Chickpeas & Pomegranate Salad with Lime Dressing

Super quick and easy, this colourful and delicious summer salad will surprise you with its flavour combinations – juicy pomegranate, crunchy peppers and soft chickpeas combine with sour lime, sharp mustard and sweet honey… and this is only the beginning…

Super quick and easy, this colourful and delicious summer salad will surprise you with its flavour combinations – juicy pomegranate, crunchy peppers and soft chickpeas combine with sour lime, sharp mustard and sweet honey… and this is only the beginning…Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 6 sweet colourful baby peppers
  • 1 tin unsalted chickpeas
  • 1 tin black beans
  • 1 large pomegranate
  • Handful of fresh curly parsley

For the dressing

  • 2 limes; juiced / ~40ml lime juice
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp raw runny honey

Method:

First let’s prepare the dressing.

Pop all ingredients into salad dressing shaker and mix well.

Put aside and let it “marinate” for a bit.

Super quick and easy, this colourful and delicious summer salad will surprise you with its flavour combinations – juicy pomegranate, crunchy peppers and soft chickpeas combine with sour lime, sharp mustard and sweet honey… and this is only the beginning…

Now, for the salad itself.

Open both the chickpeas and black beans and drain whatever liquid is in the tin, wash the beans well and then drain again to reduce liquids added to the salad.

Peel and deseed the pomegranate. Pop its fruits into the bowl you intend to mix the salad up in.

Wash and finely slice the baby peppers leaving them in rings.

Finely chop the handful of parsley stalks.

Finally add the drained beans.

Gently mix or toss all ingredients, add dressing to taste and enjoy!

If you are quick enough when dealing with the pomegranate this light meal shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to prepare! Lately I am finding that I am going totally mad for pomegranates but I am still searching for the perfect way to peel and de-seed them.

Just in case you are wondering, I didn’t forget about adding salt, pepper or any other spices; it’s just that they simply aren’t needed here. The ingredients and the dressing work together so perfectly that there really isn’t any need for additional flavours.

Super quick and easy, this colourful and delicious summer salad will surprise you with its flavour combinations – juicy pomegranate, crunchy peppers and soft chickpeas combine with sour lime, sharp mustard and sweet honey… and this is only the beginning…

Broccoli, Mushroom & Sesame Salad

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…The salad works well either slightly warm, straight after preparing or cold at some later time. It will make a perfect starter or a side dish when paired with grilled meats for example. It’s easy to prepare, it doesn’t require any unusual ingredients as most of them should be in your stock cupboard anyway and it can be on your table within 15 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large broccoli; separated into florets
  • 6 medium size button mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • 3 spring onions; sliced at an angle
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1 clove of garlic; minced
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp chilli flakes – more if you like heat
  • 1/4tsp sea salt

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…Method:

Prepare a large pot of salted water, big enough to take all the broccoli and bring it to boil.

Heat up a large frying pan, add the olive oil and butter and allow to melt.

Add the broccoli into the boiling pot of water, turn the heat up high to bring back to the boil and then down to medium until the cooking time of 5 minutes is complete (count 5 minutes from the moment you added the broccoli, not from the moment it came back to a boil), then shock it under cold water or better yet an ice bath and then drain well. The cold bath will stop the cooking process which is necessary in order for the broccoli to maintain a slight crunch.

Add mushrooms into hot frying pan, add garlic powder and salt then fry on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until just soft and slightly brown.

Whilst your broccoli is cooking and mushrooms are frying, it’s time to mix the sauce.

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…Into a salad dressing shaker or a jam jar or even a bowl add the toasted sesame oil, dark soy sauce, cider vinegar, minced garlic, chilli flakes and half of the sesame seeds. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined.

In a large bowl mix the broccoli, mushrooms, spring onions and remaining sesame seeds, add dressing and gently toss around to coat completely.

Serve and enjoy!

This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…This broccoli, mushroom and sesame salad is like a journey: crunchy broccoli meets soft and buttery mushrooms, then the nuttiness of the sesame hits you which paired with a slight tartness from the vinegar provides a perfect combo, then all of this is to be finished off by a slight tingling on your tongue thanks to the chillies…

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Toddler Life – Snack Time

A lot of parents complain about their kids being fussy eaters, they may be right, their kids might be fussy but then there might also be a different explanation – a lack of the right type of food…

Toddler Life – Snack Time

A few months ago Leo started to show a lot more independence when it came to food. He will no longer blindly eat whatever is in front of him, his taste is now much more refined and he is communicating his wants and needs quite clearly. It took us a while to find a good combo which makes feeding and snacking time pleasurable for all of the family.

