A week of wellness: 7 days worth of delicious recipes

To help you eat and live well, we’re giving you 7 days worth of fresh, delicious and healthy FREE recipes that are guaranteed to have you whipping up new dinners in no time. The guide has a specific recipe for each day of the week to keep you at your best. We promise you’ll feel amazing by the end!

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World Health Day 2017

Every year, World Health Day aims to bring awareness to a specific health concern, while marking the start of the World Health Organization. The theme for World Health Day 2017 is depression, a condition that isn’t discussed nearly as much as it should be. 

Chances are depression has affected you in some way already, as it can affect people of every age, gender and nationality. According to the NHS, most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel- depression can be prevented and treated. The goal of World Health Day 2017 is to shed light and help others have a better understanding of what depression is, therefore reducing the negative stigma that is often associated with the condition.

World Health Day 2017 is a day that is near and dear to our hearts, as we aim to create and deliver delicious recipes that make it easy to eat healthy. Did you know that poor mental health is often linked to increased rates of smoking, drug use, obesity and future mental ill health?

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Many people suggest that there is a positive link between cooking and depression. Some psychologists claim that cooking helps “ease depression by increasing positive activities, goal-oriented behaviour and curbing procrastination and passivity”. While clinical studies on cooking’s therapeutic effects are hard to come by, many occupational therapists say “cooking classes are particularly widely used in their profession, which seeks to help people with mental or physical disorders maintain their daily living and working skills.”

Week of Wellness: World Health Day 2017

Cue, our Week of Wellness! In a bid to keep you eating well, we’ve released 7 days worth of fresh, delicious and healthy recipes that are guaranteed to have you whipping up new dinners and maybe even finding a new favourite meal. In the guide, you’ll find a new recipe for every day of the week and we promise you’ll feel your best by the end of it.

Here’s your sneak preview to the guide. Suddenly Monday doesn’t sound so bad…

Monday: Warm Fig Salad

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Tuesday: Parsnip Fritters with Shredded Sprouts

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Wednesday: Pasta Verde

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Thursday: Aromatic Coconut Curry

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Friday: Kale and Sweet Potato Tacos

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Saturday: Red Lentil Stew

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Sunday: Caramelised Leek, Tomato & Herb Tart

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Download your free “Week of Wellness” and help celebrate World Health Day 2017 by eating better and living better with us. Every THUD box includes all of the freshest veg, herbs and spices you need to make the tasty recipes included in the box. Our ingredients are sourced from top suppliers to London chefs and are hand picked to ensure you get the freshest, most fragrant and delicious ingredients for your meals.

Order your own THUD box from as little as £2.50 per meal and have fresh veg, herbs and spices delivered straight through your letterbox.

Help! How long do I roast veg for? + FREE guide

Download your free “Ultimate Guide to Roast Veg” and find out the perfect cooking times for broccoli, radishes, beetroot, courgettes, garlic, aubergine, cauliflower and many more! 

Roasted veggies are fabulously versatile and perfect for any meal of the day. Breakfast? Delicious in an omelette to get you started in the morning. Lunch? A lovely addition to an otherwise boring salad. Dinner? Superb alongside roast chicken for a quick supper. Need we say more?

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Find out the perfect cooking times for broccoli, radishes, beetroot, courgettes, garlic, aubergine, cauliflower and many more!

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 14.38.31.pngBut how long should you be roasting your veg to achieve perfectly crispy and amazingly delicious vegetables? Different varieties of veg require different roasting times. Download our free guide to help you keep track of roasting times for your favourite vegetables.

Once you’ve entered your email, you’ll receive the full, free guide with various cooking times and temperatures for various types of veg. Eat more veggies and have more fun!

You’ll look like an absolute pro when incorporating roasted veg into your regular meals and there will be no extra effort required. But how long does it take to roast veg? Well, different varieties of vegetables require different cooking times. Print off the guide and keep it in your kitchen for quick reference.

 

 

Mushroom Beanotto

An interesting and tasty twist on risotto, this delicious and filling ‘beanotto’ is made with beans, swiss chard, a variety mushrooms and thyme in a base of stock and mascarpone. 

Ingredients: 2 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, 90g button mushrooms, 60g oyster mushrooms, 200g swiss chard, 6g thyme.

From the Larder: glug of oil, 175g mascarpone, 200ml stock, tin of cannellini beans or otherwhite beans, juice and zest of ½ lemon.

