Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Morning guys! Today I’m sharing one of my favourite go to mid week meals! Nothing beats pasta, especially pesto pasta! This ones a little more exciting as I’ve varied the nuts and I’ve added sundries tomatoes for more depth and flavour. Topped with more cheese and salty capers! A delicious, comforting and incredibly easy lunch! Great cold the next day too!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves two

Pesto –

10g toasted pine nuts

15g toasted walnuts

35g basil

half a clove of garlic, peeled

half a lemon, jucied

30g grated parmesan

80g sundried tomatoes in oil

salt and pepper

Pasta –

160g red lentil pasta

2 large handfuls of rocket

To serve –

a small handful of parmesan

2 heaped tsp capers

Method

Blend the pesto in a food processor until combined and then add water to loosen and form a thick smooth paste.

Boil the pasta in water for 10 minutes or until cooked.

Drain and pour back into the pan.

Stir through the pesto and rocket until combined and wilted.

Divide the pasta between two bowls.

Top with the parmesan and capers.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Banana, Pecan and Cinnamon Porridge with Date Caramel

My weekend…

So I had a super busy and packed long weekend! Thursday lunch time I caught a train to London for the blogger awards. I must admit I was feeling the worst I’ve felt in about 6 months! I just felt so emotional and I was finding it hard to hold back my tears. I just had a lot happen last week and it all just got on top of me! I was going to get off at Chesterfield but I’m glad I stayed on, even if I wasn’t my usual bubbly self, I was better being cheered on and distracted by my girls. So Leila met me at the station in and we went back to hers for a cuppa and catch up before we headed out in the rain to get some soup as an early tea before we went to the awards. Me, Vanessa and Celine then went back to Leila’s to get dressed up for the awards. When we got there we met Rebecca, Laura, Gemma, Lucy and Catrina! I also got to get to know some new faces which was lovely and catch up with Rachel too. Such a lovely evening congratulating people, catching up and of course eating all the samples and protein peanut butter chocolate porridge, biscuits, popcorn, chocolate and nut butter!! We also got the most incredible goody bag, packed full of everything!!! After the awards we went back to Leila’s, got into our PJs and ate Leila’s homemade carrot cake with almond butter, my new favourite – corn chips and hippeas! We talked away until about midnight and then headed to bed. In the morning we got dressed and ready and drove to Boys N’ Berry for breakfast. I went for the mushroom and spinach tomato bake eggs with sourdough, incredible! We then waved bye to the lovely Leila and me and Celine went to drop off her suitcase and then to the Mae Deli to meet Gemma for lunch and try out the new menu. I went for the Middle Eastern bowl which was baked aubergine with dukkah and coconut labneh, peanut celeriac noodles and sage and sweet potato fritters. Truly delicious. Then we spent the afternoon shopping and getting bits and bobs. My suitcase decided to break on oxford street so I had to carry my bag round like a baby for 6 hours but you know!!! Then we went to planet organic for a drink and to pick up the essentials before catching the bus to kings cross to meet everyone at Mildreds for tea. We met Amy, Rebecca, Gemma and Julliete. We had to wait a while for a table but when the delicious food came we forgot about that! I went for the Mexican bowl which was black beans, quinoa, coriander, corn salsa, guacamole, corn chips (new fav), grilled pineapple and feta cheese! Incredible and deffo one I’ll be recreating this week. Then me, Rebecca and Celine headed off to Rebeccas to spend the night. When we got back and settled it was quite late so we went straight to bed. Both Rebecca and Leila made us both feel so comfortable and we couldn’t be more grateful. In the morning we were greeted with turmeric lattes and tea and then treated to one of Rebeccas incredible creations. Pink Pitaya and Maca chia porridge topped with deep roast manilife, mixed fruit cinnamon compote, chocolate, nuts, seeds, flowers and cacao nibs. Pure bliss. It was so lovely to see someone else taking time in the morning to get the perfect set up and photo too hahah! Can totally relate and it was lovely to have a calm chilled start to the day too. Rebecca and Celine then walked me to the station as I was off to meet one of my old friends from Sheffield for lunch. I went via Kings Cross to pick up my tickets and then I queued up for 30 minutes to get into Granger and Co! Good job I was early!! I went for the Aussie bowl which was hot smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, poached eggs, coriander, buttered greens and sourdough with a chai latte. We then walked across to Ella’s uni accommodation to chill for an hour before I caught the train home. My Dad met me in the station to help me carry all my bits and bobs, he then dropped me back home as I needed a quick tea and change as I was off on a night out with the gym lot! I’ve lowered my tablets so I can now have a few drinks! I had a few tropical cocktails! Yummy! I had a good laugh and made some new friends too! Such a lovely evening! Then I headed home to bed and had the best sleep I’ve had in ages!! A good 9 hours!!! In the morning me and Mum had a chilled brunch before going out to look at some pots and then back home for homemade pizza and the usual sorting my room out for the week ahead whilst I listen to my favourite songs, sing along and eat chocolate. That evening we just caught up on TV and chilled out! Monday was the release of my NEW Autumn LeitchyCreates box. Follow the link to find out more! Also catching up on everything I’ve missed whilst I’ve been away!!

