March 28, 2012 · 9:18 pm

Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday! :)

Phew it’s hot at the moment!  I wonder if this year is going to be like last year… hot Spring, wet Summer?  We better make the most of the sunshine just in case!

Before I head back outside, I thought I’d quickly jot down my eats from yesterday for Jenn’s WIAW party.  I’ve also got a couple of great recipes to share. 

Here goes…

Breakfast
Pre school run – Hot water & lemon.
Post school run – Clippers Organic Nettle Tea & a big bowl of cereal

Into the mix went All Bran, Shreddies and Kallo’s Wholegrain Puffed Rice and Alpro Almond Milk, along with some flaked almonds, chopped pecans, ground flaxseed, and goji berries.  

Lunch
For lunch, I had some leftover Mediterranean vegetable crumble.  I was suprised to discover that this dish is actually as nice cold as it is heated up. 

I made a huge batch of this crumble on Monday and M has taken it to work for his lunch twice this week.  It’s got a great texture and flavour.  I’ll post the recipe as soon as I’ve written it up.

Snacks
- Ribena lolly when we got back from school.  Yep, it’s that hot!
- Blueberry & strawberry smoothie, made with Alpro Hazelnut drink, Alpro soya yoghurt, a dash of pure vanilla extract and a dash of Sweet Freedom Fruit Sweetener.
- Black coffee and 2 raw chocolate hearts

Dinner
Whilst I was at Devizes on Saturday, I bought this huge celeriac (1.5kg) from the indoor market.  It was locally grown and only cost me £1

You wouldn’t believe how much attention this vegetable got as I walked round town with it.  At least 5 people came up to me to ask me what it was, what was I going to do with it… and why was I walking around with it.  People certainly are friendly (and inquisitive!) in Devizes.

So, if you want to make new friends and chat to strangers, you don’t need to buy a puppy or borrow a kid, you simply need to walk round town holding a slightly obscure vegetable ;)

So what did I do with the celeriac?  Well, some of it was eaten raw, some was roasted, but most of the vegetable was turned into a delicious soup :)   Celeriac soup has got the most beautiful, sweet, creamy flavour. 

As celeriac’s in season at the moment, you can buy them at a really good price.  This soup cost only a few pence per portion.  An absolute bargain!

My celeriac recipe can be found here.  This time round, I used sweet potato instead of white potatoes.  Not only did this add to the flavour, but it also added lots of lovely betacarotene and other nutritional goodness. :)

Yesterday, for our main meal, I served the celeriac soup with some home-made wholegrain seeded bread. 

We also had side dishes of crispy kale (‘kale chips’)

 

and a bowl of almonds and sunflower seeds lightly roasted in soy sauce, still warm from the oven. 

 Desserts
- mango hedgehog
- chocolate banana chia dessert, with fresh strawberries on the side
These chocolate chia desserts are so easy to make, they’re packed with goodness and are truly scrumptious!  I wrote a few words about the nutritonal profile of chia seeds in this post.  Turning them into chocolate desserts is such a yummy way to boost our omega-3 intake! 

I usually buy my chia seeds from the local Harvest health food shop in Bath, but I’ve noticed that there are online stores selling them at very good prices, such as Healthy Supplies (currently selling 500g for £4.99) 

Here’s the recipe for my chocolate banana chia dessert (I seriously need a better name for this dessert. Any ideas anyone?)

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Raw Chocolate Banana Chia Dessert

Serves 3
Preparation: 2 minutes (+ overnight soaking)

Ingredients
3 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup non dairy milk (I use Alpro almond, hazelnut or soya milks, or Kara coconut milk)
3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1 frozen banana (sliced prior to freezing. You can also use fresh banana and chill the dessert before serving)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp liquid sweetener (I use Sweet Freedom fruit sweetener; agave or maple syrup would work too)
finely chopped goji berries and flaked almonds, to garnish

Method

  1. Mix the chia seeds and milk together and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Place the seeds, milk, cocoa powder, banana, vanilla extract and sweetener in a blender.  Whizz until smooth, scraping down the sides at intervals to ensure that all the cocoa powder is thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Serve in mini dessert bowls (or ramekins) with a sprinkling of gojis and almonds on top.

From what I’ve read on the web, it sounds like chia seeds might soon become a ‘mainstream’ food in the UK.  Even the Daily Mail is talking about this super food now, with an article published just a few days ago under the title: “Chia seeds superfood that are packed with goodness AND make you feel full that are heading from U.S. to Britain”  I’ve read that title twice now and it still doesn’t make sense to me! 

Time to enjoy the last of the day’s sunshine!  When the sun goes down I’ll be heading over to Jenn’s party and checking out all the delicious eats.  I hope to see you there! xx

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  • http://www.healthyincandyland.com/ Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    Yum, yum, yum, and yum. Always so much yumminess whenever I click on your blog! I haven’t been able to find a celeriac, but I am dying to try this soup! I bet the sweet potato addition is a great one. I just printed your chia pudding recipe as I know for sure my boys would love it. Will regular cocoa powder work? (I am all out of raw.) Keep enjoying that warm weather–goodness knows we don’t have anymore here (as the rain is pelting against the window right now). Happy Wednesday to you!!

  • http://twitter.com/keephealthstyle Laura Agar Wilson

    My friend actually emailed me that article as she knows what a fan I am of them! I made a delicious chia pudding as a mid afternoon snack this week, I’m really trying to increase my fat intake at the moment and those are great. All of your eats look amazing as usual :-)

  • http://alexiaku.wordpress.com/ Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    wow thats a huge celeriac! The post comes just in time or in line with my celeriac soup exploration :) i got a MASSIVE celeriac (just as yours) from my grandmas garden when i went home the last weekend and I made A LOT of tasty soup out of it. used coconut milk and soya milk to thicken it up and a mixture of light Indian spices and herbs. oh it was so so good!

  • Anonymous

    Your WIAW looks fabulous! I’d love to have the Med Veg Crumble recipe so I’ll keep checking for the post :)

    Printed your dessert recipe to try this weekend.

  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com/ Rachel@MyNaturallyFrugalFamily

    Oh what good food (as always). I keep seeing these chia puddings pop up and I supppose I just need to make one.
    With chocolate like yours is bound to be the most kid friendly. Plus I love the goji berries on top (you’ve got me hooked on those).
    The weather here is actually been kind of cool so I am glad to hear it is still warm in your part of the world.
    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon

    Yes, regular cocoa powder will work fine :)

  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon

    That is so impressive that your grandma can grow monster size celeriacs!! Your soup sounds amazing! Have you posted the recipe? I’d love to try it out!

  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon

    It’s great that the Mail’s actually writing about health foods… I’m sure that there’s a lot of people out there that are more likely to listen to the Mail journalists than me ;)

  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon

    Thanks Jill! :) I hope you like the chia banana dessert! I’d going to take a break from blogging for a couple of weeks, but I’ll post the Med Veg Crumble as soon as I return to blogging world xx

  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon

    Lil’ L absolutely loves these chia pudding desserts, so hopefully your kiddies will too. Just blend it as smooth as you can and add a little fruit sweetener/agave syrup to sweeten it up. If you try it, you must let me know how you get on xx