If you’re joining in with Veganuary and are in any way concerned about missing meat you have to try our Cauliflower Steaks. Once this super veg roasts it caramelises and becomes unctuous and delicious. We love the humble cauliflower and it’s many and varied health benefits. Cauliflower Steaks are a powerhouse of nutrients, including anti-inflammatory Vitamin C, digestive-supportive fibre and glucosinolates, which are sulphurous compounds that help us detoxify and neutralize carcinogens.
Preheat oven to 180C Slice the cauliflower into steaks approx 2cm thick Place in a roasting dish/cooking stone. Drizzle over 2 tbsp of the melted coconut oil and season with salt and cracked pepper.
Place in the oven and cook for 15 mins. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix together the last tbsp of coconut oil with the tahini and maple syrup along with the garlic if using.
Drizzle 2/3rds of the mixture over the cauliflower and then bake for a further 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve alongside a fresh salad and some sweet potato wedges.
Ineke’s note ** I have recently started using the brand “Belazu” which I love, they make there tahini using traditional stoneground methods and the tahini is runny and has a slightly hint of salt from the methods they use to make it
*** You can also use honey, which some people prefer. Or omit it entirely if strict keto. ENJOY 🙂
Sometimes only sweet potato wedges dipped into Hunter Gather Mayonnaise will do! There’s something very comforting about these and so they make regular appearances on our winter menu at home. We love to top them off with roast almonds when they need to look a bit more snazzy and just smother them in mayo when they don’t. How do you eat yours? Don’t forget to tag us in your images if you do make anything from our site, we love to see your Nourishing creations.
Sweet Potato Wedges – Serves 2 as a main course with vegetables and a salad, or 3-4 as a side.
2 Sweet Potato or 3 smaller ones
1 tbsp melted coconut oil or avocado oil
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin (or cumin seeds)
2 pinches salt
Roast almonds, sliced (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 180C. Using a sharp knife cut the sweet potato in half lengthways and then into quarters or thirds lengthways creating wedges. Place into a large roasting dish or baking stone.
In a small bowl mix together the oil of choice, smoked paprika, cumin and salt. Drizzle evenly over the wedges. Season with cracked pepper and bake for 15 minutes.
At this point you can remove and toss gently before placing back in the oven for a further 15 minutes. Once tender and lightly brown remove. Sprinkle with some sliced roast almonds. ENJOY!
Our Chocolate Mousse is nourishing and delicious and contains only 4 ingredients! It’s also perfect for serving when you have guests who follow a free-from diet as it is suitable for those following, gluten, dairy and grain free diets. Why not try it during Veganuary? We guarantee you won’t miss the dairy and it’s so quick to make that it may become a favourite in your house like it has in ours.
Chocolate Mousse – Serves 3-4
GF, DF, refined sugar free, grain free, vegan
1 cup of cashews
6 pitted Medjool dates
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/3 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
1/3-1/2 cup water
Place the first four ingredients into a high speed blender, blitz until finely chopped. Add in the water and blend until smooth adding in a little extra water as needed until desired consistency is reached.
Store in fridge, or eat straight from the pot 🙂 Enjoy…
NOTE – Can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge. Or frozen for a month. Ineke’s serving suggestion for a impressive looking dessert Serve with CoYo vanilla yoghurt and a few fresh raspberries and blueberries, topped with a crumbled cacao macaroon, or a couple of our mini cacao bites! Delish!
Sometimes all that you need is a little bite of something to stave of a craving, step in our Keto Cinnamon Nut Butter Cups. These are perfect as they contain plenty of healthy fats to help you to feel satisfied more quickly. So easy to make and keep in the fridge.
Nut Butter Cups – Serves 6
100gm dark chocolate (see our recipe to make your own)
Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. Fill your mould 1/3 fill of the melted chocolate. I often use my little finger to then coat the sides of the mould, or you could use a small tsp.
Allow to set briefly and then spoon in about 1/2-1 tsp or a little more depending on your type of mould of the nut butter. Top with chocolate and gently tap your mould on the bench to avoid air pockets and get an even coating over the top.
Allow to set briefly on the bench and then place in the fridge to complete harden. ENJOY!
Keto Cinnamon Nut Butter Cups – Serves 4
50gm dark chocolate (anything over 80% works well – or use our recipe and decrease sweetener, increase cacao powder and add in a pinch of cinnamon)
Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. In another small bowl mix together the remaining three ingredients. Fill your mould just over 1/2 way with the nut butter mix.