Instructions:

  • Dice garlic and shallots and begin sautéing in a knob of butter.
  • Slice mushrooms and add to the sauté pan and continue to sauté for 5-10 minutes until soft and browned.IMG_1633
  • Finely Chop the chard and add to the pan and continue to cook.
  • Prepare the stock and then add to the sauté pan and allow to cook for a further 5 mins.cooking mushroom and chard 600px
  • Drain, rinse and add the cannelini beans.
  • Strip thyme leaves off the stems and add to the pan.
  • Mix in the marscapone, reduce heat, squeeze in juice of ½ lemon, season to taste, stirring while it gets hot again.IMG_1646
  • Serve with lemon zested over,
  • And for hungrier tummies, crusty bread or a baked potato.

Love mushrooms? 4 new and exciting recipes for mushroom lovers

Mushrooms can often get a bad rep. In our latest blog post, we decided that it’s time to give mushrooms the love they deserve! There are so many different varieties, textures and tastes that mushrooms can add to any type of dish. If you’re not a mushroom lover just yet, get ready to be converted with our wonderfully fresh and new recipes that are quick and delicious, in true THUD fashion!

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Here’s a sneak peak for one of next week’s recipes, delivered in your THUD box with fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.

Swiss Chard and Mushroom Beanotto

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While risotto may be one of your staple recipes, we promise you’ll enjoy this fresh take on the classic dish. Try our delicious remake of traditional risotto for THUD’s own beanotto! An interesting and tasty twist on risotto, this delicious beanotto is made with beans, swiss chard and a variety mushrooms.

Forget your typical mushrooms, this dish includes a trifecta of button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and pied de mouton mushrooms. The creamy texture of this dish makes it very similiar to a risotto but promises a fresh take on an old favourite!

Order a THUD box and try your hand at cooking our swiss chard and mushroom beanotto from just £2.50 per portion. Orders must be placed before midnight on Sunday. Don’t forget THUD boxes are delivered right through your letterbox and include free shipping!

Spinach and Mushroom and Lychee Pancakes

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A delightfully fresh take on a savoury pancake with the option for sweetness! Our spinach and mushroom pancake is a yummy dish, perfect for midweek dinners. The dish includes chervil and crème fraîche, plus the option for sweet toppings of lychee and brown sugar.

The button mushrooms are a unique addition to the dish, giving the dinner a little extra oomph and earthiness.

Find the full recipe here.

 

Shimeji and Mouli Stir-Fry

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Feeling adventurous and ready for a change? Spice up your usual stir-fry with shimeji mushrooms. Shimeji is a group of edible mushrooms native to East Asia, but also found in northern Europe. With over 20 species, there are various options when it comes to shimeji mushrooms. However, keep in mind they can be difficult to cultivate.

Try your hand at preparing shimeji mushrooms with our popular stir-fry, including green chilli, garlic and cavo navolo. If you’re ready for a change, this is the recipe to upgrade your dinners with and get your mushroom game up to speed!

Find the full recipe here.

Roasted Squash and Mushroom Pasta

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A comforting and easy supper, this dish is perfect on a busy night as you can chop it all up, pop it in the oven and come back to it for the finishing touches before tucking in.

This dish includes button mushrooms and oyster mushrooms. It was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War 2 and is now grown commercially around the world for food. The oyster mushrooms give the dish a unique flavour and bring all of the ingredients together nicely.

Find the full recipe here.

 

Grow herbs indoors: 5 herbs that thrive inside + delicious recipes to use them in

Here at THUD, we absolutely love our herbs. We believe that every meal you cook should be packed full of the freshest herbs to really bring out the flavours and textures of the other ingredients. It can be difficult to source truly fresh and unique herbs, as many of us simply don’t have the space to grow our own delicious herbs.

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But have no fear my herb loving friends! Use this blog post as your ultimate herb growing cheatsheet, whether you have ample outdoor space or are confined to city living. We’ve chosen 5 of our favourite herbs that can thrive indoors and 5 perfectly paired recipes that you can make with your newly grown herbs too.

Don’t forget, there are 3 common misconceptions at the end of the blog post to avoid when growing your very own herbs that we thought you should know.

1. Grow your own Basil

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Basil is such a versatile herb and the perfect addition to an endless array of dishes. It thrives in soil that is rich and well drained. We find that the best option is to grow basil in a pot, as this allows you to regulate its growth and monitor progress. 

Basil needs full sun, so make sure your pot of basil is in direct sunlight. Think about the best spot in your home that has the most sunlight and consider having your basil outdoors in the warmer months. To promote a bushy and healthy plant, cut the tips regularly. 

