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Why we’re standing up to cancer..!

Every year there is a big campaign in England titled 'Stand up to Cancer'. One normal day on the couch, as me and my husband were watching various entertainment TV programs which 'stood up to cancer' by accepting donations, we thought to ourselves 'What about if we took it literally?' On the 16th December, tomorrow, at Larnaca (Cyprus) seafront, my husband Ryan will literally stand up to cancer, in order to raise awareness for PREVENTION of cancer. Both of us believe that prevention and preventative medicine/nutrition are extremely powerful tools and under-rated. Tools which we can have access to every time we take a bite; tools which we can have access to every time we decide to sit down and watch pointless telly instead of moving; tools we have access to each time we could have done something for our soul and instead we go scrolling aimlessly on Facebook. [...]

By | 2018-01-09T22:19:22+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Vegan Mince Pies

Mince Pies, Sometimes i love them, sometimes i don't. One things for sure, during Christmas, guaranteed there is going to be someone at your table or in your home that loves them. And how proud are you gonna be that you'll have them ready and on-hand in your kitchen! Oh and they're vegan too 😁 Admittedly this recipe is a bit of a cheat because it uses ready-made mince meat. I wanted to write a recipe which didn't take you a long time (and making your own mince-meat can be faffy) and also showed you how easy it is to make shortcrust pastry. I suppose this is more a short-crust pastry recipe than anything, but hey its Christmas so lets stuff some mince in there..! Yes it has sugar, but its christmas, and you're probably not gonna have another mince pie for another [...]

By | 2018-01-14T19:42:12+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Baking, Dessert & Sweet things, Sides & Snacks|0 Comments

Spiced Cookies (Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Vegan!)

Its christmaaaaaas! So you're gonna need to bake/cook things that make your kitchen smelling all christmassey and your belly happy, right!? Enter this cookie recipe🍪 Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Ginger and Cranberries: I mean if they don't scream XMAS then i don't know what does! There's no sugar in this recipe, all the sweetness comes from the dates so that's a bonus! What does that mean? It means these cookies are that healthy you can have them for breakfast! Cookies for breakfast you said? YES PLEASE! 😁With a side of Oat Milk to dunk them in - delicious! If you're looking for a sweeter, more dessert-style cookie (although i found these spot on for my taste buds!) then feel free to add extra coconut (or brown) sugar to the mix. These are also super quick and easy to make: By the [...]

Mini Meatloaf Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-free, Freezable, Easy!)

You actually probably already have the ingredients for these in your kitchen cupboards! So basically, you have Sunday Lunch sorted 😇 There's quite a few vegan meatloafs out there, but what i noticed was that most of them were a tad complex, using ingredients that i didn't necessarily consider 'store-cupboard'. Oh and also, they were usually a LOAF. But HEY who wants to do the USUAL thing?! So i figured lets get rid of the LOAF (which isnt necessarily pretty - its a long brown log at the end of the day😏) and lets make them MINI and Muffin (which are obviously prettier; i mean, they're mini 😍). I promise you they ain't mini in Taste nor in Nutrition though! They're high in protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins 💪 This dish is one of Ryan's faves and i try quite hard to leave [...]

By | 2018-01-14T19:43:35+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Lunch|0 Comments

The Best Green Smoothie Bowl!

Smoothie bowls are such an excellent way to get a SERIOUS nutritional punch because not only do you have what is IN your smoothie, but you can then add toppings to it, which add texture but also nutritional benefits. And you can have fun making it look pretty!! Nah you dont have to make it look pretty. But it does add to the experience :D This is creamy, sweet and filling; you dont taste the spirulina at all, but you get all the benefits. Spirulina is incredible people. Invest in it! The benefits are so amazing that taken on a daily basis they could restore and revitalize your health! To date, there are nearly 1,200 peer-reviewed scientific articles evaluating its health benefits, just Google it. Summed up, it is 60% protein and an excellent source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 [...]

