When I decided to share a series of winter comfort food recipes I knew I needed to include porridge. But, if I’m going to share porridge, if I’m going as far as calling it a recipe, then it had better be pretty special right? It’s got to get a step further than oats and milk. So, I present to you my Carrot Cake Porridge. Renamed special occasion porridge by Glutenfreeman – which I think means only to be made on days when he is not in charge of the porridge pan…..
I have a dog-eared, much loved copy of Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to Eat’. The spine is definitely broken in a few places, so that it falls on some of my favourite dishes. One of the most thumbed sections is the ‘fast food’ chapter. Here, Nigella describes a series of recipes for the cook in a hurry. It includes - under directions for a 10 minute, gooey chocolate pudding – the fabulous line ‘before you’ve even taken your coat off…’
Now, I’m not suggesting you stand in your winter parka whilst you throw this dish together. But, I love the idea of food that takes you two minutes to throw in a pan as you come in from work and will then simmer away whilst you get yourself settled for the evening ahead. This egg dish definitely ticks that box!
The Boy had braces fitted to his teeth this week. We are working through the settling in period where soft food seems to be the way to go. This has led to a bit of experimentation with what he can and can’t eat – and the discovery of these amazing pumpkin and gingerbread waffles.
Are you looking for a recipe that you can whizz up in no time for a healthy dessert?
Do you want a tasty mid-afternoon snack without the sugar slump?
Do you need it to be dairy free or gluten free? What about vegetarian or vegan?
Well you have definitely come to the right place.
This chocolate chia pudding ticks all of the above boxes. Just in case that wasn’t enough to convince you to give it a try, here are some of the nutritional benefits too…
My perfect relaxed weekend at home would start with breakfast at Baltzersens in Harrogate. This Scandinavian inspired café has something for everyone in our family. The Boy loves their waffles, there’s plenty of choice for Glutenfree Man and a real mix of savoury/sweet, healthy/indulgent to tempt me depending upon my mood. They also serve great coffee.
Whatever else ends up on our table I almost always order the Yorkshire Skyr with buckwheat granola and seasonal fruit compote. So this recipe has been inspired partly by Baltzersens and partly by a realisation that I was eating oats for breakfast much too frequently. Absolutely nothing wrong with oats – a bowl of porridge is a great way to start the day – but I believe variety is important. For me, this is a way of mixing up those midweek breakfasts a bit.
Whether you’re a smoothie bowl fan or you prefer your smoothie in a glass, if you are a chocolate lover then I’ve got you covered. Following up on my top tips last week these two smoothie recipes make for a meal in themselves. Perfect for those days when you need breakfast in a hurry or a quick post gym refuel.
Gluten Free Man tells me that I have a magical 20 minute window in the day when I am up for going swimming. If I miss this opportunity - forget it – there is no way I am getting to the pool. I think he exaggerates somewhat. However, it is true I like to swim on a morning, on an empty stomach, but before hunger starts to bite and my energy slumps. So I have very definite ideas on what makes for a good swim.
When I’ve stayed in bed that little bit too long, when I can feel that 20 minute window closing, when I know that I’m going to be starving the second I get out of the pool, smoothies are a perfect breakfast solution. Throw a bunch of ingredients into a blender, blitz, transfer to my drink bottle and I’m ready to go.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.