Top with chocolate and gently tap your mould on the bench to avoid air pockets and get an even coating over the top. Allow to set briefly on the bench and then place in the fridge to complete harden. Store in fridge. ENJOY!
NOTE FOR ABOVE TWO RECIPES: These are delicious and perfect to keep in your fridge or freezer. Use whatever nut butter you have, I like ones with a little crunch, but equally a smooth nut works well too.
Here’s our twelve steps to a Greener Christmas. But why are we trying to make Christmas greener in the first place? As you know if you’re a Nourish enthusiast, we’ve been working hard to make our business greener. From kitchen waste to packaging we’re working towards it, one step at a tim. We want to become a greener, more sustainable food business. Did you know that recent Data Monitor figures show that the food business is one of the most wasteful? This bothered us so we’ve acted and with Christmas on the way we decided to tackle that too.
Christmas can be a tricky one to navigate if you’re trying to become greener. All that glitter and plastic is not a good combination if you want to have a greener footprint. We know that everyone is short on time at this end of the year. So, we’ve pulled together some simple ideas to help you on your way to celebrating Christmas in a more sustainable way.
It’s a wrap
Walk into many shops at this time of the year and you’ll be assaulted by the glittery and metallic wrapping papers. They look eye catching but sadly they are not recyclable. Same goes for the thinner easier to scrunch up papers. The less it scrunches up the more likely it is that it’s recyclable. We love the look and feel of brown Kraft paper as an alternative. We have great fun stamping these with anything from potatoes that we carve into shapes for the kids, to using our gorgeous English Stamp Companystamps that we’ve had for years. We’ll also be using some colourful twine from the gorgeous Twoolwho make all of their plastic free twine from wool from rare breed sheep (money raised goes back into preserving this rare breed sheep)
Did you know that around 1.5 billion Christmas cards are binned in the UK each year? We love the proliferation of ways that you can send a digital card these days. You can put in as much effort as you want to, design one with a simple pic of your tribe on it or create a dancing group of elves! Designing our own online card is our choice this year and we’ll be hopping onto Smilebox or Canvato create ours. Cards are a hard one as there will be older relatives and those overseas who you might still want to send a physical card to. Have you seen Hannah Marchant’sbeautiful compostable alternatives with seeds sprinkled into biodegradable paper?
Deck the halls
There’s nothing quite like the joy that comes from decorating your house with family heirlooms, which makes them super sustainable too! If you fancy adding to your collection like us, then buying new pieces from sustainable sources such as Protect the Planet or Nkukuwill help you start your own collection of heirloom decorations. We’ve also grabbed a pile of felt from our local craft shop and been creating some lovely little pieces with the kids. Take a look at Shelterness for some inspiration?
What do we mean by greener gifting? We’ve been looking for ethically made, green alternatives to some of our fave gifts. We love a planner, what better gift for the organised and not so organised person in your family. Ponderlilyare our go-to using eco-friendly, ethically sourced materials. We also love the gift of scent and the wonderful soy wax candles in their simple, yet beautiful packaging from Parkminster, are always a winner. Our faves are Noel and Bonfire, a cracking combo! Wrapped up already for the stressed member of the family is the recently discoveredUniversal Soul with their 100% natural 3 in 1 Soul Mist. Containing 100% natural oils this is great as a room, pillow or meditation spray. Or how about the gift of wildflowers in a tin? Check out the amazing tins bySeedballs, their mission is to fill the world with wildflowers, starting with your garden! Or maybe recycle a wonderful find that you know someone will love (we’re still getting brownie points for the amazing set of lettuce leaf plates we bought from our local charity shop for Auntie Sarah last year!).
We buy 7 million trees per year in the UK, that’s a huge number! If you’re buying a tree this year you could try an alternative plastic free version that you can use year after year. We love this one from Bombus. Or if you do buy a real tree then buy as locally as possible and make sure that you either drop it to your local dump to be added to the green waste or check out the recycle now website for places it can be dropped off to be chipped and used again.
Food with a little bit of a conscience isn’t hard to find if you look in the right places. Like us here at Nourish many food businesses are looking to become more sustainable and ethical. Choose food companies who use compostable/recyclable packaging and buy fair trade ingredients from sustainable sources. Our top tips are to try the Broma raw cacao sauce for a Christmassy treat on your pud. Or a spoonful or two of the yummy cacao nut butter full of organic ingredients from our chums at Jakes Boost. Or how about buying your raw ingredients from Amisa, who take care that ingredients are organic and well sourced? We can’t get through the festive chaos without the odd warm drink here and there to sustain us and we always reach for Noblewith its wonderful, nutritious ingredients.
