Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Quick and easy tomato and basil sauce

So would you believe that it's November and despite not having a very good summer, there are still tomatoes in my garden? We've had no frost yet and while most of the tomatoes we have left are green or yellow, I keep bringing them inside and putting them in the window and they do keep ripening. that means that I am still in that summer scenario where you're constantly trying to think of things to make with tomatoes as there's so many to use up!
One of my very favourite ways to sue tomatoes is to make sauce with them as it's so so quick and easy and so versatile as you can use it with so so many things. This is barely a recipe as it is so simple but I thought I'd share it with you as I make it all the time and don't think I have shared it before. 
This one here is a simple tomato and basil sauce, so you course they;re really the only two ingredients you need, you can add a few extras in to make it more interesting such as garlic, but you can still make a perfectly good sauce with just these ingredients. I have made mine in my Blendtec just because it's so so quick, but you can do this in a pan and use a hand held blender as well. You can hopefully see from my pictures that some of my tomatoes are also a bit past their best, so they're not the tomatoes I would always use if I was making a salad for example, so those tomatoes really are great for this sort of thing as you can be just a little bit less selective than you might for other recipes. 
I'll get on with it then, like I said if you have a high powered blender such as a Blendtec then you can do this from start to finish in a few minutes, I will then pour the hot sauce over some zoodles and sprinkle with cheese for the quickest meal ever. I have mentioned before that I don't usually cook my zoodles as they can go soggy so this sort of thing where you make the sauce and then add it to the zoodles while it's still hot is perfect. 
Quantities aren't really important here, but I've added some rough ones just to get you going. you will need (makes one jar, enough for a big bowl of zoodles)
  • About three big handfuls of tomatoes, any size or color works I've used a complete mixture 
  • A handful of basil 
  • Some salt and pepper 
Then to make it:
  • Throw all the ingredients into the blender and turn onto low setting and blend for around 1 minute
  • Slowly turn the speed up until you're on the maximum and blend until hot 
  • remove and either serve immediately over zoodles, mixing well to warm the zoodles through, or dispense into a jar and save for later. You can also freeze it and it will keep for ages!

That's it then, told you it was easy! I'll be back again soon, got some great Christmas posts coming up, I can't believe it's so soon now, I am so excited! 

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Low carb, vegan cashew coffee


Well autumn seems to have well and truly hit so I thought I'd pop something slightly more warming than the frozen cocktails I've been posting about more recently. This is a great option for a lovely frothy coffee that's low in carbs and high in energy! It happens to taste pretty lovely too.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Three luxury cruelty free room sprays

It's been a little (long) while since I last wrote a beauty post, and while this isn't strictly speaking a beauty post, it's more related to beauty than it is to food and I had a few products I really liked and wanted to tell you about. 

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two quick and easy low carb dips


One of my all time favourite snacks is chips and dips, or anything dippy and dips for that matter. It'd the perfect things to throw out if you've got people over and one of my favourite things to eat when I'm at home alone and can't be bothered to cook. Luckily there are quite a few dips that are naturally low in carbs though you do always have to check as unexpected ingredients can sometimes throw a spanner in the works and cause the carbs to rocket so as is often the case, making your own is best when possible as you know exactly what you're getting.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Low carb pizza soup

I have been getting so so into pizza things recently. What are pizza things you might wonder? Well by pizza things I mean anything that tastes anything like pizza, for example aubergine pizzas, pizza bakes (which I plan to share with you very soon) ad so on. Now of course I would always rather eat actual pizza, but when the craving hits sometimes something with the taste of pizza is enough to satisfy it.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Low carb mint julep cocktails



While wandering around T K Maxx the other day I picked up some julep cups and it occurred to me that apart from the sugar in Mint Juleps, there are no other carbs in there. Meaning you can very easily make them low carb, which inevitably got me feeling extremely excited and obviously buying the julep cups which had now become essentials- well as essential an item can be when it's primary purpose is to house a drink that you have never before made.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Asparagus noodles with homemade pesto



Summer is finally happening in the UK and I am loving it! I love eating with the seasons and that's pretty hard in the UK because not so much grows in the colder months. During this time of year however seasonal eating really comes into it's own and there's so much fresh food around. Asparagus, in particular has been in season and that really is one of my faves as it's usually so expensive but for a brief time each year it is a bit cheaper and more readily available and sometimes it's even possible to forage for your own if you're lucky!

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