Posts tagged Healthy
Rabbit

Forgotten post whoops! I have lots of posts on drafts and this was one of them... However Rabbit is unforgettable. Located on Kings road in Chelsea Rabbit is the second restaurant from the Gladwin brothers after the hugely successful Shed restaurant in Notting Hill. Rabbit sees seasonal food that has been sustainably sourced... mainly from their family farm in Nutbourne, West Sussex. Perfect! 

The table highlight for me was the Grilled Harissa Aubergine with Sunflower seed butter, garden herbs and cinnamon dukkh, such a delicious dish, so flavoursome!!

This is the perfect restaurant for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters! Rarely you can eat out knowing that everything on your plate is fresh and sustainably sourced with talented chefs and hands on owners that care about wild British food

www.rabbit-restaurant.com

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*Rabbit cater to vegans, best to ring before hand to enquire about menu choices

Courgette tagliatelle with homemade spicy pesto

Last weekend was a fashion shoot frenzy! Rushing around, choosing locations, styling outfits and finally shooting. When I get busy like most people our diets can be compromised and we can resort to junk food and random things that can be consumed from the pantry or fridge without much effort.... however I'm trying my hardest not to do that by making sure I dedicate time to creating healthy meals whether they be big or small. Also where I have been trying the vegan lifestyle i have found myself in the kitchen more than ever being more creative and enjoying making the simplest of dishes full of flavour

Recipe for two

Tagliatelle 

4            Large sized courgettes 

Pesto  

1 Tsp      Chilli flakes 

1 pinch  Ground Pepper and sea salt for flavour

2            Smashed segments of black garlic 

3 cups    Walnuts or pine nuts

1 splash lemon juice

4 tsp      Olive oil

2 cups    Fresh basil leaves

Dressing 

1 Tsp       Almond flakes

1/2 cup  Cherry tomatoes 

 

How? 

Thinly dice your shallots and Kale

  1. Add your diced veg to the processor adding the salt, pepper, black garlic and chilli for flavour along with the truffle oil 
  2. Once your pesto is a smooth paste remove from the blender and set aside 
  3. Either spiraliziase or thinly slice your courgettes length wise to create your veggie taggitlle 
  4. Throw your courgettes in a hot wok to heat and a little colour
  5. Sauté your almonds in a small frying pan using a oil of your choice, I choose to stick with the truffle oil ( 1 tsp is plenty) 

Meat eaters 

If you want to cater to friends or family who are not on the vegan train. Add crispy bacon chips and finish with parmesan 

Farmacy

Farmacy had been on my 'must visit list' for a while so I jumped at the chance to visit it last weekend. This vegan restaurant is the go to hang out spot for yummy plant based meals and a uniquely large variety of cocktails... non alcoholic cocktails however all deliciously creative and healthy!

Located at 74 Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, this restaurant features earthy interiors, leafy clusters and minimal gold detailing. Wooden tables line the dining area with an attractive open view bar taking centre stage, home to a mixture of wine bottles, jars full of various nuts and natural proteins. While we waited for our drinks we watched the busy waiters behind the bar dicing up vegetables and concocting yummy health beverages such as the Berry Punch featuring a mix of raspberries, lemon juice, mint, ginger, strawberries, pineapple & grapefruit juice, Delicious! I also loved the sound of the Cool Beans cold brewed organic coffee, maca, dates, lucuma & cold pressed coconut oil with fresh almond milk the perfect beverage for a breakfast visit

The menu sees classic vegan dishes such as salads laden with seeds and avocado and of course the classic, a chunky bean burger. However this restaurant boasts a variety of more interesting dishes such as their Earth Bowls. I chose the Mexican bowl and was treated to serval different grains, thick dips and tasty beans not forgetting their crispy corn chips. I shared the Mezze for my starter, which left us pretty satisfied! It's lovely to visit somewhere vegan friendly and to be given a proper portion instead of charged the world and given an a la carte portion. I visited the restaurant with meat and fish lovers and didn't hear any complaints so was pleased to know this was a new foodie hang out that suited everyone.

I will be going back for sure 1. Because it's had the seal of approval by my friends and 2. Because I never got to try their puddings 

farmacylondon.com

 
Tortelloni and Avocado stir through

A quick meal for hosting unexpected guests is pasta coupled with fresh herbs and vegetables. La Tua Pasta is a definite go to reatiler for ready made tortellini if you haven't got time to make your own. Heads up: one pack serves two

Pasta for four people

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Sprinkling of feta

Directions

  • Cook pasta in a large boiling pan of water for five minutes then drain
  • To make the avocado sauce, combine avocados, basil, garlic and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients into the pasta, serve and finish with feta