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Combating orange-itis

Hello friendly friends of the inter web variety!
You may/may not have remembered my post revealing just how orange my hands have become. It's taken a lot of will power on my part, but I have started trying to combat my fatal disease ;)

Just have a look at my dinner:
Hmm, they look like some interesting veggies! Potato, parsnip, swede... where's the pumpkin/ sweet potato/ carrot?
I cooked these bad boys up with some olive oil and fresh rosemary (guys- how good does roasted rosemary taste? Am I right!)
Served alongside the best veggie sausages in the world, topped with salsa on top of some beautiful tomato slices and spinach... and no orange!
Super delicious :)
I was happy/ satisfied and didn't need my yummy orange friends.

This lasted about a day...

See, my dinner started off very green and very orange-less:
 Some broccoli, corn, asparagus and brussels sprouts blanching in some boiling water
 Then I made it into a salad with some semi-dired tomatoes and lentils and an apple cider vinegar and wholegrain mustard dressing.
With a side of rosemary potatoes.
Yes, just potatoes. Those long orange things aren't carrots... they're potatoes ;)
 So my dinner was almost orange-less but then I had some aging baby carrots in the fridge that I just had to use, so I chucked them in the oven to roast with the taters.
 Today, I knew the only way to combat my weakness was to take out the big guns:
That's right- PESTO!
I made a pesto wholegrain couscous and beans, peas and lentils salad with cherry tomatoes:

 I'm excited for this lunch!

So I'm not really succeeding in my detox of orange veggies but who cares? I mean look at all the benefits of a sweet potato:
 And they didn't even mention the natural fake tan! On your hands! A little bit more orange than a normal tan... ok it's more of a small side effect than a benefit.

In all seriousness I was embarrassed/ stressed about my tangerine phalanges (saying orange hands over and over again was getting boring) but that was only for about a day. I soon realised that I liked those veggies too much and come on! They're vegetables! One should never deprive themselves of veggies! And seriously, why do you think pockets were invented? ;)
The message of this story?
Pumpkin, carrot and sweet potatoes will turn your hands orange if you eat them every single day.
But also..
Pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato will make you very happy if you eat them every single day :)


That's it from me today guys, what are your thoughts on this?

Do you suffer from Orange-itis?
Have you tried to go without these veggies to combat this disease? ;)
Normal fries or sweet potato fries? Do I really need to ask this question?

Bye for now friends! :D

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Summer fruit- the best fruit

The sun is shining, I'm wearing shorts and I can literally smell Summer! (anyone else smell the seasons? Just me?)

I. Love. Summer. (Sorry to any American readers sick of Summer and ready for Winter... but you'll have to bear with me, I'm ready for Summer!) I have yet to find someone who likes Summer as much as me. All of my friends love winter- snuggling up inside with hot drinks and movies/ books/ board games. Meh, I don't need that. I need sun and outdoors and colourful clothes and beaches and parks and fruit!
Summer fruit!

 Another reason why Summer is the best- it has the best fruit! All winter, when I'm munching on an apple (like I did the day before and the day before that) I'm day dreaming about mangoes, or grapes or watermelon or nectarines. Summer fruit is so yummy and so vibrant and we're just starting to see the first lot arrive in super markets!
This was my breakfast yesterday. Cinnamon, banana steel cut oats topped with crunchy peanut butter with a side of big juicy green grapes and even juicer mulberries
Blueberries were also on special at the shops, so I couldn't resist buying a packet, freezing a few and making some blueberry fro-yo:
1 handful frozen blueberries + 3 big scoops greek yoghurt, whazzed up in a small food processor until smoothy smooth!
Along with some stick to your ribs whipped banana oats (I was super hungry, so that was a big bowl of oats (probably like triple the recommended serving size... but hey- those serving sizes are puny!)
The oats are there to signal that it's still a little cold and not to jump straight into summer smoothie/ muesli... except today I just went with it:
A green berry banana smoothie (1/2 chopped frozen banana + a big handful of frozen berries + a huge bunch of kale+ 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt + chia seeds + oat milk) with some peanut butter granola
This is my kinda cereal and milk (it actually fills me up!)

For a snack I cut myself a BIG slice of the juiciest watermelon ever (watermelon is not only my favourite Summer fruit, it is also my favourite colour) and some apple. I promise there was some apple under there!
Today I wasn't even ashamed of how big my slice of water melon was- it was that good!

Seriously guys... Summer fruit is my kryptonite!
And if you think my watermelon obsession is bad... wait till' mangoes appear on the shelves... and cherries :)
Now I know you can pretty much get most fruit all year round now, but there is no comparison against fruit that has been grown during it's proper season- sooo good!

Before I go I will leave you with this pic:

 Sorry, couldn't help myself :)

Do you like Summer?
Do you like Summer fruit?
Of course you do! What's your favourite Summer fruit?

