Food to make you go mmm mmm mmm. Oh yes, it’s getting colder, the nights are drawing in, we are weighed down by the extreme amounts of knitwear we are wearing and my goodness the cravings have started!! I don’t know about you but as soon as I’m cold, I crave carbs, chocolate and basically any junk food I can get my hands on! STAY AWAY FROM THE JUNK FOOD!! Of course I allow myself this fall from grace from time to time , but gawd do I regret it, usually in the form of a migraine or a crampy stomach. So, the best way to avoid these devilish cravings, is to be prepared. Stock up that cupboard and get making some healthy but delicious treats that won’t send a blood spiking rocket where the sun don’t shine and will satisfy the sweet and carb void you so wish to fill.
I find that I have to rearrange my larder on the lead up to Christmas. Summer is all about getting creative with salads and dips and light bites, whereas Winter is a completely different story. For me it’s all about warming foods that properly fill you up. Soups, stews, bakes and roasts, with a large helping of stodgy puds. Batch cooking really comes into its own, leaving us more time to snuggle up in front of the fire ( like that happens all the time!)
Healthy fats will fuel our fires, so stop with the low-fat and get eating full fat nutrient rich foods. Get your bodies in pristine shape from the inside and you will seriously reap the benefits from the outside.
FOOD IS FUEL ⛽️
Sliced aubergine margarita pizzas
As Christmas approaches we all like a good old measure of mulled wine and a few too many mince pies. That’s ok, it really is. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the sugar wagon. Just try and be mindful and maybe get baking your own alternatives. Shop bought deserts and bakes are unfortunately loaded with sugar and other nasties, which is kind of why I started making my own puddings. I cannot afford to mess with my blood sugars, so home made is definitely the way to go in my house. They usually taste so much better than shop bought bits too. So, healthy and delicious, you can’t go wrong.
So, to tickle your Winter fancies, here are a couple of recipes to get you kick started…..
1Tblsp coconut oil
1 large red onion
1 large courgette
A handful of mushrooms
1 red bell pepper
1 700g bottle of organic passata
1/2 pint veg stock
About 4 large beef tomatoes
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Bunch of fresh basil
Generous helping of salt and pepper
(I never cook with garlic because I am allergic to it, so with all of my recipes, you can add garlic, if you wish :))
In a large pan, fry your onion (and garlic if you are using) in the coconut oil. After about 3 minutes, add the rest of the veg and all the dried spices and herbs. Stir well and then add the chopped beef tomatoes. After about 5 mins pop the passata and stock in the pan, along with the fresh basil. Season well and cook down on a medium heat for about 25 minutes. I always taste along the way and normally add more seasoning and chilli. The tomatoes need to cook down for a good while, to get rid of the acidity. Simmer for a further 25/30 mins, you want the mixture cook down so it’s not too thin.
Blend in a mixer and then serve 🔥
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 large aubergine sliced length ways
1 large red onion
4 roughly chopped beef tomatoes
1/2 bottle passata (about 350g)
1/4 pint veg stock
Large bunch fresh basil
2 generous tsp herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Grated cheese ( I used cheddar but you can use mozzarella too)
Salt and pepper
Start by making your tomato base. Throw all your ingredients in a pan, frying the onion first, and cook down for about 30 mins. Keep tasting and season accordingly. You want the mixture to be fairly thick.
Once your sauce is ready, spoon the mixture onto the aubergine and top with the cheese.
Cook in a preheated oven at 200 fan asst, for about 20 mins, or until the top is nice and brown.
Serve with a pine nut and rocket salad 🙂
So, there you are. A couple of winter warmers. Quick, simple and so yummy.
Check my Instagram next week for some ‘Cook along with Coral’ vids. Happy Tuesday all Cxxxx