Aubergine and Chickpea Curry

If you fancy a heart warming and seriously healthy curry this summer, then look no further. This delicious curry is easy to make and really tasty! The curry is the ideal meal option if you have vegetarians, or vegans coming for dinner. However, it is also sure to go down really well with carnivores too! If you would like to add meat or fish to the curry then by all means go ahead! It would would well with diced chicken or lamb, or fresh prawns.

Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines, cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers, wedged
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red chili, chopped
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 6 fresh tomatoes, quartered
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Method

  1.  Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large pan, and brown the aubergines for 2-3 mins until soft, golden brown and crispy.
  2. Scoop out and put onto a plate and a piece of kitchen paper to drain off any excess liquid.
  3. Heat another ½ tbsp oil in the pan, and cook the peppers. Once soft, scoop out and put aside with the aubergine.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and fry for about 30 seconds until you can smell the yummy fragrances.
  5. Stir in the onions and cook until soft and golden.
  6. Add the  chillies and the rest of the spices and stir.
  7. Then, add a dollop of the thick coconut milk from the top of the can and fry for 1 minute.
  8. Add the rest of the can of coconut milk, the tomatoes and add another half a can of water.
  9. Simmer the mix for about 25 mins until thick, saucy and delicious!
  10. Once ready, stir in the chickpeas and add the aubergines and peppers back into the pan.
  11. Simmer the curry for another 5 mins until everything is hot.
  12. Serve the curry with rice, a warm naan bread and some fresh avocado.
  13. Finish the dish with a sprinkling of coriander (if you like), and enjoy!

Easiest Ever Chia Pudding

As much as we all seem to love Chia pudding, if eaten on its own it often fails to satisfy, and personally, I find it feels a little like eating frogspawn. However, I have been experimenting with this supposed superfood pud and I think I have come up trumps 🙂

Which is great because chia seeds are amazing as they are packed with fibre, health omega fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium. What is more, chia seeds are great for boosting energy and endurance, and can help to regulate digestion and metabolism.

To make my chia pudding, I combine chia seeds with oats which not only stops my chia pudding from being quite so reminiscent of frogspawn, but also amps it up in terms of how filling it is, and in terms of how much energy it provides- really important if you are active and are looking for a breakfast (or snack) to fuel you for the day ahead.

To really make my chia and oat pudding taste amazing I love to mix in some frozen berries, and top it off with coconut yogurt, nuts and raisins, seeds and an obligatory dollop of nut butter.

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To make the above chia and oat pudding you will need:

  • 1/2 old fashioned cup oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or plant based both work well)
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • Toppings of your choice- here I used coconut yogurt, nuts, seeds, granola and nut butter

Combine all of the ingredients (bar the toppings) and leave for at least a couple of hours, or overnight in the fridge. When you are ready for your breakfast, or for your snack then remove the pudding from the fridge, top with your favorite things and enjoy!

Let us know if you have any great chia pudding recipe ideas as we would love to hear them!

Morning Motivation

With the summer supposedly now in full swing, getting fit is high up on the agenda of many people’s to do lists. However, getting fit can be challenging, not only physically but also mentally, with a lack of motivation being one of the main reasons why people fall off of the fitness train.

So, to help you to stay on track, and achieve your goals, we wanted to give  you some morning motivation!

This quote here is one of my favorites:

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I love it because it reminds me that getting fit is all about progress rather than perfection.

I wanted to use this quote for today’s morning motivation because I think it is important to remember that getting fitter is a journey and on that journey we shouldn’t try and beat anyone else. Achieving fitness is our own race and we have our own goals, because at the end of the day it is our own life.

We must all remember that reaching our fitness goals is about consistency and maintenance. Find a path and a pace that is right for you and then keep focused and work hard toward achieving your ultimate goals, and do not get side tracked by the goals of others.