Mushroom Orzotto / Κριθαριζότο μανιταριών

Lets admit it. Risotto is annoying. Delicious okay, but annoying. It means standing on top of it, not leaving it out of your sight, stirring it to release starches blabla. On top of this, you've got to eat it as soon as its ready or else its grosse. Enter, today's recipe which solves ALL those problems. Its ➡️➡️ 1.Quick (less than 30 mins) 2. Healthy 3. Cheap 4. Made in One-Pan 5. Eaten hot or cold i.e. all that you're looking for when you're hot and bothered and dont know what to make In greek, Orzo is known as "kritharaki" and its a staple in greek/cypriot houses. Orzo is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice, which can also be bought whole-grain Just go with the making of this; it will basically cook itself. You dont [...]

Coconut, Lime & Matcha Cheesecake (Healthy, 10 ingredients, Dairy-free & Gluten-free!)

Its about time for a dessert recipe don't you think? I love it when i can have a sweet thing in my house, that is actually completely plant-based while also being a healthy thing to eat. You could theoretically have a slice of this (or two?) for breakfast and it would be quite balanced in terms of protein, antioxidants and fats! There is nothing in here apart from nuts, lime, coconut derivatives and the antioxidant-rich Matcha 😍 For those of you that dont know, Matcha is a premium, powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Its been around for bloody centuries and is regarded by some Monks as “the ultimate mental and medical remedy with the ability to make one’s life more complete and full”. Having this dessert in my fridge definitely makes my life more full. Okay, my life and my belly 😊 Personally i [...]

By | 2018-01-14T19:45:34+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Dessert & Sweet things|0 Comments

Caramelized Warm Salad (Καραμελωμένη ζεστή σαλάτα)

This recipe came together because of two things: 1. Im obsessed with everything caramelized at the moment.  The subtly sweet caramelized buttery squash & carrot, and the caramelized lentils with molasses, is seriously just bliss in the mouth. 2. I wanted to design a recipe which was high in protein, but light. Just one serving of this dish is low in carbohydrates (not that we dont like carbs - we love carbs, but some nights you just want something light!), gluten free, under 350 calories (without dressing) and with near 30gr of protein ! :o This autumnal recipe is perfect for this time of year.. Its the end of summer, but its still kind of warm so you're still enjoying salads, but its not that warm that you want cold food.  You know what i mean right? I dont tend to [...]

By | 2017-10-05T22:48:18+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Dinner, Lunch, Sides & Snacks, Under 30 minutes|0 Comments

Throwback!: Potato, mushroom and caramelised onion bake (Ψητό πατάτας, μανιταριών και καραμελωμένων κρεμμυδιών)

Its been decided here at Its-a-PBL (now that there are enough recipes in the repertoire - yey ! ) to give you a throwback every so often, to some of our older recipes that you may not have noticed or weren't easy to find again. Good idea? Of course its a good idea We're gonna start our first throwback with this originally south african dish, designed by Michelle, which resembles a potato dauphinoise, but is oh . so . much . better. I doubled the quantities and made Michelle's dish last sunday for our neighbourhood block party (like YEA we make eachother's recipes..!), and it was such a success. Its so creamy, decadent and flavoursome.. and the best thing is, that its in ONE bake, making it a great thing for a dinner party or a BBQ. To [...]

By | 2018-01-09T22:06:48+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Bakes & One-pot, Dinner|0 Comments

Creamy Kuna-Melt Jacket Potato (10 mins & no-cook!)

You need that recipe which is QUICK, NO FUSS, FEW INGREDIENTS and when you're in DONT-WANT-TO-COOK mood. Right? OR you simply miss a tuna-melt jacket potato and don't quite know how to substitute it. If you fall into either of these categories, this is the recipe for you. Im leaving the description and writing short, just to match the easiness and quickness (is that a word?) of this recipe. Its creamy, melty & filling and just what you want when you come home later than expected from work and you're like 'CBA to cook' (CBA = Cant be Arsed). By the time the microwave pings that your potato is ready, you've nailed the filling. Oh yeah! Tip: Save leftovers OR Double the recipe and have a delicious sandwich filling or toast topper for the rest of the week!!

By | 2018-01-07T19:23:16+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Lunch, Under 30 minutes|0 Comments