Avocado Pasta and some exciting news!

Dear Readers,

Yesterday I cooked up a delicious avocado pasta dish which was super easy to make and 100% plant-based of course! I have made it before but I tweaked the recipe this time and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Here is what you need…

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1 Avocado

1 Garlic clove

5 or 6 Basil Leaves (add to taste)

1 Tbsp Soya Yogurt

1/2 Lemon (juiced)

Seasoning

Organic wholegrain fusilli

Method:

Blend all the ingredients apart from the Pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and stir in the avocado sauce to warm and then serve.

As for my exciting news, I have officially booked to begin travelling as of next Thursday (16th March)! I cant wait to post all about my journey which starts in Dubai, followed by southeast Asia. Then onto volunteering in Bali where I will spend my time teaching children about the environment after which I’m heading to Singapore and Malaysia 🙂

Hope you enjoy the recipe and keep your eye on this blog for updates on my adventures!

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Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

Cheesy vegan ragu

Dear Readers,

Now that the weather has definitely changed into cold autumnal days I find this meal I made for lunch a perfect solution to warming me up!

Its super quick, cheap and easy as always;

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1 Onion (chopped)

1 garlic clove (diced)

1tbs coconut or olive oil 1 courgette

1/2 can chickpeas

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 cup spinach

1/4 of a slab of violife cheese (gary) or any vegan cheese of your preference (minimum)

2/3 leaves of basil

Method

Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onions and courgette, sweat for 5minutes then add the garlic. Allow to continue to sweat until onions are clear then add the tomatoes and chickpeas.

Simmer for 10minutes or until courgette is properly cooked…..

Finally add the spinach and cheese which you can dice or grate in. Once the cheese is melted into the mixture and the spinach is cooked serve with the basil leaves on top.

I hope you enjoy this delicious vegan comfort food 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxx

Chocolate chip cookies

Dear readers,

Sorry it has been such a long time since my last post, I have been so busy with exams! I have almost finished so I thought I would make a quick post on my favourite chocolate chip recipe that I have been using a lot recently…so here it is;IMG_6899.jpg

1 cup plain flour

1/2 cup (sometimes more or less depending) coconut milk

1/2 cup muscovado sugar

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup vegan butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free)

pinch of salt

*for variation I sometimes add cocoa powder to the mix to create double chocolate chips*

Method

  • Combine the butter, coconut oil and sugar together with a whisk until its light and fluffy in consistency. Then add the coconut milk and vanilla extract to the bowl.
  • Once these ingredients are mixed add the bicarbonate of soda, salt and flour slowly into the bowl. The last stage should be adding the chocolate chips.
  • The mixture should not be to thick once you have combined all the ingredients it should easy roll into balls in your palms which you should then place on a baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees.

I hope you enjoy 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

The wonders of coconut oil

Dear Readers,

Coconut oil is the most multi-purpose, natural (and it goes without saying) cruelty free product I know! Make sure to get Raw unrefined coconut oil for best results. It has so many uses ranging from hair to healing infections to cooking, here is just a few ideas of how you could use it….

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-Coconut oil is great to use as a hair mask as it moisturisers, softens and helps repair
your hair. I am constantly straightening my hair and as a result am always worried about heat damage and suffering from split ends. So I find coconut oil is the perfect solution to use every so often to help reverse some of the damage I’ve caused my hair. I use around 1tsp of raw, unrefined coconut oil which I melt in my hands and then finger comb through my hair. Depending on what my plans are, I either leave it on overnight or for around an hour. Then you need to rinse it out, sometimes this could mean washing your hair twice to make sure its all out to prevent your hair from looking oily. I always see a noticeable difference after doing this!

-If you have naturally curly hair like me then this oil is also perfect for helping shape/style your curls and reduce frizz rather than using expensive creams etc that rarely work and are laden with chemicals. By applying coconut oil to wet/damp hair particularly at the ends it helps trap moisture and help your curls form their natural coils without fizz. Be careful not to use too much, especially at the top or your hair can end up looking greasy and no one wants that…. 🙂

Skin

-I always use it as a moisturiser for my skin, both my face and body, I’ve always questioned using  commercially produced products which have 1001 ingredients on the back half of which I dont have a clue what they are and ofcourse majoritarily tested on animals such as Clarins and Kheils whose products I admittedly used to love, I now steer clear from these overpriced, cruelly produced products. By applying coconut oil to wet/damp skin it traps moisture in slowly sinks into the skin leaving your skin supple and hydrated.

Also the bad press moisturieser has been getting lately again shows it is not necessary or good to use these products, with links to worsening or causing acne  and being utterly not necessary for you.

-Primer, I have not yet tried this out but have heard many positive reports of using this oil as a primer, so perhaps give it a go?

-Cleanser, this has to be one of my favourite ways to use coconut oil, similarly to moisturisers I hated buying the commercially produced skin care products due to chemicals etc and so discovering how brilliant coconut oil is for removing make up and cleansing your skin is brilliant. There are lots of different ways you can go about this, as you can chose to mix it with other oils which bring other benefits to cleanser rather than just the characteristics of coconut oil, for example I currently as combining olive oil with coconut oil and using this daily. To use it simply apply to a dry face and wash off using a cotton pad and hot water.

-Spot treatment, Coconut oil is know for its anti-bacterial properties which is why its so brilliant for treating spots simply apply all over you face and wash off just like you would using it as your cleanser, I have found this to be very effective!

-Eyelashes, I have noticed since I started using coconut oil as a moisturiser that my eyelashes have become fuller and longer which I’m assuming is down to being moisturised daily with coconut oil and therefore I would definitely recommend trying this if you are attempting to grow your lashes.

Cooking

-for frying, coconut oil is much healthier to fry your food in as it is highly resistant to oxidation at high heats.

-good as substitute for butter or other oils used in biscuits etc tastes good, I have use this with most success in cookies, I made chocolate chip vegan cookies with 1 cup of coconut oil and they were delicious!

I hope you found this useful, Coconut oil really is a marvellous thing, trust me you need this in your life!

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxx