A Seasonal Celebration

by Jemma on March 21, 2011

in EATS!, Recipes

It was another beautiful morning today, beaming sun and clear blue skies.  I don’t know what is going on with the weather at the moment?

This still is England eh? What’s happened to the grey and miserable cloud that we constantly live under?

I know I know!  I will shut up now and appreciate the fact the dark grey gloomy clouds have been banished to a land far far away.  This morning I had a breakfast that  welcomed the Spring into our lives.

This was a major sunshine celebration.  It included 0% Total Greek Yoghurt (I just couldn’t resist it this week!), half a mango, a banana, passion fruit, coconut, omega mixed seeds and some Dorset Cereals simply tasty muesli. 

Lunch today was equally yummy.  I had a huge bag of carrots that needed using up as I received another huge bag of carrots in my organic veg box this week.  So when in doubt make a soup right?

Yesterday I made a huge batch of Carrot and Lentil Soup.

Ingredients

  • 6 carrots sliced
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp of dried mixed herbs
  • seasonings

It’s just the simple  scenario of boiling the carrots and lentils in the vegetable stock until the carrots are tender and the lentils are cooked through.  Stir through the herbs and season to taste.  Then get-a-blitzing!

SIMPLES!

The lentils make this soup so velvety and creamy.  If you find the soup too thick just add more stock.  I enjoyed my soup with an Amisa spelt cracker and a huge bowl of strawberries, blueberries and figs.

Mid-afternoon snackage was a pack of Nakd lemon raisins and a banana.

Dinner tonight was another celebration of the weather and makes up salad number 3 in my Sex Up Your Salad Challenge.

Squash, Beet and Feta with a Sweet Chilli and Herb Dressing

Ingredients

  • mixed leaves
  • 1/2 cup of pre-roasted butternut squash or pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of diced courgette
  • 1/4 cup of finely diced beet root
  • feta cheese diced (or leave out to make it vegan)
  • 1/2 cup of chick peas drained
  • 1 clove of garlic grated
  • 2 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar (or lemon juice for acidity)
  • 2 tbsp of any oil of your choice
  • 1 tbsp of chopped coriander
  • mixed seeds.

First sautΓ© the pre-roasted butternut squash in a little oil until golden and add the diced beetroot and courgette.  Cook the vegetables until they are tender and add the chick peas and set aside and allow to cool a little. This salad can be served warm or cold, but not piping hot as the mixed leaves will wilt.  Once warm or cool add the veg and chickpeas to the salad leaves and mix.

To make the dressing mix the sweet chilli sauce, oil, coriander, a garlic together.   Drizzle over the dressing and coat the vegetables and leaves.  Sprinkle with some mixed seeds for added crunch and top with the feta cheese.

Afterwards I ate two sliced pink lady apples and half a bar of Conscious goji and coconut raw chocolate from the stash that I have been sent to review.

Some of you may have noticed that I have been doing a little blog maintenance over the weekend.  I’ve added a product review page and a Friday Feature Posts page, which can be found along the top menu and changed my about page. I’ve also added a new Twitter button and an RSS Feed along the right-hand side-more ways for you to keep up to date with the blog.

I’m hoping to make some major changes to the layout of the blog and how the blog looks in the next few weeks once I have figured out a few self-hosting issues, so please bare with me folks!

What has the weather been like where you live? It was such a beautiful and sunny morning here, but then the clouds set in, which was quickly followed by the reappearance of the sun.  I hope this weather holds out for the weekend as I will be hitting the big 25!

Have you tried Conscious raw chocolate before? I’ve tried a few raw chocolate companies now and admittedly I like some brands more than others, but you will read all about that in my product  reviews.  I’m loving raw chocolate at the moment and cannot wait to see how the Conscious brand compares to the others I have tried.

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Maria March 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I love conscious chocolate- I have tried quite a few brands but theirs is the best as it is so melty in texture :) And amazing flavours.
:)

movesnmunchies March 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM

oh conscious said theyd send me samples but never did!! grr.. not a great start id say! but im sure its delicious! i love that salad- so refreshing.. the weather IS SO NICE here!

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) March 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I know – the weather has been really nice today – a welcome change :)
I’ve not tried Conscious before – I would like to, but it’s quite expensive.

Sophia @ Raven Waves March 21, 2011 at 11:11 PM

The weather is pretty nice in Chicago right now too! So surprising! I hope it stays this way for both of us!

Kristina @ life as Kristina March 22, 2011 at 1:34 AM

I’ve never had conscious chocolate-I dont think ive ever even seen it!
That soup looks so good-i just bought more butternut squash in hopes of finally mastering butternut squash soup!

Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish March 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM

That breakfast really does look like sunshine in a bowl! I love the conscious raw chocolate, especially its truffle like texture :-)

Tamizn March 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Weather is like the beginning of summer down here on the coast! I don’t think I have tried that chocolate it looks delicious x x x

Lola March 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Your food always looks so colourful and yummy! I haven’t tried conscious chocolate but I really want to. Down here in the south west the weather is lovely..spring is in the air! Yay :)

fashionfitnessfoodie March 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I love how bright and colorful your food is… Maybe you are inspiring the weather over there in England :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I’m loving Conscious chocolate right now. It has the most beautiful texture! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Awww so not fair of Conscious to do that to you! It’s fab!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

It is miore expensiver than trhe norm, but so darn chocolately you really don’t need as much.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I love it when the weather behaves. It really helps to put me in a good mood! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Butternut squash soup is one of my all time faves. I hope you enjoy it!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

The chocolate is beautiful. I’m addicted already! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I bet its gorgeous on the coast right now…jealous much? Hell yeah! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

The weather isgorgeous. I cannot wait for it to get hotter and for the long summer days. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Thanks! :D

Jess@HealthyExposures March 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Lemon infused raisins?! Those sound amazing!! I want ;)
I love your bright nowl of sunshine for breakfast, too. I love when my tastebuds start craving more “summery” fruit this time of year, like I’m channeling Spring.
OOur weather here has been crappy! We had a couple glorious days last week that were a total tease…because now it’s back to cold and snowy :[

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I made a red lentil and yam mash then into soup. I can definitely see how carrots would be delicious as well!

What beautiful blue skies! We’ve got rain here :(

Hungry Dancer March 23, 2011 at 4:06 AM

lemon raisins?? Where do you find those?!?!

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