MeatlessMonday: Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce with Eggs & Feta Cheese

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Happy Meatless Monday guys!
The recipe of the day is finally here and for those of you who like Shakshuka, this is even better.

Well, actually, the only difference are the chickpeas, which in my opinion, make this dish even tastier.

It’s incredibly simple, quick and easy and budget friendly. Make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner or even as a side!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 6-7 eggs
  • 300g/10oz chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 cup passata
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese
  • 2-3tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • fresh coriander leaves for serving
  • salt and pepper
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas, passata, olive oil and seasoning. Mix well.
  3. Empty the mixture in a baking tray and cook for about 15 minutes. 
  4. Take out from the oven and add the eggs and crumbled feta cheese.
  5. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or if you’d like your eggs well done, for more.
  6. Sprinkle some fresh coriander leaves when serving.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not serve with some yogurt?

Fun Morning in Wyevale Garden Centre

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Happy Tuesday guys!

So today post is about our recent experience in Wyevale Garden Centre – Weybridge.

I’ve visited this centre before and I really love going there but never been to the events they organise for the little ones. We went to Spring week – Sweet Tweets where kids made chocolate nests filled with jelly worms and yummy eggs.
As you probably know, my daughter is almost three and she was very excited about it, especially about the chocolate part.

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So we headed to the centre and even though we were a few minutes late the staff welcomed us and sat my daughter at a table where everyone was busy making chocolate nests. Everyone was very friendly and made sure all the children are happy and busy making their nests.
After making the chocolate nests, there was another table prepared with activity sheets and squash.
So kids were colouring and decorating while having squash and waiting patiently to get their chocolate nests and eat them!

In the end, she went to the play area where she met quite a few friends. Meanwhile, mum and dad were having breakfast at the cafe(how conveniently).

Oh, and what’s more there are more events coming so we will definitely check these out.
The Wyevale Garden Centre has become one of our favourite places to go with our children – while kids have fun, mum and dad can relax at the cafe. And, not to forget to mention, summer is coming, there is a great variety of garden staff that you can pick up for your garden!

To find your nearest garden centre and more information about it simply visit the page http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/ .

Also, here’s the link with the upcoming events http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/spring-week .

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What are your favourite family places to go?
Please share in the comment section below!

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My daughter’s chocolate nests right before she ate them!

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

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Happy Meatless Monday guys!

The meat free recipe of the day is just irresistible! And it’s Pumpkin again! 
I’ve been making quite a few pumpkin and squash recipes lately but my family loves pumpkin!
Plus, it’s the pumpkin season, isn’t it?

The salad is made with organic black quinoa which I recently got and I really loved it. Compared to the regular type of quinoa, the black one has a nuttier flavour and kind of thicker consistency. I think I prefer this one. I added some feta cheese(love the combination of feta and pumpkin/squash), pumpkin seeds and honey tahini dressing. Yumm! I wish there were some leftovers now but as I’m writing this post, this beautiful salad is long gone!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10 oz pumpkin/squash, cooked and cut into cubes
  • 200g/7oz organic black quinoa, cooked
  • 150g/5oz feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds
For the dressing:
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp tahini
  • 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. Start combining the salad ingredients – combine the quinoa and pumpkin and add the feta cheese.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour over the salad and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds.
Enjoy!
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Tip: For a vegan option substitute the feta with tofu!

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What’s In My Make Up Bag

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Happy Friday guys!

Instead of a recipe I’ve got a different post for you – My Make up Essentials or with other words, what are the products I use everyday.
I love reading posts like this, I find it very interesting and useful at the same time. I often use the tips other bloggers give. 
So do leave a comment below what is in your make up bag! I’d love to know.

Here’s what’s in mine.

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The first product I find in my make up bag is the Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm. It’s not really a make up but I can’t live without it, especially now the weather is getting cold. It protects my lips, make them softer and prevents them from cracking which can be very painful. It’s always in my bag!

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The second product I absolutely love is my Super Natural Revlon lip gloss. This is one of my favourite lip gloss colours as it’s suitable for everyday use. It makes your lips look so beautiful and lustrous. I just pop it in my bag and put generously whenever I feel I need it. It’s by far one of my favourite beauty products. 

