Bye bye baggage and a buckwheat, chia seed and grilled vegetables wrap

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4 weeks ago I did an intensive crash course in self-improvement. Think psychology meets self-help books meets new ways of thinking. It has changed my life (me thinks at this point) but I’m still not sure how to write about it so I won’t….just yet. It’s called Landmark forum and no it’s not a cult and yes they do use some intensive selling methods and no they don’t do brainwashing….well sort of. In my case my brain was “washed” from negative, draining thoughts that I have been living with for years. From what I could see that happened to a lot of people who did the landmark forum with me. For the last couple of weeks I have felt lighter, much much lighter….Think decades of baggage just gone. In 3 days.

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Anyhow since I’m all go go go at the moment instead of maybe, I’m not sure, another day, I don’t have time, I don’t have money, I’ll think about it….you know the mentality, I have less time to cook so I’m looking for even easier recipes that will keep me well nourished to keep the energy going.
This is a gluten free, vegetable and nutrition packed recipe that can be prepared in advanced and then enjoyed for several days.

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Buckwheat and chia seed wrap with grilled vegetables and hoummus!

Grilled vegetables
Enough for 3 meals
Feel free to use any leftover vegetables or favourite ones.
I used;
6 medium carrots
4 turnips
2 parsnips
2 spring onions
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1 teaspoon of thyme
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
Coriander (for when you put the wrap together)

Preheat the oven to 180ºC ( 350ºF ) Peel and chop the vegetables into similar sizes pieces. I kept mine fairly small since it’s then easier to put them in a wrap.

Put vegetables and coconut oil in an oven proof dish and sprinkle the herbs over. Put in oven. Stir after a couple of minutes to make sure all vegetables gets coated with the coconut oil and cooked evenly. Cook for 45-55 min.

When the vegetables are cooked and has cooled down put them in a glass jar (toxin-free ; ) and they can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Buckwheat wraps

2 cups of buckwheat flour
2 eggs
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
3 1/2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together apart from the coconut oil and make sure there are no lumps. Let in stand for at least 10 minutes.
Melt a little bit of coconut oil (or butter if you prefer and add enough batter to cover the pan and about 5mm thick. Cook for a couple of minutes. Then turn over and cook on the other side.
These wraps can be put in freezer. Make sure you add baking paper in between.

When making the wrap put some vegetables in the middle of the wrap, add a dollop or two of hoummus and some coriander. Wrap up and enjoy!

The wraps can be enjoyed as pancakes as well with fresh fruit. And the vegetables are yummy with a piece of fish. It’s a very versatile dish that can create several meals during the week and hence save a lot of time!

Health benefits of buckwheat see here

A planned weekend and buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup

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I am currently reading a book called “What the most successful people do before breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam. Yes it’s a self-help book and no I’m not too keen on the title, I don’t exactly think I’m going to get successful by reading this book if you get my drift. However…. this book is different to other self-help books that I have read, the ones when you get inspired but as soon as you have finished the book, it’s completely forgotten and nothing has changed. With this one I can see a couple of changes happening already, small things……It’s just simple advice, easy to implement. Lessons I have taken away from the book so far

a) if you don’t do exercise in the morning chances are…it won’t happen because you have had a hard day, you get lazy, that very tempting after work drink becomes way too tempting or the sofa just looks too cozy! So I have been doing 15 min every morning, for a month on Monday so I guess it’s a habit by now. Not a lot but it helps, and it sets up the day in a very positive way. Now I can step it up one notch, perhaps some additional morning meditation…..

b) even if you want to do NOTHING during your weekend you have to plan it. (This is especially true when you have kids because lets face it, doing nothing rarely exist with little ones) And you don’t have to plan every minute, just some key points. Planning it early in the week also means you have a nice weekend to look forward to, like a mini holiday : )

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So my weekend plan that I have been looking forward to

Watching the last 3 episodes of Breaking Bad with hubby on Friday night

Some me time and some quality time with my son whilst hubby and daughter is in the park.

Finish off Christmas decorating ( I love Christmas so it’s not a chore for me, it’s fun )

Christmas party at my sisters on Saturday night

Reflexology session on Sunday afternoon followed by..

Carols by candlelight at St Barnabas church with activities for the kids ( not usually a church goer but Carols, mulled wine and activities for the kids in one of the hidden gems of Hackney…sounds worth checking out)

And one of my favourite weekend breakfasts this morning;

Buckwheat pancakes with bananas, maple syrup and blueberries

Serves 2

3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1 cup of milk of your choice
1 egg
1/2 banana
2 handfuls of organic blueberries
Maple syrup

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I use the Dove farms buckwheat flour and rice flour. It’s both organic and naturally gluten free. Dove farm is a company with great ethical and environmental policies.

Mix together flour, baking powder and flax seed. In a separate bowl whisk the egg and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Prepare the banana, cut in slices. Wash the blueberries.
Pour a little bit of olive oil and then the mixture into a blini pan, plett pan (not too shallow) or non-stick egg rings. As soon as you have poured in the mixture put a couple of banana pieces on top. Cook on a low heat. Once the pancake is bubbling on top turn it over for another minute or two.

Serve with the blueberries and maple syrup

Buckwheat flour is gluten free and comes with lots of benefits. It may lower the chance of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and also contains a lot of magnesium and anti-oxidants