Autumnal Recipe: Clean Eating Vegan Stuffed Pepper

Hello everybody!

I hope everyone is well and that you are all set for winter coming up!  I personally am excited about this winter, and of course I am enjoying the autumn as God sends it.  Here in sunny Portugal, it is still warm enough to have a barbecue around 3 or 4 times a week, so this is what I am still doing.  With barbecuing, I am always looking for healthy recipes and tricks to keep the old vitamin and goodness intake up!

That said, for today's recipe, I would like to share with all of my lovely followers my stuffed pepper recipe.  Of course I did it on the barbie, but it can also be roasted in the oven on a slow heat, inside a ceramic pot. This idea is great for a starter, or just as an accompaniment to a main meal, as the vegetable element.  It's great because there are no added fats or oils, and the rice cooks in the juices of the pepper, onion and garlic, giving it a delicious flavour throughout.

I just lurve these bright vegan stuffed peppers. Don’t they just exude healthy and clean eating? They are so comforting and delish, these vegan stuffed peppers have quickly become my new favorite meal around here. I love that they are stuffed full of so much goodness! I filled them with wild rice, mushrooms, onion, garlic mixture! Yummieeeee!!

Here is my video of the recipe I did in the Algarve when my parents came over to visit us:-

2 peppers, 2 mushrooms, one onion, 2-3 garlic cloves, 100g of rice.

Method to the madness

Cut the 'lid' off the two peppers.  

Be sure to clean all the white pith and all the pips out of the inside of the pepper and its 'lid'. Slice half an onion into medium size chunks.  Place a few pieces inside the peppers. 

Cut up a whole mushroom into medium sized slices.  Add a few slices.  Pour some rice over the top.

Chop up two cloves of garlic, and add some pieces to the two stuffed peppers.  Keep adding the ingredients until the peppers are as full as you can get them.  Place the lids on top, and for a barbecue, wrap each pepper up in two layers of aluminium foil.  Roast on the barbecue, placing the peppers directly on the coolest part of the hot coals for 40 mins to one hour.  Or you can roast in the oven in a ceramic dish (no need for the foil) at 150C for 1 hour to 1hr20mins.

And voila:

I feel like saying Vegan Stuffed Peppers is a bit redundant because almost all of the stuffed peppers I’ve ever come across have been naturally vegan. Of course people do put prawns, fish and chicken into peppers, but not me! You really cannot go wrong with bright, sweet peppers stuffed with wild rice, veggies and mushrooms. I think I’m going to have to make these again this week – it’s just what I need in between preparing for my lessons for the classes I'm teaching.

Wishing you a wonderful week! Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel here and also please visit my Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.


Breakfast Recipes, Options and Ideas for Clean Eating and a Healthy Lifestyle

Let's start at the beginning of the day with breakfast.  Breakfasts can often be high in saturated fat, salt and sugar. It's so important to start off your day in the best way possible.  If not, you may wind up irritable and stressed, with hunger pangs too early on.  Therefore, I have come up with lots of delicious protein-filled alternatives!  

The first recipe on my list is just great.  It is beef crepes!  Instead of using eggs, I just use two egg whites, some oats, which are fibre-filled, and some fresh beef slices. It’s high in protein so will keep you fuller for longer, without piling on the pounds

Check out this video of the recipe here:-

2 egg whites
2 tbsps of rolled oats
Vanilla extract
Beef slices
1cal frylight olive oil spray

When I first started my "youtube career" back in 2011, I weighed 44 pounds (20kilos) more than I do now.  Anyway, the very first recipe I did was my English Breakfast Recipe here:-

For the rest of my healthy breakfast recipes, I'm going on the premise that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so here is a list with photos of individual blog articles for each breakfast recipe idea:-

Let me know what you think about this recipe idea, and please comment below. Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel here and also please visit my Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.


Recipe for Delicious Clean Eating Vegan Chocolate Cookies / Biscuits

I love the vegan lifestyle and the idea behind 100% vegan living.  The vegan lifestyle is so clean and healthy.  I love gluten free and dairy free recipes, and lots of my recipes are suitable for vegans.  However, I am not vegan, because I just could not give up chicken, eggs or milk in my coffee.  But other than that, I am 100% vegan! (Just kidding)!!

So because of all this, I love to try and cater for my vegan friends, and in fact, I'm secretly jealous of vegans!  I therefore developed and came up with this delicious vegan chocolate biscuit recipe.  This recipe is vegan if you replace the 1 tablespoon of honey for an extra tbsps of maple syrup or sweetner.

1 cup (100g) of almond flour (or ground almonds), 2 tbsps of maple syrup (or if you're not vegan, you could add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tbsp of honey, like I did in the video), 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 80-100g of 99% cocoa (dark chocolate), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, fresh vanilla or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Method to the madness:
Basically, all you need to do is add all the dry ingredients together and mix them in a bowl. Then, gently melt the bar of dark chocolate (preferably 99% cacau) in a saucepan.

Add all of the wet ingredients (the maple syrup, the honey, the coconut oil and the melted dark chocolate) to the mixture of dry ingredients in your bowl.

Mix them together thoroughly.  Using a spoon and your fingers, form cookie shaped piles, making them as round possible, and nice and thick, placing them on wax paper on a baking tray.

