly fond of this time of year, the year ahead stretching before you and the early onset evenings offering both the opportunity to renew and start over and legitimately curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and read a book for the afternoon. I mean when else can you do that? I do however feel in particular need this year for a refresh and reboot - a spring clean is in order and that’s going to encompass home, life and body. In my experience if you want to redirect your life then there are two key elements. One is to relax into it and approach everything in a positive and genuine way – that means no aggressive revelations or beating yourself (or anyone else!) up over your actions up until this point. The second is to do a little bit every day. It’s never too late to start the day again and if you can do one thing that makes you feel like you are getting closer to what you want – whether it be the way you look, how you feel, your relationship, your career (especially your career) – then you are moving forward. Now is a time to surround yourself with good things, set some aims and actions for the New Year and help you along by giving your body maximum energy and nutrients. If you have rather overindulged over the festive period – and let’s face it, it would’ve been rude not to – then now more than ever is a good opportunity to cook vibrant, delicious, plant-focused meals to get you through the post-christmas slump and help stave off any unwanted winter bugs that may be going around.
With that in mind I wanted to recommend a rather brilliant wintry drink for the evenings to replace that glass (I live in hope) of wine or hot chocolate that we’ve all got used to (or is that just me?). Take a one inch piece of root ginger and slice into rounds, place it in a saucepan with 1 heaped tbsp honey and two pints of water. Bring to the boil and then take off the heat and cover, leave to infuse for 1 hour and then serve either heated up or poured over ice. It’s got a serious gingery kick and will knock a cold on its head, plus it’s delicious. I’ve also put together a collation of my favourite healthy and immune boosting recipes that will give you maximum satisfaction and energy over the coming months. It goes without saying that each one is #glutenfree #dairyfree and #eggfree and most are #vegan too. Happy cooking and Happy New Year!
- · Gazpacho
- · Sundried Tomato Bread
- · Spiced Carrot Pilaf with Almond ‘yoghurt’
- · Chicken, Lemon and Olive Basmati Rice
- · Roast Peppers & Potatoes with Tahini Sauce
- · Spiced Chickpea Burgers with Tomato Salsa
- · Apple and Tomato Panzanella
- · Honey and Almond Socca