Rhythm 108 chocolate bar review…

So as you may know if you’ve read my previous reviews, I’m a Rhythm 108 fan girl! I’ve already raved about their NEW share bags, biscuits and dessert bars and now I’m raving even more about their NEW chocolate bars!! These chocolate bars are like nothing I’ve ever tasted!! I’m going to go as far to say, they’re my new favourite chocolate bars, healthy or not!!! Favourite has to be the salty and sweet as that combination is my all time favourite but they’re all crazy good!

So as you know if you’ve read my previous reviews, I like to review as I nibble in a ‘live’ sort of way! So I don’t change anything (other than my spellings) These are my first and truthful thoughts that came to mind as I gobbled.

Hazelnut Praline…

Instant indulgence, a smooth shiny and silky bar with a nutty rich centre and hazelnuts scattered throughout to create a satisfying crunch which is then followed by creamy praline melting on your tongue. Heaven. It’s absolutely bliss! They’ve got the balance of milk and dark just right to suit everyone’s sweet tooth. I love the crack of the exterior chocolate followed by the creamy and silky exterior and the crispy and light crunch to the nuts! Again the crunch isn’t hard or uncomfortable to bite, it’s just a crisp like a rice crispy, soft and light yet you still hear and feel that crunch between your teeth. I love how they’ve used both quinoa and oats in the filling to create an extra nutty depth and variety of flavours as well as nutrients and fibre content. I’m also blown away with how low in sugar these bars are! 8g for the whole chocolate bar making these a suitable afternoon treat! Normally, even natural alternatives are still packed full of sugar making them an every so often snack! This bar has it all! I bet it would be incredible melted slightly and enjoyed as a dessert with ice cream and hazelnut butter or even just dunked in a good cup of tea! It reminds me of Nutella and kinder and Lindt truffles! Aka my favourite chocolate in the world! Give me a Lindt truffle and I’ll love you forever and give me one of these bars and I’ll love you more! Well done guys! Blown me away EVEN more!!

Sweet and Salty almond bar…

Sweet silky almond and grown up tastes! There’s that sweet milky almond taste with a salted caramel like silkiness throughout, paired with small crunchy chunks of almond to create the most moreish and satisfying bar! I can’t get over how the bar melts on your tongue, the comfort it brings and how the salt brings out and shouts about the flavours! Just lush! Chocolate, caramel, roasted depth of the nuts, the salty and sweet combination and the milkiness! What a bar! I think this is my favourite and maybe my favourite chocolate bar ever! Healthy or not! I’ve never had anything like it! The vanilla also adds a luxury depth to the bar and I like how they’ve used hazelnut in there too to create a proper chocolate taste! Pure bliss! I want 10 more!

Super Coconut bar…

Silky dark rich chocolate with a crisp, sweet and crunchy coconut and oat filling. The smooth melting chocolate on your tongue paired with the sweet and crisp texture and tropical feel of the filling is incredible! The chocolate is rich and bitter but when paired with the sweet filling they both level out create the perfect bar! I especially like the crisp filling! I was expected a drying coconut filling like a bounty but this is far from! It’s more wafer like with creamy coconut in between the layers! Ummummm! Again, up there with one of my favourite ever chocolate bars! Also love the baby blue packaging and again how low in sugar it is! I have no complaints!

