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Wednesday, 25 December 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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Happy Christmas! 🎀 I hope you have a wonderful time! 


Letting go of Christmas perfectionism

Sunday, 15 December 2019





If you are a perfectionist ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ might turn out to be stressful and exhausting.  At this time of the year our bodies are in a rest and restore phase but the ‘perfect’ Christmas is neither restful or restorative and quite honestly not real life despite portrayal by the media.  If you spend hours searching out the ‘perfect’ gift (even spending much more than you can afford), take over decorating the tree and your home (not letting anyone else gets a look in), spend ages planning and shopping for the ‘perfect’ meal (and won’t let anyone help) or resort to queuing at the shops before opening time (even if it means missing out on sleep), accept every invitation that comes your way, etc, you are showing signs of being a perfectionist.   The thing is this can lead to you feeling stressed and exhausted by the day and others may pick up on this, ironically losing enjoyment of the day. 

It is understandable that you want your loved ones to have a wonderful time but they don’t want you to sacrifice your Christmas to do it.  Here are some tips to make your Christmas ‘perfectly imperfect’. 


Make jobs like decorating the tree a fun, family activity.  Pop on some Christmas music and maybe even let the family make some decorations.  If it doesn’t look as ‘perfect’ as you wanted, it is better that a lot of love and fun went into decorating it.  When my girls were younger we had dolly peg angels, felt chinchillas (representing our pets at the time) etc on the tree and it was lovely.  


Set a budget – if you spend more than you can afford you are only going to have a miserable January when the credit card bills roll home. 

Take shortcuts – if you can buy it, don’t make it unless you really enjoy it.  


Delegate – giving everyone a job helps them feel that they had a part to play in the special day.  Get everone preparing vegetables the night before.  Laying the table is a job that is enjoyed by everyone.  This will give you time for rest and relaxation and time with your loved ones.  Schedule in a family film night, trips out, family walks etc


Learn to say ‘no’.  You don’t have to accept every invitation.  Schedule in relaxation time.


I hope you have a wonderful, ‘perfectly imperfect’ Christmas.


If you are looking for recipe ideas for a vegan Christmas there's plenty on the blog! To find these and many more of my blog posts for Christmas including vegan edible gifts, yoga for Christmas and craft ideas for Christmas click HERE 🎄🎅


There are also vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀


Meatless Monday : Vegan Mushroom and Soy Bolognese

Monday, 25 November 2019


Mushrooms are in season right now and add a ‘meatiness’ to vegan recipes.  This recipe uses soy mince and mushrooms to make a tasty bolognese.
Vegan mushroom and soy bolognese
Serves 2
You will need
Olive oil spray
2 spring onions, chopped
120g dried soy mince
125g closed cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp yeast extract
4 tbsp tomato puree
½ tsp Italian herbs
Pinch salt Pinch stevia
150g spaghetti

Place the dried soy in a bowl and add the yeast extract.  Just cover with boiling water, mix the yeast extract in and set aside for 10 minutes.

When the soy has absorbed the water, spray a small fry pan with olive oil spray and cook the spring onion for 2 minutes. Add the rehydrated soy mince, mushrooms, tomato puree, stevia, salt and Italian herbs.  Cook for 5-10 minutes, adding a little more water if necessary.

Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the manufacturer’s directions.  

Drain and divide the spaghetti between two bowls and top with the mushroom and soy bolognese sauce. There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀
If you have started thinking about ideas for vegan Christmas recipes or Christmas crafts - I have quite a few on my blog! Try doing a search for 'Christmas' 🎄

Meatless Monday : Vegan Chinese ‘fakeaway’

Monday, 18 November 2019




Things are getting busy now preparing for Christmas.  When you get back late it’s tempting to send for a takeaway but this ‘fakeaway’ can be made in just 10 minutes-so why not go for the healthier option?  As well as being delicious, it's low calorie, high protein and low fat too!


Vegan Chinese ‘fakeaway’


You will need


½ pack frozen stir fry vegetables

1x400g pack tofu, drained and diced

½ tbsp Chinese 5 spice

2 tbsp dark soy

1 ½ tbsp tahini


To serve


2 portions whole wheat noodles

1 tbsp dark soy
Sprinkle of sesame seeds


Place the frozen vegetables, tofu, Chinese 5 spice and dark soy in a small fry pan and cook on a medium high heat for 8 minutes.  You shouldn’t need to add more water because the frozen veg will give up some water.  At the same time put some water on to boil in a saucepan and cook the noodles according to pack instructions – ours took 4 minutes so we put them into boiling water 4 minutes into cooking the tofu.  Drain the noodles well and stir in a tablespoon of dark soy.  Divide the noodles between two bowls and top with tofu. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Done! 

Try a search on this blog for more of my vegan recipes. For example if you liked this recipe I have more vegan Chinese recipes. To see them click HERE 😀


Enjoy!

There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀


Meatless Monday : Vegan Argentinian Style Tofu

Monday, 11 November 2019


This recipe is for a hearty tofu dish inspired by the delicious flavours of chimmichurri. Chimmichurri is a sauce which is often served with meats or as a condiment in Argentina- this dish offers a scrummy vegan alternative by combining tofu with the spices that give chimmichurri its distinctive flavour.  Enjoy!

Vegan Argentinian-Style Tofu
Serves 2 
You will need
Olive oil spray
2 spring onions, sliced
1X400g pack tofu, drained and diced
4 tbsp frozen peppers
4 tbsp sweetcorn
2 tbsp tamari
For the chimmichurri-style spice mix
1 tsp dried onion granules
1 tsp garlic granules
½ tsp coriander
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp oregano
Pinch black pepper
Pinch cayenne
To serve 
Avocado slices
Corn bread

Mix the ingredients for the chimmichurri spice.  Spray a small fry pan with olive oil spray and add the spring onions.  Cook over a medium heat for a minute then add the peppers, sweetcorn, tofu, tamari and chimmichurri spice mix.  Cook for 5-10 minutes adding a little water if necessary.

Divide between bowls and serve with avocado slices and cornbread.  You will find my recipe for corn bread within my recipe for 'Vegan cornbread and sausage traybake'. For the recipe click HERE. There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀



Meatless Monday : Tofu stuffed pasta shells with Mediterranean pasta sauce

Monday, 4 November 2019





This week’s Meatless Monday takes very little preparation but looks good and tastes good!


Tofu stuffed pasta shells with Mediterranean pasta sauce



Serves 2


You will need


150g large pasta shells

1 pack silken tofu

1 tsp garlic powder


For the pasta sauce


6 tbsp frozen Mediterranean vegetables

100g tomato puree 

1/2 tsp stevia


Cook the pasta shells according to the manufacturer’s directions.  Meanwhile, mash the silken tofu with the garlic powder and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly.


Divide the pasta shells between bowls and using a teaspoon fill the pasta shells.  To make the sauce heat the tomato puree with the Mediterranean vegetables, stevia and a little water.  Bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer, cooking the vegetables according to the pack directions.  Divide the sauce between bowls.  

You may also like my recipe for 'Vegan stuffed pasta shells'- Click HERE for the recipe! 

There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀

Enjoy!