Niki’s Summer Salad

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Super Quick

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Happy Bank holiday weekend all!

Salad. Just the word itself seems to have attracted a bad rep these days. It has been associated with diet or light food…I can’t understand why?! To me a salad is a blank canvas… just waiting for you to create something wonderful. My summer salad is really filling yet remaining light at the same time. The best part? You can quite literally add anything you like! (O.K…no anchovies though please?)

Just make sure you keep the base simple with cooked quinoa with your greens and that is quite literally it!

My summer salad consists of cubed, roasted butternut squash, avocado, red onion, cherry tomatoes, sliced celery and full seasoning.

Happy Baking folks!

Enjoy

Niki

Niki’s Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

2015, Autumn, Christmas, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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Howdy!

How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? That good! Wow, well done. Okay…so perhaps you are having some trouble with sticking to healthy eating habits or maybe you are losing some motivation/inspiration? Never fear because my seasonal and super quick salad is sure to leave you smiling and satisfied!

All you need is:

A large handful of kale, torn up roughly (I cannot praise this delicious vegetable enough!)
1/4 butternut squash, cubed and roasted lightly with seasoning
1 tsp of sesame seeds
small handful of cranberries
squeeze of lemon
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil

Simply arrange on a large serving plate and enjoy straight away!

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Please try this delicious salad; I know you will love it just as much as I do!

Happy Baking,

Niki

 

 

Niki’s Cashew-Kale Pesto

Christmas, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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Happy New year my wonderful readers!
I do hope you all had a great Christmas and hopefully an even better New Year. I know that 2015 will be out year! Parties. Parties. I know, at the moment everyone seems to be in the partying mood and although there is nothing wrong with that, it is so easy to slip into bad eating habits. You think to yourself it’s okay to have a nibble here or there or perhaps just an extra glass of wine. Well, it’s so difficult to say no, especially when everyone else is joining in, but hopefully my Kale-Cashew Pesto will lift your spirits and give you that excellent healthy boost for the festivities that lie ahead.
All you need for my super simple pesto is:
1 standard bag of Kale
1 handful of cashew nuts
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Full seasoning

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Simply blitz in a food processor and your super speedy pesto is ready to go with your regular pasta (I go for gluten-free) or some crusty brown bread.
Enjoy my readers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Niki x