Recipe…

So Today I’m sharing a super comforting, weekend indulgence, Sunday morning PJ day porridge bowl. Sweet cinnamon spiced nutty porridge topped with sweet and sticky grilled banana, creamy yoghurt, silky caramel, melted chocolate and crunchy granola and seeds. Absolute perfection.

Ingredients – serves one

Caramel –

1 date, mashed

1 tsp tahini

a pinch of salt

milk

Toppings –

1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds

2 heaped tsp of yoghurt

1 tsp chocolate nut butter or a piece of chocolate, chopped

chocolate granola

half a banana, halved lengthways

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

a pinch of salt

half a banana, mashed

0.5 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp toasted pecans, roughly chopped

Method

Mash the date in a small bowl until smooth, add the tahini and salt and stir to combine and then add a littlle milk at a time until a smooth caramel has formed.

​Preheat the grill to high and line with foil. Pop the banana halves on the lined grill and grill until golden. Pop to one side.

Pour the porridge ingredients into a small pan over a low heat and stir until thickened.

Pour the porridge into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt, caramel and nut butter/chocolate on one side on the porridge and arrange the grilled banana halves on top.

Scatter the seeds and some chocolate granola down the centre of the porridge.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Sausage and Sweet Potato Curry

Morning my loves! A short but sweet post as I’m in London with my girlies!! I’ll fill you in on my few days away on Wednesday!

Today I’m sharing a sausage curry! Like a British and Indian mash up!! Ummmumm a super easy mid week, cold and dark night dish!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves four

6 97% meat sausges, halved

2 onions, diced

2 celery sticks, sliced

4 garlic cloves, diced

0.5 tsp ground ginger

0.25 tsp mild chilli powder

1 tsp black mustard seeds

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

0.5 tsp ground turmeric

a pinch of salt and pepper

400g sweet potato, cubed

240g cabbage, shredded

1 can chopped tomatoes

1.5 can water

1 tbsp tomato puree

a 25g bunch of chopped coriander

Kraut and yoghurt to serve

Method

Pop the sausages in a large pan and fry until golden, add the onions, celery and garlic and cook for 10 minutes to soften.

Stir through the spices, potato, cabbage and tomatoes.

Pour over the water, add the puree and half the coriander, including the stalks.

Bring to the boil and then a medium simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until the potato is cooked through.

Turn off the heat.

Divide the curry between four dishes, making sure everyone gets three sausage halves.

Scatter over the coriander.

Serve with full fat live yoghurt or coconut yoghurt and kraut.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Chai Spiced Porridge with Plum Compote

Morning guys! What a busy few weeks it has been!! Saturday was a little chilled, doing to odd job around the house and then I went shopping and to my Grandmas later in the day to wish her Happy Birthday! Saturday night we chilled in-front of the TV and made pizzas! Sunday I headed off to Manchester to see my gorgeous friend Yas! We met at the train station, we wondered round the shops, I got some jazzy red trousers and a small bag to use when I go out. We then went for lunch at a place called Federal. We had to que, one because it was super popular and two, it was quite small. The food was so reasonable and incredibly delicious. I went for the sourdough toast topped with tomato relish, poached eggs, halloumi, thyme and garlic mushrooms and rocket. Yas went for the sourdough topped with zesty avocado, tomatoes and mushrooms. Delicious! We nattered for hours and then went wondering again for some bits and bobs before heading home for another chilled night in! Monday was a busy one, making al my LeitchyCreates autumn range, taking pictures, sending off for labels and inserts, collecting packaging and stickers, getting admin done, recipes written up and emails sent!! Tuesday was pretty similar but I took the afternoon off to get some fresh air and chill out.

Today I’m sharing yesterdays delicious porridge bowl! So autumnal, comforting and flavoursome. Masala chai spiced oats topped with a sweet plum compote, crunchy roasted hazelnuts and ricotta for creaminess (this can be replaced with a dairy free alternative such as coconut yoghurt).

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

200ml oat milk

a pinch of salt and pepper

a pinch of ground cloves

0.25 tsp ground cinnamon

0.25 tsp ground cardamom

0.25 tsp fennel seeds

0.25 tsp ground ginger

Compote –

1 plum, sliced – about 50g

0.25 tsp ground cinnamon

water

1 tsp maple butter

Toppings –

2 tbsp ricotta or full fat live yoghurt

1 tbsp roasted hazelnuts, chopped

Method

Pop the compote ingredients into a small pan and place over a low heat. Mash the plums with a fork to release the juices and then leave to thicken. Turn off when soft with a sauce.

