Vegan cookery classes

Vegan cookery classes – Simply veg!

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

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The benefits of a plant based diet are regularly reported in the media.  But what does a plant based diet actually look like, and if you were thinking of adding more veg and less meat, fish, eggs and dairy to your diet what do you cook?

I may very well have the answer!  I deliver vegan cookery classes in West Bridgford, Nottingham that will introduce you to the wonders of tofu, the delights of vegan sushi and the occasional but oh so tasty raw chocolate dessert.  The classes take place every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm - although the times could be flexible.

 

So what’s in it for you if you sign up?

I will provide all the ingredients, equipment and recipes; you will prepare and cook your very own vegan meal, which you can take home for the family to eat and enjoy

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This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start.  Its also great for would be students who are about to embark on independent living; after all we all know how cheap seasonal veg can be.

Maybe you have a vegan or vegetarian member of the family and you’re struggling to know what healthy and nutritious meals to cook them

Or you want to lose some weight, change your diet, feel fitter, then coming to my ‘simply veg’ class could be just what you’re looking for

The vegan kitchen 

As a lifelong vegetarian and chef I will share my knowledge, tips and experience and help you to get that veggie vibe.  I have advised clients for a number of years about how to make small but permanent changes to their diet , so the meals are going to be balanced and nutritious.

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Each class will have a maximum of 4 guests, and rest assured my kitchen is up to scratch having recently been award a 5 star hygiene rating.  I am also the proud owner of a H.O.T award (healthy options takeaway)

 

All this for £25 a session, or if you block book all six you only pay for five i.e. £125

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Susan Hart, nutrition coach

So what are you waiting for?

 

Contact details

07946 301338

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Make your own raw chocolate mini Easter eggs

Make your own raw chocolate mini Easter eggs

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw chocolate mini Easter eggs for yourself or a loved one this April

Join Rebecca from vegan pop up Willow and Dove and me, Susan Hart nutrition coach to learn how make raw chocolate from 3 simple ingredients.

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The Easter event will take place at my cookery school in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch at home with minimal equipment and experience
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolate eggs with a variety of freeze dried fruits and nuts
  • Take home Easter Eggs in your own customised packaging PLUS mini starter kit to get you started creating your own chocolates at home

All this and lots of tasting too for £25.  click on our eventbrite link to book your place

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-your-own-raw-chocolate-mini-easter-eggs-tickets-33315663045

willow & dove chocWe welcome any questions you may have about the evening:

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  07946 301338

willowanddovecakes@gmail.com

and look forward to welcoming you this April.

Celeriac and leek soup

celeriac-4Celeriac and leek soup with hazelnuts and crispy sage – serves 2

This warming soup is an ideal starter if you have a vegan or vegetarian guest coming for Christmas.  It can be made in advance and frozen.  Crisp the sage leaves and add the hazelnuts on the day though

In fact it is so tasty all your meat eating guests will want a bowl, but don’t worry the recipe can easily be double or tripled

vegan-xmas-poster-jpegMy vegan Christmas cookery class guests will be making it (along with chestnut and cranberry terrine and chocolate pots) on Saturday 10th December. I have a couple of places left if you’d like to join me

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Celeriac and leek soup with hazelnuts and crispy sage – serves 2

15g hazelnuts,2 tsp olive oil

100g leek

1 garlic clove

500ml veg stock

250g celeriac, peeled and chopped

200g floury potato (russet, Desiree, King Edward and Maris Piper.) chopped only

12 small sage leaves, salt & pepper to taste

Drizzle lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil

 

  • hazelnutsAdd the hazelnuts to a hot dry frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until toasted, keep shaking the pan.
  • Wrap the toasted nuts in a paper towel and rub to remove the brown skin. Cool then roughly chop
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in the pan cook the thinly sliced leek on a medium heat for 5-6 mins. Add the chopped garlic and cook for another minute. Add the celeriac, potatoes and stock

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  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-22 mins until the veg is soft. Using a stick blender blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning

 

 

  • celeriac-6Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry the sage leaves, stirring for 1 -2 mins until crispy. Drain on paper. Serve the soup topped with the toasted nuts and sage leaves. Finish with a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil (or you could add a splash of soya cream)

Vegan Merry Christmas!

Vegan Merry Christmas!

Sorry to mention the ‘C’ word in October!

img_4983Have you got a vegan coming for a Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

 

Then I might have the answer! Every Saturday in November (and possibly the first two of December) I will be running a vegan festive cookery class.

 

 

Come along to my professional 5* rated kitchen in West Bridgford where you will make a 3 course festive lunch.  The class runs from 10 am – 1.30pm.