See ya later guys!

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Chocolate Pancakes!

Happy Sunday!
Happy pancake Sunday!
Happy chocolate pancake Sunday!
Oh yeah!

I went to bed last night with full intentions to make some lemon blueberry pancakes.
I woke up this morning with full intentions for chocolate. :)
Before I got to work whipping up a batch of delicious choc pancakes I took two of these:

 I still can't get over how much I love dates!
And hit to pavement running! (Still not for very long, or very fast, but I am so thankful that I can run again that it doesn't even matter!)
When I got back in (it was raining... I really needed some comforting pancakes) I retrieved the supplies:
30g wholemeal spelt flour
30g raw rolled oats
1 tablespoon raw cacao
sprinkle of cacao nibs
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 small mashed banana
1 cup milk of choice (I used oat milk)
oil for cooking

1. Place everything but the banana and milk in a bowl and stir to combine:
 2. Add in the mashed banana and milk and whisk to combine:
 3. Place in the fridge and let sit and thicken for 10 mins.
4. Heat a fry pan on low/medium heat with a bit of olive oil/ coconut oil and spoon on your mixture (sorry about the lighting)
 5. After a few minutes, check if you can get a spatula fully under, if they're still about fragile leave them for a tad longer, if not flip away!
 6. After a few minutes on the other side, flip onto some paper towel to drain away any excess oil:
 7. Top with anything you like: (I chose cashew butter and coconut butter)
 8. Enjoy with a GINORMOUS slice of water melon (optional :D )
 Chocolate loving satisfied :)
 The mashed banana makes these cakes really moist (there were no other adjectives.. sorry!) and sweet as well:
 Seriously though, what's better than chocolate and banana? Oh that's right- chocolate banana, coconut butter and nut butter!
 And watermelon!
 This was no joke the best watermelon I think I've ever had. Period.
 Check em' out:
Ok, now you can stop trying to bite your computer screen- go and make them!

In other news, after hearing some comments about the blog , I've had some requests to do a feature on using cheaper more readily available items. See, I live at home (being 15 and all) and can throw a packet of chia seeds, or raw cacao into the basket without really thinking about it, but I'm sure there are some readers- like college students etc. who can't do that, so I think I'll do a week of low budget, yet still utterly delicious recipes.

What do you guys think about that?

Anywho that's it from me today, feel free to leave any comments/ suggestions :)

Bye for now! :D

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The Orange-tits continues

Hidy-ho folks and happy Saturday! I love Saturdays! Although I do have exams coming up in a few short weeks so my Saturdays probably won't seem so great soon (hello studying ;) Any who, let's get back to the post.

Yesterday I was with my buddies just talking in our little circle and then we started looking at the lines on our hands trying to figure out what they meant (you know- long line= millionaire, short line= heart attack, 3 lines=74 kids.. stuff like that :) and unfortunately that meant it was plain and obvious that I was suffering from the fatal disease known as orange-itis!

Want proof? Guess which hand is mine:


So I decided to flick through some of the recent meals I've had...
There was that pumpkin based pizza which also had sweet potato on top:
Then a bowl of roast veggies and rice: There's no pretending there aren't carrots in that bowl :)
A big mug of pumpkin chili:
I need to recreate this because it was great.. I just need to write down everything I threw in that pot!

So that was just a handful of examples from this past week. And I wonder why I'm as orange as an oompaloompa?

 I decided that I needed a day of green to balance out all this beta-carotene. I started off really well too!
 A BIG green smoothie made with 1/2 chopped frozen banana, 1 big handful of frozen mango, 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a huuuugggee handful of spinach and some rice milk, all whazzed up until smooth. Along side 2 wholemeal crumpets with cashew butter:
 Very green and very delicious!

For recess I packed myself some peas and for lunch I went with some pesto pasta! Rice and quinoa pasta with some walnut pesto, two torn up chickpea sausages... and a teensy bit of steamed pumpkin :O

 I just couldn't imagine a pasta dish without some creamy pumpkin. I could feel my will power slipping!

That night I had a 6:00pm hockey game and had to take dinner with me for the way back. So I made some eggplant parmigiana:

 Made by cooking some eggplant for 30 mins at 150 degrees celsius, then taking them out, spreading on some 100% tomato paste, some vegan cheese and a bit of cracked pepper and then back in the oven for 15 mins until golden.
These were so yummy, I highly recommend you make them!
Then I forgot about my orange-less day. I made sweet potato fries to go with it.

Ok, so I may not have succeeded in reducing the orange-itis but it turns out I don't really care. I like orange food too much and if it makes my hands a little more orange then everyone elses- so be it. I'll pretend I got a fake tan. On my hands. Yeah.

Do you suffer from orange-itis? Do you care?
Do you like pesto? You know I do!
How about parmigiana?

That's it from me today folks, I hope you have a great Saturday!

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