Delicious recipe to use basil in: Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta

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2. Grow your own Oregano

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Many claim that Oregano is one of the most low-maintenance herbs to grow. That sounds like music to our busy ears! The good news is that oregano performs well both in the garden or indoors.

It thrives in a warm climate and performs best in part to full sun, but you can really taste intense flavours after the herb has had a day full of sun. Make sure your oregano is in a spot in your home that does have regular access to sun (did you hear that British weather?) and is watered regularly.

Delicious recipe to use oregano in: Red Lentil Stew with Hasselback Potatoes

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3. Grow your own Coriander 

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Coriander is a beautifully fragrant herb that finds itself in many spicy dishes. Unlike our previous two herbs, coriander can actually struggle if it sees the sun all day. Try and find a spot in your home that ensures it can be in the shade during midday.

Coriander grows quite deep, so ensure you have a large enough pot for this one. Finally, make sure that the soil never dries out as coriander does not like drought-like conditions.

Delicious recipe to use coriander in: Kale and Sweet Potato Tacos

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4. Grow your own Mint 

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Mint is one of the most popular and versatile herbs, because it can be used for both sweet and savoury dishes, not mention in a refreshing mojito!  Many people love the sweet aroma of mint, so it only makes sense to include it on our list. However, you’ve been warned that mint can run wild in gardens, so growing it in a pot is often the best option.

Mint needs rich, moist soils, so make sure you don’t fall behind on your watering duties. Try and find a warm and sun filled spot for the early parts of the day. Mint is less dependent on sunlight than other herbs, but do make sure they are in direct sunlight for a part of the day. 

Delicious recipe to use mint in: Moroccan Couscous

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5. Grow your own Parsley

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Parsley is a unique herb that actually offers two different varieties: curly leaf and flatleaf. Both varieties can be used interchangeably, however do take note that flatleaf is often stronger in flavour.

Both varieties of parsley love neutral-alkaline soils and thrive in sun or partial shade. In both curly leaf and flat leaf varieties, there is loads of flavour in the stalk as in the leaf. Feel free to use the entirety of the herb in your cooking.

Delicious recipe to use parsley in: ‘Shroom Pasta with Gremolata

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3 common mistakes to avoid when growing your own herbs 

  • DON’T water your herbs like you do your houseplants. Instead, water herbs a moderate amount every day and make sure not to overwater! 
  • DON’T take the leaves from the wrong place on the plant. Pick the leaves from the top and leave the larger leafs at the bottom to sustain future growth.
  • DO cut and trim your plants early and often. This helps with regrowth and soon enough your home will be filled with a delicious aroma!

Fresh herbs right through your letterbox

Every THUD box includes all of the freshest herbs you need to make the various recipes included in the box. Our herbs are sourced from top suppliers to London chefs and are hand picked to ensure you get the freshest, most fragrant and delicious herbs for your meals. Order your own THUD box from as little as £2.50 per meal and have fresh veg, herbs and spices delivered straight through your letterbox.

Kale and Sweet Potato Tacos

Kale, sweet potato and black bean tacos are a fun communal meal and great as a mid-week meat-free option, topped with coriander and a squeeze of lime. They are delicious as is, but if you want to go crazy, add a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese, salsa, guacamole… the list goes on!

Ingredients: 1/2 a sweet potato, 2 shallots, 60g kale, 50g baby corn, ½ a chilli, small bunch of coriander.

Larder: 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tin of black or kidney beans, juice of 1 lime, 4 tortillas, oil (optional: 50g cashews and chicken or steak).

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 180C degrees. Chop the sweet potato into 1cm chunks, place in a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, toss in cumin powder and roast for 25 mins or until soft.
  • Chop the shallots, chilli (to taste) and chicken or steak strips if using. Fry for a few minutes until shallots soft and meat is cooked.
  • Roughly shred the kale and chop the corn. Add along with drained and rinsed black beans to the frying pan. Season and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently until kale and corn are soft.

