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Monday, 25 March 2019

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Welcome to a blog that is all about wellness for the over 40s. Here you will find blog posts to help you maintain (or restore) your natural state of health. You will also find a vegan recipe each Monday and you can learn about growing organic food from the blog posts on the 40plusandalliswell allotment. 
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Meatless Monday : Quick vegan sausage, lentil and mushroom one pot


This was a lunch that we threw together when we arrived back late from our morning walk. The weather was so lovely that it seemed a shame to hurry back. It turned out to be one that we will definitely want again!
Quick vegan sausage, lentil and mushroom one pot
You will need
Serves 2
Olive oil spray
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
½ tsp salt
6 Chestnut mushrooms, sliced
½ tsp mixed herbs
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 can green lentils
6 vegan sausages

Cook the vegan sausages according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to cool a little.

Meanwhile spray a small fry pan with olive oil spray.  Cook the onion with the salt until translucent adding a little water if necessary. Add the mushrooms, mixed herbs and tomato puree with a little water and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the lentils.  Chop the sausages into bite sized pieces and stir into the lentil mixture.  Heat through and serve. There are more vegan recipes and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look!

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Herbs – health and beauty in your kitchen

Sunday, 24 March 2019




I love March – it feels like a new start to the year when things start growing.  Already we have had the flower parade - snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils and the grass is growing like topsy.  Alright I know grass cutting isn’t much fun but it’s lovely that everything is bursting into life. 

This year we are not doing the allotment because we are busy with other commitments but we will be growing some fruit and vegetables in the garden.  What I love about growing herbs however is that you do not even have to have a garden – just a sunny windowsill.  Fresh herbs are a wonderful addition to your recipes and will make your kitchen smell lovely.  Here are two to start you off. 

Sweet Basil – this has got to be my favourite herb and it is so easy to grow.  Plant in a container with drainage which has been filled with a good potting compost.  The seeds need light to germinate so plant the seeds no more than ¼ inch down.  Keep well watered but do not overwater.  Sweet basil is good in recipes for pesto.  It marries well with tomato so it is good to top pizza with or in tomato and basil soup. 

Sweet basil is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  It is also antioxidant and so fights the free radicals in our bodies that lead to disease and aging.  Free radicals can lead to wrinkles and we all have them in our body because they are produced as a result of normal metabolism.  Of course, it helps to avoid pollutants, toxins in beauty products and in household cleaners.   Apart from that sweet bail is a source of lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin A which are good for eye health.  Basil improves blood sugar balance, protects your liver, and helps maintain a healthy blood pressure.  Sweet basil is also an adaptogen that helps your body cope with stress. 

Be aware however that it is best avoided if you are pregnant and it can interact with some medications so if in doubt check with your medical practitioner.

Mint is another herb that you can grow on your windowsill.  It is not only good for freshening your breath but it also is good for digestive and respiratory health.  Add it to salads, vegan mint choc mousse or mint choc nice cream. 
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Happy growing!

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Meatless Monday : Vegan cottage pie with sweet potato topping

Monday, 18 March 2019


This is a simple dish but one that will impress even your meat eating friends.  The soy mince is made more ‘meaty’ by the addition of yeast extract.
Vegan cottage pie with sweet potato topping
Serves 2
You will need
For the rosti topping
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
Olive oil spray
For the ‘meaty’ base
Olive oil spray
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
½ -1 tsp salt
1 medium carrot, scraped and cut into small pieces
120g dried soya mince
2 tsp yeast extract
4 tbsp tomato puree
Pinch stevia
Handful frozen peas

To make the rosti dab the grated potato with kitchen towel to remove as much moisture as possible.  Shape into rounds and place on a baking tray that has been sprayed with olive oil spray.  Spray again with olive oil spray. Bake at 180 degrees for around 15 minutes.

To make the base, place the yeast extract and soya mince in a bowl and just cover with boiling water.  Mix well and leave for 10 minutes.

Spray a fry pan with olive oil spray and cook the onion and carrot with the salt for 3 minutes. Add the tomato puree, pinch stevia and soya mince/yeast extract with 500ml water.  Bring to the boil, add the peas and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes until the carrots are tender.

To serve divide the soya mince base between plates and top with the sweet potato rosti. There are more vegan recipes and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! If you are enjoying my blogs please consider making a small donation but please do not feel this is a condition of enjoying the blogs. Please see-https://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html




Vegan Irish Apple Cake 'Nice' Cream

Saturday, 16 March 2019



Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! Last week I posted a recipe for a 'vegan Irish apple cake' on the blog. Here's an idea for a vegan Irish apple cake 'nice' cream if you want to combine the two recipes to create a delicious St. Patrick's Day treat! Just crumble the cake into the 'nice' cream and enjoy! You can find a recipe for the 'nice' cream on this link ''Banoffee 'nice' cream sundaes''.

We chose to decorate the dessert with a paper decoration and also an edible wafer flower.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy!



There are more 'nice' cream recipes on the blog as well as vegan recipes and Meatless Monday recipes so please take a look!


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Meatless Monday : Vegan huevos rancheros

Monday, 11 March 2019




This Mexican dish is usually made with eggs poached in a bean stew.  This vegan version uses silken tofu in place of the eggs and is just as tasty. I have used a green chilli because we don’t like too much heat but feel free to use red chilli if that is to your taste. Hope you enjoy!


Vegan huevos rancheros


You will need


Olive oil spray

1 red onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloved garlic, peeled and sliced

½ tsp salt

1/2 red pepper, sliced

4 Chestnut mushrooms

1 green chilli, seeds removed and sliced

1 large salad tomato, chopped

1 tsp cumin

4 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 can red kidney beans, drained

½ pack silken tofu, blended


To serve

Tortilla chips


Spray a small non-stick fry pan with olive oil spray.  Add the onion and salt and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, red pepper, green chilli and cumin and cook for a further 2 minutes.  Add the tomates and tomato puree and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in the kidney beans and nutritional yeast.  Add tablespoons of silken tofu carefully without stirring into the bean mixture.  Heat gently for a few minutes then serve with tortilla chips.

There are more vegan recipes and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look!

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St.Patrick's Day - Vegan Irish Apple Cake

Sunday, 10 March 2019


Ever since we found out that my daughters had Irish ancestry on their dad’s side, we have celebrated St Patrick’s Day. This year it is on Sunday the 17th March and already our lounge is decorated with rainbows and shamrocks!   You can’t have a celebration without food and so I made this variation on an Irish Apple Cake. I have included some chopped almonds because as you know if you are a regular visitor to this blog, I like contrasting textures. I have used eating apples for their sweetness. I hope you enjoy.

Vegan Irish Apple Cake
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
110g dairy free spread
15g stevia
160g SR flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond essence
120ml soya milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
20g almonds chopped

Place the apple in a bowl with a tablespoon lemon juice to prevent browning.  

Cream the dairy free spread with stevia and mix in the flour and baking powder.  Stir the lemon juice and almond essence into the soy milk and add mixing well to form a cake batter.  


Place half the batter in an 18cm cake tin and arrange apple slices on the batter, reserving some for the top. Sprinkle on most of the chopped almonds.  Spread the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples and chopped almonds on top. Loosley cover with baking parchment and bake at 180 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour, removing the baking parchment for the last 10 minutes.  

Here is a recipe for a vegan mint choc chip nice-cream that myself and Becky made in a previous year for St.Patrick's Day-https://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.com/2017/03/happy-stpatricks-day-celebrate-with.html


Have a happy St. Patrick's Day! 


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