15 Delicious Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb, that weird looking vegetable, commonly mistaken for being a fruit is packed with goodness, minerals and vitamins all of which can be greatly beneficial for our body. This is the first eatable plant that has grown in our garden (not counting the spring onions) so I was on the lookout for some new recipes to inspire me; I really had no idea rhubarb could be so versatile… it turns out there is so much more you can do with rhubarb than the “go to” recipe of rhubarb crumble :-)Rhubarb, that weird looking vegetable, commonly mistaken for being a fruit is packed with goodness, minerals and vitamins all of which can be greatly beneficial for our body. This is the first eatable plant that has grown in our garden (not counting the spring onions) so I was on the lookout for some new recipes to inspire me; I really had no idea rhubarb could be so versatile… it turns out there is so much more you can do with rhubarb than the “go to” recipe of rhubarb crumble 🙂

Green Salad with Roasted Rhubarb, Goat Cheese & Tarragon Vinaigrette

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Orange Rhubarb Giant Financier

Rhubarb & Ginger Tartlets with Pistachios

Rhubarb and Hazelnut Cake

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

Rhubarb Berry Jam

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Cake

Rhubarb Rose Dark Chocolate Parfaits

Rhubarb Shortbread Bars

Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam

Roasted Aubergine with Rhubarb Salsa

Roasted Chicken with Smashed Peas, Roasted Rhubarb and Aleppo Honey

Spring Rhubarb Frangipane Chevron Tart

Summer Rhubarb Chicken Salad

Do you like rhubarb?

What’s your favourite way of preparing it?

Rhubarb, that weird looking vegetable, commonly mistaken for being a fruit is packed with goodness, minerals and vitamins all of which can be greatly beneficial for our body. This is the first eatable plant that has grown in our garden (not counting the spring onions) so I was on the lookout for some new recipes to inspire me; I really had no idea rhubarb could be so versatile… it turns out there is so much more you can do with rhubarb than the “go to” recipe of rhubarb crumble.

12 Delicious Winter Salads

12-delicious-winter-saladsAre you fed up with all those heavy cold-weather meals? Fancy something a little lighter after the Xmas feasting, that is still super tasty and yet easy to prepare? Well, look no further… today I want to share with you a round-up of 12 delicious winter salads, based on seasonal ingredients, which will definitely help to lighten things up.

baby-kale-and-roasted-cauliflower-salad-with-pomegranatesBaby kale and roasted cauliflower salad with pomegranates

chickpeas-pomegranate-salad-with-lime-dressingChickpeas & Pomegranate Salad with Lime Dressing

hearty-radicchio-salad-with-roasted-potatoesHearty Radicchio Salad with Roasted Potatoes

kale-and-clementine-winter-saladKale and Clementine Winter Salad

lemon-garlic-roasted-brussel-sprouts-with-zucchini-and-pomegranateLemon Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts + Zucchini + Pomegranate

roast-beetroot-salad-with-lentils-fennel-and-blood-orange-in-a-blood-orange-dressingRoast Beetroot Salad with Lentils, Fennel and Blood Orange in a Blood Orange Dressing

shaved-brussels-sprout-and-cranberry-saladShaved Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Salad

vegetarian-olivier-salad-salada-russaVegetarian Olivier salad (Salada Russa)

watermelon-radish-and-spinach-salad-with-barleyWatermelon Radish and Spinach Salad with Barley

winter-kale-beet-saladWinter Kale Beet Salad

winter-salad-with-brown-butter-dressingWinter Salad with Brown “Butter” Dressing

winter-sweet-citrus-salad-with-pomegranate-pistachiosWinter Sweet Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachios

 

I hope this small selection will get you inspired. Yes, salads are more of a summer dish but who said we can’t eat them in winter too, especially as they use proper seasonal produce?

What’s your favourite winter salad?

Are you fed up with all those heavy cold-weather meals? Fancy something a little lighter after the Xmas feasting, that is still super tasty and yet easy to prepare? Well, look no further… today I want to share with you a round-up of 12 delicious winter salads, based on seasonal ingredients, which will definitely help to lighten things up.

Berry Morning Breakfast Smoothie

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.The recipe came to be as an experiment, which actually wasn’t my doing. My brother in law (almost) decided to treat us to one of his creations for a change… rummaging through the freezer in search of some frozen pure fruit juice ice cubes, which I’d just run out of evidently… he came across something else hiding in the bottom shelf… a Bountry ice-cream… well it was an unexpected choice but it worked so well. Since then we have replicated the smoothie many times and each time it offers the same wonderful experience.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieThe smoothie will surprise you with its flavour depth. The Bounty totally takes it to the next level. When you think about it there isn’t really so much chocolate in it but its flavour comes through as a final note. First you get hit with the sharp berries mixed with a hint of coconut sweetness, then you should be able to taste the peaches followed by a distinctly chocolate finish… very complex and very unusual. I would really love to know your thoughts if you decide to try it.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieI make it as a smoothie but if you wish you can always reduce the amount of coconut water or even skip it entirely and use it as your morning smoothie bowl… just add some cereal, nuts or top up with more whole fruits.

