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15 Seriously Good Autumn Inspired Healthy Recipes

Posted: Thu, 14 September 2017, 10:26

We are midway through September now, can you believe it? Soon the leaves shall start to fall, the colder weather will be upon us and the pumpkin spice mania shall be in full force.

As we fast approach the autumn season, the cozy sweaters are starting to come out, the warm turmeric lattes are on the rise and the evenings are getting darker. The cooler temperatures also mean the annual arrival of warm comfort foods, like hot oatmeal in the morning and hearty stews in the evening.

Within this blog I have collected together 15 seriously good autumn inspired healthy recipes to help satisfy your cravings and delight your autumn-flavour demanding taste buds. Enjoy!


No. 1 - Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding – Green Evi (vegan)

Are you one of those people who are short on time in the morning? Plan ahead and make this pumpkin spiced chia pudding from Green Evi. It’s filled with good things like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and omega-3 rich chia seeds. What’s not to love?
This chia pudding is amazing for breakfast or as a healthy and filling snack. If you are also a pumpkin spice lover, you have to try this!

No. 2 - Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats – Rawmazing (vegan)

You’ll find no shortage of oatmeal recipes featuring the flavours of pumpkin pie, but I really love this one from rawmazing because it’s really simple, can be made in advance, and is made with super nutritious ingredients. The addition of chia seeds adds protein, omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, and heaps of vitamins and minerals.

And feel free to switch it up with a handful of dried fruit like mulberries, raisins or goji berries; or add a dash of maple syrup or coconut nectar for extra sweetness.
And for those who follow a raw vegan diet, or have trouble digesting grains, try sprouted oats. Super simple to make and super nutritious- the perfect combo.
It also doesn’t involve any cooking, so for those of you who hate to cook, we have a winner.

What’s in Season: Irish Winter Foods

Posted: Thu, 12 January 2017, 11:14


Winter is here in all its chilly glory, bringing a plethora of wonderful foods for you to get creative with in the kitchen.
These include but are certainly not limited to: beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, apples, clementines, cranberries, pears and more.

Within this post we’re going to delve in a little deeper into what veggies are hitting the shelves this season and what you can do with them!

In season: Winter


Brussel sprouts are small, leafy green buds which resemble miniature cabbages in appearance and belong to the same Brassica family of vegetables which also includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, and kale.

Sprouts are exceptionally good for you, providing a rich source of protein, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, including manganese, potassium, choline, Vitamin C and B vitamins.

A lot of people think they don’t like Brussels sprouts, but often that’s because they’ve simply been overcooked. An overcooked Brussels sprout will be mushy and smelly and have turned a muted shade of green. What you’re really after is bright green sprouts with a slightly crisp texture and pleasant, nutty/sweet flavour, even after they're cooked.

4 Belly Warming Soups to Nourish You This Autumn

Posted: Thu, 13 October 2016, 08:31

Personally, just the sight of pumpkins in my local market has me skipping through the market stalls and donning a cosy autumnal scarf; but October isn’t just about Pumpkins, ghosts and goblins. It’s about vibrant, colourful and most importantly, nourishing Autumn foods.

Autumn is the season of warm, earthy colours like deep greens, dark yellows and brilliant oranges, and you know what that means? Soup season has arrived!

Here we have 4 fantastic soup recipes for you to give a whirl to keep your bellies warm this change of season

First up we have:

No. 1 - Creamy Pumpkin and Turmeric Soup

With the change of season, it’s not uncommon for those pesky bugs to leer their ugly heads and try and grapple your sinuses to the ground; so the answer is? Turmeric.

Curcumin is the pigment in Turmeric that produces the beautiful yellow colour that you see, and it is this colour that does wonders for the immune system.
Turmeric is well known to be a great anti-microbial, with much scientific research to show that it can inhibit pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi, meaning it can really help ward off those unwanted colds and flus.

That combined with the rest of the immune boosting ingredients found in this creamy pumpkin soup makes it a show-stopper of an Autumn soup to try out. Here’s what you need:

What’s in Season: Irish Autumn Foods

Posted: Thu, 15 September 2016, 15:24

With those long summer days falling behind us, and the memory of sweet berries, crisp salads and succulent fresh fruit becoming distant, it’s time to embrace the arrival of a new season.

