Comfort Soup



With the season of colds and flu upon us, we all have a favourite comforting dish that makes us feel better.  The Vegetarian Society asked its members and supporters for their go-to culinary hugs and soothers and the replies ranged from hot toddies with ginger and chilli, to stews, spicy curries and hearty soups, but one item kept cropping up: people wished they had a comforting noodle broth which could nurse them through the sniffles. So the Vegetarian Society has created a warming ‘Comfort Soup’ recipe packed with goodness. They have used ingredients previously tested by scientists in a study of noodle soup, which showed that many of these vegetables and herbs were effective in reducing inflammation associated with having a cold.

Ingredients:
1 large onion (150g), finely chopped
3 sticks celery (150g), finely chopped
Small bunch fresh parsley (10g), stalks finely chopped, leaves kept whole
1 medium carrot (60g), peeled & cut into matchstick size pieces
½ small parsnip (30g), peeled & cut into matchstick size pieces
⅙ small swede (30g), peeled & cut into matchstick size pieces 
⅓ small sweet potato (30g), peeled & cut into matchstick size pieces
2 large fresh tomatoes (150g), peeled, deseeded & chopped, or 150ml tomato juice 
2 medium cloves garlic (10g), finely chopped
30g chicken-style Quorn pieces or firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1.75l water (3 pints)
2 bay leaves, dried
1 tsp thyme or mixed herbs (5g), dried
Plenty of freshly ground black pepper
25g spaghetti, dried
Salt to taste 

Method:
1. Put the onion, celery, parsley stalks, carrot, parsnip, swede, sweet potato, tomatoes or juice, garlic, tofu or Quorn  into a large saucepan and cover with 1.75 litres (3 pints) of cold water. 
2. Add the bay leaves, thyme or mixed herbs and season generously with black pepper.
3. Bring the pan to boil and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Break the spaghetti into 5cm lengths and add to the soup, cook until tender.
5. Season to taste with salt
6. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve.

Recipe courtesy of The Vegetarian Society 

Green Smoothie


I've been trying to implement more greens into my diet, I tried lots of various recipes and so far this has to be the best.

Ingredients:
1 glass of cherry juice
A handful of spinach leaves
A handful of kale
A handful of blackberries
A handful of Raspberries




Method:
Blend all ingredients together, I don't mind the slight texture spinach leaves but if you want a smooth consistency ensure you blend the spinach leaves for a few seconds first.

Making Myself Accountable


This year I want to become a better version of myself and feel great, over the years I have set myself unrealistic goals, so this year instead of setting huge unreachable goals I'm taking tiny steps to improve my health and general wellbeing. It's not easy especially when you have a teenager and pre-teen taking up most of your energy along with work and general household duties, but this year I'm determined to feel good and look the best I can. So I've put together a micro list to make myself accountable.

To-do List - A simple list of what I need to do each day to keep myself to task.

Eat Better - Ok this for me will defiantly not happen overnight but those small changes will make a big difference eg introducing more vegetables and having less sugary snacks is a big start for me.

Drink more water - drinking more water is proven to affect your mood, as well as improve skin texture

Clothes - From this day forward I will only buy what I really really need no more hoarding clothes with the labels on that I might wear one day.

Reflect - with so much going on I want to step back and look at what I have achieved instead of trying to squeeze in more and more.

Exercise - Any regular movement other than walking to and from work will be good, a workout DVD three times a week to elevate my heart will certainly make me feel that I'm looking after myself.

Me Time - Timeout each evening when I just relax and put my feet up


What are you making yourself accountable for this year, no matter what you are looking to change about yourself whether that's losing a few pounds or treating yourself to a new hairdo or even Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment to give you that natural looking brow you've always wanted, whatever makes you feel good go for it, make yourself accountable and take those small steps in the right direction to make those changes and achieve your goals that you know you want and most definitely deserve.

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