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Nettle & Roasted Parsnip Soup

    Nettles are an amazing native super-food, they are rich in a myriad of vitamins and minerals and are also known to support several organs in the body such as the adrenals, the liver and the kidneys.  Fifty years ago they were very much a staple in rural homes and regarded as a spring Read the full article…

Learn to Cook…Nutritious 15 Minute Meals & Snacks

Lynda McFarland, local nutritionist and chef, and Laura Kelly from Planet Life will host a series of cookery classes in Planet Life on Bastion St. in Athlone over the winter months. The themes will vary each night from Cooking with Herbs & Spices to Energy Boosting Breakfasts and Delicious Gluten Free Meals & Snacks. All Read the full article…

Sweet Potato Wedges

A really tasty way to get the nutritional and antioxidant benefits of sweet potatoes! Per 2 people 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and cut into wedges (you can leave the skins on) Rapeseed oil Sea-salt 1. Bring a pot of boiling water to the boil and pre-heat the oven to 200c. 2. Par-boil the wedges Read the full article…

Dressings – for Salads, Rice, Quinoa, Cous Cous etc.

Rather than consume shop-bought unhealthy dressings, try these to add flavour and huge nutritional value to your meals – in fact they might just be the healthiest part of it! Pour over salads, vegetables, rice , cous-cous, quinoa… Per person: Very simply: 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice/balsamic vinegar/apple cider vinegar, Read the full article…

Curry Sauces

A few ideas: Firstly, Make Your Own curry powder: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp fenugreek & pinch of ground cloves or use a shop-bought medium/hot curry powder – depending on preference. Next saute 1 chopped onion, 2 sliced cloves of garlic, 1″ peeled and sliced ginger Read the full article…

Basic Tomato Sauce

For pastas, lasagnes, moussaka, pizzas etc. Sauté 1 medium finely chopped onion and 2 cloves crushed garlic in 1 tbsp butter for a couple of minutes until softened. Add in a tin of chopped fresh tomatoes and 1 tsp brown sugar/honey and simmer for 15 minutes. Add in some chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 Read the full article…

Healthy Fast Food – 5 Minute Ideas for Balanced Meals

Cheese on Toast: Lightly toast 2 slices of sourdough bread (available from most farmer’s markets and some supermarkets & bakeries). Butter them and top with a few slices of hard goat’s cheese (or other) before placing under a hot grill until browned. Serve with some spicy chutney and a mixed leaf and beetroot salad dressed Read the full article…

Lemon, Honey & Ginger Curd

Zest and juice from one lemon (preferably an unwaxed lemon but otherwise sit the lemon in a bowl of boiling water for a few mins before zesting) 2 tbsps honey (or maple syrup) 100g butter 2 egg yolks (hen or duck eggs) 1 tsp fresh grated ginger Method: 1.     In a sauce-pan over a Read the full article…

Bone Broth / Home-Made Stock

Currently being hailed as a “health elixir”, highly nourishing bone broth or home-made stock is a staple in any traditional kitchen and is the cheapest way to get a whole host of nutrients into the body in an easy to absorb way. I swear by it, especially when feeling under the weather but also great Read the full article…