There is a plethora of yummy foods for you to choose from in autumn, including pumpkins, parsnips, winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, pears, figs, elderberries and even cranberries!

It’s time to go wild in the kitchen and whip up some tasty seasonal dishes, like roasted root vegetables, creamy pumpkin soup, caramelized pears and crisp apple and quince pies.

You also probably know by now that buying local and seasonal foods is one of many great ways to reduce your environmental impact, increase the nutrient value of your food, and support local farmers.
Keep an eye out for the following fruits and veggies in your local market or super market and enjoy!

What’s in Season: Irish Summer Foods

Posted: Thu, 30 June 2016, 13:01

We all know the benefits of eating seasonally — produce is at its peak in flavour and freshness and it's often cheaper too (horray!)
And with Summer making its appearance (every now and then!) the abundance of colourful food in our shopping bags are just begging to be made into summer-time deliciousness!

The berries are shouting out to be squished into sweet and satisying smoothies, crumbles and baked goods; the tomatoes are jumping from the vine to our plates, pleading to be made into salads or topping off a good pizza! - you get the jist!

So with that being said, within this post I’m going to cover just a handful of what seasonal fruits veggies that are hitting the shelves over July and August plus some tasty recipes too!

In Season: Summer


Related to peaches and nectarines, apricots are small loose-stoned fruit that range from pale yellow, through to orange and flushed pink. The ones you’ll most commonly find tend to be golden coloured with velvety skin and flesh.
When they are ripe, their flesh is sweet, soft and juicy with a mildly sweet taste.

Apricots are nutritionally very beneficial as well as being delicious and incredibly versatile.
They contain bountiful amounts of antioxidants, including Vitamins A and C, plus carotenoids, and flavonoids like lutein and zeaxanthin.

Try out these recipes for some apricotty-goodness!

Blackberry Apricot Salad
Apricot Strawberry Smoothie
Stone Fruit Quinoa Salad

What's in Season: Irish Spring Foods

Posted: Thu, 07 April 2016, 09:50


Spring has sprung and to prove it, the Daffodils are dotting themselves all over the place, the baby lambs are just popping out with excitement, and the arrival of the new-season fruits and veggies are making their way onto our supermarket shelves and farmers market stalls – yippie!

So to do Spring its justice, what better way to celebrate it than by feasting on the delectable foods it has to offer us?!

Within this post we’re going to delve in a little deeper into what veggies are hitting the shelves this month and what you can do with them!

In Season: Spring


If it’s good enough for Popeye, it’s good enough for us!

Spinach is a firm favourite amongst many, and loved throughout the world for it versatility in cooking and salad dishes, its delicate but delicious taste and its undisputed health benefits.

Spinach is loaded with nutrients, giving you plenty of Vitamin A, C, E and K, plus manganese, folate, zinc, magnesium, selenium and potassium.
With this plethora of nutrients, spinach helps to protect and strengthen the immune system, loads us up with antioxidants to help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body; helps to support bone health, cardiovascular health, eye health and to top it off, even helps keep skin looking fresh and radiant.

Spinach is so easy to add into many many dishes, and with its slightly sweet and subtle flavour; it goes really well with fruits and healthy fats like almond butter or avocado, so you can even add into your green smoothies or juices. The options are limitless!

Try these recipes on for size: (please note arugula is also known as rocket over these parts!)

5 Reasons to Eat in Season

Posted: Tue, 06 October 2015, 09:15

With the improvement in technology and consumer demands, consumers can now buy things like strawberries and apples in supermarkets all year round instead of when they’re growing naturally in their season. This means these out-of-season fruits and veggies are either being grown in greenhouses or flown in from warmer countries where they are picked before they are ripe and therefore unable to fully develop their flavours.

This means you actually get less—less flavour and less nutrition. Compare the sweetness and flavour of a tomato in February to one in August, and you’ll know what allowing food to fully ripen means to your taste buds! That’s why we’re extending a challenge to our readers and customers to eat their vegetables and fruits in season. Not only does it carry benefits to the planet, but also to your health and your wallet.

Read on to learn more about seasonal eating and stick it out until the end to get an autumn seasonal eating list to help you get started!

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