Mary Flahavan- how to make the perfect bowl of porridge…

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We are sharing Mary Flahavan’s definitive guide to making the perfect bowl of porridge, as it’s been handed down through the Flahavan’s family for seven generations.#PerfectPorridge #FlahavansPorridge #NationalPorridgeWeek

The Perfect Porridge Recipe…

(Porridge on the hob with 3 topping variations)

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves: 3

Ingredients:
120g Flahavan’s Oats
875mls of whole milk

Method:
Makes 3 x 40g servings on the hob.
Stir oats into milk.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring continuously.
Pour porridge into serving dish.

Serving suggestion 1
Top with greek yoghurt, mixed berries, coconut flakes, chia seeds
Serving suggestion 2
Top with peanut butter, grated dark chocolate and a chopped banana
Serving suggestion 3
Top diced apple, dried cranberries, honey and cinnamon

Sinead Delahunty -This Chicken & Chickpea Curry is delicious @Glenisk

16h16 hours ago

Cool evenings call for warm plates! This Chicken & Chickpea Curry is delicious and so simple to whip up 🐔

Ingredients

2 tsp oil
2 medium onions, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
400ml hot vegetable stock
200ml Natural 0% Fat Irish Strained Protein Yogurt 
5 large handfuls spinach
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  2. Stir through the spices and mustard until well coated. Add the squash and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring the saucepan to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Once the squash is tender, take the pot off the heat and stir through the yoghurt, spinach and chickpeas until well combined and the spinach wilts.
  5. Serve the curry as you like – I love it with some fluffy brown or basmati rice!

https://glenisk.com/recipes/chickpea-spinach-squash-curry

Warm milk..

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Can’t sleep? Try one of these 10 drinks known to help you drift off into |

Fortunately, what you drink before bedtime could help you enjoy a more restful night. Your mother likely knew what she was doing when she sent you to bed with a mug of warm milk, a range of other delicious beverages could help you if you struggle to find peace at night. Here are just 10 of the drinks you can make at home to help improve your sleep.

Warm Milk

People have used this age-old remedy to help them drift into dreamland for decades, and it’s still a popular choice today, despite the fact that a New York Times article suggests there isn’t enough evidence to prove the ritual has any effect.

The reason why many mothers and scientific experts alike swear by warm milk is because milk contains significant amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is also present in meals full of carbohydrates, which is one reason why many people feel sleepy after eating a big meal. Once tryptophan is consumed, it’s converted to the natural hormone melatonin in the body, which helps to regulate our natural sleep state.

Almond Milk

Taking a step away from the classic bedtime solution, almond milk could be a fantastic sleep-inducing alternative. According to studies, the presence of serotonin in the brain can help to initiate sleep. Healthy serotonin levels in our central nervous system often depend on the presence of tryptophan, which is naturally found in both cow’s milk and almond milk.

Almond milk is also particularly high in magnesium, which is another important nutrient that can improve sleep quality.

Malted Milk

Whether it’s the classic British option Horlicks, or products like Ovaltine and similar store-brand offerings, this nighttime beverage is a great sleep aid for those in favor of warm, milky drinks. Malted milk contains plenty of vitamin B, zinc, iron, phosphorous, and magnesium — a blend of minerals that’s perfect for helping you relax before bedtime.

Valerian Tea

Valerian root has been used for centuries as something of a sedative in the medical world. It’s also been used to help reduce feelings of anxiety and promote calmness in people as a natural remedy to stress.

The valerian herb is now frequently used to help treat sleep disorders, particularly for people who suffer from insomnia. Usually, it’s combined with lemon balm, hops, and other herbs known to cause drowsiness. Unfortunately, the only problem with this sleep solution is that you need to be willing to take regular naptime breaks, as valerian can become quite addictive.

Decaffeinated Green Tea

Green tea is generating a lot of interest in the modern world today thanks to its ability to promote weight loss. However, if you remove the caffeine boost from green tea, it has sleep-inducing benefits, too.

Green tea contains the amino acid known as theanine, which has been proven to help reduce stress and promote more restful sleeping patterns. While the high caffeine levels of regular green tea cancel out those benefits when you’re starting your morning, decaffeinated options can be perfect for bedtime.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea, like warm milk, is another more traditional option in the world of natural sleeping solutions. Experts have recommended the use of chamomile for years as an aid for those who suffer from insomnia. Often, this tea is very calming and soothing — as well as being caffeine-free.