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The next product I really can’t go out of the house is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Full Coverage Foundation.  I love make up and I love wearing it. However, it may take more time than I have sometimes. In this case , I only apply the foundation and a bit of lip gloss. It takes less than a minute but I still feel glamorous(for some reason I always put make up on, it might be just a lip gloss but it makes me feel much better about myself). This foundation is very easy to apply and lasts all day long so it’s perfect for my busy mummy lifestyle.

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Next on the list is The Concealer by L’Oreal. This one is a must have for me – it covers everything – dark circles, spots and whatnot. It lasts all day and make your face look spotless (at least that’s what I ‘d like to think). 

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I like dramatic eyes so when I feel like it, I underline mines with the Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. I find this one very easy to apply (I think the ones with the thick brushes are much easier to apply) and I love how it looks on the eyes.

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Last but not least, I finish my look with the Sun Shimmer Bronzing Powder by Rimmel. It makes so much difference! I feel my face looks different in a good way when I apply bronzing powder. I just got this one recently, so I can’t tell much about it but so far I’m happy with it. I just wish it was more shiny though (love shiny stuff).

So these were my make up essentials. Some of them I buy regularly (I mean the brands, but I love testing new stuff and to be honest, most of the time I buy discounted items).

What’s in your make up bag? Do you always buy the same items?

How I Stay Fit During Pregnancy

I know for many of you, staying fit is crucial. And staying fit during pregnancy it’s not a myth anymore. It is possible with the right nutrition and exercise (always consult your doctor before exercising).
So here, I’m gonna share my tips and experience in staying fit and healthy based on my first pregnancy and currently being pregnant (halfway there now!). I’m definitely not an expert, these are just tips that worked for me which may not work for everyone else. Just remember, every pregnancy is different, just listen to your body and enjoy this precious time! It won’t last forever!

  • Exercise – I have exercised throughout my whole pregnancy the first time around and I’m doing it now too. It energises me a lot, keeps me fit and apparently helps during labour. There are plenty of antenatal classes out there, so find the one that best suits you and go ahead. As I’m quite busy with my little one, I prefer exercising at the comfort of my own home. I choose the time (usually when the little one sleeps), it’s free of charge and I can do it in my own pace. What I love at the moment is Katy Appleton Pregnancy Yoga (you can get the DVD here http://www.appleyoga.com/buy-appleyoga/buy-appleyoga/shop.html). This may seem relaxed and easy workout but it feels intense. I feel every muscle of my body working and this is what I need. I feel really great after this yoga workout and I’m so glad I found out about it. Another workout I love is Jillian Michaels’s DVDs. Obviously, I have modified them a lot so that the exercises fit to my pregnancy body but because I used to do them a lot pre-pregnancy, I just couldn’t stop now. These were the DVDs that actually helped me to tone up my body (a lot, I feel I was much fitter before I got pregnant this time than the first time around). All you need is a gym mat and weights. I aim to exercise at least three times a week, most of the time I aim for five (I get the weekends off) but honestly, sometimes I just don’t have the time and energy(for example, after getting home in the afternoon, after a whole day walking around parks, playgrounds, shops). In this case, I don’t feel guilty, because we literally walk a lot of miles, especially now the weather is so sunny and hot.
    • Nutrition – I’m sure you’re all aware of the importance of healthy food, especially now when you’re creating new life. To be honest, I was struggling with that during my first weeks as I was extremely sick. I only ate whenever I could and whatever I could, which was not always healthy and nutritious. Luckily, I’m back on track now! I eat lots of salads and fruit (I aim to eat seasonal veggies and fruit, in general). I avoid all the processed fatty and sugary foods. This does not mean I do not eat these at all. I might have a craving sometimes, so I do indulge. But I feel good about myself, because I try to be good most of the time. All the information about the recipes I make and eat you can find here, on my blog.

      • Water – You need to drink lots of water during pregnancy, more than you usually do. Well, I feel thirsty most of the time, so I do drink lots of it. I never go out without a bottle of water. Even at home, I always have a big bottle of water next to me so I can sip from it. I never got any swelling during my first pregnancy and I’m pretty sure it’s because of me drinking lots of water (at least one of the reasons).
        • Walk – As I mentioned, I walk a lot, especially now with the little one so even if I don’t have time for my workout, I still keep active. I was told long walks are especially good for you and again, they’re supposed to help in labour. Be very careful, though, do not overwalk. If you feel tired, stop and take a break. Bottom line is, listen to your body and only do what you’re comfortable with.
          And finally, don’t push yourself too hard, try to be as healthy as possible and enjoy this wonderful time!