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  • Meanwhile heat tortillas in a microwave or in the oven wrapped in tin foil.
  • When sweet potatos are soft, remove from the oven and serve tacos layered with the veggie mix, sweet potatoes, finely chopped coriander, optional chopped cashews and a generous squeeze of lime. It should make 4 soft tacos depending on how big your tortillas are and how full you fill them.
  • *If you have time or inclination make a coriander cashew sauce: Using a mortar and pestle/stick blender or food processor; whizz together cashews, ¾ of the coriander, lime juice and a decent splash of water to make a sauce for the tacos. Add more water or lime juice to make a creamy consistency-serve with the tacos.coriander, lime cashews 1

Sick of cooking the same old dinners? 10 tasty recipes to reinvent your favourite meals

You’ve had a long day, without a second to think about what’s on the menu for dinner tonight. You can’t help but think how tired you are of eating the same old thing. As the commute home begins, you start to think about what you may (or may not!) have in the fridge. Same old ingredients to make the same old recipes.

You’re not alone- the average Brit makes the same 12 recipes over and over again!

Your spaghetti bolognese may be reliable, but wouldn’t it be nice to cook a delicious meal for the first time and try something new? THUD is here to help you try new recipes with delicious ingredients every week!

Check out our deliciously healthy favourite 10 recipes to help reinvent your old faithfuls and get you out of your cooking rut. Hey, you may even discover a new favourite recipe!

1. Sick of Stir-fry?

 

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THUD version: Shimeji and Mouli Stir-fry

Stir-fries are great. Easy, quick and you can chuck just about anything in them. But rather than just use the boring veg in the fridge, why not upgrade your stir-fry to our Shimeji and Mouli Stir-fry? A quick mid week meal, this stir fry is perfect for a night when you’re on the run. We’ve thrown in some beautiful shimeji mushrooms and crunchy white mouli to mix things up a bit and get the tastebuds going.

Check out the full recipe for Shimeji and Mouli Stirfry

2. Curry in need of kick

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Your usual recipe: Curry

THUD version: Rainbow Chard and Sweet Potato Curry

We can’t really get enough of beautiful rainbow chard and want to make the most of just how easy this recipe is to make. This is an absolutely delicious curry using chard, sweet potato, spices and yoghurt to make a healthy creamy yummy curry!

Trust us, this is a new take on your usual curry and easy to make during busy weeknights. 

Check out the full recipe for Rainbow Chard and Sweet Potato Curry

3. Frozen Pizza have you feeling cold?

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Your usual recipe: A frozen pizza

THUD version: Caramelised Leek, Tomato and Herb Tart

Baby onions, leeks, herbs and tomatoes make a fabulous mix for this super simple tart.

Top it with goats cheese and and pop it in the oven for a tasty meal for two.

We love how fresh this tart is and how much room there is for experimentation! Total upgrade from a frozen pizza.

Check out the full recipe for Caramelised Leek, Tomato and Herb Tart

4. Don’t feel run down by your Risotto

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Your usual recipe: Ready meal risotto

THUD version: Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto

With purple carrots in the mix, this risotto takes on their colour and creates a beautiful meal, containing tasty jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms and spinach.

Upgrade from your usual risotto with this gorgeous and unique meal that will have you dreaming of seconds. Ditch the ready meal and enjoy cooking again.

Check out the full recipe for Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto

5. Spaghetti making you sad?

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Your usual recipe: Spaghetti bolognese

THUD version: Leek, Courgette and Purple Sprouting Tagliatelle

Forget the spaghetti and upgrade to tagliatelle! This recipe calls for garlic, shallots and whole grain mustard.

The purple sprouting broccoli is a beautiful addition to the meal, ensuring you’re moving outside of your comfort zone.

Thumbs up from us!

Check out the full recipe for Leek, Courgette and Purple Sprouting Tagliatelle

6. Stop eating plain old Potatoes

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Your usual recipe: Boiled potatoes

THUD version: Winter Ratatouille with Hasselback Potatoes

A lovely wholesome rooty ratatouille full of leeks, carrots, parsley root, chervil root, and oregano and served with hasselback baked potatoes.

Swap your side dish of potatoes for this main event! Guaranteed to fill you up and the perfect dish to show off to family and friends.

 

Check out the full recipe for Winter Ratatouille with Hasselback Potatoes

7. Side salad need a bit of sass?

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Your usual recipe: Rocket or Iceburg lettuce

THUD version: Warm Winter Salad

Do you just throw a few leaves of lettuce on your plate each night because you feel you have to?

This is a delicious hearty winter salad, full of roasted sweet potato and carrots, cumin seeds as well as butter beans, crunchy kale and pretty pink radishes and finally finished off with a zesty basil dressing

 

Check out the full recipe for Warm Winter Salad

8. Transform your Rice

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Your usual recipe: Boiled rice

THUD version: Veggie Kedgeree

This is an interesting variation on a dish that is known for it’s fishiness!