Sometimes, people will pair their chamomile tea with other natural remedies, such as magnesium supplements, to help enhance the effects.

Herbal Tea with Lemon Balm

The last of our tea-based suggestions is just about any caffeine-free herbal tea. When mixed with lemon balm, herbal teas can make a perfect sleep aid for anyone seeking a natural way to drift off. Lemon balm, which is also known as balm mint in some areas, is a fantastic option for busting stress, fighting off insomnia, and promoting healthy sleep.

To make the best herbal tea, start by washing about 10 lemon balm leaves and adding them to your teapot with boiling water. Let the lot steep for about five minutes before adding a spoonful of honey and drinking it while it’s hot.

Pure Coconut Water

Coconut water might be a surprising addition to this list, as it’s often used as an energy-boosting beverage — or at least advertised as such. However, the truth is that coconut water is brimming with ingredients that can help you sleep better, such as magnesium and potassium, which help to relax muscles. This drink is also full of vitamin B, which is known for helping to reduce stress levels.

Banana Smoothies

Another fruit-based sleep-assisting option is a banana smoothie, which can be made quite easily before bedtime and is fantastic for promoting healthy sleep patterns. All you need is to blend a small banana with some almond butter and milk for a delicious smoothie. Not only will this healthy beverage help you fight off midnight snack cravings, but it also contains plenty of magnesium and potassium to promote muscle relaxation.

Tart Cherry Juice

Finally, a small study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2010 found that drinking about 16 ounces of tart cherry juice during the day could result in a significant decrease in insomnia. The study was later duplicated and produced similar results.

Part of the reasoning behind this effect is that cherries are full of melatonin — an antioxidant that’s been known to regulate sleep cycles.

Sweet Dreams

While none of the drinks listed above are guaranteed to knock you out in seconds, they do possess some great natural qualities that can help you wind down and switch off after a long day. Combined with other sleeping advice, these drinks might be just the remedy you need to fight off insomnia.

Mary Flahavan- how to make the perfect bowl of porridge…

· 2 hrs

 

 

We are sharing Mary Flahavan’s definitive guide to making the perfect bowl of porridge, as it’s been handed down through the Flahavan’s family for seven generations.#PerfectPorridge #FlahavansPorridge #NationalPorridgeWeek

The Perfect Porridge Recipe…

(Porridge on the hob with 3 topping variations)

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves: 3

Ingredients:
120g Flahavan’s Oats
875mls of whole milk

Method:
Makes 3 x 40g servings on the hob.
Stir oats into milk.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring continuously.
Pour porridge into serving dish.

Serving suggestion 1
Top with greek yoghurt, mixed berries, coconut flakes, chia seeds
Serving suggestion 2
Top with peanut butter, grated dark chocolate and a chopped banana
Serving suggestion 3
Top diced apple, dried cranberries, honey and cinnamon

Chiquita banana smoothie.

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Southwestern All-Veggie Wraps

cleveland veggie wrap

Expand your plant-food menu options with this tasty wrap. Collard greens replace the traditional flour-based wrap and are stuffed with fresh corn, tomatoes and peppers. Each wrap is topped with a zesty rice blend. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber, they’re perfect for a quick, healthy meal!

Ingredients

1 cup cooked brown rice
½ cup fresh corn kernels
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons 0% Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large collard greens, Swiss chard, or cabbage leaves, stems trimmed
2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
Hot sauce to taste

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the rice, corn, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice and salt.
  2. Lay the collard green leaves flat on your work surface. Dividing evenly, layer the tomatoes, avocado and bell pepper in the center of each leaf, leaving a border all the way around.
  3. Top each leaf with the rice mixture. Add a few dashes of hot sauce.
  4. Roll up like a burrito.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings

Per serving:

185 calories
Total fat 8.2g
Saturated fat 1.2g
Protein 4.5g
Carbohydrate 26.4g
Dietary fiber 6.2g
Sugar 5.3g
Added sugar 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 110mg

Recipe developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness

Recipe: Southwestern All-Veggie Wraps