Who’s For A Recipe? Beetroot and Apple Waldorf Salad

November is International Vegan Month and although I’m not a vegan I have a few friends (and lovely readers) who are so I asked the team at Nairn’s to send me a vegan-friendly recipe.

This recipe by Nutritionist Christine Bailey seems easy enough to make. Let me know if  you get round to using it. I think I’ll give it a go myself soon.

This recipe serves 1, so you can treat yourself!

Ingredients
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1 small cooked beetroot, diced
½ green apple, cored and diced
½ celery stick, diced
1tbsp walnuts, chopped
1tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1tsp walnut oil
1tsp lemon juice
Black pepper and salt to season

Method
1. Put the beetroot, apples, celery, walnuts and parsley in a bowl. Whisk together the walnut oil, lemon juice and some seasoning, pour over the beetroot salad and mix well.
2. Pile on top of the oatcakes to serve.
Nutrition
Per serving 250kcal, Protein 5.4g, Carbohydrates 18.8g, sugars 6.7g, total fat 17g, saturates 2.2g

WHY THIS IS GOOD FOR YOU
Beetroots are the ultimate detox food. Full of B vitamins, vitamin C and beta-carotene. They’re also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, all important to promote optimal detoxification and elimination. Beetroots are known to support bile flow making them ideal for supporting gallbladder and liver health key organs for breaking down and removing toxins. Apples are rich in soluble fibre known as pectin, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals. All of these substances are used in the detox process. Add a splash of lemon juice for its alkalising properties plus parsley, a known diuretic and mineral rich herb. Walnuts are a good source of glutathione, important antioxidant for detoxification and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids to keep inflammation low in the body

Beets supply nitrates which are converted into the body into nitric oxide – a power vasodilator enabling more oxygen to be pumped around the body – this is why it can boost physical performance and make you feel more energetic

The Who’s For Dinner Christmas Foodie Gift Guide

As Christmas draws near, I’ve been searching for some of the yummiest treats to add to The Who’s For Dinner Christmas Foodie Gift Guide.

I have made an extra special effort to find unique independent food businesses that you won’t find on the high street (yet). I strongly believe in the importance of supporting small businesses and often find that it is these independent businesses that bring us the most original and unique food products.

I haven’t tried all of these products as yet but have been inspired by their creativity so would love to hear from you if you do get a chance to order from these businesses. They are in no particular order by the, I just love the “12 Days of Christmas“!

Enjoy your Christmas shopping (and eating) fellow foodies!

On the 1st day of Christmas…

Eat some shoes.

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Shoes made of chocolate from the Azra chocolates, what’s not to love here? I repeat they are shoes made of chocolate! Perfect for that glamourous, chocolate-loving diva in your life. You can buy a single Azra Chocolates luxury shoe from £32.50 online.

On the 2nd day of Christmas…

Keep things Spicy with Speculaas biscuits.

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These are dutch biscuits which traditionally come in the form of windmill shaped biscuits or male or female figurines. Young men used to decorate these figurines and give them to their sweetheart. If she accepted, she loved him back. Show someone some love this Christmas with a jar of spice mix from as little as £9.29.

On the 3rd day of Christmas…

Enjoy Jams fit for royalty.

Radnor Preserves

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Award winning Radnor Preserves are hand-made by Joanna Morgan in her kitchens in New Radnor, Wales. Apparently they are so delicious that they have even graced HM the Queen’s table. Perfect as a Christmas gift – a beautiful box of three cost £15 plus P&P.

On the 4th Day of Christmas…

Send beautifully made biscuits from The Biscuiteers.

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Apres Ski BiscuitsThe lovely team at Biscuiteers creates a superb range of biscuits treats and gifts that are perfect for Christmas! They almost look too good to eat!

On the 5th Day of Christmas…

Share mini-kegs of beer.

Mini Kegs

Treat a beer-lover in your family to a pub experience at home by Sonnet 43, which specialises in high quality cask beers. All of Sonnet 43’s gift packs and mini-kegs are available to order online! Prices start at £8.50 for a gift pack and £23 for a mini-keg.

On the 6th Day of Christmas…

Send a jar of cookie mix!IMG_20140821_184614

I actually had the chance to try this cookie mix in a jar from Benedict’s Bakery and it was brilliant! From as little as £5.99 you can send a range of mixes so that your loved one can make their own cookies.

On the 7th Day of Christmas…

Give someone a fresh fruit bouquet.

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These unique and scrumptious fruit bouquets would make the perfect edible gift for a foodie. Fruit Blooms has a wide range of treats available to order directly from their site.

On the 8th Day of Christmas…

Bite into some #BritishBrittle

British Brittle

British Brittle

These moreish sweet treats by The Big Skies Food Co are made from nuts and treacle, I’ve tasted them and they are yummy.  Zoe and Mark  make their gluten free and vegan friendly #BritishBrittle in small batches in their Norfolk kitchen. From as little as £2.85 you can afford to buy every member of the family some brittle for Christmas!

On the 9th Day of Christmas…

Make Italian Cheese

Italian ContentsMozzarella Imagine a tasty, fresh ball of homemade mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and a scattering of torn basil leaves, served with juicy ripe tomatoes and crusty bread or creamy ricotta flavoured with vanilla and served with a passionfruit coulis. The best bit is that you could be eating it in under an hour! This Italian Cheese Kit provides everything you need to make 10 batches of mozzarella just add milk! Buy this kit as a unique Christmas gift for someone you love (or as a gift for yourself today) from Funky Food Gifts at just £18.99 with Free delivery too!

On the 10th day of Christmas…

Eat your candle holders!

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It was love at first sight when I found these gingerbread advent edible candle holders on the Funky Food Gifts site. So if any of my friends and family are reading this you can add them to the long list of fabulous presents that you’re getting me for Christmas!  When you light the candles, the spices of the gingerbread release their fragrances and scent the room. This is actually amazing!

On the 11th day of Christmas…

Make your own saucy gift hamper

Bim's Kitchen Sauces

 You can make your own African inspired gift pack with sauces and relishes from either Bim’s Kitchen (above) or the Naija Cooking Sauces (below). I have had the chance to try them all and have to say that they are delicious.

On the 12th Day of Christmas…

Get spicy and give chillis!

Hot Pot Red & Chilli Jam

Chalfont Chillies make a range of chilli based delicacies have even won several awards! Their Chihuahua logo is based on their pets and reflects this food brand’s fun and quirky side.

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