Meat Free Monday: Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry [vegan] [gluten free]

Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry [vegan] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

This Meat Free Monday recipe is a delicious Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry by The Flexitarian in support of TREE AID’s Tree Food Challenge and Grow Hope Appeal.

Since 1987 TREE AID has been a leading expert in using trees to tackle poverty and produce environmental improvement in remote and isolated areas of Africa. Trees are helping people create thriving, sustainable communities. Tree foods are a vital source of nutrition for families in the drylands of Africa. Every two minutes, a child dies from hunger and malnutrition, which kills more people every year than AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Trees provide a direct answer to hunger, and the lifeline families so desperately need.

Mango is a wonderful tree food. Mango trees can live up to 300 years while still bearing fruits. I love the mango fruits, they are deliciously sweet and have a generous flesh. Mangos are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and minerals. They also contain anti-oxidants.

This Christmas, you can help families in Africa grow their own tree foods by supporting the Grow Hope appeal. TREE AID are asking people to support the appeal by fundraising or making a donation. To find out more and make a donation visit the TREE AID website.

Recipe link on The Flexitarian

GreenPan Ceramic Non-stick Cookware

Sofia v800

GreenPan is back by popular demand!

The patented Thermolon™ ceramic non-stick technology is heat resistant up to high temperatures. This means that GreenPan™ has an extra safety feature; if you overheat your pan, even up to 450/850, no toxic fumes will be released and the coating will not blister or peel.



Thermolon™ is also a better heat conductor than traditional coatings. This results in superb searing and crispy frying.


Choose from two 5-piece cookware sets. Both are currently available at a discounted price.

Sofia v800
SOFIA 5 PIECE COOKWARE SET – SRP £150 Your Price £99.99
Vita Verde Black and Grey v800


Meat Free Monday : Parsnip, Lentil & Bean Salad with Pomegranate [vegan] [gluten free]

Parsnip, Lentil & Bean Salad with Pomegranate  by The Flexitarian

This is a quick and easy recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. Full of goodness with lentils, edamame and mung beans. You can eat this salad warm or at room temperature with some crusty bread. Ideal also for a buffet or as a side dish. A sprinkle of feta on top works also quite well if you prefer a vegetarian option.

Recipe by The Flexitarian


Autumn Brown Rice & Quinoa Pilaf [vegan] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

Perfect on this Meat Free Monday.

With its blend of fragrant spices this Autumn Brown Rice & Quinoa Pilaf is inspired by Middle Eastern flavours.

This recipe makes a complete meal with the addition of butternut, mushrooms and cavolo nero.

Serve it hot or warm with a generous sprinkle of coriander and some extra lime juice.

Recipe from The Flexitarian .

Top Tips for Incredible and Effective Exercise Bike Hire Training

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If you’re looking for ways to reduce your chances of suffering from colds and flu or worse, as you grow older – while improving the way that you feel both mentally and physically, then the first thing to know is that fitness is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity helps you not only get the body of your dreams, but can also assist you in avoiding injuries, developing better confidence, and even maintaining your independence as you age. According to research from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, regular exercise could be enough to add as much as five years to your projected lifespan.

Exercise Bikes

One fantastic option for a low-impact, eco-friendly workout comes in the form of the stationary exercise bike. These machines help you to burn calories, boost energy, and offer a great cardiovascular workout – all while just relying upon the motion of your legs for power. You don’t even need a gym membership to use one, Hire Fitness offers amazing deals on exercise bike hire, click here to find out more  and if you live in Ireland, click here. This allows for a top-of-the-line modern machine to be installed directly in your home – for use whenever you feel ready to tackle your fitness regime. You can exercise while watching television, when it’s raining and cold during the winter months, or even when waiting for dinner to cook!


So once you have your Hire Fitness exercise bike set up, how can you get the most out of your training? Here are a few useful tips:

1. Make Sure You Properly Position Yourself

Before starting your exercise bike workout, it’s important to ensure that the seat has been carefully positioned to allow your feet to easily reach the pedals. Don’t’ forget to adjust the handlebars to a height that is comfortable for you – as this will help to evenly distribute the weight between your posterior and your arms.

2. Get Warmed Up

The key to any great workout is properly warming up your muscles for action. Once you’re settled on your exercise bike, start peddling at a rate of 8 to 10 miles per hour for around ten minutes. After that, you’ll be able to gradually increase your pace up to the level of your choosing. Warming up will help to build the stamina and resistance needed for a longer exercise bike ride.

3. Stay Properly Hydrated 

Regardless of the winter weather outside, it’s important to remember that you still need a significant amount of fluids while cycling. Losses from sweating and exhaled breath will reduce your blood volume over time, forcing your heart to work harder. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, you’ll already be dehydrated, so try to keep up with small, frequent quantities of water throughout your ride.

4. Make Sure You’re Pedalling Properly

When you’re riding an exercise bike, it’s crucial to exert an equal amount of pressure throughout each peddle stroke to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your workout. Exerting the right amount of pressure will ensure that your heart rate is elevated – but as it can be somewhat demanding, it’s important to take periodic breaks from time to time.

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