Bake them in a preheated oven at 175C (350 farenheit) for 10-12 minutes.  Wait for them to cool off and then enjoy!

So I hope all you vegans and non-vegans alike will try and enjoy this delicious cookie recipe idea. I'd love to get some feedback off you, so feel free to message me or leave a comment below.  Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel here and also please visit my Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.


Alternative Breakfast Recipe: Overnight Oats Using Healthy Oatmeal and Delicious Flavours

Hello everyone!

I have had an extended break away from blogging, and now I'm refreshed and back with avengence!  I've just emigrated to Portugal, and I am currently still settling country, new house, new routine, new job, new culture, new way of life!

And something I have found about my new way of life, is that my hectic mornings leave a lot to be desired!  Scoffing down a bowl of cold cereal whilst finishing off my make up is not the way forward!  I think it is so important to look after our bodies, so I have decided to take more time the night before to plan how breakfast is going to pan out.

Cereals and toast can be quick to fix but also full of fat and sugar.  Oatmeal is a great alternative to breakfast, firstly because it is just delicious, and secondly because it aids weight loss.  "And how does it do that?"I hear you cry.  Oatmeal keeps us fuller for longer, meaning that they keep those nasty hunger pangs at bay.

The best type of oats for this delicious "overnight oats" recipe is to use rolled oats.  This is quite a popular way of having breakfast, and you will see bloggers and youtubers all over the internet doing this and using mason jars.  Mason jars are gorgeous but I just think that lots of people don't actually have them.  I want to make my blog and recipes much more accessible to my audience, so I have just used an empty jam jar and empty honey jars instead.  By all means, use mason jars if you have them, but I want to make a point that you don't have to have them to participate in this fabulous breakfast phenomen.

So these overnight oats (in an old jar with a lid) are great because all you do is pop a third of a cup of rolled oats in, add a third cup of almond milk (or any other milk or milk alternative), and add a third of a cup of 0% fat free Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of chia seeds.  This is your base.  Then you just add whatever flavours you want, and leave the jars in the fridge overnight, ready for the morning.  The ratio of oats to wet ingredients is 1:2.

All the flavours fuse together and the next morning, the chia seeds and oats have absorbed most of the moisture, making it a delicious breakfast!  You can of course heat the jars up in the microwave for 20 seconds if you like warm oats.  I like to add the nuts in the morning instead of the night before.  This keeps them crunchy instead of going soggy!

The first idea is to have add to your base half a chopped up banana, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of sweetener, then add the almonds in the morning:-

The second idea is to add a quarter cup of apple sauce, one teaspoon of sweetener, a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, then add chopped almonds in the morning:-

The third idea is to add a handful of blueberries, some maple syrup, a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, then some cashews in the morning:-

Here is my video demonstrating step-by-step how you go about creating this healthy breakfast with all three flavours:-

So I hope you've enjoyed this tasty and healthy breakfast idea.  I'd love to get some feedback off you, so feel free to message me or leave a comment below.  Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel here and also please visit my Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.


My Under 100 Calorie Beef Burger Clean Eating Recipe

Who likes a hamburger?! Come on!  Even if you don't eat them, you've got to admit they're quite tasty!  Well, how about this idea then...a under 100 calorie carb-free clean eating beef burger!!  Impossible, no?  Think again...

Open your mind to the possibilities out there and check this about replacing the hamburger bread with a portobello mushroom??  This fantastic idea for meat-eaters is basically a stuffed mushroom recipe, but with the mushroom on the top and the bottom. - 
Just add some light pesto, fresh spinach, sliced tomato and cucumber, plus those lovely lean slices of beef from the supermarket, and voila! It tastes nicer than a McDonald's hamburger!!

You often hear health gurus saying that you need 'colour' in your diet as these represent a variety of different nutrients and vitamins we need.  So where does this leave boring-coloured mushrooms?  Mushrooms buck the trend thanks to their high content of B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.  They also hold beta-glucans; a type of fibre which play an important role in improving insulin resistance and cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of obesity and improving general well-being.  

Mushrooms also contain choline; a fabulous nutrient that aids muscle movement, our learning ability, our memory and also sleep patterns!!

And of course, a slice of lean beef (44 kcals) is not only delicious, but it also is a good source of protein, iron and zinc. Beef is a nutrient-dense sort of meat, containing minerals that are crucial to the maintenance and development of key functions in our bodies, including our defence system and the absorption of amino acids.

So for these reasons, check out this cheeky recipe I have invented to resemble under 100 kcal beef burgers:-
2 portobello mushrooms, 1 slice of topside beef, cucumber, tomato, spinach leaves, light pesto sauce plus bamboo stick. 

Pull out the mushroom stalks, and lay the mushrooms on their 'backs'.  Place a few pieces of spinach on top of one mushroom, add a slice of tomato and add some slices of cucumber on.  Place on top of this the slice of beef, and spread some light pesto on top of the piece of beef, then place the other mushroom on top.  Put a bamboo skewer through the 'beef burger' to keep it in place, and bake in the oven on a baking tray for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees centigrade).

Then, enjoy this light and fluffy moreish snack!  You could have them as a creative starter or as elevensies!  Please post some comments below about what you  think about this idea. Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel here and also please visit my Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.


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