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

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.

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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

Meat Free Monday : Quorn Moroccan Meatloaf with Creamy Harissa Dressing [vegetarian]

Quorn Moroccan Meat Loaf with Creamy Harrisa Dressing [vegetarian] by The Flexitarian

This meat free meatloaf has a fragrant Moroccan twist. Not too sweet and not too spicy (you can always add more harissa if you like), it is made with minced Quorn.

Recipe via The Flexitarian

Meat Free Monday : Black Rice & Sweet Potato Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing [vegan] [gluten free]

Sweet Potato & Black Rice Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing [vegan] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

We love this recipe for Meat Free Monday. The ginger miso dressing gives this salad a delicious Asian twist. You can spiralise the sweet potatoes or simply cut them with a julienne peeler. This salad is best eaten warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from The Flexitarian .

GreenPan Ceramic Non-stick Cookware

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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.

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Meat Free Monday : Quorn Chicken Style Pieces and Leek Pie [vegetarian]

Quorn Chicken Style Pieces and Leek Pie [vegetarian]

Oooh, Chicken and Leek Pie, the quintessential British comfort food!

Here is a meat free version from The Flexitarian using Quorn Chicken Style Pieces. Melting in the mouth, it is fragranced with a subtle hint of mustard and has just the right amount of creaminess.

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

MEAT FREE MONDAY: AUTUMN BROWN RICE & QUINOA PILAF [vegan] [gluten free]

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 .

MEAT FREE MONDAY: HIGH PROTEIN SALAD IN A JAR [vegetarian] [gluten free]

High Protein Salad In A Jar [vegetarian] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

This high protein salad in a jar is packed with goodness. The harissa dressing gives it a delicious Moroccan twist. You can cook the quinoa or lentils from scratch or better still use some leftover. Portable and healthy it makes the perfect lunch to take to work.

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!

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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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MEAT FREE MONDAY: AUTUMN SPELT SALAD [VEGAN]

Autumn Spelt Salad [vegan] by The Flexitarian

Sweet and fruity, this Autumn Spelt Salad brings a fantastic array of goodness and seasonal produce: butternut squash, cavolo nero (black kale), pear, almond and cranberry.

Recipe from The Flexitarian .

World Vegetarian Day: OpenTable reveals Top 40 UK Restaurants for Vegetarians

World Vegetarian Day 2015

Today is World Vegetarian Day and to celebrate OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has released a list of top 40 restaurants for vegan and vegetarian friendly dining in the UK. The list is based on OpenTable restaurant experts’ recommendations and diner reviews.

Vegetarianism is steadily on the rise. Last year it was revealed that 1 in 8 Brits now adhere to the vegetarian diet, including popular celebrities such as, Daisy Lowe, Ellie Golding, Joana Lumley and Alexa Chung. As a result, UK restaurants are increasingly offering up a wider selection of vegetable based dishes on their menus.

Gone are the days when meat free options were just an inconvenient afterthought, nowadays UK menus are awash with beautifully designed, innovative dishes such as Raw’s Courgette Spirals with Summer Herb Pesto and Cashew Nut Cheese, Amico Bio’s Pearl Barley and Cannellini Beans Soup or Food For Friends’ Tahini Marinated Roast Aubergine. Veggie options are now becoming so superior that even carnivores are being tempted away from less adventurous meat options.

OpenTable’s top 40 feature some of the best restaurants across the UK, including fine eateries in London, Brighton, Winchester, Bristol and Lyme Regis.

Mike Xenakis, Managing Director at OpenTable, comments “Vegetarian and veganism is continuing to grow at a rapid rate in the UK and as such OpenTable is committed to providing these diners with the same high quality selection of restaurants it offers all customers. This list is a brilliant guide to some of the best restaurants across the UK for delicious meat free choices. Each and every restaurant on this list proves that skipping on the meat doesn’t mean skipping on the flavour.”

Competition to make the list was fierce so whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescetarian or a devout carnivore where better to enjoy the nation’s best veggie food than at one of OpenTable’s top 40? Check out the full list here.

OpenTable Top 40 Restaurants for Vegetarians are:

It is worth noticing that some of the restaurants above are not strictly vegetarians or vegans but cater for meat free eating. I would add Tibits (W1B) and Chutneys (NW1) both in London plus Terre à Terre in Brighton to this list.

Tonight though I will be celebrating World Vegetarian Day at The Gate. Can’t wait!

Do you have a favourite vegetarian restaurant? Please share it with us in the Comments box below.

MEAT FREE MONDAY: Spinach & Bean Chipotle Casserole [vegan]

Spinach & Bean Chipotle Casserole [vegan] by The Flexitarian

This vegan spinach and bean chipotle casserole is a quick & straightforward dinner for this #MeatFreeMonday. Loaded with iron and protein, it makes a complete meal. Serve it with some crunchy bread to soak up the tasty juices. Recipe from The Flexitarian .