Pour the porridge ingredients into another small pan and stir over a medium heat until thickened.

Pour the porridge into a bowl.

Dollop the ricotta on one side of the porridge and pour the compote over the other.

Scatter the hazelnuts down the middle and dig in!

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Cheesy Chicken and Red Onion Pasta

Morning guys!! What a week!! I’ve not had a weekend for two weeks but I’m not complaining as I’ve had the best time!! However, I am looking forward to a weekend off!!

So on Sunday I was at Vegan Festival Sheffield with my LeitchyCreates as you probably know!! I was pretty anxious with how it was going to go down as I’m just used to my little stalls at Nuffield! But it couldn’t of gone better!!! I got so much positive feedback and heard about so many others who too suffer with digestion and certain requirements. I was happy to be able to offer them so much and even happier when they came back for more!!! It seems if you had the pecan pie, the peanut butter millionaires or battenberg, you’d be back!! So so so overwhelmed and grateful! I left the day very tired but very very happy and I can’t wait for the next one!! Sunday evening was cooking and packing ready for our long journey down to Southend on Sea!! We set off mid morning and it took about 4 or so hours to get there with train changes and tubes etc. When we got there, we dropped off our bags and headed out for a promenade stroll to breathe in the sea air, stretch our legs, take some photos and get our bearings!! Then back to the hotel for a refresh before we went out for a meal. We decided to stay in the hotel as the menu looked so so delicious!! I went for the pigeon with mushrooms, blueberry gel and artichokes to start and my Mum went for the crab and shrimp salad! Then we both went for the juniper crusted duck with blackberry mash, roast parsnips, pickled kohlrabi and tarragon cream. UMMMMUMMMM to say the least!!!

Tuesday morning we woke up, got ready and had the biggest breakfast ever as we new we wouldn’t be eating until 3pm. I had a full english, fruit and nuts and then more bread topped with yoghurt, nuts, seeds and honey. We were ready!! We set off and battled against the wind for a good 45 minutes to meet the rest of the audience and the crew for Jamie and Jimmies Friday Night Feast! We are going to be in the audience and will be able to be seen on TV in January! But I’m afraid I cant say more than that due to legal requirements and papers etc. So you’ll just have to wait and see! Don’t worry you won’t miss it, I’ll be reminding you nearer the time haha! So yeah one of the best days of my life!!! That evening we headed back, watched the bake off and went to bed!

Wednesday we again, had a rather large breakfast and then went on another extremely windy walk! Like probably the windiest weather I’ve ever been in!! Haha anyway, we went on a challenging workout workout and then headed back to the hotel for some goo old pesto pasta before we headed back on a good 8 hour journey with all the waiting around, home. I got my Mum’s birthday present though, some earnings and some delicious sushi for the journey back, oh and a nice coconut latte.. not all bad eh? Filled my time quite nicely.

Thursday was back to work and back to shipping chocolates and getting everything ready for my stall at Nuffield Health today! I’ll be there from 9am until 1pm so come say hey and buy some treats for the weekend if you are around!!

Today I’m sharing a super simple and ever so comforting pasta dish that the whole family and friends and everyone you know will love!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves three

Sauce –

3 tbsp butter

5 red onion, halved and sliced

4 garlic cloves, diced

30g basil, chopped

salt and pepper

350g chicken thighs, diced

1 lemon, juiced

120g grated parmesan

To serve –

225g brown rice pasta/red lentil

1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

1 tbsp toasted sunflower seeds

3 large handfuls of spinach leaves

Method

Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the onions and fry for 15 minutes over a low heat to soften.

Add the garlic, basil, a pinch of salt and pepper, chicken and lemon to the pan and cook for a further 15 minutes.

At this point put the pasta in a pan of boiling water.

In the last 5 minutes, stir the parmesan into the sauce.

Drain the pasta and pour into the sauce pan. Mix well to combine and coat in the cheesy sauce.

Put the spinach in three bowls, top with the pasta and sauce mix and then sprinkle over the toasted nuts and seeds.

Enjoy xx