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The ingredients, equipment, a recipe folder and refreshments will all be provided, all you need to do is bring containers to take your dishes home. And all that for £125

 

xmas2Every Saturday it will be the same menu, so just choose the date that best suits and book in. I accept four guests at a time

 

To book your place on either 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th November class, just contact me

Susan Hart on 07946 301338  or email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

If these get booked up I will offer the following additional dates

3rd and 10th December

 

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Chocolate and date chia pudding

Chocolate and date chia pudding – serves 2

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

IMG_3686This dessert is so tasty and rich you will not believe it is also low in calories.  I made it with cacao powder; which is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder.  It is also bursting with antioxidants, fibre and magnesium.  I’d urge you to try it.  I bought my from the health store in West Bridgford

 

 

20 grams chia seed

180 ml of almond, hazelnut, oat, soya or coconut or cows milk

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, stones removed

2 tsp cacao or cocoa powder

Few drops vanilla extract

Few grains sea salt

(Almost) 1 tsp date/maple/golden syrup, agave or honey

Toppings

IMG_36671 tbls (10g) cashew nuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds or peanuts
 – dry toasted in a hot pan until they smell nice and nutty

1 tsp (10g) wholenut peanut butter– add at the time you put all the ingredients in to the blender

1 small banana sliced

1 tbls (10g) rolled oats toasted

1 tbls (5g) toasted puffed rice

 

  • Soak the chia seeds and dates in the milk for at least 4 hours or cover and leave overnight in the fridge.
  • Pour the soaked mixture to a blender (I find the Nutribullet works best) with the remaining pudding ingredients and blend until smooth and thick.  If you are using peanut butter add at this time too

 

 

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  • Serve in a glass dish, layered with the toppings of your choice

 

 

Childhood obesity

Obesity and children – should we be concerned?

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

 

As a nutrition coach I have noticed that sugar smart 4more of my clients are concerned about the weight issues affecting their whole family, including the children.  It seems that some parents are really worried and don’t know what to do.

 

The first ever UK awareness week focusing on child obesity issues takes place this week, 4-10 July 2016.  National Childhood Obesity Week

The issue of obese children has also come to the attention of Notts TV.  They came to interview me last year.  Here’s a short clip of the interview that was later aired on ‘The 6.30 show’

 

So why do we have this potential epidemic? 

I don’t believe there is one simple issue or factor, I think it is a combination of the following (and probably more):

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  • Lack of knowledge and education about healthy eating.
  • The availability of food (on the way to school, at school, after school, at the weekend, in the cinema etc),
  • Too much sugary and processed food
  • Lack of exercise and activity
  • Overweight parent(s)

 

 

If you have concerns about your child’s weight what should you do?

  • First get their BMI etc confirmed by your GP or from the National Childs Measurement Programme data
  • Get support from the GP or a support group
  • images5Look at portion control
  • Encourage your child, tell them they are great, boost their confidence
  • Don’t make it all about weight loss
  • Find fun family things to do that encourage activity (and burns calories)
  • Get cooking together, include more veggies and fruit
  • Make sure they are well hydrated as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.  Water or milk is the preferred drink
  • susan posterGet some cookery advice – as a trained chef I can help you gain back your cooking confidence with my vegetarian and vegan cookery classes.  These take place during the day (although early evening sessions could be a possibility)
  • Exercise can be as important as diet.  To lose weight effectively and to maintain a healthy weight it is always best to both eat sensibly and to exercise regularly.

 

Phone to book your place 07946 301338

  • The Governments recommends  that children and young people aged 5-18 need to do:
    • At least 60 minutes  of physical activity every day, such as cycling and playground activities and fast running and tennis.
    • On three days a week, these activities should involve muscle and bone strengthening activities like push-ups, skipping or running.
  • Get some healthy eating advice; that could be from the school, the GP or a nutrition coach like me. I have recently been talking about this very subject on Notts TV so please Contact me on 07946 301338 for a free consultation.

 In the end we all have a responsibility

  • Children need to learn about the relationship between ‘food in and calories out’ as soon as they go to school – through education at school, after schools clubs and in the home
  • IMG_0848Parents need to set a good example, eat together around a table, prepare home cooked meals and practice portion control
  • Restaurants and food outlets need to offer healthy unprocessed children’s meals that are the right portion size for their smaller appetites
  • Supermarkets and manufacturers need to take their responsibility seriously and reduce the amount of sugar, salt and chemicals etc in food.  And offer appropriate portions
  • IMG_2408Restaurants, supermarkets and food outlets could display their nutritional and calorie data on the produce so customers can make informed choices wherever food is available.
  • Government bodies need to continue getting the message out there about calories, portion control, high sugar, physical activities etc
  • GPs need to be proactive and ask to see children of overweight parents, because there is an increased likelihood is that the child is also overweight.  Statistics show that overweight children more often than not become overweight adults.  They are then at a higher risk of developing diabetes, cardio vascular disease and some cancers
  • IMG_1326Healthy eating needs to be widely promoted in supermarkets, rather than the high sugar high, fat foods that we often see in prominence

If you are unsure where to start to make a healthy change for your family, have a look at some of my previous blog posts where you will find guidance, advice and healthy eating recipes