All is calm all is bright
We love a little sparkle and shine as much as the next person and so we’ll be making sure that our candles are hand poured by happy small businesses and are made from Soy wax. Some of our all-time favourites are the scent sensations fromParkminster, which happens to be in our neck of the woods. Our ‘usual’ scents are bonfire, noel and tomato leaf depending on the time of the year. New kid on the blockUniversal Soul also has a positive energy candle to complement their room spray, that we’re coveting for our stocking this year, hint, hint.
For those who don’t drink it can feel a bit of a let-down when the choice of drinks is uninspiring and uninteresting. Never fear we’ve been trying out some of the best alcohol-free drinks on the market and seeking out those who take care over their products. If you fancy a bittersweet citrus twist that will make a zingy alternative to bucks’ fizz on the big day then check out super ethically made Everleaf. With Founder Paul’s background in conservation biology and bartending you couldn’t find many better people to make you a drink! We also discoveredSea Arch for when you don’t want to or can’t drink and the idea of a G&T appeals, it’s packed full of amazing botanicals and made on our nearest stretch of coast in the UK.
Conventional crackers can be a plastic fantastic zone, full of single use ‘goodies’ that end up in the bin. Why not have a go at making your own and filling them with meaningful gifts? Check out these gorgeous ones from Kate Sproston Design made from natural linen and dying to be filled with some NEW Mint Matcha Macaroons.
Clean up Christmas
Cleaning up doesn’t have to involve a barrage of environmentally damaging kit, it can be fragrant and planet friendly instead. Locally madeKinn products are some of our favourites, they smell every bit as good as their packaging. The neroli laundry wash and sweet orange kitchen cleaner are the best choice for scent sensation. Try Boobalou for their plastic free washing up kit and gather your tribe for a good old-fashioned washing up session after the big event!
Go Plastic Free
Why not take the opportunity of gifting to convert some of your friends and family to a more fantastic, less plastic, way of life. Buy them a few pieces of essential plastic free living kit? Lunchboxes from our friends at Elephant Box, Coffee cups from Global Wake Up Cup, Shampoo bars from those clever people at Friendly Soap or maybe a tote bag for life from the lovely Holly’s Wholesome Kitchen!
Getting dressed up for Christmas day is often a chance to sprinkle some sparkle but remember that those sequins are made from PVC and there are no biodegradable substitutes. The reality is that ethical clothes shopping is more expensive than mass produced alternatives, but if you can embrace the less is more and buy once and buy well attitude then investment dressing may be the way forward. We love Know The Origin for simple bits that can be worn every day and because they trace every piece from seed to shop. For those keep forever, ethically made special pieces we head to People Tree. Once you’ve had enough of a piece for whatever reason, give it a new lease of life by donating it to charity so someone else can enjoy it, you never know, it might become their Christmas outfit too.
Who fancies one of our nourishing truffles? We’ve been looking for greener ways to celebrate the festive season. One sure fire way to make sure that there is no gift waste is to give a yummy, edible gift! Our Cacao or Brazil Nut flavours are the perfect gift for the foodie friend in your life. Both flavours are full of nourishing ingredients and are both dairy and gluten free. Why not keep a batch in the fridge for those last minute guests, they are delicious with a festive drink like our Chai Latte with Oatly.
Gluten and dairy free
Recipes make 12 truffles
Ingredients – Brazil Nut Truffles
6 large Medjool dates
1/2 cup organic coconut
1/2 cup brazil nuts
pinch of pink salt
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/3 cup of ground almonds
Place the dates, coconut, brazil nuts and salt into a food processor. Blitz until finely chopped and add the melted coconut oil. Continue to mix until the ingredients will stick together.
Add the ground almonds and pulse gently.
Shape into balls or use an ice cream scoop. Pop into the fridge to harden and then either eat with or without dipping into chocolate. These won’t last long!
Ingredients – Cacao truffles
7 large Medjool dates
2/3 cup pecan nuts
1 cup walnuts
3 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
Blitz together the dates, pecans and walnuts until finely chopped. Add in the cacao powder until thoroughly mixed.
Fold in the coconut oil and follow with maple syrup and process until it reaches a dough like consistency.
Roll into balls and place into the fridge to firm up. Once firm dip in melted chocolate and leave to cool.