1. Toddler Life – Snack Time2. Toddler Life – Snack Time3. Toddler Life – Snack TimeA combo of good quality, kids friendly feeding “tools” from Oxo Tot and a great selection of healthy, tasty snacks from Kiddylicious seems to have worked wonders for us. We no longer have to worry if Leo will or will not eat his food.

Toddler Life – Snack Time Flippy Snack CupToddler Life – Snack Time - Flippy Snack CupOxo Tot offers a wide selection of baby and toddler feeding cups, plates and dishes. Lately our favourite is the flippy snack cup. The Flippy Snack Cup’s soft, flexible opening gives kids easy access to goodies, yet keeps even small snacks off the floor. The twist-on lid stays secure when the Flippy Snack Cup is dropped, and the non-slip handle is shaped for tots. Includes a solid snap-on cover to keep snacks fresh and secure. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? But it isn’t only about keeping food fresh and off the floor, it also gives the feeling of achievement, it’s like a mini game… if I want a snack, I have to “hunt” for it, inside my cup… Leo enjoys it, which really does make a difference when it comes to the whole eating process. I only wished that Oxo Tot made this cup in a bigger size as well. Our flippy cup is good now but very soon it will simply be too small 🙁

Toddler Life – Snack Time - Kiddylicious Smoothie MeltsWe first were introduced to Kiddylicious almost a year ago when Leo received a giant goodie box filled with their delicious snacks to help him celebrate his first birthday. Since that moment Leo was hooked, and in turn so were we 🙂 Now this year it is even better as the Kiddylicious range has expanded. Currently flavour of the month award goes to Smoothie Melts, no matter which flavour as he loves them all.

Do you have your own perfect combo when it comes to snacking time?

Toddler Life – Snack Time - Perfect Combo - OXO Tot and Kiddylicious

My Top 5 Summer Essentials

I love reading top picks, wish lists and guide type posts but I actually hardly ever write one myself, so for a change I’ve decided to write one too.

Looking at the calendar summer might not be here for another few weeks but looking at the weather… it is definitely here, it has arrived and it is time to get ready.

I spent my morning today wondering around a couple of car boot sales and I have to admit I wasn’t prepared… I came back home all hot and sweaty with a burnt neck and in desperate need of a glass of water… as I said I wasn’t ready… Well, it is time to get ready as it looks like this lovely sunshine and high temperatures will stay with us for a while.

So here you go, my top 5 summer essentials:

My Top 5 Summer EssentialsA pair of comfy shoes

By now you most likely all know about my shoes addiction so it would be very weird to have any sort of list without shoes featured at the top of it… but to the point… summer + sun = adventure; adventure most likely equal walking, which means that a comfy pair of breathable shoes is a must. So what can be better than a suede leather pair of fab looking sandals like the ones from Merrell?

A pair of proper sunglasses

As lovely and pleasant as bright sun is, it is most definitely not ideal for our eyes. A pair of proper sunglasses is a must have! I say proper because I really do not mean ones that are just a fashion statement, which look cool and you buy them mostly for theirs look; I mean sunglasses which actually have some real UV filter and will protect your eyes.

A tube of a sun cream

I don’t know about you but I burn very quickly (I guess this is what you get when you are as white as they come). Even today, after just a few hours out and about this morning in the sun my neck is now totally burnt and it resembles a well-cooked lobster 🙁 Good sun cream with the correct level of UV filter is a necessity. It is much easier to put sun cream on now than try to “cure” sunburn later.

A lip balm

Ok, this one has nothing to do with vanity or looks, believe me. I am talking about clear lip balm to protect my lips from drying out. For me a strong sun is even more deadly to my lips than a harsh winter wind and low temperatures. So again a must have during the summer months and ideally with UV protection and at least SPF30.

A water bottle

I, like most people, hardly ever drink enough water. Mark always has to remind me to drink some, but as always to no effect. Then I discovered that if I use a water bottle and carry it with me I actually drink far more. It is extremely important to stay well hydrated both in the coldness of winter as well as during these summer months and inevitable high temperatures which will lead to dehydration. So due to this Health & Safety issue I will take a bottle of water as my 5th and final choice.

So, this is it… my top 5 summer essentials 😉

What’s on your summer must have list?

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