This is a tasty veggie kedgeree that we think you’ll really enjoy.

Full of curried veggies mixed with rice and topped with boiled eggs, it’s a new spin on an old favourite.

Bonus: Eggs for protein!

Check out the full recipe for Veggie Kedgeree

9. A Soup you’ll want to show off

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Your usual recipe: Side soup

THUD version: Lemongrass and Star Anise Pho

A lovely warming noodle soup, this pho is brought to life with a delicious stock base starting with star anise and lemongrass packed full of fresh veg to make a great weeknight supper.

Easy to make and tasty, this recipe includes ginger, coriander and chilli.

You’ll feel warm and cozy after this one!

Check out the full recipe for Lemongrass and Star Anise Pho

10. Pessimistic about your Pasta bake?

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Your usual recipe: Tomato pasta bake

THUD version: Tomato and Kale Bake 

Skip the pasta! This Tomato and Kale Bake is delicious and doesn’t make you miss the carbs at all.

Packed full of San Marzano tomatoes, kale, garlic and baby pepper, this dinner delivers.

Topped with egg and a piece of crusty bread, this dinner is easy to whip up and beyond tasty.

Check out the full recipe for Tomato and Kale Bake

Easy and healthy food swaps to make

There you have it! 10 easy recipes to use the next time you’re ready for a change. Every recipe mentioned is from a previous THUD box and starts at only £2.50 per portion. If you’re looking for the freshest veg, herbs and spices plus innovative and delicious recipes, use code “NEWDINNER” for 25% off when you order your own THUD box.

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How to Forage Wild Garlic and Make a Delicious Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta

Mostly found in the woods, or along country lanes, wild garlic (also known as Ramsons) is one of our absolute favourites. The season is short but sweet, so to make the most of it, we’re giving you our top tips to forage wild garlic. We’ve also included a few ideas on where to best locate it.

We’ve whipped up a simple but tasty Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta to serve with your newly foraged wild garlic. Ready to get started?screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-11-08-50

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Enter your details below and we’ll send you your own free guide, including the step-by-step tips to create your Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta! If you have any allergies or concerns, just let us know in the last section.

 

In next week’s THUD box, you’ll find the full recipe for our Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta along with the delicious ingredients, including freshly grown wild garlic, to make your own! Order yours for as little as £2.50 per portion. Psst, use the code WILDGARLIC to get 25% off your box. Order your own box or give one as a gift for someone who’s ready to cook delicious and healthy recipes.

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What exactly is foraging?

It can best be described as the act of finding and harvesting wild foods and as the weather warms, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and start foraging wild garlic.

The season begins in early March and runs until mid June. Wild garlic can be found in almost any wooded area where there is damp soil for it to grow. Head to your closest forest or wooded area to take advantage of the season.

How do I forage wild garlic?

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  • Make the most of the season and plan recipes to use your wild garlic in
  • Be responsible and make sure you’re being following sustainable foraging practises. Check out Woodland Trust’s guidelines for more
  • Only take the leaves that are near the ground, while leaving the bulbs to ensure they can grow again next year
  • Choose healthy looking leaves that are long and bright. Stay away from highly populated areas and look for leaves that are more likely to be untouched
  • Wondering if you’re really choosing wild garlic? Crush a few leaves and wait for the undeniable scent of garlic…mmm delicious!

Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Pasta Recipe

With your beautiful and fresh wild garlic, you’re ready to get cooking! Don’t forget that every THUD box arrives with the recipe card you’ll need, including preparation and cooking time. You don’t have to worry about being in to sign for the delivery of your THUD box, as they fit through any standard letterbox.

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6 Pancake Recipes to Flip Over for Pancake Day 2017

Try one of our favourite recipes for Pancake Day 2017 including sugar free chocolate and banana, vegan maple syrup, gluten free coconut and almond and even a courgette and chickpea pancake to choose from. All in the name of pancake goodness!

Pancake Day is often known for indulgence and heated debate about what makes the perfect pancake. There are so many delicious options to choose from including savoury or sweet? Fluffy or dense? Golden syrup or maple syrup?! The possibilities are delightfully endless.

But what if we told you that Pancake Day 2017 doesn’t have to leave you feeling full to the brim and could actually be a great opportunity to try new, healthy recipes?

To celebrate an amazing day, we’ve done a roundup of our top 6 favourite healthy recipes from amazing bloggers to make your Pancake Day 2017 an absolute winner. 