Anyways how to make this divine breakfast…

Ingredients:

  • 250g organic blackberries
  • 3 large ripe organic peaches
  • 1 large organic apple
  • Handful of organic raspberries
  • Handful of organic blueberries
  • 250ml organic chilled low fat blueberry yogurt
  • 150ml organic chilled coconut water
  • 1 Bounty ice-cream

Method:

Wash all fruit. De-stone peaches and pop everything into your blender. I personally do not peel or remove apple core but you can do it if you wish.

Add yogurt, coconut water and blend until semi-smooth.

Pop the lid open and add frozen Bounty ice-cream, shut the lid and blend until smooth.

Simple.

Serve and enjoy!

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

Kids Friendly Fresh Carrot Juice

When we think about juices most of us will end up visualising orange or apple juice, not a lot of us will have carrot juice in mind. Of course carrot juice has a lot of benefits; it contains a large amount of beta-carotene, vitamin A and potassium, yet it is often forgoten.

Kids Friendly Fresh Carrot Juice.When it comes to the taste of pure carrot juice you will love it or hate it. Depends an awful lot on what carrots are used; it can end up being a bit bitter and have a strong earthy taste, really not to everyone’s liking. This is the reason why I started to mix sweet tasting fruits with my carrots; this allows me to create kid friendly juice which will disappear from the glass in no time at all, with no fights or bartering.

We recently had the privilege to try out a Panasonic MJ-L500 slow juicer as part of their Come Round project. A slow juicer squeezes the fruit or vegetables instead of slicing, dicing and spinning them, as a result you end up with more juice containing more nutrients and much less separation. If you are planning on getting a new juicer any time soon, then this is the type of machine to get.

Kids Friendly Fresh Carrot JuiceThe amount as stated below will make around 1.5 litres of juice. It might seem to be a large portion but a family should (will) devour it within hours with no problems whatsoever. If you have no need for such a large amount, simply reduce the amount of the ingredients or make a large portion as stated and refrigerate the rest.  Just remember the shelf life of fresh juice is around 48h if refrigerated in an airtight container; to be safe do not store it for longer.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5kg organic carrots
  • 3 organic apples
  • 2 organic oranges
  • 1 medium sized organic pineapple

My Kids Friendly Fresh Carrot Juice

Method:

Wash and chop carrots and apples (size will depend on how large the feed is on your juicer, my juicer has quite a small feed so I need to prepare small chunks). Do not peel them, there is no need.

Peel and segment both oranges.

De-skin the pineapple (do not remove the core, it will get juices as well) and chop it into smaller chunks.

Once ready feed all the ingredients into your juicer, interchanging them every couple of pieces so the juice is nicely mixed without the need for stirring.

Serve as it comes or over ice and enjoy!

Kids Friendly Fresh Carrot Juice...

The Truth About Sugar and Yo-Yo Dieting

* by Sandra Roycroft-Davis

Sugar! Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows that sugar is the enemy – but isn’t it the hardest thing to cut down or give up?  So many people repeatedly try and fail.

Most people go through horrific cravings, binges and mood swings when they try to cut down but this reaction should be no surprise when you learn that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. People also experience headaches and even get the shakes. This is all because of the effect sugar has on the brain.Most people go through horrific cravings, binges and mood swings when they try to cut down but this reaction should be no surprise when you learn that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.  People also experience headaches and even get the shakes.  This is all because of the effect sugar has on the brain.

If this is you, then there is exciting news because there is a way to end the hold sugar has over you without having any of the awful withdrawal symptoms. Firstly though, I think it’s crucial to understand a little bit about the impact sugar has on your brain and your emotions because knowledge means empowerment and empowerment is one of the keys to freedom!

Most people try to give up sugar because they want to lose weight.  They invariably go on a diet and start depriving themselves of their pleasures and that’s when a whole series of unfortunate events begin to take place because there’s an emotional aspect to food that so many people don’t even think about – and this sabotages their efforts.

A survey of 1,000 people in America found 31 per cent thought lack of exercise was the biggest barrier to weight loss, 26 per cent said it was what they eat and 12 per cent said losing weight took up too much time. Only 1 in 10 thought emotions and habits were a factor.

This explains a lot – because to lose weight and keep it off long term we need to understand WHY we eat not just focus on WHAT we eat.

From a very young age, most of us become emotionally attached to sweet stuff.  Parents use chocolate and sweet treats as a reward for being good or to help make us feel good if we’re upset or hurt.  Birthday parties generally revolve around cake and sweet treats, too!

All these things keep reinforcing the association the brain has made: food / sweet treats / chocolate = pleasure.

We become conditioned to use food and sweet treats not only for nourishment and nutrition but for comfort and the reward and pleasure it gives. This all creates powerful connections that can last a lifetime.

Whenever the brain experiences pleasure it releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine.  So when you experience pleasure for whatever reason, this process is activated – and the more you get the more you want.  Evidence proves that sugar also kicks off this process, becoming our reward or feel-good drug of choice.

Losing weight is a miserable experience and we are creatures of pleasure so that’s why so many people are unsuccessful. However, it’s not all bad because once we’re aware of this happening then we can deal with it.

Here is a link to my free ebook which explains more about the effects sugar has and how you can end the misery…

* Sandra Roycroft-Davis is a Founder of ThinkingSlimmer.com