Our Favourites: Healthy Recipes for Pancake Day 2017

1. Orange & Mango Blender Pancakes with Toasted Pecans

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We love how thick and fluffy they are, not to mention the beautiful colours on the plate and delicious aroma coming from the kitchen.

Other than oranges and mangoes, you’ll need a few more ingredients including almond milk, cinnamon and pecan nuts to name a few.

This recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while also getting a nice crunch and nutty flavour.

The best part about this recipe is that it is vegan and easy to prepare on the morning of Pancake Day. What could be better? Get the full recipe on The Flexitarian blog.

2. Coconut & Almond Pancakes with Spiced Plum Compote

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We all know that coconut is good for you but this recipe takes it to a whole new level. Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free and paleo diet friendly make this dish irresistible. 

The spiced plum compote is an amazing topping for those with a sweet tooth and works wonderfully with the coconut and almond flavour. Check out the full recipe on Domestic Gothess.

3. Maple Pancakes- Vegan and Gluten-Free

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Simple, easy and delicious. Three words that can often get lost in the fine art of pancake flipping and making.

But this recipe delivers on all fronts and definitely satisfied our craving for fluffy pancakes topped with maple syrup deliciousness. 

This recipe is vegan and gluten free, plus there’s tons of room for adapting the recipe to suit your taste buds including adding various types of fruit, honey and spices.

You’ll need coconut oil, maple syrup and gluten free flour to get you started. 

Find out more on Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen.

4. Courgette and Chickpea Pancakes with Mango and Cucumber Chutney

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Calling all savoury pancake lovers- we promise this is a version  you’ve never tried!

The courgette and chickpea pancakes are super satisfying and we love the added chilli to give them an extra kick! They are gluten free and most importantly, delicious.

Find out more on Tin and Thyme including extra inspiration for your savoury pancake dreams.

5. Guilt-Free Chocolate and Banana Pancakes

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It’s hard to imagine pancakes without a sprinkle of chocolate chips, isn’t it?

Have no fear, because this recipe promises to satisfy your chocolate craving while keeping you in the realm of healthy eating.

With no added sugar and natural ingredients, we’re sold on this plate of chocolate goodness. 

Ingredients include banana, raw cacao nibs (giving you an amazing chocolate chip crunch), greek yoghurt and eggs. If this dish speaks to you like it did to us, head over to Lean Living Girl for the full recipe.

6. Spinach and Mushroom and Lychee Pancakes

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Just in time for Pancake Day, our last but absolutely not least dish is a THUD creation!

We’ve created a delightful spinach and mushroom pancake with chervil and crème fraîche, and a lychee and brown sugar option as a sweet treat.

And to finish things off, slice up a few little lychees and mix with brown sugar and any left over mint as a sweet treat to end the feast.

You can order your very own THUD box packed full of fresh and delicious ingredients to make spinach and mushroom and lychee pancakes from just £2.50 a serving.

How will you spend Pancake Day 2017?

So there you have it, our roundup of our favourite pancake recipes just in time for Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day 2017. Between the savoury and sweet options, fruity or syrup debate, we hope we’ve helped you settle exactly how you’ll be spending Pancake Day this year.

Psst…the answer is any way you’d like as long as there are pancakes involved!

Pepper Paella

Paella has ancient roots dating back to the 10th century, when the Moors in Muslim Spain began cultivating rice. By the 15th century rice was a staple in Spain and by the 19th century the modern form of paella was developed near the city of Valencia. Many non-spaniards view paella is a traditionally Spanish dish, but within Spain it is viewed as very much Valencian!

Ingredients: 2Shallots, garlic clove, 1 romero pepper, 10g turmeric, 1 round courgette, 6-8 cherry tomatoes and a sprig of rosemary.

Larder: 1tsp smoked paprika, 160g paella rice, 500ml stock and juice of ½ a lemon (optional extra: 50g chorizo).

Instructions:

  • Chop the shallots, garlic, pepper and grate the turmeric.
  • Sauté in a little oil with paprika and chorizo (optional) for 5 mins in heavy bottomed pan.
  • Prepare the 500ml stock and pour into the same pan.
  • Once simmering, add the rice and simmer covered for 8-10 minutes on a low heat.paella-with-added-veg-600px
  • Chop the courgette and pepper into small chunks, quarter the tomatoes. Strip the rosemary leaves off the stem and roughly chop. Add all the veg and rosemary to the pan and simmer uncovered for another 15 mins. Add another 100ml of water at this point.
  • Paella will be cooked when stock is absorbed and rice is fluffy. Serve with a wedge of lemon.